Shelter Hosts 'Holiday All-Nighter' To Get Animals Adopted

Staff and volunteers from McKamey Animal Center and the Humane Education Society of Chattanooga are hosting their annual "Holiday All-Nighter." For 12 hours straight they work to get all the animals adopted or fostered before the holidays. In the Christmas spirit, all adoption fees are reduced. To make it fun and festive, there is hot chocolate, refreshments, door prizes and a pajama contest! This night is so important because all animals deserve a home for the holidays. "The holidays are a tough time for everyone and the animals are no exception,” stated Anna Baker, director of Outreach Programs at McKamey. “We see more animals brought to the shelter the week before Christmas than any other week of the year, other than the Fourth of July. We’re lucky because we have homes to go to at the end of the day but they don’t. That’s why we’re staying all night at the shelter with these homeless dogs and cats until every last one goes home with a good family."  After the all-nighter, there is a Home for the Holidays Foster Event which invites people to foster the animals who did not get adopted. They are asked to home the animals through the holidays and New Year. The staff estimates that 85 percent of the animals that go into a foster home are adopted while in foster care. It’s a very successful program and shows the true strength of the holiday season!

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