Adoption

​We want to be sure that the pet you pick will become the newest family member. There is loads of information in the Animal Car​e Educatio​n section that will help you with your new family member. Check out the Veterinarian services to see what we've provided for our adoptable pets.​​

Let us assist you with your adoption process!

When adopting from Animal Care & Control, please:

  1. Have a valid driver’s license or state or government issued ID. If these do not have the correct address, bring in verification of your correct address. Could be a pay check, car registration, utility bill, anything!

  2. Be at least 18 years of age.

  3. If there are animals at home, please bring their current rabies certificates with you. If your need a pet license then please also bring their proof of spay/neuter form with you; this way, your pet license will be $10 instead of $30.

  4. Payments can be made with cash or local checks and MasterCard or Visa. No debit card transactions are possible.

  5. Adopting a cat? Don't forget to bring a cat carrier with you! If you're planning to adopt two, bring two carriers. If you forget to bring carriers, or you adopt a second a cat because you just couldn't decide between two, don't worry! We can sell you a temporary cat box for $4 each at the time of your adoption.

​Animal to animal interactions:
We allow and highly recommend that any current dogs you have come to the shelter to meet your next potential family member. Please bring your pet's rabies certificate with you. We cannot accept rabies tags as proof.
Due to safety reasons we cannot allow dog/cat or cat/​cat interactions.​

​​The Animal Care and Control Division's pet adoption program brings animals and people together. If you are looking for a new pet, The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control shelter has a wide variety of animals to adopt; from dogs an​d cats, rabbits and guinea pigs, to the occasional snake and pot-bellied pigs. The shelter also has two specially designed bonding areas for people to interact and play with the animals they are considering for adoption.

If you're looking for a pet friendly apartment to move in to, ​click her​e to check out the list that HSUS through out North Carolina.​

Let us assist you with your adoption process. Please:

  • Have a valid driver’s license or state or government issued ID. If these do not have the correct address, bring in verification of your correct address. Could be a pay check, car registration, utility bill, anything!

  • Be at least 18 years of age.

  • If there are animals at home, please bring their current rabies certificates with you. If you need a pet license for your current pets at home then please also bring their proof of spay/neuter form with you; this way, your pet license will be $10 instead of $30.

  • Payments can be made with cash or local checks and MasterCard or Visa​.

  • Adopting a cat? Don't forget to bring a cat carrier with you! If you're planning to adopt two, bring two carriers. If you forget to bring carriers, or you adopt a second a cat because you just couldn't decide between two, don't worry! We can sell you a temporary cat box for $5​ each at the time of your adoption.

Adoption Prices vary depending on the type of animal you are interested in adopting.  See below for a complete list.


Adult Dogs (4+ months):             

Adoption fee - $30
Neuter fee - $65
Microchip - $8
License - $10
Total - $​113


Puppies (under 4 months):

Adoption fee - $30
Neuter fee - $65
Microchip - $8
Total - $103


Adult Female Cats (4+ months):

Adoption fee - $30
Neuter fee - $50
Microchip - $8
License - $10
Total - $98


Adult Male Cats (4+ months):

Adoption fee - $30
Neuter fee - $45
Microchip - $8
License - $10
Total - $93


Female Kittens (under 4 months):

Adoption fee - $30
Neuter fee - $50
Microchip - $8
Total - $88


Male Kittens (under 4 months):

Adoption fee - $30
Neuter fee - $45
Microchip - $8
Total - $83

Adoption Fee includes preventive shots and deworming.


Exotic Animals

The Animal Shelter is not just a place for dogs and cats.  We may have a variety of animals from ferrets and rabbits to iguanas and snakes.  The prices will vary depending on species and size which can range from $1 to $100.

At any given time we may have one of the following:

Rabbits $58 each
Guinea Pigs $5 each
Rats $2 each
Hamsters $3
Gerbils $3
Mice $1
Ferrets $25
Snakes $25-$75
Iguanas $25-$75
Parakeets/Canaries $10
Finches $5
Fish


Livestock

Occasionally, large animals are available for adoption.  Ordinance requires livestock be auctioned, so the animal goes to the highest bidder.  Auction notices are posted at the animal shelter, and on this site ten days prior to the auction.
To find our current livestock animals that are now up for adoption and when the next auction date will be, click here to go to the "others" animal page, and click on the animals picture. Prices of adoption will vary based on the type of animal and size.​

At any given time we may have one of the following:​

Horses
Cattle
Llamas
Donkeys
Mules
Chickens
Ducks
Peacocks
Other fowl
Goats
Sheep​
Pigs​

#ACCadopt​​

*VIP*

​Our VIPs are Very Important Pets for a Very Impressive Price! These wonderful pets may have been with us a while and keep getting over looked, or they are just a bit more matured and settled, or we simply have too many of the same color and breed. The VIP status helps to show off the great pets that are looking for some extra attention. VIPs are only $10 to adopt and only apply to those animals listed with a "My rescue status is VIP". #VIPs

*Heart2Heart*

Our Heart2Heart program is a great opportunity to adopt a wonderful dog for FREE while helping an animal in need recover from heartworms and live a long healthy life in a loving home.  Rescuing your pet for no charge will contribute to providing your veterinarian's treatment. This status only applies to those animals listed with a "My rescue status is Heart2Heart". (A low $10 license applies to Mecklenburg County pet owners).​ #Heart2Heart

*Foster to Adopt*

Our Foster to Adopt program sponsors the​ pets that are Heartworm Positive. The adopter can fill out a foster application and meet with our Foster Coordinators with the option of taking the pet home immediately under foster care. The program will pay for all heartworm medication while in foster care​. ​Foster to Adopt pets are only $10 to adopt after the heartworm treatment is complete and come up as heartworm negative. This status only applies to those animals listed with a "My rescue status is Foster2Adopt". #Foster2Adopt

*Reduced Adoption Fee*

Some of our adoptable pets will have varied reduced prices due to having had services, which we usually provide, completed prior to coming to our shelter.  We are happy to pass this savings on to the new owners. This may include spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, or both.  As always, we recommend that you visit our shelter pets in person to select the best fit for your family. When you have decided, you will be given the background information and final price for your rescued pet. This status only applies to those animals listed as "My rescue status is Reduced Adoption Fee".  (A low $10 license applies to Mecklenburg County pet owners).​

Some of our adoptable cats have been assessed with the Meet Your Match Feline-ality program.
If you see "My Meet Your Match personality type is a Sidekick" then this cat has been assessed and determined to have that type of personality.

meet your match logo by aspca

What is Feline-ality?


The Meet Your Match Feline-ality Adoption Program is a research-based program that pairs distinct Feline-alities with adopters whose personality and lifestyle fit them best. Good matches help make strong bonds, and bonding is the key to successful adoptions.

The research-based Feline-ality Adoption Program is built around the Feline-ality Assessment that reliably predicts how an individual cat is likely to behave when the cat arrives at their new home. In addition, the Cat Adopter Survey identifies the aspects of the adopter's preferences, expectations, and lifestyle that correlate with specific Feline-alities. Adopters can then look for the cats with Feline-alities known to be a good fit for their household.

Adopters who meet their new feline companion through the Feline-ality Adoption Program bring them home already knowing something about the cat's:

  • Enjoyment of being petted and held

  • Playfulness, "talkativeness," and activity level

  • Interest in (and level of comfort with) new people and new things

Adopters Learn about Their Feline Preferences and Themselves

The Cat Adopter Survey identifies adopter preferences, expectations, and lifestyle that correspond to characteristics measured in the Feline-ality Assessment. Adopters can complete the one-page survey in a few minutes. Its tone is lighthearted and upbeat (think magazine quiz, not college application).
Adopters enjoy completing the survey and finding out what "color" they are:

  • Green adopters are most successful with cats who adapt quickly to new situations.

  • Orange adopters are a good fit with easy-going cats.

  • Purple adopters are comfortable with cats who need time and encouragement to adjust to new surroundings.

A color-coded guest pass in hand, adopters can introduce themselves to cats whose cage cards identify them as green, orange, or purple. Adopters aren't required to choose a cat with a certain Feline-ality—love at first sight often happens. But the Feline-ality Assessment enables adopters to be prepared for their new love's response to their new home. The cat is then able to adjust to his/her new home without alarming or disappointing the adopter.

You can print and fill out the Cat Adopter Survey at home. 

Information and photo courtesy of ASPCA Pro.​

​Uh, hello.  My name's Cassius.  And I'm a happy-go-lucky boy.  Found myself not too long ago here at the Animal Care & Control shelter.  Well, they took good care ​of me.  Even found me a new place to live.  

I've got a real good story to tell.  My new family has kids!  Yay!  We have lots of fun!

I just know a couple of you guys out there have some stories to tell.  Some of you may not have been happy in your previous homes, that's why we want to hear how you are doing in your new home.  Just send a new picture of you and your family... in a jpg format (whatever that is) and a story about your new life.  

We'll publish it on our Faceb​ook​ page for EVERYONE to see.  Maybe if people know how happy we can be, all of the little ones here will be adopted.

Just send your stories and pictures to my buddy, Melissa.  She'll take care of everything.  

Gotta go, they got the Frisbee out...


dog reminding adopters to send in happy endings

Sincerely, Cassius

paw print

We always enjoy hearing from people who have adopted our pets.  We like to know that our former friends have found great homes and how they have brought joy to people's lives.  We thought it would be great to share these stories with you. If you want to submit a story, please tell me the name we gave the animal at the shelter or the ID number.  That way, if you don't have a picture, I can pull one from my archives. Please be sure to put "Happy Endings" in the subject line.

                                                   

Send information to the email of accfacebook6@gmail.com


Okay all you adopters of cats, small pets and livestock: the dog adopters far out-number you when it comes to sending in stories of their new family members.  I'm sure this is not because they love them any more than you do.  Help even the score and send in your stories.  People love to read them.​

​Search For An Adoptable Pet​

PLEASE NOTE: If you are interested in meeting and interacting with any of our adoptable shelter pets, please come to the shelter to meet with them in person. Any information we have will be given to you when you arrive. Make sure you have their 7 digit animal ID number (starts with an A).​


*Note: our adoptable pets listed on each page has further information about each of them. This information includes age, date they came to the shelter, and more. Click the picture of the animal to take you to that additional information.*


ADOPTION LINKS

adoptable dog list​​

adoptable cat list ​
adoptable small pets and livestock list

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​In the Search Now box below, you can look up a specific pet that you've seen through social media or been keeping your eye on from the Pet Harbor site. Make sure to enter the number with the A to start (ex: A1234567). If the search comes back as not found, then the animal was likely adopted.​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​animal rescue portal for partner rescues only; not for publicthe link above is for rescue groups only. click here for a list of partner rescues