Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.
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.
Asheville Humane Society is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization with paid employees and volunteers. AHS is governed by a fifteen member, active, volunteer Board of Directors and supported by more than 800 general members. AHS receives payments from Buncombe County and the City of Asheville under a contract arrangement to operate the only open admission Shelter in Buncombe County located at 16 Forever Friend Lane. AHS's Adoption Center located at 14 Forever Friend Lane is soley supported by donations, memberships, grants, fundraising and program revenue.
Buncombe County Animal Shelter
(for Surrenders, Strays and Reclaims)
Monday-Saturday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
16 Forever Friend Lane
Asheville, NC 28806
Why should you adopt?
Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.