Other Stuff

Team Educate

Watauga Humane Society’s TEAM EDUCATE volunteers conduct various programs at the shelter and in schools with area children designed to spread the word about the mission of the WHS and the humane care and treatment of animals. During the school year 2016-17, volunteers visited all elementary schools in Watauga County, serving 326 second graders and 326 fifth graders. Student groups, including public, private, and charter schools, scout troops and 4H camps, also visited the WHS Adoption Center for tours, animal meet and greets, crafts and pet safety presentations. 

In addition to volunteer visits to schools, teachers can partner with Team Educate by sponsoring a pet food and supplies drive with their students and then visit the shelter to donate the supplies. Donations support the care and feeding of our shelter animals, as well as help to stock our pet food pantry. These visits proved to be so successful that we have expanded this field trip option to include a variety of fun activities for students, including shelter tours, interaction with animals, craft activities and pet care and safety presentations.

 Team Educate also sponsors “Reading for Paws,” a popular summer program which is an opportunity for children, grades 2-8, to practice reading skills and interact with our shelter animals.

 For more information about participating in the Team Educate program contact Carole Cheek (carolecheek@hot.mail.com) or Monique Eckerd at (monique.s.eckerd@gmail.com).

To schedule a field trip to the WHS, click HERE!


Dog Park

Before there was the Adoption Center there was the Dog Park! The Dog Park opened in 2006. Most days pets and their owners will be enjoying the dog park (even in the middle of winter). To use the park you must complete a Dog Park Application and have current rabies certificate for your dog.

The Dog Park is open to members daily sunrise to sunset. Dog Park passes can be purchased at the Adoption Center Tuesday-Sunday 12:30-5:00. To get a pass or become a member you will need a record of your dog having been spayed/neutered and current on rabies vaccination.

Dog Park "Pet-iquette"

#10 Your dog is leashed until inside the holding area and then turned free to enter the play area.
#9 Puppies younger than 4 months and dogs who are ill or without current vaccinations are kept at home.
#8 Humans don't bring food, tobacco products, or glass containers into the park. 
#7 You must be the owner of the dog you brought and you must have a dog park pass. You know your dog best.
#6 You must immediately clean up after your dog and dispose of the waste in a closed bag in the appropriate receptacle. Dog waste spreads disease.
#5 Actively be engaged with your dog for their safety and pleasure.
#4 If your dog decides to burrow please fill in the hole and repair any damage
#3 You must have a leash with you at all times and use it promptly to remove your dog if he or she is disrupting the play of others.
#2 Please leave dog toys at home that can easily be destructed.
#1 You and your dog have an active good time while being friendly, responsible and respectful of our park and its guests.  



  • Regular Member (up to 2 dogs) $85/year
  • Seniors (65 and above)(up to 2 dogs) $65/year
  • Student (up to 2 dogs) $60/year
  • Each additional dog $15/year
  • Day Pass $10
  • 3 Day Pass $25
  • 1 Week Pass $30
  • 1 Month Pass $40
  • 6 Month Pass $65

Applications are available at the Adoption Center 

You may also register for a Dog Park pass online here.

Adoption Prices

  • Dogs over 6 months up to 6 years are 99.00
  • Dogs 6 years and up-48.00
  • Puppies under 6 months are 130.00 with a cash deposit of 100.00 if the animal has not been altered which the adopter gets back as soon as the animal gets fixed.
  • Diamond Dogs are $130.00
  • Cats over 6 months up to 6 years are 55.00
  • Cats 6 years and up 48.00
  • Kittens under 6 months are 80.00 with the cash deposit of 100 just like with puppies

All adoptions include the spay/neuter, microchip, rabies vaccination, and all age appropriate vaccinations included, along with a free brief health exam at one of our local vets.

We periodically have specials which are often listed on the slides on the main page of this website and on the Watauga Humane Society Facebook page.

Bare Bones Boutique

Bare Bones Boutique Thrift Store offers the community a place to bring unwanted or unused items that are then resold with the money going to benefit our animals. It is also a great place to find bargains on a variety of items from furniture, clothing, pet items, collectables, etc.  Bare Bones is located at the bottom of the hill before turning into the Adoption Center. The address is 2670 Old Highway 421 South, Boone. They can be reached at 828.264.7339. Donations are tax deductible.

Store Hours: Tuesday-Saturday  10:00-4:00


Community Cats (Trap, Neuter, Return)

"Community Cats" are a combination of strays and ferals that are typically unowned or semi-owned cats. They live outdoors, and may be wild or friendly, or lost and abandoned. 

How does Watauga Humane Society help "Community Cats"?

WHS offers a combination of ways that ensure that Community Cats are fixed, vaccinated, ear tipped and either returned to their original home or transferred into our Barn Cat program. WHS's SNIPS funds spay/neuter surgeries and rabies vaccinations for Community Cats.

If you are a property owner, or know of any community cats in your area, please contact WHS for more information on how you can utilize our resources. 

 How can YOU help "Community Cats"?

If you would like to donate to the program, please click HERE .


Traditional fostering is when we need people to take an animal into their home for a period of time. It often is needed when our numbers are high and we run out of space. It also occurs when animals need to be in a home environment instead of the shelter or when there are short term medical issues. Want to foster? Call and speak to our staff about how to do it.