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Pet adoption ideal during holidays

“Holidays mean family time,” said Laura Chavarria, Williamson County Animal Control & Adoption Center director. “School is out, and families are spending more time together than any other part of the year.” 
Since new pets need time to settle in with a new family, Chavarria said the longer hours of “togetherness” are the perfect opportunity to introduce a new cat or dog into a household. “Pets need time to get to know the family routine,” she said. “By being at home during the holidays, each family member gets more uninterrupted time to bond with new pets.”
“Our adoption center,” says Chavarria, “will be open regular hours through Dec. 28 and Dec. 30 and 31.  We encourage families who have been considering adopting a pet to come to the shelter together over the holiday break.” 
Chavarria says that adopting a pet should be a family commitment. “Since a new pet in the household affects everyone who lives under that roof, we encourage families to make decisions together.” 
Williamson County Animal Control and Adoption Center is located at 106 Claude Yates Dr. in Franklin. Personnel at the Center answer calls about strays, lost pets and investigate cruelty and neglect. The on-site veterinarian provides for the health of incoming animals and spay /neuter surgeries to animals owned by county residents – free to those who qualify.
Many of the lost pets are reunited with their owners while the others are put into the adoption program. The center is open for adoptions Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Check out some of the adoptable animals at

Posted on: 12/26/2013


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