This year may have been one of the worst in our memory, but at Asheville Humane, we saw the very best in people. We watched in awe as over 600 families flooded our inbox with responses after we put out an emergency call for foster homes. When our volunteers couldn’t come on site for everyone’s safety, we saw packages arrive on our doorstep each day, of homemade toys and gifts for the animals they missed so much. Adopters stepped up to take home the senior dog with one eye and the cat who needed lifelong specialized medical care. Longtime supporters asked, “How can I help?” and wrote checks to keep our lifesaving work going. A little boy donated $60 to the animals that he earned by selling homemade cookies, hot chocolate and candy canes.
It takes a village. It takes hard work. And it takes creativity in times of crisis. When on-site visitors were restricted, we offered the community much-needed pet supplies via drive-up clinics. When our Adoption Center was closed, we navigated adoptions by matching families with their new friends virtually. When kitten season came upon us like a tidal wave, we devised streamlined, contactless foster appointments and remote telemedicine to save hundreds of the littlest lives. When we needed more funds to expand our lifesaving programs, we persevered in opening our new thrift store as planned (with public safety precautions in mind) to earn more revenue for the animals. When the kennels started to fill up, we drove trucks full of precious cargo to our rescue partners up north. When animals risked going hungry, we increased pet food donations to human pantries so neither pets nor their people would go without. We helped a man who was living in a tent after losing his job and housing due to the pandemic, because he would go to any lengths to keep his beloved dogs. We made sure they stayed together. Thanks to the dedication of our volunteers, fosters, donors, supporters and staff, we managed to have a banner year for helping animals despite the hardships.
Our community came together during the most difficult of years, to help those most vulnerable without a voice of their own… the animals. As the only open-admission shelter serving all of Buncombe County, animals in need (over 9,000 each year) will continue to rely on us every day. We can sleep at night knowing that so many wonderful people are willing to step up to help us provide care to each and every one of the furry friends who need a second chance… or even a third or fourth. We are here for them. We’re here for you. And we are forever grateful for your support, this year and beyond!
This is your last chance to have your gift DOUBLED to help more animals who will need lifesaving care in the coming year. A generous friend is matching all donations, up to $50,000, through midnight tonight! Please give today so, together, we can give them a brighter future!
Thank you for your compassion and generosity!