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‘Demo-cats’ and ‘Re-pup-licans’ adoption special marks Dogs in Politics Day at Young-Williams Animal Center

September 21, 2016

Fees for adult and senior dogs and cats, as well as kittens, reduced to $20 from Sept. 23-25

Young-Williams Animal Center will celebrate National Dogs in Politics Day by offering adoption discounts on “demo-cats” and “re-pup-licans” from Sept. 23-25.



The adoption fees for all adult and senior dogs and cats, as well as kittens, will be reduced to $20 from Friday-Sunday.

“Politics can be polarizing, but we believe the people of East Tennessee can unite through their love of animals,” Young-Williams Animal Center CEO Janet Testerman said. “Whether you prefer a calming cat purr or snuggles from a wet dog nose, experience the unconditional love and affection of a pet. Adopt an animal who deserves a happy, healthy home – be it a ‘re-pup-lican’ or a ‘demo-cat.'”

The adoption special features adult and senior animals that often are overlooked by adopters in favor of younger pets. Kittens also are included because the shelter continues to house an excess of kittens from the summer breeding months.

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Every animal adopted during the special promotion will receive the services covered by the regular adoption fees, which include a veterinary exam, spay/neuter surgery, some standard vaccinations, a microchip with registration and more.

National Dogs in Politics Day is recognized annually on Sept. 23, the anniversary of the famous 1952 address by then Sen. Richard Nixon known as the “Checkers speech.” In the speech, Nixon referenced the family’s black-and-white cocker spaniel whom his children named Checkers. Many dogs, cats and other pets have been cherished by United States politicians and their families – including dozens that lived in the White House. For more information about presidential pets, visit

The “demo-cats” and “re-pup-licans” adoption special will be available at Young-Williams Animal Center at 3201 Division St., off Sutherland Avenue, and the Young-Williams Animal Village at 6400 Kingston Pike on Bearden Hill. The facilities will be open during regular business hours of noon-6 p.m.

To learn more about Young-Williams Animal Center, visit

For more information:
Courtney Kliman
Young-Williams Animal Center

About Young-Williams Animal Center

Young-Williams Animal Center reminds the community to please spay and neuter your pets.

Young-Williams Animal Center takes in an average of 12,000 animals every year making it the official animal shelter for Knox County and the City of Knoxville. The center is a nonprofit organization, community-supported through public and private donations, that turns no animal away and is dedicated to the sheltering and placement of animals, general animal welfare, and public education of companion animal issues.

Young-Williams Animal Center is located off Sutherland Avenue at the entrance to John Tarleton Park at 3201 Division St. Young-Williams Animal Village is located at 6400 Kingston Pike adjacent to Deane Hill Drive. Both locations are open seven days a week from noon-6 p.m.

For more information about Young-Williams Animal Center, including detailed driving directions, call 865-215-6599 or visit