CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Big help is on the way for Charlotte’s Humane Society and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Control.
ASPCA (The American Society for the prevention of Cruelty to Animals) announced Friday, Charlotte will become a “Partner Community” in 2014.
“It is very, very exciting,” said Shelly Moore, President of the Humane Society of Charlotte.
Charlotte will become the 9th community the ASPCA will invest in since the program’s inception in 2007.
“Some of the biggest benefits are, there will really help us focus our work. It's all data driven, so they are looking at our data and seeing what really is the problem, and how to have that impact, and assist us in being strategic by putting our resources to better use,” she said.
Moore believes Charlotte was chosen because of its track record showing its commitment in saving as many animals as possible,
Moore says 54% of the animals they take in come from city’s animal control.
The existing relationship with other agencies helps show, all in Charlotte are committed in the cause.
"We at Humans Society of Charlotte think that is very critical in solving the program, we can't live inside a box, we can't be insular about what we do for pets, and we have to think about it as a whole community,” said Moore.
Seven cities were “invited” to apply. The support of the national organization means added resources through financial support and extra staffing.
Last year, more than 17,000 homeless animals passed through the shelters in Charlotte. Aside from overcrowding in the shelters, a plan will be devised to reunite lost animals with their owners, increase pet adoptions and control the pet population.
The expert guidance will assist is creating an effective strategy to help the animals and engage the community.
“Hopefully the community will be more aware what the status here in the city is for our animals. People just don't realize it. They know their pet is loved and taken care of, but many of the community's animals are displaced and homeless,” said Moore.
The partnership is a five year commitment. The planning process has already begun, although officially it begins at the start of the New Year.