Avery County Humane Society

Newland, North Carolina

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About Avery County Humane Society

Avery County Humane Society is a non-profit charitable organization that works to protect the animals of Avery County. Their funds come from donations, fundraising events, and several initiatives, such as the “Happy Paws Pet Boutique” or “Paws and Claws” resale store. Since 1978, this organization has evolved and grown and now houses up to 95 animals at full capacity while managing to help 800 pets find their forever homes each year.

Avery County Humane Society has limited space, so they only take in animals found or residing in Avery County. As a no-kill shelter, they often find themselves with no space to receive new pets, however, they do have a waiting list for animals looking for a place to lay their heads and be humanely treated until they find an opportunity to receive all the love they deserve.

Contact Info

279 New Vale Rd
(828) 733-2333
Website: averyhumane.org

Hours of Operation

Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Adoption Process

Adoption is one of the most rewarding, life-changing experiences there is. Not only because of the magical bond formed with a pet almost from the moment you set eyes on it, but also the privilege of changing their life and, in turn, becoming a happier version of yourself.

To adopt an animal from Avery County Humane Society, you only need to follow these simple steps:

  1. Decide to adopt a pet! To choose which shelter animal best matches your lifestyle, you can either visit their website or the shelter directly. However, before visiting the shelter, make sure you complete the adoption application available online. Avery County Humane Society does have a 24 hour hold policy to reserve your new pet until you can go adopt them.
  2. Meet your new pet and have a chat with their amazing staff about all its personality details, hobbies, and requirements. Shelter staff will guide you through the process and review your application.
  3. After your application is approved, it's time to pay the adoption fee and walk home with your pet that very same day.

Avery County Humane Society’s staff will provide you with all the behavioral and medical information of your soon-to-be pet. After adoption, you'll also get the animal's complete medical records.

Adoption applications are located here.

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Avery County Humane Society are as follows:


  • Puppy (up to 6 months): $150
  • 2 Puppies: $250
  • Adults (6+ months): $85
  • 2 Adults: $125
  • 3 Adults: $195


  • Kitten (up to 6 months): $150
  • 2 Kittens: $250
  • Adults (6+ months): $85
  • 2 Adults: $125
  • 3 Adults: $195

PetLists Note: You're strongly advised against adopting two puppies at the same time. This often leads to severe emotional co-dependence and a specific set of problematic behavioral issues known as Littermate Syndrome.

Your adoption fee covers spaying/neutering, age-appropriate vaccinations, deworming, 24PetWatch microchipping, flea treatment, a free month of pet insurance, a collar, an ID tag, a veterinarian physical exam gift certificate, and some goodies from local pet food stores.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Avery County Humane Society
North Carolina
directly using the contact info above.

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