McKamey, HES in Chattanooga taking pets displaced by Florence, looking for foster homes

If you are looking for a way to help from home, McKamey Animal Center and the Humane Education Society in Chattanooga need you. (Image: WTVC)

UPDATE (Thursday):

The Humane Education Society is asking for donations of dog and cat food. You can order the Sportmix wholesome chicken and rice by clicking here. It can be shipped directly to the shelter.

UPDATE (Wednesday):

If you are looking for a way to help from home, two Chattanooga animal centers need you.

McKamey Animal Center volunteers are working to help animals from the East Coast ahead of Hurricane Florence.

The center posted an update early Wednesday morning about the progress.

A post on the McKamey Animal Center's Facebook page says: "Teams of McKamey Animal Center staff and volunteers work until the early morning hours to check in 26 animals from South Carolina shelters. 18 large dogs and 8 cats."

The center says they will be bringing back more animals overnight Wednesday.

The Humane Education Society is also expecting to see some displaced pets in the coming days.

HES will be offering an adoption special on adult dogs of $25 and $15 for cats in order to make space for displaced animals.

HES is also looking for food to help care for the animals as well as monetary donations.

Both HES and McKamey are now looking for foster homes for the animals they already have so that they can take in more shelter pets.

If you are interested in adopting, fostering, or donating:

McKamey Animal Center: please email, call 423-305-6506, visit their website, or go to their Facebook page.

Humane Educational Society: call 423-624-5302, visit their website, or go to their Facebook page.


Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall along the Carolina coast early Friday morning.

The storm is displacing millions of people, and animals are also going to have to find a temporary place to stay.

McKamey Animal Center has been asked to help with the sheltering of some of those animals.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) says shelters and rescues in those affected areas are preparing for the worst and will need help from shelters who can take in animals that have been evacuated from shelters in those at-risk areas.

Kimberly Alboum, Shelter Outreach and Policy Engagement Director for HSUS says, “By emptying key animal shelters in advance, communities will be able to provide assistance for displaced pets once the storm hits. The shelter pet population in North and South Carolina are predominately larger dogs.”

HSUS is reaching out to partners in advance to ask for help in placement. If this storm has the anticipated impact expected, McKamey says it will take a national effort to safely place the adoptable animals now in the shelters.

McKamey is holding an adoption special with a call out to the community to adopt or foster animals which will allow McKamey Animal Center to shelter more animals from the hurricane areas. McKamey Animal Center is asking for the community’s support so that they have room to help with Florence evacuee.

McKamey’s Care and Placement Administrator, Katie Christie said, “We all feel helpless when we see the hurricane’s impact on people and animals yet we all live so far away—with shelters helping shelters we now can have a direct impact on those four-legged hurricane victims.” “This is a first-hand way for our community to be involved. We can’t help those animals unless our community adopts or fosters what we already have.”

The focus is on fostering McKamey animals for 10 days in order to treat and ready the Florence animals once they arrive. The exact arrival dates and number of animals is still pending. This may not be a short term event. This is just the start of the hurricane season.

If you are interested in adopting or fostering please email or call 423-305-6506. Or go to their Facebook page.

Depend on us to keep you posted.

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