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April is National Heartworm Awareness Month, and you are probably thinking “yeah, I’ve heard that heartworms are serious, and my vet tells me I should give my pet those chews to prevent it.” But do you know just how prevalent the disease is? And how deadly? And how difficult (not to mention expensive!) it is to treat? Now are you sure your dogs are getting their preventive religiously?

Believe it or not, over 1 million dogs in the United States alone have heartworm disease – 1 million! The disease is now found across the country, and it lives not just in dogs but in coyotes,...


Every Spring, our MAC team holds our breath as we anticipate the influx of orphaned kittens. As the days begin to warm, unaltered cats begin to reproduce, thus leading to a flood of found and more often than not, orphaned kittens.

In 2021, our foster team cared for more than 1,000 animals, most of which were kittens, that 100% rely on dedicated staff and foster parents to survive.

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March 11, 2022

A Note From Our Executive Director

Late last year, alarm bells began to sound at animal shelters all over the Country – intakes of animals, particularly dogs, had returned to pre-pandemic levels, but adoptions, transfers and other outcomes were not keeping pace, likely because so many people’s homes were already overfilled with Pandemic Pets.

Think of a shelter as a pipe – the amount of water flowing in must equal the water flowing out, or the system backs up. In our case, when more animals come in than go out, space runs out, individualized...

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Click below to download the 2021 MAC Impact Report.

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McKamey Animal Center plans to honor Betty White’s memory and legacy from January 18th through January 23rd by making all adoptable adult dogs available for a $17.00 adoption fee, in recognition of what would have been the Hollywood star’s 100th birthday on January 17th.


In order to reduce the number of unwanted litters of kittens this spring, McKamey Animal Center is offering FREE cat spays and neuters, while funding lasts. Thanks to a generous grant, McKamey Animal Center is able to offer free services for as many as 250 cats beginning January 5, 2022.

“This effort, designed to fix as many cats as possible before they have a chance to reproduce, will hopefully provide much needed relief from litters of unwanted kittens this spring,” said MAC Director of Veterinary Services, Christina Tate.

Even though feline...


We are pleased to announce we will be extending our weekday adoption hours to accommodate more adopters and better serve the public and the animals. MAC will now be open until 6 PM each weekday to allow more people to view animals after work and to ensure volunteers can spend more time with the animals.

Beginning January 1, MAC’s Adoptions Center will be open to the public from 12 PM - 6 PM Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 AM - 4 PM Saturdays and Sundays. The Adoptions Center will remain closed to the public on Mondays to support proper animal care. Appointments are not necessary to...

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Halloween can be full of good spooky fun for the whole family, including your furry ones, as long as you give it a little bit of thought and preparation. Just like you take some time to prepare for the evening, whether that’s trick-or-treating or getting together with friends and family, there are some things you can do to keep your pets safe and comfortable during the festivities. Below are some tips and suggestions we recommend to prepare for the holiday:


When a local homeowner heard tiny meows from her backyard one morning, she went out to investigate. In the middle of the grassy yard was a tiny grey and white kitten, covered in dirt, crying for help. Once she got closer, she could see right away something was wrong - the tiny kitten had a bulging eye and needed medical help right away.

The little kitten was brought to MAC in hopes of receiving life-saving care. She was given the name Winky by staff, knowing the eye would need to be removed as soon as possible.


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.

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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...