Williamson County Animal Center (WCAC) is pleased to announce that 525 cats and kittens have received spay/neuter services through the shelter’s new Community Cat program. The program was announced in April 2019 and includes an emphasis on the stray cat population in many areas of the county. The shelter took in a record 503 cats in June 2019, and seasonal intake is expected to remain very high through September.
Community Cat program coordinator Samantha Anderson has been working to educate individuals and neighborhoods about the stray cat population. “Many people have never trapped cats before,” she stated, “and we want to make them comfortable with how to capture and transport the cats to the shelter. We would love to have more trappers.” Anderson said eight clinic days with extra staff are scheduled for July and August. “Our goal is to complete 1,000 spay/neuters of outdoor cats.”
To educate the public about the Community Cat program, WCAC has placed road signs and banners in communities and neighborhoods, employed an extensive social media campaign, distributed brochures and door hangers, and answered hundreds of phone calls. Shelter Director Ondrea Johnson believes the message is getting across. “We have had many, many inquiries from citizens wanting to know more about the free program, asking for assistance, and offering to help. This is a huge step forward for Williamson County, and it shows us the program is working. We want to continue our success with even more participants.”
Appointments in July and August are currently available for the free surgeries (also free for any pet cats that go outside), and the public should call 615-790-5590, ext. 1823 to schedule. Space is limited.
Williamson County Animal Center, 106 Claude Yates Dr. in Franklin, is open for adoptions from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Adoptable animals can be viewed at www.adoptwcac.org.