Check out the easy steps below to adopt your new bestie! Appointments are required to adopt. Scroll under the instructions for our online adoption application,


Change a life! Adopt a pet!

If you’re interested in adopting an animal, below are the steps that you’ll take while finding your new perfect match.

Start on our "available for adoption" webpage. You can view all of our adoptable dogs and cats right meow! All animals who are currently available are listed on our website in real-time. That means if an animal has been adopted, they’ll automatically be removed from the website and you will no longer see them there.

Read their biographies! Each animal will have the breed, age, color, and weight listed on their personal bio to try and help you learn a bit more about them and decide if they’d be a good match.

Apply to adopt. Once you’ve selected 2-3 animals you would like to meet, complete the online adoption application form at and list the animals you are interested in. After the application is complete, click submit. The page will refresh BUT you will then need to click the purple link that says Schedule an Appointment. **Please note that submitting an application for an animal does not guarantee that the animal will still be available when you arrive for your appointment. **

Meet your new best friend! When you arrive at the center for your appointment, the front door will be locked. Ring the doorbell and a staff member will let you in. Please keep in mind that due to COVID-19 restrictions we are only allowed to have 12 people in the building at one time. We are only able to accommodate 2 people per party at your scheduled appointment, and all who enter are required to wear a mask. In rare occasions you might be asked to wait to come in until the previous appointments finalize their adoption.

Meet and Greet. Once inside, you will be met by an Adoption Counselor who will review the animal’s information before putting you in a room with them. This is to make you aware of their history, behavior assessment, and to determine if it will indeed be a good match for your family. After the information is reviewed the counselor will bring the animal in the room for you to spend time with. Once you’ve determined the animal is a good fit for you, a staff member will go over Adoption Counseling questions and when approved they will process the adoption paperwork, conduct an Exit Physical, and take payment. We accept cash, credit cards, and checks. *Dogs are required to go home with a collar and leash. Cats must leave in a carrier.

Take home your new friend. Once the adoption process is complete, you’re all set and ready to start a new journey with your best friend.

Appointments to adopt are required. On the day of your appointment please come to the Adoption entrance and ring the bell, someone will assist you. If you have questions please call 423-305-6500 ext. 100 or email: Virtual Adoption appointment are available. Please email: Crystal at edassist@mckameyanimalcenter. org to schedule .

Adoption Fees:

  • Cats: $75 (adult and kittens, adopt 2nd for $25)
  • Dogs: $75 (excludes Ambassadors)
  • Ambassadors: $175 (this includes puppies, pure bred, and other highly desirable dogs)
  • Working Cats: $30- (A working cats is one with a history of living outdoors that is in good health)
  • Pigs & Goats: $40
  • Chickens: $10 ($5 per chicken after 1st)
  • Rabbits, Guinea Pigs & Small Birds: $15
  • Rats, Hamsters & Mice: $10
  • Ferrets: $35
  • Adoption fee includes:
  • Spay or neuter (excludes some animals ex:- pigs)
  • Age appropriate vaccinations
  • Microchip
  • Parasite Prevention
  • Heartworm test (dogs)
  • 30 days of free pet insurance coverage

    (includes all animals between 8 weeks-11 years old)

Schedule Adoption Appointment

Once your application has been submitted you can schedule your appointment here: Appointment Page


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On Thursdays dogs are $35 (excludes ambassadors & puppies) and all cats are $10.

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