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For stray animal pickup in the city call 865-215-7457, or call 865-215-8639 to leave a message.
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Listed below are several resources for having/finding animals in Knoxville including adoptable animals, animal control, and dead animal pickup.


The Young-Williams Animal Center is located at at 3201 Division Street, just off Sutherland Ave near the John Tarleton Home. For detailed directions, call 865-215-6599.

The center is open Monday-Sunday 12 noon - 6 p.m.

The fee to adopt a pet from the Young - Williams Animal Center ranges from $75 to $150, depending on the animal's age, how long he or she has been at our shelter, etc. If you adopt two pets of the same type (dog, puppy, cat, kitten) from the Center within 30 days, the second animal is $30 less and the third animal is $40 less. "Best Buddies", pets who must be adopted together, are adopted for the regular adoption fee of one of the pets plus $25. Non-traditional pets (such as rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, guinea pigs, etc.) are available at various adoption fees. Please call the Center at 865-215-6599 for more information about our adoption fees. The adoption fee includes a spay or neuter, shots (except for rabies vaccine, which you must get at your own vet), a heartworm test for dogs and a feline leukemia test for cats, check and treatment for intestinal parasites, application of flea control, a microchip, and an exam by our Animal Center veterinarian. The Animal Center accepts cash, checks, money orders, credit cards, and debit cards.”

Center Services Include:
  • Take in stray, nuisance, and surrendered animals.
  • Provide humane treatment of animals while in our custody.
  • Identify and return lost pets.
  • Conduct progressive adoption program with spay/neuter and microchip included in the fee.
  • Quarantine bite animals for rabies observation.
  • Provide humane education and pet-care information to the community and schools.
  • Provide services to the citizens of Knoxville and Knox County while enforcing Tennessee state laws and local ordinances related to animals.
  • Humanely euthanize homeless, unwanted, sick, and injured animals.

    Click here to view complete list of adoptable pets

    For stray animal pickup in the city, call 865-215-7457. To leave a voice message only, call 865-215-8639. For more information contact Karen Pappas at kmpappas@cityofknoxville.org.

    The City Animal Control office is open Monday-Friday 7am-8pm and Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10am-6pm.

    Knoxville City Animal Control
    Knox County Animal Control


    Click here to read the City of Knoxville Animal Codes
    Click here to read the Knox County Animal Codes [PDF]
    Click here to read the TN State Laws [PDF]


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    Young - Williams Animal Center
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