October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month
Posted on 15 Oct 2010 by Nicole
There’s absolutely no doubt that I’m a dog lover. I can’t resist their sweet faces, cooky antics and tireless energy. Most of all I’m addicted to their unconditional love. I know that no matter how awful my day was, when I walk in my front door, my dogs are going to be really excited to see me. It’s the best high in the world.
No dog gives unconditional love more than one that knows what it’s like to not get any in return. Shelter and rescue dogs are truly amazing for their hope, their endurance and their affection. October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month so I’ve put together a list of Charlotte groups that are dedicated to rescuing, re-homing and rehabilitating animals. If you’re looking for a new pet to add to your family, please consider looking at one of these groups before purchasing an animal on craigslist or from a pet store. If you can’t adopt an animal right now or animals just don’t fit into your lifestyle, please consider donating your time or your money. All of these groups could use supplies, monetary donations and volunteers to keep saving lives. If you already have pets, please listen to Bob Barker’s famous advice and spay or neuter your animals to help reduce the overpopulation of unwanted pets in this country.
Animal Adoption League — The AAL is a non-profit all-breed rescue group that fosters both dogs and cats until permanent homes can be found. They are based in Rock Hill, SC.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control — Although you may know them best as “the pound” our City-County Animal Care & Control division is a wonderful place to find your next dog, cat or even exotic pets. In Fiscal Year 2009, AC&C adopted out 1,441 dogs and 595 cats. They also hold free spay/neuter clinics, free rabies clinics and work with Second Harvest Food Bank to provide pet food to families that can’t afford it.
Dog Days of Charlotte — A non-traditional rescue group, Dog Days of Charlotte focuses on finding short-term foster homes to save dogs from area high-kill shelters like Gaston County. They then work with rescue and transport groups throughout the country to place the dogs they save — more than 400 dogs since March. They use social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to post pictures of the dogs needing to be saved. Unfortunately they cannot pull a dog until they have both a rescue and a foster lined up so they are always in need of both.
Family Addition Dog Rescue — Family Addition Dog Rescue is based in Huntersville. They are an all volunteer organization that relies on foster homes to rescue and sometimes rehabilitate dogs before they are placed with adoptive families. All dogs are vaccinated, spayed or neutered and placed on a monthly heartworm treatment before becoming available for adoption.
Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love — GDFRL is dedicated to saving Great Danes and other mixed breeds even if they have special needs or health problems. They are an extension of Ruff Love Rescue, a 501 c (3) non profit based in Thomasville NC.
Humane Society of Charlotte — The Humane Society of Charlotte is a non-profit “space available shelter.” For every animal adopted, another animal comes in. In addition to adopting out dogs and cats, the Humane Society also holds low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinics.
North Mecklenburg Animal Rescue — NMAR provides care and finds homes for dogs of any breed, age, or medical need. They have found homes for over 2,000 dogs in the last 10 years. They were recently awarded a Pepsi Refresh Grant and are using it to build a shelter here in Charlotte. According to their website, they have closed on a building and are now looking for skilled construction assistance for renovations.
Operation CARE — Operation CARE (Carolina Animal Rescue Effort) is a non-profit, all volunteer animal welfare organization. They provide temporary care for homeless animals through foster homes until they can be placed in quality permanent homes. The low-cost spay/neuter program listed on their website in conjunction with Crossroads Animal Hospital has been discontinued.
Project HALO — Project HALO (Helping Animals Live On) is a non-profit rescue organization that is a privately funded volunteer organization. Their adoption fees include all of the animal’s veterinary care including shots, spay/neuter and heartworm treatment, when necessary.
Recycled Pets — Another non-profit, all volunteer organization, Recycled Pets is based in Rock Hill, SC and is dedicated to finding homes for all breeds of dogs and cats. All animals are spayed or neutered before being adopted out.
RescuedMe — RescuedMe is a non-profit all-breed dog-only rescue group. They require adoptive families to agree to provide nutritious meals, take regular walks and visits to dog parks, and get training for both dog and family.