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Rated the most dog-friendly city in the Southeast, Knoxville canines have access to a surplus of activities, resources, and care. The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley is one of two major animal rescues serving the dogs of Knoxville, TN. Their work dates back to the formation of the society in 1885, though they opened the state's first animal shelter in 1957. Committed to working together to find a loving home for every animal in need, the organization is a no-kill rescue that even transfers in at-risk animals from other shelters in the region. All of their efforts support one ultimate mission: to end the euthanasia of adoptable animals in East Tennessee. 

The humane society is dedicated to serving the animals and people of their local community, as it is a group effort to achieve this goal. Services available to the community include animal adoptions, a low-cost spay/neuter/vaccination clinic, dog training, and education programs. Moreover, the society relies on the efforts of devoted community members for assistance through their volunteer opportunities, foster program, and generous donations. It is their hope to end pet overpopulation through promoting and offering low-cost spay/neutering, and to eliminate pet abandonment by offering training programs to address behavioral problems. The continued hard work of the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley has placed nearly 22,000 dogs and cats into new caring homes! 

The Young-Williams Animal Center is also working relentlessly to find a home for every pet. They focus their efforts on adoptions, a lost and found animal program, and spays and neuters. The efforts of the nonprofit began when it was established in January 2001. Since then, its dedication, along with that of its many compassionate volunteers, has enabled the center to care for more than 11,000 animals each year. Devoted to promoting animal welfare and the sheltering and placement of animals, the open admission organization provides an aggressive spay/neuter program, a volunteer foster program, pet resources, and community outreach and education. Their mission is to lead the community in ending pet homelessness, enhancing the human-animal bond, and promoting all-around animal welfare. 

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Knoxville

  • Admission FREE!
    Month March
    Duration 11a.m.-2p.m.

    #1 Mardi Growl Parade and Festival

    This annual celebration of all things dog is an event you and your furry friends don't want to miss! A spirited pet parade kicks of the event, where you and your canine companion can join thousands of spectators or get in on the fun and march through the streets to raise awareness of the life-saving efforts of Knoxville's Young-Williams Animal Center. Pet costumes are encouraged! Registration for the parade is $15-20, benefitting the Young-Williams Animal Center, but the festival is free! 

    The festival on Market Square is tail-waggin', butt-sniffin', dance-your-paws-sore fun! There will be lots of animal organizations, adoptable dogs, and even $10 rabies vaccines and microchips offered on-site. With more than 60 vendors, live music, local food trucks, doggie contests, and children activities, this event is a fabulous op-paw-tunity for the whole family.

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  • Admission $10.00
    Month June
    Duration 3p.m.-7p.m.

    #2 Bark in the Park

    Come kick off the summer with your bark-errific pooch at the biggest annual community event of the Humane Society of Tennessee Valley. Dogs and those who love them will take over the World's Fair Park for a day of fun, food, and celebration. There will be plenty of activities and resources for both people and pooches including pet businesses, rescue booths, adoption services, food and drink vendors, games, face painting, and doggie contests. All proceeds directly benefit the work of the Humane Society of Tennessee Valley and kids under 13 enter for free!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month November
    Duration 12p.m.-4p.m.

    #3 Furry Fall Festival

    Every fall, the Young-Williams Animal Center opens their doors to pets and their people for games, activities, and spooky fall fun! The event features adoption information, regional rescue groups, pet-related vendors, games, animal-themed crafts, contests, and goodies for your two and four-legged children! The Knox County Health Department will be offering $10 rabies vaccinations while the shelter will be offering $10 microchips, all done right on site! Come bob for bones, paint a pumpkin, and treat your pet to some furry fall fun!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Sunrise to Sunset

    #4 PetSafe Village Dog Park

    This animal oasis is Knoxville's first ever public dog park, established in 2007. Opened and operated by PetSafe, this space is packed with dog-friendly features to ensure you and your pal have a fun-filled visit! The park boasts a natural pond, walking trails, a doggie water fountain, agility equipment, dog waste bags and receptacles, picnic tables, benches, and plenty of shade! After splashing in the pond, frolicking with friends, and running through the grass, your dog is sure to go home tired! The park is fully fenced, well maintained, and has a separate area exclusive to small dogs. There are even four other PetSafe dog parks around Knoxville for endless furry fun!
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  • Admission $5.00
    Duration 6p.m.-8p.m.

    #5 Yappy Hour

    Come socialize and unwind at Wild Wing Cafe Knoxville and be sure to bring all of your two and four-legged friends! On the third Thursday of the month from April to October, the establishment reserves the patio for Smokey Mountain Dock Dogs (SMDD), who put on this event for dogs and those who love them! Enjoy delicious food, drinks, and music surrounded by the canines of Knoxville. You can even access the dock for your dog to give dock-diving a try! The event is open to the public at no charge, but dock diving for SMDD non-members is $5.
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