Appalachian Animal Rescue Center for Macon County's homeless dogs & cats

Appalachian Animal
Rescue Center

Be a part of the solution for Macon County’s homeless dogs & cats

We’re Macon County’s Humane Shelter

Appalachian Animal Rescue Center is a not-for-profit, 501(c) 3, no-kill humane society located in western North Carolina. Our mission is to maintain a shelter for stray and abandoned dogs and cats in Macon County, to promote spaying and neutering, and to educate the public about state regulations and communicable diseases including rabies.

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Appalachian Animal Rescue Center is Macon County's Humane Shelter

How We’re Making a Difference

Animal Rescue

Animal Rescue

If you would like to surrender an animal. Please click the Learn More button below.



There are always furry friends here looking fur a forever home. If you are interested in adopting click the Learn More button below.

Low Cost Spay/Neuter

Low Cost Spay/Neuter

We partner with the ASPCA Humane Alliance to provide low cost Spay and Neuter services. For more information click the Learn More button below.

Pet Transport

Pet Transport

If you would like to help support our pet transport program, click the Learn More button below.

Latest News

We need your help!

Our shelter is in need of raised pet beds and cat towers. We are required to provide a raised bed for every animal in the shelter in order to pass inspection. We have a new resource that you can use to help us provide proper bedding for our shelter animals. There is a...

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COVID-19 Policy

Our current COVID policy is that everyone wears a mask if they are not vaccinated.

This policy may change without notice as we will follow CDC guidelines.