Follow us on Facebook

Yancey Humane Society

Donations Directions Who We Are

Gone to New Homes!!


GIVE US A CALL 828-682-9510!!!

Our phone lines are open Mon.,Tue.,Thurs. and Fri. from 12(noon)-5pm, and Sat. from 12(noon)-4pm. We are closed Wednesdays and Sundays. There is always someone ready to answer questions, and take the time to help you find your perfect new companion pet. Or, E-MAIL us at:


From Asheville, travel I-26 West to exit #9 ( Burnsville exit). From here travel US 19 for 12.5 miles. Look for green signs that say "Yancey Co. Animal Shelter" and turn left onto Cane River Church Road. At the stop sign go straight onto paved drive and we are at the bottom of the hill.

Mailing address listed at bottom of page.

View Larger Map

Back to Top


Now you can donate easily through PayPal and help an animal in need TODAY ! You can also pay the adoption fee online.

PAY the adoption fee by PayPal! Click on the Donate / PayPal link and enter your credit card information, name , address, phone #, and the pet's name. It's that easy! Please add $3.00 for this service.

Click Here For PayPal


It's simple. Just allow two cats and their offspring to breed for 10 years. In that time, you'll have produced 80,399,780 cats(this assumes two litters per year and 2.8 surviving kittens per litter).

Humans simply do not produce at these outrageous rates. Nor does every human born want a kitten.And since every cat needs a human (that's what domestic means), this adds up to a great deal of unwanted kittens and cats in our community. Please help us end this tragic overpopulation problem by spaying and neutering your pets.


Now is your chance to help make a difference in the life of a shelter animal! By sponsoring a pet at the Yancey Humane Society you will help make the dream of a forever home a reality!
Although all of our adopted pets are spayed or neutered at the time of adoption, an animal who is already "fixed" and ready to go has a much better chance of getting adopted. When you sponsor a homeless animal you can help insure their speedy adoption and the opportunity to go directly home and start their new life of comfort and happiness! For $50.00 you can get any dog or cat spayed or neutered! For $10.00 you can sponsor a rabies vaccination and for $5.00, a booster vaccination. Please specify as to the use of your donation on your check. For more information please feel free to contact the shelter!

WHY SPAY AND NEUTER? Each year more than 12 MILLION dogs, cats, kittens, and puppies, including 25% purebreds, end up in America's animal shelters. Whether lost, abandoned, or given up, most animals are a result of irresponsible ownership and uncontrolled breeding. Sadly, nearly 8 million of those animals are killed because there are simply NOT ENOUGH HOMES for them all. Millions more never make it to the shelter.
IT'S GOOD FOR YOUR PETS: 1) Spayed and neutered cats and dogs live longer, healthier lives. 2) It GREATLY reduces cancer and other hormone-related medical disorders in dogs and cats. 3) Neutered animals are less likely to roam, bite, or fight. 4) Animals have NO psychological need to reproduce.
IT'S GOOD FOR YOU: 1) Spayed and neutered pets behave better and make affectionate companions. 2) Neutered cats are less likely to spray and mark territory. 3) Spaying a female dog or cat eliminates the heat cycle.
IT'S GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY: 1) Irresponsible breeding breeds more cases of dog attacks. 2) As shelters across the country become crowded, communities are forced to pay millions of dollars to control, destroy and dispose of these unwanted, homeless animals. 3) Disease among domestic animals is greatly reduced when the population of unwanted cats and dogs is reduced and controlled.

Who We Are

The Yancey Humane Society & Animal Shelter is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. We are located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, just 30 miles north of Asheville. We take in most animals brought to us: including all strays, feral dog and cats. We accept personal pets on a case by case basis. We provide a loving temporary home until they can be placed in a permanent home. We are not a "no kill" shelter, however, we do not have a time limit or euthanize for space reasons. We make every effort to know the temperament and personality of each and every animal in our shelter. We hope no adoptable animals will slip through the system. YHS veterinary services are provided by Dr. Ted Wright of Cedar Ridge Animal Hospital in Asheville. Dr. Ted serves as our volunteer veterinarians of record. If you are looking for a pet, consider adopting from YHS. We will do our best to help match you with the perfect friend who will fit your lifestyle.

We are located next to the Cane River Middle School, at 962 Cane River School Road, just west of town.

Our shelter hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12pm til 5pm, and on Saturday from 12pm til 4pm. Closed Sunday and Wednesday.

Back to Top

Adopting a Friend

Currently, our adoption fee for puppies and dogs is $65. This fee includes worming, age appropriate vaccinations, micro-chipping, and basic spay/neuter costs. Cats and kittens adoptions are $35 and we often offer a two for one adoption fee on our felines. This fee includes worming, age appropriate vaccinations, and basic spay/neuter costs. Cats and kittens are microchipped only if requested by the adopter and there is an additional fee of $10 per pet. We strive for all animals to be spayed or neutered before going home.

NEW: You may now pay our adoption fee via PayPal or by credit card over the phone. Using PayPal, simply go to our 'donation' area and pay via PayPal, specifying that the amount is for the adoption of a (name and number of the animal.) Please include your name, address,and phone number. There is a $3.00 service fee added on to the adoption fee if you use PayPal. Please add this amount to your fee.

Volunteering and Donations

Our three mainstays vital to funding our Animal Shelter remain donations, memberships and fundraisers. From mail-in donations to store counter "doggie banks", every penny goes to the welfare of these animals. We, also, accept donations to memorialize a lost pet or favorite animal lover. Donations make great gifts for the animal lovers in your life. At the shelter we have a pet store where you can create goodie bags for your favorite pooch or kitty, with all proceeds helping their furry friends.

Back to Top

SHELTER NEWS: Be sure to visit The Barkin' Basement our 10,000 square foot resale store located in the Burnsville Plaza Shopping Center between Fred's and Go Grocery. We will have 1,000's of items being sold for pennies on the dollar. The BB has everything from furniture to antiques, clothing to electronic, housewares to books and everything in between. The Barkin' Basement is totally operated by volunteers and every penny of profit goes to the humane society. Also visit our new website at

Low cost spay & neutering is available for Yancey County Residents. Call 682-9510 for details.

Spaying and neutering pets is the answer to pet overpopulation!

We are always looking for volunteers. Volunteers can work in the shelter facility or help away from the shelter. The critters love having you come and play with them! It is great exercise to walk the dogs. If you can assist with behavior training of dogs and puppies, stop by the Shelter because you can help prepare them for adoption! If you have any questions, just call!

We accept donations of cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, and paper goods. YHS is a active participant in the Hill's Science Diet "Shelter Nutrition Program." We are not able to use or feed other brands of dog or cat food for our pets here at the shelter, however donations of dog and cat food are accepted for our community pet food bank. Please, let us know if you can lend a hand!
Renee Tomberlin - Director
Yancey Humane Society
P.O. Box 1016 Burnsville, NC 28714
Phone: 828-682-9510

[Home] [Information] [Shelters] [Search]