Education Programs

Humane Education & Responsible Pet Ownership

Many of the issues ACC  Officers face every day, such as pet overpopulation and some animal cruelty cases, are not intentional on the part of the owners. They are the result of a lack of knowledge about responsible pet ownership. In an effort to assist the public with understanding how to correct these problems, we offer a variety of educational programs for various groups such as elementary and high school children, Boy/Girl Scout Troops, summer schools/camps, daycares and after-school programs. We also offer the same programs geared towards adult organizations and businesses such as mail carriers, utilities, Code Enforcement, Social Services and many others that are most likely to encounter a dog.

These programs are:

  • Bite Prevention
  • Responsible Pet Ownership
  • Shelter Tours
  • Animal Service Ordinance Education

Bite prevention– This program is catered to children and adults. The topics of discussion include: how to read a dog’s body language; how to handle a loose dog; how to approach and respond to owned dogs; what to do if attacked.

Responsible Pet Ownership– This program covers all the basic needs of any owned animal. It also provides advice on animals that may be outdoors or indoors, proper dog training, safety tips for outdoor pets and travel plans, the importance of spaying and neutering as well as tips on how to be prepared in case of an emergency.

ACC  Ordinances for Mecklenburg County– Humane Education Officer Julia Conner is available to attend presentations, seminars and community meetings to discuss and answer questions pertaining to the animal ordinances and laws in Mecklenburg County.

Tours of the Shelter– ACC  appreciates those in our community that do food drives for the Pet Food Bank, and supply and money collections for the animals at our shelter. We would like to thank these groups by offering them a guided tour of our shelter. Many have even enjoyed birthday parties here! The tour will include educational information about our shelter and the animals, some of our procedures and learning about a few different animals that may or may not make good pets.

If you would like to schedule a school, or business visit, come for a shelter tour or would like more information on the programs listed, please contact Humane Education Officer Julia Conner through email at

a profile image of officer conner a head shot of a brown dog named rusty a head shot of a black dog named onyx

Officer Julia Conner                                       Rusty - 25 lbs                                                      Onyx - 40 lbs