Saturday, September 29, 2018
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Help our rowdy dogs learn their manners in Canine Charm School!  This class is for volunteers who have been through Canine T.E.A.M. Training and are ready to help our dogs become more adoptable.  During this class, our Behavior Department will go over positive based techniques to use while volunteering with our high-energy or rowdy dogs.  In this class volunteers will work directly with a dog who will benefit from participating.

Upcoming Canine Charm School dates:

September 1 from 2-3pm

September 29 from 2-3pm

Sign up for these sessions through the Volunteer Information Center online!

Sunday, September 30, 2018
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:

September 9

September 16

September 30

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

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

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

If you’re interested in learning how to build enrichment items for the cats at the shelter and in foster care, this is the workshop for you!  Our cat enrichment volunteer will guide the workshop, showing attendees how to create cardboard cat scratchers, box puzzles, and fleece catnip toys for the cats in the shelter and in foster care.  These items improve the lives of shelter cats by giving them enriching activities to occupy the time they’re spending in their kennels, which decreases the instances of illness and behavioral issues in shelter cats. 

Even if you can’t attend this workshop, please consider bringing some of the supplies that we’ll repurpose to make even more enrichment items for the animals!  If you will be coming to the class, please bring the supplies with you, if you will not be at the class, feel free to drop them off at the Adoption Center front desk anytime during our open hours (Tuesday from 10am until 7pm and Wednesday through Saturday 10am until 6pm).

Needed supplies (for this workshop and future enrichment items):

  • Cardboard tubes (like paper towel or toilet paper tubes)
  • Corks
  • Clean, tape and staple-free corrugated cardboard
  • Clean, tape and staple-free cereal-type boxes
  • Catnip
  • Egg cartons (any type except Styrofoam)
  • Dowels (less than ½ inch diameter and at least 24 inches long would be best)
  • Clean and dry potato chip-type bags (shiny and “crinkley”)
  • Wire hangers

Reserve your spot for this workshop HERE!

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

Saturday, October 6, 2018
2:00 PM to 3:00 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 but would like to attend, please reserve your spot HERE!

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

Saturday, October 13, 2018
5:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Asheville Humane Society's 15th annual Taste of Compassion Gala and Auction is coming up! Volunteers are instrumental in ensuring that this fundraiser is successful and we would love your help!  For more information about Taste of Compassion 2018, please see our event page HERE!

If you can help, please sign up through the Volunteer Information Center online for Taste of Compassion on October 13, 2018!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
6:00 PM to 7:00 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.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
6:00 PM to 7:00 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!

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, October 25, 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:

September 27 from 5:30-6:30pm

October 6 from 9 - 10am

October 11 from 5:30 - 6:30pm

October 20 from 9 - 10am

October 25 from 5:30 - 6:30pm

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center!

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

Saturday, October 27, 2018
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Feline Fundamentals Class

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:

October 4 from 5:30-6:30pm

October 13 from 9-10am

October 18 from 5:30-6:30pm

October 27 from 9-10am

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center online.

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

Saturday, October 27, 2018
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Learn all about what dogs are telling us through non-verbal communication!  This class 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! 

Sign up through the Volunteer Information Center online.

If you are a foster and do not have access to the Volunteer Information Center but would like to attend, reserve your spot HERE!

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