Zoo Knoxville is paying it forward November 7-10, 2019, by offering $5 general admission tickets when guests bring a donation for Young-Williams Animal Center, Mission of Hope, the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley or Knox County’s Office on Aging PAWS program.

General zoo admission tickets for ages four and up are $5 each and parking is free November 7-10, 2019, with a donated item for each ticket. 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.

Items needed are non-perishable food item, hygiene item, new children’s toys, dog or cat food or new pet toys (no rawhide or bones). The donations help local non-profit 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 stock their pantries.

Mission of Hope is a volunteer organization providing assistance, aid and resources to those living in poverty-stricken areas in rural Appalachia.

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 Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley is a no-kill rescue and adoption facility. HSTV is committed to its relationships with other shelters in the region, primarily by transferring animals to their facility for adoption. They offer a low cost spay/neuter/vaccination clinic, dog training, educational services and volunteers.

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.

Discounted tickets are valid only for the date printed on the ticket and no rain checks will be offered. Limit 12 tickets per order.

Zoo Knoxville is a nonprofit entity situated on 53 wooded acres just east of downtown Knoxville. Zoo Knoxville features exhibits of wild animals in natural habitats and is world renowned for its efforts in conservation and species survival. Zoo Knoxville is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is committed to the highest standards in animal care and well-being, ethics, conservation, and education. Knoxville’s largest attraction, the zoo is open every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Currently, the zoo is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. For more information visit zooknoxville.org.