How to Volunteer

For more information on current opportunities, please call 423-305-6504

From walking dogs to cleaning cat kennels to helping with events and outreach, every volunteer effort is valuable to the staff and animals of McKamey Animal Center!

Read on to learn more about volunteering at McKamey Animal Center and how to get signed up!


Volunteers are an ESSENTIAL part of the inner-workings of McKamey Animal Center and play an important role in saving animal lives in Chattanooga! Volunteers are at the frontlines of helping staff to provide quality love and care for animals and helping get them into forever homes! We are always looking for passionate, dedicated volunteers to help us further our mission and can use a variety of different skills and interests!

Volunteer Requirements

  • Volunteers 16 years of age or older may volunteer independently.
  • Volunteers age 10-15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for all shifts and training.
  • Volunteers must attend a New Volunteer Orientation prior to beginning volunteer service.
  • All volunteers must complete four hours of Essential Shelter Help (non-animal handling tasks) before they are able to work with animals.

  • All volunteers must be willing to commit to a minimum of 6 hours of service each month for at least 6 months, ideally the same 2-hour shift per week.
  • To defray costs and not take away from the animals in our care, volunteers are asked to pay a one-time $25 commitment fee, which covers the cost of the t-shirt and training.

Available Volunteer Opportunities

  • Essential Shelter Help - Essential Shelter Help (ESH) is the first role that every new volunteer starts with at McKamey Animal Center. This position encompasses all non-animal handling tasks performed at the shelter, from laundry, to dishes, to stuffing outreach bags.
  • Adoptions Greeter/Tour Guide - This volunteer role provides customer service and assistance to our Adoptions Staff by greeting customers, directing traffic and assisting with office tasks.
  • Dog Walker - Dog Walkers provide additional socialization and enrichment for our resident canines, as well as assist in positively reinforcing good behaviors.
  • Cat Trapper - Assist our community cat coordinator with the trapping of feral or community cats to bring them in for spay/neuter surgery.
  • Cat Caretaker Assistant - Caretaker Assistants work with the feline team to clean kennels, feed, and provide socialization to cats awaiting adoption.

Get Started!

  • Please complete a Volunteer Application below.
  • Once your application is received, our Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch.


If you have questions about volunteering not answered on this page, please contact the MAC Volunteer Coordinator at

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