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Adopt A Life, Save A Life

By Jeff Ashin, CEO, Young-Williams Animal Center. Photo by: Young-Williams Animal Center

 

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Are you or your child thinking of adding a furry friend to the household? Please consider adopting from Young-Williams Animal Center.

We have hundreds of healthy, happy pet options for your family to take home and love. In 2015 alone, 5,524 animals from our shelter went to forever homes. Read more →

The Best Things In Life Are Free

By Jeff Ashin, CEO, Young-Williams Animal Center. Photo by: Young-Williams Animal Center

 

Interested in making a change in your community? One of the best places to volunteer may be right near you– an animal shelter. There are numerous ways that your kids can help homeless pets at Young-Williams Animal Center. Volunteering is a wonderful way to learn, have fun and give back to your community. At YWAC, you must be 16 years or older to work with or around animals on-site, but there are many other means of actively getting involved. Read more →

Adoption Ambassadors: Teaching Children Life Skills

By Jeff Ashin, CEO, Young-Williams Animal Center. Photo by: Young-Williams Animal Center

 

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It’s a question many parents face – whether or not to get a pet. Before you decide against it, realize there is a happy medium. Children of any age can help homeless pets in a Young-Williams’ Animal Center program that teaches selflessness and empathy. Your child also will learn how to make a difference for a nonprofit organization.

Adoption Ambassadors is a shelter program that is similar to foster care but goes a step further. Read more →

A Life-Saving Decision For Animals

By Jeff Ashin, CEO, Young-Williams Animal Center. Photo by: Young-Williams Animal Center

 

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Pet owners face many day-to-day decisions that affect the health and welfare of the animals they love. What kind of food is best? How much food? What kind of exercise will be most beneficial? However, the most important decision pet owners face affects not only the pet, but the community as well. Read more →

Giving Pets As Gifts: Naughty Or Nice

By Jeff Ashin, CEO, Young-Williams Animal Center. Photo by: Young-Williams Animal Center

 

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Your child has been asking for a new puppy for months. Now Christmas is coming and ‘new puppy’ is at the top of her wish list for Santa. Images of your child squealing with delight upon discovering a cute, cuddly puppy under the tree dance through your head. As a parent you’d love nothing more than to make her Christmas wish come true, but is it a good idea? Read more →

Dear Knox County Schools’ Families

By Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of Knox County Schools

Gifts during the holiday season come in many shapes and sizes—some are expensive, some are priceless; some are store-bought, some are handmade—but the most important thing to focus on is giving meaningful, powerful gifts that will instill joy and positive memories for a lifetime. It makes me so proud and excited to think about the gifts we give students in the Knox County Schools every day in the form of time and education—these gifts help foster a life full of hope and opportunity. Read more →

Thankful For Our Community’s Care For Animals

By Monica Brown, Director of Shelter Operations, Young-Williams Animal Center

 

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Although Wiley can’t talk, the lively Border collie shows her gratitude in her own way. Her tail wags continuously and her brown eyes sparkle. If she could talk, Wiley would tell you that this Thanksgiving season she has much for which to be thankful.

Wiley first came to Young-Williams Animal Center as a stray in October of 2014. The 5-year-old collie was extremely malnourished and covered in ticks.  She walked with a bad limp to protect her right front leg which was clearly causing her a great deal of pain. An X-ray showed the leg was broken but with medical care, rest, and rehabilitation, she would be fine.  Read more →

Dear Knox County Schools’ Families

By Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of Knox County Schools

I recently had the opportunity to attend the 10th annual “Reach Them To Teach Them” event at the historic Tennessee Theatre.  Reach Them To Teach them is an annual event focused on celebrating and recognizing the incredibly important work our teachers do every day.  This event serves all levels of school personnel across East Tennessee through an evening of appreciation and personal challenge for educators.  The idea of the event was conceived in the basement of a West Knoxville church from Knox County Schools middle school teacher, Amy Crawford, who felt a bit weary and began to question if she was really making a difference in the lives of children.  She was inspired by an old cassette recording of Dr. Guy Doud who was sharing his insight as a National Teacher of the Year recipient.  This resulted in a renewed passion for educating children and a relentless vision to inspire fellow teachers. Read more →

Educate Don’t Discriminate: What The Pit Bull Can Teach Us

by Dr. Lisa Chassy, Director, Young-Williams Animal Center Spay/Neuter Solutions. Photo by Young-Williams Animal Center

 

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“You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover” is a common phrase used to teach children not to prejudge or discriminate against a person because of their looks.  The lesson applies to many things, including dog breeds like pit bulls.  Because of the numerous misconceptions about pit bulls, people unfamiliar with the breed fall prey to stereotypes that are as unfair and untrue as racial stereotypes. Read more →

Dear Knox County Schools’ Families

By Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of Knox County Schools

We are fortunate to have teachers in our organization who work enthusiastically to make learning engaging and exciting for our students in the Knox County Schools. 

We recently concluded Thank A Teacher Week (Sept. 28 – Oct. 2, 2015), a time set aside in the Knox County Schools to thank our valued teachers for what they do every day and the enormous difference they make in the lives of children.  We are seeing the fruits of our labor in terms of increased student learning and success!  Just recently, ACT results were released and the composite score for Knox County Schools students improved from 20.4 in 2014 to 20.7 in 2015.  Additionally, our school system was recently recognized by the State of Tennessee as an Exemplary School District, the first large urban school district to ever earn this honor.  We could not enjoy this success without our teachers and their collective talents, passions, and persistence toward excellence. Read more →