The animal center expands its offer of group activities for children | WLife

When the Williamson County Animal Center (WCAC) opened the doors to the new shelter in February, it did so with the intention of involving 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, participation was limited to 14 and older,” Anderson 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.

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 also personally conducts Scout Pet Care Badge courses 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-ever sold-out summer camp.

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The Williamson County Animal Center is located at 1006 Grigsby Hayes Court in Franklin, near Franklin Christian Academy. The center is generally open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and closed on Sundays, but will be closed on Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day.

Benjamin M. Yerger