The SPCA Alliance is the oldest Humane Society in Mecklenburg County and was established in 1938. We are an independent, non-profit 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to improving animal welfare through a targeted spay/neuter program in conjunction with humane education programs.
Since 1999, the SPCA Alliance has had a program called S.N.I.P. (Spay/Neuter Intervention Program) that has been reducing animal admissions to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Control Bureau as well as all of the surrounding animal control shelters.
We have a wonderful network of 35 veterinarian clinics in Mecklenburg, Union, Cabarrus, York and Gaston counties. By providing free spay/neuter surgeries to low-income residents, S.N.I.P. has decreased the number of animals entering Animal Control which has, in turn, decreased the euthanasia rate. By reducing the number of animals coming into Animal Control, S.N.I.P. will also help to increase the adoption rate of these homeless animals.
We are very different from most rescue groups in that we are the only non-profit organization in the region that is focused on targeting the source of pet overpopulation and doing something proactive about it. We are limited on funds and the less we have, the longer it will take us to reduce the number of animals being born. Please consider us as a charitable organization to donate to if you are able. You will truly be preventing more animals from being born which would otherwise wind up at animal control and be euthanized. This region is saturated with animals and there are 50 times more animals than there are people wanting to adopt. There will never be enough homes for them all unless we can get a handle on getting them fixed at a faster rate. The only thing stopping us from doing this faster is a lack of funds. (ie: $25,000 would go a LONG way in helping us.).
The SPCA Alliance does not operate a traditional shelter because we cannot afford to run our SNIP program AND foster. However, we have helped mediate over 800 adoptions in the past few years by posting the photos of the animals on our web site and screening applicants to ensure that the animal(s) are matched up in wonderful homes so they do not get bounced around. We continue to follow up with the adoptive person/families to make sure the animal(s) are adjusting and we take a lot of time educating people prior to adopting so they can help make the transition of the animal(s) moving in easier and, most importantly, successful!
For nearly 70 years, we have been dedicated to educating children and adults about responsible pet ownership, the importance of adopting homeless animals and the urgency of spaying or neutering their pets. We also work to provide effective means for the prevention, suppression, and relief of cruelty to animals.
The SPCA Alliance is supported by private donations from residents and local businesses and we do not receive any financial assistance from the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County or State of North Carolina.