About Us

Hours for the Public

Tuesday-Friday 12:30 to 5:00
Saturday 12:30-5:00
Sunday 12:30 to 5:00

closed Mondays

312 Paws Way (physical address)
PO Box 1835
Boone, NC 28607


Contact Us

General Assistance, Adoptions, Feedback

Surrendering a Pet or Stray Animal

Spay/Neuter Reservations




Education, Programs & Events


Diamond Dogs



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Misson Statement

The mission of the Watauga Humane Society is to provide the following:

  • A well-equipped and appropriately staffed facility where the citizens of Watauga County can bring unwanted and abandoned animals;
  • Relief of suffering among animals;
  • Provisions for food, shelter, medical care, and love to homeless animals while they await permanent homes;
  • Assistance with control of unwanted animals by offering low-cost spay/neuter services;
  • Education to the public about responsible animal ownership and care.

Board Members

Board members are elected in staggered terms of three years. The board is comprised of up to 15 directors, 5 of whom are officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Board Liaison.

Alice Roess, President

Charles Duke, Vice President

Anne Moell, Secretary

Monique Eckerd, Treasurer

Judy Clarke, Member

Warren Moretz, Member

Carole Cheek, Board Liason

Patty Dale, Member

Shante' Mathes, Member

Carol Truett, Member

Shelley Wainscott-Wallin, Member

By the Numbers

January, 2018 - April, 2018





Stray at Large 137 91 1
Owner Surrender 116 124 7
Owner Intended Euthanasia (4)
1 1 0
Transferred In 40 25 0
Other Intakes 17 25 0
Intake Total 311 266 8


Adoptions 200 183 13
Return to Owner 69 4 0
Transferred Out 6 1 0
Return to Field (5)
0 13 0
Other Live Outcomes 5 22 0
Outcome Total 280 223 13


Died in Care (1)
2 2 0
Lost in Care (2)
1 0 0
Shelter Euthanasia (3)
2 3 1
Owner Intended Euthanasia (4)
1 1 0
Other Outcome Total 6 6 1

(1) Died in Care - Usually young orphaned and ill kittens, seniors, abuse and neglect victims or other animals with illnesses or injuries that they are unable to overcome, even with veterinary treatment.

(2) Lost in Care - Random and unpredictable circumstances like a cat getting out a cat room window because a visitor opens a window; a mouse chews it's way out of a cage and isn't found; a foster animal is lost on the way to the vehicle in the parking lot, etc.

(3) Shelter Euthanasia - Usually animals with significant aggression that has not responded to training or animals with terminal or untreatable illnesses or injuries.

(4) Owner Intended Euthanasia - Owners sometimes surrender their animals to us because they cannot afford euthanasia.  It is our policy to accept the surrender, do an exam and decide for ourselves whether euthanasia is necessary.  By law, we cannot and we do not perform euthanasia on animals owned by members of the public.  

(5) Return to Field - Feral cats and cats that are not socialized or otherwise appropriate for placement in an indoor environment (Barn Cats) that are released on a property with the permission of the property owner.