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

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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 identified by animal center staff. Program participants must be 60 years of age or older, residents of Knox County, income-eligible, and live independently in a pet-friendly environment.

If participants cannot afford pet food, it is provided through the Feed-A-Pet Program (a partnership of the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and RSVP). Pets adopted by Knox PAWS participants are given an initial medical exam, vaccinated, given a microchip, are spayed or neutered, and are provided with six months of heartworm and flea prevention medication.

Due to COVID-19, some locations, including the Ross Building, may have limited public access to the building. Please call before you go! Call the Office on Aging at 865-524-2786.


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

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