At the forefront of all education efforts is the prevention of pet overpopulation through spay/neuter programs.
Pets that have been spayed or neutered live healthier lives, are less likely to roam and less likely to be aggressive.
Pets Adopted from WCAC
The shelter sterilizes all adopted animals.
If a cat or dog is too young for surgery at the time of adoption, an adopter must sign a spay/neuter consent form for a future date and pay a refundable deposit. County law requires that only Williamson County residents may adopt pets that are not spayed or neutered.
NEW: Starting January 1, 2019: FREE Public Spay/Neuter Program for Outdoor Cats - please call 615.790.5590, x. 1823 to make an appointment
Williamson County Animal Center (WCAC) is pleased to announce a new Community Cat program, which includes free spay/neuter surgeries for all outdoor cats in Williamson County, including family pets.
Approved by the County Commission, and funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, the Community Cat program addresses the growing problem of cat overpopulation in Williamson County in several ways.
Williamson County citizens can call for an appointment for their family outdoor cat or cats seen in the neighborhood. For strays in the area,the shelter will oversee the TRAP-NEUTER-RETURN process, with humane traps set with the community's help. All captured cats will be spayed or neutered AT NO CHARGE at the shelter, and returned to their communities.
According to WCAC Community Cat program coordinator Samantha Anderson, trap-neuter-return (TNR) is the best way to reduce the cat population and can eliminate many nuisance behaviors. “TNR improves the lives of cats, reduces shelter admissions, disease and unwanted kittens,” she said. “But, in order to be effective, it must be a community-wide effort that extends beyond our staff. Citizens are encouraged to report community cats and participate in the TNR process.”
Public Spay/Neuter Program for Indoor Cats
The Williamson County Animal Center sponsors a financial need-based spay and neuter program for residents of Williamson County. This program enables residents to have their family pet cats spayed or neutered at no cost to them if they meet the financial requirements during the application process.
The goal is to reduce unwanted or accidental litters of kittens in the community, which will lead to fewer cats being surrendered to the Animal Center. Having your pet spayed or neutered also reduces the chances that your pet will roam and will improve their overall health as they age.
How to Apply for Assistance
Please contact the Center at 615-790-5590, ext. 9 to get information or apply to participate in the program.
Public Spay/Neuter Program for Dogs
Due to an increase in intake of animals at WCAC, we no longer offer spay/neuter services for public dogs. Please contact our partners at People for Animals for information on their low cost program: http://www.peopleforanimals.net/
Feral Cat Trap/Neuter/Release Program
Feral cat colonies can be controlled through participation in the Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR) program. In cooperation with property owners, WCAC will trap feral cats free of charge, sterilize them, and return them to the colony. This stops the cycle of endless litters of unadoptable feral kittens. For more information, please contact Sam Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org