Advocacy Events

Come to the "Howl In" at Full Moon Farm, Black Mountain, Aug. 17

Screen Shot 2017-03-04 at 11.01.54 AMFull Moon Farm is an organization dedicated to the well being of the wolfdog (wolf hybrid). Situated on 17 beautiful mountain acres in Black Mountain, NC, the sactuary operates as a not-for-profit organization for abused and refused wolfdogs who find themselves in need of love, shelter, and care through no fault of their own. Full Moon Farm provides a safe haven for animals that cannot be placed into homes for the rest of their lives. 

You have the opportunity to visit this unique farm during the Full Moon Farm "Howl-In" on Saturday, August 17. Gates open at 3 PM and tours of the Farm begin at 3:15 PM.  Potluck supper begins at 5:00 PM.  A $5 donation includes main dish and water/soft drinks. Bring a side dish and join the fun! Visit the Gift Den for handcrafted jewelry and artwork.

For information and directions, call (828) 664-9818 or email info@fullmoonfarm.org (Please note: On the day of the event, it is best to call, as the email account will be unmonitored).

If you cannot attend, please note that Full Moon Farm is desperately in need of donations! For more about the organization, visit https://www.fullmoonfarm.org/ 

Image: Full Moon Farm


Paws in the Park, Bakersville, NC, Aug. 24

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Join Mitchell County Animal Rescue for "Paws in the Park" on Saturday, August 24 on the Creek Walk in Bakersville to celebrate thirty-five years of serving animals in need.

This free "Thank You" event is for all the community support MCAR has received that made it possible to do what they do each and every day. There will be food, music, storytelling, a bouncy house, and a "Strut Your Mutt" dog walk event.
Get your family and friends to sponsor you and your pooch while you strut your stuff and help the pets at MCAR!

Fun family activities will include:

  • Strut Your Mutt” dog walk event  

  • Dog contests: longest ears, best howl, best costume, talent show

  • Dog party - with dog treats

  • Pet photo shoot

  • Food: Hot dogs, “Pupcorn,” and more

  • Music by Hot Duck Soup

  • Storytelling by Sherry Lovett

  • For kids - inflatable bouncy house 

  • For kids -  animal-themed art project/ art table, face painting

For more information visit https://www.mitchellcountyanimalrescue.org/paws-in-the-park


Sarge's 14th Annual Dog Walk - Waynesville, Aug. 3

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On Saturday, August 3, from 9 AM to 1 PM, Sarge's Animal Rescue will hold its 14th annual Downtown Dog Walk at the Waynesville Historic Courthouse, Waynesville, NC 28716.

The annual Downtown Dog Walk is Sarge's biggest fundraising event of the year and they need your support to continue this lifesaving mission. This year, Sarge's is offering a simplified pricing structure. For only $30 per person, you get your admission to the Dog Walk, admission for as many dogs as you want to walk, a bag full of goodies provided by sponsors and an event bandanna for your pup! If you can't make it, you could sign up as a Virtual Walker, so one of their volunteers will walk a Sarge’s dog in the Dog Walk!

For further details, visit https://www.sargeanimals.org/event/14th-annual-dog-walk/

Image: Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation


Hendersonville Strut Your Mutt, July 27

Screen Shot 2019-05-27 at 10.52.44 AMThe 2nd Annual Strut Your Mutt: A Casual 5K hosted by Blue Ridge Humane Society, WTZQ Radio and Historic Downtown Hendersonville, and presented by Hunter Subaru, will be held on Saturday, July 27 from 8 AM to 2 PM

Run or walk a section of the beautiful Oklawaha Greenway Trail starting and finishing at the Tails in Town vendor fair at the Historic Depot on Maple Street in Downtown Hendersonville’s 7th Avenue District.

Please bring $30 cash or check, fill out a short form and be ready to line up for an 8:00 AM Start.

Registration and Check In will be at the Historic Depot on Maple Street in the 7th Avenue District.

Parking will be available at the courthouse overflow lots located at the corner of North Pine Street and 4th Avenue.

Register Now!
https://www.wtzq.com/strut-your-mutt/


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, July 14

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 14.  Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikes are typically 3-5 miles at a brisk pace with elevation changes and provide vigorous exercise for our volunteer hikers as well. They do not cancel hikes because of rain, as our pups don’t mind getting wet. 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 serve basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. If you don’t get an email from Hiking Hounds, assume they didn’t get yours! Please be 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.


Strut Your Mutt/Tails in Town - Hendersonville, July 27

Screen Shot 2019-05-27 at 10.52.44 AMThe 2nd Annual Strut Your Mutt: A Casual 5K hosted by Blue Ridge Humane Society, WTZQ Radio and Historic Downtown Hendersonville, and presented by Hunter Subaru, will be held on Saturday, July 27 from 8 AM to 2 PM

Run or walk a section of the beautiful Oklawaha Greenway Trail starting and finishing at the Tails in Town vendor fair at the Historic Depot on Maple Street in Downtown Hendersonville’s 7th Avenue District.

Please bring $30 cash or check, fill out a short form and be ready to line up for an 8:00 AM Start.

Registration and Check In will be at the Historic Depot on Maple Street in the 7th Avenue District.

Parking will be available at the courthouse overflow lots located at the corner of North Pine Street and 4th Avenue.

Register Now!
https://www.wtzq.com/strut-your-mutt/


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, June 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, June 30.  Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikes are typically 3-5 miles at a brisk pace with elevation changes and provide vigorous exercise for our volunteer hikers as well. They do not cancel hikes because of rain, as our pups don’t mind getting wet. 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 serve basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. If you don’t get an email from Hiking Hounds, assume they didn’t get yours! Please be 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.


Battle of the Barktender - South Asheville, June 26

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Get ready for the Battle of the Barktender on Wednesday, June 26 from 6 to 8:30 PM at the Casual Pint, 1863 Hendersonville Rd. in South Asheville!

Blue Ridge Humane and the Council on Aging will each supply a bartender for the night and see who raises the most tips! All funds raised will go towards the joint PetPals program which provides food, health and wellness checks, and more for pet owners in the Meals on Wheels program in Henderson County. Bring your friends, your tips, and get ready for a fun night supporting TWO awesome non-profits!


Tour the Asheville Animal Care Campus - June 22

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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, June 22, 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.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, June 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, June 23.  Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikes are typically 3-5 miles at a brisk pace with elevation changes and provide vigorous exercise for our volunteer hikers as well. They do not cancel hikes because of rain, as our pups don’t mind getting wet. 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 serve basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. If you don’t get an email from Hiking Hounds, assume they didn’t get yours! Please be 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.


Bark, Beer & Barbecue - Highlands, June 20

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The 8th annual signature fundraising event for the Cashiers Highland Humane Society is going to officially start the social season on the plateau with the best party for the animals attended by the best party animals!

Bark, Beer & Barbeque will be held on Thursday, June 20 at 6 PM at The Farm at Old Edwards in Highlands.

Bark, Beer & Barbeque combines a fantastic moun­tain-themed dinner and auction with a unique setting and ambiance that will make even repeat visitors to The Farm at Old Edwards in Highlands feel like they are visiting a magical place for the very first time.

The fun-filled excitement builds as the night culminates in the naming of the prestigious CHHS Humane Heroes of the Year. Bark, Beer & Barbeque is the “must-attend” party for animal lovers in the Town of Highlands!
 
Tickets: $195/person; $390/couple; $1800/table of 10. For more information visit: https://www.chhumanesociety.org/events/bark-beer-a-barbeque-1

New! Critter Camp in Sapphire, NC - 3 Sessions Starting June 17

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The Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society introduces Critter Camp – a brand new summer camp program for rising first-graders through rising sixth-graders.

Three (3) weeks of Critter Camp will be offered in 2019: June 17-21, July 15-19, and August 5-9. Camp hours are 9 am-4 pm. Each week of Critter Camp features fun, immersive experiences with animals at our no-kill shelter at 200 Gable Drive in Sapphire, NC.
 
Critter Camp also includes humane education programs and animal-themed arts and crafts, dog obedience demonstrations, and exciting guest presentations by visiting veterinarians, wildlife biologists and law enforcement K9’s.
 
Each week of Critter Camp is $300 per child. A limited number of scholarships are available. There will be a maximum number of 12 children in each Critter Camp.
 
A “sneak peek week” of Critter Camp was held during Spring Break. Watch this Critter Camp video to see what our inaugural campers got to enjoy and experience.

To register, download the Critter Camp registration form and return it by mail or drop it off at CHHS. For more information, please call (828)743-5752 or email info@CHhumanesociety.org.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, June 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, June 9.  Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikes are typically 3-5 miles at a brisk pace with elevation changes and provide vigorous exercise for our volunteer hikers as well. They do not cancel hikes because of rain, as our pups don’t mind getting wet. 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 serve basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. If you don’t get an email from Hiking Hounds, assume they didn’t get yours! Please be 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.


Doggie Ice Cream Social - W. Asheville, May 30

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, May 30 from 3 to 8 PM. Drop in any time. 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.


Yappy Hour Fundraiser - Maggie Valley, NC, June 7

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Haywood Spay/Neuter is holding a Yappy Hour Fundraiser at the Maggie Valley Country Club, 1819 Country Club Drive in Maggie Valley, NC on Friday, June 7 beginning at 5:30 PM. The event includes hors d'oeuvres, drinks, a wine pull, a silent auction, a live art auction, and more. Tickets are $50 and proceeds benefit Haywood Spay/Neuter.

For sponsorships and to buy tickets, visit http://haywoodspayneuter.org/yappyhour.html


Tour the Asheville Animal Care Campus - Saturday, May 25

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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, May 25, 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.

Note: A family-friendly tour will be offered on Saturday, May 17 from 2 to 3 PM. The tour will begin in the lobby of Asheville Humane’s Adoption Center (14 Forever Friend Lane) promptly at 2 PM and typically run for 30-60 minutes. Strollers, walkers, and wheelchairs are welcome. Minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times during the tour. 


Rock & Roll Truth Music Fest - Flat Rock, May 3,4

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On Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4, from 5:30 to 11 PM, come to The Artisan, 5 Highland Park Road, Flat Rock, NC 28726 and enjoy 12 Bands, 20 Beers and Ciders, Food Truck, in a two night rock jam extravaganza to support Blue Ridge Humane Society.

Lineup includes: Up Dog, Appalachian Renegades, 28 Pages, Awake in the Dream, Daddy Rabbit, Fret Dreams, Pieces of Pisces, Zuzu Welsh, Scoundrel’s Lounge, Hustle Souls, League of Fools and Mojomatic.

Tickets are $16.50 per night. This is a 21 and up only show. Sponsored by WTZQ Radio and Crushed Leaf Studios. Purchase tickets here: https://www.flatrockartisan.com/events-1/rock-roll-truth-music-fest-sponsored-by-wtzq-radio-crushed-leaf-studios


Mutt Strut - Greenville, SC, April 27

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This year the Mutts are taking over Main Street in Greenville, South Carolina!

Register now for the 8th Annual Mutt Strut on Saturday, April 27th, benefiting the Greenville Humane Society. Participants will enjoy a 2-mile walk/run through beautiful Downtown Greenville beginning at 550 South Main St. in front of Halls Chophouse.

Following immediately after, the Mutt Market festival and after party will take place on South Main Street between the Army Navy Store and Mary's Cottage. The streets will be lined with entertainment including live music, free pizza from presenting sponsor Papa Johns, caricature artists, face painters and sponsor tents with plenty of awesome giveaways! Participants over the age of 6 will also receive a swag bag filled with goodies and a race t-shirt. Don't forget! All proceeds from the Mutt Strut go to benefit the animals of the Greenville Humane Society.

For more information visit: http://www.ghsmuttstrut.com/


Doggie Ice Cream Social - W. Asheville, April 25

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, April 25 from 3 to 8 PM. Drop in any time. 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, an exclusive of The Hop, 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.