Furry Friends and Fundamental Partners
Young-Williams Animal Center (YWAC) is the official animal shelter for Knox County and the city of Knoxville, providing care for and reducing the number of homeless animals through their sheltering, adoption, and spay and neuter programs. Beginning as a quasi-government agency in the early 2000s, YWAC never turns away an animal.
On July 1, 2012, YWAC became a 501(c)(3) non-profit after realizing that if they position themselves as a non-profit, it would open more diverse opportunities for the funding of their animals and services to Knox County. As a result of creating a 501(c)(3), YWAC would be responsible for its own payroll and benefit management. Even though their mission of serving the community would remain the same, YWAC wished to evolve the way they handled these processes.