In 2016, Young-Williams Animal Shelter took in 11,594 animals, with a total of 7,484 outgoing animals and 3,901 animals being euthanized. Believe it or not, but this is the lowest number of euthanized animals Young-Williams has had since it first began its operations in 2001. One of the organization’s missions to end pet overpopulation they succeeded in performing 60,000 surgeries. This was accomplished within 9 years of the animal shelter opening. Young-Williams, like many shelters, faces the problem with pet overpopulation.
Pet overpopulation has become a growing issue within the community. Our research shows that there are nearly 6 million stray cats and dogs entering animal shelters each year. Also, over half of them are euthanized because they can not find homes for these animals. This overpopulation is affected by two main sources; when cats and dogs reproduce at large amounts with little chance their babies will find homes, and when pet owners return their animals to the shelter because they can no longer keep them, or want them. Pet overpopulation affects the community in more way then you would think. For example, there are health issues, like the spread of rabies and other diseases, and it invests more money to open more shelters. Pet overpopulation is becoming a nationwide problem and in our research shows it's grown even more. Luckily, Young-Williams approach includes sheltering homeless animals and making sure they’re all spayed or neutered. Through the help of their center, the number of homeless animals in Knoxville has dropped since Young-Williams first opened.