Sunday, May 19, 2019
8:30 AM to 1:00 PM

One of our most popular volunteer activities is our Hiking Hounds program!  Volunteers take our most energetic shelter dogs on hikes as part of our enrichment programming.  There are no prerequisites and participants are not required to be current volunteers.  If you love hiking in the great outdoors with dogs who are excited to be out of the shelter for a while, this is the activity for you!

For more information about Hiking Hounds (including physical requirements and guidelines) or to request an application, please e-mail ahshikinghounds[at]outlook[dot]com.

Upcoming Hiking Hounds Dates:

April 28

May 5

May 12

May 19

9am start for seasoned hikers, 8:30am for new hikers.

*Space is limited.  Confirmed reservations are required for each hike.  

Thursday, May 23, 2019
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

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. 

Upcoming Pooch Essentials Class dates and times:

May 4 from 9-10am

May 9 from 5:30-6:30pm

May 18 from 9-10am

May 23 from 5:30-6:30pm

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center!

E-mail volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org with questions.

Saturday, May 25, 2019
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Get ready to be hands-on with our feline friends!  This class is required before current volunteers are able to interact with cats and kittens at the Adoption Center.  Prerequisites: completion of basic service requirements.  

Upcoming Feline Fundamentals Class dates and times:

May 2 from 5:30-6:30pm

May 11 from 9-10am

May 16 from 5:30-6:30pm

May 25 from 9-10am

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center online.

E-mail volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org with questions. 

Saturday, May 25, 2019
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

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.

If you do not have access to the Volunteer Information Center, click HERE to rsvp!

E-mail volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org with questions.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Our counselors need your help! Want to get more involved with adoptions and play a larger role on the front end? Do you enjoy working with the public? Then maybe adoption processing is for you! Join us for this hands-on training to learn how to process adoptions and see our animals through the final stages of reaching their forever homes! 

After this training and once our guests have worked with an Adoption Counselor and decided to adopt, you will step in to help them complete the adoption contract and send their new family member home with them! It is an incredibly rewarding job, so we hope you’ll join us and enjoy this new volunteer opportunity!

How it works:

Sign up for this training through the Volunteer Information Center online.

Once training is complete, sign up for shifts to shadow an adoption counselor processing adoptions.  You may sign up for shifts shadowing until you feel comfortable processing adoptions independently. 

When you've got the hang of it, you’ll have the ability to sign up for shifts to start processing adoptions on your own!

Email volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org with questions.