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Adoption Day Reminders:

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. Click here to see what veterinarian services comes with the adoption.​​

Let us assist you with your adoption process! Scroll down to see what you’ll need to bring with you.

​​We have some adoption specials listed below for specific animals that are in our adoption kennels. Note that only some of our animals have reduced to no adoption fees. To see our full adoption fee list, visit our Adoption Fee page​.

**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).**


adoptable dog list

adoptable cat list Learn more about Meet Your Match for cats
adoptable small pets and livestock list



*Bring me Home Carolina's Adoption Event*

​Saturday, April 8 from 11am-5pm. Adoption fees will be waived when donating to our spay/neuter fund. We want to find home for all the animals in our shelter on that day so help us clear the shelter!​


​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


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).​

​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.​

​​rescue partner portal for rescues onlythe link above is for rescue groups only. click here for a list of partner rescues