|October 5, 2012 -
Visitors to Knoxville Zoo will enjoy free admission and parking
during the zoo's annual Kroger Free Weekend on Saturday, Nov. 10, and Sunday, Nov. 11,
from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. (Last admissions are one hour before closing at 3:30 p.m.)
Knoxville Zoo hosts Kroger Free Weekend to give everyone the opportunity to visit the
zoo, say thanks
for the community support the zoo receives throughout the year and help other local nonprofit
organizations. Although a donation is not required for free admission to Knoxville
Zoo, Free Weekend visitors are encouraged to bring donated items to help Mission of
Hope, Young-Williams Animal Center, the Blount County Humane Society and PAWS of Knoxville.
Mission of Hope is a volunteer organization providing assistance, aid and resources to those living in poverty-stricken
areas in rural Appalachia. In order to help meet the increased demand of the holiday season, they are requesting donations
of non-perishable food items, new children's toys and hygiene items such as tooth brushes, toothpaste, dental floss, bar
soap, deodorant and shampoo.
The Young-Williams Animal Center serves the community by providing compassionate care to animals, working to find
homes for adoptable pets, providing affordable spaying and neutering services and educational programs about animal
welfare. The center is in need of dry and canned dog, cat, puppy and kitten food.
The Blount County Humane Society shelters homeless and abused animals and places puppies, kittens, dogs and cats in
loving, responsible homes. They are requesting donations of Purina brand dog, cat, puppy and kitten food.
PAWS of Knoxville is a program of the Knoxville Knox County Office on Aging that places adoptable senior pets with
senior citizens. They are in need of wet and dry dog and cat food, flea and tick preventative and cat and dog toys.
Other organizations that will be on-site to provide information are Florence Crittenton Foster Care, Relationship RX
informational health service, The Salvation Army, Knoxville Habitat for Humanity, Muscular Dystrophy Association
and the United Way of Greater Knoxville .
Special thanks to Kroger, WIVK FM and News Talk 98.7 FM for their generous support of the event.
Knoxville Zoo is Knoxville's largest year-round attraction. Located off exit 392 from Interstate 40, the zoo is open
every day except Christmas Day. Knoxville Zoo is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums
(AZA) and is committed to the highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation, and education.
Currently, the zoo is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and weekends from 9:30 a.m.
until 6:00 p.m. Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. Next-day admission is free after
3 p.m. For more information, please call 865-637-5331 ext. 300 or visit www.knoxvillezoo.org.