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Rebekkah Andros (left), kennel technician for the Williamson County Animal Center, accepts an outdoor cat at one of the center’s free spay/neuter clinics. The program continues through July with 13 clinic dates available by appointment to county residents.

As part of its efforts to stop pet overpopulation by sterilizing 2,020 cats in 2020, the Williamson County Animal Center has announced the addition of 13 more spay/neuter clinic dates.

Any cat that goes outside is eligible for a spay or neuter, microchip, rabies shot and ear tipping as part of the shelter’s ongoing Community Cat program. Peak breeding season, typically early summer, has begun in Williamson County.

There are an estimated 50,000 community cats in the county, and county residents are encouraged to help reduce that number by bringing cats to the free clinics. Family pets that go outdoors are also welcome. Spaces are now available in clinics on the following dates: June 16, 18, 23, 25, 30; July 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30.

The July 11 clinic will also offer a limited number of appointments for dogs, focusing on working dogs and larger mixed breeds seen most often in the shelter. 

For Fairview residents, a ‘Snip ‘n Tip’ taxi will offer free rides to free spay/neuter surgeries for outdoor cats. Pick-up and delivery will be offered from the Fairview Recreation Center parking lot, 2714 Fairview Blvd., on June 16, 23 and 30; July 7, 14, 21 and 28 (Tuesdays) from 7:30- 8:30 a.m. for loading, and from 4-5 p.m. for residents to pick up their cats. 

Residents must drop off cats in secure cat carriers or traps (for feral, non-sociable cats). Traps can be rented at the shelter for a $50 refundable deposit.

To make an appointment for one of the Franklin clinics or the Fairview ‘Snip ‘n Tip’ taxi, call the shelter at 615-790-5590, ext. 1823. Appointments are required, and space is first-come, first-serve. 

Clinics will continue throughout the summer months. The free spay/neuter clinics are for Williamson County residents only, and proof of residency is required.

Williamson County Animal Center, 106 Claude Yates Drive in Franklin, is currently open for adoptions by appointment only. Adoptable animals can be viewed at

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