Help Us Save Lives

Last year, Asheville Humane Society saved the lives of more than 4,500 animals but we canít do it without you. Our lifesaving programs depend on contributions from individuals, companies, and foundations. There are many reasons to give; which one's right for you?

  • Under contract with Buncombe County and the City of Asheville, Asheville Humane Societyís animal care professionals operate the Buncombe County Animal Shelter, the safety net for any lost, abandoned, or relinquished companion animal in Buncombe County. After 72 hours or less in the county shelter, all other costs of housing, evaluating, treating, rehabilitating, feeding, fostering, publicizing and preparing an animal for adoption are paid by Asheville Humane Society with privately raised funds.
  • We operate our Adoption and Education Center next door to the shelter entirely on donations and adoption fees with help from volunteers. We receive no federal, regional, or local government funding for our Adoption Center.
  • We operate the only open admission animal shelter in our community. We never turn our back on a lost, abandoned or relinquished animal.
  • We use private donations to pay for lifesaving medical care of sick and injured animals in the shelter so they can be adopted.  
  • We partner with local, regional and national adoption placement partners to save lives.
  • Your financial gift stays local and helps the homeless animals in our community.
  • We have a proven, professional track record of compassionate care and progressive programming that has saved thousands and thousands of animal lives since 1984.


Asheville Humane Society has earned the highest rating, FOUR STARS, from Charity Navigator, Americaís premier charity evaluator. For every dollar raised, over 85% is spent directly on lifesaving programs.