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Blue Ridge Humane Society was known as Henderson County Humane Society from their first incorporation in 1952 until as recent as 2003. In 1966 they built an animal shelter on property donated by the county. Today, Blue Ridge Humane Society can house approximately 88 animals.
Blue Ridge Humane Society works closely with Henderson County Animal Services, the only open-admission facility in the county. As an open-admission facility, Henderson County Animal Services is responsible for all admissions, including strays, owner surrenders, and confiscated animals. Since the county shelter is unable to refuse intakes due to lack of kennel space and the overwhelming homeless pet population, they're forced to euthanize for space. To try to alleviate space concerns, Blue Ridge Humane Society receives the majority of its animals from Henderson County Animal Services and other open-admission animal shelters in surrounding counties.
Once you're ready to adopt from Blue Ridge Humane Society, you can follow the process below:
Adoption fees at Blue Ridge Humane Society are as follows:
Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, microchipping, a free vet visit, deworming, one month of pet insurance, a starter bag of food, on-call training advice, heartworm testing and prevention for dogs, and leukemia and FIV testing for cats.
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, below you'll find some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
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:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
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.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
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.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.