Dogs come in all shapes, sizes and breeds. But if smaller is better for you, an upcoming, free education class might be for you.

Young-Williams Animal Center is joining Small Breed Rescue of East Tennessee to host a session on small breed dogs on Saturday, March 15, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

You will learn about the history, characteristics and temperament of breeds like Chihuahua, shih tzu, Maltese, Pomeranian, poodle and Yorkshire terrier. This course will help you decide if a small dog is right for you. If you already own a small breed, you will get tips on positive training and activities to keep your animal healthy and happy.

This class is open to the public, but please leave your animals at home.

For more information or to register for the class, call Taylor Slemmer at Young-Williams Animal Center at 215-6661.

The Young-Williams Animal Center is the official animal shelter for Knox County and the city of Knoxville. The center is a nonprofit organization that turns no animal away and is dedicated to the sheltering and placement of animals, general animal welfare, and public education of companion animal issues.

The Young-Williams Animal Center is conveniently located just off Sutherland Avenue at the entrance to John Tarleton Park at 3201 Division St. in Knoxville. The center is 8/10th of a mile from the intersection of Kingston Pike and Neyland Drive/Concord Street and offers animals for adoption Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

For more information about Young-Williams Animal Center, including detailed driving directions, call (865) 215-6599 or visit

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