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Great Local Rescues in the Charlotte Area

Updated: Sep 29

Whether you are looking to add a furry family member for the first time or fifth time, you should consider working with one of these local Charlotte Rescues.


Why Rescue a Pet


About 6.5 million pets end up in shelters each year with 3 million getting adopted. But there are 1.5 million pets euthanized due to overcrowding in facilities. This is where your county animal control shelter really gets a bad wrap. While many publicly funded animal control shelters are moving towards becoming a no-kill shelter, they don't have a choice once the facility is at max capacity. Unlike non-publicly funded nonprofits, like the Humane Society, animal control shelters are not legally allowed to turn away any pets even if they are at capacity.


Dispelling the Behavior Myth


There is a big misconception out there about shelter pets being mean, aggressive, not trainable. Simply put people think shelter pets are the ones no one knows how to handle. But this is far from the truth.


Only three percent of shelter dogs are surrendered due to biting behavior.


Most often, pets are surrendered for reasons that have nothing to do with the pet's demeanor.


According to Petfinder.com here are the top ten reasons dogs end up in shelters in order of most common:

  1. Owners are moving

  2. Landlord doesn’t allow pets

  3. Cost of care is too high

  4. There are too many animals in the household

  5. Owners have personal problems

  6. Owners’ facilities are inadequate

  7. Owners don’t have enough time

  8. Dog is ill

  9. Dog has been biting

  10. No homes are available for litter mates


Top ten reasons cats end up in shelters:

  1. There are too many animals in the household

  2. Owners are moving

  3. Family members have allergies

  4. Landlord doesn’t allow pets

  5. Cost of care is too high

  6. No homes are available for litter mates

  7. Cats are soiling owners’ house

  8. Owners have personal problems

  9. Owners’ facilities are inadequate

  10. Cat is incompatible with other pets


More pets are surrendered due to under-equipped owners and unfortunate circumstances rather than poor behavior.


Where to Rescue a Pet in the Charlotte, NC Area


If you're ready to grow your family by four paws, consider working with one of these local rescues.


Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control



Call: (704) 336-7600


Visit: 8315 Byrum Dr, Charlotte, NC 28217


Adoption Options: Dogs & Cats



The Humane Society of Charlotte


Call: (704) 377-0534


Visit: 2700 Toomey Ave, Charlotte, NC 28203


Adoption Options: Dogs & Cats





Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love



Email: info@greatdanefriends.com


Visit: All pets are cared for in foster homes, contact to schedule an appointment.


Adoption Options: Great Danes




Catering to Cats & Dogs



Call: (704) 879-1729


Visit: All pets are cared for in foster homes, contact to schedule an appointment.


Adoption Options: Cats & Dogs






American Pit Bull Foundation


Call: (704) 709-3579


Visit: 7708 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd, Mint Hill, NC 28227


Adoption Options: Pit Bulls



Bullies 2 The Rescue


Call: (704) 882-1525


Visit: 323 Unionville Indian Trail Rd suite b, Indian Trail, NC 28079


Adoption Option: Dogs - Bully Breeds




Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue


Call: (704) 452-7841


Adoptions: Currently on hold due to Covid.










Safe Animal Haven


Email: OurFosters@Yahoo.com


Visit: All dogs are cared for in foster homes, contact to schedule an appointment.



Adoption Options: Dogs





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