Animal Encounters

Fun Animal Encounters

From a hairy tarantula to a talking African gray parrot, you never know what you’ll bump into in Ranger Rick's Backyard Safari at the Tennessee Aquarium!



Chattanooga Riverboat Cruise
A Chattanooga Riverboat Cruise on the River Gorge Explorer is part thrill ride and part nature tour.

Travelling with your pet

Traveling with your Pet

Animal-Friendly Lodging in Chattanooga

Link to Chattanooga hotels and motels that accept pets. Some facilities only accept pets under a certain weight and some require a deposit--which may or may not be refundable. It's always a good idea to call ahead because policies are subject to change.

Pet Boarding Facilities

Link to pet boarding facilities in the Chattanooga area. Call ahead for rates and a list of services.

Helpful Info about Traveling with your Pet

  • Visit your veterinarian. If you have a restless animal companion, your vet may prescribe sedatives or tranquilizers. Refill prescribed medications and update all vaccinations.
  • Bring a supply of their regular food. Changing your dog or cat's diet because you forgot to bring their regular food can cause upset stomachs.
  • Don't forget water and food bowls. Supply plenty of fresh drinking water.
  • Bring grooming equipment, i.e. brushes, comb, ear/eye cleaning solution, shampoo, spray-on coat conditioner.
  • Have your vet's phone number on hand in case you have a non-threatening medical emergency.
  • Pack a leash, collar, tie-out, toys, treats, bedding and blanket.
  • Check ID tags for relevant information including any medical needs. Use a temporary ID tag with the phone number where you can be reached during your vacation. Your home phone number will do no good if no one is home to take the call. Make sure you have current photos of the animal to show around just in case he or she strays.
  • Always have an animal-friendly first aid kit in your vehicle.
  • Bring extra towels in case of emergencies and little accidents.
  • If your animal-companion is crate-trained, bring the crate and use it. It's the safest way to provide transportation.
  • Never let your companion animal stick his or her head out of the window while the vehicle is in motion.
  • Never leave your animal companion tied in an open pick-up truck. Your truck bed surface can get as hot as a griddle and debris can injure your dog's eyes.
  • Never travel with your animal companion in the back of an open pick-up truck. In the event of a wreck, your animal could be thrown from the vehicle and seriously injured or killed.
  • Travel with your animal companion in the back seat of your vehicle and use a harness that attaches to your rear seat belt, or a crate. It is much safer for all passengers.
  • Stop frequently to provide your dog with exercise, bathroom breaks, water and to relieve stress and boredom.
  • Carry pooper scooper and plastic bags for clean-up. Some cities, including Chattanooga, have ordinances requiring clean-up.
  • Never leave your pet unattended in vehicle on hot, humid days. On a warm day, even with the windows cracked, the temperature in a vehicle can reach 120 degrees in minutes and be fatal for your pet.
  • If your animal gets lost while in Chattanooga, call Animal Services at 698-2525 for assistance.
  • Emergency Animal Clinic of Chattanooga, 2612 Amnicola Highway, (423) 698-4612
  • If you need to exercise your pet while in town, check out Chattanooga's dog park.

This list is provided for informational purposes only. A listing here does not constitute an endorsement, advertisement or recommendation.