Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Sunday Noon to 3 P.M.
Our goal is to help our community respond humanely to the needs of animals. The Society provides a shelter for cats and dogs that are lost, abandoned or unwanted, sponsors rabies clinics, offers access to low-cost spay/neuter services, and partners with the local prison in the New Leash On Life obedience training program.
Our website is networked with adoption programs across the country, and we have had folks come from as far away as Alabama, Michigan, California, and Canada to adopt from the Avery Shelter. Every year we adopt more animals than the year before.
Avery County Humane Society is a "Limited Admission" shelter which means we do not have an open door policy. Intakes for animals are done by appointment when space is available. The only shelter in Avery County, our facility is at capacity 100% of the time. When all the shelter cages are full we have no choice but to turn away the next animal regardless of the circumstances. We will not euthanize a healthy, adoptable animal for lack of space. There are no "time limits" on how long we keep an adoptable animal.
There are ways to prevent overpopulation of cats and dogs:
- HAVE YOUR PETS SPAY/NEUTERED
- ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO SPAY/NEUTER
- DO NOT BREED YOUR PET. There are already millions without homes.
- KEEP YOUR PET CONFINED TO YOUR PROPERTY IN A HUMANE AND LOVING MANNER.
- ALWAYS MAKE CERTAIN YOUR PET WEARS IDENTIFICATION IN CASE HE RUNS OFF.
- CONFINE PETS DURING HOLIDAYS SUCH AS NEW YEARS AND THE FOURTH OF JULY.
Paws and Claws Retail Store
A small brick house located adjacent to the new shelter site in Newland is operated as the Paws & Claws Resale Shop. The shop accepts donations of new and lightly used items which are under appreciated in their original homes but are destined to become treasures in their new homes. Paws & Claws does for furniture, clothing, nick-knacks and household items what our adoption center does for the animals of Avery County! Call Patti Manning for more information. 828-733-0025
Paws & Claws Resale Shop will be closing for the season on Saturday, January 11th at 4 p.m. and will reopen on Thursday, April 17th at 10 a.m. All donations may be left at the Avery Humane Society Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Stay safe and warm and we look forward to seeing you this Spring!