CMPD Animal Care & Control Presents Prepare Your Pet Day to Residents of Mecklenburg County

CHARLOTTE, NC (News Release) – The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Animal Care and Control (AC&C) Division is partnering with local businesses to host its first-ever PREP YOUR PET DAY ahead of the July 4 holiday.

When: Friday, July 1, 2022 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Animal Care and Control Adoption Center 8315 Byrum Drive Charlotte, NC 28217

The 4th of July holiday is upon us and millions of people are preparing to fire up the grills, add “Born in the USA” to their music playlists and fill up on all kinds of fireworks, candles and firecrackers for nighttime entertainment.

“It may be party time for humans, but it can be a tough long weekend for many of our furry friends,” says Melissa Knicely, communications manager for CMPD Animal Care & Control. “Each year we team up with the media to send out proactive messages before the 4th on how to protect your pets from loss, then we do follow-up stories afterwards on how many lost pets have entered the shelter due to the 4th of July Holidays.This year we decided to do something bigger and better, ensuring that the pets of Charlotte-Mecklenburg are protected.

PREP YOUR PET DAY will provide residents of the Charlotte metropolitan area with the opportunity to:

  1. If your pet is microchipped, get the chip checked and update your pet’s registration information for FREE.
  2. If your pet needs a microchip, with a microchip donation from PetLink, we’ll microchip your pet for FREE.
  3. If your pet doesn’t have an ID tag on their collar, we’ll make one for you FREE.
  4. If your animal is not vaccinated against rabies, we will vaccinate it for FREE.
  5. Visit pet-related business partners who offer products that all support reunification.


If your pet is upset by thunder, a slamming door, or other loud noises, the 4th of July fireworks will be downright terrifying, so take these precautions:

  1. Your pets won’t appreciate the fireworks, so leave them at home! Keep them indoors, away from loud noises. A walk-in closet is perfect for setting up as a safe room and adding music to block out noise.
  2. If you know your pets are afraid of fireworks, ask your veterinarian for advice ahead of time for medications or supplements that can help calm your pet.
  3. If you’re hosting a party, make sure your pets have a quiet place to escape any activity and frequently check outside doors to make sure your pets can’t escape.

Benjamin M. Yerger