Adopt & Rescue
Rescue Organizations | Local Pet Services

There are a lot of wonderful animals in search of loving homes. Please visit these local rescue groups online to find an adoptable pet.

Brother Wolf
Brother Wolf is a community based canine rescue helping to end pet overpopulation, abuse and neglect one dog at a time.

Blue Ridge Humane Society
The Blue Ridge Humane Society, established in 1950 is a limited admission nonprofit 501(c)3 animal welfare organization committed to quality shelter care, treatment of our charges, and to advocacy for spay/neutering throughout Henderson County.

Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue
Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit Boxer rescue based out of Hickory, North Carolina. Their current coverage area is throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, and parts of Virginia. All of their rescued Boxers are in FOSTER HOMES and are not kenneled at a facility.

WNC Boxer Rescue
Based in Asheville, NC their mission is is to find homes for unwanted, abandoned, mistreated Boxers. WNC BOXER RESCUE is a NC Non-Profit organization, and is supported by donations & the help of volunteers.

Adult cats from CatMan
A cats-only, no-kill adoption center and sanctuary for cats in Jackson County.

Carolina Basset Hound Rescue
Carolina Basset Hound Rescue (CBHR) is a volunteer-staffed, non-profit organization rescuing and placing stray, unwanted, neglected, and abandoned basset hounds in permanent homes.

Critter Magazine
Serving Asheville and the surrounding communities, this wonderful magazine is a great resource for those looking to adopt or rescue a pet.

Howlin4Spirit, Inc.
Dedicated to helping deathrow animals become first-class companions.

Senior Dogs Project
Looking out for older dogs.

Madison County Animal Shelter
MCFFA provides spay/neuter assistance, holds low-cost rabies clinics throughout Madison County, and sponsors educational programs to promote the health and well-being of companion animals.

Asheville Humane Society
The animal shelter for Asheville and Buncombe County has dogs, cats and other critters available for adoption. They also offer in-class safety programs for local elementary schools and foster care for animals of people fleeing domestic violence.

Avery County Humane Society
The mission of the Avery County Humane Society is to help the 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.

Small Breed Rescue of East Tennessee
A non-profit organization dedicated to finding forever homes for displaced or abandoned small breed dogs and educating the public about pet overpopulation, the horrors of puppymills, and the benefits of spaying and neutering.

Henderson County Animal Services
There are many pets at the Animal Services Center who need loving homes. The center always has a variety of cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies and the staff is ready and willing to assist you in your selection. Adoption fees includes rabies vaccination, spay/neuter, microchipping, vaccinations and boarding.

Kershaw County Humane Society
The Kershaw County Humane Society is dedicated to providing food, housing, and medical care of all lost or homeless animals brought to the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, and to address the root causes of animal abuse and over population through education and spay/neuter programs.

Yancey County Animal Shelter
The Yancey County Animal Shelter is a non-profit public animal shelter just 30 miles north of Asheville.

Watauga Humane Society
A private, non-profit, limited admission shelter located in Boone, NC. They house, rehabilitate, and rehome 1,000 animals yearly. WHS offers low-cost spay/neuter through Humane Alliance.

Pet Services


American Red Cross Pet First Aid Classes
Learn how to provide immediate and temporary care to an injured animal until it can be taken to a veterinarian. Includes rescue breathing and CPR for both cats and dogs. Dog manikans are used in the course. Please do not bring your pets to class.

Regional Emergency Animal Care Hospital (REACH)
The Regional Emergency Animal Care Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Asheville, NC. For after hours emergency care R.E.A.C.H. is open from 5:00 PM to 8:00 AM, Monday through Friday and 24 hours on weekends and holidays.

Humane Alliance
Low-cost spay-neuter clinic in Asheville, NC.

Lost Pets of Western NC
A new web site dedicated to helping reunite lost animals with their families. Free service. Easy to use. Post a lost or found listing with photo. or send an email to


A Good Dog's Life
Helping people select, raise, train and obtain a good dog by earning their trust and respecting who they are.

Commander-In-Leash Dog Obedience Training
Your dog will begin to thrive on a well balanced and healthy lifestyle through Rob Kortus' effective obedience and positive reinforcement training.


Pet Harmony
Animal Compassion Network's pet store for rescued pets also offers pet supplies and grooming services. A large percentage of fees fund animal rescue.

The Dirty Dog Grooming Company
Lisa Lazzaro comes to you in a fully self-contained unit to groom your pet. She supplies the electricity and the water and just needs a place to park. Your pet receives one on one time with the groomer in a quiet environment, without interruptions. If you would like more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call (828) 712-2397 or email

The Soapy Dog
Asheville's 1st do-it-yourself dog wash.

Pet Sitting

At Your Bark and Call
Established in Asheville in 1999, AT YOUR BARK AND CALL is an experienced and professional full-time pet sitting service devoted to caring for and providing companionship to all pets and barnyard animals.  Caren Harris (828) 275-5345

Carol Dreiling
North Buncombe Pet Sitting

Diamond Services Pet Sitting
Pet sitting by the visit, regular dog walks/hikes and swimming. Serving Biltmore, Arden, Fletcher Avery's Creek & Mills River. Sue Diamond (828) 891-8262