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.