If you've arrived at the decision to re-home your pet, there are certain steps you can take without surrendering your pet to an animal shelter.
When needing to re-home your pet, it is in their best interest for you to find their new home without them ever leaving your side. Doing this allows you to play a role in placing your pet with a new family, reduces stress of transition for your pet, and frees up resources for other pets in Buncombe County Animal Shelter's care.
With some additional resources, you may be able to keep your pet:
Find help for behavior problems such as chewing, housebreaking challenges, excessive energy, etc. Visit our Behavior and Training page for resources that may help you address these issues.
Moving is stressful, even under the best circumstances. However, this does not mean you have to give up your pet. For tips on pet friendly housing and renting with a pet visit our Pet Friendly Housing page.
Asheville Humane Society Re-Homing Service
A requirement of the program is that your pet be spayed or neutered and up-to-date on his/her rabies vaccine. This will make it easier for you to find a new home for your pet and addresses the overpopulation and pet health concerns in Buncombe County. We offer vouchers for this service at Asheville Humane Society and Buncombe County Animal Shelter campus. Once your pet has been re-homed through the courtesy re-homing website, the new owner can come to the Buncombe County Animal Shelter to receive a free microchip. Proof of new ownership is required (i.e. a letter from previous owner relinquishing rights).
If you have any questions about the toolkit or need more information, please call our Safety Net Helpline and leave a message at 761-2008. You may also email our Safety Net department at safetynet[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org.
Good luck and remember, we are here to help should you need us!