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Doggie Ice Cream Social - West Asheville, Sept. 22

Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 9.33.58 AMGreg, who owns The Hop, doesn't just make fabulous ice cream, he's also a confirmed dog lover who does a lot for local humane efforts. Come on out and say thanks to Greg -- and enjoy some human and doggie ice cream at a special Doggie Ice Cream Social at The Hop Ice Creamery, 167 Haywood Road, West Asheville.

The Doggie Ice Cream Social will be held on Friday, September 22 from 3 to 9 PM. Greg will be opening up the outdoor space at The Ice Creamery to any and all leashed dogs (and their owners) who would like to join in. Happy Tails Doggie Ice Cream as well as ice cream of the human variety will be on the menu. (Note: This location is different from The Hop West ice cream cafe.) A portion of the proceeds will benefit Asheville Humane Society.

Wags to Riches - Hendersonville, Sept. 30

Screen Shot 2017-09-02 at 12.56.28 PMThe biggest fundraiser of the year for Blue Ridge Humane Society is "Wags to Riches," and this year, the festivities will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 6 to 10 PM at the Hendersonville Country Club, 1860 Hebron Road, Hendersonville, NC.

The gala event includes dinner, dancing, and a silent auction. Items for the auction include trip and sports tickets, jewelry, and more. The admission is $100 per ticket, of which $60 is tax-deductible.

Online registration is available starting September 20, as is online bidding for the auction. For further details and to register, visit https://www.blueridgehumane.org/wags/

Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Sept. 24

Hiking houndsHiking Hounds is one of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities. Each month, volunteers take shelter dogs on hikes as part of the enrichment programming. You'll spend a few hours in Bent Creek hiking the trails with dogs who will love you for it.

The next hike with the Hiking Hounds group is Sunday, Sept. 24. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 12:30 to 1 PM. Note: New and repeat hikers alike are required to sign up in advance. If you'd like to sign up for this hike, email ahshikinghounds@outlook.com.

Hikers are signed up on a "first come-first served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.

PetSmart Adoptathon - Asheville, Sept. 16, 17

StuartmilesfdpPetSmart's Fall Adoptathon is taking place on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16 and 17, at the PetSmart located at 150 Bleachery Blvd. in Asheville. Hours are 11 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and 11 AM to 3 PM on Sunday.

This major adoption event will feature animals from many local humane societies and animal rescue organizations. PetSmart Charities sponsors National Adoption Weekends four times per year at PetSmart stores.

Image: Stuart Miles, Freedigitalphotos.net

Mills River Valley Doggy Dash Race - Mills River, Sept. 17

Screen Shot 2017-09-02 at 11.27.10 AMOn Sunday, Sept. 17 from 9 AM to 12 PM, Trace & Company will sponsor the Mills River Valley 5K, 10K and 1 mile Doggy Dash. The event will be held at Mills River Park, 124 Town Center Drive in Mills River. Participants can bring their dogs along for the 1 mile fun run/walk race, which is suitable for all ages, levels, and types of dogs.

A portion of the proceeds from the $15 entry fee benefit Blue Ridge Humane Society.


Packet Pick-Up:

Early race packet pick-up: Sept 15th from 5-7 pm at Mills River Park: Come to front of library for packet pick up

Day of race packet pick-up and race day registration: Mills River Park from 6:30 - 8:15 AM at the Mills River Park registration booth

SUNDAY, Sept 17th – RACE DAY!

6:30 a.m – 8:15 a.m – Packet Pickup at Registration Tent

8:30 a.m – 5k and 10K begins at start line in front of library at Mills River park.

8: 35 a.m – 1-mile Fun Run/Walk and Doggy Dash starts in front of library at Mills River park

9: 45 .a.m – Approximate beginning of the awards ceremonies with awards for all age group winners starting with 5k. 10k will follow depending on runners return rate


As you approach the Park, you will be directed to one of two parking lots designated for the race.