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Animal Care & Control Division


8315 Byrum Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217​
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Important Safety Reminder:

Hot Temperatures & Summer Festivities can be Harmful & Stressful to Pets!

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Animal Care & Control Division (AC&C) is reminding pet owners that it's once
again the time of year we hear fireworks, firecrackers, thunderstorms and experience hot temperatures!  Please be mindful
how this affects your pets as summer thunderstorms and heat waves roll through our region.  AC&C has responded to numerous calls
for service for animals left inside vehicles.  All AC&C officers are carrying infra-red thermometers that measure the temperature inside of vehicles.  

If an animal is found inside of a vehicle and is in distress, officers are able to break the window in order to gain entry to help the animal. 

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"Nearly one-in-five lost pets goes missing after being scared by the sound of fireworks, ​thunderstorms or other loud noises according to recent survey findings." – ASPCA


For animals that are afraid of fireworks or thunderstorms Animal Care & Control advises that you secure your pet in a cool area of your home where it feels safe and secure.  This will help avoid unnecessary stress on your pet or possible injury and accidental escape. 

  • If your pet is upset by a door slamming or other loud noises consider consulting with your vet for a type of sedative.
  • Some animals become destructive when frightened, so be sure that you've removed any items that your pet could destroy or that would be harmful to your pet if chewed or consumed.
  • Leave a radio or television on at normal volume to provide your pet companionship.
  • Make sure your pets are wearing identification or microchipped so they can be returned if they do get lost. Animals found running at-large should be taken to the Animal Care & Control at 8315 Byrum Drive in Charlotte, where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners.

Animal Care & Control recommends microchipping your pet.  It's permanent identification for your pet.  All of our Animal Care & Control Trucks are equipped with microchip scanners and every animal that is picked up is immediately scanned for a microchip.  If a chip is located the animal can be returned home immediately, without having to come to the shelter.  Animal Care & Control also encourages everyone who has a pet that's microchipped to register your pet in our local database for FREE.

Click here​ to register your microchip.

Lastly, to look for a lost pet, first check the lost pets section on our website.  We also suggest coming to the shelter to walk through our stray kennels.

Hot weather can be deadly for your pets.  In daily activities or when vacationing with Fido, remember to protect them from the summer heat!



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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Animal Care & Control Division (CMPD AC&C) is celebrating the Charlotte May races by offering Free Pit Passes.  For a limited time only you can join our Pit Crew!  Come to the Animal Care & Control shelter, fall in love with a Pit Bull and you will qualify for a Pit Pass Package! 

The Pit Pass Packages are made possible thanks to a generous grant from the George D. Patterson Family Fund.  CMPD AC&C received this grant to help promote finding homes for one of the two most at risk animals/breeds that enter shelters across the country. 

On average approximately thirty percent of the canines that enter CMPD AC&C are Pit Bulls or Pit Bull mixes.  This campaign was created to help find homes for our amazing Pit Bulls and to equip our adopters with some of the important items they will need to help make their Pit Bull adoption a huge success and a forever home.   The Pit Package includes a waived adoption fee ($10 pet license fee applies for Mecklenburg County residents.)  We have also teamed up with our partner the Humane Society of Charlotte and are covering the enrollment for 5 training sessions in their SuperDog Club.  This ensures that adopters have a resource for any training issues or questions that may arise and will provide the adopter with a great training foundation for their pup.  The Pit Pass Package is valued at over $300.

Package includes:

Free Adoption (has current vaccinations, spay or neuter surgery and microchip)
5 - Training Sessions at the Humane Society of Charlotte’s SuperDog Club
1 - Heavy Duty Martingale Collar and Leash Set
1 - Extreme Extra Large Kong
1 – Collar ID Tag Kit

Special thanks to the Foundation for the Carolinas and the George D. Patterson Family Fund for their continued support.

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We have cats and kittens all over the place! Come meet our furry adoptables.
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While we are always in need of foster homes and fostering supplies, we have entered the season where lots of babies are coming into the shelter and the need has increased.  We need donations to support the foster program and we have a constant need for more foster homes.  Fostering truly saves lives and is an amazing experience.  Each foster has its own unique story.

The donation drive will run through August and we are registered at the following stores:


Donations can be purchased off the registry at the store and delivered to the shelter or on online and they will be shipped to the shelter.

Interested in becoming a foster parent? Please visit the foster page.

Come visit us! 

8315 Byrum Drive
Charlotte, NC 28217

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Saturday & Sunday

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