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.
This winter is off to a very chilly start, so it’s time once again to put OPERATION: WARM PETS into action!
While ACC recommends keeping pets indoors during inclement weather, we understand that not everyone can do this. The housing restrictions implemented by many of the home rental offices and apartment buildings in our community force many community members to keep their pets outdoors all year round.
While we cannot change every community member’s living situation, we can make sure their pets are comfortable and cared for during the most difficult times of the year - including those cold winter nights. That is why from now until November 30th, we will be collecting donations to purchase shelters and bedding for the outdoor pets of our community.
A $15 donation to the Community Outreach Fund can help provide a neighbor’s pet with warm, comfortable bedding all winter long. While gently used blankets and dog-clothing are appreciated, we are primarily asking for funds to be donated. This is because we will be putting the funds towards purchasing bales of straw from our own personal vendor. Straw is the preferred bedding for outdoor-dogs due to it’s ability to maintain warmth, all while lacking the water-and-germ absorbing properties of typical fabric pet-bedding. We may also require use of the funds to purchase pet-shelters for community members as-needed.
Donate to the Community Outreach Fund!
Thank you for your time and generosity, and for helping us make this holiday season great for everybody.
Got questions? Contact Haley.Stewart@CMPD.org
Below is the list of funds that you can donate to:
Second Chance Medical Fund (SCM)
We receive an average of 60 animals a day through our doors. Many of these animals have been living as strays and are suffering from injuries or other medical conditions. Oftentimes adoptable animals that are sick or injured must be humanely euthanized due to the lack of funds to provide special medical care for them. To prevent this, we created the 2nd Chance Medical Fund. This fund is designed to earmark donated funds specifically for the medical treatment of our shelter animals. A tax-deductible donation to the 2nd Chance Medical Fund will allow our 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 for vet staff on new procedures
Community Spay Neuter Fund (SN)
ACC believes that spaying and neutering our communities’ pets is the first step to reducing shelter occupancy. Even if pets are primarily kept indoors and away from other animals, we frequently see incidents at the adoption center involving pets and unplanned litters.
The Community Spay & Neuter Fund was created to earmark donated funds to be used to provide low-cost spay and neuter surgeries to the public. While we are passionate about spaying and neutering pets, our ability to perform these surgeries is limited. Due to the high need of low-cost spay and neuter services compared to our shelter’s scheduling and financial limitations, the program is only prepared to accept a limited number of applications. Applicants must be residents of Mecklenburg County who are unable to afford the sterilization needs of their family pets elsewhere.
Local low-cost spay and neuter clinics located in the Charlotte area: The Humane Society of Charlotte, Spay Neuter Clinic of the Carolinas, SnipWell Spay Neuter and Wellness Clinic, Stand for Animals Veterinary Clinic
Community Outreach Fund (HASS)
ACC is proud to be a part of the HASS (Human Animal Support Services) program. The HASS program is a growing movement amongst animal welfare agencies whose mission is to collectively build community-centered animal services. HASS program partner shelters and rescue groups support each other by pooling resources and sharing them when needed the most to keep pets and their people together.
The Community Outreach Fund was created at ACC to be able to earmark funds that could be used for HASS program related goals, primarily owner-surrender mitigation. These funds may be used on anything that a family might need to keep their pet, such as installing a fence in the owner’s yard, providing the owner with a doghouse, or assisting the owner with affording veterinary treatment for their animal.
Animal Enrichment Fund (EF)
While the basic needs of shelter pets (food, water, and shelter) are covered in our operational budget, our team knows that we must go beyond that to maintain our shelter pet’s emotional and mental health. Creature comforts, such as walks, treats, and toys, all contribute to fostering happy, friendly, and highly adoptable pets. The Animal Enrichment Fund was created to earmark donated funds to go towards purchasing enrichment items, such as leashes, treats, and toys.
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
Would you prefer to send a gift to support the Animal Enrichment Fund? Check out our Amazon Wishlist to browse which toys work best for our shelter pets and have them shipped directly to our adoption center!
Kitten Fund (KF)
On average, AC&C intakes over 150 kittens per month. Many of these kittens are so small that their eyes are still closed, and they need to be bottle fed. Some of these kittens are even born right here at the adoption center! While the basic needs of our kittens (cat food, water, and shelter) are covered in our shelter’s operational budget, we aim to go beyond this by purchasing high quality kitten supplies that give our kittens the best possible start to life. Because of this, we created the Kitten Fund to earmark donations that will be used to purchase kitten supplies. These funds can be used to purchase kitten-milk replacement, bottles, heating pads, fleece blankets, and kitten toys, etc.
Would you prefer to send a gift to support the Kitten Fund? Check out our Amazon Kitten Wishlist to browse which supplies work best for our shelter kittens and have them shipped directly to our adoption center!
Shelter Flex Fund (GF)
The Shelter Flex-Fund was created to earmark donations that may be used for the adoption center’s most urgent needs. Donations made to this fund may be used to supplement other funds in times of crisis, or to make purchases that do not fall into the other fund’s descriptions.
Possible Shelter Flex-Fund purchases may include grooming supplies, cleaning supplies, advertising materials, etc.
Needed Items and Supplies
List of needed items and supplies
- Anything from our Amazon Wish Lists
- New or gently used towels, blankets, and pet beds.
- All kinds of food and pet treats! Cat, dog, reptile, fish, bird, hamster, rabbit, guinea pig, etc.
- Kitten supplies, such as cat carriers, kitten milk replacer, bottles, and heating pads.
- Leashes and collars
- Kuranda Cots (see below)
How would you like to sleep on hard concrete or metal surface? We wouldn’t like it very much, and the dogs and cats don't like it either. To ensure the comfort of our shelter pets, we make sure that every kennel is complete with a Kuranda Cot. These cots are the primary type of bedding we use at the adoption center due to their durability and ability to be well sanitized. To provide a shelter pet with a comfortable bed to sleep on, visit the Kuranda website and have your donated cot shipped directly to our adoption center at 8315 Byrum Drive, Charlotte NC 28217.
Donate to the 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. ACC 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’s needed: Cat, kitten, dog, and puppy food, both dry and canned. Food must be unopened due to safety concerns.
- How you can help: Hold a donation drive or fundraiser at your church or business! Contact Animals.cmpd.org if you have questions on how to get started.
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!