Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does Ashe Humane Society receive government funds for support?

A: No. The Ashe Humane Society is totally funded through donations, fundraisers and competitive non-governmental grants. We begin each year with no guarantees of any revenue. We are deeply grateful for each and every contribution we receive, and contributions are tax-deductible.

Q: Is Ashe Humane Society affiliated with the national Humane Society?

A: No. We are a separate and independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We do not receive any funding from the national society. We are not the Ashe County Government shelter and can not take in strays.

Q: How many employees do you have?

A: We do not have any paid employees and are an all-volunteer run rescue.

Q:  Do you house animals at your Center?

A: The requirements and regulations for housing animals on a 24 x 7 basis are very stringent and rightfully so. We have made tremendous progress since our founding and on August 20th 2019 we received our shelter license from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.  We have converted a room in our Center into a community cat room where we can house a small number of compatible cats/kittens awaiting adoption. We also have a smaller room for cats and kittens new to us or other medical or social reasons in cages. Volunteers come in twice a day to care for the cats, play and clean the room.  A few cats are being fostered in private homes with foster parents. We believe strongly in the foster-home program. Housing a pet in a loving temporary home is infinitely better than having it live in a crate or cage until it is adopted. We always need loving foster homes and if you are interested in becoming a foster family, please let us know.

Q: Who pays the bills for animals that are in foster care?

A: Ashe Humane Society pays for all medical expenses, including vaccinations and spay/neuter, and also provides food, crates, litter boxes, etc. while the pet is in our foster program. The foster family incurs no expense for the pet.

Q: Can you help me with vaccinations and/or other medical needs?

A: Not always. Unfortunately, we often do not have funding available to help pay for anything other than spay/neuter to those having a genuine need. (Update: as of January 2021 our public spay and neuter voucher program has been put on hold )

Q: I heard that you hand out free pet food. Is that true? How does it work?

A: We are very fortunate to be able to use a portion of our resources to help needy families by supplementing their pet food requirements. Once a month, a person (or family) can come to the Center and receive free dog and/or cat food. We record the person’s name, phone number, date and amount of food received. We will continue to provide this service as long as we have the resources to do so. We welcome donations of pet food from individuals, schools and businesses. We operate this program on the honor system.

Q: Can a regular client of the pet food bank adopt an animal from you?

A: No. We believe that if a person is having trouble feeding the animal(s) he/she has, then that person is unable to afford an additional pet at this time. We recognize that situations change, and so when a person no longer needs pet food assistance for a period of 6 months, then that person becomes eligible for adoption consideration.

Q: Should I call Ashe Humane if I see a case of animal neglect?

A: No. You should call Animal Control at 336-982-4060. We have no authority to act in abuse or neglect situations. Animal Control is equipped to investigate and remedy these situations.

Q: Can you help capture feral cats?

A: No. The feral cat population is a big problem and one of the reasons that we strongly urge people to have their cats spayed or neutered. Please call Animal Control at 336-982-4060.

In the future, we will be launching our community cat program to help landowners with feral cats to trap, have them spayed or neutered, vaccinated and then return to the landowner/caretaker where the cats will live out their lives. The care of food, shelter and water will be provided by the caretaker.

Q: Do you euthanize animals?

A: No. The only animals that are in our direct care are in foster homes and remain in a foster home until they are adopted.

Q: Do you ever turn anyone down who wants to adopt a pet?

A: Yes. We do have a screening process, and we try very hard to place the pet in a home that meets its needs – one that has the time, space and resources to properly care for the animal. For animals that are in our foster program, we require a home visit and/or vet reference prior to adoption. We also reserve the right to re-claim a pet that we have placed if we find it is not getting adequate care.

Q: Why do you need to do a home visit?

A: To ensure that the animal we are adopting will be placed into a good home, as well as to see if the match is a good fit for both the adopters and adoptee. By a good home we mean a family that will provide the basic necessities, as well as medical care, training, love and attention.

Q: Can I still adopt an animal from you if I don’t want to spay or neuter it?

A: No. The biggest reason there is an over-population of pets is because some people do not spay or neuter their pets. The Humane Society works hard to educate people on this and also provides as much help as possible to people wanting this done. It goes against our policy to adopt an animal to someone who refuses to comply with this and who will end up contributing to the problem of pet over-population.

Q: Do you ship animals to people who adopt?

A: Not usually. We do not ship animals anywhere to anyone, because we feel this places too much stress on an animal and we would have no idea the type of situation the animal would be going to. If an adoption out of the area is approved, occasionally one of our volunteers drives the animal to its new home or meets the new adopters halfway.

Q: Can I adopt an animal from you if I live out of the area/state?

A: Yes. While we would encourage you to adopt from a local animal shelter or rescue group, we realize that maybe we have the exact animal you have been looking for. We would require you fill out the appropriate application via email or mail. We also require a positive reference from your veterinarian. This would ensure us that the animal will receive vaccinations, be spayed or neutered and receive veterinary care when needed.