Animal Compassion Network, founded in
1997, has grown to over 500 members and volunteers. ACN is a non-profit
animal rescue group that fosters and finds homes for stray and abandoned
cats and dogs in Western North Carolina. Through a lot of hard work, ACN
has found loving, permanent homes for almost 2,500 cats and dogs since
What do we do?
An important part of our mission is to provide an alternative to kill
shelters operated with county funding. As people become more aware of the
millions of animals euthanized in our nation each year, our society
strives to move towards a no kill solution. ACN is doing its part to move
Western North Carolina in this direction but we cannot do it alone.
Without community support, our efforts alone are not enough to solve this
huge national problem.
The programs we provide as a service to the community are listed below:
|Pet food programs for the elderly, disabled and
indigent, including Meals on Wheels|
|Spay/neuter assistance for the pets of indigent pet
|Low cost rabies and vaccination clinics to promote
public health and safety|
|Education programs in the schools on responsible pet
|Telephone help line for counseling, referrals and
assistance with animal related issues and problems|
What is the Betty Fund?
ACN established the Betty Fund
Spay/Neuter Project in 2000 to address the animal overpopulation problem
in Western North Carolina. This program strives to reduce the number of
unaltered companion animals by offering the economically disadvantaged,
the elderly, the disabled and other indigent individuals the opportunity
to spay/neuter their pet free of charge or at a drastically reduced rate.
One unaltered dog or cat and its first generation can produce up to 200
kittens or puppies in a year. This translates into 67,000 puppies in six
years for a dog and 420,000 kittens in seven years for a cat. Spaying and
neutering is the only permanent humane solution.
Since the program's inception, more than 390 animals have been spayed
or neutered. Our goal is to continue to increase the number of people and
animals we help each year. This will only be possible if this program
receives the funding it needs to continue. Individuals contributions are
necessary to supplement our many funding efforts. You can contribute by
mailing your donations to:
ACN/Betty Fund, PO Box 1704, Skyland, NC 28776.
How do we continue to grow?
Funding: ACN spent over $40,000 on veterinary care for the
animals in 2001. Where does this money come from? It comes from donations
from our community; grants, membership dues and fundraising events put on by our volunteers. As we
continue to grow, we strive to help more and more animals which requires
more and more money. You can make a donation by completing the donation
section of the Membership
Form. You can also make donations of needed supplies (see our Wish List).
Volunteers: Our volunteers
are what keep ACN going. Time is a very valuable thing to each one of us.
Volunteers donate their time in large and small increments - all of it
keeps ACN moving forward. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer,
please Contact Us. We are
looking for volunteers for numerous activities.
Membership: ACN currently has over 200 members. By becoming a Member you will receive discounts
from the current business sponsors (see Member Benefits). If you would like to support ACN by
becoming a member, simply fill out the Membership Form and mail it to the address listed. A
membership package will be mailed to you shortly.
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Animal Compassion Network (ACN) is
dedicated to the welfare of innocent animals. ACN was created with
the philosophy of not setting geographic boundaries for helping
animals. Our specific goals are animal rescue, foster care, pet
placement, spaying and neutering, and public education. ACN has
been working within the community since 1997, and has placed
hundreds of animals in loving homes. Our network of volunteers and
foster homes, rescues and rehabilitates unwanted or needy animals
in Western North Carolina.
Turning an animal over
If you would like to turn a pet
over to ACN please contact
us or call 258-4820.
This phone line is staffed by
volunteers and your call will be returned as soon as possible. If
you do not get a return call within 48 hours, you can call again.
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Foster Homes: ACN does not have a shelter. We
are limited in our ability to help more cats and dogs by our limited
number of foster homes. If we have nowhere to temporarily place a
dog or cat, we cannot bring it into our network, therefore a strong
foster home network is imperative to the success of our adoption
program. The average length of stay in a foster home is one to three
months (this can vary based on many factors). ACN can provide food,
vet care and supplies, such as kennels and doghouses if available.
The foster home provides the love and attention. If you are Interested in
Fostering a dog or a cat, please Contact Us.
Accessibility: ACN strives to make the public
aware of the services we offer at a minimal cost. Advertising for Events and Fundraisers is
done through the local media (TV, radio and newspapers). Bulletin
boards are posted in locations in the Asheville area, as are
brochures on our services, membership and volunteer opportunities.
ACN also has its own telephone help line available
to the public. This line includes information on upcoming events and
animal resources in the area. It also allows you to leave a message
if you need help with an animal, have behavioral or training
questions or are interested in adopting an animal. A volunteer
checks the message line daily and returns the calls as quickly as
How can you help?
ACN is a group of people who love animals and work
hard to make a better life for our animals and to improve our
community. We have jobs, families and responsibilities but are
willing to give a little bit extra to make a difference. You too can
help make a difference by making a monetary donation, making a
donation of needed supplies, joining as a member and/or joining as a
volunteer. Every little bit helps and is greatly appreciated by all
of us and the animals that are rescued.
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