About Us

Haywood Spay/Neuter History

We date back to 1955 when a small group of local residents founded the Haywood County Humane Association “to prevent cruelty to animals and to promote humane educational programs on a county-wide basis.” We reorganized in 1973 and again in 1986, forming the Haywood Animal Welfare Association as a non-profit, tax-exempt community service organization. We’ve made great strides since the days of non-existent county animal control laws and a back-alley county animal shelter. For instance, we were the driving force in the construction of the Haywood County Animal Shelter in 1990, and we worked on passing the legislation for the new shelter opening in 2017.

We have sponsored over 21,000 spay/neuters since 2003:



Board of Directors

President Connie Hewitt
Vice President Linda Sexton
Treasurer Penny Wallace
Secretary Christine W. Hill
Board Member Tracy Magdaburg
Board Member Linda M. Miville
Board Member Carolyn S. Guard
Board Member Emeritus Nadean McArthur
Board Member EmeritusSusan Kumpf
Legal Counsel to the BoardM. Chase Wells


Read our
2016
Annual Report!