Shelter uses Election Day to help relieve voter stress, raise adoption awareness

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Photo: WKRN

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Williamson County Animal Center is offering free dog petting Tuesday at a Franklin polling location as a way to relieve stress while voting and to raise adoption awareness.

The pups will be at the Franklin Recreation Complex located at 1120 Hillsboro Road from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Photo: WKRN

“We decided it had been a long, stressful election season, and we’d ease some of the stress by having some beautiful pups out for people to pet,” explained Debbie Sims with the Williamson County Animal Center. “We hope it relieves some stress on a stressful day for most Americans.”

Rocky, a 6-year-old beagle-mix that is looking for his forever home, was among the pups that were at the polls.

“Dogs don’t understand politics, dogs are non-political, they just want a happy home, so we thought what better thing to do than bring out an adoptable dog to relieve people’s stress,” Sims said.

Sims said the Williamson County Animal Center is usually at or near capacity since it is an open shelter.

“We do everything that we can to find a forever home,” she said.

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Photo: WKRN

The shelter has a more than a 96 percent save rate and is located at 106 Claude Yates Drive, near Franklin High School.

The Animal Intake Center is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Adoption Center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

For more information on Williamson County Animal Center, visit their website or Facebook page.