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Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society

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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Our shelter is located on 10 rolling acres just over two miles from the Cashiers Crossroads.

During the day, our dogs run and relax in spacious outdoor runs, shaded by canopies. In the afternoon, all dogs are brought indoors where they each have their own kennel and raised bed, complete with biscuits, toys, and soothing music for enrichment.

Our cats are accommodated in two community rooms – each with a screened porch and large windows — where they are free to play and interact with other cats. Litter boxes are changed daily, and toys and various sizes and shapes of furniture are provided for enrichment.

In addition to this accommodation, we also have isolation runs, kennels, and quarantine areas where we hold all incoming animals until they are tested, wormed, and vaccinated.

About Our Shelter:

In the mid eighties, a small group of concerned residents of Cashiers, NC decided to coordinate their efforts to deal with animal welfare in the community. Initially, the members fostered the lost or abandoned animals in their own homes until owners or adopters could be found. The group promoted a spay-neuter program and humane education in the local school while operating a thrift store to finance their efforts.

In 1987, the group formalized the organization through incorporation as the Cashiers Area Humane Society. They then applied for and received tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service in 1988.

In 1991, Sirman Marvil donated a grant to the Cashiers Area Humane Society in memory of his wife, Zoe Marvil, and construction of a shelter became a reality. The Zoe Marvil Humane Center was built on a 10-acre site off Highway 64 East between Cashiers and Sapphire. An endowment fund was established to meet the annual operating costs.

In 2002, a decision was made to expand and include the neighboring town of Highlands. The name of the organization was changed to the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society. The current jurisdiction of the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society is Highlands and Jackson County, with support for neighboring communities, shelters and rescue groups.

The Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society is a non-profit, no-kill shelter for dogs and cats. As a private shelter, we receive no support from any federal, state or local agency for operating expenses. We rely on income generated from adoptions, community support, fundraising, grants, and special events to provide humane care and treatment and to secure forever homes for the animals in our care.

Come Meet our Pets:

The Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society is located on Highway 64 East, 2.3 miles from the Cashiers Crossroads. We are open to the public Monday through Saturday, from 10:00am to 4:00pm; closed on Sunday.

Mailing Address:
Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society
PO Box 638
Cashiers, NC 28717

Telephone: 828-743-5752
Fax: 828-743-7892

Shelter Address:
200 Gable Dr,
Sapphire, NC 28774

Our Adoption Process:

The benefits of adopting from the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society are:
•All dogs and cats are current on their vaccinations
•All dogs and cats are spayed/neutered prior to adoption
•All dogs and cats are implanted with a 24PetWatch microchip for permanent identification
•All dogs and cats are protected with the ShelterCare 30-day Gift of Insurance
•Adoption packages include a behavior/personality overview, medical records, and training DVD and booklet
•The adoption fee continues to provide care and support for other animals needing a home

All potential adopters must complete an adoption application and adoption agreement, as well as provide proof of identification and residency.

The cost of adoption for our animals is $85 for dogs and $75 for cats. We also encourage “slumber parties” and “overnight” stays for potential adopters to ensure the best possible home for all of our animals.

With generous support from the community, we are able to maintain high adoption rates.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

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.