Family & Pets

Best Volunteer Opportunities For Animal Lovers In Charlotte

March 21, 2014 9:00 AM

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(Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

(Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

If you have some free time and an affinity for animals, consider volunteering to help some sweet little creatures who always need love and who show love unconditionally. Some of the organizations listed below are not stand-alone facilities with street addresses or listed phone numbers. They serve as conduits between animals and temporary or permanent caregivers. Rather than telephoning, sometimes the best way to contact them is electronically through their website or email address.

The Humane Society of Charlotte
2700 Toomey Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 377-0534

The Humane Society’s programs include adoption, clinic services for microchip insertion, shots, spaying and neutering and the “Super Dog Club” for effective and kindly behavior training. There is also a service for those who want to surrender their pet for adoption. The 2013 “Ties and Tails Gala” raised more than $175,000 and hosted 430 guests with four-legged “dates” all decked out in formal attire. The “Pet Palooza” festival will be held in Independence Park on April 5, 2014.

Greater Charlotte SPCA
Charlotte, NC 28271

The Greater Charlotte Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is a stand-alone agency, not affiliated with the ASPCA. It serves pets and people of the Metro Charlotte area. WCNC TV News weatherman Larry Sprinkle features adoptable pets from the Greater Charlotte SPCA on his “Larry’s Look” segment. Adoption events are held at area pet stores. Email for more information.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control, CMPD
8315 Byrum Drive
Charlotte, NC 28217
(704) 336-7600

Run by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, this is one of the most highly praised organizations for animal support in the area. Its sanitation is outstanding and reasonable pricing is a plus. CMPD is constantly in need of volunteers to help with such tasks as bathing, exercising, fostering, special events and even administrative duties. All volunteers must be at least 18 years old, and must pass a drug test and background check.

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Charlotte, NC 28299
(704) 621-3066

RescuedMe is not a shelter, but a dog rescue group that uses foster homes to house dogs that it has saved from local shelters. Consequently, there is no physical building where all of the dogs are housed. They all stay in private homes until adoption. Volunteers can help in many ways, with fostering, fundraising, transporting, helping at adoption events and helping network the dogs RescuedMe has for adoption on social media. To become a foster home, folks need to complete an application process and come to a couple of adoption events to get a feel for whether fostering is right for them. The best way to keep up with what is going on is to like RescuedMe on its very active Facebook page.

Charlotte Cocker Rescue
Kannapolis, NC 28081

Specializing in Cocker Spaniels, and “honorary Cockers,” this group in nearby Kannapolis works with abused and neglected dogs. Homes are located for those in need of adoption. Volunteers are needed to help with such tasks as organizing a bake sale, social media (Facebook page), photography, walking the dogs, fostering and more. The 2014 calendar is available online.

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Jacquelin Celeste Peters has produced award winning radio programs at WPFW Pacifica-Washington. She is a Culture and Events Examiner in Charlotte, North Carolina, which she calls home. Her work can be found at


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