The Buncombe County Animal Shelter is located next door to Asheville Humane Society's Adoption and Education Center at 16 Forever Friend Lane and serves as a point of entry for all found strays or animals surrendered by their owners

Stray animals are held at the Buncombe County Animal Shelter for the minimum statutory holding period of 72 hours while Shelter staff investigate to find possible owners and reunite lost animals with their worried families. During this time Asheville Humane Society staff provide compassionate care to help the lost animals be as comfortable as possible while they wait for their families to find them. For many stray animals their families are not found and ownership by Asheville Humane Society is assumed legally after the minimum 72 hour holding period. We then place them up for adoption and help them find a new home. Owner surrendered animals are evaluated shortly after arrival for medical and temperament soundness.

Animals who can safely and humanely be placed into homes are quickly made available for adoption and come to the Asheville Humane Society's Adoption Center on campus or to an adoption placement partner. Adoption placement partners include breed placement groups, specialty groups locally and in other parts of the country with less of a companion animal homelessness problem.