New Feline Adoption Center at Cashiers Highlands Humane Society

When the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society celebrated the grand opening of the new CHHS Canine Adoption Center in July 2016, the 26-year-old original shelter became a felines-only building on our 10-acre campus.  

That’s the good news, since ideally shelter cats and dogs should be housed in separate facilities because sometimes they can, well… fight like cats and dogs! (Not fight, per se, but some felines and canines can definitely heighten the stress for each other in a shelter environment.)

The bad news is that the 26-year-old building is showing its age and suffers from substantial maintenance and repair issues, and also has minimal housing areas for cats and kittens designed for animal intake based on a generation ago.  In just the past five years, for example, despite our low-cost and free spay/neuter program, we have quadrupled the annual intake of cats and kittens into our no-kill shelter!  The old building only has two play rooms for cats, two tiny porch areas, and a poorly-designed and inadequately ventilated room for kittens. 

The new CHHS Feline Adoption & Animal Care Center will feature four cageless cat rooms, three large porches for plenty of fresh air and sunshine, and a modern kitten nursery room with a large glass wall for public viewing.  A greatly needed and long overdue feature in the new building will also be a state-of-the-art medical room for visiting veterinarians and vet techs (as well as trained staff) to conduct examinations, provide treatment and perform minor surgeries for all our animals.  Other features include a bathing and grooming animal care area, improved office space for staff and volunteers, and upgrades to the restroom and entrance to become ADA compliant.

Construction on the new CHHS Feline Adoption & Animal Care Center is expected to begin this spring.  Through the generous donors who have already come forward expressing their support for the cats, kittens, and overall animal care for all our shelter pets, we have raised more than 50 percent of the expected construction costs for the new building.  Please consider a generous contribution to make this much-needed building a reality.  The new CHHS Feline Adoption & Animal Care Center will allow us to save more lives, provide the very highest of compassionate care, and find more forever homes for the abandoned and neglected animals in our community.  Thank you very much for your support!

Established in 1987, Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit no-kill animal shelter that receives no state or county tax dollars, and no funding from any national animal organization.  CHHS is located on Highway 64 in Sapphire, two miles east of the Cashiers Crossroads and is open 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday.  For more information, visit us online at or call CHHS at (828) 743-5769.  Tax-deductible donations to support our lifesaving work can be mailed to: CHHS, P.O. Box 638, Cashiers, NC 28717.