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Front Page - Friday, December 25, 2020

McKamey Animal Center modifies operations

McKamey Animal Center will modify its operations Jan. 1 in order to continue providing emergency animal services. These changes will primarily affect the center’s animal admissions and veterinary services departments.

Beginning Jan. 1, all shelter-related activities – including intake, adoptions and veterinary appointments – will be by appointment only. McKamey will not be accepting walk-ins or drop-offs.

Residents of Hamilton County who live within the city limits of Chattanooga or Red Bank can make an appointment to surrender their pet or bring in a loose dog by calling 423 305-6500. (Residents living outside these areas should contact the Humane Educational Society for assistance.) McKamey will no longer accept animals from outside of Hamilton County.

McKamey also is suspending intake of healthy outdoor cats until further notice. The center will work with citizens to set up spay and neuter appointments for community cats and will provide resources and support those dealing with nuisance cats.

Veterinary services will be limited to preventive services (vaccines, microchips and spay or neuter surgeries), and will be offered only to Hamilton County residents.

Animal services officers will continue to prioritize emergency calls, including those involving animals experiencing cruelty, animals that are ill or injured and animals posing a danger to the public or other animals. Hamilton County residents can call 423 305-6500 to report an emergency or obtain advice and support for managing a non-emergency situation.

McKamey also continues to need adoptive and foster homes for its animals, and encourages anyone who might have room in their home for a homeless pet to contact the center at www.mckameyanimalcenter.org/adoption

Source: McKamey Animal Center