Adoption Fees Waived Through Oct. 23 - Asheville

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Now through Saturday, October 23rd all adoption fees are waived at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center, thanks to a generous grant from ASPCA and Subaru of America, Inc. 
Prestige Subaru is also donating $100 every day this month toward shelter pet adoptions!
Asheville Humane Society and Prestige Subaru hope you will join this lifesaving effort and help find every pet a forever home. #SubaruLovesPets

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 The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM. The dog and cat rooms are closed daily for naptime from 1 to 2 PM, giving animals a much-needed break. The lobby remains open where you can speak with staff, enjoy refreshments, read or watch videos!

Paw Pride Market - Landrum, SC, Sept. 25

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The "Paw Pride Market" will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 12 to 5 PM in Landrum, SC (down Trade Street from the Train Depot to The Hare and Hound). Presented by P3 Consignments, this free event will feature adoptable animals from three local rescues:

  • Paws, Prayers and Promises
  • Foothills Humane Society
  • Pet Tender Angels

The event will include live music, local food trucks and vendors.

$5 Adoption Fees - Blue Ridge Humane Society

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Right now at Blue Ridge Humane Society, all dogs and cats can be adopted for just $5 each!

In addition to the low fee, Blue Ridge Humane Society always offers pet owner support and follow-ups from staff, an adjustment plan to get to know your new pet and help them settle in, up-to-date vaccinations, microchip and spay/neuter.

Meet the available animals and schedule your meet and greet at:

$10 Adoption Fees Through August 15, Columbus, NC

Screen Shot 2021-08-02 at 2.06.54 PMThis information is from Foothills Humane Society in Columbus, NC:

Now through August 15th, adoption fees for ALL animals is only $10!

We are FULL and we need YOUR HELP! For the past few weeks, our kennels have been filling up and we are now at critical capacity. We are bursting at the seams with furry friends. At present, we have over 120 cats and 60 dogs in our care. Our kennels are full and so are our foster homes. A full shelter is extremely taxing on our staff, volunteers, and resources; but the ones who suffer the most are the animals. We need your help to get these animals into fantastic forever homes now more than ever!

Adopt a new 4-legged family member. Who doesn’t need more unconditional love in their life!? You can quickly fill out the adoption form online here:

Foothills Humane Society | 828-863-4444 | 989 Little Mountain Rd. Columbus, NC 28722 |

Image: Foothills Humane Society

Low Cost Spay/Neuter - Columbus, NC

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With the assistance of Polk County Government, Foothills Humane Society has a limited number of low-cost spay & neuter vouchers to assist pet owners in Polk County. These vouchers are only for those in need of financial assistance to get their pet spayed or neutered. Vouchers are free for Polk County residents on government assistance or limited income. A free rabies vaccine and microchip is included with each spay or neuter.
Dog spay: $70
Dog neuter: $60
Cat spay: $55
Cat neuter: $35
Help fight overpopulation in shelters by spaying and neutering your pets. Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Shelters across the country are currently facing an overcrowding crisis, making spaying and neutering more important than ever. Spaying and neutering has many health benefits and decreases roaming behavior. Receive your spay/neuter voucher at Foothills Humane Society Monday-Saturday from 11am-5pm and Tuesdays until 6pm. No appointment necessary. For more information, contact Foothills Humane Society at 828-863-4444 ext. 1 or

No Fee Adoptions Through July 17 - Asheville

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To make much-needed space and find loving homes for the animals in their care, Asheville Humane Society is offering fee-waived adoptions to approved adopters for all cats, dogs, and small pets, NOW through Saturday, July 17! If you can't adopt, please spread the word!
Each adoption includes spay/neuter, all up-to-date vaccines, initial flea/heartworm preventive, microchip, and a free starter bag of food. The adoption process remains the same during promotions, and all potential adopters will meet one-on-one with trained adoption counselors to ensure the best matches for pets  and their new families!

$5 Adoptions - Asheville, June 10 - 12, Plus Original Pet Paintings!

Pick Your Picasso at Asheville Humane!

Screen Shot 2021-06-09 at 2.18.15 PMCome meet the "adoptable artists" and purchase a painting that one of them has created! The pets at Asheville Humane have been getting crafty, and they can't wait for you to see their masterpieces! 

This Thursday through Saturday, June 10 through 12, Asheville Humane hosts an art show and adoption special. With a donation of your choice, you can take home a one-of-a-kind pet painting, and for a $5 adoption fee, you can take home the furry artist too!

Adoption fees are just $5 for every animal 6 months and older from June 10 through 12.

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 The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM. The dog and cat rooms are closed daily for naptime from 1 to 2 PM, giving animals a much-needed break.

Foothills Humane Society, Columbus, NC Opens New Building

Screen Shot 2021-05-11 at 4.35.16 PMFoothills Humane Society opened its "New Digs for Dogs" building this month. The new 4,000 square foot building has 28 kennels split into 3 different sections. There is even a puppy section complete with its own HVAC system allowing for segregation of mothers and puppies from other adult dogs. Each kennel has epoxy walls and floors for easy sanitation, which ultimately reduces the risk of disease in the shelter dogs. Large windows provide natural lighting that reduces stress and allows for great views of the outdoors. There is access to covered outdoor runs for the dogs that allows them to spend time playing outside in all weather conditions. The building also has a veterinary exam room, laundry room, food storage room, and dog shower. New Digs for Dogs was funded by a matching grant by the Polk County Community Foundation.

Foothills Humane Society is currently doing adoptions and fostering by appointment only Monday through Saturday. Visit their website for more information:

$5 Adoption Fees - Asheville, May 5 - 15

Screen Shot 2021-05-04 at 2.32.30 PM$5 Adoption Fees for ALL Dogs & Cats!

Wednesday, May 5 - Saturday, May 15

Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 AM - 6 PM 

(Animals rooms are closed for naptime from 1-2 PM daily) 

BISSELL Pet Foundation is aiming to Empty the Shelters during a national effort on May 5 through 8 by sponsoring reduced adoption fees at 200 participating shelters and rescues in 36 states, including Asheville Humane Society! $5 adoption fees EXTENDED through May 15!

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 The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market).

Stop by the Adoption Center from May 5 through 15 and find the love of your life for just $5!

Assistance for Dog Owners in Madison County

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This information is provided as a public service from FOMCA (Friends of Madison County Animals):

Pet Pantry

Pet food is available to families in financial crisis who are having difficulty feeding their cats and dogs. Pantry hours are any time during normal business hours, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, Monday & Wednesday; 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Tuesday & Thursday.  We partner with Manna Food Bank in Asheville, NC who supply us with most of our pet food to be donated.  We also welcome food donations from individuals and other companies.  Ingles has donated dog and cat food to our cause as well. 

Low Cost Spay/Neuter

Every other Wednesday is an opportunity for residents of Madison County to get low cost spay/neutering for their cats and dogs. Call  828-649-9798 for an appointment, and plan to spend fifteen minutes going through a registration process over the phone.

Call during office hours (Monday and Wednesday 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM; Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM; Closed Friday) for more information or to register your cat or dog.

Educational Programs

FOMCA has been a part of the “Read to Me Program” with our canine friends in the libraries and schools - but also have been teaching Humane Education in the Elementary Schools, the High School and now the Middle School in Madison County since 2012. We partner with our canine good citizen dog and teach the students all about how to be kind and respect their 4 legged friends.  A big thank you to Dr. Ronald Wilcox, Superintendent of Madison County Schools and Frances Ramsey, retired teacher for all your help!  We want to thank the Madison County Schools  for their warm welcome and look forward to adding to our curriculum and having guest teachers as well.  If you are interested in becoming part of our Humane Education teams please contact our office 828-649-9798.

"New Leash on Life" Pairs Dogs and Inmates

Screen Shot 2021-02-08 at 4.14.45 PMHere's a novel program in our area you may not know about. The "New Leash on Life" program is a collaboration between Mountain Pet Rescue Asheville, Jenny White of Dog-Ed, an Asheville-based certified dog trainer, and Craggy Correctional Center, a medium security prison for men. Four dogs are placed with eight inmate trainers at Craggy for a period of eight to twelve weeks. During the training time, dogs are taught basic obedience, house training, and socialization through positive reinforcement training and repetition. Dogs are taught to walk off and on leash and to respond to basic commands. At the end of the training period, Mountain Pet Rescue Asheville reviews applications for the dogs and places them in good homes.

Volunteers from Mountain Pet Rescue Asheville also participate in Pups on PAWrole. A weekly group outing provides the dogs with a break from the prison environment and exposes them to new places and experiences. For one to two hours, basic skills are reinforced through a walk in a park. Encounters with other walkers gives MPRA the opportunity to share information on the New leash on Life Program.

To learn more about Mountain Pet Rescue Asheville, visit

Asheville Humane/Brother Wolf Offer Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

SpayneuterThanks to a spay/neuter grant received by Asheville Humane Society from Bissell Pets Foundation, low-cost spay/neuter will be more widely available to Buncombe County residents during these difficult times. To help meet the demand for low-cost spay/neuter in the community, Asheville Humane Society is partnering with Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, whose mobile spay/neuter clinic visits the Community Center on Wednesdays to give more people and their pets access to these services. The Community Center is located at 1425 Patton Avenue, behind the Asheville Humane Thrift Store. Call the Asheville Humane Safety Net helpline at 828-761-2008 for more information. 

$5 Adoption Fees - Asheville Through Feb. 13

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It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and Lady Whiskerdown says the true scandal of the season is that Asheville Humane has SO many yet-unmatched pets still waiting for suitors! Eligible dogs and cats are waiting to find true love, and they won't settle for anything less! If you can't adopt, please whisper this exquisite bit of gossip to all your friends. 

Adoption fees are just $5 for all dogs and cats, age 6 months and up, now through Saturday, Feb. 13.

If you promise to love them forever, they will return the favor with plenty of promenades in the park and snuggles on your elegant settee. You won’t find a better companion to join you on the loveseat for the next must-see Netflix series. Come meet your perfect match at Asheville Humane!

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 The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM. The dog and cat rooms are closed daily for naptime from 1 to 2 PM, giving animals a much-needed break.

How Cashiers Highlands Humane Society Can Help You

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If you live in the Cashiers/Highlands area, the local humane society can assist you during this pandemic. Here's how:

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.


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.


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!


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.

For more information visit:

Beware of Online Puppy Scams

Carolina Mountain Dog is reprinting this important information from the ASPCA:

Rottweiler-1785760_1920Many families who spent much of the year in their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic turned to the Internet to look for a pet. Unfortunately, more people looking for pets online means more people looking to profit. In 2020, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) has reported a record-high number of scams related to online puppy purchases. 

According to the BBB, the number of pet scams reported in 2020 will be more than double the number reported last year, and five times higher than in 2017 with families reporting that they paid for dogs they never received—and maybe never existed. These scams resulted in families losing over $3 million.  

But falling for a scam isn’t the only risk to buying a puppy online. Puppy purchasers have also reported receiving different puppies from the ones they “ordered,” sick puppies or a seller that disappears once the dog is shipped. 

And even if your mail-ordered pup is as cute and healthy as you hoped, there are real risks you may not have considered to buying a dog over the Internet—ones that harm dogs. Online, every seller markets themselves as a responsible, caring breeder of high-quality pups but the thousands of dollars sent to a far-away seller may actually be helping keep a puppy mill in business.

Cruel breeders use deceptive photos and slick websites to fool families. They exploit weak laws that allow them to keep dogs in conditions no one who loves dogs would accept. They use their profits not to provide better care for dogs, but to breed and sell more puppies.  

No animal lover wants to support cruelty. If you’re looking to add a dog to your family, please consider adoption and work with a reputable local shelter or rescue, or visit a responsible breeder


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$19.50 Adoption Fees - Hendersonville Through Nov. 19

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Blue Ridge Humane Society is celebrating its 70th year this month and they only have one birthday wish -- to get more animals adopted. Adoption fees have been discounted to $19.50 (in honor of their founding year) through November 19 so you can help them get their birthday wish!! 
To see available animals and fill out the adoption application visit
An Adoption Counselor will be in touch with more information about the animal and the next steps!
Plus... 70% Off at the Blue Ridge Society Thrift Store on Nov. 19!
Shop the Thrift Store on Thursday, November 19 and save 70% off items above $1.00 in celebration of 70 years of Blue Ridge Humane Society! If you've never visited the Thrift Store, it's got everything from housewares to clothing, boutique items to antiques, furniture to pet supplies! Each purchase directly funds the society's lifesaving work so by shopping, you are saving lives. Visit the Thrift Store at 1214 Greenville Highway in Hendersonville.

Buncombe County COVID-19 Pet Information

Screen Shot 2020-10-21 at 11.45.30 AMThe following information is provided as a public service from Asheville Humane Society:

Pet Resources for Buncombe County Residents Affected by COVID-19
In order to help pet owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic keep their beloved pets, Asheville Humane Society is providing pet supplies for Buncombe County families experiencing financial hardship due to job loss or other effects of the current crisis. Pet owners in need of assistance can leave a message on Asheville Humane Society’s Safety Net Helpline at (828) 761-2008 to request resources and get more information about the services that are currently available.

Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center Now Open for Adoptions

In an effort to better serve the animals in our care, while keeping the safety of our staff and visitors a priority, we are discontinuing adoption appointments and reopening our Adoption Center to a limited number of walk-ins at a time to meet animals for adoption.

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, 10am - 6pm, with animal naptime each day from 1-2pm.

Please Note:

  • Masks are required for the safety of our adopters and staff.
  • When you arrive at the Adoption Center, a temperature reading will be taken with a contactless thermometer for you and anyone in your party. If reading is 100.4 or above, we ask that you please return home. 

Adoptions will still happen 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.

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

To view available animals, visit

Asheville Humane Society Thrift Store Open for Regular Hours

Thrift Store operations 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. Please wear a mask if visiting the Thrift Store.

The Thrift Store is located in our Community Center at 1425 Patton Avenue. Please consider shopping for a good cause or donating your unwanted items to help animals in need! Thrift Store Hours - To Shop: Mon. - Sat., 10am - 6pm, To Donate Items: Tues. - Sat., 10am - 5pm.

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.



November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month

Old-dog-3303296_1920November is "Adopt a Senior Pet" Month... and senior dogs are the best! Here's why, according to the ASPCA:

"While small kittens and puppies may be adorable, older pets are just as loving and loyal as their younger counterparts. Not to mention, adopting a senior animal companion comes with some cool advantages:

  • Grown-up pets don’t require the constant monitoring and training that puppies and kittens do.
  • Many are already housetrained.
  • Since senior pets are fully grown, you’ll be immediately aware of important information like personality type and grooming requirements, making it easier to choose the perfect pet for your family."

Now's the time to adopt a senior dog. Check out your local shelter or rescue organization.

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Asheville Humane Society Adoptions - Fee Waived Oct. 24 Through Oct. 30

Screen Shot 2020-10-23 at 4.02.09 PMJoin Asheville Humane Society for a special Subaru Loves Pets fee-waived adoption event starting Saturday, October 24 through Friday, October 30! Our friends at Prestige Subaru love pets so much that they are also donating $100 each day this month toward shelter pet adoptions!

All dogs and cats age 6 months and up are available with no adoption fee through October 30! 

Stop by Asheville Humane Society's Adoption Center at 14 Forever Friend Lane to find priceless love! Please note that the Adoption Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM; however, there is limited admittance. Please review restrictions before arriving, detailed here:

This event is made possible by the ASPCA and Subaru of America Grant Program.

Watauga Humane Society Virtual Adoption Event, Oct. 16-18

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If you’ve been thinking about a four-legged hiking partner or a furry running buddy, then don’t miss the “Outward Hounds” virtual adoption event October 16-18

The Watauga Humane Society (WHS, Boone, NC), Modern Subaru, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) are joining forces to help you find the perfect  “Outward Hounds” to join you on all your outdoor adventures.

“Many of the dogs that come to us are larger and very energetic,” said Ashlee Yepez, WHS Director of Operations “They make great hiking, camping, boating buddies and we call them our “Outward Hounds.” This partnership with Subaru is just a natural fit for helping them find the best people for them.”

October is “Adopt-a-Dog” month and WHS has a target of helping 15 dogs find their forever home during this three day virtual adoption event.

The first 15 dogs that get adopted during the event will receive a reduced adoption fee, a harness and car restraint strap, and an ID chip and name tag. All dogs adopted during the event will be eligible to win several prizes including no adoption fee, a year’s membership to the WHS Dog Park, and goodie bags full of gifts for the dog and their people.

To see animals available for adoption and learn more about the event, visit

Image: Watauga Humane Society