Q: Does Ashe Humane Society receive government funds for support?
A: No. The Ashe Humane Society is totally funded through donations, fundraisers and competitive non-governmental grants. We begin each year with no guarantees of any revenue. We are deeply grateful for each and every contribution we receive, and contributions are tax-deductible.
Q: Is Ashe Humane Society affiliated with the national Humane Society?
A: No. We are a separate and independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We do not receive any funding from the national society.
Q: How many employees do you have?
A: We have one part-time administrative employee and many volunteers. We rely heavily on our volunteers to help with fundraisers, animal care and fostering. We are always looking for additional help, so please call us if you are interested in volunteering.
Q: Do you house animals at your Center?
A: The requirements and regulations for housing animals on a 24 x 7 basis are very stringent and rightfully so. We have made tremendous progress since our founding. We have converted a room in our Center into a community cat room where we can house a small number of compatible cats/kittens awaiting adoption. Volunteers come in twice a day to care for the cats, play and clean the room. In order to shelter dogs, our facilities would require a significant capital investment and our staff would have to grow as well. We are not able to take that next step at this time. We have made significant improvements in our outdoor area with dog kennels, permanent carport type coverings, and perimeter fencing. Our dogs and some of our cats are either still with their owners or are in one of our foster homes. We believe strongly in the foster-home program. Housing a pet in a loving temporary home is infinitely better than having it live in a crate or cage until it is adopted. We always need loving foster homes and if you are interested in becoming a foster family, please let us know.
Q: Who pays the bills for animals that are in foster care?
A: Ashe Humane Society pays for all medical expenses, including vaccinations and spay/neuter, and also provides food, crates, litter boxes, etc. while the pet is in our foster program. The foster family incurs no expense for the pet.
Q: I can’t afford to have my animal spayed/neutered. Can you help?
A: Yes. With the cooperation and participation of our area’s veterinarians, we provide a low-cost voucher for spaying and neutering. The voucher cost is $65 for a female dog; $55 for a male dog; $50 for a female cat; and, $30 for a male cat. We also have limited funds available to subsidize the purchase of these vouchers for people with low income.
Q: Can you help me with vaccinations and/or other medical needs?
A: Not always. Unfortunately, we often do not have funding available to help pay for anything other than spay/neuter to those having a genuine need.
Q: I heard that you hand out free pet food. Is that true? How does it work?
A: We are very fortunate to be able to use a portion of our resources to help needy families by supplementing their pet food requirements. Once a month, a person (or family) can come to the Center and receive free dog and/or cat food. We record the person’s name, phone number, date and amount of food received. We will continue to provide this service as long as we have the resources to do so. We welcome donations of pet food from individuals, schools and businesses. We operate this program on the honor system.
Q: Can a regular client of the pet food bank adopt an animal from you?
A: No. We believe that if a person is having trouble feeding the animal(s) he/she has, then that person is unable to afford an additional pet at this time. We recognize that situations change, and so when a person no longer needs pet food assistance for a period of 6 months, then that person becomes eligible for adoption consideration.
Q: Should I call Ashe Humane if I see a case of animal neglect?
A: No. You should call Animal Control at 336-982-4060. We have no authority to act in abuse or neglect situations. Animal Control is equipped to investigate and remedy these situations.
Q: Can you help capture feral cats?
A: No. The feral cat population is a big problem and one of the reasons that we strongly urge people to have their cats spayed or neutered. Please call Animal Control at 336-982-4060.
Q: Do you euthanize animals?
A: No. The only animals that are in our direct care are in foster homes and remain in a foster home until they are adopted.
Q: Do you ever turn anyone down who wants to adopt a pet?
A: Yes. We do have a screening process, and we try very hard to place the pet in a home that meets its needs – one that has the time, space and resources to properly care for the animal. The shelters are full of cute puppies that turned into big energetic dogs requiring more attention than the owner could provide. For animals that are in our foster program, we require a home visit and/or vet reference prior to adoption. We also reserve the right to re-claim a pet that we have placed if we find it is not getting adequate care.
Q: Why do you need to do a home visit?
A: To ensure that the animal we are adopting will be placed into a good home, as well as to see if the match is a good fit for both the adopters and adoptee. By a good home we mean a family that will provide the basic necessities, as well as medical care, training, love and attention.
Q: Can you put my animals in foster homes until they are adopted?
A: Yes, if we have a vacancy. Although we do have a foster program in place, we can place only as many animals as we have homes available. We have an extremely small group of people willing to do this and they constantly stay full. We are always in need to people willing to make a commitment to foster (especially cat fosters).
Q: Can I still adopt an animal from you if I don’t want to spay or neuter it?
A: No. The biggest reason there is an over-population of pets is because some people do not spay or neuter their pets. The Humane Society works hard to educate people on this and also provides as much help as possible to people wanting this done. It goes against our policy to adopt an animal to someone who refuses to comply with this and who will end up contributing to the problem of pet over-population.
Q: How long will it take to get my animal adopted?
A: Sometimes we have several adoptions a week and other times nothing. It just isn’t possible to predict how long this will take. There are many, many adoptable dogs and cats awaiting adoption nationwide, but not enough available homes.
Q: Do you ship animals to people who adopt?
A: Not usually. We do not ship animals anywhere to anyone, because we feel this places too much stress on an animal and we would have no idea the type of situation the animal would be going to. If an adoption out of the area is approved, occasionally one of our volunteers drives the animal to its new home or meets the new adopters halfway.
Q: Can I adopt an animal from you if I live out of the area/state?
A: Yes. While we would encourage you to adopt from a local animal shelter or rescue group, we realize that maybe we have the exact animal you have been looking for. We would require you fill out the appropriate application via email or mail. We also require a positive reference from your veterinarian. This would ensure us that the animal will receive vaccinations, be spayed or neutered and receive veterinary care when needed.