Young-Williams Animal Center

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Who We Are

We are the city of Knoxville and Knox County's public animal shelter. The Animal Center opened and began accepting animals on January 1, 2001. We are an open-admission, full-service shelter that accepts animals from Knoxville city and Knox County animal control officers and strays and owner turn-ins from the public. NO ANIMAL IS TURNED AWAY.

The Young-Williams Animal Center is a 22,000 square foot facility that has the capacity to house approximately 450 animals and represents a new direction in animal sheltering that emphasizes community involvement, education, and spay and neuter programs. It houses all animal functions such as kenneling, administration and education in one location. In addition, it includes cat colonies, "real-life" rooms for dogs, fenced dog yards, space for exotics and small and large farm animals, and a community room.

Please visit our web site at Young-Williams Animal Center for EVEN MORE pictures and descriptions of adoptable animals, information on our adoption process and an adoption application, pet behavior advice, pictures of our facility and our staff, and links to breed rescue groups and other animal-related organizations in East Tennessee and surrounding areas.

Adopting a Friend

NEWS! NEWS! NEWS! The adoption fee for adult animals will remain at the special reduced rate of $75. The adoption fee for senior pets (age 7 and up) has been reduced to only $50. Many animals have also had their adoption fee PRE-PAID by "Furry Friend" sponsors - which means their adoption is FREE to qualified adopters.

The regular fee to adopt a pet from the Young - Williams Animal Center ranges from $75 to $150, depending on the animal's age. Non-traditional pets (such as rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, guinea pigs, etc.) are available at various adoption fees. Please call the Center at 865-215-6599 for more information about our adoption fees.

The adoption fee includes a spay or neuter, shots (except for rabies vaccine, which the adopter must get at his or her own vet), a heartworm test for dogs and a feline leukemia combo test for cats, check and treatment for intestinal parasites, a microchip, and an exam by our Animal Center veterinarian.

All animals are spayed or neutered by our staff veterinarians PRIOR to leaving the Animal Center. There are NO exceptions.

The Animal Center accepts cash, checks, credit cards, and money orders for adoption fees. We also accept PayPal for online donations (see PayPal link below).

Making a Donation

The Animal Center welcomes monetary donations for the care and comfort of the animals as well as donated items for use in the shelter. If you would like more information about a donation or receiving tax credit, please visit our web site at

Location and Hours of Operation

The Animal Center is located at 3201 Division Street, Knoxville, TN 37919, right off Sutherland Avenue (where Division Street meets Sutherland Avenue), at the entrance to John Tarleton Park. The phone number there is 865-215-6599.

REGULAR HOURS: Daily noon-6pm

SPECIAL HOLIDAY HOURS :

Thanksgiving: The Animal Center will be closed.

Friday, After Thanksgiving: The Animal Center will be open noon – 6 pm.

Christmas Eve: The Animal Center will be open noon – 4 pm.

Christmas Day: The Animal Center will be closed.

New Years Day: The Animal Center will be closed. Regular hours resume on January 2

Directions and map to the Animal Center:

Map to our shelter at 3201 Division Street

For addition assistance with directions: 865-215-6599

Driving east on Interstate 40: Take the University Avenue/Middlebrook Pike exit (386-A). At the bottom of the exit ramp, go straight through the stop sign. Go straight through the traffic light (crossing Middlebrook Pike.) You are on Sutherland Ave. Go straight through the traffic light at Concord St. After about 1/4 mile, turn right into John Tarleton Park (just before Division St.). There is a large, green parks and recreation sign at the park’s entrance. The Animal Center is on the left as you enter John Tarleton Park.

Driving west on Interstate 40: Take the Alcoa Highway exit (386). Take the Sutherland Avenue exit immediately after exiting the interstate. At the first intersection, turn left on Sutherland Avenue. Cross over Middlebrook Pike, cross over Concord St. After about 1/4 mile, turn right into John Tarleton Park (just before Division St.). The Animal Center is on the left near the entrance to John Tarleton Park. There is a large, green parks and recreation sign at the park’s entrance. The Animal Center is on the left as you enter John Tarleton Park.

Driving east on Kingston Pike: Take Kingston Pike through the Sequoyah area. At the intersection of Kingston Pike and Neyland Drive/Concord Street, turn left onto Concord Street. At the traffic light, turn left on Sutherland Avenue. After about 1/4 mile, turn right into John Tarleton Park (just before Division St.). The Animal Center is on the left near the entrance to John Tarleton Park. There is a large, green parks and recreation sign at the park’s entrance. The Animal Center is on the left as you enter John Tarleton Park.

Driving west on Cumberland Avenue/Kingston Pike: Take Cumberland Avenue through the UT Campus area (as you pass Volunteer Boulevard, Cumberland Avenue becomes Kingston Pike.). At the intersection of Kingston Pike and Neyland Drive/Concord Street, turn right onto Concord Street. At the traffic light, turn left on Sutherland Avenue. After about 1/4 mile, turn right into John Tarleton Park (just before Division St.). The Animal Center is on the left near the entrance to John Tarleton Park. There is a large, green parks and recreation sign at the park’s entrance. The Animal Center is on the left as you enter John Tarleton Park.

Driving south on Interstate 75: From Interstate 75 south, take Interstate 275 south to Interstate 40 west. Take the Alcoa Highway exit (386-B). Take the Sutherland Avenue exit immediately after exiting the interstate. At the first intersection, turn left on Sutherland Avenue. Cross over Middlebrook Pike, cross over Concord St. After about 1/4 mile, turn right into John Tarleton Park (just before Division St.). The Animal Center is on the left near the entrance to John Tarleton Park. There is a large, green parks and recreation sign at the park’s entrance. The Animal Center is on the left as you enter John Tarleton Park.

Driving south on Clinton Highway: Take Interstate 275 south to Interstate 40 west. Take the Alcoa Highway exit (386-B). Take the Sutherland Avenue exit immediately after exiting the interstate. At the first intersection, turn left on Sutherland Avenue. Cross over Middlebrook Pike, cross over Concord St. After about 1/4 mile, turn right into John Tarleton Park (just before Division St.). The Animal Center is on the left near the entrance to John Tarleton Park. There is a large, green parks and recreation sign at the park’s entrance. The Animal Center is on the left as you enter John Tarleton Park.

Driving from Fountain City: Go south on Broadway and take Interstate 640 west. Next take Interstate 275 south to Interstate 40 west. Take the Alcoa Highway exit (386-B). Take the Sutherland Avenue exit immediately after exiting the interstate. At the first intersection, turn left on Sutherland Avenue. Cross over Middlebrook Pike, cross over Concord St. After about 1/4 mile, turn right into John Tarleton Park (just before Division St.). The Animal Center is on the left near the entrance to John Tarleton Park. There is a large, green parks and recreation sign at the park’s entrance. The Animal Center is on the left as you enter John Tarleton Park.

Driving east on Middlebrook Pike: At the intersection with Sutherland Avenue, go right. Go straight through the traffic light at Concord St. After about 1/4 mile, turn right into John Tarleton Park (just before Division St.). There is a large, green parks and recreation sign at the park’s entrance. The Animal Center is on the left as you enter John Tarleton Park.

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