Community Service Opportunities

We invite young animal lovers to help us make a difference through the Humane Society of Charlotte. Kids under 18 can learn about animal welfare issues, careers working with animals, animal care, and character education such as responsibility, compassion, kindness, empathy and giving back to the community. Our programs offer the opportunity of earning service hours for school or civic organizations. Kids can support and help the animals at our shelter and those in the community in several different ways. Take a look at the ideas below of ways you can support our animal shelter. No amount is too small and no gesture is ever unappreciated! Please contact our Humane Education Manager at slyttle@humanecharlotte.org to coordinate a drop off date and time.

  • Hold a pet food drive in your neighborhood! Print flyers detailing the items needed and where and when to drop them off then deliver them to your neighbor’s mailboxes.
  • Host a lemonade stand sale! Who doesn’t love a good cold glass of lemonade? Hold a lemonade stand and donate the proceeds to HSC.
  • Build a Community Cat Shelter! Community cats need shelter from the elements. Give a community cat some shelter by building an inexpensive house using simple, easy to find items.
  • Hold a bake sale! Bake up some delicious treats, sell them at your church or community event, and donate the proceeds to HSC.
  • Who wants to partayyy? Birthday coming up? Family reunion? Host a party and ask your guests to bring dog and cat food as gifts or see below for a list of items our shelter is consistently in need of.
  • Put on a concert! Are you musically inclined? How about your friends? Get a band together for an impromptu concert in a high traffic area of your neighborhood or at your church or school and collect coins for cats or dollars for dogs.
  • Utilize your network! Are you a member of a church? A sports team? A social club? Consider reaching out to these supports already in place to plan fundraisers (see below for a list of items our shelter is consistently in need of), food drives and more!
  • Get social with it! The power of social media is incredible, think about the ways in which you could use various social media platforms to advocate for your cause.
  • If you build it, they will come! Organize a canned food architectural design contest where all entries are built out of canned dog and cat food.
  • Homemade dog treat sale! Whip up a batch of your most scrumptious dog treats and sell them to family and friends. Or bring them to the shelter for our dogs on site (must list ingredients).
  • Peanut butter, peanut butter! Our shelter dogs love peanut butter filled kongs as part of their daily enrichment. Consider holding a peanut butter drive to support our shelter dogs.
  • Cat toys! Cats need daily enrichment too! They get this through engaging toys that are easy to make at home with common household items. Consider making a bunch of DIY cat toys or cat scratchers and dropping off at our shelter.
  • Kongs are KING! Our shelter dogs get daily kongs as part of their enrichment. Consider whipping up a batch of gourmet kongs stuffed with frozen chicken broth, pumpkin puree and other fun dog approved ingredients. Our peanut butter picky dogs will especially appreciate this!

Items our shelter is consistently in need of:

Paper Towels
Canned Dog Food (any brand)
Fancy Feast Pate Canned Cat Food
New Dog Toys
New Cat Toys
Exam Gloves
Tall Trash Bags
55 Gallon Trash Bags
Fleece Blankets
Cat Treats
Soft Dog Treats

Find more items we need on our Amazon wish list here: Wish List