Charlotte Puppies and Dogs Available

  • Looking for dogs and puppies for sale in Charlotte? Why not adopt?
  • Use the search tools on the right to find puppies and dogs available in Charlotte.
  • Use our “Search Saver” feature, and we’ll email you when new pets matching your search are added to!
This pet-saving service is funded by the passionate pet lovers at

Tips on Considering Adoption, Over Buying a Dog or Puppy for Sale in Charlotte


Fun Things to Do With Your Dog in Charlotte

Looking for things to do in the Charlotte area with your new canine companion? The US National Whitewater Center is an outdoor mecca for adventures. From whitewater rafting to trails for hiking and a bar and grill for some grub, they have it all. Dogs are allowed on the grounds and trails on leashes. Play on water or land and listen to live music on the property. You’ll get plenty of fresh air on the trails, whether you choose beginner or advanced trails.

Have a spooky good time on a Friday or Saturday on a Carolina History & Haunts tour. Beyond the Grave is a pet-friendly 75-minute stroll by candlelight around Charlotte’s streets. It’s not just a Halloween activity. Are you a fan of classic cars? There are more than 500 cars in Streetside Classic Cars showroom, and bring your doggie on a leash. Featured cars include a 1965 Shelby Cobra Replica, a 1967 Chevy Corvette, and a 1957 Chevy Bel Air.

Historic Rosedale Plantation is Charlotte’s best kept secret minutes from Uptown. You and Fido are welcome to explore the beautiful gardens of the antebellum plantation for free. It’s a fine example of Federal period architecture in North Carolina and was built in 1815. Although dogs are not allowed in the home, they are sure to enjoy the stroll through the year-round blooms and century-old trees on 8.5 acres. For more ideas on things to do with your dog in the Charlotte area, visit the Dog Owner’s Guide to Charlotte on

Charlotte Dog Rescues & Shelters

The Top 5 Reasons to Adopt, Rather than Buy a Dog or Puppy for Sale in Charlotte

  1. Finding the Best Match - Luckily, when you decide you want to add a furry member to your family, you have many dogs to choose from. Dogs and puppies of different breeds come with genetic tendencies that vary between breeds. More importantly, they also have distinct personalities, as each is an individual! It is common for rescuers and animal shelter staff and volunteers to already know the personality and tendencies of many of their dogs and puppies. This means they can better match up your requirements and lifestyle with the ideal dog or puppy. When searching for a new dog or puppy in Charlotte, consider your lifestyle first. Answer yourself these questions:
    1. Do you have time to housetrain a puppy and teach them the rules of the house?
    2. Can you provide adequate exercise for an active dog, or one who needs mental stimulation and lots of interaction?
    3. Will your new four-legged friend have other pets as buddies around the house?
    4. Is it critical that you find a dog who is comfortable with children?
  2. Purebred or Fabulous Mixed-Breed: Shelters Have Them All! - Looking for a specific type of dog or puppy? It is estimated that 30% of all shelter animals are purebred. There are also large numbers of “breed-rescue” organizations specifically devoted to rescuing and adopting out a particular breed. On the other hand, you can find your own one-of-a-kind, amazing mixed-breed dog in a shelter. We love those fabulous mutts! Due to a larger gene pool to draw from, often mixed-breed dogs have fewer behavioral problems or health issues, and can even live longer than purebred dogs. In short, whatever you’re looking for you can find at your local shelter or rescue group in Charlotte, and right here on
  3. Adult Adoption = Less Stress - Adopting an adult dog has many advantages. Adult dogs in shelters have often already been in homes, and may already be housebroken and obedience-trained. Also, since adult dogs’ personalities are already established, it is easy to tell if they are good with children, or familiar and comfortable with other pets. One thing is certain; adult dogs require less attention and less work than puppies do. Best of all, any rescued dog will be forever grateful you saved their life.
  4. Be a Hero - Adoption helps save lives! One dog or puppy adopted in Charlotte paves the way for another one to be saved. When you choose to adopt, you’re an instant hero.
  5. Adoption is MORE AFFORDABLE - Typically, adoption fees are much less than you’d pay for a dog or puppy for sale at a pet store, or even a breeder, in Charlotte. Adopting is especially a great deal because usually rescued dogs and puppies have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and have been spayed or neutered. It all adds up, but when you choose pet adoption you are paying less for a dog or puppy who is just as perfect as one you’d find for sale!

Some Charlotte Dog and Puppy Rescues

Below you'll find many Charlotte focused rescue organizations. This is not a complete list! If you are a Charlotte focused rescue and would like to be included, please sign up for an account here, then submit your request using the Contact Us link after you login to your rescue or shelter account. Thank you!