Adoption Process


You may come to the Resource Center on Saturday’s from 10 am – 3 pm to see the animals that are currently available. We have a questionnaire that must be completed before an adopter can take a pet home. If you rent an apartment or your home, we require that you bring a signed document from your landlord stating that pets are allowed. This prevents the return of animals that are not permitted in rentals.

Online application form

We will not adopt out animals to be given as gifts. Also, any other animals in the home must be spayed/neutered and current on vaccinations. All pets over the age of 3 months should have a current rabies vaccination.

We do not hold animals for adoption on a first-come, first-served basis, unless we have an approved application and paid adoption fee. We reserve the right to decline an adoption application.

We make every effort to find a great home for the animals who are brought to the center. The number of pets will vary from week to week. Our adoption fees are shown below. This fee covers the spay/neuter cost for your new pet. Adopters are responsible for having the pet vet checked and vaccinated.

Adoption Fees

Dogs – $75

Cats – $55

Our adoption fees are non-refundable. The fee is used to pay the cost of the spay/neuter procedure for pets that have not had the surgery. Fees for pets that have already been spayed or neutered are used to offset the cost of our foster program.

Adopters of dogs receive a certificate for one hour of free training from local dog trainer, John Quy. Click here to read more.


ACHS holds adoptions every Saturday at the Resource Center from 10 am – 3 pm. Local residents may bring pets that are available for adoption to the Resource Center.

Since we are not currently licensed to keep pets permanently, owners must pick the pet up by 3 pm on Saturday if it isn’t adopted. They can bring the pets to the center every Saturday until they are adopted. We take pictures of the available pets, post them on our website, Petfinder and advertise them in the local papers. Owners should bring all vet records for the pet with them to the center. This includes vaccination records and information regarding spay/neuter.

Please call the Resource Center at (336) 982-4297 for more information. Our hours during the week are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 am – 1 pm.

We are now in our busy season and request you phone our office during business hours to let us know you plan to bring animals in on Saturdays for adoption. Please Note:

  • We can only accept animals from Ashe County
  • All animals must be flea free to enter our facility
  • All animals over the age of three months need proof of current rabies vaccination.
  • We cannot accept animals showing signs of illness such as discharge from the eyes or nose.
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