CMPD Animal Care and Control Reaches Maximum Capacity For Dogs


The kennels of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Animal Protection and Control Service have been overcrowded all summer and the shelter can no longer accommodate dogs.

The shelter managed to keep enough space until about 2 p.m. Thursday, when a colleague told division spokeswoman Melissa Knicely that there were no more kennels for adoptions or stray dogs.

“This situation quickly became urgent,” said Josh Fisher, director of CMPD Animal Care and Control, in a press release.

It is not uncommon for shelters to be more crowded during the summer months, but the situation has reached an “alert level,” Knicely said.

Fisher urges community members to consider adopting a pet this weekend or taking a dog on a “stay” for several days so that the shelter can handle new admissions.

“We know our community cares and has always responded quickly to our shelter animals in times of desperate need,” he said. “It’s one of those times when we really need help.”

CMPD Animal Care and Control has already begged the community to adopt animals due to space issues in 2019.

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The Animal Care and Control shelter at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has run out of space to accommodate dogs as the kennels have reached their maximum capacity. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Animal Care and Control

Here are some ways the community can help animals in the shelter’s care:

▪ Take a dog on a “stay” for a long weekend: This option is available for people who cannot commit to adopting a pet but who wish to help. These people take a dog home for up to five days to get away from the shelter environment and provide the benefits and experience of living in a loving home.

â–ª Fostering a Dog: Consider a longer term foster assignment. The placement reduces the long-term pension of animals which may suffer from kennel stress, often resulting in behavioral problems. “Foster-centric” is a trending term that describes a new model of animal shelter. It places animals ready for adoption in homes in the community, leaving room in the shelter for animals in need of special care or management.

â–ª Adopt: Adopting an animal can save two lives: by saving the one you adopt and the one that takes its place.

The address of the shelter is 8315 Byrum Dr. Hours of operation are 11 am to 7 pm on weekdays and 11 am to 5 pm on weekends.

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