Dog Events

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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tails-trails-5k-adventure-run-tickets-37844579155

Image: Buncombe County Recreation Services


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 


Dog Agility Trials - Waynesville, Sept. 22 - 24

Screen Shot 2017-09-02 at 11.40.26 AMThe Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association will be holding dog agility trials at the Haywood County Fairgrounds, 758 Crabtree Road, Waynesville, from Friday, Sept. 22 through Sunday, Sept. 24. Trial hours each day will be from 7 AM to 7 PM.

All breeds licensed by the American Kennel Club can participate. The event will be held outdoors in a covered arena. Vendors and food will be available. Admission is free and parking is available. Spectators are welcome, but no non-participating dogs are allowed.

For additional information, visit http://www.wcdfa.org/agility_trial_sept_2017.html


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.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Sept. 24

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, Sept. 24. 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.


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.

Schedule

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

Parking:

As you approach the Park, you will be directed to one of two parking lots designated for the race.

 


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Sept. 17

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, Sept. 17. 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.


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!


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Sept. 10

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, Sept. 10. 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.


Free Beer City Behavior Dog Training - Asheville, Sept. 2

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Asheville Humane Society will hold a free "Beer City Behavior" training talk on Saturday, Sept. 2 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at Habitat Tavern and Commons 174 Broadway, Asheville. You and your pup are invited to join Asheville Humane Society and learn how to train and entertain your furry friends at the same time!

A two mile walk doesn't tire your dog? Too fearful to play? Elliot Weiner, PhD, CPDT-KA and Asheville Humane Society volunteer will teach and discuss some techniques and games that will make your dog think while also training and entertaining him/her. Mental exercise keeps our dogs from going too far up the arousal scale and making bad decisions. Elliot will teach you and your dog how to think and have fun. Grab a beer, and spend the first hour with him thinking and playing, and stick around for additional questions/play time!

All dogs who are comfortable in this type of social setting are welcome to join. 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. Please have a leash on hand for entering and leaving this event as well, as we like to keep our patrons and pups happy and safe at all times!


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, August 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, August 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 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.


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.**