CHARLOTTE — Leaders at the Humane Society of Charlotte celebrated a banner year in 2012 and outlined goals to make 2013 even better.
The 35-year-old nonprofit specializes in dog and cat adoptions -and celebrated a record number of adoptions, donations and volunteers last year.
"We saved more lives, we expanded our programs, we expanded our capacity to care for animals,” said Humane Society of Charlotte president Shelly Moore.
Nearly 3,400 dogs and cats were adopted from the Humane Society in 2012, a 55 percent increase compared to 2011. There was a 17 percent increase in animals that were spayed and neutered and the nonprofit brought in a quarter more in total donations.
The organization's leaders celebrated those success at their annual meeting thursday.
"Everything we do is to reach that ultimate goal of saving more lives here in Charlotte and reducing the number of animals that are euthanized,” said Moore.
Now, the Humane Society looks to reach new heights in 2013. Leaders plan on focusing more on Charlotte's cat population by targeting neighborhoods with high feline intakes and breeding.
"A lot of them end up at the shelter and a lot of them don't get homes. So we wanted to focus on them. We're doing a lot of special promotions for free adult cat adoption and low cost spay and neuter,” said Moore.
By having more volunteers than ever helped to assist the Humane Society to get more pets into more loving homes.
The Humane Society of Charlotte said they took in about 200 dogs from one puppy mill last year and all of those animals found homes. They credited greater community outreach and better communication online in their 2012 successes.
The organization has more than 9,000 social media followers; a 350 percent increase from 2011.