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Trupanion launches new shelter program with Young-Williams Animal Center

We are so excited to announce the launch of our shelter program that provides 30 days of coverage for shelter pets adopted from Young-Williams Animal Center.

The program offers adopters the financial peace of mind that veterinary costs associated with unexpected injuries or illnesses their new pet may develop after leaving the shelter will be covered by Trupanion at 90 percent.

The Young-Williams Animal Center, located in Knoxville, TN
The Young-Williams Animal Center, located in Knoxville, TN

“With the Trupanion program, we can make sure that expensive veterinary bills are not the reason that we see pets return to us after they’ve been adopted,” said the shelter’s Chief Executive Officer Jeff Ashin. “On many occasions animals are surrendered to us due to their family’s inability to afford costly yet necessary veterinary care. Now that we can help to eliminate that financial stress for adoptive families, the animals that we place can spend the rest of their lives in their new homes.”

Every pet at Young-Williams Animal Center is examined by the shelter’s veterinary team, who provide detailed medical records of any treatment received during their shelter stay. These records help to determine any pre-existing conditions the pet may have. All conditions not considered pre-existing will be covered at 90%, less a $250 deductible, with no payout limits per year, per condition, or over the lifetime of the pet. And there are no waiting periods – coverage starts immediately.

Hanson is one of the many pets awaiting adoption at the center
Hanson is one of the many pets awaiting adoption at the center

Trupanion’s shelter program also includes a donation of four dollars for every promotional certificate activated by a new pet owner. So far, Young-Williams Animal Center has received $643 from Trupanion to help animals waiting for adoption in the Knoxville community.

Trupanion hopes to expand the shelter program all across the United States and Canada within the next several months. All shelters that participate in the program must meet the basic requirements of holding 501(c)3 status, having a veterinarian on staff, and the ability to provide routine medical care to its animals (physical exams, vaccinations, spay/neuter services, etc.).  Beyond these requirements, all shelters involved in the program must also have an accepted behavior assessment program and re-home an average of 2,000 dogs and cats each year.

About Young-Williams Animal Center
Young-Williams Animal Center is the Official animal shelter for Knox County and the city of Knoxville, Tennessee. Completely community supported, the nonprofit shelter is supported through both public and private donation. The center had over 4,500 adoptions last year alone, operating under the policy that no animal is ever turned away. The mission of Young-Williams Animal Center is to serve the community through innovative approaches to sheltering, adopting, the spaying/neutering of animals, and public education about animal welfare. For more information or to find out more about the center’s vision for a healthy community through the compassionate care of animals, please visit You can also follow Young-Williams Animal Center on Facebook or Twitter.

If you are interested in more information on Trupanion’s shelter program, call Trupanion’s shelter support team at 877.589.1836.

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