Barkitecture’s online auction and People’s Choice Award voting is live!

You can bid and vote on your favorites through March 12th.

Check out this year’s entries and bid on a new doghouse for your fuzzy friends! All proceeds go directly to benefit thousands of animals at Young-Williams Animal Center!

2023 Entries

Sponsored by:

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How it works:

  • Pull together a team of designers, builders, animal lovers, and other interested individuals. 
  • Design and build a doghouse or a cat tree.
  • Your team will be paired with a business, where your creation will be displayed.  Deliver your abode and let the bidding begin!
  • Collect awards for CATegory champions and help Young-Williams raise some DOGgone money for their efforts.
  • See your creation provide joy for an animal!

Critical Considerations:

  • Your structure should be able to fit (whole or for assembly) through a standard 34” door.
  • You will need to deliver your structure to its display site.
  • You may need to assist the buyer of your structure in transporting it from the display site or provide them an assembly diagram.  
  • Materials matter—both for moving and for Most Sustainable Design!  What can you keep out of a landfill as you create your structure?
  • If your pet house is for exterior shelter, it should meet these requirements: It must have at least three sides and a weatherproof roof; have a solid level floor raised at least two inches from the ground and be adequately ventilated; it must provide shelter from wind, rain, sun, extreme weather conditions and the elements at all times (Knox County Code of Ordinances, Sec. 6-44).


June 1st: Registration opens

Dec. 31st: Registration deadline

Feb. 26th: Pet houses complete and ready to deliver

March 4th: Mardi Growl

March 4th – 12th: Online auction/voting live

TBD: Winners of auction and awards announced


Registration has closed for 2023

Do You Have Questions?

Please e-mail Sarah Peacock at [email protected] or call (865) 934-1915, extension 221.  

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