McKamey Animal Center Launches New Program, K-9 to 5, Enabling Adoptable Pets In Your Workplace

Tuesday, August 3, 2021
The perfect model dog, Savannah, for the new McKamey Animal Center program, K-9 to 5. Savannah is also available for adoption.
The perfect model dog, Savannah, for the new McKamey Animal Center program, K-9 to 5. Savannah is also available for adoption.

McKamey Animal Center announces its newest initiative, K-9 to 5, bringing adoptable pets into offices and businesses around town to spend time and hopefully find a permanent new home.  MAC K-9 to 5 partners get all of the benefits of furry friend companionship and the reward of potentially finding an adoptable pet a new home without any of the long-term commitment, said officials. 

MAC has had a large influx of animals come into the shelter in the last few months, as it does every summer, and currently has over 560 animals in its care. This new K-9 to 5 initiative offers a new way to showcase some of these animals and expose them to potential adopters.

“Having pets in the workplace can be a great morale booster, and getting the opportunity to spend time out of the shelter is critical for our animals," said Inga Fricke, MAC executive director. "This program is a huge win-win, for MAC, for the animals, and for the participants."

If a business is interested in participating, visit MAC's website and fill out the K-9 to 5 Partner Application.  When ready, MAC will hand pick a dog or cat suited to hang out at the workplace.  The K-9 to 5 program allows for 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 workplace animal stays safe and happy while in care.

Chattanooga Police Department and the Family Justice Center are two local workplaces that have already signed up to participate as lifesaving K-9 to 5 Partners. Elisa Myzal, communications coordinator of CPD said, “Having an adoptable dog with us at the Chattanooga Police Department makes for some of the best days, not just for the dog, but also for the dog-loving employees. The dog gets so much attention (treats too) and even a short time spent with a silly, happy pup is a welcome break from some of the hard stuff CPD personnel encounter on a way too regular basis. CPD gives McKamey's K-9 to 5 two paws up!”

For more information, or to sign up to be part of the K-9 to 5 Program, please visit www.mckameyanimalcenter.org/k-9-to-5.

Elisa Myzal, of Chattanooga Police Department, picking up their first K-9 to 5 dog
Elisa Myzal, of Chattanooga Police Department, picking up their first K-9 to 5 dog

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