"Back to MAC Reunion Dog Walk" is a fundraiser for the McKamey Animal Center, nonprofit organization providing animal care services and animal protection for the City of Chattanooga. The 26,000-square-foot facility accommodates over 6,000 animals annually of multiple species and provides a number of programs and services funded through donations.
The cost for the event is $25 per dog; all humans are free. The event is open to both alumni pets and non-alumni pets. After the walk, there will be several contests at the center for alumni pets to participate in. Plenty of refreshments will be available for both pet owners and their pets.
Owners of any McKamey alumni pets are encouraged to email in a photo of their McKamey pet and story of when it was adopted to to be on display on the alumni wall the day of the event.
According to executive director Jamie McAloon, "Adoptions are extremely important to an animal shelter. In many communities the number of animals coming into the local animal shelter will often overwhelm a shelter." McKamey works with a number of local and national rescue organizations that help to place animals all over the country. "We have a very progressive adoption program combined with a number of rescues that help to get these animals into homes," said McAloon.
McKamey's in-house population varies depending on the time of year. In winter months, it averages 200 animals in the shelter daily, but in peak summer months the shelter can be bulging at the seams with over 400 in the Center to be cared for.
According to McAloon, "It's not enough to just adopt — you have to spay and neuter and offer assistance and access to spay and neuter services, which McKamey also provides in their state-of-the art surgery suite."
McKamey provides spay/neuter services for low income pet owners and those on public assistance, under the guidance of two staff veterinarians and a full surgery staff. In 2015, the center conducted over 5,500 spay/neuter surgeries and placed over 4000 animals into new homes.
For more information, go to www.mckameyanimalcenter.org.