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 or Dogs pages. We are proud that our animals are all healthy, had their shots, been fixed, socialized and ready to join your family.


How To Adopt

Adoptions and intakes will continue by appointment only. To view our available animals please go to 828-733-2333
Please only serious inquiries for adoption only. We have to protect our staff to continue to do the important work we do each day. Thank you and please stay safe.
We're sorry but until further notice we are not hosting community service hours.

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

Adoption fees

  • The adoption fee for puppies under the age of 6 months is $150 or $250 for two.
  • The adoption fee for one cat/kitten is $85 or $125 for two. $195 for three.
  • Some cats and dogs may have special pricing because of age or breed and desirability.
  • All other dogs over 6 months that are already spayed/neutered is one for $85 or $150 for two.
  • If dogs 6 months of age and older and cats are not already spay/neutered and you are taking them home you can do so by giving Avery County Humane Society a refundable $100 deposit for each unfixed. An appointment for spay/neuter will be set. The deposit will be refunded to you on the day you pick the animal up from spay/neuter. As long as surgery is within six weeks of adoption date, or returned if they show us proof that the animal has been fixed within six weeks of the adoption by another vet.
  • All animals that were old enough at the time of spay/neuter will receive a Rabies Vaccine. Adopters will be charged an additional $10 if the Vaccine was given.
  • You can also Sponsor a dog or cat. Click the sponsor link next to the animal.
  • We will take the last adoption application no later than 3:30 p.m.

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 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. for adoptions only. We will take the last adoption application no later than 3:30. Our shelter hours may vary on major holidays.

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.

To print our adoption application to print and send in click here: Adoption Application


 Test Drive

Take one of our animals home for a test drive.

If it doesn't work out bring it back without obligation.


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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.