Knoxville's Young Williams sends 21 dogs to Detroit for adoption

Knoxville's Young Williams sends 21 dogs to Detroit for adoption

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More than 20 dogs and puppies from the Young Williams Animal Center left for Detroit Wednesday morning where they will be put up for adoption. More than 20 dogs and puppies from the Young Williams Animal Center left for Detroit Wednesday morning where they will be put up for adoption.
"This helps us find homes for animals that may otherwise go unadopted here in Knoxville or the surrounding area," said Young Williams CEO Jeff  Ashin. "This helps us find homes for animals that may otherwise go unadopted here in Knoxville or the surrounding area," said Young Williams CEO Jeff Ashin.
In all, 21 dogs and puppies will make the eight hour drive from the Kingston Pike location back to Detroit. In all, 21 dogs and puppies will make the eight hour drive from the Kingston Pike location back to Detroit.
"Our centers are not full," said Erin Campbell with the Michigan Humane Society. "We don't often have small dogs or puppies. It seems spay and neutering has taken off so that's why don't have the puppies that are in the south." "Our centers are not full," said Erin Campbell with the Michigan Humane Society. "We don't often have small dogs or puppies. It seems spay and neutering has taken off so that's why don't have the puppies that are in the south."
This is the first trip of its kind, but it likely won't be the last. Both centers hope to make this a twice a month occurrence depending on cage space in Michigan. This is the first trip of its kind, but it likely won't be the last. Both centers hope to make this a twice a month occurrence depending on cage space in Michigan.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - More than 20 dogs and puppies from the Young Williams Animal Center left for Detroit Wednesday morning where they will be put up for adoption. 

Young Williams spends a lot of its time at or near maximum capacity, especially during the summer months. The number of available pets far exceeds the need for adoptions. Thanks to a new partnership with the Michigan Humane Society, those pets will be going where the demand is higher. 

"Our centers are not full," said Erin Campbell with the Michigan Humane Society. "We don't often have small dogs or puppies. It seems spay and neutering has taken off so that's why don't have the puppies that are in the south." 

"In the northern part of the country, particularly the northeast, they've had initiatives in place for a longer period of time regarding spay or neuter, and have had greater compliance rates than we have here," said Young Williams CEO Jeff Ashin. 

In all, 21 dogs and puppies will make the eight hour drive from the Kingston Pike location back to Detroit. 

"They are hopefully all going to get evaluated within 48 hours," said Campbell. "They get evaluated on their health and temperament. As long as they pass all those tests, they will go up for adoption. Generally with a busy weekend, they will probably all get adopted pretty quick." 

This is the first trip of its kind, but it likely won't be the last. Both centers hope to make this a twice a month occurrence depending on cage space in Michigan. 

"This helps us find homes for animals that may otherwise go unadopted here in Knoxville or the surrounding area," said Ashin. "So it's a real opportunity for those animals to find their forever home and be placed with loving families."

"They actually really love when we say this dog came from Knoxville and you're helping out a dog from the south and they actually think it's pretty cool," said Campbell.

As that first group of dogs departs for Detroit, Young Williams is already looking at other northern states to do similar exchanges in the future.

While the center says this is a great means to alleviate overcrowding, they still say the best method is to have your pets spayed or neutered.

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