Dog 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.


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


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, June 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, June 4. 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.


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.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, June 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, June 4. 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.


AKC Dog Agility Trials - Fletcher, May 26 - 29

ID-100182977The Blue Ridge Agility Club (BRAC) will hosts AKC dog agility trials at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher, NC on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, May 26 - 29.

Spectators are welcome at all of the trials and admission is always free.  Competition begins each day at 8:00 a.m. and continues throughout the day until approximately 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.  For your pets comfort, please leave him/her at home.


All trials have a food vendor present as well as various vendors selling dog related items such as treats, leashes, beds, T-shirts and agility equipment.  There is plenty of seating available to watch the action in both rings, and all are held in covered arenas.  There is no set time table and individual dog breeds do not run at a particular time, they run by dog height, so if you are looking to see an individual breed, we cannot provide a specific time to come.

For more information, visit: http://www.blueridgeagility.com/upcoming-events.html

Image: Tina Phillips, freedigitalphotos.net


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.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, May 21

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 7. 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.


Food Truck for Dogs! - Azalea Park, Asheville, May 11

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Food trucks are part of Asheville's culture -- and now Asheville is getting a visit from a food truck for dogs! On Thursday, May 11 from 4 to 7 PM, "The Good Stuff Pet Truck" will be stopping at Azalea Dog Park, 395 Azalea Road in East Asheville. If you haven't been to this dog park, it is not far from the WNC Nature Center, in the recreational area behind the soccer fields.

The Good Stuff Pet Truck will be bringing along coupons and free swag. They'll be introducing new products and discussing the benefits of grain-free pet food. Also on hand will be a local dog trainer doing free demos.

For more information about The Good Stuff Pet Truck, visit: http://www.goodstuffpettruck.com/


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


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, May 7

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 7. 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.


Hiking Hounds, Asheville, April 30

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, April 30. 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.


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/


Run for the Paws, Asheville, April 22

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Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is sponsoring Run for the Paws on Saturday, April 22 at New Belgium Brewing Company's Asheville location, 21 Craven Street, from 9 AM to 1:30 PM. It 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 to run and walk and raise money for Brother Wolf.

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 New Belgium lawn with food vendors, music and fun activities.

For further information or to sign up, visit http://runforthepaws.bwar.org/


Hiking Hounds, Asheville, April 9

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, April 9. 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.


Hiking Hounds, Asheville, March 26

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, March 26. 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.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, March 19

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, March 19. 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.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Feb. 26

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, February 26. 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.