CHARLOTTE — A local bakery teamed up with CMPD Animal Care and Control to make a difference in the pet overpopulation in the community on Sunday.
The bakery donated their time, energy and ingredients to bake hundreds of loaves of bread Sunday for Animal Kneads Day, which benefits the CMPD Animal Care and Control spay and neuter fund. 100 percent of the proceeds from the event went to the fund, and organizers said it does not only help animals, but the entire community as well
"Taxpayer dollars have to go for collecting these homeless animals, sheltering them, and then unfortunately euthanizing them. That's taxpayer money that must go to that, because that's the thing. Taxpayer money cannot go for the low cost Spay and Neuter Fund, which is why it needs to be funded," said Jeff Ganoung, the event coordinator and owner of Great Harvest Bread Company.
For every five loaves of bread sold, one animal can be spayed or neutered, which animal control officials say saves the lives of hundreds of other animals.
"Cutting down on the ones that are coming in, is going to help the euthanasia number. There's already a correlation between less coming in, the less you're euthanizing," said spokesperson Melissa Knicely with CMPD Animal Care and Control.
Knicely said the program is working, because Animal Control has seen a decrease in intake and euthanasia. Knicely said it is a matter of raising awareness, because many of the animals euthanized are adoptable.
"Together as a whole, we can fix the problem, it's just going to take a lot of work and we're going to have to spay and neuter a lot of animals," said Knicely.
Last year alone, more than 12,000 dogs and cats were euthanized at CMPD Animal Care and Control. Event organizers said events like Animal Kneads Day will help to lower that number