Consider donating to help us help the animals

and our neighbors as we all struggle

through this tough economic time.

The McKamey Animal Center is a progressive, state of the art animal shelter. In addition to taking animals whose owners can no longer care for them, we provide animal control services for the city of Chattanooga. That means we are the facility that houses all animals from the city of Chattanooga with nowhere else to go. An open door shelter doesn’t pick and choose who enters. Instead we offer clean kennels, warm beds, nutritious food, loving hearts and kind hands to every abandoned, injured, stray and lost animal from the city who arrives at our door. We also quarantine animals who are aggressive or who have bitten, provide a safe place for victims of cruelty and neglect, and offer temporary sanctuary for animals who have been given up by their owners. But not all of these animals can be safely placed back into the community. We rehome those who we can, and with a gentle touch and a kind word euthanize those beyond our repair with the fervent hope that responsible pet ownership will soon be the norm in Chattanooga. We cannot control the thousands that are abandoned at our doors, only community compliance and responsible pet ownership can do that.

We are proud of what we are accomplishing together. Because of you we save more lives than most animal sheltering facilities. We will continue to work hard to reduce the unwanted population every year at the McKamey Center. We are counting on you to help us from your homes in Chattanooga. Work with your neighbors and let’s show the world what a difference a community partnership can make. From the animals whose lives you have helped save, thank you! It takes community acceptance, change and support to save every life possible.

On this web site you will find our animal statistics report maintained by the Asilomar Accords method of tabulation. Asilomar Definitions explain this process.

I would like to gently offer that, as much as we would all like to think otherwise, we are a long, long way from being a no-kill nation, and that to suggest otherwise only perpetuates a myth. It is important that people realize how deceptive the no-kill movement can be. Change the definition of “adoptable” and you, too, can be no-kill. Take your animals elsewhere for euthanasia, and you, too, can be no-kill. So, while some shelters play semantics and pretend to be no-kill, full service open door shelters (such as the McKamey Center) struggle to convince the public that the overpopulation problem is not solved, and their staff members cry as they euthanize homeless dogs and cats.”

Pat Miller, Peaceable Paws