Approximately 40% of the dogs that enter the McKamey Animal Center are Pit Bulls or Pit mixes.   These dogs are often hard to place because of stereotypes and misconceptions about the breed, or because they have been abused or misused. In order to proactively block the influx of these dogs, and greatly reduce the number of unwanted or unmanageable canines entering the McKamey Center, a proactive new community program dubbed the “Bully Blockade” is now available to residents of the city of Chattanooga.  The Center has been awarded a $110,000 grant from Petsmart Charities that will enable local participating veterinarians and Wally’s Friends to join McKamey in the mission to alter a minimum of 2,000 Pit Bulls and Pit mixes.  Our goal is to work together to stop the influx of unwanted puppies!  The dogs are often referred to as one of the “Bully Breeds” due to their blocky heads and bulldog ancestry not because of their temperament!
Who Is Eligible? Any resident of Chattanooga living within the city limits who owns an unaltered Pit Bull or Pit Mix is eligible to receive a certificate. Hamilton county residents who DO NOT reside within the city limits are NOT eligible.
 Rabies Vaccination Required? All dogs that are altered through this grant must be vaccinated for rabies at the owner’s expense.  Please take proof of rabies vaccination to show vet at time of surgery.
 How Long Are The Certificates Good For? Each certificate is good for 30 days from the “Date issued” written on the bottom right of the certificate. Coupons for free surgeries will be available at the McKamey Center, from a McKamey Officer, at Wally’s Friends or participating veterinarians.


Veterinary Hospitals that are participating in the Bully Blockade!

  •  McKamey Animal Center

4500 North Access Road – Chattanooga, TN 37415

  • Wally’s Friends

155 Unaka Street – Redbank, TN 37415

  • Animal Care Center of Ooltewah

9124 Amos Road – Ooltewah, TN 37363

  • Shallowford Animal Hospital

6200 Shallowford Road – Chattanooga, TN 37421

  • Animal Hospital of Signal Mountain

1801 Taft Highway – Signal Mountain, TN 37377

  • Animal Clinic 23rd Street

2223 East 23rd Street – Chattanooga, TN 37407

  • Animal Clinic East

1414 Gunbarrel Road – Chattanooga, TN 37421


Thanks to Petsmart Charities, Wally’s Friends and local veterinarians we can all work together to reduce the number of homeless and unwanted pets in Chattanooga!