Charlotte’s Animal Shelter Is Over-Capacity – Asking For Help In Finding New Homes


Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s Animal Care and Control shelter is now in desperate need of more space in their kennels and is calling on all Charlotte residents to consider adopting a new furry friend.

The shelter held a press briefing yesterday to urge the public to help spread the word about their overcapacity issues;

According to spokesperson Melissa Knicely, the shelter found homes for 73 pets during their ‘Clean The Shelters’ event on Saturday (more than triple what they usually see on a daily basis).

“We were all very excited … until we regrouped the next morning and realized that all of those spots just filled, immediately, with the dogs that were waiting in the stray kennels,” Knicely noted.

It’s pretty typical for shelter populations to swell in the summer months, as more litters are born and people and their pets spend more time outside (giving pets more chances to run away). With this year’s exceptionally warm weather, these issues have only been heightened.

If you’re considering adopting a pet, you can stop by the shelter for a no-obligation meet and greet with all of their furry residents. Their address is 8315 Byrum Drive and they are open from 11 am to 7 pm on weekdays and 11 am to 5 pm on weekends.

You can also browse adoptable pets on their online database here

All adoption fees have now been waived for a short time. A $10 license fee is required to own a pet in Mecklenburg County.