How long has the Humane Society of Union County been in existence?

Humane Society of Union County was incorporated in 1983 by a group of concerned animal lovers of Union County.

Is HSUC recognized by the government as a non-profit?

Yes. The Humane Society of Union County is a non-profit 501.3© organization funded entirely by donation, contributions, grants and bequests.

Animal Questions

I found a stray animal. What do I do?

Thank you for trying to help an animal in need.  We recommend if the animal is in danger and safe to approach, check for ID.  Some animals may have a microchip imbedded under the skin.  You can take that pet to be scanned for the microchip at most vet clinics, some police stations, the Union County Animal Shelter or the Humane Society of Union County program at the Monroe Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic.  NEXT contact the Union County Animal Shelter and let them know you (or a rescue organization) found and will hold for the 72 hour holding period.  Everyone who lost a pet should check the Union County Animal Shelter.  We then recommend that you advertise you found the pet by posters, social websites like FaceBook “Lost & Found Union County:

If the animal is wearing identification:

Please call the number and let them know you’ve found their pet and if possible keep the animal in a safe area until they can be reunited.

If there is no identification:

  • Talk to neighbors and ask if anyone has lost their pet and look for posters.
  • Call the local shelters to ask if the dog was reported missing.
  • Place found signs in the area.
  • Check the newspaper for lost ads the owner may have placed.
  • Reach out to social media for help (Craigslist Lost/Found Pet section, Facebook and twitter)
  • Have a vet check for a microchip

If someone is trying to find their pet, they will in most instances contact or visit the shelter. Therefore, this is sometimes their best destination.


I’ve lost my pet. What do I do?

Search the neighborhood

  • Talk to neighbors, mail carriers, and children to see if they’ve seen your pet.
  • Give them a flyer with a description of your pet and phone number where you can be reached.
  • Post flyers throughout the neighborhood asking people to phone if they’ve seen your pet.
  • Call local veterinarians
  • Find out if your pet was injured and taken to a clinic.
  • Post flyers at their clinic.
  • Visit your local Animal Shelters including the ones in the surrounding counties.
  • You must actually visit. Your description of your pet and theirs may not match.
  • Find out the holding period of each shelter. Be aware of how much time you have to reclaim you animal before it could be adopted or euthanized.
  • Leave a photo and information with shelter staff but continue to call and visit.
  • Place an AD in your local newspaper. (some will actually do this for free)
  • Check for any found reports.
  • Reach out to social media for help (Craigslist Lost/Found Pet section, Facebook and twitter)


I can no longer care for my pet. What do I do?

Many pet related problems can be resolved through awareness of resources. Often pets can continue to be a part of your family if steps are taken to remedy behavior, health or housing problems.

Before you decide to relinquish your pet for behavior problems consult with your veterinarian to rule out any physical cause. You may be referred to a trainer who can offer help. You can also research the many dog behavior tips and cat behavior tips dealing with specific behavior problems provided by HSUS and other animal welfare groups.
If a family member is experiencing allergies you feel are pet related, discuss possible alternatives or remedies with a physician.

If you choose to find a home for your pet yourself, please research the home carefully and refer to the recommended by HSUS. Guidelines for Finding a Responsible home
If you own a purebred pet you may want to contact a rescue group dedicated to the breed. They may be able to help you rehome your pet into a suitable family.


Can the Humane Society of Union County help with the spay or neuter of my pet?

Yes, we now offer affordable spaying and neutering to the public. Call our Monroe Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic, located at 4015 Waxhaw Highway (Hwy75), Monroe, NC 28112. Clinic Phone # – 704-292-7729. For more information about our low-cost spay/neuter clinic, click here


What should I do if I suspect an animal is being abused or neglected?

If you witness or suspect animal cruelty you should contact animal control or local law enforcement immediately.

Are you concerned by a neighbor’s dog that has been left out day after day without shelter, food or water. Have you seen a pet with a badly matted coat, skin disease, infested with fleas and tics or appears injured. Observe the animal’s characteristics, physical condition and environment and document your observations. It is important for reports of animal cruelty to be as detailed as possible. Dates, times and circumstances should be related to animal control officers who should also be made aware of any physical evidence (photos, video, etc.). Ask for the officer’s name and what action will be taken so that you may follow-up and report any changes in the animal’s condition or situation.

Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) offers educational resources for many animal companion issues and offers tips for taking action to address animal cruelty.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) addresses a wide variety of animal welfare issues.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) also offers many ideas on how you can help address animal cruelty.


What is a Puppy Mill?

Puppy mills are commercial kennels that mass-produce dogs in squalid, overcrowded conditions with substandard care. Most animals in mills never leave their cage and are forced to stand and sleep in their own excrement. These conditions allow for numerous health and behavior issues including deadly diseases, congenital defects, and serious behavior problems.

How to recognize a puppy mill or high volume breeder:
Mills can be small or large, located in someone’s backyard, farm or commercial property. Some sell directly to the public from their home through newspaper ads, others sell through pet stores or both. Mill breeders share one trait: they breed to make money. Mill owners breed many popular breeds and have litters available all the time. Mill owners will often run many ads at once. Check to see how many ads list the same number or how many phone numbers reach the same person. If a breeder is hesitant to show you the entire kennel, resists showing parents of the puppy, or cannot provide vet records showing proof of necessary vaccinations, look elsewhere.

Save meeting the puppy until you are satisfied with the legitimacy of the breeder. Many will show the puppies as soon as you arrive as a sales tactic that causes an impulsive purchase.

Remember, many puppies from mills are sick or incubating disease at the time of sale. Many have serious congenital defects and are prone to behavior problems. Nearly a quarter of the dogs brought to shelters are purebred and most purebred rescue groups have dogs available for adoption. Please consider helping with the pet overpopulation problem by adopting from a shelter or rescue group.