Due to COVID-19, all adoptions will be done by appointment only.

If you are interested in adopting an animal from HSC, please complete the application located at the bottom of each animal’s profile found at to have your adoption appointment scheduled by our staff. We will only schedule appointments by application to ensure that each interested party is seen in order of submission. A team member will reach out to you within 72 hours of your application being submitted. Must be 18 or older to submit an adoption application.

Applications will be used only to help streamline appointments and minimize exposure between members of the community. We will continue our practice of open adoptions and will not be instituting interviews or home-visits.

The Humane Society of Charlotte is dedicated to finding every healthy, adoptable pet a loving home. Thank you for considering adoption! We are committed to helping you find an excellent match.

Bringing a new animal 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.

Adoption Philosophy

The Humane Society of Charlotte follows an Adopter’s Welcome Philosophy. We do not accept applications for animals nor do we perform home-visits. We believe through thoughtful and engaged conversation, we can assist our adopters in finding an ideal animal for their home. Our trained adoption counselors will help you identify which animal is best suited to your lifestyle and ensure you are provided with resources necessary to become a great pet owner.

Meet & greets with our animals are on a first-come, first-serve basis. To avoid animals remaining in the shelter for extended periods of time, we will not hold animals for interested parties. It is for this reason that we ask you to come prepared for the adoption. Please visit our Adopt a Dog and Adopt a Cat pages to learn more about how to prepare for bringing home a new member of the family.

When you are ready to begin searching for your new pet, please visit the shelter at 2700 Toomey Ave, Charlotte, NC 28203. We are open DAILY from 11:00am-5:00pm.

The Humane Society of Charlotte believes in a no-fault return. If you are unable to keep your animal, that is OK. We want both you and the animal to be successful. We ask that you email and we will set up an appointment for the animal to return to our care.

Our Adoption Process

We encourage all interested adopters to come prepared to take their new pet home. You will need the following:

  • The person adopting must be at least 18 years of age or older
  • A valid form of photo identification (Driver’s License, passport, etc.)
  • Any member of your family that will participate in the adoption decision (i.e. significant other, parent, children, etc.)
  • A valid form of payment- cash or credit card
  • Verify with your landlord/HOA if there are any pet restrictions you need to know.
  • If you see a particular animal you would like to meet, read their profile to make sure there are no additional items or steps you need to take in order to meet them.

Our trained staff is here to help provide you with the resources you need to assist in the decision making process.

Unless their individual profile states otherwise, we do not require HSC animals to meet your resident animal prior to adoption. We encourage all interested parties who have pets at home to read our How to Introduce your Pet for step-by-step instructions for in-home introductions.

Please remember that it can take time for a shelter animal to decompress and familiarize themselves with new surroundings and a new routine. Visit our Post Adoption Tips and Tricks page for guides to utilize when introducing a rescue animal into your home. Be patient, keep them on a consistent schedule, and use lots of treats!

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

Our Adoption Fees

Adoption fees are based on a number of factors such as age, size, breed, and temperament. We have a variable fee structure— this is to ensure that we create a financial legacy for those animals in our care who are in need of expensive lifesaving medical and behavioral intervention. Our adoption fees alone will not cover the cost associated with caring for our animals. It is for this reason we ask that you make an additional donation at the time of adoption. It is through the generous support of the community that we are able to continue our lifesaving work and place more pets in homes each year.

Each animal’s adoption fee is located on their profile under the Adopt a Dog and Adopt a Cat pages.

Our basic adoption includes a medical and behavior evaluation, spay/neuter surgery, all initial vaccinations, deworming and parasite prevention, a microchip, and a FREE 30 day trial of pet insurance.

Humane Society of Charlotte offers 10% discounts on all adoptions and services to seniors age 65 and older and to all military. Must show ID/Military ID.

We have a no refund policy. Should you decide to return your adoption we will utilize the adoption fee for the continued care of the animal.