Saturday, July 21, 2018
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Attention - This class has been canceled for this month!

I'm sorry for the inconvenience.  We have to use the classroom to house dogs for right now and will not have an available space to host the class.

 

Learn all about what dogs are telling us through non-verbal communication!  This class explores the various expressions of our canine friends and also shows how your body language can influence their reactions to you. 

The material is great for your volunteer or foster work and for your interactions with any dogs you may encounter every day! 

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center online.

If you do not have access to the Volunteer Information Center but would like to attend, please click HERE to reserve your spot!

E-mail volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org with questions.

Saturday, July 21, 2018
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Attention - This class has been canceled for this month!

I'm sorry for the inconvenience.  We have to use the classroom to house dogs for right now and will not have an available space to host the class.

 

Do you have an interest in learning about how dogs communicate?  Have you always wanted to learn how to effectively train a dog?  Do you have a desire to help our dogs cope with the Shelter Environment?  Great… because we need YOU!
As part of the Canine T.E.A.M. (training, enrichment, and more) Program, you will have a huge impact on the dogs in our care.

  • We will show you the ins and outs of understanding how our dogs communicate with one another (and us!)
  • You will work hands on with our dogs in our brand new Charm School and Timid Dog Programs
  • You will help us during the most exciting part of a shelter dog’s stay…  Playgroup!
  • Learn the role and impact that Click to Calm has on our dogs in the shelter
  • Provide in and out of kennel enrichment for our shelter dogs
  • See the progress and success of your hard work first hand!

If you'd like to join the Canine T.E.A.M. or simply learn more, please sign up for this training session through the Volunteer Information Center online!

Prerequisites:

  • Volunteer and Foster Information Session
  • Completion of basic service hours
  • Attendance at Pooch Essentials and Canine Body Language Classes.

Email volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org with questions.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Our counselors need your help! Want to get more involved with adoptions and play a larger role on the front end? Do you enjoy working with the public? Then maybe adoption processing is for you! Join us for this hands-on training to learn how to process adoptions and see our animals through the final stages of reaching their forever homes! 

After this training and once our guests have worked with an Adoption Counselor and decided to adopt, you will step in to help them complete the adoption contract and send their new family member home with them! It is an incredibly rewarding job, so we hope you’ll join us and enjoy this new volunteer opportunity!

How it works:

Sign up for this training through the Volunteer Information Center online.

Once training is complete, sign up for shifts to shadow an adoption counselor processing adoptions.  You may sign up for shifts shadowing until you feel comfortable processing adoptions independently. 

When you've got the hang of it, you’ll have the ability to sign up for shifts to start processing adoptions on your own!

Email volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org with questions.

Thursday, July 26, 2018
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Get ready to be hands-on with our canine friends!  This class is required before current volunteers are able to interact with dogs and puppies at the Adoption Center. 

Prerequisites: completion of basic service requirements. 

Upcoming Pooch Essentials Class dates and times:

June 28 from 5:30-6:30pm

July 7 from 9-10am

July 12 from 5:30-6:30pm

July 21 from 9-10am

July 26 from 5:30-6:30pm

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center online!

E-mail volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org with questions.

Saturday, July 28, 2018
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Get ready to be hands-on with our feline friends!  This class is required before current volunteers are able to interact with cats and kittens at the Adoption Center.  Prerequisites: completion of basic service requirements.  

Upcoming Feline Fundamentals Class dates and times:

July 5 from 5:30-6:30pm

July 14 fvom 9-10am

July 19 from 5:30-6:30pm

July 28 from 9-10am

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center online.

E-mail volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org with questions. 

Saturday, July 28, 2018
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Learn all about what cats are telling us through non-verbal communication!  This class explores the various expressions of our feline friends and also shows how your body language can influence their reactions to you.  The material is great for your volunteer and foster work and for your interactions with any cats you may encounter every day! 

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center online after completing initial service requirements.

If you do not have access to the Volunteer Information Center online but would like to attend, please click HERE to reserve your space!

E-mail volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org with questions.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
11:30 PM to 11:45 PM

Our Urban Tails program is a fun way to get our dogs out to enjoy the world while they’re waiting for their forever homes! Volunteers take dogs on an outing, away from the shelter, for up to two hours.  

Not only does Urban Tails provide much needed exercise for the shelter dogs, it also serves as a great source of information for the staff and volunteers who will be speaking with potential adopters.  After each outing, Urban Tails volunteers record feedback on a prepared form, noting things like the dog’s reaction to the car ride, how they handled bicycles and distractions, and other items of interest.  This information will help staff members make successful matches between dogs and potential adopters.

To participate in our Urban Tails program, volunteers follow these steps:

  • Attend a volunteer orientation
  • Complete three hours of our basic service assignments
  • Attend Pooch Essentials Class
  • Attend Canine Body Language Class
  • Email volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org to set up an Urban Tails orientation before your first outing.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Babies, babies, babies! In this class we will go over the specifics involved with caring for our most precious and critical shelter animals: neonates!

Attendees will learn how to properly feed them, keep them warm and comfortable, and get them through their most crucial life stage. We welcome anyone interested to attend, no prerequisites and you are not required to be a current foster or volunteer! After all, you never know when you'll stumble across some babies that need you!

Please RSVP for this class HERE!

Thursday, August 9, 2018
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Are you interested in helping some of our more timid kitties come out of their shell?  Join us for our Fostering Fearful Felines class and learn how you can help our cats learn to trust people!  During this class, we’ll go over foster care requirements, methods to socialize, and how to use feline body language to eliminate fearful interactions.  The material covered in this class is great for your work with fearful foster kitties and also any timid cats you may encounter day to day.

Fostering fearful cats is a rewarding way to help homeless kitties find their confidence and capture the heart of an adopter and this class will give you all the tools you need to do just that!

RSVP for this class HERE!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Canine Adoption Counseling 101 will go over Asheville Humane’s adoption philosophy, the counseling process, and appropriate animal handling for meeting with adopters. Upon completion of Canine Adoption Counseling 101, you will be able to sign up for on-the-job training with staff Adoption Counselors who are counseling dog adoptions. This job is very hands-on and interactive with the public-- so you must love people, too! It is an extremely rewarding job, but also requires an open mind and an open heart, free of pre-judgements.

Adoption Counselors greet visitors, talk to them about specific animals, and take the animals our into visiting rooms or yards to facilitate meet-and-greets. You will be on your feet and active, while having the opportunity to help excited guests search for their new family member. 

Prerequisites for this training include completion of a Volunteer and Foster Information Session, basic service requirements, Pooch Essentials Class, Canine Body Language Class, and Canine T.E.A.M. Training.  

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center online!