Dog Events

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, unsplash.com


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, August 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, August 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 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, August 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, August 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 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.


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.)


Beer City Behavior at Ultimate Ice Cream, Asheville, July 29

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Asheville Humane Society will be holding a free "Beer City Behavior" talk on Saturday, July 29 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Ultimate Ice Cream, 1070 Tunnel Road, Asheville.

The topic is Dog Body Language. This talk with focus on some common canine 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.**


Beer City Behavior at New Belgium, Asheville, July 27

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Asheville Humane Society will be holding a free "Beer City Behavior" talk on Thursday, July 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at New Belgium Brewing, 21 Craven Street, Asheville.

The topic is Dog Body Language. This talk with focus on some common canine 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.**


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, July 23

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, July 23. 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.


54th Annual Coon Dog Day - Saluda, NC, July 8

Screen Shot 2016-07-05 at 11.22.38 AMDon't miss Saluda's 54th Annual COON DOG DAY—a celebration for dogs and their people! The event will be held on Saturday, July 8 from 8 AM to 11 PM.

Great food, live music, parade, 5K run, crafts, street dance, and more. Come enjoy this homecoming event in downtown Saluda. What began as a chicken supper fundraiser for the local Coon Club has grown into an event that attracts over 10,000 people each year.

More information at: https://www.cityofsaludanc.com/coon-dog-day-1

Image: Saluda.com


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, July 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, July 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.


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.