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City of Knoxville, Tennessee
Madeline Rogero, Mayor

For Immediate Release
Reduced Adoption Fees at Young-Williams Animal Center During Furry Fiesta
Young-Williams Animal CenterJune 9, 2009 - More cats and dogs arrive at Young-Williams Animal Center during the summer months than any other time of year. That’s why the center is holding a “Furry Fiesta” with reduced adoption fees through August to encourage people to add a new pet to the family.

Beginning June 1, adoption fees for cats and dogs between six months and seven years of age will be $75. That’s nearly half the usual $120 adoption fee.

Furry Fiesta Dog“Adult animals are often the most difficult to adopt out,” said Tim Adams, executive director of Young-Williams Animal Center. “This program offers an incentive for people to consider the benefits of bringing an adult cat and dog into their home.”

Adult cats and dogs can be the best choice, since most are already house trained and have calmer temperaments than their younger counterparts. And since their adult personalities are already developed, there are typically no behavior surprises.

The adoption fee includes sterilization; heartworm test and preventative for dogs or feline leukemia test for cats; first series of vaccinations (excluding rabies); deworming; flea-preventative; and microchipping with registration. The special rates will continue through August as part of the “Furry Fiesta” program.

Furry Fiesta CatThe Young-Williams Animal Center is the official animal shelter for Knox County and the city of Knoxville. The center is a nonprofit organization that turns no animal away and is dedicated to the sheltering and placement of animals, general animal welfare, and public education of companion animal issues.

The Young-Williams Animal Center is conveniently located just off Sutherland Avenue at the entrance to John Tarleton Park at 3201 Division St. in Knoxville. The center is 8/10th of a mile from the intersection of Kingston Pike and Neyland Drive/Concord Street and offers animals for adoption Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

For more information about Young-Williams Animal Center, including detailed driving directions, call 865-215-6599 or visit http://www.knoxpets.org.
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