Project SANTA stands for Supporting Animal Needs Through Action. This project is similar to the classic “Toys for Tots” but provides needed supplies, food, toys, and monetary donations to the animals of Henderson and Buncombe counties through the no-kill shelters of Brother Wolf and the Blue Ridge Humane Society.
Animal Shelters and Rescues
For over 30 years Asheville Humane Society has been saving homeless Buncombe County animals. Today we operate both our own state-of-the-art Adoption and Education Center and the County’s only open door shelter where no local animal is ever turned away. We rescue, reunite, rehabilitate and re-home abandoned, abused, injured and lost animals. We provide education, training and support to keep pets in their homes. Our nationally recognized innovative programs and partnerships are steadily moving Buncombe County toward a no-kill community.
Since the 1990’s, Meals On Wheels of Asheville and Buncombe County has been working with local pet stores, veterinarians and community groups to provide pet food and other services to senior pet owners. To contribute to the Meals On Wheels Pet Food program, please send donations to 146 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC 28801.
Appalachian Wild is a non-profit whose mission is to help save injured and orphaned native wildlife, support the area’s home-based wildlife rehabilitators, and provide conservation education. Its Appalachian Wildlife Urgent Care facility triages small mammals (except vector species), birds, and herptiles and transports stabilized animals into the care of wildlife rehabilitators or rehab centers. The public can access this help by emailing [email protected].
Animal Haven of Asheville is a ten-acre sanctuary in East Asheville, NC and have been home to rescued farm animals, as well as dogs and cats, for the past 18 years. Our organization is made up of a dedicated group of volunteers with the goal of providing protection and refuge to homeless and abused animals. We provide shelter, veterinary care, and rehabilitation for life, or until someone like you comes and adopts one of our animals.
Hope For Horses is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and placement of equines in need.
Our mission is to work towards the end of euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals as a means of population control in our community. Working collaboratively with other like-minded organizations, we strive to achieve this goal through aggressive spay/neuter, education, and our foster care system, providing dogs with a temporary sanctuary and comprehensive training until they can be placed in a permanent, carefully screened home.
Haywood Animal Welfare Association believes in community education and service. They strive to ensure humane treatment of animals though various community services such as pet therapy, education programs as well as promoting pet adoption. All their friends have been rescued from the Haywood County Animal Shelter and are either in foster care or at Animal Supply House in Waynesville.
Blue Ridge Humane Society is a no-kill, limited admission animal adoption and rescue center. Located at US 64 East. All animals spayed or neutered and Current on vaccinations.
REACH Emergency Hospital is available for emergency animal services from 5 pm to 7 am Monday thru Friday and 24 hours on holidays and weekends. Our mission at REACH is to provide the highest quality emergency veterinary care in a professional and compassionate manner.
MaryPaws Animal Adoptions rescues pregnant cats ready to give birth to their litters. We need foster homes to care for the new mothers until their kittens are weened and ready for adoption. If your loving home is available to foster these beautiful cats and would like to share in the joy of playful baby kittens, please call Mary for more information.
Madison County Animal Shelter has cats an dogs available for adoption.
Greyhound Friends of North Carolina is a non-profit group that finds homes for retired racing greyhound.
Catman-2 operates the largest cats-only, no-kill shelter in WNC. Carts are tested for feline leukemia, have all vaccinations, and if old enough, are spayed or neutered. Adoption fees are $60. Some cats are de-clawed and some are pure breed. You will surely fine the cat of your dreams.
Appalachian Wildlife Refuge is a nonprofit that coordinates the needs of wildlife rehabilitation in Western North Carolina providing care for injured and orphaned wildlife, support for the wildlife rehabilitation network and conservation education to the community. If you find an animal which seems in need, please visit the website or email [email protected] for guidance on what to do (or not do). If help is needed, one of their volunteer transporters will meet you in a safe location to pick up the animal (bird, small mammal, or herptile) and get it their triage facility.
Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation works save those pets they can by placing them in local foster homes while the try to find permanent homes for them. However, the goal is an Adoption Center with quarantine space, comfortable pens, outdoor runs, a cattery, areas for training and grooming.
Waggers Dog Depot is the newest “Fun” place for dogs in Asheville. We offer a delicious variety of home made treats & chews, dog clothing, collars, leashes, tags & Pet Photography. We also provide the very best Grooming Salon for dogs and cats with our gentle, experienced groomers utilizing the latest tools & equipment. We do not cage pets while they are in our facility, thus reducing their stress level. A Self Serve Wash is available for the do it yourselfer. Come by and see what the excitement is all about and join our long list of satisfied customers. Of course dogs are always welcome and will receive a treat.
The intention of this organization is to provide a center for information and resources that will shorten the time between loss and reunion. The counties included in Western NC are listed on the “Post A Listing” page.
Humane Alliance of WNC Spay/Neuter Clinic is dedicated to ending pet overpopulation by providing high volume, high quality, targeted, affordable sterilization services of companion animals.
FurEver Friends Animal Rescue Network has been helping to find homes for cats & kittens since 2002, making us the oldest continuously operating Animal Welfare organization in Buncombe Co. Over the last 15 yrs. we have helped place nearly 10,000 animals in their FurEver Homes. We hold adoption events almost every Sat. at Petco on Merrimon Ave. from 2PM – 6PM & on Sun. at PetSuperMarket on Tunnel Rd. from 2PM – 6PM. We have kitties that can be seen (and an introduction arranged by request) and kitties available for adoption at PetSupermarket on Tunnel Rd. everyday. We also hold adoption events at Tractor Supply on Brevard Rd. & Pet Supplies Plus on Hendersonville Rd. when requested by the store management.
All animals are spayed or neutered, microchipped, de-flead & de-wormed, provided with rabies and other vaccinations prior to adoption. We are an ALL Volunteer, no-kill organization, pulling animals who would otherwise be euthanized from high-kill shelters in WNC & SC. We also work with Community Cat caretakers to remove kittens thru humane trapping, providing S/N & using our foster network to socialize kittens for adoption.
We utilize PetFinders and Adopt-A-Pet websites for displaying our kitties on-line. We provide info on other cats in our foster network & our events thru our Facebook page (Furever Friends Animal Rescue Network – Asheville).
We can be reached by phone or text at 828.348-7198 or email at [email protected].