Masks are currently required for all visitors, volunteers, and staff regardless of vaccine status.*
*Buncombe County has recently updated their policy to require masks for employees and visitors, regardless of vaccine status, for all County buildings. Since the Buncombe County Animal Shelter is a County facility, we will now be requiring masks for all visitors. We will also be requiring masks for all visitors to the Adoption Center, Thrift Store, clients/visitors to Community Solutions, and the AHS Behavior and Training Classes.
Welcome to our Nancy Hiscoe Clark Adoption and Education Center, the culmination of 35 years of hard work by compassionate animal lovers and the generous philanthropy of private citizens!
Adoptions happen on a first come, first served basis. We follow a practice of Open Adoptions, meaning each potential adopter will meet one-on-one with a trained Adoption Counselor to ensure the match is a good fit for both the animal and their new family. Our hours of operation are Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm, with animal naptime each day from 1-2pm. Please note that we appreciate credit card or debit card payments over cash or check, but we can accept cash or check when necessary.
All animals in our Adoption Center come from the Buncombe County Animal Shelter located next door. Each day we transfer in as many as possible to re-home.
In addition to puppies, kittens, dogs and cats, we also offer various small mammals as pets including rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, and ferrets.
While awaiting their new homes, animals in our Adoption Center are housed in state-of-the-art condos with plenty of enrichment items including toys, comfy blankets and beds.
Our Adoption Center is a warm, welcoming environment that offers get acquainted rooms and exercise yards so you can visit with the animals that capture your heart.
Our professional Adoption Counselors provide one-on-one counseling so you can select a pet that meets your expectations and lifestyle.
We have two goals at our Adoption and Education Center: to save lives and match you with the love of your life.
We look forward to meeting you and connecting you with an animal who is waiting for you!
Thank you for helping us save lives of homeless animals. Together, as a community of animal lovers, we can eliminate animal homelessness.