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In the Spotlight: Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter

We have a very soft spot in our hearts for the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter. In fact, team lead Kiersty Lombar just found a sweet addition to her family there — a sweet 18-mo-old Lab mix named Copper. Here’s a little bit about the shelter:

— Animals available for adoption include dogs, cats, and sometimes rabbits, birds and reptiles.

— A list of available animals for adoption are available on the WCRAS web site.

— Services offered include: Trap Neuter Return for free-roaming cats; surrendering a pet (as a last resort); Seniors for Seniors (free adoption of senior dogs to senior people); free spay and neuter vouchers for owned dogs.

If you want to adopt a dog or cat, here’s what you need to bring/know:

— A driver’s license is needed for all adoptions. Must be 18 years or older to adopt.

— Adoptions are non-refundable. Normally the adoption fee is $75. This fee covers the cost of spay/neuter, initial vaccinations, de-worming, heartworm testing in dogs, feline leukemia testing in cats, rabies vaccination (if the animal is old enough,) and a microchip. These services will be completed before the animal goes to its new home.

— The shelter has the right to determine which dogs/cats are suitable for adoption.

If you lose a dog or a cat, WCRAS provides the following tips on what to do:

— Put up flyers in neighborhood common areas, bulletin boards and in your own yard.

— Visit or call local vet offices, grocery store bulletin boards and pet stores such as PetSmart and PETCO.

— Visit your local animal shelter to see if the pet has been received and fill out a lost pet form.

— Canvas the neighborhood door-to-door with flyers.

— Email friends/neighbors to be on the lookout.

— Check local rescue groups, especially if your pet is purebred.

— Contact private locating firms, such as

— Check the lost pet section in newspapers and online.

Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS) is celebrating three years of being a no-kill, open-admission shelter. Since December 2010, WCRAS has reached a save rate of 90% and above. Because of the shelters efforts, almost 19,000 cats and dogs have found their way home. WCRAS is located at 1855 S.E. Inner Loop, Georgetown, TX 78626. Operating hours are Monday through Friday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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