Asheville Humane Society to partner with national animal rescue organization

Press Release

Asheville Humane Society

Asheville Humane Society has been selected to join and is now an active partner of Best Friends Animal Society’s No More Homeless Pets® Network. This national organization offers resources and support to local animal rescue groups and shelters that work tirelessly to save and enrich animal lives in their communities.

“We at Asheville Humane Society thank Best Friends for welcoming us into the No More Homeless Pets® Network,” said Jennifer Brehler, Interim President. “Being part of this powerful national grassroots coalition will enhance Asheville Humane Society’s resources as well as our ability to utilize our groundbreaking programs to save every animal possible. This partnership will further strengthen the work Asheville Humane Society is already doing to build a no-kill Buncombe County.”

Asheville Humane Society operates the only open-admission facility in Buncombe County. Unlike most private animal welfare organizations, as an open-admission facility the Buncombe County Animal Shelter admits every animal who comes through our doors regardless of condition and space constraints. We are the only animal welfare organization in Buncombe County dedicated to local, Buncombe County animals 100% of the time.

Asheville Humane Society’s lifesaving programs and services are nationally recognized. In the last year we saved the lives of more than 4,500 animals through various programs designed to help not just animals in need but also Buncombe County residents needing assistance. Of these, we:

o   Reunited nearly 1,000 lost pets to worried families and achieved one of the highest return-to-owner rates in the United States.
o   Provided foster care for the 1,515 animals who needed extra care to recover from abuse, injury, illness, and neglect or who were too young to adopt.
o   Provided 357 animals alternatives to entering the shelter via our innovative Safety Net program.

o   Adopted 2,938 Buncombe County animals into loving homes.

About Asheville Humane Society
Asheville Humane Society is dedicated to promoting the compassionate treatment of animals in our community through education, sheltering and adoption. Asheville Humane Society has operated the Buncombe County Animal Shelter since September 1990. In September 2010, Asheville Humane Society, in partnership with Buncombe County, opened the Animal Care Campus which comprises two facilities: Asheville Humane Society Adoption and Education Center and the Buncombe County Animal Shelter. The two facilities work in tandem in a public-private partnership that serves as a national model for other communities hoping to work collaboratively on eradicating animal homelessness.

About the No More Homeless Pets® Network
The No More Homeless Pets® Network of animal welfare and sheltering organizations is committed to saving the lives of homeless pets through effective adoption and spay-neuter programs. Together, we’re working to end the killing of healthy pets in our nation’s shelters.

About Best Friends Animal Society®
Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. An authority and leader in the no-kill movement since its founding in 1984, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as life-saving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from 17 million per year to about 4 million. Best Friends has the knowledge, technical expertise and on-the-ground network to end the killing and Save Them All®.

About Carrie Eidson
Multimedia journalist and Green Scene editor at Mountain Xpress. Part-time Twitterer @mxenv but also reachable at Follow me @carrieeidson

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