Franklin holds “Kitty Hall” to encourage shelter adoption

BY KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

Franklin’s City Hall was transformed into a “Kitty Hall” to help connect cats from the Williamson County Animal Shelter with potential adopters.


Sponsored by Mars Petcare, the Downtown Franklin Association, Ruby Sunshine, Landmark Booksellers, and Heart and Hands, the event transformed the city’s conference room into a “cat café,” hosting a meet-and-greet between available cats and families, a kitty election, and fundraising events.


Food served at the event was all feline-themed including “meowmosas,” catfish and grits, “cattuchinos,” and “bananas foster kittens.” The event was held in July, which is typically the biggest intake month for cats at the shelter.


As a result of the event, 22 cats – 18 kittens and four adults – were adopted.


“We are absolutely over the moon of the response to Kitty Hall at the city of Franklin,” the Williamson County Animal Shelter posted on its Facebook page after the event. “In four hours, four adult cats – including our longest-term cat Casey – and 18 kittens found their forever home. The kitties had an absolute blast, and there were piles of smiles all day long.”
The event offered two kitten adoptions for $10 or one adult cat for the same price. Visitors could also contribute financially to support the shelter through a mock election held with the cats.


Visitors could “vote” for their favorite “catidate” for “meower” or “aldercat” with their dollars. All proceeds benefited the Williamson Animal Center.


“This is an election year and we are having fun with the cat puns and kitty election at Kitty Hall,” said Mayor Ken Moore. “All proceeds we made from the event will go to support the Williamson Animal Center, a very worthwhile place in our community.”


Ondrea Johnson, director at Williamson County Animal Center, said the event is a unique way to promote adoption.


“We have so many adoptable cats and kittens in our community, and this event is a fun way to bring awareness to the need for adoption,” she said. “The city of Franklin is such a great partner, and we appreciate their hosting Kitty Hall.”


According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), an average of 3.2 million cats enter animal shelters across the country every year. Some 860,000 of those cats will end up being euthanized.


About one-third of Americans own a cat and nearly a third of those cats were adopted from animal shelters.