Animal Kneads Day

Animal Kneads Day

​Animal Kneads Day is CMPD Animal Care & Control's (AC&C) largest annual fundraiser with all proceeds benefiting the Animal Care & Control Community Spay/Neuter Assistance Program. The event is hosted by the Great Harvest Bread Company with​ Nouri Motameni​ (owner of the Kings Drive and Rea Road locations) and has tripled in size since it first began in 2007.

On the day of the event the owners and staff donate their time and the ingredients to make over 1,000  loaves of bread.  Volunteers from AC&C staff the counter and offer the bread to customers for a donation of $10 a loaf.  100 percent of the proceeds go directly to support the AC&C Spay/Neuter Community Assistance Program.  The funding from this event is able to cover approximately 8 clinics  a year which results in approximately over 500 animal sterilization surgeries.

In 2019, Animal Kneads Day raised over $11,000!

Charlotte-Mecklenburg is one of the top 10 fastest-​​​​growing US metro areas, and as the Charlotte area continues to grow, so does its animal population. There are an estimated 400,000 cats and dogs living in the metro area, and many of these animals are stray.  As a municipal shelter, Animal Care & Control cannot turn away any animal, regardless of the shelter's capacity. Last year alone, due to pet overpopulation in the community, over 10,000 dogs and cats entered the AC&C Shelter.  To help reduce the number of animals coming into the shelter, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Animal Care & Control Division instituted a free public ​Spay & Neuter Community Assistance Program. This program is funded solely through ​donations and grants, which makes Animal Kneads Day our most important annual fundraiser.​

NEW FOR 2019: This year we are celebrating all AC&C Pet Alumni! Bring your Alumni to the event! If you adopted a cat or small pet, bring a picture and we'll place them on display.

Bonus: bring your pets in costume for the Halloween Costume Contest.

We'll also have pet related vendors, a photo booth, and more!


SHOUT OUTS and thank you to our Faithful Companion Sponsors:

Doody Calls of Charlotte

Subaru South Blvd

Polymath Wizard Consulting 


If you can't make it to the event, consider donating. Click or tap the donate button and in the comment section type in "Animal Kneads Day".


Can't bring your alumni because it's a cat, small pet, or has crossed rainbow bridge? Bring a picture! We'll put them on display.

If you are bringing your alumni, know that they cannot go into the store. Make sure you bring a friend or another family member with you to handle your dog outside. We will have a few volunteers outside to help handle your pet if needed.

ATTENTION #ACCstaycation and #ACCdaycation peeps! YOU can help us showcase some of our qualifying adoptable dogs at this event! Come to the shelter between 11am-3pm this day, check out a dog, and come hang out at the event with us! If you already have a staycation dog at home, bring them down and show them off.

Event Information: 

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Great Harvest Bread Company
6420 Rea Road
Charlotte 28277

10:00am - 5:00pm

What bread will be available the day of the event?

  • Honey Whole Wheat

  • Harvest White

  • Dakota

  • ​​Rosemary Garlic

  • Cinnamon Chip

  • Virginia Rolls​

  • Oregon Herb (Onion Dill Rye)

  • Cheddar Garlic (cannot be slice)

  • AKD Cinnablast (cannot be sliced)


How do I become a sponsor?

We would love to have you a sponsor and supporter of this important event and cause! If you are interested in being part of the team, contact Melissa Knicely or call 704-336-3627.


What can I do to help?

The best way for you to support Animal Kneads day is to stop by Great Harvest Bread Company on the day of the event and pick up a delicious loaf of bread for a donation of only $10. Also, please tell your friends, family, neighbors about this important event. Head to our Facebook event page and share, share, share!

If you'd like to be a vendor, contact Melissa at Space is very limiting so first sign up gets assigned spots.

As Animal Kneads Day continues to grow, so does the need for volunteers and corporate sponsors. Listed below are some of the ways local businesses can show their support:

  • Be a Match-Donor! Two great ways to do this: certain hours at the event and matching pre-orders

  • Advertise the event!

  • Distribute ​posters and flyers!