In response to growing concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the Watauga Humane Society and Watauga County Animal Control are closely monitoring recommendations from public health officials about possible changes of how we do our work or deliver programs to provide services to lost, homeless, injured and sick animals in our community.

Currently, over 150 animals are sheltered at WHS in the care of our amazing team of dedicated staff. Should this team be affected by this virus, the care of the animals would suffer. Procedures are being put into practice to insure that our staff remains healthy.

WHS has elected to temporarily limit the amount of possible exposure to the COVID-19, effective immediately. Beginning Tuesday, March 17th, access for the general public to the building will be limited to scheduled appointments only. No unscheduled drop-in visitation of animals will be available.

We will not be accepting volunteer work until further notice. We appreciate all of your hard work & help, and want to ensure your safety along with our staff.

Animals available for adoption/foster may be viewed on our website in real time and anyone interested in adopting is encouraged to browse the website, then call to schedule an appointment for a meet and greet with a specific animal. (828)-264-7865.
Owner surrenders have always been by appointment and will continue to be done this way.

If pets are lost, owners are encouraged to complete lost/found pet reports on our website so the pets can be listed on our website.

Animal Control Officers will still be responding to emergency calls, but non-emergency calls will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. (828) 262 -1672

To contact WHS during this time, or if you have found a stray animal, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (828) 264-7895.
Our animals and staff ask that anyone experiencing illness or those with a high risk of having been exposed to COVID-19 avoid visiting the shelter at this time.

These procedures will be in place until further notice.

Thank you for your understanding and support!

For more information, visit WataugaHumaneSociety.org