HCAS Friends | About the Friends
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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

Doyle Teague, Board President
Teresa Smith,  Board Secretary
Sarah Jane League, Board Treasurer


Board Members

David Angel
Steve Cox
Erin Jennings
Karole Bell Medford
Eric Phelps
Dr. Morgan Plemmons, DVM 

Jamie Powell

Friends Executive Advisory Committee

Connie Hewitt
Dr. Kristen Hammett, DVM Retired
Jori Miller

Leslie Scardaci
Linda Twomey

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.