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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

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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

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*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

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*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! 


$9.99 Dog Adoptions - Asheville, March 13, 14

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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). It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM (Tuesdays until 7 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!


$5 Adoption Fees - Asheville, Through Feb. 29

Screen Shot 2020-02-26 at 4.09.03 PMAll animals over 6 months old are just $5 through Saturday, February 29 at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center!

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). It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM (Tuesdays until 7 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!


Happy World Spay Day!

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Tuesday, February 25
is World Spay Day.  Created by the Doris Day Animal League in 1995 as Spay Day USA, World Spay Day has been recognized by nearly 70 countries, shining a spotlight on the power of affordable, accessible spay/neuter to save the lives of companion animals, community (feral and stray) cats and street dogs who might otherwise be put down in shelters or killed on the street.

Please make sure your dog and every pet you know is spayed or neutered. Right here in the Asheville area is one of the nation's leading spay/neuter clinics which offers affordable spay/neuter: ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance. Here are all of the great reasons you should spay or neuter your pet from the Humane Society of the United States:

https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/why-you-should-spayneuter-your-pet

 


The H.E.A.R.T. of Cashiers-Highlands

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The H.E.A.R.T. of North Carolina (Humane/Emergency/Adoption/Rescue/Transport) is a service of the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society.

The 27-animal capacity mobile medical/rescue vehicle allows the humane society to provide low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and vaccination clinics, increase adoptions at off-site events, rescue animals from puppy mills and hoarding cases, and assist first responders with transport and safe refuge for animals in times of natural disasters. With the H.E.A.R.T. of North Carolina, Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society has been designated as an official Emergency Placement Partner by the Humane Society of the United States.

For more information about H.E.A.R.T. services, visit https://www.chhumanesociety.org/heart-of-nc


$5 Adoptions through Feb. 29!

Screen Shot 2020-02-12 at 5.14.32 PMNow is a great time to adopt from Asheville Humane Society, with $5 adoption fees for pets over 6 months old through February 29!

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). It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM (Tuesdays until 7 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!


$10 Adoptions - Asheville, Through Jan. 25

StuartmilesfdpALL animals 6 months and older are available for adoption through Saturday, January 25 for a $10 adoption fee at Asheville Humane Society!

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). It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM (Tuesdays until 7 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!

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$10 Dog Adoptions - Asheville, Through Jan. 18

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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). It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM (Tuesdays until 7 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!


Adopt Now for Just $5!

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Here's a gift that makes a life worth living!

For the rest of December, adoption fees at Asheville Humane Society will be just $5 for all forever friends age 6 months and up! These precious pets don't want a lot... just a special place to call home by your side! Make their wish come true this month.

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). It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM (Tuesdays until 7 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!


$5 Adoption Fees - Asheville, through December

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Here's a gift that makes a life worth living!

For the rest of December, adoption fees at Asheville Humane Society will be just $5 for all forever friends age 6 months and up! These precious pets don't want a lot... just a special place to call home by your side! Make their wish come true this month.

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). It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM (Tuesdays until 7 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!


Nationally Acclaimed Spay/Neuter Clinic in Asheville

SpayneuterDid you know the ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance, a nationally acclaimed spay/neuter clinic, is in Asheville? This is one of the best places in the Carolina mountains to inexpensively spay or neuter your pet.

ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance offers high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter services to the communities of Western North Carolina at their state-of-the-art stationary clinic in Asheville, North Carolina. A transport service is available through partnerships with local shelters and rescue organizations in 18 surrounding counties.

For more information or to book an appointment, call (828) 252-2079 or to book an appointment online, visit:
https://www.aspca.org/animal-protection/spayneuter-services/aspca-spay-neuter-alliance#tab-1

Surgical Fees

There is no additional cost for pregnant, in-heat, or cryptorchid animals, or community cat ear tips.

Female dog $65
Male dog $65
Female cat $50
Male cat $35
Microchip $15
Umbilical hernia repair $15
Nail trim $5

Cash, credit cards, or checks accepted. Financial assistance may be available. Please call for details.

Vaccine Fees

Administered only with surgery.

Required Vaccines

Rabies (if not up-to-date) $15

Optional Canine Vaccines

DA2LPPv (distemper/parvo) $15
Bordetella (kennel cough) $15

Optional Feline Vaccines

FVRCP (distemper/upper respiratory) $15

 


Senior Animals for $7 through November!

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November is National Adopt A Senior Pet Month and the seniors at Asheville Humane Society are hoping their age is nothing but a number to you! Starting Tuesday, November 19 until the end of this month, all animals 7 years old and up have $7 adoption fees! Senior pets have so much love left to give... they just need a loving home to live out their golden years. 

Stop by Asheville Humane Society to meet all of their senior sweethearts, and give one of their grey-muzzled dogs or silver-whiskered cats a second chance!

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). It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM (Tuesdays until 7 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!


$5 Adoption Fees - Asheville, Nov. 5 - Nov. 9

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In honor of Election Day, adoption fees for all animals age 6 months and up will be $5 all week long at Asheville Humane Society! Whatever your "paw-litical" affiliation, get to the AHS polls and adopt early!

Asheville Humane Society's adoptable animals will always keep their promise of delivering priceless love to their people!

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 meet all of the canine and feline candidates, 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). It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM (Tuesdays until 7 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!

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Show You Appreciate Your Local Animal Shelter This Week!

Abstract-1751204_1280This week (November 3 - 10) is National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week. As a dog lover in the Carolina mountains, you are probably already familiar with your local animal shelter or rescue organization. This is the week to show the folks who work there and the animals they serve some love!

Here are ten ways to show your appreciation for your local animal shelter, provided by Rebecca Simmons of the Humane Society of the United States and appearing on Petfinder.com:

  1. Adopt a Best Friend. Animals make great companions, but having a pet is a big responsibility and it involves a lifelong commitment. Find out if you have what it takes to provide a safe and loving home and learn more about adopting from your local animal shelter. When you’re ready to adopt go to https://www.petfinder.com to find pets in your area.
  2. Take a Tour. Never been inside an animal shelter? Take an hour or two out of your day to stop by your local shelter during public hours and see firsthand how things work. If you’d like to become more involved, find out how you can become a volunteer.
  3. Keep on Giving. Many animal shelters struggle financially so every penny helps. Donating to your local shelter is as simple as writing a check and dropping it in the mail or picking up an item on the shelter’s wish list during your next shopping trip.
  4. Connect with Kids. Help children learn about the importance of being kind to animals. Find out how easy it is to educate—whether it’s an entire classroom or a single child.
  5. Be Committed. Providing quality food, water and shelter is important, but it’s not the only thing involved in being a responsible and caring pet guardian. It’s also essential that your pet has current identification tags and is properly confined or supervised while outdoors. Keep your pet healthy and up-to-date on all vaccinations by visiting the veterinarian regularly and give your pet lots of love and attention.
  6. Expect the Unexpected. Local shelters are most often on the front lines during natural disasters such as hurricanes. Would you know what to do in the event of a flood, tornado or fire? Learn how to help animals in your community, including your own pet, whether it’s a disaster, an emergency or an accident.
  7. Stay Alert. Your local animal shelter and animal control agency not only take in homeless animals, but also rescue injured, abused or neglected critters. Assist them by helping injured animals in your neighborhood, and letting them know if you suspect animal cruelty in your community.
  8. Spread the Word. Does the community that your local shelter serves understand and appreciate the shelter’s dedication to animals? Tell your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors about the importance of supporting animal shelters and their staff.
  9. Do Your Part. Spaying or neutering your pet is one of the most important things you can do to reduce the number of homeless pets in your community. Your local animal shelter can help you learn more about why spaying/neutering is important and how you can find affordable options.
  10. Two Simple Words. The words “thank you” are powerful. But since animals can’t speak, it’s up to community members to let shelter workers know just how much their commitment to animals is appreciated. Send a letter, card or e-mail to your local shelter and let them know you care.

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