Families foster pets for YWAC through ambassador program

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Young Williams Animal center is continuing its ambassador program. The program is funded by the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Animals are sent to live with foster families, who become adoption counselors. Ambassadors help the center find safe homes for cats or dogs. The center says foster families can adopt the pet themselves.

“Adoption Ambassadors provide much needed support for homeless pets that need training, medical care, or socialization before finding their permanent homes,” said Shelter Director Monica Brown. “We’re very appreciative to the ASPCA for providing this support.”

One dog up for adoption is Kimmy. She is a sweet 7-year-old boxer mix who likes to relax. She is available at the center’s Division Street location.

“The program enables participating shelters to increase their capacity, reduce overcrowding in their facilities, and reach a new market of potential adopters who otherwise may never have come through their doors,” said B.J. Rogers, vice president of Pro Learning for the ASPCA. “Our research has shown that adopters who obtained their pets from Adoption Ambassadors were less likely to have adopted from shelters in the past. Finding innovative ways to reach these untapped audiences is critical.”

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