What To Expect

What To Expect

Thank you for choosing to open your home to one of our adoptable animals! Bringing a new animal into your home is an exciting opportunity for you, your family, and the pet you choose. Adoptable animals are available to meet by appointment.

We encourage all interested adopters to come prepared to take their new pet home. Adopters must be at least 18 years of age or older and will need the following:

  • A valid form of photo identification (driver’s license, passport, etc.)
  • A valid form of payment- cash or credit card

Before you arrive at the Humane Society of Charlotte, make sure to:

  • 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.

Adoption Fees

HSC adoption fees are based on a number of factors such as animal, breed, size, and temperament. Our variable fee structure ensures that we create a financial legacy for those animals in our care who are in need of expensive, life-saving medical and behavioral intervention. Our adoption fees include the following services prior to adoption:

What’s included in an HSC adoption fee?

  • 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

If you or your new pet are having trouble 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 training@humanecharlotte.org.

To schedule an appointment to meet our animals, please click the button on the Adopt A Dog or Adopt A Cat page OR follow the link at the bottom of our animals’ profiles to schedule your appointment. Want to view our available animals at: humanecharlotte.org/adoption.

Please be aware that we will now be collecting credit card information at the time of scheduling. Your card will only be charged a $10 fee if you “no-show” to your appointment without canceling or rescheduling in advance. There is no charge for canceling or rescheduling. In the event that you are charged, this fee will be used as a donation to help care for the wonderful pets at HSC.