Young-Williams Animal Center has received nearly $50,000 in grants from PetSmart Charities to support programs that encourage keeping pets in their homes and to install space-boosting sliding doors in dog kennels.
A grant for $32,000 is aimed at pet retention to keep more than 300 pets with their owners instead of being surrendered to the shelter. Several programs and services can be offered such as pet supplies, wellness and medical services – including microchip programs – and intervention for immediate help.
“The funds for pet retention will keep hundreds of pets with their owners,” says Janet Testerman, CEO of Young-Williams Animal Center. “Sometimes, pet owners think turning over their beloved pet to us is their only choice. It is a win-win when we can offer programs and supplies to support keeping pets with their families.”
Another grant for $16,740 will be used to install vertical doors, which connect dog kennels and allow the shelter to double or even triple the size of a kennel space to create a greater quality of life and capacity for care.
Young-Williams Animal Center’s main facility is located off Sutherland Avenue at 3201 Division Street. Young-Williams Animal Village satellite adoption location and public spay/neuter program is located at 6400 Kingston Pike.
Both locations are open seven days a week from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The shelter closes from 1-2 p.m. for an hour of quiet time for the animals. For more information about Young-Williams Animal Center, call 865-215-6599 or visit young-williams.org.