Saturday, December 14, 2019
1:00 PM to 2:30 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.

Fosters - please email volunteer[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org to reserve your spot.

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

Saturday, December 21, 2019
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

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 7 from 9-10am

December 12 from 5:30-6:30pm

December 21 from 9-10am

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center!

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

Sunday, December 22, 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:

December 1

December 15

December 22

We are now on our winter hours with a10am start for seasoned hikers, 9:30am for new hikers.

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

Saturday, December 28, 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:

December 5 from 5:30-6:30pm

December 14 from 9-10am

December 19 from 5:30-6:30pm

December 28 from 9-10am

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center online.

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

Saturday, December 28, 2019
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Do you have an interest in learning about how dogs communicate?  Have you always wanted to learn how to effectively train a dog?  Do you have a desire to help our dogs cope with the Shelter Environment?  Great… because we need YOU!
As part of the Canine T.E.A.M. (training, enrichment, and more) Program, you will have a huge impact on the dogs in our care.

  • We will show you the ins and outs of understanding how our dogs communicate with one another (and us!)
  • You will work hands on with our dogs in our brand new Charm School and Timid Dog Programs
  • You will help us during the most exciting part of a shelter dog’s stay…  Playgroup!
  • Learn the role and impact that Click to Calm has on our dogs in the shelter
  • Provide in and out of kennel enrichment for our shelter dogs
  • See the progress and success of your hard work first hand!

If you'd like to join the Canine T.E.A.M. or simply learn more, please sign up for this training session through the Volunteer Information Center online!

Prerequisites:

  • Volunteer and Foster Information Session
  • Completion of basic service hours
  • Attendance at Pooch Essentials and Canine Body Language Classes.

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