Charlotte animal shelter sees uptick in animals coming into shelter, owners giving up pets

- FOX 46 Charlotte is working to get results for pets given up by their owners. Wednesday was an “owner surrender day” at CMPD Animal Care and Control, and that means there are now more animals up for adoption.

Wednesday was an “owner surrender day” at CMPD Animal Care and Control, and that means there are now more animals up for adoption.


The owner of a sweet, gray kitten named Oliver was devastated she had to give him up, along with two other cats, Rain and Storm.

“It was between having a place to stay with her family and then the three cats,” Melissa Knicely with CMPD Animal Care and Control explained.

Oliver’s owner’s landlord has apparently decided not to allow pets, and that’s why the three cats were taken to the shelter in Charlotte Wednesday.

“We saw some people today that had had deaths in their family, very tragic situations have occurred and they are up against some odds with making some choices, and unfortunately doesn’t lend themselves to be able to keep their pets.”

Owner surrender day happens twice a week, but it’s not something the shelter advertises because they want to be a last resort after people have checked with family, friends, and rescue groups to see if they can take in the animals.

“If you need a crate, if you need different things like that, there’s all kinds of things that if you come here, if you need a spay neuter surgery, we can help you with that.”

CMPD Animal Care and Control gave us numbers of total intake at the shelter for the last two years. From January 1, 2016-March 19, 2016, the shelter took in 2,085 animals, which includes both strays and owner surrendered animals. Compare that with 3,794 intakes from May 1, 2016-July 19, 2016.

From January 1, 2017-March 19, 2017, the shelter took in 1,941 animals. Compare that with May 1, 2017-July 19, 2017 when the shelter took in 3,718 animals.

“We obviously don’t want to have an influx of animals coming in because that means it taxes our resources, and we have to find homes for a lot more animals,” Knicely said.

FOX 46 Charlotte is working to get results for animals like Oliver. He is now on the adoption floor ready for you to take him home.

The shelter is running the “Smitten for Kittens” promotion. Cats and kittens are free, and they ask you to make a donation for animal assistance programs.

If you are interested in adopting one of these animals, you can visit the Charlotte Animal Care and Control website here

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