Knox PAWS (Placing Animals With Seniors) and Feed-A-Pet

Knox PAWS has an emergent need for dry dog food for our Feed-A-Pet clients! We need food within the next 7 days, if possible, or we will not have enough for our clients this month. (posted August 4, 2022)

Dog food needed and accepted:

  • 8lb bag Purina One Smartblend Small Bites
  • 4lb bag Pedigree Small Bites
  • 4lb bag Kibbles and Bits Small Bites
  • 4lb bag Beneful Small Bites

Drop off location: CAC Ross Building, 2247 Western Avenue, Knoxville TN 37921

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Each month, the CAC Office on Aging’s Knox PAWS and Feed-a-Pet programs provide almost 1,500 pounds of pet food to 152 pets owned by 83 low income seniors in the Knoxville-Knox County area. Our supply of dog food is critically low!

Without the assistance of Feed-a-Pet, those enrolled in the program struggle each month to feed their pets and sometimes go without food themselves in order to feed their furry friends.

Make a Gift to Knox PAWS

What your donation provides:

  • $75 covers one year of heartworm prevention for one pet
  • $130 covers grooming for one pet four times a year
  • $150 covers the annual vaccinations and exam for one pet
  • $200 feeds one pet for one year
  • $500 provides dental prophylaxis and extractions
  • $1,000 covers emergency veterinary care (average cost)

Knox PAWS (Placing Animals With Seniors) matches eligible seniors with adoptable pets. Research indicates that pets improve seniors’ physical, emotional, and mental health. The Knox PAWS program works with area animal shelters to match senior pets with senior citizens.

Office on Aging’s staff match income-eligible seniors with adoptable older pets. Program participants must be 60 years of age or older, residents of Knox County, income-eligible, and live independently in a pet-friendly environment. Pets adopted by Knox PAWS participants are provided with continued veterinary exams, vaccinations, heartworm/flea prevention and other pet supplies or services as needed.

The Feed-A-Pet program is for seniors that already own pets, but struggle to buy food. The program is a partnership between the Office on Aging and The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.


  • CAC Ross Building: 2247 Western Avenue 37921
  • Asheville Highway Animal Hospital: 4516 Asheville Hwy
  • Forest Park Animal Clinic: 318 N. Forest Park Blvd  37919
  • Dogwood Animal Clinic: 5900 Chapman Hwy  37920

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