How to Adopt or Foster a Pet in Charlotte

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This dog arrived at CMPD Animal Care and Control as lost, according to the shelter. The animal is recovering from an injury. No owner has claimed the dog, and he is available for adoption.

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Adopting or fostering an animal from a shelter can be a rewarding experience.

Unfortunately, the rising cost of care due to inflation has led many owners to drop their pets off at local shelters, which can lead to overcrowding, humane education specialist Julia Conner told the Charlotte Observer in June.

This scenario recently played out with Persephone, an eight-year-old black brindle pit bull terrier who was rescued from the streets of Charlotte. The dog waited 251 days at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Animal Care & Control shelter before being adopted last month, the Observer reported.

It was the longest wait for a dog to be adopted from the shelter, just over a year, the agency said.

RELATED: Persephone’s Long Road Home: She Found Family, They Found Healing.

While Persephone has found her forever home, many other pets are not so lucky.

As of Monday, there were 99 dogs, 136 cats and four rabbits available for adoption at the shelter or in foster homes. According to the shelter’s website, fewer than 10 kennels are open for incoming dogs.

Here’s how you can adopt or foster a pet at the shelter.

Requirements for adopting a pet from a shelter

Information about animals available for adoption is listed on the CMPD Animal Care & Control website, including the animal’s name, photo, age, and date of arrival at the shelter.

To adopt a pet from the shelter, you must:

  • Bring a valid driver’s license or government-issued ID.

  • Be at least 18 years old.

  • Bring current rabies certificates and any proof of neutering or spaying for your other pets at home.

  • Bring a cat carrier if you are considering adopting a cat, or a leash and collar if you are considering adopting a dog.

The cost of adopting an animal varies according to the type of animal

The price of animals at the shelter includes adoption, castration, sterilization, microchipping and licensing fees. Puppies and kittens are defined as animals less than four months old.

  • Adult dogs: sterilization: $118; Neutral: $113

  • Puppies: sterilization: $108; Neutral: $103

  • Adult cats: Sterilization: $98; Neutral: $93

  • Kittens: Sterilization: Sterilization: $88; Neutral: $83

Exotic animals — like guinea pigs, snakes, and iguanas — are sometimes available for adoption at the shelter, with prices ranging from $1 to $75.

How to welcome a pet

Some shelter animals need a foster family to heal and grow while they search for homes, explains the CMPD Animal Care & Control website.

Small and large dogs that need socialization, large dogs that need a break from the kennel, and animals recovering from surgery are some of the greatest fostering needs.

Here’s what you need to know to become a childminder:

  • You must be at least 18 years old before applying, but you do not need to be a resident of Mecklenburg County.

  • Since foster animals are looking for a new home, your contact details may be listed on the Animal Care & Control website.

  • Potential adopters can contact you by email.

  • Some foster animals need to be separated from other animals in your home.

  • Photos and biographies of each animal must be submitted to the Animal Care & Control Foster Care Coordinator within the first week they are in your home.

  • Adopters can be kept for up to six months before returning to the shelter if they are not adopted.

If you want to become a foster parent, you can find the guidelines and application online. Once your application has been approved, you will receive an email with further instructions.

RELATED: Inflation Is Forcing Dog Owners To Give Up Their Pets, Says Animal Care

How to Volunteer at a Charlotte Area Shelter

There are a variety of volunteer jobs available at the shelter and at offsite adoption events, describes CMPD Animal Care & Control.

Each volunteer must be at least 18 years old, complete an application, undergo a background check, pass a drug test, and attend a volunteer orientation session.

Evan Moore is a duty reporter for the Charlotte Observer. He grew up in Denver, North Carolina, where he previously worked as a reporter for the Denver Citizen, and graduated from UNC Charlotte.