Spay/Neuter Programs

THE FREE SPAY/NEUTER PROGRAM FOR COMMUNITY AND OUTDOOR CATS HAS RESUMED, ALONG WITH ALL FERAL CAT TRAPPING AND TRAP-NEUTER-RETURN PROGRAMS. 

At the forefront of all education efforts is the prevention of pet overpopulation through spay/neuter programs. 

Pets that have been spayed or neutered live healthier lives, are less likely to roam and less likely to be aggressive.

Pets Adopted from WCAC

The shelter sterilizes all adopted animals.

If a cat or dog is too young for surgery at the time of adoption, an adopter must sign a spay/neuter consent form for a future date and pay a refundable deposit. County law requires that only Williamson County residents may adopt pets that are not spayed or neutered. 


Vet staff at Williamson County Animal Center

Free Spay / Neuter Program for Outdoor Community Cats

FREE Spay/Neuter Program for Community Cats - Trapped, feral, unmanageable cats accepted Monday-Friday,  from 8:30am-9:30am.; OR at one of these clinics by appointment: July 15, 21, 23, 28, and 30.  August 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27

Contact Samantha.anderson@williamsoncounty-tn.gov for more information. 

All cats will receive a rabies vaccination, microchip and an ear tip.

MUST BE IN A TRAP- *no carriers, crates, boxes or makeshift crates allowed. *Traps may be rented from the shelter for a $50 refundable deposit.

Other low cost services  (Dewormer, Flea Control, FVRCP Vaccination) are available at time of appointment.


A fearful cat peering out from wooden boards from an old house.Feral Cat - Cannot touch at all. Runs at sight of humans. Must bring in a humane trap.

A group of stray cats being fed by a person

Semi-Feral, Scared or Shy Outdoor Cat - Scared of everyone, but certain people - Must bring in a humane trap.

Free Spay/Neuter Program for Family Cats that go Outdoors

A gray cat being petted on the head

Social Outdoor Owned Cat - Friendly and able to pick-up and handle easily. May bring in a cat carrier, but only on clinic dates and times listed below. Any cat that goes outside, including a family pet are eligible.

Residents of Williamson County who have family cats that spend time outdoors may receive free spay-neuter services.  Clinic dates: July 16, 21, 23, 28, 30. August 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27

FOR FAIRVIEW RESIDENTS ONLY: Free pick up and drop off by our Snip ’n Tip Taxi on Tuesdays, July 21, 28 at the Fairview Recreation Complex. Feral cats must be in traps, and pet cats must be in a sturdy cat carrier. No homemade crates or boxes allowed. You must have an appointment to use the Snip ’n Tip taxi. Other details will be given at the time you make your reservation.

Contact Samantha Anderson at 615-790-5590, ext. 1823 to make an appointment/reservation for this service.

All captured cats brought in by citizens will be spayed or neutered AT NO CHARGE at the shelter, and are to be picked up by their trapper the same day between 4:00pm and 6:00pm for return to their communities.  *Traps may be rented from the shelter for a $50 refundable deposit. For more information on trapping, read the WCAC Feral Cat Trapping Guide listed below under Additional Resources.

According to WCAC Community Cat program coordinator Samantha Anderson, trap-neuter-return (TNR) is the best way to reduce the cat population and can eliminate many nuisance behaviors. “TNR improves the lives of cats, reduces shelter admissions, disease and unwanted kittens,” she said. “But, in order to be effective, it must be a community-wide effort that extends beyond our staff. Citizens are encouraged to report community cats and participate in the TNR process.”


Additional Resources




Public Spay/Neuter Program for Indoor Cats

The Williamson County Animal Center sponsors a financial need-based spay and neuter program for residents of Williamson County. This program enables residents to have their family pet cats spayed or neutered at no cost to them if they meet the financial requirements during the application process.

The goal is to reduce unwanted or accidental litters of kittens in the community, which will lead to fewer cats being surrendered to the Animal Center. Having your pet spayed or neutered also reduces the chances that your pet will roam and will improve their overall health as they age. Please contact the Center at 615-790-5590, ext. 3 to get information or apply to participate in the program.


Public Spay/Neuter Program for Dogs


WCAC now offers a limited program of spay/neuter services for selected dogs. Contact us at 615-790-5590, ext. 4 to see if your dog qualifies for our current program. 
Local resources for low cost vet services