Our Adoption Center is OPEN with no appointment needed!


*Please note that masks are mandatory for all visitors to our Animal Care Campus, as required by Buncombe County and the City of Asheville.*


Current Adoptions Procedure (Updated September 18, 2020):  

In an effort to better serve the animals in our care, while keeping the safety of our staff and visitors a priority, we are discontinuing adoption appointments and reopening our Adoption Center to a limited number of walk-ins at a time to meet animals for adoption.

A set number of customers will be welcomed inside to adopt on a first come, first served basis. Safety protocols such as masks required, contactless temperature readings and social distancing within the building will remain the same. If the building reaches our set capacity, potential adopters will have socially distant options available to wait until the next spot opens.

Our hours of operation are Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm, with animal naptime each day from 1-2pm.

Please Note:

  • Masks are required for the safety of our adopters and staff.
  • When you arrive at the Adoption Center, a temperature reading will be taken with a contactless thermometer for you and anyone in your party. If reading is 100.4 or above, we ask that you please return home. 

Adoptions will still happen on a first come, first served basis. We will also continue to follow our practice of Open Adoptions, meaning each potential adopter will meet one-on-one with a trained Adoption Counselor to ensure the match is a good fit for both the animal and their new family.

Thank you for your patience and ongoing support during this unprecedented time, and we look forward to helping you find your new best friend!

If you would like to view our adoptable pets, click the links below:



Welcome to our Nancy Hiscoe Clark Adoption and Education Center, the culmination of 35 years of hard work by compassionate animal lovers and the generous philanthropy of private citizens!

If you would like to view our adoptable pets, click the links below:

View Available Dogs

View Available Cats

View Available Small Pets

View Available Barnyard Pets

All animals in our Adoption Center come from the Buncombe County Animal Shelter located next door. Each day we transfer in as many as possible to re-home.

In addition to puppies, kittens, dogs and cats, we also offer various small mammals as pets including rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, and ferrets.

While awaiting their new homes, animals in our Adoption Center are housed in state-of-the-art condos with plenty of enrichment items including toys, comfy blankets and beds.

Our Adoption Center is a warm, welcoming environment that offers get acquainted rooms and exercise yards so you can visit with the animals that capture your heart.

Our professional Adoption Counselors provide one-on-one counseling so you can select a pet that meets your expectations and lifestyle.

We have two goals at our Adoption and Education Center: to save lives and match you with the love of your life.

We look forward to meeting you and connecting you with an animal who is waiting for you!

Thank you for helping us save lives of homeless animals. Together, as a community of animal lovers, we can eliminate animal homelessness.