Saturday, November 13, 2010

Asheville Humane Society

Animal Shelter and Adoption & Education Center Serving Area's Homeless Animals

Asheville, NC (September 14, 2010) ---- Asheville Humane Society and Buncombe County Government held the grand opening of the new Animal Care Campus, located at 14 & 16 Forever Friend Lane, on Tuesday, September 14. The Animal Care Campus is over 33,000 square feet and consists of two buildings housing the Buncombe County Animal Shelter, Buncombe County Animal Control, A-B Tech Veterinary Medical Technology Program and the Asheville Humane Society Adoption & Education Center. Buncombe County Government and the City of Asheville Government contract with AHS to operate the Animal Shelter. AHS fundraised $3.3 million to construct the Adoption & Education Center with private funds.
Detailed below is updated contact information, hours of operation and interesting facts about the new Animal Care Campus.

Building One: Buncombe County Animal Shelter

Address: 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville NC 28806
Phone: (828) 250-6430; Fax: (888) 250-6448
Hours: Monday - Saturday: 9am - 6pm; Sunday: Closed

Quick facts:
Capacity to shelter 205 animals
Community services include lost & found and animal admission
Houses Buncombe County Animal Control and AB Tech Veterinary Medical Technology Program
Air ventilation system issues fifteen fresh air exchanges per hour to help prevent disease

Building Two: Asheville Humane Society's Adoption and Education Center

Address: 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville NC 28806
Phone: (828) 761-2001; Fax: (828) 761-2009
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 12pm - 6pm; Monday, Sunday: Closed

Quick Facts:
Showcases 24 dogs, 24 puppies, 18 cats and 18 well as
some small mammals, like hamsters, guinea pigs, etc.
Houses AHS Administrative Offices (Monday - Friday: 9am - 6pm; Saturday - Sunday: Closed)
Outdoor runs promote exercise and lined with disease-resistant "doggie astro-turf"
Cat Sunrooms and doggie-condos promote socialization, exercise and exposure to fresh air and natural light

Our Story

A few weeks ago our 10 year old cat Simba had a heartache and died.  My wife and I saw this happen and were shocked by the experience.  Simba was in good health and became part of our family during his time with us.  My wife being a cat lover talked me into allowing her get a cat soon after we were married.  The little bugger wormed his way into both of our hearts.  We were a mess after losing him.

Soon after we agreed to adopt again.  We decided we would look for two kittens so they could keep each other company.  During the process, my wife visited several locations looking for the kittens who would connect with her.  We were very happy to find them both at the Humane Society.

Simone is about 4 months old and Sawyer is almost 3 months.  While neither will ever be able to replace our little Simba.  They are both loving kittens that have found a good home.

It was difficult not to take all the animals home that we met at the shelter, but know that our local Humane Society is diligent about finding good homes for each one.  If you haven't visited the new location now is a great time to do so.  I hope you find new beautiful pets to adopt into your family like we have.

For more about the Asheville Humane Society or view photos of some of the adobtable pets, go to

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