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Animal Kneads Day is Animal Care & Control's largest annual fundraiser with all proceeds benefiting our Free Public Spay & Neuter Fund. The event is held at Great Harvest Bread Company and has tripled in size since it first began in 2007.

During the month of August, Great Harvest Bread Company opens on a Sunday, which is not a regular business day, and the owners and staff donate their time and the ingredients to make hundreds of loaves of bread.

Volunteers from Animal Care & Control staff the counter and offer the bread to customers for a donation of $10 a loaf. 100 percent of the proceeds go directly to support our Free Public Spay & Neuter Fund.

In 2013, Animal Kneads Day brought in a little over $16,600! We had 14 vendors participate along with 16 businesses in the shopping center. We also had over 100 prizes donated to our event from 40 different local businesses.

We send out a special thanks to all those that participated, volunteered to help, make and cut the bread, gather and distribute the prizes, selling the prize tickets, and gave their support!

Charlotte-Mecklenburg is one of the top 10 fastest-growing US metro areas, and as the Charlotte area continues to grow, so does its animal population. There are an estimated 400,000 cats and dogs living in the metro area, and many of these animals are stray. As a municipal shelter, Animal Care & Control cannot turn away any animal, regardless of the shelter's capacity. Last year alone, due to severe overpopulation of unwanted animals, the shelter had to euthanize 9,848 cats and dogs (in FY12), many of which would have been adoptable. To help reduce the number of animals coming into the shelter, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Animal Care & Control Division (CMPD-ACCD) instituted a Free Public Spay & Neuter Assistance Program. This program is funded solely through donations and grants, which makes Animal Kneads Day our most important annual fundraiser.

Event Information: 

How can you help?
The best way for you to support Animal Kneads day is to stop by Great Harvest Bread Company on the day of the event and pick up a delicious loaf of bread for a donation of only $10. Also, please tell your friends, family, neighbors about this important event.

As Animal Kneads Day continues to grow, so does the need for volunteers and corporate sponsors. Listed below are some of the ways local businesses can show their support:

  • Become an event sponsor
  • Participate in the event with a booth
  • Match donations made during certain hours of the event
  • Donate raffle prizes
  • Advertise the event
  • Distribute posters and flyers
  • Help the day of the event

Contact Melissa Knicely at 704-336-3627 if you or your company are interested in supporting our most important annual fundraiser.

Vendor Booth Donations:

$150 - Business & Organizations if signed up by before June 30.
$200 - Business and Organizations if signed up after July 1.
$75  - Non-profit Animal Rescue Groups.

ALL payments must be sent by August 15. Any cancellations made after the 15th, or any no-shows on the day of the event forfeits the right of donation refund and all donations will be deposited.
Please make checks payable to:
City of Charlotte
Memo line: Spay/Neuter Fund

(All payments must be made in advance and must be sent in by August 15th.)

Mail to:

Animal Care & Control
Attention: Melissa Knicely/Animal Kneads Day
8315 Byrum Drive Charlotte, NC 28217