ARF (Humane Society of Jackson County) is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that rescues and fosters pets and facilitates in their spay and neuter. Our status as a tax-exempt public charity can be verified on the IRS web page and on GuideStar Our 501(c)3 number is 56-1575881.  ARF has served Jackson County since 1978.  Our network assists over a thousand animals every year. We are supported only by grants and private donations.Your contributions are desperately needed. ARF spends an average of $150 per animal on rescues, and sometimes considerably more if the animal is sick, neglected, heart worm positive, or injured when it comes into our care. 

Fix your pet free!

We can fix dogs in the Cullowhee/Tuckasegee area for free thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities. In conjunction with PetSmart Charities and Catman2 shelter, we also offer free spaying of cats in the 28779 postal delivery area (including Dillsboro, Webster, Sylva, Savannah, and parts of Balsam. Thanks to a grant from Two Mauds, we can also offer some free spay/neuter for free roaming cats or pets of people who receive some kind of low-income subsidies or assistance. Please call us for more information.

Free spay neuter services! Several grants allow ARF to fix your pet for free or low-cost. That includes free vaccines in many cases. Grants are time-limited, so call 877-273-5272.
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Adopt, don’t shop! ARF and the Jackson County shelter each offer pets for adoption. ARF’s Pets are already fixed, tested, vaccinated, and wormed. Or save a time-limited shelter pet.
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Need breed info or a breed rescue? Use our links and resources to find more about pet care & training. Or check out our column from ARF’s certified dog trainer.
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