COVID-19: Review all up-to-date changes for each department HERE. Phase 2 begins May 30.

Our Adoption Center is temporarily closed, but now scheduling adoptions-by-appointment. Click the link above for details.


Though Volunteer and Foster Information Sessions are currently on hold as we update our process and begin virtual volunteer onboarding, we still need help in our thrift store right now!  Please click HERE to learn more!

From washing dishes and helping with community outreach, to providing comfort for an animal in need, Asheville Humane Society’s lifesaving Volunteer and Foster Programs offer a wide variety of opportunities for animal lovers to use their unique talents and skills to help the animals of Buncombe County!

Our volunteers provide much-needed socialization and enrichment for our animals, assist staff in daily cleaning activities, raise funds in our thrift store, provide support for all departments, and offer their varied expertise in many different ways each day. Our foster families help us save lives by providing a temporary, loving and restful retreat for animals in need. Volunteers and foster families also have the opportunity to receive additional training through a variety of seminars and classes. 

Asheville Humane Society volunteers and foster families help us ensure that Buncombe County’s pets and their people are safe, healthy, and thriving!

If you are interested in fostering a pet, please visit the foster page of our website HERE!

If you are interested in joining our volunteer team, please check this page over the next few weeks as we update our volunteer onboarding procedure.  Due to COVID-19, we have had to make many adjustments, but our new and innovative virtual volunteer onboarding will be available soon. This new procedure will create a convenient way for anyone interested to begin volunteering with Asheville Humane Society easily!  

*While we welcome volunteers ages 10 and up, volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

To view our Volunteer Opportunity Directory, click here:


Asheville Humane Society is certified by Points of Light as a Service Enterprise, an organization that fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills to successfully deliver on its social mission. AHS joins a prestigious group of nonprofits as one of only three Service Enterprise Certified organizations in the entire state of North Carolina and one of nine certified animal welfare organizations in the U.S., including Best Friends Animal Society. Research conducted by the TCC Group, a national program and evaluation firm, found that organizations operating as Service Enterprises outperform peer organizations on all aspects of organizational effectiveness and are more adaptable, sustainable, and capable of scaling their work.