How We Built A No-Kill Community Together

If you read our post from yesterday, you know we have come so far as an organization and as a community over the past decade. Working together with our community, we have created a No-Kill Asheville. And now, we’re also working with other communities where animals are in desperate need of help.

One of the most important things we’ve learned is that we’d never be able to simply spay/neuter and adopt our way to No-Kill. True No-Kill can only happen and be sustained when communities have the necessary resources to help pets of families in need. That’s why we developed programs that help keep pets safe and in their homes and out of the shelter system in the first place.

In addition to our busy Adoption Center and amazing foster home network, here are some of the many programs we have built over the past 10 years that have helped us get to where we are today:


  • NeighborCorps – Through the NeighborCorps program, we work with community members to help them solve problems, with the goal of keeping animals in their loving homes whenever possible, and out of the shelter system in the first place.
  • Community Cat Program – Through this program, we humanely trap, spay or neuter, vaccinate for rabies, and release feral cats back into their territories. We always make sure feral cat colonies have a dedicated caretaker lined up to provide food, fresh water, and shelter. When kittens and social cats are trapped, we work to get them into foster or forever homes.
  • Keep Me Safe – Our Keep Me Safe program provides a safe place for animals to go if their caretaker needs to flee an abusive relationship. The goal of this program is to reunite animals with their guardian once everyone is safe and to give survivors one less barrier to escaping an abusive situation.
  • Humane Education – This fall, we launched our Humane Education program in three local elementary schools to teach students about all of the amazing animals out there, with the goal of building empathy and compassion in the next generation of caregivers.
  • Rapid Response – Our Rapid Response team deploys staff and volunteers to conduct animal search and rescue in communities affected by natural disasters or hoarding situations. In 2017, our Rapid Response team rescued animals from several hoarding cases, as well as sent teams in to help during hurricanes Harvey and Irma.


As we have honed our knowledge and skills, we have also been able to bring our No-Kill mission and resources to other communities throughout the Southeast via our chapters and consulting. Working with local animal lovers and concerned citizens, we aim to cultivate our core ethic of Uncompromised Compassion in these new chapter communities.

None of what we have accomplished for the animals would have been possible without the amazing support we have received from folks just like you over the past 10 years. Everything that has happened for the animals — every life that has been improved or saved — has happened because of you.

Over 6,000 animals were served this year thanks to your support. With you on our side, I know anything is possible for the animals!

Thanks to a group of generous supporters, year-end donations will be MATCHED up to $20,000! Please consider making a last minute, tax deductible donation today to help us save and touch the lives of even more animals in 2018.

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