President's Message

Dear Fellow Animal Lovers,

Asheville Humane Society knows that no one person, or organization, will ever eradicate animal homelessness alone. We must work together as a community to stem animal overpopulation.  Many of us have been the “second chance” family for a stray or surrendered animal, and we have enjoyed the love and companionship that pet brings us each day.  Any of us can look into the eyes of our own four-footed family members and know that there are animals just like ours waiting to find their lifelong home.

Asheville Humane Society serves all of Buncombe County as the safety net for thousands of these homeless animals every year:  no animal is ever turned away.  We provide a temporary home for animals regardless of their age, breed or condition, and we are their best hope for the future.  Without us, most of these animals would have nowhere to turn; some are injured and need medical care.  Many have been abandoned and are bewildered, sad or frightened. 

In 2010, Asheville Humane Society opened a state-of-the-art Adoption and Education Center next door to the new Buncombe County Animal Shelter, located off Brevard Road.  Twenty-five years in the making, the adoption center was built entirely with private funds and the determined effort of private citizens. 

Here, animals waiting to be adopted are cared for in a safe and loving environment.  Asheville Humane Society’s animal care professionals operate the county shelter next door under contract with the County and City, but we own and operate the Adoption and Education Center privately.  This public/private partnership is gaining national attention as a model for other communities.  

Partnerships with other local, lifesaving agencies has enabled us to make progress toward ending animal homelessness in Buncombe County.  We work closely with Humane Alliance of WNC, the international training center for high-quality, low-cost, high-volume spay/neuter surgeries. Our partnership with the ASPCA enables us to focus on increasing the number of animal lives saved by increasing the number of animals adopted, transferred or reunited with their owners; and, lowering the number of animals entering the Buncombe County Animal Shelter through targeted spay/neuter initiatives.

Our membership in the Animal Coalition of Buncombe County enables us to collaborate and maximize resources to save additional lives from the Buncombe County Animal Shelter.  Thank YOU to our life-saving partners in the Animal Coalition of Buncombe County: Buncombe County Animal Services; City of Asheville Animal Services; Friends2Ferals; Humane Alliance of WNC; Animal Compassion Network; and, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.

Please join me as we work together to end animal homelessness in our community by donating, volunteering or adopting.  We can do it with your help!

Until they all have homes,


Katherine McGowan Shenar
President/CEO
Asheville Humane Society