Wednesday, October 24, 2018
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Adoption Counseling 101 will go over our adoption philosophy, the counseling process, and appropriate animal handling and etiquette for meeting with adopters. After this class, volunteers will be able to sign up for on-the-job shadowing with our Adoption Counselors. Adoption counseling is very hands-on and interactive with the public, so you must love people, too! This life-saving job is extremely rewarding, but also requires an open mind and an open heart, free of pre-judgements.

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center online!

If you’re interested, but not sure if this is the right fit for you, feel free to stop by Sydney's office at the Adoption Center or email sbartson[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org with questions.

For questions about signing up online, email volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org.

Thursday, October 25, 2018
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Join us as we teach our most timid canine residents that people are fun!  During the Wallflower Workshop, Canine T.E.A.M. members reinforce social behaviors in dogs who need that extra boost in confidence.  Think treats, treats, and more treats!

Participants must have attended Canine T.E.A.M. Training.

Weekly Wallflower Workshops are scheduled on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Thursday evening from 4:00 to 5:00pm each month (through the end of 2018).

Sign up for Wallflower Workshop through the Volunteer Information Center online!

Email volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org with questions.

Thursday, October 25, 2018
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

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:

September 27 from 5:30-6:30pm

October 6 from 9 - 10am

October 11 from 5:30 - 6:30pm

October 20 from 9 - 10am

October 25 from 5:30 - 6:30pm

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center!

E-mail volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org with questions.

Saturday, October 27, 2018
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Feline Fundamentals Class

Get ready to be hands-on with our feline friends!  This class is required before current volunteers are able to interact with cats and kittens at the Adoption Center.  Prerequisites: completion of basic service requirements.  

Upcoming Feline Fundamentals Class dates and times:

October 4 from 5:30-6:30pm

October 13 from 9-10am

October 18 from 5:30-6:30pm

October 27 from 9-10am

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center online.

E-mail volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org with questions. 

Saturday, October 27, 2018
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Learn all about what dogs are telling us through non-verbal communication!  This class 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! 

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center online.

If you are a foster and do not have access to the Volunteer Information Center but would like to attend, reserve your spot HERE!

E-mail volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org with questions.

Saturday, October 27, 2018
12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

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.

  • We will show you the ins and outs of understanding how our dogs communicate with one another (and us!)
  • You will work hands on with our dogs in our brand new Charm School and Timid Dog Programs
  • You will help us during the most exciting part of a shelter dog’s stay…  Playgroup!
  • Learn the role and impact that Click to Calm has on our dogs in the shelter
  • Provide in and out of kennel enrichment for our shelter dogs
  • See the progress and success of your hard work first hand!

If you'd like to join the Canine T.E.A.M. or simply learn more, please sign up for this training session through the Volunteer Information Center online!


  • Volunteer and Foster Information Session
  • Completion of basic service hours
  • Attendance at Pooch Essentials and Canine Body Language Classes.

Email volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org with questions.

Sunday, October 28, 2018
8:30 AM to 1:00 PM

One of our most popular volunteer activities is our Hiking Hounds program!  Volunteers take our most energetic shelter dogs on hikes as part of our enrichment programming.  There are no prerequisites and participants are not required to be current volunteers.  If you love hiking in the great outdoors with dogs who are excited to be out of the shelter for a while, this is the activity for you!

For more information about Hiking Hounds (including physical requirements and guidelines) or to request an application, please e-mail ahshikinghounds[at]outlook[dot]com.

Upcoming Hiking Hounds Dates:

September 30

October 14

October 21

October 28

9am start for seasoned hikers, 8:30am for new hikers.

*Space is limited.  Confirmed reservations are required for each hike.