Young-Williams Animal Center reaches critical capacity for dogs and asks for help

Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT) – Young-Williams Animal Center announced Thursday that the shelter has reached critical capacity for adult dogs and needs adopters and foster homes immediately.

If adopters or foster families do not show up, the shelter may run out of space to accommodate other lost, abandoned or stray animals.

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

Adoptable dogs are available for as little as $40 at the shelter. A spokesperson said every adopted adult dog would receive a veterinary exam, neutering operation, standard vaccination, microchip with registration, and more.

Foster families are needed and can help care for animals in their homes to open up space for newcomers to the shelter. All food and supplies are provided.

Recovered pets will also open space for additional intake, according to the statement. Owners looking for pets should visit the Division Street location.

“If anyone has lost a pet, please visit the Young-Williams Animal Center in person at 3201 Division St., to look in the lost and found section to see if the animal is at the shelter,” a declared YWAC. “The Young-Williams Animal Center Main Shelter and Young-Williams Animal Village at 6400 Kingston Pike are open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and closed for one hour from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. for animal quiet.”

A spokesperson also said the number of admissions for the shelter was high and they were seeing many delayed effects from the pandemic.

You might be wondering what are the benefits of adopting an adult dog?

“Adult dogs can be ideal companions because in many cases they are already domesticated and used to living with people. An adult dog is ready to be your walking companion, then a hug. You save their lives and they give you back so much,” a spokesperson said.

Adoption is available at both facilities.

For more information about YWAC or to become a volunteer, visit the shelter’s website.

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Benjamin M. Yerger