Adopt a Dog
Thank you for choosing to open your home to one of our adoptable animals. To ensure the best adoption experience, the Humane Society of Charlotte has instituted adoption by appointment only. To schedule an appointment please click on the Request an Appointment button and complete the form. A team member will reach out to you within 72 hours of your request being submitted. You must be 18 or older to adopt and have a valid form of identification.
UPDATE: Puppies under 6 months of age are available for Virtual Adoption Appointments! This means that we can process adoptions for puppies under the age of 6 months over the phone. We will contact interested adopters (within 72 hours) in order of receipt of the request submitted to provide additional over-the-phone counseling. Appointments scheduled to come to the shelter are reserved for any dog 6 months and older.
Humane Society of Charlotte believes that the human-animal bond transcends socio-economic boundaries and welcomes all interested adopters.
Our trained Adoption Counselors will speak with you in-depth to identify that perfect match and is happy to assist you in selecting the tools and resources you may need to bring a new pet into your loving home. Appointment Request Forms will be used only to help streamline appointments, identify the best match, and adhere to social distancing requirements.
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Preparing your home for your new dog!
We know how exciting it is to bring a new family member into your home! Just as you would prep your home for a new child, we encourage you to approach adopting a pet in the same manner. The key to helping your new animal make a successful adjustment to your home is being prepared. It can take anywhere from two days to several weeks for you and your pet to adjust to each other so be patient and reach out if you have any questions or need additional resources.
Don’t forget to Stock Up on the supplies you need to bring your pet home at the time of adoption! Our retail center is open to adopters and members of the public to purchase the supplies they need for their furry family members. All dogs are required to leave with a leash and collar on.
Establish house rules
Plan ahead the consistent dog-care regimen among household members.
- Who will regularly feed your dog?
- Will you allow them on furniture? How will those boundaries be established?
- Where will they sleep at night?
- Will they be crated when owners are not at home?
- Are there any rooms/spaces in the home that are off-limits?
The First Weeks
Give them a crate
Dogs instinctively like to den, a crate can serve as their own private space. Your dog’s crate should be large enough to allow your dog to stand up, turn around, and sit comfortably in a normal posture. Make it comfy by providing bedding and toys. In addition, place your dog’s food bowl immediately inside the crate with the crate door open during feeding time. This will create a positive association with the crate.
Crates should always be a positive and safe space. Do not use the crate as a punishment and only crate your dog when it is necessary. Extensive amounts of time spent in a crate can ultimately cause anxiety and stress which should be avoided.
Crates are a vital tool in training your pet. In addition, it provides a safe space for your dog when you are not home to supervise them avoiding unwanted property damage or consumption of inappropriate items. If a crate isn’t an option, consider some sort of confinement to a dog-proofed part of your home. A portion of the kitchen or family room can serve the purpose very well when sectioned off with a dog or baby gate.
Use training to create a happy adoption
Dogs need order, consistency, and patience. Stay calm. Reward them with praise when they do well. Positive reinforcement creates lasting success. Sign up for our First Class Canine Training classes, and you’ll learn what a joy it is to have a well-trained dog.
Patience is key
Finally, remember to temper your expectations. Life with you is a different experience for your new companion, so give them time to adjust. You’ll soon find out that you’ve made a friend for life. No one will ever greet you with as much enthusiasm or provide you with as much unqualified love and loyalty as your dog will. Be patient, and you will be amply rewarded.
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Preparing to bring home a dog
Once you’ve decided that you’d like to adopt, there are a few first steps you’ll want to take.
Research: It’s very important to take the time to research what kind of pet is right for you, your home and your lifestyle – both now and in the future.
Get acquainted: Spend quality time interacting with the dog you’d like to adopt. Many times an animal’s behavior is different when away from other animals or in a kennel. The animal displaying bad manners or not paying attention may just be scared and lonely!
Know your responsibilities: Plan for and commit to being a responsible dog owner, including:
- Dedicating the necessary time and effort to caring for and loving your dog.
- Understanding the financial commitment involved.
- Providing the necessary medical care and exercise for your dog.
- Training to ensure good behavior and manners.