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!
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.
I have served on the board of a number of non-profit organizations in our community and, I can say, without hesitation, that the McKamey Center uses what resources they have more compassionately, wisely and cost-effectively than many other agencies with much larger budgets and staffs. The Center has made a huge difference in our community in directing community attention toward the responsibility to spayor neuter, to advocate for the animals, to educate themselves to be more responsible pet owners, and to comply with our city's animal ordinances.