From walking dogs to caring for kittens to cleaning 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.
  • To defray costs and not take away from the animals in our care, volunteers must pay a one-time $25 commitment fee, which covers the cost of the t-shirt and training.

Available Volunteer Opportunities

Thanks to an outpouring of support, all of our upcoming volunteer orientation classes are full. We are not taking new volunteer applications at this time. Please check back in April when we will be recruiting new volunteers for the summer.

Upcoming Volunteer Training Classes:

  • Saturday, February 3, 2:00pm-3:15pm (Class is full)
  • Thursday, February 15, 5:30pm-6:45pm (Class is full)
  • Saturday, March 3, 10:00am-11:15am (Class is full)


If you have questions about volunteering not answered on this page, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at VolunteerCoordinator@mckameyanimalcenter.org.

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Community Service

If you need to complete court-ordered community service, please do not fill out an application or sign up for an orientation. Contact 423-305-6502. Leave a message.