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Smokey is UT's mascot and everybody's favorite Bluetick Coonhound
Smokey is UT’s mascot and everybody’s favorite Bluetick Coonhound

Smokey has to be the happiest mascot in the country because Knoxville is one of the nation’s most pet friendly communities. In 2011, Knoxville was named the most dog friendly city in the Southeast by Dog Fancy Magazine, the world’s most widely read dog magazine.

It’s a well-earned title too; throughout the past few years UT has collaborated with the City of Knoxville, Knox County, Young Williams Animal Shelter, the Knoxville News Sentinel, and PetSafe to create the nation’s “Most Pet Friendly” community right here in the Scruffy City. Additionally, UT’s College of Veterinary Medicine is a leader in animal health research and practice and takes referrals for pets in need of medical attention.

Knoxville knows that our four-legged friends add immeasurable value to the community which is why the area is host to numerous pet-friendly businesses and regularly hosts various pet-friendly events.

Knoxville is home to several different dog parks located in the city and throughout the surrounding area. These include:

Several pet clinics and hospitals are also located in the area including: