Overcrowded animal shelter plans three Saturday events


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The Williamson County Animal Control and Adoption Center in Franklin is overflowing with adoptable pets.

The Williamson County Animal Control and Adoption Center in Franklin is overflowing with adoptable pets.

In an average month, the shelter receives 138 dogs and 121 cats, but intake numbers have skyrocketed in recent months and 170 dogs and 263 cats were received at the shelter in June alone. According to Shelter Director Laura Chavarria, the increase in strays and surrendered animals is putting pressure on the adoption areas.

“Currently, all of our dog adoption kennels are being used, and a few adoptable dogs are being held in other areas of the building because of our limited space,†she said. “We even have 26 puppies available for adoption, which is a higher number than usual.â€

The adoption center at the shelter also has 90 cats and kittens up for adoption after cat intake numbers increased two-fold in June. Many kittens, too young for adoption, are now being cared for in foster homes.

“All our cat and kitten kennels are full, too,†Chavarria said, adding that the influx of kittens is not expected to slow down for several months.

To spread the word about the overcrowding, Chavarria said the shelter is planning three adoption events in the community on Saturday. Puppies will be the feature attraction at a “Puppy-Palooza†event on the shelter property at 106 Claude Yates Drive in Franklin from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

They are also taking adoptable dogs and cats to the Nashville Pet Expo on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Nashville Fairgrounds/Expo Center, 625 Smith Avenue, and to the grand opening of the new Franklin Petco store at Mallory Lane and McEwen Drive.

The shelter is involved in a national contest called the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, where they try to adopt more pets during the summer than nine other shelters. Challenge event sponsors have made it possible to offer all adoptions at no cost with an approved application.

The Williamson County Animal Control and Adoption Center is located at 106 Claude Yates Dr. in Franklin, and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with new extended hours on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Adoptable animals can be viewed at adoptwcac.org.

For more information, call the shelter at (615) 790-5590.

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