Sunday, January 20, 2019
9:30 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:

January 6

January 13

January 20

10am start for seasoned hikers, 9:30am for new hikers.

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

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

If you are interested in learning more about how Asheville Humane Society helps animals and their people in our community, this is the class for you!  The Community Solutions Ambassador Class is designed to give volunteers the basic information needed to represent this important program to the general public both on our campus and out in the community.  Volunteers will learn basic guidelines and information about Community Solutions and what our outreach means to the community. 

Attendance at this class opens up a variety of further opportunities for volunteers to participate with our Community Solutions Program, including community outreach, medical transport, vaccination clinics, and more. 

If you have any questions or want more information, e-mail volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Adoption Counseling 101 will go over our adoption philosophy, the counseling process, and appropriate animal handling and etiquette for meeting with adopters. After this class, volunteers will be able to sign up for on-the-job shadowing with our Adoption Counselors. Adoption counseling is very hands-on and interactive with the public, so you must love people, too! This life-saving job is extremely rewarding, but also requires an open mind and an open heart, free of pre-judgements.

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center online!  Volunteers attending this class must have completed all initial animal handling classes (including Pooch Essentials, Feline Fundamentals, Canine and Feline Body Language).  Canine T.E.A.M. Training is highly recommended.

If you’re interested, but not sure if this is the right fit for you, feel free to stop by Sydney's office at the Adoption Center or email sbartson[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org with questions.

For questions about signing up online, email volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org.

Thursday, January 24, 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:

January 5 from 9-10am

January 10 from 5:30-6:30pm

January 19 from 9-10am

January 24 from 5:30-6:30pm

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center!

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

Thursday, January 24, 2019
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Learn all about what cats are telling us through non-verbal communication!  This class explores the various expressions of our feline friends and also shows how your body language can influence their reactions to you.  The material is great for your volunteer and foster work and for your interactions with any cats you may encounter every day! 

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center online after completing initial service requirements.

If you are a foster and do not have access to the Volunteer Information Center online, please reserve your spot HERE.

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

Saturday, January 26, 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:

January 3 from 5:30-6:30pm

January 12 from 9-10am

January 17 from 5:30-6:30pm

January 26 from 9-10am

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center online.

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