Please consider becoming a Thrift Store volunteer! We are seeking friendly, helpful people who would love to help us raise money for the animals. 100% of our thrift store proceeds benefit animals in need and YOU can make a real difference in the life of homeless animals.
If you have some extra time at home, our Foster Department would love for you to make cat scratchers!
There are many ways to make DIY cat scratchers, but here are some directions for a type we love to use:
Due to the state's Stay Home order, Asheville Humane must restrict volunteer activities. Until further notice, we will have no on-campus volunteer activities or classes. For more information on the state’s order, please check the state's information here, https://www.nc.gov/covid19/covid19-news-releases.
Please see the Classes and Activities page of our website for at-home volunteer opportunities!
We miss our volunteers and can't wait to have you back on campus with us!
Effective Tuesday, March 17, all Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center and Buncombe County Animal Shelter volunteers, with the exception of trained Canine T.E.A.M. volunteers, are to stop reporting for their volunteer shifts. While all AHS volunteers are an essential part of our organization and mission, we have made this difficult decision to keep everyone healthy and to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. As this is uncharted territory for everyone, we do not know how long this directive will last.
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.
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.
Learn all about what dogs are telling us through non-verbal communication! This class, taught by dog behavior experts, 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!
Volunteers - sign up through the Volunteer Information Center online.
In this class we will go over the specifics involved with caring for our most precious and critical shelter animals: bottle babies. Attendees will learn how to properly feed them, keep them warm and comfortable, and get them through their most crucial life stage. You may even get to see a feeding demonstration on a neonatal kitten!