30 Years of Saving Lives

The entire collection of Beatles songs were released on a new audio medium known as “compact discs.”  A new national television network named Fox had its debut.  “Into the Woods” premiered on Broadway. Paul Newman won the Oscar for Best Actor in the movie “The Color of Money.” 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 2,000 for the first time.  A first-class postage stamp cost 22 cents, and a gallon of regular gas was less than a dollar.  In a speech in Berlin, President Reagan proclaimed, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

The year was 1987 and the Cashiers Area Humane Society (later re-named the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society) was born.

For the past 30 years, CHHS has saved the lives and found forever homes for thousands of abandoned, abused, and neglected animals in our community.  In recent years, the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society has earned the prestigious designation of Emergency Placement Partner with the Humane Society of the United States, one of less than 300 nationwide and one of only four in North Carolina with large-scale transport capabilities.  Last year, we opened the CHHS Canine Adoption Center, the most modern animal welfare facility in Western North Carolina.

All of these life-saving efforts were made possible by the visionary founders of CHHS who realized back in the 1980s that so much more had to be done for animals in need on the Plateau.  Carrying forward that vision into reality for the past three decades have been our cherished and valued donors and supporters, our compassionate volunteers, and our dedicated animal-loving Board members and staff. 

From a modest beginning in 1987, CHHS is now a regional Humane Society, rescuing nearly 500 animals annually at our 10-acre no-kill shelter.  We also bring people and pets together through our innovative community outreach programs such as low-cost spay/neuter, pet therapy, pet food pantry, and humane education.

Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization that receives no county or state tax dollars, and no funding from any national animal organization. 

We’re located on Highway 64 in Sapphire, two miles east of the Cashiers Crossroads and open from 10:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M  Monday through Saturday.  For more information, please contact CHHS at (828) 743-5752 or visit us online at CHhumanesociety.org.