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Information for Buncombe County Pet Owners

Screen Shot 2020-03-31 at 3.17.53 PMThis information is reprinted from as a public service.

In alignment with Buncombe County's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" declaration, related to COVID-19, effective Friday, March 27, 2020, Asheville Humane Society's Adoption Center and the Buncombe County Animal Shelter will be closed to the public through April 8, 2020, unless rescinded earlier or extended further by Buncombe County or the state of North Carolina.  
Be assured that we will have essential staff available to feed, clean, and provide enrichment for the animals currently in our care. While we continue our commitment to the people and animals of Buncombe County, we see the importance of limiting face-to-face interactions and complying with all aspects of this declaration. 
What does this mean for our community?


Wishing to adopt? Please view all available animals on the website. If you see an animal you are interested in, please email us at or call 828-761-2001 x312. We will give you all of the information that we have on that pet. If you want to adopt, we will note you as an Interested Party. Please note this will be on a first come, first served basis. Once operations resume, you will be able to come in and meet your new pet and make a final decision to adopt. 

If you would like to view our adoptable pets, click the links below:

Pet Surrender: 

Anyone considering surrendering pets should delay doing so, if possible. If this is not possible, please contact our Pet Retention Counselor at 828-761-2001 x316 for information and resources. 

Lost a Pet:

If you lost a pet, please continue to check our website here, as it is updated continuously with stray animal intakes. You can also call the Buncombe County Animal Shelter at 828-250-6430 to report your lost pet so that our staff can contact you if they come into our shelter. If your pet is microchipped, call the microchip company to report that your animal is lost and to ensure that your contact information is up to date. Finally, we recommend utilizing community based social media groups and If you find your lost pet on our website, please contact the Buncombe County Animal Shelter so a staff member can help reunite you with your pet.  

Found a Stray:

If you found a stray animal, you can call the Buncombe County Animal Shelter at 828-250-6430 to report the found animal, so that should someone report their animal missing, we can facilitate their reunion. You can also utilize community based social media groups as well as If you are able to provide temporary care for the animal, we ask that you please do so. If you are not able to care for the stray animal, please contact Animal Services for more information. 

Foster Program:

With the Adoption Center temporarily closing, Fostering will be an important "relief valve." We are going to continue to seek out foster homes as new animals enter the shelter. We encourage those interested in becoming an Emergency Foster fill out the Emergency Foster Application. Anyone interested in fostering in general should complete the traditional application. Our Foster Manager will remain an important resource to all active fosters and if specific assistance is needed, all fosters are encouraged to reach out using the appropriate contact information provided in their foster agreement. 

Volunteer Program:

All volunteers must stop reporting for their duties. With this new restriction, Hiking Hounds and Urban Tails Group Hikes will also not be able to continue until at least April 9.

AHS Thrift Store:

Thrift Store operations have paused and we will not be accepting donations or open to the public until after the Stay Home, Stay Safe order has been lifted.

Community Solutions - Pet Resources and Assistance:

All scheduled Affordable Pet Care Clinics, Behavior Days, Vaccine Clinics and other outreach events are cancelled. Other resources and services may still be available for Buncombe County residents experiencing financial hardship or other crisis. For more information or to request resources or assistance for your pet, please call the Safety Net Helpline at (828)-761-2008.

Animal Emergencies:

For emergencies, please contact Animal Services. 

  • City of Asheville 
    • To report animal abuse, neglect or cruelty in the City of Asheville, please call Animal Services at (828) 252-1110
  • Buncombe County
    • To report abuse, neglect or animal cruelty in Buncombe County, please call the Sheriff’s Office of Animal Services at (828) 250-6670. 


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