PEAR works to reduce pet overpopulation, keep animals out of shelters, and improve quality of life for pets and pet owners in need.
A 501(c)3 nonprofit, PEAR was founded in 2016 with the goal to alleviate the burden of North & South Carolina's overcrowded shelters and change the future for animals in this community and beyond. Our officers, all longtime animal rescue volunteers, looked at the reasons why animals end up in shelters and designed programs to tackle these issues. Our services include free or low-cost spay/neuter for low-income pet owners, intervention programs that keep animals in their homes, bilingual community outreach and youth programs that inspire compassion and accountability for animals from an early age.
Join our team! Because it takes all of us in this community to make a lasting, pawsitive impact.
Sometimes, pet owners find themselves in unexpected financial situations, either temporarily or as a long-term change in their lives. PEAR's Companion Pet Assistance program helps low-income, senior, military veterans, disabled and homeless pet owners with basic care of their dogs and cats to reduce suffering and ensure our community members don't have to surrender their beloved companions to a shelter.
Every 10 seconds an animal is abused. Most cruelty cases go unnoticed and unpunished because they are not reported. And the animals continue to suffer. What's worse, there's a proven link between animal abuse and family violence. An animal is usually the abuser's first victim. When you report abuse, you may save more than one life!
Speak up! Animal abuse is everyone’s business.
You may be the only one who can save an animal from continuous abuse and suffering.
Often, dogs are relinquished to shelters because of a behavioral issue their owners can't manage. To help keep these animals in their homes, PEAR supports low-income dog owners in Mecklenburg & Union, NC Counties by referring them to the appropriate dog trainer or training class, or by setting up and sponsoring/co-sponsoring a private session with a local trainer, depending on a dog's specific needs.
Since 2016, PEAR has worked with youth and their families in Mecklenburg & Union Counties through our Pawsitive Thinking program. In October 2018, we launched Paws Up For Pets, an innovative education initiative that engages local youth to promote compassion for animals and in the community as a whole. A collaboration with 4-H, Paws Up For Pets works with children K-8 enrolled in afterschool programs in our county's most underserved areas. We empower youth to make a difference by showing others that they care about animals and by speaking up against abuse, bullying and discrimination. Our program tagline reads, “Compassion Counts!” Because when we teach our children empathy, we build caring communities.
We are located in the Charlotte, NC area and help animals all over the Southeast.
We are 100% ALL volunteer rescue and animal support organization. You can call anytime for animal information...lost & found dogs/cats -strays -animal abuse, or urgent tags needed for High Kill Shelters.
If you are interested in Fostering for our Project ReUnite or for one of our adoptable animals please get more info here.
Pet Education Assistance & Resources in Charlotte
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