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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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.

Community Stories

61 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Elly W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

The dedication of the staff and donors of the Asheville Humane Society is incredible. A wonderful organization to be associated with.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My experience with this organization over the past 15 years has been nothing but positive. As an animal lover and charity donor this group of compassionate and hard working people surpass anything else I have been involved with. I have been so impressed I recently joined the board to see what small part I could contribute.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They found my lost cat after 2 years and called me. My family is complete again because of these guys.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I consider myself an educated donor and do my homework before I give to charity. I want to know how much of my donation reaches the mission. I look for transparency. I require efficiency. I am a proud donor to Asheville Humane Society; they have met my criteria and then some. I know exactly how my gift is being spent. And many charity watchdog groups agree. They have been given the highest possible scores across the board. Thank you AHS for being an organization I can give to without question.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Asheville Humane Society is an incredible organization that goes above and beyond to meet the needs of vulnerable animals in our community. They go "Beyond No Kill" in their approach to animal welfare. They not only operate the County Shelter but they have a wonderful Adoption Center. They also provide services out in the community to help with animals in need.

They are a great steward of the funds they receive through donations. I like the idea that my donations stay local and benefit animals in my hometown. They also have the most hard working and dedicated staff to take care of the animals they receive.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a junior volunteer and foster brother and I am so proud to be a part of this amazing group. Not only do they give the animals the best of everything, everyone at AHS is kind and friendly and they always say thank you. And it's so much fun!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for ten years, I have personally witnessed the growth of this organization into a nonprofit that truly focuses on saving the lives of homeless animals and giving them a life worth living.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for Asheville Humane Society for 10 years. I am a foster parent, I groom the dogs coming up for adoption, and I am a member of their Marketing Committee. Their staff is very appreciative of all the contributions the volunteers make to the organization. They welcome feedback, idea sharing, and have made me feel like a member of the "Asheville Humane Society family." Everyone there loves animals and does everything possible to make sure the animals in their care are healthy, happy, and thriving. I love that they have so many enrichment programs for the animals that are fun for the volunteers to participate in too!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a retired professional dog groomer who has been volunteering at Asheville Humane Society for 7 years. I bathe and groom dogs and cats so that they will be more likely to get adopted. I also am a foster parent for Asheville Humane. One of the things I like best about Asheville Humane is that they never give up on the animals. They do everything they possibly can to make every animal healthy and adoptable. They have a great track record adopting out senior and special needs animals. They have an extraordinary medical team, and they also send animals to outside veterinarians if they need special care or surgeries. They have a state of the art Adoption Center with a caring, welcoming staff. They have innovative programs that transport dogs to other shelters up North were dogs are in shorter supply. They have a "food pantry" program and a "safety net" program that helps people in the community who have fallen on hard times to feed and care for their pets in their homes instead of surrendering them to the shelter. They have a large foster program to get animals out into foster homes where they can recover from their illnesses or be socialized in preparation for adoption. They have low-cost rabies/shot clinics and micro-chip clinics. They have a full-time lost and found department that unites hundreds of lost pets with their grateful owners. They even have a program where homeless people can keep their pets at the shelter until they find a new home. Asheville Humane Society is a lifeline to the homeless pets of Buncombe County and they work tirelessly to rehabilitate and re-home them. I am proud to be a volunteer with this organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Asheville Humane Society strives to provide the best care to the animals of the community, not just those who come through their door.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor, foster parent, volunteer, adopter and Board member, I have experienced how this organization operates at all levels. The AHS staff in every department is compassionate to the needs of not only the animals in their care but to the public and fellow employees. AHS is doing truly outstanding work not only at the Buncombe County shelter but outside the shelter through their community outreach programs. Their outreach efforts allow families to keep beloved pets in the home where previously they may have been surrendered to the shelter. This is a win-win for the taxpayers of Buncombe County and answered prayers for many pet guardians. I would encourage everyone to visit the AHS Adoption Center and the Buncombe County shelter to see first hand how the staff maintains the facilities and consistently works to ensure that all animals coming into the shelter have the best oppertunity to be safe, healthy and to thrive.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a donor and volunteer with Asheville Humane Society for many years. I know from experience that they treat their employees and animals with kindness and respect. They are responsible stewards with finances , and fully utilize multiple resources to fund their lifesaving programs, including a robust volunteer program that provides for a huge part of their staffing needs. This organization is a model for how an open admissions shelter can be run in conjunction with a non-profit to save lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer in the cat room at Asheville Humane Society most every Saturday, assisting the general public with finding the right feline to join their family. I know that every cat and kitten who I interact with, and there are hundreds each year, is as healthy and well cared for as modern shelter practices allow. When a cat or kitten is ill, they are immediately removed from active adoption status, and given immediate medical attention or moved to a foster home if longer recovery is needed. The staff is caring and devoted to adopting only healthy and happy cats and kittens. I personally have never seen kittens sitting in or near dirty litter boxes, nor would we/I ever adopt out an obviously sick kitten. To the contrary, most adopters tell me that our cat room is the cleanest they have ever visited. We also encourage adopters to contact us immediately if their are any health issues, and even provide coupons for a first Vet visit with many local Vets (at no charge) to access the health of the new family member. Asheville Humane Society takes AMAZING care of their felines and adopters. Please visit them to see for yourself.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

3 Robin148

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

3 Kim_217

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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 Priestley

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.