We rescue, reunite, rehabilitate, and re-home more than 4,500 homeless animals each year in our community.
Asheville Humane Society saves the lives of homeless animals through innovative programming and by operating two facilities: our Adoption and Education Center and the Buncombe County Animal Shelter.
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