Young-Williams Animal Center is working to fight pet overpopulation in Knox County, by launching a new program that refocuses the shelter's efforts to spay and neuter animals.
Young-Williams Animal Center in Knoxville didn't take home the grand prize in a national contest, but the real winners were the animals they saved.
The ASPCA Rachael Ray Fund awarded Young-Williams $7000 dollars on Friday for their increased adoption efforts
For the past three months, the shelter took part in a national challenge
to save more animals. While they didn't win the grand $100,000 prize,
they were rewarded for their efforts. The animal shelter saved 523 more
animals than the same time last year.
Young-Williams finished 2nd in the Southeast Division and 15th in the nation among the 50 competing shelters. The shelter earned a $5,000 grant for achieving the baseline goal to save at least 300 more animal lives during the contest months. Young-Williams also won a $1,000 award as a runner-up in the Challenge photo contest thanks to a picture of adopted dogs Opal and Sloth, and it earned an additional $1,000 for participating in the 2012 Society of Animal Welfare Administrators annual conference.
"Regardless of where we ranked on the leader board, we can count this achievement as nothing short of a victory," said Jeff Ashin, CEO of Young-Williams Animal Center. "Finding homes for 1,735 animals in 90 days is outstanding; that means that an average of 19 dogs and cats left our doors every day to arrive at their forever homes. Thank you to everyone who adopted, sponsored adoptions, donated and spread the word."
For the past three months, the shelter took part in a national challenge to save more animals. While they didn't win the grand $100,000 prize, they were rewarded for their efforts. The animal shelter saved 523 more animals than the same time last year.
Young-Williams says those were animals that might have been out on the street, or put to sleep.
"Now those animals have a forever home," said new C.E.O. Jeff Ashin, who was formally introduced on Friday.
If you are looking for a new furry family member, check out Young-Williams website to see all of their adorable, adoptable pets!