For over 30 years Asheville Humane Society has been saving homeless Buncombe County animals. Today we operate both our own state-of-the-art Adoption and Education Center and the County's only open door shelter where no animal is ever turned away. We rescue, reunite, rehabilitate and re-home abandoned, abused, injured and lost animals. We provide education, training and support to keep pets in their homes. Asheville Humane Society has earned the highest rating of Four Stars from Charity Navigator, a designation achieved by only 25% of all charities nationwide. Our nationally recognized innovative programs and partnerships are steadily moving Buncombe County toward a no-kill community.
We contract with the City of Asheville and Buncombe County to operate the Buncombe County Animal Shelter. We provide professional, experienced animal welfare and sheltering programming to help increase the live release rate of homeless animals in our community. The Buncombe County Animal Shelter serves as a safety net for the stray, abandoned or relinquished animals in our community.
Animals entering the shelter are medically evaluated and temperament tested prior to being transferred to either our Adoption Center or to placement partners like breed rescues. We work in partnership with the Humane Alliance of WNC to ensure that all animals placed for adoption are spayed/neuter prior to permanent placement.
Why We Do It