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Adopting A Friend


Find The Love of Your Life At Asheville Humane Society!

Our progressive adoption program places thousands of lost, abandoned and unwanted pets with loving families each year. Adoption fees range from ‘Pick Your Price’ for adult cats to various fees for kittens. Dogs and puppies range between $35-$250. These fees help offset the cost of evaluation, housing, feeding and medical care for the thousands of animals that need our help. We do our best to keep our adoption prices reasonable while generating income to support our goal of caring for animals available for adoption until we can place them in a loving home.

The adoption fee for each animal varies and is dependent on many factors including: age, size, behavior, medical condition and public demand. Animals with a higher adoption price provide us with more resources for the other animals in our care who may need extensive medical care or more time to find a loving home.

Our adopters tell us that our professional adoption counselors are warm, friendly, informative and patient as they assist adopters in finding a love match. Our mission is to help you find a pet that meets your expectations and lifestyle.

Our staff is helpful and courteous throughout the process. You’re invited to visit with a prospective pet in one of our get acquainted rooms. We also offer Meet-N-Greets for adopters wishing to introduce a current dog to a potential new playmate.

For more information regarding our adoption procedure, please contact our Adoption Center Manager Pam Burgess at adoptions@ashevillehumane.org.

What Does The Adoption Fee Cover?

Each adoption includes:
Spay/Neuter surgery
A microchip and 1-year complimentary registration
Rabies vaccination
First series of vaccinations
Diagnostic tests
Initial flea treatment and prevention
An identification tag and collar
Coupon for free Science Diet pet food
One month of complimentary pet health insurance
Free office visit with a participating Buncombe County veterinarian

Who We Are

We rescue, reunite, rehabilitate and re-home more than 4,500 homeless animals each year in our community.

Mission of Asheville Humane Society

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


Asheville Humane Society was formed in 1984 as Buncombe County Friends for Animals Inc., primarily as a governing body for the County Pet Adoption Center and Animal Shelter, which was previously operated by the County. Asheville Humane Society has operated the Shelter since September 1990. In September 2010, Asheville Humane Society, in partnership with Buncombe County, opened the Animal Care Campus. The campus comprises two facilities: Asheville Humane Society Adoption and Education Center and the Buncombe County Animal Shelter. The two facilities sit side by side and work in tandem in a public-private partnership that serves as a national model for other communities hoping to work collaboratively on eradicating animal homelessness.

Asheville Humane Society
Adoption and Education Center

Buncombe County Animal Shelter

Who is Asheville Humane Society?

Asheville Humane Society is the oldest, and was for many years the only, organization devoted to animal welfare in Buncombe County.

Over 25 years ago in 1984, a group of brave and dedicated private citizens uncovered inhumane practices in the public pound and persuaded the County to give their private organization (then Buncombe County Friends for Animals) the responsibility for animal related operations. The public shelter was in an old maintenance garage where over 14,000 animals were dropped off annually. Under volunteer non-profit leadership the gas chamber was abolished, the first animal care professionals were recruited and for many years Asheville Humane Society was the sole combatant against animal cruelty in this part of the state. Much of the money to do this was raised privately to augment the County contribution to sheltering. Then and now, all funds related to the rehabilitation of animals, the sheltering of animals awaiting adoption, the fostering of recovering animals, the recruitment of volunteers and the rehoming of animals is privately raised by Asheville Humane Society. This includes every cent of the building and operation costs of the beautiful Nancy Hiscoe Clark Adoption and Education Center next door to the new state-of-the-art Buncombe County Animal Shelter. Together the two buildings represent a public/private partnership that is drawing national attention in animal welfare circles.

Asheville Humane Society is the only open admission shelter in the County, the only one that can never, and will never, close its doors or say we’re full.

Come Visit Us


 Asheville Humane Society Adoption and Education Center
14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville NC 28806

Hours of Operation for the Adoption Center

OPEN: Tuesday –Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Our animals have naptime between 1p and 2pm; therefore, they aren't available to be visited with during this time period. 
CLOSED: Sunday and Monday

Phone: (828) 761-2001

Fax: (828) 761-2009

Adoptions: adoptions@ashevillehumane.org

Volunteer Services: volunteer@ashevillehumane.org

Donations: donations@ashevillehumane.org

Public Relations: publicrelations@ashevillehumane.org

General Information / Administration: office@ashevillehumane.org

Driving Directions:

Asheville Humane Society is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane near the intersection of state road 191/Brevard Road and Pond Road, just south of the WNC Farmer’s Market.

From downtown Asheville, take I-240 to the Brevard Road exit 1B, make a left onto 191 and drive one mile past WNC Farmer’s Market and the Moose Café to the next traffic light. Make right on to Pond Road and make the first immediate left onto Forever Friend Lane. The Adoption Center is the red building on the left hand side.

From the south, take I-26 north bound to Brevard Road exit 33, make left onto Brevard Road and travel 1.2 miles past REACH Animal Hospital to the first stoplight. Make a left at stoplight which is Pond Road, and make the first immediate left onto Forever Friend Lane. The Adoption Center is the red building on the left hand side.

We look forward to seeing you.


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