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About the Friends

Our Haywood County animals deserve a shelter that can provide them the Five Freedoms:


  • Freedom from Hunger and Thirst
  • Freedom from Discomfort
  • Freedom from Pain or Disease
  • Freedom to Express Normal Behavior
  • Freedom from Fear and Distress


The Friends of the Haywood County Animal Shelter’s mission is to raise awareness of the need for a new shelter that can supply these freedoms, to raise funds to support this goal, and to assist the local government in planning the new shelter. In addition, the goals of the Friends are to educate the public and raise public awareness of animal needs and to fund other projects as deemed appropriate for animal needs in Haywood County.


Friends of the Haywood County Animal Shelter want to support a building that can continue to decrease the euthanasia rate of our shelter animals and to promote partnerships with the various animal welfare and rescue organizations who share these goals.


Join us to help make our community a better place for all the animals and humans that call Haywood County home.


Board of Officers


Dr. Kristen Hammett, DVM, Board President; Past President of North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association
Doyle Teague, Board Vice President; Director Haywood County Animal Services
Sarah Jane League, Board Secretary/Treasurer; Retired, Chief Information Officer – U.S. Government


Board Members


Jim Blyth, Realtor & Developer
Steve Cox, AKC National Championship Committee
Parrish Ezell, Businessman, Merrill Lynch
Erin Jennings, Veterinary Technician
Jamie Powell, Co-Founder, Feline Urgent Rescue
Teresa Smith, Executive Director, Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce
Penny Wallace, Animal Rescue Supporter


Friends Executive Advisory Committee

Connie Hewitt, Retired, President of Haywood Spay/Neuter
Jori Miller, RVT, Professor, ABTech Veterinary Technician Program; State Animal Rescue Team
Leslie Scardaci, Retired, Finance Manager Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
Linda Twomey, Volunteer, STAR Ranch Animal Rescue


Our Partners include:



Together, our coalition enhances the county services within the community. All of these nonprofits have unique missions that complement each other and work with the county services to find the best solutions for our animals in need.