Adoption Center open Tues. - Sat., 10am - 6pm (naptime 1 - 2pm) with no appointment needed!

Let’s Pause for Paws! AHS Begins Naptime for Pets on October 4th!

Asheville Humane Society’s goal is to stay informed on best practices and adjust our procedures as needed so that every animal receives the best quality of life we can provide.

We recognize that all aspects of an animal’s experience during their time with us will have an impact on their physical, emotional and behavioral health. Implementing a designated daily naptime is a recommended way to improve the overall health and wellbeing of the animals in our care.

Research shows that chronic stimulation can have a negative impact on dogs and cats. Animal behavior experts agree that pets in shelter and kennel environments benefit tremendously when allowed at least one hour of downtime during the day.

Regular naptimes will allow the animal’s body to return to normal state of stimulation, which helps mitigate stress, illness and over-arousal. Beginning October 4th, our dog and cat rooms will be closed from 1-2pm to staff, volunteers and customers in order to give our animals their much-needed daily break. Thank you for understanding!

Our lobby and retail store will remain open and customers are welcome to watch our educational videos, view available animals on our website and make retail purchases until naptime is over.

We hope you’ll agree that naptime is a wonderful opportunity for the animals to settle down, reset and prepare to meet their forever families! 

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