Animal lovers showed up in packs last Thursday for an evening with friends at the Williamson County Animal Center’s annual fundraiser. The event highlights the more than 4,000 shelter animals the center serves each year.
Ondrea Johnson, executive director of WCAC, said the event was critical in funding the mission to pursue an excellent quality of life for all animals and the humans who care about them.
“We strive to provide a compassionate environment and humane treatment for all animals in Williamson County,” Johnson said.
The event held at the Franklin plant’s Liberty Hall was sponsored by Mars Petcare with food provided by Catering by Suzette and a live auction with entertainment from former competitor Casi Joy. “The Voice”. Penny Adams donated mosaic art and Will Winton donated a Winton guitar chair for the live auction led by County Commissioner David Landrum.
Edie Lynn Hoback, president of the Friends of the Animal Center of Williamson County, explained how each board member volunteers their time at the animal center.
“It’s a community of heroes,” she said. “This center does not exist without the people of the community; it takes a whole village to comfort these animals, and we are very grateful to you and our sponsors.
Johnson said the money raised helps fund the extraordinary medical and behavioral care that makes them adoptable.
“Our mission is to increase the rescue rate, find a good home for every adoptable pet, slow the growth of the pet population, end animal neglect and abuse, and to be a positive force in the community,” she said. “It also helps us supplement funding for sterilization both in shelters and for the low-income community.”
The Williamson County Animal Center is also supported by grants received through the Pedigree Foundation, a nonprofit organization established in 2008 by dog lovers who believe every dog deserves a loving home. The foundation, created by MARS, has awarded more than 5,800 grants, with nearly $10 million donated to help 118,000 dogs in 2021. Deb Fair, executive director of the Pedigree Foundation, said the work done by the shelters and centers has never been more important.
“There are approximately 350,000 animals that need loving homes,” Fair said. “Unfortunately, only two-thirds of shelter dogs are adopted. We believe every dog deserves a loving home. Here in Williamson County, we see WCAC making a real impact with their pet adoptions, foster programs, community education programs and so much more.
Johnson highlighted the important work his staff and team do in the community.
“These people work day in and day out on behalf of the voiceless and deserve our praise,” she said.
WCAC statistics for 2021 are a 96.9% salvage rate, 4,044 animals served, and 1,424 spaying surgeries.
For more information, visit the center’s website at https://www.adoptwcac.org/.