Animal programs

Williamson County Animal Center touts expanded youth programs, to host June 30 Reading

Lily, a 10-month-old torbie, is the Williamson County Animal Center’s Pet of the Week. The centre, located at 1006 Grigsby Hayes Court, Franklin, promotes its expanded programs for young people. (Courtesy of Williamson County Animal Center)

The Williamson County Animal Center is introducing programs for children under 14 as part of its expanded community outreach within the 35,000 square foot facility at 1006 Grigsby Hayes Court, Franklin, according to a WCAC announcement on 16 June.

One of the new programs, Book Buddies, allows children ages 5 to 12 to sharpen their reading skills and help socialize animals by reading to cats in one of the centre’s eight “catios”, according to the press release.

Tours of the facility are available for children who collect and deliver donations of pet care supplies, and service days are also available for children who want to help with on-site projects, according to the release.

Tours of the center are available for kids collecting and delivering donations, and service days are an option for young people who want to lend a hand by donating their time and skills to on-site projects.

The addition of the facility’s new Community Education Room has opened up opportunities for increased programming for young children, WCAC Community Education Coordinator Samantha Anderson said in the release.

“For many years, participation was limited to those 14 and older,” Anderson’s statement said. “We are delighted to now be able to include even younger children. We are fortunate to have so many service-minded and animal-minded young people in our community who are looking for ways to be a part of what is happening at the center.

The center is also hosting a free reading at 5 p.m. on June 30 by local children’s author Marsha Walk Carroll reading her book The Adventures of Rembrandt the Tuxedo Cat. The book emphasizes the power of kindness and compassion and “that heroes come in all shapes and sizes,” the statement said.

The event is open to all ages and no registration is required, according to the release.

Anyone interested in learning more about these programs can visit and click on Youth Programs under Information Center.