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A cat yawns while at McKamey Animal Center on Feb. 7, 2019 in Chattanooga

The McKamey Animal Center and the Petco Foundation are teaming up to offer up to 1,050 free spay/neuter operations to any dog or cat from seven targeted ZIP codes in Chattanooga, a news release states.

"We would love to achieve zero overpopulation in the City of Chattanooga, but the reality is we are far from that goal as we took in 7,000 homeless animals in 2018," McKamey Executive Director Jamie McAloon said in the release. "Spaying and neutering pets is the answer and we need everyone on board with it."

The Humane Educational Society, seven miles away from McKamey, takes in another 5,000-plus unwanted animals a year, the release states.

Pet owners from qualifying ZIP codes 37405, 37406, 37407, 37421, 37411, 37343 and 37415 can call 423-305-6502 to make their appointments on Tuesdays through Fridays. The program is made possible with a grant from the Petco Foundation.  

McKamey has a full service spay/neuter clinic at the center at 4500 North Access Road with two full-time veterinarians and one part-time veterinarian on staff. Veterinary clinic Director Christy Ha said the clinic already has spayed/neutered more than 4,200 animals, 1,000 more animals than at this time last year.

"It's not unusual to perform upwards of 25-30 surgeries a day here," Ha said in the release.

McKamey introduced a second surgery shift to use the surgery suite after hours and on weekends to accommodate more surgery requests.

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