Louisville, Tennessee is a short drive south of Knoxville, Tennessee. This small town doesn’t have its own animal shelter, but there are a few close-by shelters that are working to find homes for the pets without them in the area.
The Humane Society of Tennessee Valley has a history in the area dating back to 1885. As one of the oldest animal welfare organizations in the around, the Humane Society of Tennessee Valley has helped thousands of animals find forever homes. The shelter opened in 1957, and in 2001, became officially "no-kill". Since 2011, the shelter has placed around 22,000 cats and dogs in new homes. The organization hopes to end the euthanasia of all adoptable animals in East Tennessee by 2025 and hopes to continue to find new ways to help animals in the area.
The Young-Williams Animal Center, located in Knoxville, helps around 5,000 homeless pets find new homes each year. The shelter opened in 2001, and quickly the owners decided they needed more space to help the local animals in need. By 2004, the organization moved into a new, larger facility. In 2010, Young-Williams Animal Village opened as a secondary adoption facility for stray pets as well as the Young-Williams Spay/Neuter Solutions organization, which offers low-cost services to families in the area, including vaccinations. The organization even provides a shuttle service for those without proper transportation.
If you live in the Louisville, Tennessee, area and are looking for a new pet to bring into your home and life, we recommend visiting one of these two animal shelters!
Mardi Gras, the traditional New Orleans holiday, has been expanding to other states over the past few years, and in Knoxville, Tennessee, Mardi Gras has gone to the dogs with the Young-Williams Animal Center’s Mardi Growl Parade and Pet Party each year!
Mardi Gras usually hits in February or March, so the parade coincides with the closest Saturday of the event.
Every year, hundreds of dogs and humans dress up in fun costumes and hit the streets starting at Willow Avenue to walk to Market Square.
Parade participants should pre-register for the event for a $5 discount. Pre-registration is only $15 per dog, while day-of registration is $20 for each dog.
The parade begins at 11 a.m., followed by a party from noon to 2 p.m. at Market Square.
Each April, Knoxville Mercury puts together a list of restaurants that will donate proceeds from meals to the Humane Society of Tennessee Valley for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Many of these restaurants will also allow you to bring your dog to the restaurant to celebrate the occasion.
Eating at one of the participating restaurants will earn the Humane Society of Tennessee Valley 15% of the cost of your meal. This is one of the organization's springtime fundraisers to help raise money to care for homeless animals in the area.
Stop by SoKnow Taco Cantina, Zoe's Kitchen, Aubrey’s, Bistro at the Bijou, and many more restaurants to support a great cause.
Don’t forget to stop by River Dog Bakery for a “River Dog Paw” the day of the fundraiser, and they’ll donate $1 of every purchase to the humane society.
The Annual Bark in the Park event comes to World’s Fair Park each year. With activities for both dogs and humans, there will be something that everyone in your family can enjoy. With food and drinks available during the event, you and your pup can happily walk around all afternoon to shop vendor booths or participate in games and contests.
Don’t miss out on the lure chasing competition or the Mr and Ms Bark contest. Stop by the Barkin’ Beer Garden for refreshing brews. Let your children wander the Barkin’ Zoo Garden and meet superheroes and princesses during the event. You can even stop by rescue booths to adopt a new family member!
From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., enjoy the largest community event hosted by the Humane Society of Tennessee Valley for only $10.
The Humane Society of Tennessee Valley hosts the Waggin’ Tails 5k Race each September to raise money to help the homeless animals in their care. Dog owners are encouraged to sign up for the race with their four-legged buddies. Not only is the race a way to earn more for the Humane Society of Tennessee Valley, but it is also a great way for dog owners to spend time with family, friends, and their dogs while enjoying food, drinks, and other fun activities.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. on race day, but the race won’t start until 11 a.m.
Registration prices will be determined closer to the date of the event, however, pre-registration does include a t-shirt.
Halloween is a fun time to dress up with family and friends - and your dog, too! The UT Gardens Knoxville host the Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade and Pet Expo each year for dogs in the area.
Dress your mutt up and help raise money for dog-related non-profits and businesses in the Knoxville area. Prizes will be given out to the pups with the best costumes. Browse vendor booths and rescue groups while at the event. With the many food trucks on-site, there will be a plethora of choices for food and refreshments available, as well!
Registration to participate in the parade is $10 per costume entry before the event. On the day-of, the registration price jumps to $15 per costume entry, but being a spectator to the parade is free!