When the Williamson County Animal Center opened the doors to the new shelter in February, it did so with the intention of engaging the community in ways not previously possible.
With the ability to host group activities in the new Community Education Room, Community Education Coordinator Samantha Anderson provides opportunities for children to get involved.
“For many years, attendance was limited to ages 14 and older,” Anderson said in a press release. “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.
Book Buddies gives children ages 5-12 a chance to sharpen their reading skills and help socialize animals by reading to cats in one of the centre’s eight ‘catios’. Anderson personally leads Scouting Pet Care Badge classes which she developed with the help of local troop leaders.
Tours are available for children 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. Anderson is also currently recruiting junior camp counselors to help out with the WCAC’s first sold-out summer camp.
Anyone interested in learning more about these programs can visit http://www.adoptwcac.org/ and click on Youth Programs under Information Center.
The WCAC is located at 1006 Grigsby Hayes Court in Franklin, near the Franklin Christian Academy. The center is generally open to the public Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed on Sunday.