Advocacy Events

Taste of Compassion - Asheville, Nov. 4

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Put your best paw forward by joining fellow animal lovers at the premier charity gala of the season, the 14th annual "Taste of Compassion." The event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 6 to 9 PM at the Morris Hellenic Cultural Center, 227 Cumberland Avenue, Asheville.

Step back in time to Asheville of the 1920's for a rousing night at the Speakeasy, where you will enjoy local cuisine, craft beer, cider, and wine. Shake a leg to live music while bidding on exclusive experiences and one-of-a-kind items. Come dolled up or decked out (if you wish) in your snazziest 1920's themed attire.

Taste of Compassion, presented by Animal Hospital of North Asheville, helps to raise funds for the life-saving and community programs of Asheville Humane Society.

This is a sell-out event each year, so order your tickets early. For more information and tickets, visit:

Tails & Trails 5K Run - Swannanoa, Oct. 14

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Get some exercise at Buncombe County’s “Tails and Trails Adventure Run” on Saturday, October 14 from 9 to 11:30 AM. The 5k adventure run is a timed, but non-competitive opportunity to get outside and get active! It’s unique because dogs are more than welcome to bring their humans (provided they keep them on their leashes).

This year’s run takes place at Buncombe County’s Charles D. Owen Park, a puppy’s paradise with plenty of unmarked territory and a wide variety of wildlife to bark hello to. Aside from being a great opportunity to enjoy some time outdoors, the Tails and Trails Adventure Run will also raise funding and awareness of the work of the Asheville Humane Society.

Charles D. Owen Park is located at 875 Warren Wilson Road in Swannanoa. The fee for adults is $20 and for children, it is $10. Information and tickets available at:

Image: Buncombe County Recreation Services

Pilates with Puppies - Asheville, Oct. 24

Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 3.04.01 PMOn Tuesday, October 24 from 6 to 7 PM, Cisco Pilates will hold "Pilates with Puppies" at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads near the WNC Farmers Market).

Pilates with Puppies will be a basic Pilates class, with puppies provided by Asheville Humane Society. Please bring your own yoga or Pilates mat and a small towel. Please do not bring your own puppy! The cost is $10, which is a donation to Asheville Humane Society on behalf of Buncombe County animals.

Pre-registration is required. Early registration is suggested as space is limited and this event is expected to sell out! Visit to sign up. Questions? Email

Image: Cisco Pilates

Bark in the Park - Sylva, NC, Oct. 8

Screen Shot 2017-09-02 at 1.27.43 PMOn Sunday, October 8 from 1 to 5 PM, the town of Sylva will hold "Bark in the Park" at Mark Watson Park in Sylva, NC. Activities will include agility and tracking demonstrations, dancing dogs, K-9 bingo, dog adoptions, a doggie costume contest, vendors, food, and more.

The event is sponsored by the Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association. Admission is free and dogs on leash with current vaccinations are welcome.

Pet Fest - Asheville, Oct. 8

Screen Shot 2017-09-04 at 9.46.27 AMThe 3rd annual Pet Fest will be held on Sunday, October 8 from 12 to 3 PM at Asheville Outlets, 800 Brevard Road, Asheville. The event will feature activities for pets and their families, including educational advice, obedience tips, informational booths and displays, pet adoptions and more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local spay/neuter organizations and rescue transport programs.

Asheville Outlets will be teaming up with Critter Magazine to present Pet Fest. The Critter Magazine Cover Dog Competition will be held at 1 PM. Cost to participate is a $25 donation. Your dog could be chosen to be featured on the cover of Critter Magazine.

Throughout the weekend from Friday, October 6 through Sunday, October 8, Ingles and iHeart Radio Asheville will sponsor Ultimate Air Dogs at Asheville Outlets.

Image: Asheville Outlets 

Furry Friends Benefit Bash - Waynesville, Oct. 5

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The annual Furry Friends Benefit Bash to benefit Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation will be held on Thursday, October 5 from 6 to 9 PM at the Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville, NC.

The event is an evening of fun, food, music and lively live and silent auctions. Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased at Sarge's Adoption Center or online. For more information visit 

Tour the Asheville Animal Care Campus - Sept. 23

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Did you know the Animal Care Campus in Asheville is one of the country's leading examples of a private-public partnership in animal welfare? Asheville Humane Society and Buncombe County work in close collaboration to take in, care for, re-home, and adopt out thousands of domestic animals each year. Their collective goal is to save every adoptable animal's life and make each animal's life worth living.

Now you have the opportunity to see first-hand why the Animal Care Campus is a national model. Asheville Humane Society is hosting a guided behind-the-scenes tour of the society's Adoption Center (14 Forever Friend Lane) and the Buncombe County Animal Shelter (16 Forever Friend Lane) on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 1:30 to 3:00 PM. The tour is free and open to the public.

The Animal Care Campus is located on Forever Friend Lane, off Pond Road and Brevard Road, near the WNC Farmers Market. For more information, call (828) 761-2001.

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

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.


Dog Day Afternoon - Asheville, Sept. 9

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On Saturday, September 9 from 12 to 5 PM, Mix 96.5 will present "Dog Day Afternoon," sponsored by Prestige Subaru and Ingles. The event will be held at Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Drive in Asheville. This promises to be a fun event for your pup! Included in the day's activities will be an adoptathon with animals from Asheville Humane Society, live music, doggie contests, a wiener dog race, fastest dog in Asheville competition, food trucks, and craft beer.

Bring your doggie and have a blast at Dog Day Afternoon!

Dogs on the Deck - Arden, Aug. 22

AndrewPons-unsplash.comBMW of Asheville invites you and your 4-legged friends to "Dogs on The Deck 2" on Tuesday, August 22nd from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at Acropolis Pizza, 140 Airport Road, Arden. 

Raffle Door Price Ticket with $5 Donation per person will benefit Asheville Humane Society.

Prize Sponsors Include: Island Top Design, PetSmart, Casa Torres, Tamarind, Woof In The Woods, International Autoworks, Circle B BBQ, BMW of Asheville, and Woofgang Bakery.

Image: Andrew Pons,

Dine at Mayfel's, Asheville, on August 17, 24, and 31 to Help Local Animal Organizations

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On Thursdays through the end of August, Mayfel's restaurant, 22 College Street, Asheville, donates 10 percent of that day's sales to a local animal organization. The following organizations will benefit from Mayfel's remaining "Dog Days of Summer":

August 17 - Blue Ridge Humane Society

August 24 - Friends of Madison County Animals

August 31 - Animal Haven of Asheville

Mayfel's serves New Orleans cuisine and welcomes dogs on its front patio and courtyard in the back. Patton Avenue Pet Company is donating natural dog treats each Thursday.

Sarge's Downtown Dog Walk - Waynesville, Aug. 5

Screen Shot 2017-08-02 at 3.31.27 PMSarge’s 12th Annual Downtown Dog Walk is Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017 at a new start time — 9 a.m. in Downtown Waynesville. The Dog Walk is one of the most popular Sarge’s events, with lots of happy dogs and their humans.

What will the route be?
It begins at the Haywood County Court House on Main Street in Waynesville, NC.  We make a circle that is Main Street, then right on Depot, left on Montgomery, left on Church, then left again on North Main Street. The police stop traffic on Main Street. And we get to march right back to the court house.

What are start/end times?
Day of event registration, Saturday, Aug. 5, begins at 8 a.m. at the Historic Haywood County Courthouse lawn. The Dog Walk begins at 9 a.m. sharp. The actual walk is only 15 minutes. The fun contests begin after the walk, and we expect to be finished by 11 a.m., to avoid the summer heat of the day.

Where will contest judging be done?
On the court house steps in front of the court house.

Who will be the judges?
Eddie Foxx & Sharon Green from 99.9 Kiss Country and a few specially chosen Waynesville locals.

What will be the contest categories?
Of course, most money collected! Also – best dressed, best trick, and best tail-wagger. The contests are fairly short, but a lot of fun.

Will adoptable dogs be identified as such?
Yes! They will be wearing “adopt me” bandanas and they will each walk across the stage for a few moments.

How do volunteers raise money?

They can collect funds on our pledge sheet. Anyone collecting $20 or more receives a free T-shirt.

Image: Sarge's


Doggie Ice Cream Social - West Asheville, Aug. 4

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, August 4 from 6 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.)

Coupon Day with Asheville Humane Society and Ultimate Ice Cream - Asheville, July 22

Screen Shot 2017-07-18 at 11.01.06 AMCome celebrate "Coupon Day" with Asheville Humane Society and Ultimate Ice Cream!

On Saturday, July 22nd, visit Asheville Humane Society to receive a coupon for tasty, homemade ice cream from Ultimate Ice Cream. Visit Ultimate Ice Cream to receive a coupon for $25 off a full-price adoption at Asheville Humane Society!

Asheville Humane Society's Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 7 PM. The dog and cat rooms are closed daily for naptime from 1-2pm, giving animals a much-needed break. The lobby remains open where you can speak with staff, enjoy refreshments, read or watch videos!

Ultimate Ice Cream has two locations: 1070 Tunnel Road and 195 Charlotte Street, both in Asheville.

Image: Asheville Humane Society

July 15 is National Pet Fire Safety Day

Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 3.56.05 PM"National Pet Fire Safety Day" Tips to Keep Pets Safe from House Fires:

  • Extinguish Open Flames - Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your home.
  • Pet Proof the Home - Take a walk around your home and look for areas where pets might start fires inadvertently, such as the stove knobs, loose wires and other potential hazards. 
  • Secure Young Pets - Especially with young puppies, keep them confined away from potential fire-starting hazards when you are away from home.
  • Keep Pets Near Entrances – When leaving pets home alone, keep them in areas or rooms near entrances where firefighters can easily find them. 
  • Practicing Escape Routes with Pets – Keep collars and leashes at the ready in case you have to evacuate quickly with your pet or firefighters need to rescue your pet.
  • Since Pets Left Alone Can’t Escape a Burning Home – Use monitored smoke detectors which are connected to a monitoring center, providing an added layer of protection beyond battery-operated smoke alarms.
  • Affix a Pet Alert Window Cling – Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers time when locating your pets. You can obtain a free window cling by going to or at AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days events. Details are available at
  • Keep Your Information Updated - Firefighters are familiar with pet alert window clings so keep the number of pets listed on them updated. Knowing the accurate number of pets in the house aids rescuers in finding all of your pets.