UPDATED: March 27, 2020 – 4:00 PM

In accordance with the Stay-at-Home Executive Order issued by Henderson County, Blue Ridge Humane Society will no longer be conducting adoptions by appointment at our Adoption Center effective at noon on March 28th, 2020. However, our cats at Petsmart will remain available for adoption. In order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we wish to limit our staff’s interaction with the public. During this time, our dedicated staff will continue to come in and give the utmost care for the animals staying at our Adoption Center.

Adoptions

If you are interested in adopting, please take a moment to look at the animals available on our website. If you are interested, please email help@blueridgehumane.org for more information. We will share any information you would like to know about the animal. If you are interested in adoption, you will be placed on the list for the animals. When the Stay-at-Home order is lifted, we will set up a time for you to meet the animal and see if its the best fit for you and your home.

Public Spay/Neuter

To begin, visit our webpage for more information. If you are interested in scheduling surgery, complete the Appointment Request Form Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are NOT scheduling appointments at this time. Our SNIP Coordinator will be in touch with you when we resume normal scheduling.

Ways You Can Help
  • Foster homes needed: We are seeking foster families who are willing to house animals during a time when our Adoption Center might not be fully staffed to do so. Please consider opening your heart and home to a homeless during this pandemic. We provide food, supplies, and medical care. You provide your lifesaving home and love. Social distancing doesn’t exist when you’re spending your time with a pet in need! Contact foster@blueridgehumane.org for more information.
  • Supplies needed: When shopping for supplies, consider adding an extra bag of pet food, a bottle of hand sanitizer, or a package of paper towels for our Adoption Center to your Amazon order. We need them daily to function and are feeling the effects of the surge in their demand. You purchase items from our Amazon Wish List or send a gift card!
  • Donate: As our revenue stream is limited during this time, consider a monetary donation to help ensure the continuation of animal care of Blue Ridge Humane now only now but in the future.
Ways We Can Help

If you are some or someone you know if in need of assistance with their pet during this time, call our Pet Helpline at (828) 393-5832

UPDATED: March 26, 2020 – 2:45 PM

Blue Ridge Humane Society will remain closed to the public for the immediate future due to the ongoing developments of the spread of COVID-19 and at the recommendations of local and national experts. The closures will continued to be evaluated by BRHS staff to determine a safe return to public operation.

Adoptions are still ongoing by appointment only. Interested adopters can view available animals online and fill out the adoption application in order to set up a meeting. The Administrative Office and Blue Ridge Humane Society Thrift Store are closed entirely to the public at this time.

Blue Ridge Humane is still in need of help from our community however. Your support through fostering, donations, supplies, and adoptions means the world!

UPDATED: March 16, 2020 – 12:00 PM

Blue Ridge Humane Society will be reducing public access hours and suspending all outreach and community programs starting on Monday, March 16, 2020. The reduction will be in effect through March 31, 2020. The reduced hours and services will continue with daily evaluation by the Blue Ridge Humane Society’s (BRHS) Incident Response Team.

“We are committed to providing the highest levels of care and protection that the animals in our trust deserve,” said Executive Director Angela Prodrick. “We also want to do everything we can to keep our staff and volunteers healthy and reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 as much as possible. The Adoption Center staff are dedicated to ensuring all the animals in our care, whether at our facility or in foster homes, are provided for.” BRHS has prepared for the reduction in services by working closely with Henderson County Animal Services, moving custodial animals to foster homes and ensuring that animals at the Adoption Center will continue to have their needs met by animal care staff on site.

The Adoption Center will be open by appointment only to limit the risk of exposure to the public and staff. Potential adopters can complete an adoption application online, and staff will then contact potential adopters to conduct an over-the-phone advising session and to schedule a meeting. All potential adopters will be asked not to come to the Adoption Center if they have experienced any coronavirus symptoms and will be asked to adhere to best hygiene practices.

The Blue Ridge Humane Society Thrift Store will not take donations during this time and will be closed through March 31,, 2020.

Programs, events, and services will be suspended temporarily, and will be rescheduled for later dates. Events and programs include the Cause for Paws Luncheon, BARK Ranger program, volunteer shifts, community and school outreach programs, Vaccine Clinics, the Spay Neuter Incentive Program (SNIP), adoption events, training classes, and fundraising events. BRHS has also taken steps to ensure that recipients of the Meals on Wheels Pet Pals services and local food banks have received additional pet food for their clients in need. Additional preventive steps and postponements may take place as needed.

There is no evidence that companion animals such as cats and dogs can be infected with or spread SARS-Cov-2, the virus that carries COVID-19. The implementation of precautionary measures does not mean that the Adoption Center animals or personal pets are in danger of either contracting or transmitting this infection. Veterinary officials worldwide are in agreement that there is no evidence that dogs or cats can become ill from this strain or serve as carriers of the infection.

BRHS asks that the public monitor its website, www.blueridgehumane.org, and their social media channels for regular updates, as the reduction in services is subject to change based on guidance received from local and national public health officials.

With a potential decrease in staff due to risk of exposure, a probable increase in animals entering shelters, and reduction in income, Blue Ridge Humane asks for the community’s help in the following areas:

  • Foster homes needed: We are seeking foster families who are willing to house animals during a time when our Adoption Center might not be fully staffed to do so. Please consider opening your heart and home to a homeless during this pandemic. We provide food, supplies, and medical care. You provide your lifesaving home and love. Social distancing doesn’t exist when you’re spending your time with a pet in need! Contact foster@blueridgehumane.org for more information.
  • Supplies needed: When shopping for supplies, consider adding an extra bag of pet food, a bottle of hand sanitizer, or a package of paper towels for our Adoption Center to your Amazon order. We need them daily to function and are feeling the effects of the surge in their demand. You purchase items from our Amazon Wish List or send a gift card!
  • Adopt: Help us clear our Adoption Center. We currently have amazing pets in our care looking for a home. If you’ve considered adding a four-legged member to your family, now is a great time!
  • Donate: As our revenue stream is limited during this time, consider a monetary donation to help ensure the continuation of animal care of Blue Ridge Humane now only now but in the future.

For more tips on preventing the spread of COVID-19 and preparing a care plan for your pet read our Emergency Plan Preparedness post.