Volunteer at WCAC!

Volunteers are vital to the well-being and adoptability of the animals cared for at Williamson County Animal Center.  There are three general categories of volunteer opportunities:

  1. Weekly Cat OR Dog Volunteers
  2. Required Community Service (Court-Ordered or “Tennessee Promise” School Service)
  3. Group Service Projects

Weekly Cat or Dog Volunteers

Weekly Cat Volunteers



To volunteer alone with cats you must be 14 years of age or older.  Children younger than 14 may volunteer with an adult as “junior volunteers”.  If you are under 14 and wish to volunteer with cats, you must attend orientation and training with the adult who will be volunteering with you.

Volunteer duties include socializing cats, grooming, helping adopters find their perfect pet, assembling adoption carriers, working adoption events and just providing lots of love to the cats and kittens in our care.  Volunteer shifts are one hour long.  We do ask that any volunteer who signs up to train is willing to work a minimum of one shift per week.

Volunteer shifts are totally flexible, you can sign up for your shift a week before, a day before or an hour before you come in.  Volunteer shifts begin at 10am and end when we close at 6pm on Monday – Friday and on weekends from 10am-3pm. *Volunteers who do not fulfill the minimum hours are moved to an inactive status and have to retrain.  

Orientation and training are offered monthly.  You are not required to sign up or fill out any type of application first.  Simply attend the orientation that works best for you and we will take it from there.  The remaining dates for orientations in 2022 are listed below.

Please be sure to read through all the information before attending:

Each orientation is a three-part commitment.  The first session is an hour long.  Immediately following, you will sign up for a second session.  Multiple times and dates will be available, so please bring your calendar.  This is a hands-on detailed training.  The final session is simply a shadowing.  You will sign up and put on your apron to volunteer along-side a green apron volunteer.

We know this seems like a lot of information, but we promise it will all make sense when we see you in person.

Orientations and trainings are held at the center, located at 1006 Grigsby Hayes Court in Franklin.

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Orientation Dates for Cat Volunteers:

JULY CAT ORIENTATION HAS BEEN CANCELED

August 21st at 1pm

September 21st at 6pm

October 23rd at 1pm

November 20th at 1pm



Weekly Dog Volunteers



To volunteer alone with dogs you must be 16 years of age or older.  Children younger than 16 may volunteer with an adult as “junior volunteers”.  If you are under 16 and wish to volunteer with dogs, you must attend orientation and training with the adult who will be volunteering with you.

It is also important to note that junior volunteers may not hold the leash/walk the dog.  The adult who attends training will be the dog handler.

Volunteer duties include walking dogs, socializing dogs, helping adopters find their perfect pet, assembling adoption carriers, working adoption events and just providing lots of love to the dogs in our care.  We walk dogs rain or shine and in hot or freezing temperatures.  The volunteer shifts are 2 hours long.

We do ask that any volunteer who signs up to train is willing to work a minimum of one shift per week.  Volunteer shifts are totally flexible, you can sign up for your shift a week before, a day before or an hour before you come in.  Our volunteer shifts include a sunrise shift which is from 7am-8:30am.  We then have two hour shifts throughout the day from 10am-6pm.

Weekend volunteer hours include the sunrise shift and two hour shifts from 10am-3pm. *Volunteers who do not fulfill the minimum hours are moved to an inactive status and have to retrain.  

Orientation and training are offered monthly.  You are not required to sign up or fill out any type of application first.  Simply attend the orientation that works best for you and we will take it from there.  Spring orientation is already full, but the remaining dates through 2022 are listed below.

Please be sure to read through all the information before attending:

Each orientation is a three-part commitment.  The first session is always held on the second Tuesday of each month with a follow-up session to include EITHER a Saturday or Sunday group training.  Please do not attend the Tuesday night session if you cannot attend the second session the following weekend.

Orientation will last one hour and the follow-up weekend training session is 90 minutes.  The third training session is hands-on detailed training with an experienced volunteer and we will have several sessions available for you to choose from.

We know this seems like a lot of information, but we promise it will make sense when we see you in person.  

Orientations and trainings are held at the center, located at 1006 Grigsby Hayes Court in Franklin.

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Orientation Dates for Dog Volunteers:

JULY DOG ORIENTATION HAS BEEN CANCELED

August 9th at 6:30pm
First Training Session dates: August 13th and August 14th
*Training times between 10am – 2pm

September 13th at 6:30pm
First Training Session dates: September 17th and September 18th
*Training times between 10am – 2pm

October 11th at 6:30pm
First Training Session dates: October 15th and October 16th
*Training times between 10am – 2pm

November 8th at 6:30pm
First Training Session dates: November 12th and November 13th




Required Community Service (Court-Ordered or "Tennessee Promise" School Service)

Anyone who wishes to volunteer at the Center in order to fulfill service hours as ordered by the Court or as needed to complete educational requirements must contact Angela at (615) 790-5590, ext. 1034 or communityservice@williamsoncounty-tn.gov to schedule those hours, no walk-ins are accepted.

Be sure to allow for several weeks to fulfill your service requirements.  Required service activities include (but are not limited to) cleaning, laundry, general facility upkeep, landscaping, etc.  They do NOT include working with animals.




​Group Service Projects

Click here to learn more about group service projects.




Other Ways to Contribute