Young-Williams Animal Center reaches critical capacity for adult dogs

The animal center said it is looking for immediate adopters and foster homes to make more space for the additional dogs brought to the shelter.

Knoxville, Tenn. – Young-Williams Animal Center officials say the shelter is running out of space to accommodate additional dogs and is looking for immediate adopters and foster families to make more room.

“We are at full capacity for adult dogs, and we really need the help of our community right now to get dogs out of the shelter and into homes,” said Janet Testerman, CEO of YWAC. “Adult dogs make wonderful pets, and if you can’t adopt, we’d appreciate your temporary help as a foster family.”

Adult dogs can become homeless for several reasons. Sometimes their families do not take them with them when they move or simply cannot afford to continue caring for them and abandon them.

Officials said people can adopt these dogs for $40, which includes a veterinary exam, spaying or neutering surgery, standard vaccinations, and microchipping with registration. Adapters will also be reviewed by staff to ensure they fit the animal properly.

People can also welcome animals into the shelter, temporarily caring for them in their home to open up space for other arrivals. The shelter said it was providing all the food and supplies needed to care for them.

Volunteers are also needed at the YWAC to help care for the increased number of animals at the shelter.

The YWAC Main Shelter and Animal Village at 6400 Kingston Pike is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is closed for 1 hour from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. for animal quiet. Pet adoption is available at both locations; owners looking for lost pets should go to the Division Street location only.

Recovered pets will also open space for additional intake, officials said.

“Admission numbers this year have been high and we are seeing many delayed effects of the pandemic,” officials said. “As the official municipal shelter for the City of Knoxville and Knox County, we are the first stop for lost, stray and homeless pets in our community.”

Benjamin M. Yerger