About the Asheville Kennel Club, Inc.
The Asheville Kennel Club in Asheville, North Carolina is a not-for-profit member club of the American Kennel Club. The club was chartered in 1934 to advance and further the interest in purebred dogs of all breeds as well as to promote and advance responsible breeding, exhibiting, and care of purebred dogs. The club encourages sportsmanlike competition at events such as Dog Breed Shows, Agility Trials and Obedience Trials.
The Asheville Kennel Club has never been large in terms of sheer membership numbers, but for over seven decades the member/volunteers of this organization have never wavered from their goal of educating the general public and supporting the community of dog fanciers in the Asheville area.
Club Social Activities
Most years a catered club picnic is held in August for members and their dogs in a relaxed outdoor setting. In December, at the annual human-only Christmas party, members and their guests enjoy a more formal social evening of good food and good company that concludes with an exchange of dog related gifts.
- For a decade, the Asheville Kennel Club has provided ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance “Spay/Neuter Coupons” at no cost or low cost to people who can not afford to have their pets altered.
- We financially support a variety of dog oriented groups including the North Carolina Federation of Dog Clubs (formerly the Confederacy of Tailwaggers), the North Carolina State University Veterinary School, as well as, several breed specific rescue organizations.
- Also, we support the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, an organization which helps dogs live longer, healthier lives through funding of research benefiting dogs and human beings. Each year, club members speak to school groups and civic organizations, making presentations on responsible dog ownership and demonstrating canine good citizenship.
- We endow a scholarship program at the North Carolina Veterinary School M memory of club members who have passed on.
- We are proud of the fact that when Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in 2005, the Asheville Kennel Club was quick to respond, making immediate donations in excess a $5000 for dog rescue services and veterinary care.
- In 2012, when Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast, the Asheville Kennel Club stepped forward again and with immediate donations of $5000 for dog rescue services and veterinary care.