Knoxville Named Southeast's "DogTown USA"

Aug 03, 2011, 13:29 ET from PetSafe

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- We all know Knoxville has gone to the dogs, but now all of America knows too! Today, Dog Fancy Magazine, the world's most widely read dog magazine, named Knoxville, Tenn. as the most dog friendly city in the Southeast.

Thanks to organizations like Knoxville's Most Pet Friendly Community Committee, a group which includes Young-Williams Animal Center, the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, PetSafe, as wells numerous patrons of animal welfare, Knoxville has grown into one of best areas for pets.

Not only can Knoxville boast many breed rescue groups, shelters and spay/neuter clinics, it is also on the cutting edge of veterinary and pet friendly practices. Home to one of the most prestigious Veterinary programs in the nation, the University of Tennessee's College of Veterinary Medicine is at the forefront of veterinary science and has created education classes for the public to ensure proper care for pets. Knoxville also hosts many pet friendly events such as Mardi Growl, Bark in the Park, Doggie Date Night and Yappy Hour. More and more of our restaurants welcome pets on their patios since a city ordinance was changed to allow dogs on restaurant patios in Knoxville. But it doesn't end there. Knoxville continues to become more pet-centric everyday:

  • Young-Williams Animal Village, an adoption and spay and neuter center, more than doubled the number spay/neuter procedures able to be performed in Knoxville. The facility also features a PetSafe Doggie Day Camp and Invisible Fence dealership.
  • The City of Knoxville and Knox County currently has four off-leash dog parks open and two more are in development through a $500,000 donation from PetSafe.
  • The first ever Morris Animal Foundation K-9 Cancer Walk in Knoxville, sponsored by PetSafe, will be held at noon on Sunday, September 18th at Concord Park.

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This issue of Dog Fancy Magazine hits newsstands on August 23, 2011.

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