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Review for McKamey Animal Center, Chattanooga, TN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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

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?


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?


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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.

Role:  Volunteer & Walk dogs and assist visitors generally. Also attend fund raisers and offsite adoptions.