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Adoptable Dogs Transported from Young-Williams Animal Center Finding a New Home for the Holidays

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Young-Williams Animal Center staff members Monica Brown and Breeanna Brown load up the center's "Rover" vehicle with 40 dogs and puppies on Nov. 25 to transport them to rescue groups and an animal shelter in Massachusetts and Connecticut, where they'll be adopted and find new homes for the holidays.

KNOXVILLE -- On Friday evening, Nov. 25, Young-Williams Animal Center staff and volunteers loaded the center's "Rover" vehicle with 40 dogs and puppies. Then they hit the road to transport the pack of pooches to rescue groups in Massachusetts and Connecticut, where they'll be adopted.

Animal center staff members Monica Brown and Breeanna Brown traveled overnight from Knoxville to Massachusetts as it makes it easier on the dogs who will sleep more during the trip when traveling at night. The drive, along with stops for bathroom breaks and stretching, took about 18 hours.

The first stop on the road trip was Broken Tail Rescue in Worcester, Mass. There, CC Rescue from Ellington, Conn., also picked up some of the dogs. Then, the remaining dogs were taken to Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem, Mass. All of the dogs will be adopted through these organizations.

There is a need for more adoptable animals in these states due to their success with spay/neuter programs, according to Breeanna Brown, placement coordinator for Young-Williams Animal Center.

"We work to find homes for every adoptable animal, and we're very grateful for the support of the local community and those who adopt shelter animals," Brown said. "We're also are grateful for opportunities to transport dogs to communities that need more adoptable animals because we know that they'll find loving, forever homes."

The Knoxville animal shelter has an excess number of adoptable dogs, and the transport trip not only allows Young-Williams to place 40 dogs in homes in other states but also opens space on the adoption floor for 40 additional dogs needing homes. Brown advises that the single most important thing everyone can do to help control the pet overpopulation in the Knoxville community is to spay and neuter pets.

"It's the easiest and most humane solution to limit the births of kittens and puppies for which there are simply not enough homes," Brown added.

The transport trip was sponsored by Erie Insurance; the Knoxville office paid for the fuel for the trip. Young-Williams Animal Center hopes to participate in more transport trips with adoptable animals in the future.

"It was a very special Thanksgiving weekend for dozens of stray, abandoned and homeless East Tennessee dogs who made the trip of a lifetime to find their new forever families and new homes for the holidays," Brown said.

There are still plenty of adoptable animals available at Young-Williams Animal Center. The staff encourages any families or community members who are considering pet adoption to visit the two Young-Williams locations in Knoxville: the animal center on Division St. and the animal village on Bearden Hill, both of which are open seven days a week from noon-6 p.m. for adoptions.

At this time, thanks to the generosity of many community members who have paid for a "Furry Friends" sponsorship, there are dozens of dogs and cats available at Young-Williams whose adoption fees have been pre-paid.

To learn more about Young-Williams Animal Center, visit or check out Young-Williams Animal Center on Facebook.

Published December 5, 2011

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