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Donation Programs

As employees of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control, we strive to provide the best care for the animals and to educate the public on the best way to care for their pets.  However, our operating budget does not allow us to do as much as we would like.  Therefore, we are asking for your help.

Listed below are four programs that you can donate to.

Below is the drop down menu that talks about each program.

​​You can choose to donate to multiple funds by adding comments explaining what amount you'd like in each fund​.

If you can't decide which fund you want to donate to, you can choose the General Assistance Fund.​

Click Here​ to donate to your favorite cause​ online!

Checks and supplies can be sent to:

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control
8315 Byrum Dr.
Charlotte, NC  28217​

You can send in a general donation to be used at our discretion; or you can read about the programs listed below and earmark your donation for a specific cause. 

Thank you for your assistance.

​You can also donate through our Amazon Wish List. We have 3 different lists depending on what you wish to send.

second chance medical fund

We receive an average of 60 animals a day through our doors.  Oftentimes adoptable animals that are sick or injured must be humanely euthanized due to a lack of funds to provide the medical care for them.  This fund is designed to provide additional money specifically for the care of these animals.  A tax-deductible donation earmarked for the Medical Fund will make it possible for the veterinary staff to provide:

  • Treatment for Heartworm disease

  • Further testing or examinations not possible at the shelter

  • Equipment and supplies to enable more treatments to be done at the shelter

  • Additional training of vet staff on new procedures


If you would like to help the pets with special needs that come through our doors, you can:

Donate online! Choose "second chance medical".

Send a check to:

Animal Care & Control​
c/o Second Chance​
8315 Byrum
Charlotte, NC 28217

​​Please make checks to City of Charlotte and earmark it for the 2nd Chance Medical Fund.
Or you can stop by to donate a check or cash at the shelter and visit our adopatbles while you're there.

​The CMPD Animal Care & Control Free Community Spay/Neuter Clinics were created to reduce the number of puppies and kittens arriving at Animal Care and & Control. We encourage citizens to investigate all spay/neuter options available for your pet prior to submitting an application to Animal Care & Control Free Community Spay/Neuter Clinic. The program is prepared to accept a limited number of applications from residents of Mecklenburg County only who are unable to provide for the sterilization needs of their family pets.


Animal Care & Control Free Community Spay/Neuter Clinics are being funded with private donations and grant money. (It is not part of an operational budget.) The availability of donations and grant money has been drastically reduced due to the unstable economy. Unfortunately, the clinics can continue only as long as funding is available. Once our current funds are exhausted, the clinics will be discontinued.  Please use your local veterinarian or the Humane Society of Charlotte's low cost spay/neuter clinic if you are financially able.


To help Mecklenburg County residents get their pets spayed or neutered (which will help to bring down the pet over-population) you can:

Donate online!​ Choose "spay neuter fund".

Send a check to:

Animal Care & Control
c/o Second Chance
8315 Byrum Dr
Charlotte, NC 28217

Please make sure your check is made out to City of Charlotte​ and earmarked for the Spay/Neuter Fund.

Or you can stop by to donate a check or cash and visit our animals while you're there!

​The Train to Adopt program brings a focus to the mental, behavioral and emotional health of shelter dogs.  By utilizing positive reinforcement training, play time, and environmental enrichment we intend to meet the following goals:

  • Increase adoptions

  • Decrease stress, stress related behaviors and lower arousal

  • Collect data to generate and develop future programs

  • Lower the length of stay in a kennel

  • Offer guidelines for Humane Care and Quality of Life for shelter dogs

Many of our dogs in the shelter have found new homes thanks to the Train to Adopt program!

Hot dogs, string cheese, and ​cube cheese is used for this program by our on-staff trainer and other trained volunteers and thus will always be in high demand. If you would like to donate these food items please drop them off at the front counter and let the staff know it is for the Train to Adopt program.

We also have an enrichment program for our animals so they don't get bored in their kennels while they wait for their new homes. You can find the list of items we need in the Purchasing Always Needed Supplies below or check out our Amazon Wishlist​

If you would like to donate funds to help purchase items needed for the Train to Adopt program you can:​

Donate online!​ Click on "Animal Enrichment Fund/Training".

Mail in a check to:

Animal Care & Control

c/o Train to Adopt
8315 Byrum Dr
Charlotte, NC 28217

Please make sure your checks are made out to City of Charlotte and earmarked for Train to Adopt.

Come to the shelter to drop off cash, check and or treats for the dogs (such as hot dogs and string cheese) at the shelter and visit our adoptables while you're there.​​

The ​​Community Outreach Enrichment Fund (CORE) fund was created to enable Animal Care & Control to assist owners facing the painful decision of having to surrender their pets due to financial, medical or housing issues. When owners fall upon hard times they often feel relinquishing ownership to us is their only option; but with your support that no longer needs to be the case. This fund supplements our Safety Net grant from the ASPCA to keep those beloved pets with their families by assisting with pet deposits, boarding, medical issues, training, and so much more. It allows us to seek creative solutions previously unobtainable while simultaneously decreasing the intake at our shelter.  Your support means the world to these owners and especially their pets!

Princess is just one of many pets that the CORE fund has helped since this fund was created.

Princess the cat

Princess is owned by a local veteran. When he found out that he had to be admitted into the VA hospital, he had no other options but to surrender his cat. Thanks to our partnerships with local veterinary businesses​ we were able to find a boarding location. The VCA Stoney Creek Animal Hospital stepped up by offering the owner FREE temporary boarding. We cannot thank VCA Stoney Creek enough for helping us keep Princess with her owner.


Thanks to these partnership efforts, AC&C have been able to help keep pets in their homes, with their owners, for several years thanks to grants and donations.


If you would like to help other pets like Princess, you can:

Donate online!​ Choose "community outreach enrichment fund".

Send a check to:
    Animal Care & Control
    8315 Byrum Drive
    Charlotte, NC 28217

Be sure to make the check out to​ “City of Charlotte” and earmark it for "CORE".

Animal Care & Control does their best to make our ado​ptable pets as comfortable as possible during their time here until they find their forever homes. The following items below are supplies that we always need. You can buy these items and ship them directly to our shelter. The animals thank you!

  • Newspapers

  • Plastic grocery bags

  • New or gently used blankets, towels, and hand towels

  • Brown paper bags

  • Shoe boxes of all sizes

  • Bath mats

  • Fleece blankets

  • Baby blankets

  • Laundry bags

You can find some of these items on our Amazon Wishlist​​

If you would like to send a donation to help us purchase any of these supplies, you can:

Donate online! ​​Choose "General Donation Fund".


Send a check to:
    Animal Care & Control
    8315 Byrum Drive
    Charlotte, NC 28217

Be sure to make the check out to “City of Charlotte” and earmark it for "animal enrichment fund".

Animal Care & Control does their best to make our ado​ptable pets as comfortable as possible during their time here until they find their forever homes. The following items below are supplies that we always need. You can buy these items and ship them directly to our shelter. The animals thank you!

Most of the items listed below are on our Amazon Wishlist​ where you can purchase and send supplies directly to our shelter.​ If you would like to hold a donation drive, below are the main items.

*We always need kongs for cats, kittens, puppies and dogs, Nylabones, treat balls, and so much more.
Other items that you can purchase and donate:

  • Dog/puppy and cat/kitten canned food

  • Baby animal milk replacement

  • Small animal food (bold are the animals we get the most): parrot, small birdsferret, frog, guinea pigrabbit, iguana, hamsterratmice, gerbil

  • For small animals: treats, timothy or oat hay, water bottles and litter pans​

  • Food/water bowls

  • Heating pads (without an auto shutoff)

  • Kuranda Cots (scroll down to the bottom of the page to learn more)

  • Soft Paws (scroll down to the bottom of the page to learn more)

  • Cases of bottled water (any brand)​

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Gently used toys and beds for dogs/cats

  • Leashes and collars

  • Cat nip (even better...toddler-sized socks with cat nip inside)

  • Essential oils: peppermint, lavender, lemon grass, eucalyptus, and sweet orange​

  • Dog/Cat wipes​​


Kuranda Cots

How would you like to sleep on hard concrete or metal surface? Well, the dogs and cats don't like it either. We find that many dogs and cats like to sleep on these soft Kuranda Cots.

Here's how you can help us provide these cots to all our canine and feline residents:

Click he​re to order directly from the Kuranda Cot website. The shelter's name of CMPD Animal Control Bureau must be selected.

puppy laying on cot

Soft Paws

Soft Paws is a product invented specifically for cats. Since every cat has the natural desire to scratch things they sometimes scratch furniture and carpet rather than scratching posts made for cats. Some people don't like the idea of a cat scratching up their furniture or expensive rugs so they choose to declaw their cat at a veterinarian.

Declawing a cat is like amputating the end of your finger (including your finger nail). An alternative to cutting off the tip of your cats' toes are Soft Paws. They are easy to put on and prevent your cat from scratching anything in the household. Most cats don't even know they are wearing any.

The cap is filled with non-toxic glue and is placed on the cats freshly cut nails. Then, when a cap or two falls off, then it is time to trim the nails (cutting the rest of the caps off with the nail trimming) and place brand new ones on.

They come in a variety of colors and can be switched over at each nail trim.


We like to use these at Animal Care & Control for a variety of reasons. One main reason, to keep the public safe from accidental scratches during interactions. Another reason, they make black colored cats stand out from the rest. We are always in need of these Soft Paws and you can help make sure that we have a good supply by sending us an order of Soft Paws.

cat wearing soft paw caps

If you would like to send a donation to help us purchase any of these supplies, you can:

Donate online!

Choose "animal enrichment fund/training" for the purchase of kongs, nyalbones.

OR choose "general assistance fund" for the purchase of our other items needed, such as: KMR, canned food, cots, and more.

If you want to help in more than one area, you can choose multiple donation funds and specify the amount you'd like to donate to each fund in the comments section.​

Send a check or order directly to:
    Animal Care & Control
    8315 Byrum Drive
    Charlotte, NC 28217

Be sure to make the check out to “City of Charlotte” and earmark it for "animal enrichment fund".​

*Kids also always want to try to help out our animals or animals around the community. Below is a list of items that can be found around your own home that kids can collect via a donation drive:

  • Newspapers

  • Plastic grocery bags

  • New or gently used blankets, towels, and hand towels

  • Brown paper bags

  • Shoe boxes of all sizes

  • Cat charmers (a toy or feather tied to a string and tied to a stick which can be made at home)​

  • Fleece blankets

  • Bath mats

  • Laundry bags


Blanket Program

*Kids can make blankets:

  • Bl​ankets that are handmade and loving crafted to be used for our dogs and cats in their kennels (all sizes). You can ​find instructions on how to make blankets here.


kids with hand made blankets


Dog Coat Program

*Kids can help with making dog coats for the shelter dogs:

Rachel Schul developed sewn and colorful, fun fleece coats for our shelter dogs to help keep them toasty warm every winter. She is always looking for sewers, as well as helpers who can cut coat patterns. She is always in need of donated fleece material, sewing thread, or monetary donations to buy this material to make more coats.

  • If you would like to donate towards this project you can:

    • Donate online! Choose "general assistance fund" and put "dog coats" in the comment section.

    • Send all materials or monetary donations to Animal Care & Control, 8315 Byrum Dr, Charlotte 28217. Checks need to be made out to City of Charlotte and earmark it for "Dog Coats".

  • If you would like to get your kids involved in a "coat cutting party", and/or can help sew coats​ please contact AC&C's Julia Conner at jconner@cmpd.org​. ​


rachel making dog coats
dog wearing coat


Dog House Program

*Kids in 4-H or Scouts who ​need to earn a building badge can build dog houses to help the animals in their community.

​Often times our Animal Control Officers come across dog owners who don’t realize the laws and ordinances regarding proper pet containment and provisions for dogs who live outside.  We educate these owners on the proper needs their dog. One of the most important needs is proper shelter. Sometimes owners simply can’t afford even the most basic shelter.

It’s our mission to bring them into compliance rather than forcing them to owner surrender their dog. When we have an inventory of donated dog houses we will supply them one. Once they receive the dog house, we will have follow-up visits to ensure they are staying in compliance with our ordinances and providing the proper care for their dog.

We rely on groups and organizations to help supply us with dog houses for this program.

Check out these websites to get ideas for building dog houses: 

all-about-dog-houses.com
  

diynetwork.com 

dog houses

*They can also hold a Pet Food drive. More info found on the drop down menu.*

​America's economic crisis is forcing more and more families to make the difficult decision to give up their pets because they can no longer afford to feed them. CMPD Animal Care & Control came up with the Pet Food Bank to assist income-eligible families with food for their dogs and cats to make sure families can keep their pets.

What is needed?

  • All types of pet food are needed – dry and canned food for dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.

  • We WILL accept open bags of dry pet food so if your pet didn't like that new food you bought, we'll take it!

  • Smaller bags of 10 pounds or less are preferred because they are easier to store and distribute but we will take any donation you are willing to give.

How can you help?

  • Hold a donation drive or fundraiser at your church or business

  • Ask for pet food donations instead of gifts at the next party

  • It's a great way for scout troops to gain badges!

I​f you would like to help owners keep their pets through difficult times you can:

Donate online! Choose "general assistance fund" and place "pet food bank" in the comment section.

Send a check to:

Animal Care & Control
c/o Pet Food Bank
8315 Byrum Dr
Charlotte, NC 28217

Please make sure that your check is made out to the City of Charlotte and earmarked for the Pet Food Bank.

Or you can stop by to donate a check, cash, and/or food donations at the shelter​ and visit our animals while you're there!


Collection Photos:
Thank you to all the individuals and organizations that have already provided donations to the pet food bank. Your generosity is going a long way to keeping pets with their families. Check out your pictures here!

If you are planning a drive or held a drive, don't forget to send us pictures! Send them to our Facebook Page via private message. Be sure to include your name and organization/group/party information and we'll get them posted.​​

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Need assistance with feeding your pet? Come to the shelter to see if we have any donated food available during our regular business hours.

8315 Byrum Dr
Charlotte 28217

11:00am - 7:00pm Weekdays
11:00am - 5:00pm Weekends​

You can also check with the Humane Society of Charlotte​ to see if they have any pet food available.​

​Kitten season always starts the beginning of spring and when the weather is unseasonably warm, we know that we will have our hands full by April. Our staff and dedicated foster parents are always on hand to save as many as bottle-baby and young kittens that need time to grow up, gain weight, and sometimes learn to be social with people. But we could always use more volunteers willing to be foster parents. Check out our Foster page to learn more about our fostering program which helps save lives.

In 2016 we were ablet o save over 1,000 bottle-baby and young kittens thanks to our foster parents, volunteers, marketing partners, and staff. We've learned that when the weather gets warm that we will soon have our hands full with more bottle-baby and young kittens that need time in a home before they are ready for adoption.

We're building a kitten nursery to help save even more lives! Details are coming soon but you can help us prepare NOW by donating money and supplies to help us make our nursery comfortable for the little ones. Consider donating items from our Amazon Wishlist​ which can be purchased and sent directly to our shelter.

  • ​KMR 12oz cans or 50lb bags (prefer 12oz cans)
  • Snuggle safe warming disks
  • Fleece blankets
  • Baby blankets
  • Bathroom mats
  • Laundry bags
  • "Pet Nurser" 2oz and 4oz bottles
  • Cone shaped nipples
  • Plastic bin storage containers 30-50qt size - prefer clear
  • Small flat metal bowls as low as you can find
  • Fancy Feast canned cat food: classic pate - non-fish based
  • Royal Canin Mother and Baby cat food (3.5lb bags)

Donate online! Choose "kitten nursery".

Send a check to:

Animal Care & Control​
c/o Second Chance​
8315 Byrum
Charlotte, NC 28217

​​Please make checks to City of Charlotte and earmark it for the kitten nursery.
Or you can stop by to donate a check, cash, or supplies at the shelter and visit our adopatbles while you're there.

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