About Us

The Humane Society of Charlotte believes in working to improve our community by creating new, loving families, and building a world where there are no more homeless and unwanted animals. This is an ongoing process — for every animal we can connect with a new family, another animal in need comes to HSC’s shelter.

The Humane Society of Charlotte follows a no-kill philosophy, which is based on saving all animals that come to us. We believe that no healthy, treatable, behaviorally sound animal should have to be euthanized in our community. We only reserve euthanasia for animals whose prognosis is poor and quality of life is compromised or those that pose a danger to public safety. We are working towards this goal by supporting our local municipal shelter and those in the greater Charlotte community. Our commitment to this philosophy is evident in our live release rate of 99.9% for the animals that come into our care. We are able to have this excellent outcome by having programming and activities centered on our four pillars of focus which are prevention, retention, placement, and education.

That’s why, as a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the HSC relies on the generous support of animal-loving individuals in our community to fund our work, along with low-cost fees for adoption, spay/neuter, and wellness services.


The Humane Society of Charlotte is a community resource committed to delivering effective, innovative services that strengthen the human-animal bond and improve the lives of companion animals and the people who care about them.


Charlotte Community Vision

Our vision is for Charlotte to be a united community where animal welfare is valued and demonstrated through educated and collaborative efforts leading to positive outcomes for people and animals.

Foundational Belief

We believe people will make good decisions for animals when they are treated with kindness and understanding, and when they have enough information and resources.


  • The Humane Society of Charlotte was founded in 1978.
  • The first shelter was located on Commonwealth Avenue (1979-1980).
  • The second shelter was located off Old Pineville Road (1981-1993)
  • The third and present shelter is located at 2700 Toomey Avenue, the former Charlotte/Mecklenburg Animal Shelter.
  • The Humane Society of Charlotte Spay/Neuter Clinic opened in 1982 and was the first low-cost spay/neuter clinic in the Southeast.

Fast Facts & Statistics

Tax ID: 58-1342479

View our 2019 Humane Society of Charlotte Fast Facts

View our 2018 Humane Society of Charlotte Fast Facts

View our 2017 Humane Society of Charlotte Fast Facts
*Numbers are calculated at the end of each year

Annual Report:
Click the image below to view the 2019 Impact Report

Financial Statements

2017 HSC Financial Statements


The Humane Society of Charlotte receives an annual audit from C. Dewitt Foard & Co.  Please see below for the latest 990s.

Our Policies

Privacy and personal information security are very important to us and the Humane Society of Charlotte fully respects the privacy of our adopters, donors, and volunteers.

Donors/supporters are not required to provide any personal information to us unless they choose to do so. We ask for personal information on our online donation pages to enable donation transaction processing, acknowledge receipt of donations for tax purposes and send future correspondence. The Humane Society of Charlotte does not rent, lease, or sell donor information to any outside agencies.

If you utilize our adoption or spay/neuter services, your name and address will be placed on our mailing list. We may use this information collected to circulate news about the Humane Society of Charlotte and its programs to promote events and to acquire new supporters. Your information may also be shared with other reputable companies that shelter partners that may want to contact you with offers.

If you have any questions about our policy, do not wish to receive physical mail from us or not have your name shared with third parties, you may call us at any time at 704-494-7704, or e-mail us at info@humanecharlotte.org.

Security Policy
Your payment and personal information are always safe. Our Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software is the industry standard and among the best software available today for secure commerce transactions. It encrypts all of your personal information, including credit card number, name, and address, so that it cannot be read over the internet.

Gift Acceptance Policy
For information about our gift acceptance policy, please email dstucker@humanecharlotte.org.

Refund Policy
All sales are final.

Social Media Policy
The Humane Society of Charlotte operates and maintains its social media sites as a public service to provide information about our programs, services, projects, issues, events, and activities. We welcome participation in the Humane Society of Charlotte’s various social media pages, and we hope you will participate in our online community.  We reserve the right to remove postings or comments that we believe are inappropriate for whatever reason including offensive or inappropriate in nature, misleading or irrelevant information, bullying and personal attacks, support of individuals or organizations which promote animal cruelty, promotion of violent or illegal activities, and spam or commercial sales.  Continued violation of our policies will result in users being removed or banned.