Meet Charlotte’s pandemic pets

Meet Charlotte’s pandemic pets

Courtesy of Michael Konen

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From giving us a reason to go while stuck at home, to calming anxiety and sparking joy, pets are the real MVPs.

Big picture: Nationwide and locally, pet adoptions have soared during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Humane Society of Charlotte re-homed almost 3,000 animals in 2020, that’s up from 2019. So far, 2021 adoption rates have stayed consistent with 2020.

  • In March 2020 alone HSC’s adoption rate increased by 18% compared to March 2019.

Animal Care & Control felt the increase in adoptions too. The shelter achieved “no kill” status for the first time by getting 90% of its animals adopted.

  • That’s a big deal any year, but especially during a pandemic. Plus, unlike nonprofit rescue groups, AC&C has to accept all stray and surrendered animals.

What they say: Nicci Dresden adopted a new cat from Animal Care & Control with her husband at the beginning of the pandemic. After putting down one of their older cats, Dresden says Zion, their new addition, has kept their other cat young and helped brighten their spirits during a tough year.

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“It ended up being the best thing we could’ve done for the older cat,” she says. “Entertaining him and getting him acclimated kind of distracted us from the craziness going on in the world a little bit.”


 Here are some of the pandemic pets making life a little brighter for Charlotteans.

Zion pandemic pet

Zion the cat, courtesy of his owner, Nicci Dresden

Zion, 3, is a “character.” He loves to meow when his dad is on conference calls and play with his older brother, Mo.


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Daisy the dog, courtesy of her owner, Carrie Gray

Daisy, 2, is best friends with her (human) sister, Alice.


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Crush, a golden retriever puppy. Courtesy of his owner, Michael Konen

Crush, 8 months, is a golden retriever puppy who likes hanging out at Devil’s Logic.


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Sutton. Courtesy of Elizabeth Raby

Sutton, 1, is a mini golden doodle named after one of his owner’s favorite spots in Chapel Hill, Sutton’s Drug Store.


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Ellie. Courtesy of Jen Love

Ellie, 1, knows how to smile and loves playing with her friends at Skiptown.


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Arthur, courtesy of Barbara Schaeffer

Arthur, 1, has great manners. He waits to eat until his owners tell him “bon appetit.”


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Nina, courtesy of Avery Shaw

Nina, 9 months, is a Shetland Sheepdog. She loves carrying big sticks and cuddles.


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Chispa, courtesy of Rebecca Oring

Chispa, 1, has lived up to his name, which means spark in Spanish.


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Jewels. Paige Hopkins/Axios Charlotte

Jewels, 8 months, is full of energy. Her name is short for Juliet, which goes along with her brother’s name, Romeo.


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Sunny, courtesy of Lizzy Sirkin

Sunny, 11 months, got his name after surviving a tough start in life but keeping an upbeat demeanor though it all.


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Luna, courtesy of Alison Bradley

Luna, 1, likes to steal her mom’s pillows at bedtime.


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Wynn, courtesy of Danielle Phillips

Wynn, 1, is a boxer/lab mix who likes sleeping with her tongue out.


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Rickie, courtesy of Meagan Fiscella

Rickie, 1, is named after his owners’ favorite golfer, Rickie Fowler.


Andy, courtesy of Brittany Brooke

Andy, 1.5, known for his human-like expressions, sits on his mom’s lap all day while she works — then he loses his mind when his dad gets home at the end of the day.


Penny, courtesy of Kevin Simon

Penny, 1, won’t be pleased when her mom and dad have to go to the office more regularly.


Lucy, courtesy of Paul Peralta

Lucy, 7 months, lives with two empty nesters, so she runs the show.

(Editor’s note: Jewels and Lucy are the pups of the authors’ parents).

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