We make it as simple as possible to adopt an animal. First we suggest you read our How To Adopt section below before you view our Cats orDogs pages. We are proud that our animals are all healthy, had their shots, been fixed, socialized and ready to join our family.


Check our Video Chanel for an exciting video of our animals.

How To Adopt

Our adoption system is rather simple. We want to help you find the perfect pet.

Adoption fees

  • Dogs and Puppies 7 months of age are $85 for one $150 for two. 
  • Puppies 6 months of age and younger are $150 for one or $250 for two.
  • Cats of all ages are $85 for one or $125 for two. $215 for three.
  • Purebreed dogs/cats are $150 for one or $275 for two.
  • If the cat/dog has not already been spayed/neutered there is a $100 spay/neuter deposit required at the time of adoption. Deposit is fully refunded as long as the animal is altered within 6 weeks of the adoption date.
  • Some cats and dogs may have special pricing because of age.
  • You can also Sponsor a dog or cat. Click the sponsor link next to the animal.

Adoption Procedure

We want to help you find the perfect pet for you, your family, your lifestyle and your circumstances. Come by our office so we can get to know you better!

The whole procedure is rather simple. Once you complete the adoption application and are approved we will do your adoption and you can take your pet home with you. We're open from Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. for adoptions only.

If you would like you can call and place a one time 24 hour hold on an animal. After that the animal will be put up for adoption again. One hold per family.

Remember, our adoption fee covers our costs for your pet to be spayed or neutered, to bring its shots up-to-date, and to be implanted with the 24hr PetWatch Micro-chip. 

For the asking each adoption comes with a free collar, ID tag, veterinarian physical exam gift certificate, and some goodies from local pet food stores.

For "New Leash on Life" dogs you will receive the trainers journal and the dog is AKC Registered through the Canine Partners Program.

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The Avery County Adoption and Humane Education Center

Centrally located at 279 New Vale Road, Newland, N.C. 28657 (behind Ingles) Click for directions.

  • bright, open design with welcoming and hospitable atmosphere
  • more opportunities to volunteer
  • more chances to participate in educational programs
  • more ways for the community to get involved with the welfare of animals

Has 21,128 square feet of space for people and animals

  • almost half of the space is dedicated directly to animal care
  • play areas for the animals
  • adoption rooms where families can meet and get to know a pet before they commit to bringing the animal into their household

Features specific to the needs of an animal care facility

  • State-of-the-art air circulation divided into zones
    • sick animals can be quarantined
    • areas not being used can be closed off to save heat
  • veterinary clinic planned
    • reduce cost of care for shelter animals
    • make low-cost spay/neuter accessible locally

Includes multipurpose room for community use

  • classroom space for humane education programs
  • available for children’s parties and other gatherings that invite the community to visit the adoption center.