Young Williams Animal Center reduces adoption rates to alleviate

Young Williams Animal Center reduces adoption rates to alleviate overcrowding

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The adoption fee for puppies has been reduced $50 to $100 and the fee for adult dogs has been reduced $25 to $50. The adoption fee for puppies has been reduced $50 to $100 and the fee for adult dogs has been reduced $25 to $50.
"There are so many animals across the United States, healthy, adoptable pets, that are euthanized every year," said Johnston. "I believe that number is about four million." "There are so many animals across the United States, healthy, adoptable pets, that are euthanized every year," said Johnston. "I believe that number is about four million."
The shelter is crowded with dogs and puppies this spring. The shelter is crowded with dogs and puppies this spring.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - If it seems a little louder than usual inside the Young Williams Animal Center (YWAC), it's because there are more dogs and puppies than usual. 

"We have seen an increase in owner-released dogs to us for various reasons," said YWAC Outreach Director Amy Johnston. 

It's the start of mating season for dogs and unfortunately many owners have not spayed or neutered their pets, which can lead to many unwanted litters.

Other families simply can't afford to take care of their pets any longer and they end up at the shelter.

"Most of the dogs we see come in are wonderful pets and they need wonderful homes," said Johnston.

Now, they're looking for new families to take on some of these dogs to help relieve the crowding.

"We decided to reduce adoption fees for puppies and adult dogs and also help to increase awareness about adoption in the first place," said Johnston.

The adoption fee for puppies has been reduced $50 to $100 and the fee for adult dogs has been reduced $25 to $50.

"They're all spayed or neutered before they leave," said Johnston. "That comes with vaccinations and microchips and de-worming and all that kind of stuff. So they are fully vetted when they are adopted."

The shelter is hoping the reduced rates will help inspire families to consider adoption and help save some of the countless dogs that have gone homeless.

"There are so many animals across the United States, healthy, adoptable pets, that are euthanized every year," said Johnston. "I believe that number is about four million."

The shelter will continue to take in pets despite the overcrowding, but until space opens up, they may have to ask owners to try and hang onto them a little longer.

If you're thinking about adoption, the shelter says the best thing to do is research what breed may be the best fit for your family and then come down to the shelter during normal business hours and spend some time with the puppies.

If you would like more information about Young-Williams, you can visit their website.

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