“I want to welcome you all to our new home, where we will be changing the way we shelter.”
Those were the words of Ondrea Johnson Monday afternoon as she set the stage for the grand opening of the new 35,000 square foot Williamson County Animal Center. Johnson has been the center’s director for four years.
Before a sun-drenched crowd of elected officials, project partners and various animal lovers in the community, a grand opening ceremony was held for the new WCAC facility.
Located next to the old Old Charlotte Pike on Grisby Hayes Court – named after former county commissioner and longtime animal advocate Judy Grisby Hayes – the new facility is more than twice the size of the previous location which opened in 1995 on Claude Yates Drive.
Participants had the chance to tour the new animal center and learn more about it from the staff and volunteers on site. Some of its strengths include:
- Surgical Center/Medical Wing: 3,000 square feet (with 12 dog kennels and 32 cat kennels)
- Educational/multipurpose room: 1,300 square feet/100 seats
- Indoor dog training area: 1,200 square feet
- Dog/pup kennel capacity: 86 (46 adoption, 26 pound, 14 medical)
- Kennel capacity for cats/kittens: 100 (40 adoption, 28 pound, 32 medical)
- Outdoor walking path
- Public dog park section
In addition to Johnson, other speakers included Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson, Nancy Conway of Williamson Inc. and Lisa Campbell of Mars Petcare. Mars helped make the new center a reality.
“At Mars, we know pets make our lives better, and that’s why our goal at Mars Petcare is to create a better world for pets,” Campbell said. “And a critical part of that is the incredible work done by people like Ondrea and her team on pet health and homelessness. Their work is vital.
The new WCAC officially opened on February 14. It is open for adoptions and other services Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and closed on Sunday.