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Avery Shelter Switch Starts This Week PDF Print
Written by Laurie K. Vierheller, Executive Director   
Monday, 09 April 2012 05:16

After 24 years of operation out of Stamey Branch Road, at the end of the day on Saturday, April 14 the Avery County Humane Society will close the doors on the little metal building in preparation for the long awaited move to the spacious and modern Adoption and Humane Education Center at 279 New Vale Road, in Newland, North Carolina.  Avery Humane received a certificate of occupancy for the new center on April 4 and the contractor is taking care of some final touches in preparation for turning the building over to the Humane Society.

On April 16, at 8:30 a.m., approximately 20 volunteers will arrive in succession at the old shelter, in trucks and SUVs, to shuttle the dogs and cats to their new home.  Another 30 or so volunteers will be waiting at the new facility to receive the animals and settle them into their new surroundings, unload supplies and ready the new shelter for operation.

The Humane Society will cease receiving animals at the Stamey Branch shelter at the end of the day on Friday, April 13, but will remain open for adoptions until the end of the day on Saturday, April 14.   The Humane Society will be closed Sunday, April 15 through Wednesday, April 18, to accomplish the move. The weekly spay/neuter clinic will be postponed on Thursday, April 19 but will begin again, on Thursday, April 26.

Staff will welcome the public at the new shelter at 10:00 a.m. on April 19!  Operating hours at the new shelter will remain Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday for adoption only from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The new ACHS phone number is 828-733-2333.  Mail continues to be received at PO Box 1213, Newland, NC 28657.

Do you have a friendly smile and a welcoming spirit? Volunteer receptionists are needed beginning April 16. Call 828-733-2333 for details.

Do you want to socialize kittens, help with animal care, learn dog training skills, provide foster care or share a special skill?  Volunteers are being accepted into the Volunteer Training Program for the new shelter now!  Orientations will be held on the second Saturday and Fourth Monday each month beginning May 12. Visit the ACHS website at  for more information and to apply.

The Avery County Humane Society invites everyone in the community to visit the new facility, beginning Thursday, April 19 and wishes to thank the many people and organizations who donated time, money and effort to help make this dream come true.  Special thanks to the owners and employees of David Patrick Moses, Architect, PLLC and David E. Looper & Company for their tireless and excellent service.

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