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Foothills Humane Society is a private non-profit, no-kill animal welfare shelter located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Polk County, North Carolina.
The society was founded in 1957. Originally, they worked under the Polk County Animal Protection Society and had no facility at that time. In the 1980s, after a kind donation, they were able to build the facility they operate from today. Foothills Humane Society is run by generous public donations, fundraising efforts, grants, and their contract with Polk County Animal Control.
Every year the shelter helps around 1,600 animals. They're dedicated to finding new homes for all the stray and surrendered companion animals who arrive on their doorstep. In 2010 their Board of Directors voted for the shelter to become a no-kill organization. Approximately 97% of their animals are successfully adopted into loving homes or transferred to other reputable rescue organizations.
In addition to adoption and rescue programs, the society offers public training courses, canine behavior classes, and various volunteer opportunities. In a bid to reduce the number of animals needlessly abandoned or euthanized each year, they also run a spay and neuter program. Financial assistance is given to pet owners who may otherwise not be able to afford to have their animals sterilized.
If you're interested in giving one of their animals a new forever home, then have a look at the cuties available for adoption on their website.
On the website, you can also find online and downloadable adoption forms. You can either fill it in and send back to the shelter online or bring it with you in person during their opening hours.
No appointment is necessary to visit Foothills Humane Society and chat with one of their friendly adoption advisers. However, you may want to call ahead to check find out more about the adoption process in advance.
An Adoption Counselor will be appointed to help you find the perfect pet that meets your needs, home, and lifestyle. They can also offer advice and support with training and introductions to other current pets or family members. The dedicated team at Foothills Humane Society is committed to making the process of adoption as fun and pain-free as possible!
Please be aware that many of the shelter’s dogs and cats live with foster parents and aren't at the main facility. If the animal you've spotted is currently in a foster home, then the shelter will be more than happy to arrange a visit for you.
Adoption fees at Foothills Animal Shelter are as follows:
The shelter often runs special promotions where fees are lowered or completely waived.
Your adoption fee covers a thorough medical examination, spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, and microchipping.
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.
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.
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.
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.