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November 17, 2017

Zoo Knoxville offering $1 admission 

KNOXVILLE – Zoo Knoxville will be offering $1 admission with the donation of a nonperishable food item or pet food Thursday, November 9 through Sunday, November 12. 

General zoo admission tickets for ages four and up are $1 each, and parking will be free.  To ensure a safe and pleasant experience for guests, a limited number of tickets are available for each day, and advance online purchase is required.  Tickets can be purchased online at zooknoxville.org. 

Attendees are asked to bring a donation of a nonperishable food item, hygiene item, new child’s toy, dog or cat food or new pet toy. In addition, each ticket will benefit local nonprofit organizations Mission of Hope, Young-Williams Animal Center, The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley and Knox County Office on Aging’s Knox PAWS program.  

Mission of Hope is a volunteer organization providing assistance, aid and resources to those living in poverty-stricken areas in rural Appalachia.  In order to help meet the increased demand of the holiday season, they are requesting donations of nonperishable food items. They are also accepting donations of new children’s toys and hygiene items.     

Young-Williams Animal Center serves the community by providing compassionate care to animals, working to find homes for adoptable pets, providing affordable spaying and neutering services and educational programs about animal welfare. The center is in need of dry and canned dog, puppy, cat and kitten food and new pet toys. The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley (HSTV) is a no-kill rescue and adoption facility. HSTV is committed to its relationships with other shelters in the region, primarily by transferring some of their at-risk animals to HSTV’s building for adoption. They offer a low cost spay/neuter/vaccination clinic, dog training, educational services and volunteer. The center is in need of dry and canned dog, puppy, cat and kitten food and new pet toys.    

Knox PAWS 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.  PAWS is in need of dry and canned dog and cat food and new pet toys.    

One-dollar tickets are valid only for the date printed on the ticket, and no rain checks will be offered. Tickets will not be sold at the zoo’s ticket window during the event. There is a six-ticket limit per order.  

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