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City Council approves ASPCA community partnership program and grant funding

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Contact: Melissa Knicely, CMPD Animal Care & Control

Last night, Charlotte City Council unanimously approved a five-year partnership between the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Animal Care & Control Division, and the Humane Society of Charlotte.  This includes adopting a budget ordinance appropriating $67,600 in funds from the ASPCA.

The Animal Care & Control Division of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the Humane Society of Charlotte have been granted the opportunity to enter into a five-year partnership with the ASPCA.  The purpose of the partnership is to increase animal adoptions and relocations with the ultimate goal of reducing the euthanasia rate for canines and felines in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area.

The ASPCA will provide $165,000 in funding for the first year of the partnership.
(Humane Society of Charlotte will receive $97,400 and Animal Care & Control Division will receive the $67,600)

The 2014 goals of the ASPCA partnership:

  • Increase the overall Live Release Rate (LRR) for community shelter partners;
  • Increase the community shelter adoption rate;
  • Increase targeted Spay/Neuter in the community; and
  • Improve the Return-To-Owner (RTO) rate.

More specific details regarding the ASPCA partnership launch/press conference will be released in a media advisory from the ASPCA later this week.