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Tenn. animal shelter gets servals, other exotics

Knowsy Knoxville: Young-Williams Animal Center

By Merrie Long
Posted December 2, 2009 at midnight

Opened in 2001 and named for prominent Knoxville lawyers Lindsay Young and Mark Williams, Young-Williams Animal Center’s executive director, Tim Adams says that the center utilizes 40 employees, 100 volunteers, 25,000 pounds of food, 25,500 gallons of Trifectant, and thousands of chew toys for the roughly 18,000 animals per year.

Upon arrival, all information known about each animal is entered into the computer, they are scanned for a microchip, and checked for any other identification. Each is vaccinated according to its species, weighed and evaluated for temperament. Animals are held for a minimum of three days, and Adams says that unfortunately “only 8-9% are reunited with their owners. Every dog and cat who gets adopted here at the center is microchipped, but chipping is not always effective because often, owners do not keep their information updated with the microchip service.”

Adams says that many people are not aware that the center also offers a free spay/neuter program and a free pet food pantry for Knox County residents.

Adams explains that “probably 70 percent of the animals we receive are strays and the rest are owner-surrenders. Many do not realize that we turn no animal away,” says Adams. “We get mostly cats and dogs, but also rabbits, mice, rats, birds, and just about every kind of pet imaginable. We’ve even had iguanas, goats, horses, pigs, an alligator, an emu and a couple of servals.”

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http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2009/dec/02/knowsy-young-williams/

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