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

MACC said its been in desperate need of volunteers. News 2 partnered with the organization for this year’s Nexstar Founder’s Day of Caring.

“Whenever we have a large corporate team come in and volunteer some of their time, we’re able to gain some volunteers because they want to continue doing so. It’s really great,” said Ashley Harrington, MACC shelter director.

Each year, Nexstar stations across the country pick a community charity to do volunteer work 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 are working to landscape and plant a sensory garden for MACC.

“It’s super hot. We appreciate them putting together our sniff garden for our pups. It adds some extra enrichment for the pups in our care,” said Harrington.

It’s a project the shelter has wanted for some time.

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

The sensory garden will give the pups at the shelter something a little extra to enjoy while out on their daily walks.

“The idea is to have different scents, really just all senses, different smells textures something to climb on things,” said Orlando.

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

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And if you’re wanting to adopt, MACC says their adoption fees are lowered to celebrate Nexstar’s 26th anniversary of Founder’s Day. Friday thru Monday, June 20th 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 or running play groups, which are a lot of fun.” Harrington continued, “If animals aren’t your thing but you’re looking to help the shelter, we have some admin volunteer opportunities ,and we always have a need for help with laundry and dishes and things of that nautre.”

In addition to yardwork, News 2 volunteers were asked to help with 500lbs of laundry, making enrichment items for dogs and cats and organizing the pet food pantry.

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

Another way to get involved is by joining us for this year’s Nashville Pet Project happening Wednesday, June 22nd.

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

All day Wednesday we will be asking for your help to care for adoptable pets in our community.

Plus, you’ll hear much more about all the incredible work being done for animals at MACC and PCC.

If you’re interested in helping MACC but don’t have the time to volunteer, then you can make a monetary donation to the Friends of MACC or donate items from their wish list.