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.
Free Spay / Neuter Program for Outdoor Cats
FREE Spay/Neuter Program for Community Cats - Trapped, feral, unmanageable cats accepted Monday-Friday, from 8:30am-9:30am.; OR at one of these clinics by appointment: April 7, 14, 21, 29; May 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21; June 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30.
Contact Samantha.email@example.com for more information.
All cats will receive a rabies vaccination, microchip and an ear tip.
MUST BE IN A TRAP- *no carriers, crates, boxes or makeshift crates allowed. *Traps may be rented from the shelter for a $50 refundable deposit.
Other low cost services (Dewormer, Flea Control, FVRCP Vaccination) are available at time of appointment.
Feral Cat - Cannot touch at all. Runs at sight of humans. Must bring in a humane trap.
Semi-Feral, Scared or Shy Outdoor Cat - Scared of everyone, but certain people - Must bring in a humane trap.
Free Spay/Neuter Program for Family Cats that go Outdoors
Social Outdoor Owned Cat - Friendly and able to pick-up and handle easily. May bring in a cat carrier, but only on clinic dates and times listed below. Any cat that goes outside, including a family pet are eligible.
Residents of Williamson County who have family cats that spend time outdoors may receive free spay-neuter services. Clinic dates: March 13; April 7, 14, 21, 29; May 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, June 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30. Contact Samantha Anderson at 615-790-5590, ext. 1823 to make an appointment for this service.
All captured cats brought in by citizens will be spayed or neutered AT NO CHARGE at the shelter, and are to be picked up by their trapper the same day between 4:00pm and 6:00pm for return to their communities. *Traps may be rented from the shelter for a $50 refundable deposit. For more information on trapping, read the WCAC Feral Cat Trapping Guide listed below under Additional Resources.
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.”
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. Please contact the Center at 615-790-5590, ext. 3 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/