Donation Programs

As employees of the ACC, we strive to provide the best care for the animals and to educate the public on the best way to care for their pets. However, our operating budget does not allow us to do as much as we would like. Therefore, we are asking for your help.

Below is the list of funds that you can donate to:

Second Chance Medical Fund

We receive an average of 60 animals a day through our doors. Oftentimes adoptable animals that are sick or injured must be humanely euthanized due to a lack of funds to provide the medical care for them. This fund is designed to provide additional money specifically for the care of these animals. A tax-deductible donation earmarked for the Medical Fund will make it possible for the veterinary staff to provide:

  • Treatment for Heartworm disease
  • Further testing or examinations not possible at the shelter
  • Equipment and supplies to enable more treatments to be done at the shelter
  • Additional training of vet staff on new procedures 

Spay Neuter Fund

ACC Free Community Spay/Neuter Clinics were created to reduce the number of puppies and kittens arriving at ACC . We encourage citizens to investigate all spay/neuter options available for your pet prior to submitting an application to ACC  Free Community Spay/Neuter Clinic. The program is prepared to accept a limited number of applications from residents of Mecklenburg County only who are unable to provide for the sterilization needs of their family pets.

ACC Free Community Spay/Neuter Clinics are being funded with private donations and grant money. (It is not part of an operational budget.) The availability of donations and grant money has been drastically reduced due to the unstable economy. Unfortunately, the clinics can continue only as long as funding is available. Once our current funds are exhausted, the clinics will be discontinued. Please use your local veterinarian or the Humane Society of Charlotte's low cost spay/neuter clinic if you are financially able.

Animal Enrichment

The Animal Enrichment program brings a focus to the mental, behavioral and emotional health of shelter dogs. By utilizing positive reinforcement training, play time, and environmental enrichment we intend to meet the following goals:

  • Increase adoptions
  • Decrease stress and related behaviors
  • Decrease the number of days animals spend in our facility
  • Decrease the chances that an animal will be returned to a shelter 

Please also check out Amazon Wishlist to donate toys for our animals!

Pet Food Bank

America's economic crisis is forcing more and more families to make the difficult decision to give up their pets because they can no longer afford to feed them. AC&C came up with the Pet Food Bank to assist income-eligible families with food for their dogs and cats to make sure families can keep their pets.

What is needed?

  • All types of pet food are needed – dry and canned food for dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.
  • We WILL accept open bags of dry pet food so if your pet didn't like that new food you bought, we'll take it!
  • Smaller bags of 10 pounds or less are preferred because they are easier to store and distribute but we will take any donation you are willing to give.

How can you help?

  • Hold a donation drive or fundraiser at your church or business
  • Ask for pet food donations instead of gifts at the next party
  • It's a great way for scout troops to gain badges!

a bunch of food bags on the floor surrounding a red bin filled to the brim with pet food which was donated to our pet food bank.

Need assistance with feeding your pet? Come to the shelter to see if we have any donated food available during our regular business hours.

8315 Byrum Dr
Charlotte 28217

11:00am - 7:00pm Weekdays
11:00am - 5:00pm Weekends

You can also check with the Humane Society of Charlotte to see if they have any pet food available.

Kuranda Cots

How would you like to sleep on hard concrete or metal surface? Well, the dogs and cats don't like it either. We find that many dogs and cats like to sleep on these soft Kuranda Cots.

Here's how you can help us provide these cots to all our canine and feline residents:

Order directly from the Kuranda Cot website. The shelter's name of CMPD Animal Control Bureau must be selected.

a pup sleeps on a kuranda cot in a kennel  

Needed Items and Supplies

The first list includes items that can be found around a home or purchased. The second list is specifically for our neonate and young kittens.

  • Newspapers
  • New or gently used blankets, towels, and hand towels
  • Fleece blankets
  • Laundry bags
  • Storage bins (all kinds, bigger is better)
  • Dog/puppy and cat/kitten canned food
  • Small animal food (bold are the animals we get the most): parrot, small birds, ferret, frog, guinea pig, rabbit, iguana, hamster, rat, mice, gerbil
  • For small animals: treats, timothy or oat hay, water bottles and litter pans
  • Heating pads (without an auto shutoff)   
  • Gently used beds for dogs/cats
  • Leashes and collars
  • Dog/Cat wipes

Kittens Supplies

  • KMR 12oz cans
  • Snuggle safe warming disks
  • Fleece blankets
  • Baby blankets
  • Bathroom mats
  • Laundry bags
  • "Pet Nurser" 2oz and 4oz bottles
  • Cone shaped nipples
  • Plastic bin storage containers 30-50qt size - prefer clear
  • Small flat metal bowls as low as you can find
  • Fancy Feast canned cat food: classic pate - non-fish based
  • Royal Canin Mother and Baby cat food (3.5lb bags)

Amazon Wish List

You can donate directly from our Amazon Wishlist!

Items needed the most:

  • Slip Leads
  • Leash/Collar sets
  • Treats


You can choose to donate to multiple funds by adding comments explaining what amount you'd like in each fund.
If you can't decide which fund you want to donate to, you can choose the General Assistance Fund.  

Due to the health and safety of the animals in our care, there are certain items that we cannot take:

  • Anything that has stuffing such as pillows and stuffed animals.
  • Anything that is chunky that might become an obstruction such as raw hide bones.
  • Anything broken or even semi-broken.
  • Heavily worm cloth materials such as towels that have large holes or are heavily frayed.

Checks and supplies can be sent to:

Animal Care and Control
8315 Byrum Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28217

You can send in a general donation to be used at our discretion; or you can read about the programs listed below and earmark your donation for a specific cause.
CMPD Animal Care & Control is a government shelter. Our tax ID is 52-1333483. This code is for Charitable contributions to governmental units that are tax-deductible under section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code if made for a public purpose. 

On behalf of the animals, thank you for your support!