In order to help you with the adoption process, we've listed all the kennel locations here so that you know where the adoptable animal is located.
"Adopt" R or L (1-24) / "AC" (3-8) :
This means that they are in the adoption kennels that is open to all citizens. These animals are health checked, ready for interaction, and adoption. Adopt are for dogs. AC are for cats.
This means that they are currently in foster care. When clicking on the animals' picture, it will bring up the foster parent's contact information and possibly a bio and photo album. Since these animals are in foster, you will need to contact the foster parent directly for a meet and greet.
"Stray" R or L (1-41) / "LC" / "DDTF" / "RD" / "RC" / "Hold Ward" :
This means that the animal has received a health check, is ready for interaction, and adoption. However, they are in an area of the shelter that is not open to the public. When you arrive at the shelter, provide the animal 7 digit animal ID number so the staff can find them and bring them to you.
"Sick Dog" / "Sick Cat" / "Temp" R or L (1-10) :
This means that the animals has received a health check, is ready for interaction, and adoption. These animals could have specific ailments or they could have kennel cough (for dogs) or URI (upper respitory infection for cats) and are currently being treated in these areas. There areas are not open to the public but you can interact with them. However, once you meet an animal from these locations, you will not be able to meet the healthy animals in the adoption kennels. Reason: the germs will spread.
In addition, the animals in these three kennel areas are adoptable and we will either adopt them to you and you can finish treatment at your own vet or you can adopt and we might finish treatment for you. This is dependent on our veterinarian as well as whether the animal still needs to be spayed or neutered. You can inquire about this during your interaction.
PetSmart / Pet Superm / PetPlus:
These are cats that are currently being housed at select PetSmarts, Pet Supermarkets, or Pet Supplies Plus in Mecklenburg County. When clicking on a cats' picture, it will bring you to the page that shows more info about them as well as which store they are currently staying. To learn more, click on the "Pet Store Partnerships" box above.
These are where we house the small pets like rabbits, guniea pigs, hamsters, snakes, birds, and fish. You must be accompanied by a staff or volunteer team member to visit these pets.
You probably guessed this one. It's where we house the farm animals. Pigs, cattle, horses, lots of chickens and roosters. You must be accompanied by a staff member to visit these pets.
When we have animals that are terrified or do not show well in a kennel, we take them into various offices across the shelter so that they can get some socialization and gain confidence while they wait for their new home. If you see an animal you are interested in listed in an elsewhere location, you just need to provide the ID number to costumer service in the lobby and they'll let you know where that pet is located.
This is the area where we house our kittens under 3 lbs and our cats who might be injured and are going through specific treatments.