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 Volunteers



How old do I have to be to volunteer with cats?
To volunteer with cats you must be 14 years of age or older. Children younger than 14 may
volunteer with an adult as a “junior volunteer.” 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.

Can I volunteer with cats for required community service hours?
If you are looking for less than 15 hours of required community service, please email communityservice@williamsoncounty-tn.gov before attending volunteer orientation. 

When can I volunteer?
Cat volunteer shifts are one hour long. You can volunteer Monday through Friday, anytime
between 10am-6pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm. If you volunteer on
Saturday, you will be required to work with adopters. On Sunday, we are closed to the public.
We do ask that any volunteer who signs up to train is willing to work a minimum of one shift per
week.

What do volunteers do?
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.

How do I start?
Come to one of our monthly orientations! Dates and times are listed below. You do not need to
sign-up or register in advance.

During the orientation, you will sign up for a second hands-on training session. Multiple times
and dates will be available throughout the following two weeks. After your hands-on training,
you will be able to sign-up to volunteer.

Where is orientation?
Orientation and training are held at the center, located at 1006 Grigsby Hayes Court in Franklin.

Orientation Dates for Cat Volunteers:
Please note that these dates or times are subject to change with or without notice, so check this
page or our social media to make sure the orientation is still happening as scheduled prior to
coming.

November 16th at 6pm
January 18th at 6pm
February 15th at 6pm


Weekly Dog Volunteers



How old do I have to be to volunteer?
To volunteer alone with dogs, you must be 16 years of age or older. Children 12 and older
may volunteer with an adult as a “junior volunteer.” If you wish to participate as a junior volunteer,
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 primary dog handler.

Can I volunteer with dogs for required community service hours?
If you are looking for less than 15 hours of required community service, please email communityservice@williamsoncounty-tn.gov before attending volunteer orientation.

When can I volunteer?
You can choose when you come to volunteer. We have a sunrise shift from 6:30am-8:30am
Monday through Sunday. After that, dog walking shifts are in two hour increments between
10am and 6pm Monday through Friday and 10am-3pm on Saturday and Sunday. We do ask
that any volunteer who signs up to train is willing to work a minimum of one shift per week.

What do volunteers do?
Volunteer duties include walking dogs, socializing dogs, helping adopters find their perfect pet,
working adoption events and just providing lots of love to the dogs in our care. We walk dogs
rain or shine, in hot or freezing temperatures, and 365 days a year.

How do I start?
Come to one of our bi-monthly orientations! Dates and times are listed below. Please pre-register in advance as space is limited.

Each orientation is a three-part commitment and all three are required.

1) Group orientation (dates below)

2) Small Group Orientation - This session is typically held on the Saturday or Sunday on
the weekend immediately following group orientation. There will be several sessions
available over the course of the weekend, but you are only required to attend one. This
session will be approximately 1-1.5 hours long. This is not a hands-on session.

3) After your small group orientation, you will sign-up for hands-on training. There will be
several dates and times available. You will be handling and walking dogs during this
session, so please dress accordingly. After your hands-on training, you will be able to
sign-up to volunteer.

Where is orientation?
Orientation and training are held at the center, located at 1006 Grigsby Hayes Court in Franklin.

Orientation Dates for Dog Volunteers:
Please note that these dates or times are subject to change with or without notice, so check this
page or our social media to make sure the orientation is still happening as scheduled prior to
coming.

November Orientation is full
January 10th at 6pm
March 7th at 6pm


R

equired Community Service (Court-Ordered)



Anyone who wishes to fulfill service hours as ordered by the Court must contact communityservice@williamsoncounty-tn.gov to schedule those hours.

No walk-ins or phone calls. Be sure to allow for several weeks to fulfill your service requirements as slots fill up quickly. Community service help is mostly needed during weekdays. Weekend work is available, but a short weekday training session will be required first. Duties will include (but are not limited to) cleaning, laundry, general facility upkeep, etc.  They do NOT include working with animals.


Required Community Service (School/Scholarship – less than 15 hours per year)



It’s important to note that community service help is most needed during weekdays during the day. There is rarely after-school or evening work available. If you follow a regular Williamson County school schedule, you will likely need to schedule during school breaks, Monday – Friday between 8 am – 4 pm.  Those dates are listed below.

Please email communityservice@williamsoncounty-tn.gov EARLY as limited spots will fill up quickly. Students with a nontraditional schedule are encouraged to request weekday hours at any time. 
 
November 8, 2022 (Election Day)
November 21, 2022 – November 23, 2022  (Thanksgiving Break)
December 19, 2022 – December 23, 2022  (Winter Break)
December 27, 2022 -  December 30, 2022  (Winter Break)
January 3, 2023 
February 17th, 2023 (mid-winter break)
February 20, 2023 (mid-winter break)
March 13, 2023 – March 17, 2023 (Spring Break)
April 7, 2023  (Spring Holiday)
Summer Break 2023. Plan as far ahead as possible.  


​Group Service Projects

Click here to learn more about group service projects.

Other Ways to Contribute