Metro Animal Care and Control needs volunteers in Nashville, TN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – On one of the hottest days of the year so far, News 2 volunteers braved the heat to help Metro Animal Care and Control.

MACC said it desperately needed volunteers. News 2 has partnered with the organization for this year’s Nexstar Founder’s Day of Caring.

“Anytime we have a great corporate team that comes to volunteer some of their time, we can win over volunteers because they want to keep doing it. It’s really awesome,” said Ashley Harrington, director of the MACC shelter.

Each year, Nexstar stations across the country select a community charity to volunteer and help meet their needs.

Over the years, News 2 has partnered with different organizations, including Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, American Cancer Society’s Hope House, The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, and Metro Parks and Recreation.

Thursday and Friday News 2 volunteers work on setting up and planting a sensory garden for the MACC.

“It is super hot. We appreciate that they set up our sniffing garden for our puppies. It adds extra enrichment to the puppies in our care,” Harrington said.

This is a project that the shelter has wanted for some time.

“Really, enrichment is so important to these guys because they’re in these kennels day in and day out. So we want to change up their daily routine every day,” MACC’s Danielle Orlando said.

The sensory garden will give the puppies in the shelter a little something extra to enjoy during their daily walks.

“The idea is to have different scents, really all the senses, different smell textures—something to get on things,” Orlando said.

Marigolds, mint and catnip make up the scents of the new garden. Old tires and tree stumps create new textures for dogs to explore.

And if you’d like to adopt, MACC says their adoption fees are being reduced to celebrate Nexstar’s 26th anniversary of Founder’s Day. From Friday to Monday, June 20, dog and kitten adoption fees are $26 each and adult cats are free!

MACC offers a variety of volunteer opportunities at the shelter.

“They can do anything from walking dogs to organizing playgroups, which is a lot of fun.” Harrington continued: “If animals aren’t your thing but you’re looking to help the shelter, we have administrative volunteer opportunities, and we always need help with laundry, dishes and things of that nature. .”

In addition to yard work, News 2 volunteers were asked to help with 500 pounds of laundry, make dog and cat enrichment items, and organize the pet pantry.

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For more details on how you can get involved, click on this link.

Another way to get involved is to join us for this year’s Nashville Pet Project taking place on Wednesday, June 22.

News 2 will partner with Friends of Metro Animal Care and Control and the Pet Community Center to help our furry friends.

All day Wednesday we will be asking for your help in caring for adoptable animals in our community.

Plus, you’ll learn a lot more about all the amazing work done for animals at MACC and PCC.

If you would like to help MACC but don’t have time to volunteer, you can donate money to Friends of the MACC or make a donation items from their wish list.

Boyd S. Abbott