Donation Programs

We offer multiple donor programs for all animal lovers

We rescue, reunite, rehabilitate, and re-home more than 4,500 animals each year. We rely on donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations to save lives. There are several ways to contribute to our lifesaving efforts. 

Hungry Hearts

With thousands of mouths to feed each year, it costs almost $54,000 to feed the animals who need us. Being in any shelter can sometimes be confusing to a dog or cat, so keeping them healthy, mentally stimulated and weight-appropriate is a top priority while they are in our care. The animals need a nutritious, consistent diet and special needs animals require supplemental nutrition to booster their immune system. Biscuits, peanut butter-stuffed toys and chewies also make their time with us more enriching. Make a donation today by clicking here toward our Hungry Hearts feeding program and know that your donation is directly feeding an animal who needs you.

Leadership Circle

If saving lives of homeless animals is a top priority for you, consider taking a lead in your own community by joining the Asheville Humane Society Leadership Circle - our major gifts program. By joining, members become part of an inner circle of donors who have a voice in how their donation is spent on the animals. Annually, members vote among three life-saving programs, chosen by Asheville Humane Society leadership, that are critical to placing healthy, adoptable animals. Each Leadership Circle member makes a tax-deductible gift of $1,200 per year with a minimum one year commitment (payment can be made lump sum or by monthly payment of $100). Members are also routinely invited to special parties and cultivation events, receive educational and behind the scenes invitations, and share their pride of giving with other like-minded animal loving members. To accept our invitation to be a leader in saving lives, please contact our Vice President of Development and Community Programs, Eileen Bouressa, at or by phone at 828.776.5460.

Humane Hero Monthly Giving Program

Please become a Humane Hero by joining our monthly giving program! Monthly giving is an easy way to help Asheville Humane Society do even more to save lives and help animals all year long. Your contribution will be automatically charged to your credit card at the same time each month until you cancel. A minimum $10 monthly contribution is required for participation in this life-saving program. Becoming a Humane Hero is as easy as calling (828) 761-2001 x 310 or by donating securely online by clicking here (but don’t forget to select “monthly” under the frequency tab to ensure your recurring gift). The animals thank you for being their hero!

The Lily-Grace Fund

The Lily-Grace Fund, established in 2008, enables us to provide life-saving medical care to injured or sick dogs and cats who arrive at the shelter; these animals would otherwise require euthanasia without the medical treatment necessary to rehabilitate them. Once rehabilitated, these special pets can be adopted into a loving, new home. Your gift gives them a second chance. Call (828) 761-2001 x 310 or click here to make your secure, online donation.

Memorial Gift

Make a gift in memory of a special person or pet who has made a difference in your life. Your gift will be acknowledged in our newsletter and a letter will be sent to your designee. Call (828) 761-2001 x 310 or click here to make your secure, online donation.

Tribute Gifts

Rather than buying a gift, make a donation to the animals to acknowledge a beloved person, anniversary, birthday or any special occasion. The honoree will receive a letter acknowledging your kindness and you will feel good knowing you’ve helped homeless animals. Call (828) 761-2001 x 310 or click here to make your secure, online donation.

Become A Business Sponsor

Asheville Humane Society is fortunate to have the support of dedicated individual donors and volunteers. In addition, we depend on the generosity of local business sponsors, as well as regional and national business supporters, to fulfill our mission of caring for the homeless animals of Buncombe County and helping us place as many as possible for adoption.

Our business sponsors help us in so many ways. They donate goods, services and money, hold and sponsor fundraisers on our behalf, encourage their employees to support us, and promote our cause to their customers.

Please join us in recognizing and acknowledging our business sponsors. All of them are essential in helping us save more lives. We encourage you to patronize these businesses and be sure to tell them how much you appreciate their support of Asheville Humane Society.

If you are interested in becoming one of our business sponsors, please review the information here.

Commemorative Bricks and Tiles

Bricks and Tiles Pay Tribute And Pave The Way To Saving Lives...Now and Fur-Ever

Is someone's birthday around the corner? Stumped by what gift to give to honor an anniversary? No matter the occasion, it's always a great time to contribute something personal and permanent to our Adoption and Education Center -- by purchasing a full-color tile with a pet's picture, or an engraved brick with a pet's or honoree’s name. And when you do, your love for the animals and your help in ensuring a future for the least fortunate of them will be written on our walls and walks, and in our hearts, NOW AND FUR-EVER.

Tile Information

Tiles imprinted with a beloved pet’s color photo and name are permanently installed on the interior walls of our Adoption and Education Center, and serve as an ever-lasting tribute to the love and bond between animals and owners in Buncombe County. Thousands of visitors each year see these furry faces decorating our walls.

Full color tiles are available in 2 sizes, 4x4-inch for $250 and 8x8-inch for $500. These tiles will be installed throughout the building for display to the public. The tile can be inscribed with your pet's name (first and last if desired) only. For more information or to place your order, you can call (828) 761-2001 x 310 or email You can also order online.

Brick Information

Bricks can be inscribed in honor of, or in memory of, an animal or animal lover, or with just a donor’s name, and pave the exterior path to the front doors of our Adoption and Education Center.

Each 4”x8”x2¼” brick is engraved using state of the art laser technology, ensuring durability and resistance to the elements. Bricks can have up to two lines of wording and 15 characters per line (including spaces and punctuation). They are also available with a paw print logo. Engraving is limited to in memory / honor of (if desired), pet names, people names or business names. Bricks are $100 with an additional $20 for a paw print. For more information or to place your order, you can call (828) 761-2001 x 310 or email You can also order online.

Matching Gift

If you work for a company with a matching charitable gift program, you can double your gift to the animals. Be sure to include your matching gift form when you mail your donation to our administrative office - we'll submit the form for you. Mail your donation along with the matching gift form to: 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville, NC 28806

Name a Room in the Nancy Hiscoe Clark Adoption and Education Center

Naming opportunities still exist in our beautiful Adoption and Education Center. To learn more about these naming opportunities, please contact our Vice President of Development and Community Programs, Eileen Bouressa, at or by phone at 828.776.5460.

Car Donations

The animals need your car! If you own a vehicle and wish to donate it to a charity, please consider gifting your vehicle to help homeless animals! We've partnered with Vehicles for Charity, a nonprofit helping other nonprofits liquidate donated vehicles. Vehicles for Charity can make your donation a snap for Asheville Humane Society. They make the arrangements to assess and tow the vehicle, and will give a significant percentage of the net value of the vehicle to Asheville Humane Society as a cash donation. To get started, it's as simple as visiting their website,, or calling them directly at 866.628.CARS (2277). Be sure to mention that your charity of choice for the donation is Asheville Humane Society!

School Groups and Youth Organizations

Gathering donations of food, toys and other needed items is a great activity for a school class, youth group or other organization. Contact Heather Brannan, Community Programs Director, for more information at

Appreciated Securities

Donate appreciated securities including stocks or mutual funds to help the animals. Contact Vice President of Development and Community Programs, Eileen Bouressa, at or by phone at 828.776.5460. to process your gift.

Legacy Society Planned Giving

As you work with your estate planner, please consider including Asheville Humane Society in your will. Our Legacy Society recognizes and honors those donors who have made special arrangements to ensure animals will continue benefiting from their generosity. To become a member of our Legacy Society, please contact our Vice President of Development and Community Programs, Eileen Bouressa, at or by phone at 828.776.5460.

A form outlining how to leave Asheville Humane Society in your will or living trust can be downloaded here.