Animal Causes

Hiking Hounds - Asheville, May 27

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, May 27. 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 11:30 AM to 12 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.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, May 20

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, May 20. 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 11:30 AM to 12 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.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, May 13

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, May 13. 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 11:30 AM to 12 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.


WNC Pet Photo Contest in the Month of May

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In celebration of National Pet Month, Asheville Humane Society is hosting its first online photo contest for the pets of Western North Carolina!

Starting May 1, submit your favorite photo of your pet along with their story, and ask your friends and family to vote! The pet who has the most votes by June 1 will win the title "WNC’s Pet of the Year"!

Move over Miss Butterworth - our next pet celebrity is about to take the crown! Voting is open to the general public with $1 equaling 1 vote!

Show off your adorable pet while supporting the care of animals who are still waiting for their forever homes!

Prizes for top pets include:

  • Feature in Prestige Subaru ad campaign (pet must be available for photo shoot)
  • Photo session with professional photographer PLUS digital downloads
  • Free tickets to this year’s Taste of Compassion Gala (humans only)
  • Gift certificate to Patton Avenue Pet Company
  • Pet photo tile with permanent placement on wall at AHS Adoption Center

And more!

Sign up and vote here: https://www.gogophotocontest.com/ashevillehumane

The first 25 entrants will receive a free Premier Participant tag with your pet's photo entry on the front courtesy of Dog Tag Art!

You can enter your pet(s) starting that day, and throughout the month. Entries should include your pet's photo and story.

The three pets who receive the most votes will win prizes fit for a star! In addition, the judges will select two winners based on their stories (pet must have at least 50 votes to be eligible for these prizes). 

All species are encouraged to enter!

  • All entries and votes must be submitted by June 1st at 7:59:59 p.m. EST.
  • There is a $5 minimum donation to submit a pet's photo into the contest.
  • Each submission should only contain one pet, but you can submit other pets as separate entries.
  • Pets only. Photos cannot contain people or wildlife.
  • Your pet does NOT have to be adopted from Asheville Humane Society, or any other shelter, to be eligible to enter the contest.
  • Your pet must live in Western North Carolina to win the grand prize.
  • You may enter a deceased pet, but they cannot be eligible for top prizes.
  • All photos must be digital and do not need to be professional.
  • By submitting a photo to the contest, you affirm that you are the photographer, or have been given unrestricted use permission by the photographer, to include the photo.
  • Once entered, photo submissions become the property of AHS to be used at our discretion for print and marketing purposes.
  • AHS reserves the right to remove photo entries that are inappropriate or do not follow the rules of the contest. If this happens, we will contact you to see if the photo can be replaced with a new one.
  • Should your pet win one of the top three spots, you must be able to bring them to Asheville to pose for a photography session with one of our volunteer photographers.

Greenville, SC Mutt Strut - April 28

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Join Greenville Humane Society on Saturday, April 28th at 8:30 a.m. for the 7th Annual Mutt Strut.

This year the two-mile walk/run is through beautiful DOWNTOWN Greenville. It begins and ends in the festive Mutt Market at Falls Park! It features free pizza from presenting sponsor Papa John's and a festival-like atmosphere with caricature artists, face painters, balloon artists, live music and doggy entertainment! You won't want to miss this family-friendly event, which benefits the Greenville Humane Society! Make sure to sign-up early and save $10 on your registration! Mutt Strut t-shirt and sponsor swag bag included! 

For further details and to register, go to: http://www.ghsmuttstrut.com/


Tour the Animal Care Campus - Asheville, April 28

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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 28, from 1:30 to 3:00 PM. The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation required.

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.


$5 Adoptions - Asheville, April 19 - 21

Today, April 19, is "National High-Five Day," and Asheville Humane Society is celebrating with $5 adoption fees! 

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Asheville Humane Society will give you a high five for adopting, and maybe your new furry friend will too - after a few treats, of course! This Thursday through Saturday, April 19 through 21, adoption fees for all animals (age 6 months and up) are just $5

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, behavioral training when appropriate, 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 (Tuesdays until 7 PM). The dog and cat rooms are closed daily for naptime from 1 to 2 PM, giving animals a much-needed break. The lobby remains open where you can speak with staff, enjoy refreshments, read or watch videos!

Stop by Asheville Humane Society's Adoption Center to meet the animals who are ready to highTAIL it home with you!


Mutt Strut - Greenville, SC, April 28

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Join Greenville Humane Society on Saturday, April 28th at 8:30 a.m. for the 7th Annual Mutt Strut.

This year the two-mile walk/run is through beautiful DOWNTOWN Greenville. It begins and ends in the festive Mutt Market at Falls Park! It features free pizza from presenting sponsor Papa John's and a festival-like atmosphere with caricature artists, face painters, balloon artists, live music and doggy entertainment! You won't want to miss this family-friendly event, which benefits the Greenville Humane Society! Make sure to sign-up early and save $10 on your registration! Mutt Strut t-shirt and sponsor swag bag included! 

For further details and to register, go to: http://www.ghsmuttstrut.com/


Tour for Life - Boone, April 8

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On Sunday, April 8 from 11 AM to 4 PM, Watauga Humane Society joins North Shore Animal League America’s 2018 Tour For Life™ – the world’s largest national cooperative life-saving mobile pet adoption event - sponsored by Purina®. Highlighted by adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens, the event will also offer Purina® giveaways for all attendees.

The event will be held at the Boone Mall, 1180 Blowing Rock Road in Boone.

Tour For Life will travel throughout the United States from North to South and East to West in four “shelters on wheels” Mobile Pet Adoption Units helping shelter and rescue groups in 50 cities and towns in 37 states, over 20,000 miles to generate more awareness of their organizations and find homes for the adorable, adoptable animals in their care.


Run for the Paws - Asheville, April 22

Screen Shot 2018-03-27 at 4.43.02 PMOn Sunday, April 22, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue will present the 7th annual "Run for the Paws." The event takes place at Carrier Park on Amboy Road in Asheville from 9 AM to 1:30 PM.

Run for the Paws is the only 5K in Western North Carolina where dogs aren’t just allowed, they’re invited! Join hundreds of animal lovers and their four-legged friends in a run and walk to raise money for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Participants can choose to compete in the chip-timed 5K or stroll in the one mile walk. Afterwards, relax and enjoy the afternoon on the Carrier Park lawn with food vendors, music and fun activities.

For more details, visit the event's Facebook page. You can register in advance here:  https://racesonline.com/events/runforthepaws5k


Doggie Ice Cream Social - West Asheville, March 29

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 Thursday, March 29 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.)


Tour the Asheville Animal Care Campus - March 24

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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 24, from 1:30 to 3:00 PM. The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation required.

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.


Pilates with Puppies - Asheville, April 10

Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 3.04.01 PMOn Tuesday, April 10, Cisco Pilates will hold two "Pilates with Puppies" classes, from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM and from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, 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 $15, which is a donation to Asheville Humane Society on behalf of Buncombe County animals.

Pre-registration is required and these classes are very popular. Early registration is suggested as space is limited and this event is expected to sell out! Visit https://www.ciscopilates.com/pricing/ to sign up. Questions? Email alexis@ciscopilates.com

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Pilates with Puppies - Asheville, March 24

Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 3.04.01 PMOn Saturday, March 24, Cisco Pilates will hold three "Pilates with Puppies" classes:

9:00  to 10:00 AM
4:00 to 5:00 PM
5:30 to 6:30 PM

Classes will be held 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 $15, which is a donation to Asheville Humane Society on behalf of Buncombe County animals.

Pre-registration is required and these classes are very popular. Early registration is suggested as space is limited and this event is expected to sell out! Visit https://www.ciscopilates.com/pricing/ to sign up. Questions? Email alexis@ciscopilates.com

Image: Cisco Pilates


Pilates with Puppies - Asheville, March 13

Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 3.04.01 PMOn Tuesday, March 13, Cisco Pilates will hold a "Pilates with Puppies" class from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM -- 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 $15, which is a donation to Asheville Humane Society on behalf of Buncombe County animals.

Pre-registration is required and these classes are very popular. Early registration is suggested as space is limited and this event is expected to sell out! Visit https://www.ciscopilates.com/pricing/ to sign up. Questions? Email alexis@ciscopilates.com

Image: Cisco Pilates


Tour the Asheville Animal Care Campus - Feb. 24

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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, Feb. 24, 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.


Hiking Hounds, Feb. 25

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, Feb. 25. Start time is 10 AM for repeat hikers and 9:30 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.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Feb. 18

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, Feb. 18. Start time is 10 AM for repeat hikers and 9:30 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.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Feb. 4

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, Feb. 4. Start time is 10 AM for repeat hikers and 9:30 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.