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Animal Adoptions
 
The Animal Care and Control Division's pet adoption program brings animals and people together. If you are looking for a new pet, The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control shelter has a wide variety of animals to adopt; from dogs and cats, rabbits and guinea pigs, to the occasional snake and pot-bellied pigs. The shelter also has two specially designed bonding areas for people to interact and play with the animals they are considering for adoption.
 
 

Let us assist you with your adoption process. Please:

  • 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!
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • If there are animals at home, please bring their current rabies certificates with you. If you need a pet license for your current pets at home then please also bring their proof of spay/neuter form with you; this way, your pet license will be $10 instead of $30.
  • Payments can be made with cash or local checks and MasterCard or Visa. No debit card transactions.
  • 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.

Adoption Prices vary depending on the type of animal you are interested in adopting.  See below for a complete list.

Need some help and advice with adopting a dog?
Adopting a Rescue Dog - The First Seven Days
This 100-page book (co-authored with an experienced Veterinarian) shares tips and information on how potential owners can effectively prepare their home and themselves, select the right dog to match their lifestyle, and ease the transition from shelter to home.  It also has some really great stories from real adopters sharing the trials and joys of bringing a rescue dog into their family.

You can also get some Tips from our Trainer!



Adult Dogs:
             
Adoption Fee-
Spay/neuter Fee-
License-
Microchip-
Total-
$30.00
  $55.00
$10.00
$8.00
  $103.00

Adoption fee includes preventive shots, heartworm testing and a fecal exam.




Puppies:

Adoption Fee-
Spay/neuter Fee-
Microchip-
Total-
$30.00
$50.00
$8.00
$93.00

Adoption fee includes preventive shots and deworming.

 

 

Adult Female Cats:

Adoption Fee-
Spay Fee-
License-
Microchip-
Total-
$30.00
$45.00
$10.00
$8.00
$93.00

Adult Male Cats:
Adoption Fee-
Neuter Fee-
License-
Microchip-
Total-
$30.00
$35.00
$10.00
$8.00
$83.00

Adoption Fee includes preventive shots, deworming and testing for Feline Leukemia and Feline Aids.

 

Female Kittens:
Adoption Fee-
Spay Fee-
Microchip-
Total-

$30.00
$45.00
$8.00
$83.00
      

      Male Kittens:
Adoption Fee-
Neuter Fee-
Microchip-
Total-

$30.00
$35.00
$8.00
$73.00
Adoption Fee includes preventive shots, deworming and testing for Feline Leukemia.

 


Exotic Animals

The Animal Shelter is not just a place for dogs and cats.  We may have a variety of animals from ferrets and rabbits to iguanas and snakes.  The prices will vary depending on species and size.

At any given time we may have one of the following:


Rabbits
Guinea Pigs
Rats
Hamsters
Gerbils
Mice
  Ferrets
Snakes
Lizards
Iguanas
Fish
Frogs
  Parrots
Parakeets
Canaries
Finches
Conures

   

Livestock

Occasionally, large animals are available for adoption.  Ordinance requires livestock be auctioned, so the animal goes to the highest bidder.  Auction notices are posted at the animal shelter, and on this site ten days prior to the auction.
To find our current livestock animals that are now up for adoption and when the next auction date will be, click here to go to the "others" animal page, and click on the animals picture.

At any given time we may have one of the following:

Horses
Cattle
Llamas
Donkeys
  Mules
Chickens
Ducks
Peacocks
  Other fowl
Goats
Sheep
Pigs