Animal Center offers free rabies vaccines and microchipping in October

With an award from the ASPCA and Subaru Loves Pets Grant Program, the Friends of Williamson County Animal Center (FOWCAC) is sponsoring “Pawctober: For the Love of Pets” at the animal center in October. The month-long celebration of love for pets aims to save lives and raise awareness.

Rabies vaccines are available free of charge from October 26 to October 29 at the animal center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Please call ahead to make arrangements. These vaccinations will also be free during the center’s monthly clinic on October 30 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged for the clinic and can be done on the animal center website.

Vaccines have long been considered one of the simplest ways to help animals live long, healthy lives.

Tennessee requires all dogs and cats to be vaccinated against rabies and have an up-to-date tag as proof. These tags will be provided by the animal center as part of the vaccination process. Pet parents can also have their furry family members microchipped free of charge at the center from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday each week in October.

Microchips are tiny devices inserted under an animal’s skin that contain information that animal care professionals can access to help reunite lost pets with their families. Stray animals who come to the center and are microchipped are more than twice as likely to be returned to their owners as those who don’t, according to Anna Kelley, welcome coordinator for the Williamson County Animal Center.

All adopters in October will have the choice of a free leash, collar and name tag and 25 lucky adopters will be selected by lottery to have their adoption fees paid for by the scholarship.

Pawctober promotions are available until October 30 or while supplies last. Approved applications are required for all adoptions.

Call (615) 790-5590 for details or visit

The WCAC is open to the public Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; and closed on Sundays. The center is located at 106 Claude Yates Drive, next to Franklin High School.

Benjamin M. Yerger