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Asheville is home to several shelters, rescues, and nonprofits committed to promoting animal welfare, caring for homeless pets, and providing education and resources for the local community.

The Asheville Humane Society was established in 1984, originally as the Buncombe County Friends for Animals Inc., to reunite, rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome the needy animals of Asheville and the surrounding area. In September 2010, they partnered with the county to operate two facilities: the society's Adoption and Education Center and the Buncombe County Animal Shelter. Together, their dedicated work includes sheltering homeless animals, adoption services, a foster program, low-cost vaccine clinics, educational programs, and food and veterinary care assistance. All animals are accepted with open arms through the Buncombe County Shelter building and provided with a warm bed, food, medical attention, vaccinations, behavioral consultation, and a comfortable space to live. The organization is committed to providing every animal that comes through their doors a new lease on life with a loving family of their own. As the only open admission shelter in the county, the Asheville Humane Society will never say they're full or close their doors to any animal in need.

Another compassionate organization serving the animals of Asheville is Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. The Asheville location of this charity was founded in 2007 to provide life-saving programs and resources to make entirely no-kill communities. Since then, the rescue has grown to have four additional chapters in various cities. The Asheville chapter works to rescue the city's homeless animals, find them loving homes, and advocate for animal welfare. Brother Wolf strongly believes in community engagement as an outlet to fuel its no-kill mission, recruit volunteers, and successfully operate their adoption and foster programs.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Asheville

  • Admission $8.00
    Month September
    Duration 12p.m.-5p.m.

    #1 Dog Day Afternoon

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    This event is one big puppy party hosted by Asheville's Mix 96.5 in celebration of the canines we love! Occurring at the Salvage Station Riverside Restaurant, this is the only day all year the dogs are welcome to romp around the beautiful riverfront location. The event features an adopt-a-thon, entertainment by the Ultimate Air Dogs, music, animal seminars, food trucks, a wiener dog race, doggie contests, craft brews, and more! A portion of the proceeds benefit the Asheville Humane Society, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, Charlie's Angels, and Boxer Butts and Other Mutts.
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 10AM-5PM

    #2 Three Dog Bakery

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    Three Dog Bakery is a dog-friendly, animal loving establishment baking healthy, human-quality dog biscuits with premium natural ingredients. All of their wholesome and delectable goods exclude salt, sugar, chemicals, and animal fat. Browse the bakery with your dog along to sniff out some treats for all of your puppy pals and even your feline friends. They also carry leashes, toys, treat jars, beds, bowls, and more dog-approved products, making it a one-stop shop for all of your furry friend gift giving! The Three Dog Bakery is a wonder to behold from four legs!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Open 24 Hours

    #3 Azalea Park & Dog Park

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    This 155-acre park is recognized as one of Asheville's very best, featuring trails, picnic areas, lakes, soccer fields, disc golf, and most importantly, a well-maintained dog park! The off-leash park has two separate fenced areas, one for small dogs and one for large. There are plenty of shade trees, benches, and wide open spaces, making this dog park an ideal space for pets to run and play! Each fenced section has its own big water cooler with doggie dishes and the large dog area contains a relaxing gazebo. Once your dog runs all their sillies out, you can put them back on-leash to walk through the park, on the trails, and to the river access!
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  • Admission $14.00
    Duration Hours Vary

    #4 North Carolina Arboretum

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    The North Carolina Arboretum is a perfect outdoor outing to hike and explore with your furry friends! All trails and grounds are dog-friendly, with the exception of buildings and some garden areas. Whether you are in seek of an easy stroll or a strenuous hike, the Arboretum has an endeavor for you. Each trail in the extensive system is rated either easy, easy to moderate, moderate, or difficult. This allows dogs of all ages, sizes, and health status' to enjoy some refreshing exercise! There are even some trailside streams for them to cool off in. Come explore the Arboretum with your canine companion!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 9a.m.-5p.m.

    #5 Biltmore Estate

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    Nestled in the mountains of Asheville, the Biltmore Estate is George Vanderbilt's 8,000-acre estate established more than a century ago and it is dog-friendly! Vistors are welcome to wander the elegantly landscaped gardens and grounds with leashed dogs or explore inside the 250-room chateau. Though dogs aren't allowed inside the house, the grounds offer self-service kennels to house your pal while you tour inside! The kennels are unattended and meant for short spans of time. Each kennel locks and you take the key along with you while you're inside. Admission includes not only access to explore the house and grounds, but also exhibition viewing and free tastings at the Winery. The grounds are perfect for walking your leashed pets and you are encouraged to bring them along!
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