Thursday, March 22, 2018
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:

  • March 3 from 9-10am
  • March 8 from 5:30-6:30pm
  • March 17 from 9-10am
  • March 22 from 5:30-6:30pm

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center online!

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

Saturday, March 24, 2018
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:

  • March 1 from 5:30-6:30pm
  • March 10 from 9-10am
  • March 15 from 5:30-6:30pm
  • March 24 from 9-10am

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center online.

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

Sunday, March 25, 2018
9:30 AM to 1:00 PM

One of our most popular volunteer activities is our Hiking Hounds program!  Volunteers take 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 the great outdoors and dogs, this is the activity for you!

For more information about Hiking Hounds or to request an application, please e-mail ahshikinghounds[at]outlook[dot]com.

Upcoming Hiking Hounds Dates:

March 11th

March 18th

March 25th

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

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

Monday, March 26, 2018
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

This guided training will provide the tools you need to work with shelter dogs who are going through our CGC Readiness Program. 

The Canine Good Citizen Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community, stressing responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs.  Our CGC Readiness Program will prepare dogs to pass this test with their new family and will boost the participating dogs’ likelihood of a quick adoption. 

The dogs participating in this program have a sign on their kennel indicating that only volunteers and staff members who have been trained through these sessions will have the ability to work with them. 

To participate in this training, each volunteer must have completed volunteer orientation, basic service requirements, Pooch Essentials Class, and Canine Body Language Class.  Sign up for each session is limited to eight volunteers and the option to schedule will automatically close when the session is full. 

Upcoming training dates (5pm-6pm each day):

March 5th 

March 12th

March 19th

March 26th

Eligible volunteers may schedule themselves through the Volunteer Information Center.  For your first shift we ask that you come in 30 minutes early for a brief orientation.

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

Friday, March 30, 2018
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Our Urban Tails program is a fun way to get our dogs out to enjoy the world while they’re waiting for their forever homes! 

Not only does Urban Tails provide much needed exercise for the shelter dogs, it also serves as a great source of information for the staff and volunteers who will be speaking with potential adopters.  After each outing, Urban Tails volunteers record feedback on a prepared form, noting things like the dog’s reaction to the car ride, how they handled bicycles and distractions, and other items of interest.  This information will help staff members make successful matches between dogs and potential adopters.

To participate in our Urban Tails program, volunteers follow these steps:

  • Attend a volunteer orientation
  • Complete three hours of our basic service assignments
  • Attend Pooch Essentials Class
  • Attend Canine Body Language Class
  • Email volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org to set up an Urban Tails orientation to set up a brief orientation before your first outing!
Saturday, March 31, 2018
4:00 PM to 5:00 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.