In the heart of the community

Published 8:00 am Wednesday, January 16, 2019

For all the years that I have been fostering dogs and cats and volunteering with the Foothills Humane Society, I believed the folks in our community have held a special place in their hearts for the shelter.

Now, after the Home for Christmas adoption event and the month-long $10 cats and kittens promotion, I am more convinced than ever.

As board president, I am writing this for myself, the staff, volunteers, fosters and other board members, hoping to express how deeply we are touched by the community generosity and support during December.

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We were overcrowded and worrying from day to day where to keep the dogs and cats. It seemed at times that for every one going home, two arrived.

Amazingly, adopters appeared and foster homes were available every time we thought we were reaching our absolute limit of space.

The challenge, however, is ongoing. We’ve already had puppies and kittens come in, as well as the usual influx of strayed, rescued and surrendered dogs and cats. As a no-kill shelter, we will not euthanize to make room.

As a longterm solution, we offer discounted or free spay/neuter programs. Just call 828-863-4445 for details.

Later this year, we will be building additional space for dogs and puppies. Details about “New Digs for Dogs” will be coming.

For now, though, our only option is to get another surge in adoptions or fosters. We need your help now.

Our community has always been supportive of FHS and the animals we care for.  We could not do this without your adoptions, donations and volunteers. 

Thank you for all you do.


Susan Wallahora, Board president, Foothills Humane Society