McKamey Animal Center

Rating: 4.71 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 4500 N Access Rd Chattanooga TN 37415 USA

Mission: To enhance the lives of companion animals and people by encouraging a culture of responsibility and compassion.

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I lost my american bull dog on 6-10-2012. I looked for her everywhere. I looked on Craig's list and found her at Mckamey shelter on access road in chattanooga ,Tn. I went to get her and was told it was going to cost me $ 90.00 to get her. That was ridiculous. She isn't a stray. She has an owner. They are promoting adopt a pet but all I wanted was my pet back. Some people don't have the money to pay to get their pets back so I guess that means they keep your pet and SALE it to someone else. I guess they are going to get their money one way or the other. I wouldn't recommend adopting a pet from there at all. The fees you have to pay are over board and you could be adopting someone else's pet who just couldn't afford to pay to get it back. How do you think that would make the person who couldn't get their pet back feel? I'm sure they don't care as long as the money keeps rolling in.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not charge someone who proves that an animal that has been turned in or picked up on the street isn't someone's pet that they may have accidentally lost or got out of it fence without the owner knowing it.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

None

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered at McKamey for 3 years walking dogs, greeting clients, helping with off-site adoptions, etc., and I have seen first hand what a loving and caring organization it really is. The animals are extremely well taken care of. The facility is clean and well maintained. Every effort is made to find forever homes for the lucky animals that are there.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

The McKamey Animal Center is a prime example of what an animal shelter should be for the entire community. They offer the whole package: adoptions, education, spaying/neutering, cruelty invesitgation, field services, partnerships, and more. I helped open the Center in 2008 and was there for their first adoption. It's always been about the animals...bottom line. The staff works out of passion for the thousands of dogs and cats who enter the open admissions facility. They do the work that most people wouldn't want to do. They are unsung heroes. I will plan to adopt my next dog from the Center!

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

My first exposure to the care, compassion and expertise of McKamey was in 2011 when a young black cocker spaniel (later named Maddie) was rescued and delivered to McKamey. Maddie's fur was matted in filth, feces and other unsanitary debris. The length of her fur prevented her from seeing or walking without any interference. Maddie arrived at McKamey around 5:30 in the evening. McKamey officials and volunteers treated Maddie for approximately 5 uninterrupted hours, removing over 3 laundry baskets of hair. No complaints were ever uttered or whispered throughout the entire procedure. McKamey offers a perfect haven for abused and neglected animals and it does so with superior care, compassion, knowledge and determination.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

I have supported McKamey Animal Center for more than six years. It is by far one of the most compassionate and caring facilities anywhere. They have one focus - the welfare of the animals. The Center has earned and deserves the respect of their peers, the animal community and has received numerous awards and recognitions. The City of Chattanooga is fortunate to have this fine organization as an advocate for the animals in our community.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

McKamey Animal Center has dedicated staff that demonstrate a love for the animals they serve, and people who visit express amazement at both the facility and the condition in which it is maintained. I especially love to see the happiness shared by visitors and the animals receiving attention. It is a place where volunteers can experience the love of the animals and find joy in seeing them find forever homes. It is the most rewarding volunteer experience I've ever had. John Williams

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Although not expected, I've received personal thank yous from people who I assisted in finding a dog they adopted, and the staff are always thanking the volunteers for what we do. The most rewarding experience is seeing an animal united with a new lifetime friend, and at the end of the year finding that this has happened at McKamey almost two thousand times.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If funds were available I would love to see more glass enclosed real life rooms where people could visit and bond with the dogs in their temporary room. Also, it would be good if more areas were available to let the high energy dogs run unleashed before they are walked. I believe the Center is identifying more dogs who could spend time together in the exercise areas, and I think that would be helpful in giving them more opportunity to play and exercise.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

The staff works diligently to recruit and train new volunteers, and as more are added our ability to give the dogs more out-of-cage time will help in the socialization process. Maybe a documentary that describes what the staff and volunteers do and incorporates our experiences could get some exposure on local television and be shown on a TV at the Center for visitors to view.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have learned techniques for improving the walking experience, and have learned to better identify breeds.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Useful and appreciated.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

After meeting the members of the McKamey staff at an adoption event, I knew it was time to bring a dog into our family. In September, we adopted the most amazing dog that I have ever had the pleasure to know. We first met her online, and she immediately won our hearts. Kimmie was brought into McKamey as a stray puppy with her brother when they were only about 8 weeks old. Her brother was almost immediately adopted, but she was not so lucky. She had a serious infection in one of her eyes, and in spite of the heroic efforts of the McKamey staff the eye could not be saved. So she underwent surgery and the eye was removed. Now she had 2 strikes against her, she was a black dog and she had a disability. She spent the next 5 months alone in the shelter, and she never let any of this dampen her bright spirit. She won the staffs' hearts, and was a shelter favorite. They never gave up hope that she would find a forever home. The staff and Kimmie never gave up hope, and she now has a loving family to call her own.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have adopted 4 bundles of love from McKamey. Keats is an energetic kid who always needs to be chased and petted. I get rewarded with the loudest PURR and drool you have ever seen. Brock is our diplomat. He isn't scared of any situation, and is usually the first to venture to the farthest part of our enclosed yard, with a train of everyone else behind him. Romo is our snuggle cat. IF we are on the couch, in bed, or even sitting at the dinner table... he will be there to offer his body heat. Lucy is our special, not at all disabled, blind cat. She rules the roost, and has the run of the house. Everyone avoids getting in her way. I can not thank McKamey enough for the amount of love they have brought to my home. Especially being neutered/spayed, microchipped, and up to date on all medications. I love this! This is the best!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I adoped my dog at McKamey in 2009. She has been a blessing for me. What little we know about her previous life isn't pleasant, but she is one of the best dogs most people have met. She has become a pet therapy dog and visits area hospitals to allow the patients an opportunity to love her. We go to McKamey every Christmas to have her picture taken with "Santa Claws" and my family and friends always receive the picture on a Christmas card. I think what this organization does for local homeless pets is amazing. They have definately given me one of the best gifts ever.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I adopted my beautiful cat Suds from McKamey in January of 2010. He was brought there as a baby and lived the first six months of his life in the facility. I was so impressed with how professional the staff was and how beautiful and clean the McKamey Center is. Suds was such a character and very used to being loved for the first part of his life in McKamey. I knew he must have had first rate care to be the kind of cat he was when I brought him home. He is such a loving and happy cat, and I'll always be grateful to McKamey for keeping him until he found a happy home.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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