Community Pet Assistance

Paw Pantry

Paw Pantry is a monthly program made possible by Friends of WCAC and donations that we receive from community members.  Pet food is distributed free of charge to Williamson County residents who need assistance to keep their furry family together because of financial hardship.  The program is not intended to be a permanent or sole source of pet food and the amount of food that we are able to distribute depends on the amount of donations we receive.

We distribute from two locations each month:

On the third Friday of each month:
10 am - 12 pm
Williamson County Animal Center
1006 Grigsby Hayes Court
Franklin, TN  37064
On the first Saturday of each month:
10 am - 12 pm
Old Marta Station
1325 Highway 96 N
Fairview, TN 37062

Dates and times are subject to change so, please check our calendar or social media to confirm.

Pet Shelters

Outdoor cat and dog shelters are available at no cost to Williamson County residents courtesy of Friends of WCAC.  These shelters are ideal for those who care for cats that spend time outdoors or folks who need help providing adequate outdoor shelter for their dogs.

Call or visit the center to make arrangements to get your shelter.

Working or "Barn Cat" Adoptions

If you have the need for cats that would prefer to spend most of their days outdoors, earning their keep by controlling rodent populations, we have an adoption program for you.  Some cats in our care have no desire to be a snuggly, lap cat, but they will thrive in settings such as the security and comfort of a barn and companionship of the other farm animals or perhaps in a workshop or warehouse.

Apply for a Working/Barn Cat Adoption

Humane Trap Rentals

If you are trying to bring an outdoor cat to us to be spayed or neutered and the only way that you can transport it is to first capture it in a humane trap, such as a “Havahart” or “Tomahawk” trap, you can bring it to the center between 8:30 am and 11:30 am, Monday through Friday without an appointment. We will not accept a cat brought to us in any carrier other than a humane trap without an appointment. You can rent a trap from us for a $50, refundable deposit. And, we may be able to provide assistance with trapping if you are not comfortable doing it yourself.

Outdoor cats that are brought to us are returned to the location they were found following their procedure.  You may hear these types of programs referred to as "Community Cat", "Trap-Neuter-Return" or "Return to Field" programs.  Regardless of name, the practice of returning cats to the safety and familiarity of their outdoor homes after being spayed or neutered is the industry standard to control cat populations and assure that healthy outdoor cats continue to strive. Further, lost cats are more likely to reunite with their humans if they are returned to where they were found.

All cats that are spayed or neutered through our free services, without exception, will also receive a free ear-tipping and a microchip. Ear-tipping is the universally recognized indicator that a cat has already been spayed or neutered and the microchip allows us to monitor a cat's health should it be brought to us again.


Having your pet microchipped is one of the easiest steps that you can take to increase the likelihood of being reunited with your furry family member should they get lost.  We are almost twice as likely to reunite an animal with its family if it comes to us with a microchip and the family's information is up-to-date.  Microchips are available for $15 at WCAC, without an appointment, Monday through Friday from 10 am until 4 pm and as part of our monthly rabies vaccination clinics.


Unfortunately, there are times that we have to make the humane decision that the best thing for our furry loved one is to cross the Rainbow Bridge.  We can help you find peace and comfort through this difficult time.  Euthanasia is available at WCAC for $50 and you have the option for cremation.  As much as we would like to, we are not able to invite you to be by your pet's side during the procedure.