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!*


From washing dishes and helping with community outreach, to providing comfort for an animal in need, Asheville Humane Society’s lifesaving Volunteer and Foster Programs offer a wide variety of opportunities for animal lovers to use their unique talents and skills to help the animals of Buncombe County!

Our volunteers provide much-needed socialization and enrichment for our animals, assist staff in daily cleaning activities, help raise vital funds in our thrift store, provide support for all departments, and offer their varied expertise in many different ways each day. Our foster families help us save lives by providing a temporary, loving and restful retreat for animals in need. Volunteers and foster families also have the opportunity to receive additional training through a variety of seminars and classes. 

Asheville Humane Society volunteers help us ensure that Buncombe County’s pets and their people are safe, healthy, and thriving!

If you are interested in becoming a foster, please see our Foster Program page for more information about completing a foster application HERE!

If you are interested in volunteering with Asheville Humane Society, your first step will be to watch the video below:

*While we welcome volunteers ages 10 and up, volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.*

Animal Care Campus at 14 Forever Friend Lane

Volunteers helping at our Animal Care Campus are vital to ensuring that each of the pets in our care has a life worth living.  Animal Care Campus volunteers have a variety of assignments available including helping with laundry and dishes, caring for the animals, creating animal enrichment, and even participating in our doggie field trip programs.  If you are interested in volunteering at our Animal Care Campus, please check back over the next couple of weeks as we create a virtual training class to onboard new volunteers.

Asheville Humane Society Thrift Store at 1425 Patton Avenue

Our Thrift Store volunteers help raise the vital funding needed to continue our mission of going beyond a no-kill community to ensure that each animal has the quality of life they deserve – a life worth living.  100% of thrift store proceeds benefit the animals!  Our thrift store volunteers are cashiers, donation intake personnel, and boutique associates.  We’re always seeking volunteers for our busy thrift store team!  If you would like to volunteer with our thrift store, please select the survey link HERE to complete a video orientation and brief survey.

Community Solutions at 1425 Patton Avenue

Asheville Humane Society's Community Solutions Program is here to help pets and their people. Whether it is behavior assistance, rehoming services or assistance with low-cost vaccines, we will do our best to provide resources and assistance to pets and their people. The goal of Community Solutions is to increase access to pet services and ensure pets stay in their homes where they are loved.  Volunteers working with our Community Solutions Department help bag food for our Pet Food Assistance Program, assist with community outreach and pet wellness events, and complete a variety of administrative tasks.  We are seeking friendly, open-minded volunteers to join our Community Solutions team!  If you are interested in helping the pets and their people of our community, please check back over the next couple of weeks as we create a virtual training class to onboard new Community Solutions volunteers.


Volunteer Opportunity Directory


Asheville Humane Society is certified by Points of Light as a Service Enterprise, an organization that fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills to successfully deliver on its social mission. AHS joins a prestigious group of nonprofits as one of only three Service Enterprise Certified organizations in the entire state of North Carolina and one of nine certified animal welfare organizations in the U.S., including Best Friends Animal Society. Research conducted by the TCC Group, a national program and evaluation firm, found that organizations operating as Service Enterprises outperform peer organizations on all aspects of organizational effectiveness and are more adaptable, sustainable, and capable of scaling their work.