There are a number of Valentine's-related pet events occurring in the Carolina mountains in the next few weeks, along with events to honor National Spay/Neuter Day, which is Feb. 23. Several of them are listed below. We encourage you to participate and support your local animal welfare and rescue organizations. If you know of other events, please comment so we can share the information.
Asheville Humane Society "My Furry Valentine" Adoption Weekend, Feb. 12-14
During this special three-day event, Asheville Humane Society will waive the fees on cats (normally $85) and kittens (normally $100). All adopters will be automatically registered in a contest to win a year's supply of pet food. Puppies and dogs are also available for adoption at regular fees. The shelter at Lee's Creek Road in Asheville will be open on Sunday, Feb. 14 to celebrate Valentine's Day. Visit www.ashevillehumane.org for further details.
PetSmart Charities "Second Chance for Love" National Adoption Weekend, Feb. 12-14
This three-day event takes place in PetSmart stores with the support of local adoption groups. Adopt a new pet and receive a free bag of Hill's Science Diet pet food, along with coupons and samples. The Adoption Weekend is scheduled at the PetSmart located at 150 Bleachery Boulevard in Asheville, NC, telephone 828-298-5670. Contact your nearest PetSmart store to see if the event is being held in your area.
Brother Wolf Animal Rescue Puppy Gram, Feb. 12
For a donation of $45, Brother Wolf, an Asheville animal rescue organization, will deliver a "Puppy Gram" to your sweetheart, as long as the address is within fifteen miles of the city. The Puppy Gram will include a visit from one of the organization's volunteers who will bring along a puppy (just to say hi), personalized card, rose, balloon, and a sweet treat. Deadline for orders: February 11. Visit www.bwar.org for further details.
Humane Alliance Cat Neuter-a-thon, Feb. 19
Tell every cat owner you know who lives in Buncombe County to get their un-neutered male cat over to Humane Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic, located on Heritage Drive off Leicester Highway in Asheville, on Friday, February 19. That's the day Humane Alliance will neuter the first 200 male cats who arrive, and the cats will also get rabies vaccines if needed, all for just $20 each. Call the clinic at 828-252-2079 for further details.
Animal Compassion Network Dine to be Kind, Feb. 23
When you dine at any Asheville-area participating restaurant on Tuesday, February 23, a portion of the proceed's from the day's dining will go to help ACN's spay/neuter assistance and foster programs. This is a great way to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner out and help animals at the same time. Visit www.animalcompassionnetwork.org for further details.
Jackson County Humane Society Spay-ghetti Dinner, Feb. 23
In honor of National Spay/Neuter Day, the Balsam Mountain Inn is holding a "Spay-ghetti Dinner" on Tuesday, February 23 from 5:30 - 8 PM. All of the proceeds from the dinner, plus half the proceeds from rooms at the Balsam Mountain Inn that day, will go to benefit "A-R-F," the Jackson County Humane Society. Visit www.a-r-f.org for further details.