COVID-19: Review all up-to-date changes for each department HERE. Phase 2 begins May 30.

Our Adoption Center is temporarily closed, but now scheduling adoptions-by-appointment. Click the link above for details.


Opportunities for Classes, Groups and Organizations


Asheville Humane Society strives to provide every animal in our community with a life worth living, and your group can help!  The group project that is most beneficial for the animals is to gather donations of pet food, toys, and other needed items.  These donation collections allow us to provide pet food to animals in need in our community, enrich the lives of the animals in our care, and devote additional funding to our vital programming. When you’re ready to drop off your donations, we would be happy to schedule a tour of our beautiful Animal Care Campus for your group (of up to 20 people).  Please see our wish list for our donation needs or our donation programs page for other donation ideas by selecting the "Donation" tag at the top of the page.  If you would like to request a tour to coincide with your donation drop-off, please email volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org.

Another way that some groups can help is to schedule a group service project.  Service groups assist with many different cleaning activities, putting up fences or building dog houses for our community programs, or other tasks as needed.  We typically can accommodate a maximum of 10 people for a group service project.  These tasks are generally very physically demanding and are recommended for people 14 years old and up with the ability to lift at least 40 pounds and work outdoors in all conditions.  If your group is interested in participating in this activity, please email volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org.  In your email, please include the following information:

  • The size of your group
  • If there are minors in the group, please indicate how many supervising adults will be accompanying
  • The time frame you would like to help (2 hours is typical)
  • The date(s) you would like to help, but please understand that flexibility is key in getting these scheduled

Please email volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org with other education requests (field trips, classroom visits, group talks, etc.) and we will attempt to accommodate them. 

Asheville Humane Society relies on support from our community and we appreciate your interest in helping us!