Young-Williams Animal Center lowering adoption fees indefinitely

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Young-Williams Animal Center is lowering its adoption fees indefinitely.

New adoption fees include kittens for $100, reduced from $125 (also buy one, get one free) and adult cats (6 months-3 years) for $25, reduced from $75. Older and senior cats (3 years or older) are free, reduced from $50.

 Adult and senior dogs (any dog 6 months or older) are now $45, reduced from $75-$125, puppies are $250 (adoption fee remains), and small mammals and exotics continue to range from $10-$60.

Jessica Stapleton and Carson Barnes brought their dog Sadie to YWAC on Monday to meet a possible new dog.

"I just think it would be fun so that she's not always cooped up in the house by herself," said Stapleton.

The goals for lowering adoption fees are to increase adoptions and save the shelter money.

"Because the length of stay goes down in the shelter which means you're spending less money providing medical care for those pets that may be sick in here as long term residents," said Courtney Kliman with YWAC.

All potential adopters will be screened and fully vetted by shelter staff, and those who are not a good fit will not be approved for adoption. Young-Williams Animal Center’s mission is “a home for every pet,” and this is another initiative to reach that goal.

“The exceptional benefit of adopting a pet from an animal shelter is that you actually are saving two lives,” CEO Janet Testerman says. “You’re saving one life by adopting, and you’re saving a second life by creating space in our shelter for another animal. The more pets we place in forever homes, the more animals we can save in East Tennessee. That’s why we always want to make sure each home is a perfect match for both the adopter and the pet.”

"I think it's really great. It kind of gets people more interested in maybe adopting an animal," added Stapleton.

Young-Williams Animal Center has studied best practice methods of shelters around the country. Shelters that have lower adoption fees year-round experience reduced overall cost, see more animals get adopted and have less behavior and medical problems among the sheltered pets as well.

"We kind of looked at the costs that we put into just one pet each day which is around $36 and then we looked at different formulas. So, we looked at the length of stay for a dog per week and the length of stay for a cat. And that's how we kind of came up with the formula for hte cost of the current adoption fees," added Kliman.

So far in 2018, Young-Williams says they've had 677 adoptions. Both shelter locations on Division Street and Kingston Pike are open from noon to 6pm daily. For more information, you can visit their website by clicking here.

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