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Young-Williams Animal Center receives $17,610 grant from BISSELL Pet Foundation to reduce homeless pet population in Knoxville

June 17, 2020

Young-Williams Animal Center recently was awarded a $17,610 grant from BISSELL Pet Foundation (BPF) for spay and neuter procedures. The grant will go toward the shelter’s Spay/Neuter Solutions program, which works to address overcrowding in shelters and rescues by preventing unwanted litters of cats and dogs in Knoxville.

“Due to COVID-19, veterinary clinics across the country have put critical spay/neuter surgeries on hold for months, leaving thousands of shelter pets unaltered,” said Cathy Bissell, founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “Knowing this, BISSELL Pet Foundation is awarding more spay/neuter grant funding than ever to support shelters’ needs and ensure the health and safety of pets.”

BPF’s spring grant cycle will award funding to 86 organizations in 28 states totaling $487,418 for spay/neuter.

Young-Williams Animal Center offers low-cost spay and neuter services, as well as a mobile Spay Shuttle surgical clinic to increase access to low-cost surgeries. Pet owners should schedule an appointment with Spay/Neuter Solutions for both on-site and mobile Spay Shuttle services. Schedule an appointment online at or call 865-215-6677.

“BISSELL Pet Foundation’s grant and donations from our community enable the shelter to perform more low-cost and convenient spay/neuter surgeries in the community and help prevent the birth of unwanted animals – up to 30,000 homeless pets in Knoxville every year,” says Janet Testerman, CEO of Young-Williams Animal Center. “The mission of Young-Williams Animal Center is to end pet homelessness. A proven way to reach that goal is to stop unwanted litters through spaying and neutering.”

With a mission to find every pet a home, BPF focuses their efforts on adoption, spay/neuter, microchipping and emergency support.

About BISSELL Pet Foundation:
BISSELL Pet Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to help reduce the number of animals in shelters through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, microchipping and emergency support. Founded in 2011 by Cathy Bissell, BPF is an extension of her long-standing love for animals and commitment to their welfare. BPF has since partnered with 5,000 shelters and rescues across the U.S. and Canada to help pets find loving homes. The foundation is supported by generous donors and BISSELL Homecare, Inc., where every purchase saves pets. To learn more, visit

About Young-Williams Animal Center
The vision of Young-Williams Animal Center is “a home for every pet.” It is the municipal shelter of the City of Knoxville and Knox County, and each year takes in more than 9,000 animals.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Young-Williams Animal Center serves the needs of lost, unwanted, abandoned and neglected animals. The center’s mission is to lead the community to end pet homelessness, promote animal welfare and enhance the human-animal bond through the shelter and placement of animals, spay/neuter initiatives and public education of companion animal issues. Young-Williams Animal Center reminds pet owners to spay and neuter their pets.

Young-Williams Animal Center’s main facility is located off Sutherland Avenue at 3201 Division Street. For more information about Young-Williams Animal Center, including hours of operation and COVID-19 policies, call 865-215-6599 or visit