Advocacy Events

Wag and Walk, Hendersonville, July 8

Screen Shot 2017-05-23 at 5.04.32 PMWANTED: Strong Legs, Positive Attitudes, Wagging Tails!

Interested in hiking with your dog on a nice summer day all while supporting nonprofits in your community? Well bring your best human or non-human buddy (better yet, both) with you on Saturday, July 8 at 11:00 AM, for a 2.5 mile charity hike down the Oklawaha Greenway.

Check-in will begin at 10:30 AM at the Patton Park pavilion next to the basketball courts before the walk. (Be on the lookout for directional signs.) All participants–humans and their furry friends–must check in prior to the start of the walk. The walk will begin at 11 AM through Patton Park, with a pit stop and water break at Martin Luther King Park, and then circles back to Patton Park.

Register here: https://www.blueridgehumane.org/wag-and-walk/ The registration fee is $25 and includes an event shirt. Once you register, please check your email for more details as we get closer to the event. Proceeds benefit Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy & Blue Ridge Humane Society.

If you have questions, contact Angela at aprodrick@blueridgehumane.org or 828-692-2639.


"Paw It Forward" Block Party - Asheville, June 24

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Join Asheville Humane Society on Saturday, June 24 from 5 to 8 PM at the Paw It Forward Block Party! It will be held at the Adoption and Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads near the WNC Farmers Market).

Asheville Humane Society will celebrate the final day of their 2nd annual "Paw It Forward" Campaign in style! Bring your kids of the human and furry variety for a fun-filled evening to benefit the animals in need at Asheville Humane Society.

The PAWesome Details:
  • Vegetarian eats from Amazing Pizza Co. and Gypsy Queen Cuisine
  • The Hop ice cream for people AND pups
  • Live performance from local bluegrass band, The Clydes 
  • Tammy and friends with Mix 96.5 
  • Beer from Oskar Blues - all proceeds benefiting Asheville Humane Society
  • Adoptable animals from 2 to 7 PM - FEE WAIVED for all animals 6 months and older!

This event is FREE and open to the public (food and beer sales not included).


Take Your Dog to Work Day - June 23

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 11.22.50 AMFirst celebrated in 1999, Pet Sitters International's Take Your Dog To Work Day® (TYDTW Day®) was created to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to encourage their adoption from humane societies, animal shelters and breed rescue clubs. This annual event asks pet lovers to celebrate the humane-canine bond and promote pet adoption by encouraging their employers to support TYDTW Day. Employers are encouraged to open their workplace to employees' four-legged friends on this one special day.

The 2017 event will take place on Friday, June 23. On this day, thousands of pet owners will work with their dogs to celebrate the 15th annual TYDTW Day.

In addition, the entire week, June 20-24, has been designated Take Your Pet To Work Week™. So, if your company is closed on Fridays or if you want to invite all types of pets, select any day during the week to host a special event at your workplace.

For more information visit: https://www.petsit.com/takeyourdog


"Howl In" at Full Moon Farm, Black Mountain, June 10

Screen Shot 2017-03-04 at 11.01.54 AMFull Moon Farm is an organization dedicated to the well being of the wolfdog (wolf hybrid). Situated on 17 beautiful mountain acres in Black Mountain, NC, the sanctuary operates as a not-for-profit organization for abused and refused wolfdogs who find themselves in need of love, shelter, and care through no fault of their own. Full Moon Farm provides a safe haven for animals that cannot be placed into homes for the rest of their lives. 

You have the opportunity to visit this unique farm during the Full Moon Farm "Howl-In" on Saturday, June 10. Gates open at 3 PM and tours of the Farm begin at 3:15 PM.  Potluck supper begins at 5:00 PM.  A $5 donation includes main dish and water/soft drinks. Bring a side dish and join the fun! Visit the Gift Den for handcrafted jewelry and artwork.

For information and directions, call (828) 664-9818 or email info@fullmoonfarm.org (Please note: On the day of the event, it is best to call, as the email account will be unmonitored). 

Image: Full Moon Farm


Brew Dogs - Arden, NC, June 7

Screen Shot 2017-06-01 at 1.57.29 PMBMW of Asheville invites you and your 4-legged friends to #BrewDogs at Mills River Brewery, 330 Rockwood Road, #103, Arden, NC on Wednesday, June 7 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Enjoy some brews and some fun!

Get a raffle door prize ticket with a $5 donation per person. Proceeds benefit Asheville Humane Society.

Prize Sponsors Include: Island Top Design, Pet Smart, Casa Torres, Tamarind, Woof In The Woods, Interational Auto Works, Circle B BBQ, BMW of Asheville, Hue Thairapy and Woofgang Bakery.


Mutt Strut - Polk County, June 17

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On Saturday, June 17, celebrate the kick-off of the 2017 Summer Reading Program at Polk County Public Libraries by participating in the 2nd Annual PCPL Mutt Strut 5k! The event begins at 9 AM at Polk County Middle School, 321 Wolverine Trail, Mill Spring, NC.

This is a free event and participants are encouraged to bring along their own dogs or volunteer to walk or run with dogs from Foothills Humane Society. 

Registration is now open at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VYDQY53. If you are interested in walking a dog from the Foothills Humane Society, you must fill out an additional application, available at the Columbus Library, and attend a briefing on race morning.

All participants registered for this event will receive a race packet. The packet will include your bib number for the race, information about the Summer Reading Program, and swag from race sponsors. Packet pick-up will be available on race day. Prizes will be given to the top category winners. The age groups are youth up to 12, teens 13-19, adults 20-29, adults 30-49, and adults 50 and older. There will also be raffles for goodies such as a Blue Ridge Barkway Pet Grooming Salon & Boutique grooming gift certificate.

Information booths from Polk County Public Libraries, Foothills Humane Society, Purrrfect Bark, Landrum Veterinary Hospital, and other participating organizations will be present on race morning. A photo booth and caricature artist will also be available to capture "finish-line worthy" pictures of you and your furry companion. New this year is a dog toy station! Race participants will be able to visit this hands-on station and make a dog toy from recycled materials.


Tour the Animal Care Campus - May 27

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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, May 27, from 1:30 to 2:30 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.


Barq in the Parq - Flat Rock, May 20

Screen Shot 2017-05-17 at 1.39.18 PMThe annual "Barq in the Parq" will be held on Saturday, May 20 from 10 AM to 5 PM at the Mountain Lodge and Conference Center on Upward Road in Flat Rock.

Barq in the Parq is a community event for dog lovers and dog adopters to benefit Charlie’s Angels, Brother Wolf and Blue Ridge Humane Society. Entry fee is only $5 and over 40 vendors from Asheville to Greenville will participate with you and your dog’s health in mind. The day will be filled with dogs, music, food and more.

Organizers at WTZQ Radio and Mountain Lodge and Conference Center are proud to have as presenting sponsors: BMW of Asheville and Animals R Us. For additional information call WTZQ at 828-692-1600.


Triad Dog Games, Winston-Salem, May 20-21

Screen Shot 2017-05-03 at 9.35.41 AMTriad Dog Games is North Carolina's one-of-a-kind dog event!

The Sergei Foundation's fourth annual event will be held on May 20-21, 2017 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds and will showcase a variety of competitions including dock jumping, disc (frisbee), flyball, agility and small dog races, called “Doggy Daches.”

Enter your dog to compete or just come to spectate and have some family fun (and don't forget to bring your canine family... leashed, friendly, and rabies vaccinated dogs welcome!). Admission is to raise funds to assist The Sergei Foundation in its mission to "save companion pets' lives by providing veterinary financial assistance to families unable to afford emergency, life-saving care." Visit www.TriadDogGames.com for more information.


Yappy Hour - Sylva, NC, May 9

StuartMiles-fdpA Yappy Hour for dogs will take place on Tuesday, May 9 from 6 to 8 PM at City Lights Cafe, 3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva, NC. (Entrance to the cafe is on Spring in downtown Sylva.)

Bring your well-behaved pup and enjoy mingling with your fellow pet friends. There will be drink specials, doggie treats provided by Smoky Mountain Dog Bakery, and more.  All proceeds from coffee drinks benefit ARF (the Humane Society of Jackson County) all day.

Yappy Hours will be held the second Tuesday of each month during spring and summer at City Lights Cafe.

Image: Stuart Miles, freedigitalphotos.net


"Beer City Behavior" Talk, Brevard, May 3

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Asheville Humane Society presents a series of dog behavior talks, free to the public, that take place at local breweries.

On Wednesday, May 3 from 6 to 8 PM, a dog behavior talk will be held at Oskar Blues Brewery, 342 Mountain Industrial Drive, Brevard, NC.

To understand what your dog is feeling, you need to learn how to recognize, read, interpret, and respond appropriately to your dog’s behaviors and communications. This talk with focus on some common behaviors that are either misunderstood, or often missed completely. You will gain a whole new appreciation for how much your dog is trying to tell you and you will be able to grow your relationship and enhance your training exercises!

**Please note, if your dog does not like to be around large groups of people and dogs, please leave them at home where they will be more comfortable. The trainer will be happy to give you some tips and tricks of things you can do in your home to help with any behavior problems.**


GoPetFriendly.com Day - Asheville, April 29

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On Saturday, April 29 from 11 AM to 2 PM, GoPetFriendly.com, the nation's leading pet trip planning website, is visiting Asheville Humane Society.  Founders of GoPetFriendly.com and full-time travelers, Amy and Rod Burkert, will be talking pet travel and sharing tips about traveling with your pets, doing live product demos, answering your most vexing pet travel questions, holding a raffle for some fantastic pet travel gear, and providing goodie bags to the pet lovers who stop by.

In addition, Asheville Humane Society will be running a special adoption promotion from 10 AM to 6 PM, so come find your perfect travel buddy!

Although the love of a pet is priceless, all of the following are still included when you adopt! Each adoption fee includes spay/neuter, all up-to-date vaccines, microchip and free 1-year registration, a free starter bag of food, and a free wellness visit with a participating veterinarian. To see available animals, visit www.ashevillehumane.org

The 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 10 AM to 6 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!


Free "Pet Friendly" Presentation, Hendersonville, April 29

ID-100280356On Saturday, April 29 from 4 to 6 PM, certified dog behaviorist Kim Brophey will give a free talk entitled "Pet Friendly: We All Deserve to Have a Ball!" at Sanctuary Brewing, 147 1st Ave. East, Hendersonville, NC. It is sponsored by Asheville Humane Society in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States and GoPetFriendly.com.

Kim is the owner of Dog Door Behavior Center in downtown Asheville and will be discussing what “pet friendly” means for the Asheville area. GoPetFriendly.com is a leading pet travel resource that has partnered with HSUS and Shelter Pet Project for a 10-month, pet-friendly tour across the country to raise awareness about adoption and other animal related issues. Asheville has been chosen as one of the stops!

Asheville Humane Society and Blue Ridge Humane Society will be there with dogs available for adoption!

Image: Holohololand, Freedigitalphotos.net


Tour the Asheville Animal Care Campus - April 22

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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, April 22, from 1:30 to 2:30 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.

Image: Asheville Humane Society


2017 Mutt Strut, Greenville, SC, April 29

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Don't miss South Carolina's largest dog-friendly race and "Mutt Market"! This year the race is through beautiful DOWNTOWN Greenville! 

Join upstate dog lovers on Saturday, April 29th at 8:30 a.m. for the 6th Annual Mutt Strut, benefiting the Greenville Humane Society. This two-mile race begins and ends in the festive Mutt Market at Falls Park, featuring free food, live music and plenty of doggie entertainment! You won't want to miss this family-friendly event, which benefits the Greenville Humane Society!

To sign up or for more information, visit http://ghsmuttstrut.com/


"Howl In" at Full Moon Farm, Black Mountain, NC, April 8

Screen Shot 2017-03-04 at 11.01.54 AMFull Moon Farm is an organization dedicated to the well being of the wolfdog (wolf hybrid). Situated on 17 beautiful mountain acres in Black Mountain, NC, the sactuary operates as a not-for-profit organization for abused and refused wolfdogs who find themselves in need of love, shelter, and care through no fault of their own. Full Moon Farm provides a safe haven for animals that cannot be placed into homes for the rest of their lives. 

You have the opportunity to visit this unique farm during the Full Moon Farm "Howl-In" on Saturday, April 8. Gates open at 3 PM and tours of the Farm begin at 3:15 PM.  Potluck supper begins at 5:00 PM.  A $5 donation includes main dish and water/soft drinks. Bring a side dish and join the fun! Visit the Gift Den for handcrafted jewelry and artwork.

For information and directions, call (828) 664-9818 or email info@fullmoonfarm.org (Please note: On the day of the event, it is best to call, as the email account will be unmonitored). 

Image: Full Moon Farm


Tour the Asheville Animal Care Campus - March 25

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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, March 25, from 1:30 to 2:30 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.


March 23 is National Puppy Day

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In honor of National Puppy Day, March 23, MySweetPuppy.net has published a useful infographic that discusses the benefits of pet adoption, considerations for choosing the right puppy, and puppy care tips for new parents. You'll find the infographic here: http://mysweetpuppy.net/national-puppy-day/ MySweetPuppy.net has all sorts of helpful articles for puppy owners or for anyone thinking of getting a puppy.

To learn more about National Puppy Day and to see puppy photos and videos, visit: http://www.nationalpuppyday.com/

Image: MySweetPuppy.net


NC Humane Lobby Day - Raleigh, NC, March 21

Screen Shot 2017-02-02 at 11.19.44 AMThere are two kinds of people talking to your lawmakers about animals: those who have the animals’ best interests at heart, and those who do not.

That’s why your attendance at Humane Lobby Day in North Carolina is important. This is your opportunity to talk to your legislators about animal protection issues including stopping puppy mills, prohibiting the private ownership of exotic pets, increasing spay and neuter access and more.

All you need to do is sign up, show up and speak up! If you're new to lobbying, no problem! The Humane Society of the United States will provide all the materials you need.

If you don't tell your legislators that the welfare of animals is important, who will?

Where & When

Tuesday, March 21
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
North Carolina General Assembly, Legislative Building
16 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Cost: Free

The last day to register is March 16. Registration forms must be completed online. Visit www.hsus.org for more information, or click here for the North Carolina registration form.