Animal center partnership connects pets with veterinarians | WLife

Williamson County Animal Center is doing its part to help local animals and veterans.

The center partners with Pets for Patriots to help match older, often overlooked pets with local veterans. The program helps promote human-animal bonding, reduce returns to shelters, and make lifetime animal care more affordable.

“We help shelters inspire adoption of the most neglected animals in their care,” said Beth Zimmerman, executive director of Pets for Patriots. “At the same time, veterans find new purpose through the unconditional love of a shelter animal who has been given a second, or even a third, chance at life.”

Veterans must first apply to Pets for Patriots online at www.petsforpatriots.org and provide relevant eligibility documents. Approval usually takes no more than two business days, after which veterans can head to WCAC to find a new best friend.

“Through Pets for Patriots, we have the opportunity to honor active military and veterans for their service while finding forever homes for the animals in our care,” said WCAC Director Ondrea Johnson. “It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Pets eligible for adoption through Pets for Patriots include adult, special needs, or long-term homeless dogs and cats, and large breed dogs. The program is open to WWII veterans to those on active duty.

Approved applicants receive reduced adoption fees, “welcome home” contributions for pet food and other basics, and access to high-quality, affordable veterinary care and discounts on other goods and services.

The WCAC is located at 1006 Grigsby Hayes Court in Franklin and is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The center is closed on Sundays.

Benjamin M. Yerger