Q: What is the difference between the Asheville Humane Society and Buncombe County Animal Shelter?
A: In September 2010, Asheville Humane Society, in partnership with Buncombe County, opened the Animal Care Campus. The campus comprises two facilities: Asheville Humane Society Adoption and Education Center (red building) and the Buncombe County Animal Shelter (gray building). Asheville Humane Society is a nonprofit that owns and operates the Adoption and Education Center at 14 Forever Friend Lane. Buncombe County Animal Shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane is owned by the County and operated by Asheville Humane Society. For adoptions, visit Asheville Humane Society. For lost and found pets, visit Buncombe County Animal Shelter. If you are considering surrendering your pet please click here.
Q: Are you a no-kill organization?
A: While the phrase “no-kill” can stir many emotions in people, it can also be very confusing and misunderstood. Ultimately, much of the confusion about “no-kill” stems from the fact that there is no universally accepted definition of the term. One organization’s idea of no-kill can vary widely from another’s. Therefore, it is important to look into the issues surrounding the idea of “no-kill” in order to understand the ways in which organizations help animals. Asheville Humane Society operates Buncombe County Animal Shelter and uses every available resource to help all animals who come to the shelter. We provide rehabilitation for those animals who may need some extra care and attention before they are available for adoption at Asheville Humane Society's Adoption and Education Center or with a partner organization. We place all animals who can humanely and safely be adopted into loving homes. And we only euthanize animals who are so sick or behaviorally damaged that it would be inhumane or unsafe to place them into a home. We never euthanize for space and once an animal is made available for adoption at Asheville Humane Society's Adoption and Education Center, they stay in our care until they find a home. For some pets it's a matter of days until they find their family and others are with us for months. They all are provided the same care and love from our dedicated staff.
Q: What is the process to adopt an animal?
A: Come to Asheville Humane Society's Adoption and Education Center. Take a look around and let us know if you see a pet you'd like to visit with. Our professional Adoption Counselors provide one-on-on counseling to help you select a pet that meets your expectations and lifestyle. After you find your perfect match, it's a matter of some paperwork and you'll soon be headed home with your new forever friend!
Q: How much does it cost to adopt an animal?
A: Adoption fees vary and are all listed on the website under a pet's profile. If you can't find an adoption fee, please email adoptions[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org. All dogs and cats have received a medical exam, been spayed/neutered, microchipped and given all up-to-date vaccines. They all come with 30 days of complimentary pet health insurance, a free starter bag of food and a free veterinary wellness visit.
Q: Can I bring my dog or cat to meet an animal I wish to adopt?
A: We encourage you to bring your entire human family or housemates when you adopt to ensure everyone is excited about the new addition to your home. You may also bring your dogs for meet and greets in the yard to ensure they also like their new furry friend. Please keep all other pets at home. Our adoption counselors will provide all of the information we have about a pet's history in hopes that you find the perfect match!
Q: Is _____ still available for adoption?
A: Our website is updated in real-time. That means the moment an animal comes to our Adoption Center they appear on our website. The moment they are adopted, they are removed from our website. We don't hold pets, so if you see a cutie you are interested in, come on over to meet them!