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Our Featured Asheville, NC Partner:

Animal Haven of Asheville

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.

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We operate a ten acre sanctuary for homeless and abused animals including farm animals. We are a no kill sanctuary and have been in existence since 1999. We serve Western North Carolina and assist animal control agencies and shelters with cruelty cases involving farm animals and by taking in farm animals from shelters so they can free up space for domestic animals.

About Our Shelter:

We are a small non-profit animal welfare group located in East Asheville on a ten acre sanctuary. We started Animal Haven of Asheville in 1999 because we saw a need in Western North Carolina for farm animal rescue. Area shelters were unable to humanely house farm animals, through no fault of their own and many animal control agencies were hesitant to pursue cruelty cases involving farm animals because of no place to house them while it went through the court system. We currently care for over 100 animals from dogs and cats to pot belly pigs, geese, rabbits, sheep, goats, domestic pigs, ducks and turkeys. We receive no city, county or state funding and are run by volunteers ( 30 - 45). We operate a thrift shop at our sanctuary with items donated from the public and all money directly benefitting the animals. We have an extensive humane education program involving tours and/or hands on with the animals-helping feed, clean habitats, walk dogs etc. From pre-school age to college, many groups come out on a regular basis for community service and a great and new learning experience. In addition , we work in conjunction with The Swannanoa Women's Correctional Facility. For the past 4 and 1/2 years, "The New Leash On Life" program has allowed over 70 dogs to get a second chance in life. Inmates at the facility train 2 dogs, provided by Animal Haven, basic obedience, crate training, house breaking, and socialization skills over an 8 week period. These dogs, then graduate complete with pomp and circumstance to a forever home. Animal Haven then provides 2 more dogs to the program. This program is not only beneficial to the dogs but to the inmates as well. Increased morale and less grievances are just a few of the benefits evident at the facility. Animal Haven has also worked with the local chapter of Meals on Wheels for the past 7 years. We donate dog and cat food to this agency so that senior citizens are able to keep their beloved pet which in many cases is the only companion they have.
We are currently serving over 75 senior citizens in Buncombe County.

Come Meet our Pets:

Our sanctuary is located at 65 Lower Grassy Branch Road in East Asheville. We are open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Our Adoption Process:

Our adoption process involves the following:
1. Application
2. Veterinarian References
3. Home Visit - to visibly see condition of animals
already present in potential home, to check fencing
for animals, to check living conditions for animals.
4. Adoption fee is $70.00 for dogs & cats(includes
spaying/neutering, all vaccinations, heartworm
check, feline leukemia check. Adoption fee for farm
animals varies.
5. No outside cats, no outside only dogs, animal to be
returned to Animal Haven of Asheville if problem
occurs. No farm animals adopted for eating or

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.