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Asheville Humane Society

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Address:

14 Forever Friend Lane Asheville NC 28806 USA

Mission:

Asheville Humane Society is dedicated to promoting the compassionate treatment of animals in our community through education, sheltering and adoption.

Target demographics:

animals in need

Direct beneficiaries per year:

1,300 lost pets find their families, 750 pets get transferred to other agencies for care, 1,500 animals receive foster care and 3,200 animals find loving new homes.

Geographic areas served:

Buncombe County

Programs:

sheltering; fostering; adoption; dog and cat behavior training; rehoming assistance; lost and found; low-cost vaccines, microchips and spay/neuter assistance and free pet food through 13 pantries under our Safety Net Program. Our goal is to help animals and their people stay together if at all possible by providing resources to them, but we also accept every Buncombe County animal brought to us.

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(828)761-2001
www.ashevillehumane.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have been volunteering with the Asheville Humane Society since August of 2015, serving on its marketing committee. My career has included extensive experience working with many nonprofit organizations and I have been really impressed with how well this one operates, with great leadership, a strong staff, and an army of volunteers. Walking through the doors of its adoption facility is always a positive experience. Each time I'm there for a meeting I do a walk through of the adoption "condo" area and it speaks volumes about what an incredible job AHS is doing for the health of pets in our community. Also, instead of being the kind of organization that just tries to put a Bandaid on the problem, they are using their expertise and knowledge of the issues to create incredible new programs such as Thrive Together that address not only pets, but their people. They are agents of change in the animal welfare arena.

 
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I have been a donor, volunteer, and foster parent for Asheville Humane Society for almost 10 years. I like that the money and time I give them stays local and helps the animals in Buncombe County. I especially like that I can personally choose which programs I would like my donations applied to. Their facility is gorgeous and the animals are happy and well cared for. The animals receive expert medical care, behavior training, and numerous daily enrichment and exercise programs. The dogs have large play yards and the cats enjoy two sun porches. Asheville Humane takes in every animal, regardless of age, size, breed, species, or medical condition. Every treatable animal is placed for adoption. No animal is ever euthanized for space constraints, and every animal stays at the adoption center, no matter how long it takes for the animal to get adopted. They have a robust foster program that saves thousands of lives by providing a home environment for sick and recuperating animals. Recently, Asheville Humane has begun a program that reaches out into the community to provide a myriad of services that enable people to keep their pets at home instead of relinquishing them to the country shelter. They run transport programs and work with numerous other animal rescue organizations to ensure that every animal has an opportunity to get placed in a loving home. For my money, nobody does it better than Asheville Humane Society!

 
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I have two AHS alumni pets. They made the adoption process easy and fun. The facility is lovely and all of the animals are well cared for. It was so nice to go in and see happy animals!

I am also very impressed at the positive impact Asheville Humane Society has on the community. They help keep pets in their homes by providing vet assistance, medications, behavior assistance, and much more.

 
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AHS is an amazing organization. We have adopted 3 pets from AHS, 2 cats and 1 dog, who bring joy to our family everyday. I highly recommend you take time to visit AHS and fall in love with your next furry family member. AHS staff are knowlegeable and take great time to make sure that animal and human will be a great match.

 
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This is an incredible organization! They are on the cutting edge of animal welfare in our community. No longer do they simply wait for residents to come to them for assistance, they actually go out into the community to help needy families with resources to ensure their pets are safe, healthy, and thriving! Thank you AHS for your leadership.

 
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Asheville Humane Society has received the highest possible rating for their stewardship of donations. Contributions are spent on life saving programs for the animals. You will not find a more caring and compassionate staff!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Having volunteered with, contributed to, fostered through and adopted from Asheville Humane Society I can honestly say they are the best in the business. It is always a pleasure to work with the staff, they are pleasant, professional and good stewards of the resources they receive.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have been following the development of this organization for over a decade, and am beyond impressed with their proficiency of mission, compassionate efforts and accomplishments in the interests of animals and people alike in the community, and state of the art facility and services.

 
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Asheville Humane Society (AHS) is doing remarkable things not only with the homeless animal population in Buncombe County but with families who need help in order to keep their pets from becoming homeless. AHS is providing quality of life education in depressed areas making pets and their guardians healthier and happier. Their foster care program is the best I have seen in my 10 years of animal welfare work. So many lives have been saved and/or enriched through the Lilly Grace Fund (my favorite cause) that it is remarkable. I personally foster mama cats, kittens and adult ailing cats until they are ready to be adopted. This is most rewarding! I am a donor, a volunteer and a foster. I fully support AHS in all ways possible. I have also adopted from AHS and will continue to send anyone seeking a forever feline or canine companion to AHS. I know the quality of medical care and treatment each animal receives before being offered for adoption is the best.
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2 people found this review helpful

The success of Asheville Humane Society rests on its leadership -- board, executive director, senior staff, and all other employees. They are all good stewards of donors' gifts and make good decisions, and they are loving and professional with the animals in their care. They take extraordinary measures to save every life possible and are now taking that mission out into the community to help animals and their people live safe, healthy lives without ever reaching the shelter doors. I have been involved in many different ways with Asheville Humane Society for about 12 years -- as a donor, volunteer, adopter, and board member, and I give it my highest recommendation.

 
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I am also a past board member and current volunteer. Asheville Humane Society owns and operates its Adoption and Education Center located next door to the Buncombe County Animal Shelter, which AHS operates under contract with the county and other municipalities. For the last two years, our county shelter has not had to euthanize a healthy, adoptable animal! What a beautiful thing to be able to say! When I first became involved 7 or 8 years ago, the shelter and AHS were at the sad facility at Lee's Creek, and the numbers of healthy animals they could not save because of overpopulation was in the high hundreds. The current statistics are just incredible, and I am so thrilled to be a part of this stellar organization. From the board, to the senior staff, to the kennel workers, you will find loving, caring professionals doing very difficult and emotional work with the highest regard for all life. We never turn our back on any animal -- we are the safety net when all other organziations have said no, sorry we're full. I will support AHS proudly and always!

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I know of no better animal welfare organization in Western North Carolina. Asheville Humane Society contracts with Buncombe County to run its open admission shelter--this means no animal is ever turned away! The devoted staff nurses sick animals back to health whenever possible, trains and uses its foster programs to give animals the time, love and care and training needed to become socially adapted to fit in with their forever family and now AHS is going out into the community to better reach those who have difficulty getting to the shelter or the adoption center to provide for spay and neuter clinics, teach about animal health and care and work to keep animals from ending up in the shelter in the first place. AHS has the most caring staff and they are passionate about the mission of AHS. If you haven't heard about AHS's Thrive campaign, then please check it out!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I know of no more dedicated staff and volunteers than those at the Asheville Humane Society. They have compassion and dedication for the mission of saving as many animal lives as possible and getting them adopted into their forever homes. They are passionate about the good work that they do.

 
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