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Youth Can Read with Cats at New Animal Center

Book Buddies gives children between the ages of five and 12 years old a chance to sharpen their reading skills

When Williamson County Animal Center (WCAC) opened the doors to the new shelter in February, it did so with the intention of engaging the community in ways that were previously not possible. Now, they’re delivering on their promise by starting a program where youth can read with cats in the new Community Education Room.

Community Education Coordinator Samantha Anderson explains how children can get involved.

“For many years, involvement was limited to ages 14 and up,” said Anderson. “We are thrilled to now be able to include even younger children. We are fortunate to have so many service-minded, animal-loving youth in our community that are looking for ways to be a part of what goes on at the center.”

Book Buddies gives children between the ages of five and 12 years old a chance to sharpen their reading skills and help socialize animals by reading to cats in one of eight “catios” at the center. Anderson personally facilitates scout pet care badge classes that she developed with the help of local troop leaders.

Tours are available for kids who collect and deliver donations and service days are an option for youth who want to lend a hand by donating their time and skills with on-site projects. Anderson is also currently recruiting Junior Camp Counselors to help with WCAC’s first ever, sold out summer camp.

Anyone interested in learning more about these programs can visit adoptwcac.org and click on Youth Programs found under Center Information.

Williamson County Animal Center is located at 1006 Grigsby Hayes Court in Franklin, near Franklin Christian Academy.  The center is typically open to the public Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.; closed Sunday. WCAC will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day. 



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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.