Saturday, December 16, 2017
11:30 AM to 12:30 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. 

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

Saturday, December 16, 2017
3:00 PM to 4:30 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 paperwork 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, sign up for shifts to start processing adoptions on your own!

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

Tuesday, December 19, 2017
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Take the first step towards becoming a volunteer with Asheville Humane Society!  This information session will explain types of volunteer work, our Foster Program, volunteer guidelines, and how volunteers are instrumental in helping Asheville Humane Society give every animal in Buncombe County a life worth living!  Following the info session, attendees will be given a tour of our beautiful campus.

We welcome junior volunteers ages 10 and up when attending with a parent or guardian!

For more information about completing an application, please see the Volunteer Program page HERE.

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

**Reservations required**

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
3:00 PM to 4:00 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 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.

Our foster families are invited to join us for this class! If you are a foster and would like to attend, please email volunteer@ashevillehumane to request a seat. 

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

Saturday, December 23, 2017
9:00 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:

December 6th from 5:30-6:30pm

December 9th from 9-10am

December 20th from 5:30-6:30pm

December 23rd from 9-10am

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center online.

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

Wednesday, December 27, 2017
11:45 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:

December 2nd from 9-10am

December 13th from 5:30-6:30pm

December 16th from 9-10am

December 27th from 5:30-6:30pm

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center!

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

Sunday, December 31, 2017
11:45 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:

  • 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 before your first outing.
Sunday, December 31, 2017
11:45 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:

December 3rd

December 10th

December 17th

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

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