Wednesday, October 16, 2019
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Babies, babies, babies!

In this class we will go over the specifics involved with caring for our most precious and critical shelter animals: bottle babies. Attendees will learn how to properly feed them, keep them warm and comfortable, and get them through their most crucial life stage.  You may even get to see a feeding demonstration on a neonatal kitten!

We welcome anyone interested to attend, no prerequisites and you are not required to be a current foster or volunteer! After all, you never know when you'll stumble across some babies that need you!

We have added additional dates by popular demand! 

Upcoming dates:

October 12, 10am-12pm RSVP HERE!

October 16, 6-8pm RSVP HERE!

Thursday, October 24, 2019
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:

October 10 from 5:30-6:30pm

October 19 from 9-10am

October 24 from 5:30-6:30pm

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center!

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

Thursday, October 24, 2019
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Come learn all about what cats are telling us through non-verbal communication! This fascinating and fun class, taught by Certified Feline Training and Behavior Specialist, Leah Raines, explores the various expressions of our feline friends and also shows how your body language can influence their reactions to you.

The material covered in this class is great for volunteer and foster work and for any interactions with cats you may encounter in your everyday life!

All are welcome to attend!

Volunteers - sign up through the Volunteer Information Center online after completing initial service requirements.

If you do not have access to the Volunteer Information Center online, please reserve your spot HERE.

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

Saturday, October 26, 2019
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

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 3 from 5:30-6:30pm

October 12 from 9-10am

October 17 from 5:30-6:30pm

October 26 from 9-10am

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center online.

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

Saturday, October 26, 2019
1:00 PM to 2:30 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 27, 2019
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:

October 13

October 20

October 27

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

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