McKamey Animal Center offers reduced and free adoption fees May 20-22

Bounty Paper Towels is teaming up with participating Best Friends Animal Society network partners this weekend to surprise new pet owners by helping to collect adoption fees at shelters across the country.

This includes McKamey Animal Center, where adoption fees will be waived for senior animals and reduced for all adult animals. All adoptions include the newly adopted animal that is neutered or spayed (fixed/modified), up to date on age-appropriate vaccines, microchipped and more.

McKamey Animal Center in Chattanooga is open to the public daily Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The MAC is closed on Mondays. Appointments are not required to adopt. All adoptions are done on a first-come, first-served basis. Available pets can be previewed at www.mckameyanimalcenter.org/available-pets.

“We are so grateful to partners like Best Friends and Bounty who are doing all they can to help adoptable animals find new, loving homes,” said Animal Care Director Suzanne D’Alonzo. “We can’t wait to see how many pets will come home this weekend – we hope to see mostly empty kennels on Sunday afternoon.”

“Currently there are 100,000 more pets waiting for shelters than at the same time last year due to recent issues such as understaffing, limited opening hours of shelters, fewer volunteers and fewer adoption events,” officials said.

“The MAC was no exception to the challenges mentioned. We have experienced a staff crisis, shortages in the supply chain and a large influx of unmodified and unwanted animals. We need the help of our local community now more than ever by adopting and fostering companion animals,” said Inga Fricke, Executive Director of MAC.

“For every animal Bounty helps adopt, it can save two lives: the animal that comes home and the one that now has room to come to the MAC,” officials said.

“That’s why the promotion couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Julie Castle, CEO of Best Friends Animal Society. “May is one of the busiest months for animal shelters across the country. The sad truth is that shelters get overcrowded when animals aren’t adopted quickly enough, which can put lives at risk. C That’s why we’re grateful that Bounty wanted to come to the rescue quickly.”

Bounty was happy to help. “As every pet parent knows, pet messes are no ordinary messes, which is why you shouldn’t use an ordinary paper towel.” said Janette Yauch, Vice President, Bounty. “We are honored to join the Best Friends Animal Society to help save the lives of pets while helping pet parents everywhere.”

Benjamin M. Yerger