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Asheville Adoption Center Now Open - Dog Adoptions Just $10

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This is from Asheville Humane Society:
 
To better serve the animals in our care, while keeping the safety of our staff and visitors a priority, we are discontinuing appointment-only adoptions and opening our doors to a limited number of walk-ins at a time to meet our adoptable pets! 
 
With over 370 cats and kittens currently in our care (in our Shelter, Adoption Center and foster homes) we are still OVERFLOWING with felines in need!!! To help make space and save lives, we are also *EXTENDING* our fee-waived promotion for all felines through September 30th!!
 
Adoption fees for all canines will be $10!
 
If you can't adopt, please spread the word!
 
NEW ADOPTION PROCEDURE:
 
A set number of customers will be welcomed inside to adopt on a first come, first served basis. Safety protocols such as masks required, contactless temperature readings and social distancing within the building will remain the same. If the building reaches our set capacity, potential adopters will have socially distant options available to wait until the next spot opens.
 
Our hours of operation are Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm, with animal naptime each day from 1-2 pm.
 
We humbly ask in advance for your patience and understanding, as facilitating adoptions during COVID-19 times is an ongoing learning experience for everyone! We are trying to find the balance between helping the animals who rely on us, while ensuring the continued safety and health of Asheville Humane Society's adopters, volunteers and staff.
 
To see available animals, visit www.ashevillehumane.org. The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market).
 
Image: Asheville Humane Society

Dogs and Cats Get Along...Adopt a Cat Now with No Fee Through Sept. 22!

Friends-1149841_1920A new research study confirms what many dog owners already know: Dogs and cats can get along in the same household. In a survey of 1,270 dog/cat owners, 62.4 percent of respondents said their dogs and cats play together, and 68.5 percent said their dogs and cats sleep together at least occasionally. Most dogs and cats living together are playful with humans, according to 76.2 percent of respondents. Most cohabitations were reported as "peaceful." You can see the complete study here

So if you're a dog owner without a cat, now's the time to adopt one!

Asheville Humane Society is OVERFLOWING with felines in need of loving homes! With over *385* cats and kittens currently in their care (in the Shelter, Adoption Center and foster homes), they need your help to make space and save lives! Asheville Humane is waiving adoption fees for all cats and kittens through September 22, so if you've been thinking about adoption, NOW is the time! If you can't adopt, please spread the word! 

Currently, the Asheville Humane Society adoption process is by appointment only. Please follow these steps to schedule your visit:

Step 1: View adoptable cats and kittens on AshevilleHumane.org .(Check back often!)

Step 2: Please email customerservice@ashevillehumane.org if you have questions or are interested in meeting a certain feline!

Step 3: Receive a response within 72 hours. Adoption counselors are working hard to make matches and will be in touch to answer your questions, and to schedule an appointment. Please be aware that limited appointment slots are available, and they will do their best to schedule your meet-and-greet as soon as possible! The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market).

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay


Adopt a Dog for Just $10 - Asheville, Through Sept. 22

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A special promotion from Asheville Humane Society:

Summer of Love: A Little Help for Our Friends
NOW  through September 22 
Open by Appointment Only

$10 adoption fees for ALL pets! 

We need a little help for our furry friends! Summer is always a busy time at Asheville Humane Society, and this year we've faced new challenges amid COVID-19. We always see more animals come through our doors in the summer months, but with limited appointment slots, it's taking longer for them to find their forever homes... And our Shelter is FULL of animals waiting to get their spot on the Adoption floor! So, to help these deserving pets meet their new families as soon as possible, adoption fees are $10 for ALL pets through the end of Summer! 

Don't let this summer go by without adding some LOVE to your life! Set up an appointment today! 

Please follow these steps to schedule your visit:

Step 1: View adoptable animals at https://ashevillehumane.org/. (Check back frequently! Animals continue to move through our system and appear on our website once they are ready for adoption.)

Step 2: Please email AHS at customerservice@ashevillehumane.org if you have questions or are interested in meeting a certain animal!

Step 3: Receive a response within 72 hours. Our adoption counselors are working hard to make matches and will be in touch to answer your questions, and to schedule an appointment. Please be aware that we have limited appointment slots available, and will do our best to schedule your meet-and-greet as soon as possible!

Thank you so much for your support! We will do our very best to help you find your forever friend!


Adopting a Dog? You Need to Ask These 20 Questions

Dog-3435827_1920If you've decided to adopt a dog, congratulations! It's a wonderful thing to do and it will be exciting for you. In the excitement, though, you want to be sure you are making a smart choice and adopting a dog that's right for you and your family. One of the biggest reasons adopted dogs are surrendered is because the adopter didn't think carefully about what kind of dog was a good fit.

That's why you should find the list of 20 questions put together by YourDogAdvisor.com to be really helpful.

Some of the questions -- with the answers -- included in this list are:

How big is the dog going to get?

Was the dog handed in or is it a stray?

Has the dog's socialization skills been assessed?

What are the dog's energy levels?

Does the dog have any specific grooming requirements?

Check out all of the 20 questions and their answers here: https://yourdogadvisor.com/questions-to-ask-when-adopting-a-dog/


$10 Adoptions - Asheville, Through Sept. 22

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A special promotion from Asheville Humane Society:

Summer of Love: A Little Help for Our Friends
NOW  through September 22 
Open by Appointment Only

$10 adoption fees for ALL pets! 

We need a little help for our furry friends! Summer is always a busy time at Asheville Humane Society, and this year we've faced new challenges amid COVID-19. We always see more animals come through our doors in the summer months, but with limited appointment slots, it's taking longer for them to find their forever homes... And our Shelter is FULL of animals waiting to get their spot on the Adoption floor! So, to help these deserving pets meet their new families as soon as possible, adoption fees are $10 for ALL pets through the end of Summer! 

Don't let this summer go by without adding some LOVE to your life! Set up an appointment today! 

Please follow these steps to schedule your visit:

Step 1: View adoptable animals at https://ashevillehumane.org/. (Check back frequently! Animals continue to move through our system and appear on our website once they are ready for adoption.)

Step 2: Please email AHS at customerservice@ashevillehumane.org if you have questions or are interested in meeting a certain animal!

Step 3: Receive a response within 72 hours. Our adoption counselors are working hard to make matches and will be in touch to answer your questions, and to schedule an appointment. Please be aware that we have limited appointment slots available, and will do our best to schedule your meet-and-greet as soon as possible!

Thank you so much for your support! We will do our very best to help you find your forever friend!


Watauga Humane Society, Boone, NC COVID Information

Screen Shot 2020-08-11 at 2.45.03 PMCurrently, Watauga Humane Society continues to be closed to the general public, however the organization is continuing to schedule fosters, adoptions, and owner surrenders by appointment. 

Watauga Humane Society’s Arko Dog Park reopened for members on May 31. The current new hours are 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. A full list of rules and restrictions can be found on the WHS website under “News” 

The Watauga Humane Society Bare Bones Boutique thrift shop has also re-opened Thursday through Saturday from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Masks must be worn while in the shop and the number of customers in the shop will be limited. 

Proceeds from dog park memberships and the thrift shop help support the shelter’s daily operations while the society’s fundraising events are paused.

Watauga Humane Society needs fosters and donations and still has animals to adopt. Check out their website at: https://wataugahumane.org/


Cashiers Highlands Humane Society COVID-19 Information

From David Stroud, Executive Director, Cashiers Highlands Humane Society:

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Our no-kill shelter remains open to the public but in consideration of the guidelines issued by national, state and local authorities, for (what we hope is a brief and yet) the foreseeable future, visits to our shelter will be by appointment only. This will allow us to serve you under the safest possible conditions. For adoptions, donations, and other community outreach programs (see below), we respectfully ask that appointments be made Tuesday-Saturday between 10am-4pm. Please call us at (828)743-5752 to make an appointment.

THE $30 FIX

As we have done for more than 4,000 pets in the past 6 years, CHHS will continue to provide low-cost spay/neuter for your pets for just $30. If that is a hardship, we will fix your pets for free. That's right. For free.

CHHS "MEALS FROM MONTY" PET PANTRY

If you are facing financial hardship and cannot afford to buy pet food, as long as donations continue (please see below) we can provide some food for your pet free of charge. We ask that your pet be spayed/neutered, and if not, we can fix your pet for free. After all, if feeding one animal is a hardship, think of how much it will cost to feed a litter of puppies or kittens!

RABIES VACCINATIONS

There are only 350 Certified Rabies Vaccinators (CRV's) in the state of North Carolina. We have 2 CRV's on staff. Only veterinarians and CRV's can give your pet a rabies vaccination and certificate required by North Carolina law. We always provide rabies vaccinations for just $10. But for now and until we get past this crisis, we will vaccinate your pet to protect against rabies for free. Yes, free.

HOW YOU CAN HELP US

There is no way to sugarcoat this. We need adoptions, we need fosters, and we urgently need donations. Please help if you can.

ADOPT

I realize these are uncertain times, but if you have been thinking of bringing a canine or feline companion into your home, what better way to self-quarantine and social distance than with a shelter pet? Please consider opening your heart and home for the unconditional love of a CHHS shelter pet.

FOSTER

If you love animals but are unable to take on the permanent commitment of lifetime adoption, then foster parenting is the perfect alternative! By temporarily fostering a CHHS shelter pet, you are actually helping us save two lives - the foster pet you are caring for, and the open space that creates in our shelter for us to save another animal in our community. CHHS provides any and all necessary medications, food, arrangements for veterinarian visits and a 24-hour hotline number for emergencies.

DONATE

The cost to care for the homeless animals in our community has skyrocketed. If you can, please consider a donation to help CHHS care for this increased influx of pets with either a financial gift or a donation of food and supplies.

For more information about any of the above, visit https://chhumanesociety.org/


$5 Adoptions - Asheville, Through August 1

StuartmilesfdpAsheville Humane Society is bursting at the seams with adoptable canines, so we've added dogs to our $5 Felines (AND FIDOS!) Adoption Promotion, running through August 1! 

Currently, our adoption process is by appointment only. Please follow these steps to schedule your visit:

Step 1: View adoptable animals on the Asheville Humane website: www.ashevillehumane.org

Step 2: Please email Asheville Humane at customerservice@ashevillehumane.org if you have questions or are interested in meeting a certain animal!

Step 3: Receive a response within 72 hours. Our adoption counselors are working hard to make matches and will be in touch to answer your questions, and to schedule an appointment. Please be aware that we have limited appointment slots available, and will do our best to schedule your meet-and-greet as soon as possible!

Although the love of a pet is priceless, all of the following are still included when you adopt! Each adoption fee includes spay/neuter, all up-to-date vaccines, behavioral training when appropriate, microchip and free 1-year registration, a free starter bag of food, and a free wellness visit with a participating veterinarian. 

To see available animals, visit www.ashevillehumane.org. The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market).

Image: Stuart Miles


Foothills Humane Society Operations During COVID-19

This information is provided as a public service from Foothills Humane Society, 989 Little Mountain Road, Columbus, NC 28722.

Screen Shot 2020-06-25 at 9.34.46 AMFoothills is currently closed to the public, but will allow adoptions and fosters by appointment only.  These appointments will be held in our spacious outdoor pavilion.  All of us here at Foothills are grateful for your ongoing support and cooperation during these difficult times. 

Temporary Business Operations until further notice

Facility closed to the public

Approved volunteers only

Veterinary services by appointment only – call (828) 863-4444, Ext. 0

Return to owner by appointment only – call (828) 863-4444, Ext. 0

Adoptions and fosters by appointment only Tuesday through Saturday – call (828) 863-4444, Ext 1, or email adopt@foothillshumanesociety.org

For  animal turn-ins, please call in advance – (828) 863-4444, Ext 0.


Brother Wolf Adds Second Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic

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Brother Wolf Animal Rescue has announced the launch of a second mobile spay/neuter clinic. According to the organization, "The coronavirus pandemic halted spay and neuter surgeries nationwide as communities were forced to suspend non-emergency veterinary services. This has resulted in a huge backlog of unaltered animals. We have a list of over 500 animals needing our services! Even before this pandemic, we couldn’t meet the need with just one clinic. This is why it’s more critical than ever to have a second mobile spay and neuter clinic serving animals in Western NC.

"A second clinic will double our capacity, enabling us to serve an average of 180 animals each week! Spaying and neutering is so critical because it saves lives by reducing pet overpopulation. This second mobile clinic will travel around Western NC, providing low-cost services to many under-resourced communities. The ripple effect of 180 alteration surgeries a week is huge for animals!"

Brother Wolf is seeking donations for their second clinic. To donate: https://secure.qgiv.com/event/clinic/

Image: Brother Wolf Animal Rescue


Beware of Puppy Mills

Rottweiler-1785760_1920Sadly, North Carolina does not currently have a law that bans puppy mills or backyard breeders. While there are certainly responsible breeders in the state, puppies offered for sale at pet stores, through classifieds, at flea markets and by neighbors could be cause for concern. Many of the animals offered for sale through such means could have been raised in horrendous conditions. They could be medically or behaviorally unfit to be adopted. That's why, for most consumers, the better choice is to adopt a dog from your local animal shelter or humane society.

Here are some facts about puppy mills you should know from The Puppy Mill Project, a nonprofit organization:

A puppy mill is a breeding operation that breeds dogs for profit, prioritizing financial gain over the health or well-being of the dogs. If a breeding operation breeds for profit and sells to pet stores or to consumers over the Internet, it is not a responsible breeding facility. While puppy mills may vary in size and conditions, any breeding operation that places profit over the health or well-being of the dogs can be accurately described as a puppy mill. We will never use the term puppy mill, commercial breeder, or puppy farm to describe a responsible, reputable breeder.

If a pet store claims it buys only from "licensed breeders," this doesn’t mean anything more than that the breeders are licensed to sell to pet stores and that they meet the USDA’s minimal standards. The USDA’s standards for care of companion animals are extremely minimal, and these standards are not adequately enforced. Pet stores will often tout that their puppies only come from the best USDA-licensed facilities, yet the conditions in USDA compliant facilities are often far below what most people would consider acceptable for companion animals.

Pet stores are the primary sales outlet for commercially-bred puppies. Pet stores are necessary to sustain and perpetuate the puppy mill industry. It is imperative to cut off the end of the supply chain to decrease the number of puppy mills. Further, pet stores are complicit in consumer fraud. Pet stores often misrepresent the true origins of their puppies and mislead consumers into believing that they are purchasing a responsibly and humanely-bred puppy. Focusing our educational and advocacy efforts on pet stores is an extremely effective way to fight puppy mills.


Sarge's in Waynesville Now Open by Appointment

Screen Shot 2020-06-16 at 4.41.36 PMSarge's Animal Rescue Foundation is resuming adoption operations. All adoptions will be done by appointment only. Available animals will all be listed on the website: https://www.sargeanimals.org/.

A completed adoption application will be required for you to interact with any of Sarge's animals. Once the application is approved, they will contact you directly to arrange the appointment.

For dog meet-and-greets, Sarge's will have a designated area for a controlled interaction that will minimize potential contact between the involved parties. At this time, all cat adoptions will be conducted at the Dog House in Waynesville.

Any updates will be posted on the website and on Sarge's social media accounts.

If you have any questions, please call 828-246-9050 or email info@sargeanimals.org


Greenville Humane Adoptions, Vaccines and Spay/Neuter by Appointment

Screen Shot 2020-05-25 at 12.59.10 PMGreenville Humane Society (Greenville, SC) is currently offering adoptions, vaccines and spay/neuter by appointment only.

Adoptions

All adoptions are performed on a first come, first interviewed basis. No appointments can be scheduled for specific animals. Please be prepared to respect the following guidelines during your appointment: (1) Only 2 people may attend your adoption appointment. (2) For your safety and the safety of employees, please wear a mask. (3) Please maintain a safe distance of 6 feet from other customers and staff. View animals and schedule an appointment here: https://www.greenvillehumane.com/adopt/

Vaccines

Vaccines and heartworm testing are available by appointment. Please be prepared to respect the following guidelines during your appointment: (1) Only 1 animal per 15-minute appointment. You may schedule back-to-back appointments for more than one animal. (2) Only 1 person per animal. (2) For your safety and the safety of employees, please wear a mask. (3) Please maintain a safe distance of 6 feet from other customers and staff. (4) Owner will be required to wait in the lobby during services. Vet tech will retrieve pet and take it to the exam room for services. Get more information or schedule an appointment here: https://www.greenvillehumane.com/vaccine-clinic/

Spay/Neuter

Spay/neuter surgery is performed by appointment by 4 licensed veterinarians and 10 highly trained assistants. Hours are Monday through Friday only with drop-off from 7:30 to 9 AM and pick-up from 4:30 to 5:30 PM. For more information including prices or to schedule an appointment, visit: https://www.greenvillehumane.com/spay-neuter/


ASPCA National Adoption Weekend - June 5 - 7

Screen Shot 2020-05-12 at 1.15.51 PMFrom June 5 through June 7, the ASPCA will be sponsoring #AdoptFromHome, a National Adoption Weekend. Animal shelters and animal rescue organizations around the country will be joining in for a major adoption event. Many shelters will be offering special promotions.

Check with your local animal shelter to see if they are participating in #AdoptFromHome, or visit https://www.aspca.org/ for further details, as well as a map showing locations of participating shelters and rescue organizations.


"Phase 2" Reopening for Asheville Humane Society

This information from Asheville Humane Society is provided as a public service.

Screen Shot 2020-06-02 at 12.15.13 PMAsheville Humane Society is implementing Phase 2 of reopening plans as of May 30, loosening restrictions in alignment with the Stay Home, Stay Safe order issued by Buncombe County and the State of North Carolina.

Current/Temporary Adoptions Procedure:  

Asheville Humane Society is conducting meet-and-greets with adoptable pets and potential adopters by appointment only. We will be scheduling appointments Tuesday - Saturday.

Please make an appointment to visit one of our available animals by calling (828) 761-2001 x312, or emailing adoptions@ashevillehumane.org. Please leave a message and a staff member will return your call. We try to return calls within one business day, but there may be delays depending on the volume of calls we receive. 

Please Note:

  • Masks are required for the safety of our adopters and staff.
  • We are unable to accept walk-ins at this time.
  • Each appointment will be one hour, and allow visitation with one animal.*If you are more than 15 minutes late for your appointment, your visit will need to be rescheduled. Appointments are scheduled back-to-back with very little buffer time, so arriving promptly at your appointment time is important for everyone.
  • Some of our animals are still in foster care. If you are interested in an animal currently in a foster home, please understand that it may take longer to coordinate an appointment. Foster families who have invested in their care also have first choice if they decide to adopt their foster pet.

Adoption appointments will still be made on a first come, first served basis. We will also continue to follow our practice of Open Adoptions, meaning each potential adopter will meet one-on-one with a trained Adoption Counselor to ensure the match is a good fit for both the animal and their new family.

AHS Thrift Store:

Thrift Store operations at 1425 Patton Avenue have resumed at full capacity, ensuring adherence to the number of people allowed to enter at one time as determined by the State/County for Phase 2. Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM. Please wear a mask if visiting the Thrift Store. 

Community Solutions - Pet Resources and Assistance:

Drive-through clinics are being held to serve our community. Other resources and services may 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.

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Important Information from Asheville Humane Society

AHS logoAsheville Humane Society has implemented Phase 1 of reopening plans, loosening restrictions in alignment with the Stay Home, Stay Safe order issued by Buncombe County and the State of North Carolina. These phases are based on the best information available, but could be altered as new information emerges.

Current/Temporary Adoptions Procedure:  

Asheville Humane Society is conducting meet-and-greets with adoptable pets and potential adopters by appointment only. We will be scheduling appointments Tuesday - Saturday.

Please make an appointment to visit one of our available animals by calling (828) 761-2001 x312, or emailing adoptions@ashevillehumane.org. Please leave a message and a staff member will return your call. We try to return calls within one business day, but there may be delays depending on the volume of calls we receive. 

Please Note:

  • Masks are required for the safety of our adopters and staff.
  • We are unable to accept walk-ins at this time.
  • Each appointment will be one hour, and allow visitation with one animal.
  • Some of our animals are still in foster care. If you are interested in an animal currently in a foster home, please understand that it may take longer to coordinate an appointment. Foster families who have invested in their care also have first choice if they decide to adopt their foster pet.

Adoption appointments will still be made on a first come, first served basis. We will also continue to follow our practice of Open Adoptions, meaning each potential adopter will meet one-on-one with a trained Adoption Counselor to ensure the match is a good fit for both the animal and their new family. Visit https://www.ashevillehumane.org/adopt to see available animals.

Thank you for your patience and ongoing support during this unprecedented time, and we look forward to helping you find your new best friend!

AHS Thrift Store:

The Thrift Store is located at 1425 Patton Avenue, Asheville. Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM. Thrift Store operations have resumed at 50% capacity within the store, while maintaining social distancing. Please wear a mask if visiting the Thrift Store.

Community Solutions - Pet Resources and Assistance:

Drive-through clinics are being held to serve our community. Other resources and services may 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.

For updated information, visit: https://www.ashevillehumane.org/covid-19-updates


Blue Ridge Humane Announces Contactless Adoption Procedures

Screen Shot 2020-05-06 at 10.10.57 AMFrom Blue Ridge Humane Society:

In order to continue to help find loving homes for pets in need Blue Ridge Humane is excited to resume adoptions with new procedures that will ensure a safe and contact-free adoption process. “Our goal is, as always, is to ensure the highest quality adoption counseling experience possible while continuing to follow CDC guidelines to protect our customers and staff.” says Executive Director Angela Prodrick.  “We feel confident that our new procedures will help us to reach both these goals as we move forward with our lifesaving work during this pandemic.”

All animals currently available for adoption will be listed on www.blueridgehumane.org/adopt. Due to current staffing and operation procedures the public may expect to see fewer available animals at this time. If an adopter is looking for a certain age or type and doesn’t see it listed (for example: looking for a kitten), they are encouraged to fill out the Animal Request Form and our staff will reach out when a match is available.

After finding an animal they are interested in, the adopter can fill out the application form and BRHS staff will be in touch to provide adoption counseling, including information about the animal, current or needed treatments, tips, and more, as well as to set up a contact-free or virtual Meet and Greet.  Cats, kittens and puppies in foster homes will only be available for a virtual Meet and Greets. Adult dogs will have a contactless Meet and Greet on site at the Adoption Center in Edneyville by appointment only.

Adoptions will be finalized digitally as well before pick-up is arranged. All adopters will be required to pay adoption fees with debit or credit only.  Adoption Delivery may be available for Henderson County residents only if an adoption is confirmed and the animal is currently housed as the Adoption Center (not in foster care).

Note: Potential adopters will be asked not to come to the Adoption Center if they have experienced any coronavirus symptoms and will be asked to adhere to best hygiene practices. We are not accepting walk-up adoptions or visits at this time due to the safety precautions we are taking in response to COVID-19. All staff at the Adoption Center will practice social distancing, hand hygiene and will wear a mask. Potential adopters are encouraged to do the same.

Review the entire procedure below and reach out to help@blueridgehumane.org with questions!

Digital and Contactless Adoption Procedure:

  1. Check out the available animals online and find that special one!
  2. Fill out the online application.
  3. Our staff will reach out soon during our current regular business hours of 8am-5pm, Tuesday-Sunday to provide adoption counseling and information about the animal, as well more details about our current adoption procedure.
  4. A Meet and Greet may be scheduled for you virtually or contact-free at our Adoption Center (these are only by appointment and following application and adoption counseling). Cats, kittens and puppies in foster will only be available for a virtual Meet and Greets. Adult dogs will have a contactless Meet and Greet on site by appointment.
    Note: Potential adopters will be asked not to come to the Adoption Center if they have experienced any coronavirus symptoms and will be asked to adhere to best hygiene practices. We are not accepting walk-up adoptions or visits at this time due to the safety precautions we are taking in response to COVID-19. All staff at the adoption center will practice social distancing, hand hygiene and will wear a mask. Potential adopters are encouraged to do the same.
  5. Pickup will be arranged and all details shared for a contactless encounter.
  6. Adoption Delivery may be available for Henderson County Residents only if an adoption is confirmed and the animal is currently housed as the Adoption Center (not in foster care).
  7. All adoptions will be processed with credit or debit only.
  8. Have questions? Send us a message or email help@blueridgehumane.org!

Information for Buncombe County Pet Owners

Screen Shot 2020-03-31 at 3.17.53 PMThis information is reprinted from AshevilleHumane.org 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?

Adoptions:  

Wishing to adopt? Please view all available animals on the website. If you see an animal you are interested in, please email us at adoptions@ashevillehumane.org 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 pawboost.com. 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 pawboost.com. 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. 

Appointment-Only Adoptions for $10

Screen Shot 2020-03-19 at 2.41.17 PMFROM ASHEVILLE HUMANE SOCIETY

*Appointment-Only Adoptions until further notice*

*Adoption fees for all pets will be $10 until further notice!*

To help our community stay healthy and safe, Asheville Humane Society is implementing a new, temporary adoptions procedure. Starting on Thursday, March 19, our Adoption Center will be conducting meet-and-greets with adoptable pets and potential adopters by appointment only. We will be scheduling appointments during our regular business hours: Tuesday, 10am-7pm and Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm.

*Please note: for safety reasons, we are unable to accept walk-ins at this time.*

Please make an appointment to visit one of our available animals by calling (828) 761-2001 x312, or emailing adoptions@ashevillehumane.org. Please leave a message and you will receive a response within one business day.

Adoption appointments will still be made on a first come, first served basis. We will also continue to follow our practice of Open Adoptions, meaning each potential adopter will meet one-on-one with a trained Adoption Counselor to ensure the match is a good fit for both the animal and their new family.

We thank you for your patience and ongoing support during this unprecedented time, and we look forward to helping you find your new best friend! 


$10 Adoptions by Appointment Only at Asheville Humane Effective March 19

Screen Shot 2020-03-19 at 2.41.17 PMFROM ASHEVILLE HUMANE SOCIETY

*Appointment-Only Adoptions Starting March 19*

*Adoption fees for all pets will be $10 until further notice!*

To help our community stay healthy and safe, Asheville Humane Society is implementing a new, temporary adoptions procedure. Starting on Thursday, March 19, our Adoption Center will be conducting meet-and-greets with adoptable pets and potential adopters by appointment only. We will be scheduling appointments during our regular business hours: Tuesday, 10am-7pm and Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm.

*Please note: for safety reasons, we are unable to accept walk-ins at this time.*

Please make an appointment to visit one of our available animals by calling (828) 761-2001 x312, or emailing adoptions@ashevillehumane.org. Please leave a message and you will receive a response within one business day.

Adoption appointments will still be made on a first come, first served basis. We will also continue to follow our practice of Open Adoptions, meaning each potential adopter will meet one-on-one with a trained Adoption Counselor to ensure the match is a good fit for both the animal and their new family.

We thank you for your patience and ongoing support during this unprecedented time, and we look forward to helping you find your new best friend!