Charlotte Pet Adoption

Charlotte Pet Adoption

Thank you for choosing to open your home to one of our adoptable animals! Bringing a new pet into your home is an exciting opportunity for you, your family, and the pet you choose. Please review our adoption philosophy and resources to ensure you are prepared to begin the search and ultimately bring your new pet home.

You must be 18 or older to adopt and have a valid form of identification. 

Want to Adopt a Dog or Puppy?

Want to Adopt a Cat or Kitten?

Adoption Process

1. Eligibility Requirements:

    • Must be 18 years or older to adopt.
    • A valid form of photo identification (Driver’s License, passport, etc.).
    • Valid form of payment (cash or credit card).

    2. Preparation:

    • Our Customer Service team will follow up via email to check in and address any concerns.
    • Reach out to us at or for any questions or concerns.

    3. Finding Your Pet:

    • Check our website for available animals, updated every 30 minutes.
    • Visit the Humane Society of Charlotte to meet the animals.

    4. At HSC:

    • Sign in at the pet adoptions queue at the front desk.
    • Have a brief conversation with our Adoptions Team about your expectations and lifestyle.
    • Meet up to 3 animals to find the best fit for you.

    5. Adoption:

    • If you decide to adopt, you may take your new pet home that day if they have been spayed/neutered.
    • Complete the necessary paperwork, including medical exam forms, vaccine history, and behavioral assessment.
    • Pay the adoption fee at our front desk.

    6. After Adoption:

    • Our Customer Service team will follow up via email to check in and address any concerns.
    • Reach out to us at or for any questions or concerns.

    If you or your new pet are having troubling adjusting to the change, please reach out. We are here to help! You can call our shelter’s main line or email our onsite behavior team at

    Adoption Fees

    Adoption fees vary based on factors such as age, size, breed, and temperament. Fees cover:

    • Spay/Neuter surgery: $40-$125
    • Microchip: $20
    • Vaccinations: $15-$60
    • Medical Treatment: $200 -$400
    • Physical Exams: $ 45-55
    • Flea/Tick Treatment: $50-$100
    • Heartworm Preventative: $50-$100
    • FeLV Testing (Cats): $25
    • Dewormer: $5-$15
    • Heartworm Testing: $25
    • Heartworm Treatment (if needed): $500 – $1,000
    • Cost of Care by Average Length of Stay: $100 per day

    Please consider making an additional donation at the time of your adoption to support our life-saving work.

    Additional Information

    • No-Fault Return Policy: If you are unable to keep your animal, please email to set up a return appointment.
    • Support and Guidance: If you or your new pet are having trouble adjusting, contact us at

    Adoption Hours

    • Sunday-Thursday: 11am-5pm
    • Friday: 11am-7pm
    • Saturday: 11am-6pm


    The Humane Society of Charlotte offers 10% discounts on all adoptions and services to seniors aged 65 and older and to all military personnel (must show ID/Military ID).

    Thank you for supporting the Humane Society of Charlotte and considering pet adoption. We are here to help you find the perfect match and provide ongoing support for you and your new pet.