Thursday, August 22, 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:

August 3 from 9-10am

August 8 from 5:30-6:30pm

August 17 from 9-10am

August 22 from 5:30-6:30pm

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center!

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

Saturday, August 24, 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:

August 1 from 5:30-6:30pm

August 10 from 9-10am

August 15 from 5:30-6:30pm

August 24 from 9-10am

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center online.

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

Saturday, August 24, 2019
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

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.

If you do not have access to the Volunteer Information Center, click HERE to rsvp!

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

Saturday, August 24, 2019
12:00 PM to 1:30 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.
    • If you attend Canine Body Language Class on the same day that this training takes place, you are welcome to attend this training as well!

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

Sunday, August 25, 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:

August 11

August 18

August 25

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

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

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Our counselors need your help! Want to get more involved with adoptions and play a larger role on the front end? Do you enjoy working with the public? If you said yes, maybe adoption processing is for you! Join us for this hands-on training to learn how to process adoptions and see our animals through the final stages of reaching their forever homes! 

After this training and once our guests have worked with an Adoption Counselor and decided to adopt, you will step in to help them complete the adoption contract and send their new family member home with them! It is an incredibly rewarding job and one we need volunteer help with!

How it works:

Sign up for this training through the Volunteer Information Center online.

Once training is complete, sign up for shifts to shadow an Adoption Counselor processing adoptions.  You may sign up for shifts shadowing until you feel comfortable processing adoptions independently. 

When you've got the hang of it, you’ll have the ability to sign up for shifts to start processing adoptions on your own!

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

Saturday, August 31, 2019
12:00 PM to 2:00 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.

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!


Saturday, September 14, 2019
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Asheville Humane Society uses an open adoptions model. This means that we have removed barriers to adoption and created a more welcome and non-judgmental experience for the public.  Progressive adoption models, such as ours, have saved countless lives in animal shelters across the country.

Open Adoptions 101 will teach you all about our approach to adoptions.  In this class, you’ll learn exactly how we match potential adopters with the right pet for them, treating every pet and person as an individual and with respect.  Open minds and open hearts are a prerequisite, as well as completion of Adoption Processor 101. 

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center online!