NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Adoptable animals in Nashville, Cheatham County and Williamson County are hoping for a place to call home, even if it’s just temporary, as part of Operation Silent Night.

Once again this year, Metro Animal Care and Control, Williamson County Animal Center and Cheatham County Animal Care and Control are teaming up to clear the shelters.

Here’s how it works, you pick out a dog and break them out of the shelter for the holidays, whether it’s an hour for a walk, a day for a playdate or a week.

The shelter can be a stressful and scary place for some dogs, all too often they experience something called ‘kennel stress.’

Leaving the shelter for an hour, a day or longer helps the animal destress and spend time with people, so when their future adopters come along, they are ready.

“I think anybody can do it and there’s so many different ways that you can make an impact,” said Ashley Harrington, the director at Metro Animal Care and Control.

“With fostering, it could be a short term thing, like an hour, you bring a dog out to the park, take it out for a walk, bring it around to a restaurant or like a Starbucks, give it a puppachino,” Harrington explained. “It gives that dog, for one, a really good break and it gets to exert some energy, and just a little bit of a change of scenery. Everybody needs that from time to time. But it also gives us a ton of feedback that makes our adoption counselors have more information for that potential family.”

Not only that, but it gives shelter volunteers a break on Christmas. While it can be hard to part with an animal after fostering them, the end goal is worth it: saving lives.

Shelters across the country are extremely overcrowded right now and MACC is no exception, where they have more than 124 dogs up for adoption.

Cheatham County and Williamson County are equally as overcrowded. The best way to help is to foster or adopt.

All shelters have adoption specials this month to encourage adopters.

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The deadline to foster a dog is Friday, Dec. 23 at 6 p.m.

The hours, which may vary due to the holidays; location; and contact information for each animal shelter is listed below:

  • WCAC is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. You can visit the center at 1006 Grigsby Hayes Court in Franklin, or call 615-790-5590. Or email  brooke.robbins@williamsoncounty-tn.gov.
  • CCAC is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. five days a week, not including Wednesdays and Sundays. You can visit the center at 2797 Sam’s Creek Road in Pegram, or call 615-792-3647, or email animalcontrol@cheathamcountytn.gov.
  • MACC is open to the public every day from noon to 4 p.m. You can visit the center at 5125 Harding Place in Nashville, or call 615-862-7928, or email foster.macc@nashville.gov