Listed below are several resources for having/finding animals in Knoxville including adoptable animals, animal control, and dead animal pickup.
TAGS FOR ANIMALS IN CITY LIMITS
If you live within the City limits, all of your pets are required to possess a City tag
. Your pet must have an up to date Rabies Vaccine in order to purchase a tag. This tag must be purchased annually and worn by your pet, just like the Rabies tag. Young-Williams Animal Center and most veterinarians in the City offer the sale of City tags.
More City Pet Ordinances
For stray animal pickup in the city, call 865-215-7457. To leave a voice message only, call 865-215-8639. For more information contact Karen Pappas at 865-215-8640 or firstname.lastname@example.org
. The City Animal Control office is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
For stray animal pickup in the county, call Knox County Animal Control at 865-215-2444. For more information please visit www.knoxsheriff.org/animal
or send email to Animalcontrol@knoxsheriff.org
. The County Animal Control office is open Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-10 p.m. and for emergencies from 10 p.m.-6 a.m.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) has jurisdiction over wildlife 1-800-332-0900 (bats, skunks, racoons, foxes, and coyotes). City and County Animal Control Officers can respond to calls about wildlife that are sick/injured, and pose a direct safety risk to the public.
Click here to read the City of Knoxville Animal Codes
Click here to read the Knox County Animal Codes [PDF]
Click here to read the TN State Laws [PDF]
DEAD ANIMAL PICKUP
To request pickup for a dead animal in the City please call 865-215-6000 or call 3-1-1 at 865-215-4311. The animal must be within 5 feet of the edge of the street. The animal is placed in a bio-hazard bag and taken for burial to the Chestnut Ridge Landfill off Raccoon Valley Road.
Request Dead Animal Pickup
DOGS ON PATIOS
The City now allows restaurants with outside dining areas, such as patios, to provide for dog owners to bring their dogs with them to the outdoor area. Dogs cannot be taken through the inside area of the restaurant, but must be taken directly to the outside dining area. Restaurants must get a permit from the City to allow dogs and must post rules governing dogs in their place of business.
Dogs on Patios Permit Info
YOUNG-WILLIAMS ANIMAL CENTER
3201 Division Street
Knoxville, TN 37919
Open Noon - 6 p.m. Monday-Sunday
The fees to adopt a pet from the Young - Williams Animal Center varies depending on the type of animal, the animal's age, how long he or she has been at their shelter, etc. The center has dogs, cats and even non-traditional pets such as rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, and guinea pigs. Please call the Center at 865-215-6599 for more information about adoption fees. The adoption fee includes a spay or neuter, shots (except for rabies vaccine, which you must get at your own vet), a heartworm test for dogs and a feline leukemia test for cats, check and treatment for intestinal parasites, application of flea control, a microchip, and an exam by their Animal Center veterinarian.
Center Services Include:
• Take in stray, nuisance, and surrendered animals.
• Provide humane treatment of animals while in our custody.
• Identify and return lost pets.
• Conduct progressive adoption program with spay/neuter and microchip included in the fee.
• Quarantine bite animals for rabies observation.
• Provide humane education and pet-care information to the community and schools.
• Provide services to the citizens of Knoxville and Knox County while enforcing Tennessee state laws and local ordinances related to animals.
• Humanely euthanize homeless, unwanted, sick, and injured animals.
PHONE NUMBERS OF INTEREST
Knoxville Pet Emergency Clinic
UT Vet. Hospital Emergency Clinic
Animal Emergency and Specialty Center
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center
Humane Society of TN Valley
Young - Williams Animal Center