McKamey Animal Center Launches New Program, K-9 to 5, Bringing Pets into Your Workplace

McKamey Animal Center announces its newest initiative, K-9 to 5, bringing adoptable pets to offices and businesses across the city to spend time and hopefully find new forever homes. MAC K-9 to 5 partners enjoy all the benefits of the companionship of a furry friend and the rewards of potentially finding an adoptable pet in a new home without any long-term commitments, officials said. .

MAC has received a large number of animals at the shelter over the past few months, like every summer, and currently has over 560 animals in its care. This new K-9 to 5 initiative offers a new way to introduce some of these animals and expose them to potential adopters.

“Having pets in the workplace can be a great morale booster, and having the opportunity to spend time outside the shelter is essential for our animals,” said Inga Fricke, Managing Director of MAC. “This program is a huge win-win, for MAC, for the animals and for the participants.”

If a business is interested in participating, visit the MAC website and complete the K-9 to 5 Partnership Application. Once ready, MAC will handpick a suitable dog or cat to hang around the workplace. The K-9 to 5 program allows dogs, cats, kittens and puppies to spend a day, a week or even a month with a workplace. This flexible program allows participants to set the schedule – all MAC asks is that the working animal stays safe and happy while being cared for.

The Chattanooga Police Department and the Family Justice Center are two local workplaces that have already signed up to participate as Vital K-5 partners. Elisa Myzal, CPD Communications Coordinator, said, “Having an adoptable dog with us at the Chattanooga Police Department is one of the best days, not just for the dog, but for the dog-loving employees. The dog gets so much attention (treats too) and even a little time spent with a silly, happy pup is a welcome break from some of the tough stuff the CPD staff encounter all too regularly. CPD gives McKamey’s K-9 two-legged 5 up!”

For more information or to enroll in the K-9 to 5 program, please visit

Benjamin M. Yerger