Charlotte Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Centers

dirty dog looking sad in shelter behind bars

Every time that we at Skipper hear the opening bars of Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel”, we immediately reach for tissues. It’s a hauntingly beautiful pop ballad. However, it’s not the lyrics or music that makes us curl into the fetal position. What makes the tears flow is that that song will forever be associated with a commercial for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) that shows images of sad animals that have been abandoned or abused.

As animal lovers, it is hard to imagine that people would intentionally mistreat and/or abandon their pets. However, it happens – a lot. Animal shelters and rescue groups need help finding loving homes for animals.

If you are looking to bring a new dog or cat into your home, here is a list of some of the local animal adoption and rescue groups.

Greater Charlotte SPCA

The Greater Charlotte SPCA (GCSPCA) does not own or operate a shelter facility. It operates as an autonomous organization and all pets are fostered in volunteer’s home until they are ready for adoption. GCSPCA maintains an updated list of the animals available for adoption that includes pictures and details about the animal’s personality. When adopting from GCSPCA, interested parties must agree to home visit amongst other requirements.

For complete information on adopting, volunteering and donating at GCSPCA visit their website:

greater charlotte spca

North Meck Animal Rescue

North Meck Animal Rescue (NMAR) is a non-profit, no kill animal rescue group serving the northern portion of Mecklenburg County. NMAR utilizes fosters until the right owners are found for adoption. They maintain a website with pictures of available dogs with details about their temperaments and any medical issues.

Some of the requirements for those those interested in adoption from NMAR are:

Be at least 24 years old
Do not apply if you plan to leave your pet outside
Never allow your pet to ride unsecured in the bed of a pick up

For complete information on adopting, volunteering and donating at NMAR visit their website:

north meck dog rescue

South Charlotte Dog Rescue

The South Charlotte Dog Rescue (SCDR) is a non-profit, no-kill organization that serves the south Charlotte area. SCDR does not have a physical facility as they strive to keep administrative costs low. SCDR prefers that you’ve had a pet in the last five years and they require that you provide two references that are not in your immediate family.

SCDR has information available on their website ( and they also have a very active Facebook page,

south charlotte dog rescue

Halfway There Rescue

Halfway There Rescue (HTR) rescues high-risk dogs and cats from overcrowded shelters in Mecklenburg, York, Lancaster and Chester counties. Their dedicated volunteers secure loving fosters and forever homes. They also provide transportation to other parts of NC and surrounding states. HTR has a listing of their adoptable pets with details about their personalities.

For complete information on adopting, volunteering and donating at HTR visit their website:

halfway there rescue

You can also visit the Humane Societies of Charlotte, York County and Concord & Greater Cabarrus County.

The Humane Society of Charlotte
2700 Toomey Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28203
Hours of operation:
Monday – Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm

The Humane Society of York County
8177 Regent Parkway
Fort Mill, South Carolina 29715
Hours of operation:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Tuesday and Friday: 1:00pm – 6:00pm

The Humane Society of Concord and Greater Cabarrus County
2010 Wilshire Court SW
Concord, NC 28025
Monday – Thursday: 11:00am – 6:00pm
Friday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

After you’ve adopted your furry love nugget, remember that Skipper is here to help you give them the best life. Contact Skipper and let us be your go-to Charlotte dog walking service for your new four-legged family member.

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