Animal rescues and adoptions

Animal rescues and adoptions

March 27th, 2011 by Adam Crisp in Chattanooganow2011

Dogs look out of a cage at the Hamilton County Humane Educational Society. Staff File Photo by Angela Lewis.

Hamilton County is home to a slew of groups that rescue animals and offer adoptions, but there are four facilities that specialize in offering animals for adoption.

The groups take animals from a variety of sources, but adoptions are open to anyone who meets certain qualifications and pays the varying pet adoption fees.

In Chattanooga, the two big players are Hamilton County Humane Educational Society and McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center.

The Humane Society has been around since 1940, and its facility was renovated in 2009. The society collects surrendered and stray animals from all of unincorporated Hamilton County and several outlying communities.

The McKamey Center opened in 2008 and has a contract with Chattanooga to collect unwanted pets and offer adoptions.

All the organizations have charitable arms that welcome donations of goods, money and time.

In addition to the shelters, there are a handful of rescue groups that foster unwanted animals then offer the pets for adoption. Contact information for those rescue groups can be found at the shelters.


Hamilton County Humane Educational Society

212 N. Highland Park Ave.

Chattanooga, TN 37404


Open: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday; noon-4 p.m. Friday.

McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center

4500 N. Access Road


Chattanooga, TN 37415

Open: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 1-7 p.m. Sunday; appointments only Monday and Tuesday.

City of East Ridge Animal Services

1015 Yale St.

East Ridge, TN 37412


Open: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday

Pet Placement Center

5975 Dayton Blvd.


Chattanooga, TN 37415

Open: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday

Wally's Friends

(A low-cost spay and neuter clinic for cats and dogs, but not a shelter.)

155 Unaka St.


Red Bank, TN 37415

Open: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, appointments required.