The Plight of Shelter Animals

The Young-Williams Animal Center is hardest hit in summer. As the sole intake facility for Knox County and city Animal Control captures, surrendered animals, and strays, the center’s kennels are inundated with newborns and roaming animals in the warm months. According to the center’s executive director, Tim Adams, this is a critical time to drive down the number of animals who must be euthanized through a combination of microchipping, zealous pursuit of lost animals by their owners, spaying, neutering, and reduced owner surrenders. Here is the center’s record on incoming animals, those released, and those euthanized for the past five years, including its consistent improvement in owner reclamations and the recent dip in the number of animals who are funneled to independent organizations:

2003

  • Total Animals Incoming 13835
  • Adopted 2649
  • Reclaimed by Owner 760
  • Released to Animal Organizations 1080
  • Total Animals Outgoing 4489
  • Euthanized 8966

2004

  • Total Animals Incoming 16033
  • Adopted 2953
  • Reclaimed by Owner 878
  • Released to Animal Organizations 888
  • Total Animals Outgoing 4719
  • Euthanized 10848

2005

  • Total Animals Incoming 16195
  • Adopted 2448
  • Reclaimed by Owner 960
  • Released to Animal Organizations 1087
  • Total Animals Outgoing 4495
  • Euthanized 11546

2006

  • Total Animals Incoming 16914
  • Adopted 2194
  • Reclaimed by Owner 1078
  • Released to Animal Organizations 1200
  • Total Animals Outgoing 4472
  • Euthanized 12090

2007

  • Total Animals Incoming 17213
  • Adopted 2541
  • Reclaimed by Owner 1220
  • Released to Animal Organizations 669
  • Total Animals Outgoing 4430
  • Euthanized 12261

2008

  • Total Animals Incoming 17685
  • Adopted 2819
  • Reclaimed by Owner 1318
  • Released to Animal Organizations 472
  • Total Animals Outgoing 4609
  • Euthanized 12638

Source: Young-Williams Animal Center

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