We are dedicated to ensuring the highest quality of life for animals in Henderson County and our neighboring communities through adoption, outreach, and education. We envision a community that embraces the protection, compassionate care, and highest quality of life for animals.
The Henderson County Humane Society was first incorporated in 1950 and built an animal shelter in 1966 on property donated by the county.
The Society was briefly inactive during the late 1960’s when responsibility for managing the shelter was assumed by the county. County officials and animal welfare advocates continued to dialogue regarding issues related to animal welfare and overpopulation.
The Society was reactivated in 1972 and began to operate both an independent, limited admission shelter and a thrift store.
In 2003, the society’s name was officially changed to Blue Ridge Humane Society to better reflect the differences between our county shelter and our organization’s operations.
In 1984, eight acres of land were purchased in Henderson County in Edneyville and the Animal Shelter was built and opened in April 1989. The animal shelter is a 5,000 square foot building with a capacity of approximately 88 animals. A major animal shelter renovation was completed in 2013.
At our Adoption Center, we assess behavior and treat conditions as necessary with all animals under our care. Prior to adoption, each animal is provided with all the appropriate vaccinations, a microchip, dewormed and spayed or neutered. Screening and counseling of potential families contribute to our successful adoptions. We are committed to forging lifelong bonds between pets and people.
Support & Funding
Blue Ridge Humane Society receives funding through donations from caring individuals, corporate partners in the community, grants, and foundations. Gifts are made through the mail or online. Blue Ridge Humane Society also accepts in-kind donations of items and materials to support operations. Business Partnerships provide support financially and through in-kind support. We ask for 100% financial participation from our board each year.
Blue Ridge Humane Society is managed by a paid staff and a large group of dedicated volunteers who generously donate their time and talents. Volunteers make it possible for us to operate our thrift store. Volunteers at our adoption center assist our staff with animal care and training.
A volunteer Board of Directors provides guidance regarding our policies and operations with emphasis on oversight, financial accountability, and accuracy. Our board meetings are open to the public and all organizational records are available for public review.