Tuesday, June 19, 2018
6:30 PM

Take the first step towards becoming a volunteer with Asheville Humane Society!  This information session will explain types of volunteer work, our Foster Program, volunteer guidelines, and how volunteers are instrumental in helping Asheville Humane Society give every animal in Buncombe County a life worth living!  Following the info session, attendees will be given a tour of our beautiful campus.

We welcome junior volunteers ages 10 and up when attending with a parent or guardian!

For more information on reserving your spot and for upcoming dates, please see the Volunteer Program page HERE.

Contact volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org with questions.

**Reservations required**

Saturday, June 23, 2018
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Get ready to be hands-on with our feline friends!  This class is required before current volunteers are able to interact with cats and kittens at the Adoption Center.  Prerequisites: completion of basic service requirements.  

Upcoming Feline Fundamentals Class dates and times:

June 7 from 5:30-6:30pm

June 9 from 9-10am

June 21 from 5:30-6:30pm

June 23 from 9-10am

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center online.

E-mail volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org with questions. 

Saturday, June 23, 2018
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Learn all about what dogs are telling us through non-verbal communication!  This class explores the various expressions of our canine friends and also shows how your body language can influence their reactions to you. 

The material is great for your volunteer or foster work and for your interactions with any dogs you may encounter every day! 

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center online.

If you do not have access to the Volunteer Information Center but would like to attend, please click HERE to reserve your spot!

E-mail volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org with questions.

Saturday, June 23, 2018
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Do you have an interest in learning about how dogs communicate?  Have you always wanted to learn how to effectively train a dog?  Do you have a desire to help our dogs cope with the Shelter Environment?  Great… because we need YOU!
As part of the Canine T.E.A.M. (training, enrichment, and more) Program, you will have a huge impact on the dogs in our care.

  • We will show you the ins and outs of understanding how our dogs communicate with one another (and us!)
  • You will work hands on with our dogs in our brand new Charm School and Timid Dog Programs
  • You will help us during the most exciting part of a shelter dog’s stay…  Playgroup!
  • Learn the role and impact that Click to Calm has on our dogs in the shelter
  • Provide in and out of kennel enrichment for our shelter dogs
  • See the progress and success of your hard work first hand!

If you'd like to join the Canine T.E.A.M. or simply learn more, please sign up for this training session through the Volunteer Information Center online!


  • Volunteer and Foster Information Session
  • Completion of basic service hours
  • Attendance at Pooch Essentials and Canine Body Language Classes.

Email volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org with questions.

Sunday, June 24, 2018
8:30 AM

One of our most popular volunteer activities is our Hiking Hounds program!  Volunteers take shelter dogs on hikes as part of our enrichment programming.  There are no prerequisites and participants are not required to be current volunteers.  If you love the great outdoors and dogs, this is the activity for you!

For more information about Hiking Hounds or to request an application, please e-mail ahshikinghounds[at]outlook[dot]com.

Upcoming Hiking Hounds Dates:

June 10

June 17

June 24

9am start for seasoned hikers, 8:30am for new hikers.

*Space is limited.  Confirmed reservations are required for each hike.  

Thursday, June 28, 2018
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Get ready to be hands-on with our canine friends!  This class is required before current volunteers are able to interact with dogs and puppies at the Adoption Center. 

Prerequisites: completion of basic service requirements. 

Upcoming Pooch Essentials Class dates and times:

June 2 from 9-10am

June 14 from 5:30-6:30pm

June 16 from 9-10am

June 28 from 5:30-6:30pm

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center online!

E-mail volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org with questions.

Thursday, June 28, 2018
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

If you are interested in learning more about how Asheville Humane Society helps animals and their people in our community, this is the class for you!  The Community Solutions Ambassador Class is designed to give volunteers the basic information needed to represent this important program to the general public both on our campus and out in the community.  Volunteers will learn basic guidelines and information about Community Solutions and what our outreach means to the community. 

Attendance at this class opens up a variety of further opportunities for volunteers to participate with our Community Solutions Program, including community outreach, medical transport, vaccination clinics, and more. 

E-mail volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org with questions!

Saturday, June 30, 2018
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Our counselors need your help! Want to get more involved with adoptions and play a larger role on the front end? Do you enjoy working with the public? Then maybe adoption processing is for you! Join us for this hands-on training to learn how to process adoptions and see our animals through the final stages of reaching their forever homes! 

After this training and once our guests have worked with an Adoption Counselor and decided to adopt, you will step in to help them complete the adoption contract and send their new family member home with them! It is an incredibly rewarding job, so we hope you’ll join us and enjoy this new volunteer opportunity!

How it works:

Sign up for this training through the Volunteer Information Center online.

Once training is complete, sign up for shifts to shadow an adoption counselor processing adoptions.  You may sign up for shifts shadowing until you feel comfortable processing adoptions independently. 

When you've got the hang of it, you’ll have the ability to sign up for shifts to start processing adoptions on your own!

Email volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org with questions.

Saturday, June 30, 2018
11:30 PM to 11:45 PM

Our Urban Tails program is a fun way to get our dogs out to enjoy the world while they’re waiting for their forever homes! Volunteers take dogs on an outing, away from the shelter, for up to two hours.  

Not only does Urban Tails provide much needed exercise for the shelter dogs, it also serves as a great source of information for the staff and volunteers who will be speaking with potential adopters.  After each outing, Urban Tails volunteers record feedback on a prepared form, noting things like the dog’s reaction to the car ride, how they handled bicycles and distractions, and other items of interest.  This information will help staff members make successful matches between dogs and potential adopters.

To participate in our Urban Tails program, volunteers follow these steps:

  • Attend a volunteer orientation
  • Complete three hours of our basic service assignments
  • Attend Pooch Essentials Class
  • Attend Canine Body Language Class
  • Email volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org to set up an Urban Tails orientation before your first outing.
Thursday, July 5, 2018
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

If you’re interested in learning how to build enrichment items for the cats at the shelter and in foster care, this is the workshop for you!  Our cat enrichment volunteer will guide the workshop, showing attendees how to create cardboard cat scratchers, box puzzles, and fleece catnip toys for the cats in the shelter and in foster care.  These items improve the lives of shelter cats by giving them enriching activities to occupy the time they’re spending in their kennels, which decreases the instances of illness and behavioral issues in shelter cats. 

Even if you can’t attend this workshop, please consider bringing some of the supplies that we’ll repurpose to make even more enrichment items for the animals!  If you will be coming to the class, please bring the supplies with you, if you will not be at the class, feel free to drop them off at the Adoption Center front desk anytime during our open hours (Tuesday from 10am until 7pm and Wednesday through Saturday 10am until 6pm).

Needed supplies (for this workshop and future enrichment items):

  • Cardboard tubes (like paper towel or toilet paper tubes)
  • Corks
  • Clean, tape and staple-free corrugated cardboard
  • Clean, tape and staple-free cereal-type boxes
  • Duct tape
  • Fleece (scrap or by the yard)
  • Catnip
  • Egg cartons (any type except Styrofoam)
  • Dowels (less than ½ inch diameter and at least 24 inches long would be best)
  • Clean and dry potato chip-type bags (shiny and “crinkley”)
  • Wire hangers

Reserve your spot for this workshop HERE!

Email volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org with questions.