Knox PAWS is a program of Knoxville-Knox County Council on Aging, which provides services for senior citizens in Knoxville and Knox County, TN. The program works with area animal shelters to match senior pets with senior citizens. 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 Project (a partnership of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and RSVP). Knox PAWS works to: (1) reduce loneliness and stress as well as improve the physical and mental health of seniors by matching them with a pet that is in need of a loving home, and (2) reduce the number of senior pets euthanized at local shelters.
Funding from The Grey Muzzle Organization helps to support Knox PAWS seniors for seniors adoption program. Pets adopted by Knox PAWS participants are given an initial medical exam, vaccinated, microchiped, spayed or neutered, and provided with six months of heartworm and flea prevention medication.