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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) National Detector Dog Training Center (NDDTC) in Newnan, GA trains canines to perform a vital task for our country—safeguarding America’s agricultural and natural resources from harmful invasive pests and diseases.

Bradley, who arrived at NDDTC in June 2021 from McKamey Animal Center, has been learning how to detect invasive pests that could harm our nation’s agricultural resources. Bradley will remain paired with the handler with whom he now trains, Josh Moose....


McKamey Animal Center’s 2021 Gala was its most successful ever, attracting almost 300 attendees and raising nearly $125,000 to support its lifesaving work. Featuring a “Jellicle Evening” theme inspired by the hit Broadway play Cats, the 2021 MAC gala, held at the Chattanoogan hotel on June 25, 2021, proved to be the most successful fundraiser in the organization’s history.

“The 2021 MAC Gala exceeded our wildest expectations,” said MAC Executive Director Inga Fricke. “I cannot express how grateful I am to all of our friends and supporters who came out to celebrate the lifesaving work...


Keep your pet safe this 4th of July! This holiday is often very scary for animals. Check out our tips to keep your furry friends safe this weekend.

Keep your pets indoors, check to make sure their ID is up to date, create a calming space for them, and have a plan in case the unthinkable happens! We are here to help you in any way we can.

Keep Your Pet Safe

Keep your pets indoors. The sound of fireworks is often very scary for our pets and can cause them to run/escape. Fireworks will often start before the actual holiday, and end days after. Be...


(CHATTANOOGA, TN) September 18, 2020- The Board of Directors of McKamey Animal Center is pleased to announce that Ms. Inga Fricke of Reading PA, will assume the position of Executive Director at McKamey on November 2nd of this year.

Ms. Fricke is one of the premier animal shelter experts in the country, and brings to the position over 9 years of experience at the Humane Society of the United States, as a shelter specialist and consultant, as well as years of shelter administration and management previously. Ms. Fricke also holds a law degree from George Washington...


In order to continue providing critical emergency animal services, McKamey Animal Center will be modifying its operations beginning January 1, 2021 (please see full statement attached). These changes will primarily affect our animal admissions and veterinary services departments, ensuring that we have the staff and resources to preserve critical functions and maintain the highest standards of care for the homeless animals in our facility. Key changes include:

  • Beginning January 1, 2021, all shelter-related activities – including intake of animals, adoptions, veterinary...

(CHATTANOOGA, TN) February 9, 2021 -- McKamey Animal Center (MAC) is pleased to announce that Suzanne D’Alonzo has been selected to serve as MAC’s new Director of Animal Care. Suzanne comes to MAC with over twenty years of animal welfare experience, including four years spent at the Humane Society of the United States developing and implementing best practices for animal shelters nationwide. In addition to her sheltering expertise, Suzanne also has an impressive background in community outreach, having overseen programs aimed at helping pet owners in the most underserved neighborhoods of...

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(CHATTANOOGA, TN) (May 21, 2021) – McKamey Animal Center is excited to have helped Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office recruit a brand new team member – Therapy K-9 Officer, Bonnie.

Only a few weeks ago, Bonnie, was roaming the streets of Chattanooga. A McKamey Animal Center Animal Services Officer picked her up and brought her back to the Center. After her stray hold passed, she was placed into a foster home with Damon McCook, founder of...