COVID-19: Review all up-to-date changes HERE.

Our Adoption Center is open to a limited number of walk-ins. (Click HERE for details.) *Fee-waived Felines through Sept. 30th!*


COVID-19 Volunteer Update

Due to the state's Stay Home order, Asheville Humane must restrict volunteer activities. Until further notice, we will have no on-campus volunteer activities or classes. For more information on the state’s order, please check the state's information here, 

Please see the Classes and Activities page of our website for at-home volunteer opportunities!

We miss our volunteers and can't wait to have you back on campus with us! 

COVID-19 Response Update

Effective Tuesday, March 17, all Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center and Buncombe County Animal Shelter volunteers, with the exception of trained Canine T.E.A.M. volunteers, are to stop reporting for their volunteer shifts. While all AHS volunteers are an essential part of our organization and mission, we have made this difficult decision to keep everyone healthy and to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. As this is uncharted territory for everyone, we do not know how long this directive will last.

Pooch Essentials Class

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:

February 27 from 5:30-6:30pm

March 7 from 9-10am

March 12 from 5:30-6:30pm

March 21 from 9-10am

Canine T.E.A.M. Training

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.

Canine Body Language Class

Learn all about what dogs are telling us through non-verbal communication!  This class, taught by dog behavior experts, 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! 

Volunteers - sign up through the Volunteer Information Center online.


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