July 28 was a very tragic day in Asheville when a four-alarm fire broke out in a Biltmore Avenue building. Asheville Humane Society recognizes the difficult work both Asheville City and Buncombe County firefighters do each day to keep our communities safe. We know Captain Jeff Bowen gave his life to protect and save others and we can never say or do enough to express our appreciation to him and his family for their sacrifices.
To honor Captain Bowen, Asheville Humane Society is waiving all adoption fees for any Asheville City or Buncombe County firefighter for the months of August and September. Asheville Humane Society will microchip, vaccinate and spay/neuter animals before they go home with their adoptive families. The unconditional love and cheerful comedy of an animal companion can often help heal emotional wounds and distract from the sorrow that inevitably comes with tragedy.
"When an event such as this one strikes a community like Asheville, we all look for ways to help those people most affected," says Katherine Shenar, President/CEO of Asheville Humane Society. "The power of animals to heal and comfort those in need is immeasurable and this is just our way of saying 'thank you' to those men and women who serve and protect us."