Young-Williams Animal Center partners with Tails of the Trail

 Shelter dogs get exercise, socialization on hikes with public participants


Take a hike – with a Young-Williams Animal Center shelter dog.


Young-Williams Animal Center has partnered with Tails of the Trail® to pair shelter dogs with hikers and walkers. The nonprofit organization helps dogs by providing socialization and exercise outside of the shelter.

“Young-Williams Animal Center is delighted to partner with Tails of the Trail to enrich the lives of our dogs while we try to get them adopted,” says Janet Testerman, CEO of Young-Williams Animal Center. “It is our mission to find a home for every pet. The more socialization and exercise we can give them, the more adoptable they become.”


The next outing is set for Saturday, July 15, at the Third Creek Greenway off Sutherland Avenue, with orientation starting at 10 a.m. at Young-Williams Animal Center, 3201 Division St. The requirements for public participation in Tails of the Trail® are available on the organization’s website. Participants must attend an orientation the day of the event and be trained by Tails of the Trail staff members.


Keeping shelter dogs fit, busy and content can be a challenge. Tails of the Trail®, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit – which has added Knoxville as its second location in Tennessee with Nashville – steps in to help local animal shelters such as Young-Williams Animal Center. The dogs accompany hikers, walkers and joggers on their excursions, which not only provides exercise, but also promotes the dogs as adoptable pets.