Advocacy Events

"Pawty with a Purpose" - Asheville, Oct. 15

Screen Shot 2019-09-24 at 1.05.45 PMOn Tuesday, October 15 from 6 to 8 PM, a special "Pawty with a Purpose" will be held at Daphne at Twisted Laurel, 130 College Street, Asheville, NC 28801. Join KellerWilliams Biltmore Village and Daphne at Twisted Laurel in a benefit for Asheville Humane Society. There will be food/drink pairings, silent auctions, raffles, and networking.

Click here for more information, including "tasting" choices, and to buy tickets.


Putt-Putt Open, Hendersonville, Oct. 19

Screen Shot 2019-09-09 at 3.37.16 PMIt’s fore the animals, so get out there and play!

Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10 AM - 2 PM

Dust off your miniature golf skills for the ultimate challenge and conquest of bragging rights as the Hendersonville Putt-Putt Champion! Enjoy the fun miniature golf course at the Champions Golf Center while supporting the Blue Ridge Humane Society. All proceeds from the tournament will help fund our annual medical expense budget for animals waiting adoption. After you play enjoy your included lunch, visits with some of our animals, and other games and activities!

Registration:

  • Categories: Youth, Family, Open/Business. Individual and Team Registration Available.
  • Individual Fee: $55 adults, $35 youth
  • Team Fees: $220 foursome, $140 youth foursome, $180 family foursome of adult/child combo. Includes meal, raffle ticket, and awards!

Event Schedule:

9 am Tee Time:

  • 12 and Under: 1 Round
  • 13+: 2 Rounds
  • Family: 2 rounds
  • Open/business: 2 rounds
  • Awards following

Ongoing games and activities all day including closet to the pin, hole in one, cornhole, and more!

Additional information and registration: https://www.blueridgehumane.org/calendar/hendersonville-putt-putt-open-2/


Bark in the Park - Sylva, Oct. 6

Screen Shot 2019-09-02 at 10.05.16 AMBark in the Park! will be held on Sunday, October 6 from 1 to 5 PM at Mark Watson Park in Sylva, NC. There'll be lots of fun and activities, including:

  • Sheep herding
  • Disc dogs
  • Agility and barn hunt demos
  • AKC "Trick Dog" Testing
  • K9 Officer
  • Therapy Dogs
  • Pet Photographer
  • Local Rescue Organizations
  • Costume Contest
  • Games
  • Vendors
  • Raffles
  • And more!

There will also be a pet food drive, so please bring along kibble and canned food.

Admission is free and the event will be held rain or shine, but dogs need to be leashed and current on vaccinations.


Walk Your Dog Every Day This Week!

Man-3687274_1920Okay, so as a responsible dog owner, you know you need to walk your dog every day anyway... but please make a special effort to do it this week.

Why? Because this is "National Walk Your Dog Week" (October 1 - 7), celebrated the first week of October since 2010. Here's some information about why it was founded from the week's Facebook page:

"The growing problem of human and canine obesity in America, coupled with the overpopulation of dogs in shelters, has much to do with a lack of exercise. National Walk Your Dog Week is a way to highlight these issues and encourage people to get out with their dog and start getting healthy!

Many dogs in the shelter are there because of destruction issues. Most of these issues relate directly to a lack of exercise. Pent up in a run or crate all day, will only exacerbate your dog's destructive tendencies. Give your dog the exercise that he or she needs - and you'll find that a tired dog...is a good dog!

Autumn is a great time to get out and start walking. You can enjoy the leaves changing color, the crispness in the air and it gives you time to reflect on the year and helps you to make new changes for the coming year...healthy ones!

With the holidays upon you, you can start to create a healthy way to avoid the dreaded weight gain that often comes from too many holiday goodies because you have set a new habit in motion. If you and/or your dog are overweight, walk just 30 minutes a day, three times a week, and you can reduce your weight by 5% and your dog's by 15%. So think about how healthy you and your best friend will be if you walked 5 times a week - or every day! After a solid week of walking, you'll feel so good as you raise the levels of endorphins in your brain, which combats depression and anxiety and you'll notice a change in your dog's behavior as well. If you walk 2-3 times a day for 20-30 minutes each time....you and your dog will feel phenomenal!! If you can run your dog....you'll notice a faster change in his or her behavior."

Image: Pixabay.com


"Pup Crawl," Hendersonville, Oct. 5

Screen Shot 2019-09-09 at 3.32.24 PMDog owners and pet lovers are invited to bring their pups to tour the Historic 7th Avenue District and participate in the first Historic 7thAvenue District Pup Crawl presented by First Citizens Bank and benefiting Blue Ridge Humane Society on Saturday, October 5, 2019. Hosted by Guidon Brewing, the Brandy Bar, Southern Appalachian Brewing, and Triskelion, each stop will feature a pet giveaway or treat as well as an interactive activity hosted by a local pet-centric business such as paw print painting, paw reading, a cooling station, and more!

$15 advance purchase by September 29th
$20 regular purchase September 30th thru day-of

Purchase your Pupport here!

How it Works:

Purchase your pupport online now, with cash at any participating locations, over the phone at (828) 692-2639, or day of at the Blue Ridge Humane tables at any of the stops. Pupports are one per person and include pet treats (if you bring your pup) and access to a variety of activities just for the canine brewery and bar visitors. You can also participate without a pup so bring your favorite brewery buddy along too!

Check in at the Blue Ridge table at any of the participating locations (Guidon Brewing, the Brandy Bar, Southern Appalachian Brewing, and Triskelion) and receive your Pupport! The pupport gives you access to pet treats and activities at each stop along the way. As you stop for a drink and an activity make sure to get your pupport stamped at each bar. Once you collect all five stamps (Blue Ridge, Guidon Brewing, the Brandy Bar, Southern Appalachian Brewing, and Triskelion) check back in at the Blue Ridge table at the last location you’re at and enter for the Grand Prize drawing with tons of swag and goodies for you and your pup from our hosts!

The Stops: 

Guidon Brewing Co.
415 8th Ave E, Hendersonville, NC
Canine Harvest offering dog treat samples
Barking Dog Fitness onsite offering mini doggie massages and testing dog fitness equipment
The Good Dog Company custom collar station ($10 per collar with $5 back to BRHS!)

The Brandy Bar
504 7th Ave E, Hendersonville, NC
Pup Pool Party and Cooling Station

*The Brandy Bar + Cocktails is a private club that requires a $1 membership to enter the facility.  Membership applications will be available at the door.

Southern Appalachian Brewing
822 Locust St, Hendersonville, NC
Pawcasso: Pups paint their own masterpiece. Sponsored by: Wag! A Unique Pet Boutique (for donation)

Triskelion Brewing Company
340 7th Ave E, Hendersonville, NC
Paw Readings & Face Painting (for donation)

To ensure a puptacular day for all…

  1. Check your dog’s health and mood before he/she joins us. If your dog is not feeling 100% or seems irritable, please keep him/her home for the day. You will be showing them just as much love by keeping them resting in non-ideal circumstances.
  2. Enjoy togetherness while you explore by keeping your dog on his/her favorite leash. Do not, however, use a long (6 ft or more) leash. Also- help your dog by staying in control. Public events can be busy places with a lot of stimuli for dogs. Keep them calm so they can have a good time with you on a special day out.
  3. Bring along some means to keep your doggie hydrated. There will be water stations at each location but you may want your own portable dish or squirt bottle for your pup.

Furry Friends Benefit Bash - Waynesville, Oct. 3

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It's the 11th Annual Furry Friends Benefit Bash for the benefits of Haywood County animals!

Join Sarge's Animal Rescue for an evening of fabulous food, fun, music and both live and silent auctions! Bring your friends, have a great time and help save Haywood County Animals! The event will take place at the Laurel Ridge Country Club, 49 Cupp Lane, Waynesville, NC 28786 from 6 to 10 pm on Thursday, October 3, 2019. Tickets are $80 each for a full dinner. Cash bar is available.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit: https://www.sargeanimals.org/event/11thffbb/


Asheville Humane 35th Anniversary Party - Asheville, Sep. 29

Screen Shot 2019-08-13 at 3.57.58 PMJoin the paw-ty on Sunday, September 29 from 3 to 7 PM!

Asheville Humane Society is celebrating 35 years of saving lives, and the organization wants to thank YOU for making their work possible! Bring the whole family (pets included!) for a fun-filled day at The Meadow at Highland Brewing! This FREE community celebration will take place in the Meadow next to Highland's taproom and will include:

  • Live performances by Ben Phan and the Jim Arrendell Dance Band

  • Local food trucks & The Hop Ice Cream

  • Contests and games for you and your pet

  • Kid-friendly activities

And, of course, craft beer will be available for purchase from Highland Brewing!

The Meadow at Highland Brewing is located at 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Asheville, NC 28803.

Come to the paw-ty of the year on September 29! 


Rockin' for Rescue - Mills River, Sep. 21

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Join BMW of Asheville at Bold Rock Mills River on Saturday, September 21st from 2 PM to 10 PM for Rockin' for Rescue, a charity benefit for Asheville Humane Society and starring Grand Theft Audio, The Analog Playback, The Remainders, & 2 Broke Kings!

This dog- and kid-friendly event is free and open to the public (donations to AHS are welcome)! There will be plenty of food and drink options to enjoy throughout the day, raffle items from BMW of Asheville and other area businesses, local pet businesses, and of course, Roscoe the rescue pittie will be the star of the show! This year's event t-shirt will be for sale for $15. We hope to see you there!

Location: Bold Rock Cider, 72 School House Road, Mills River, NC 


6th Annual Doggie Dip - Asheville, Sep. 8

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On Sunday, September 8, join Asheville Humane Society and Asheville Parks & Recreation for the 6th Annual Doggie Dip at the Recreation Park Pool located at 65 Gashes Creek Rd., Asheville 28805. 

Dogs 35 pounds and under swim from 12-2pm. Dogs 36 pounds or more swim from 2:30-5pm. The event is rain or shine, but will be canceled in the event of lightning. You’ll need your vet records to show that your pooch is current on vaccinations and has been spayed or neutered-NO EXCEPTIONS! Cost is $5 per dog including one handler through September 7 and $10 per dog and handler the day of the event. Admission for spectators is only $1. A portion of the proceeds benefit Asheville Humane Society.

Location: Recreation Park Pool, 65 Gashes Creek 

For more information visit http://b.link/DoggieDip19. If you have trouble registering call 828-259-5800.
Questions contact: Candy Hensley Shaw at 828-259-5826, chensleyshaw@ashevillenc.gov.


Dog Day Afternoon - Asheville, Sep. 7

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It’s a big day for local dogs and the people who love them!

Mark your calendar with a paw print – Saturday, September 7 from Noon to 4 PM at Salvage Station, 466 Riverside Drive, Asheville, NC 28804.

Mix 96.5’s Dog Day Afternoon, presented by Prestige Subaru, is all for the dogs. For one day only, Asheville’s Salvage Station will allow dogs to enjoy its beautiful spot on the riverside, to help support local animal rescue.

Come see the amazing rescue dogs from Canines In The Clouds perform their high-flying feats, presented by the vet-tech program at A-B Tech.

Dog Day Afternoon also features training trips, pet products, and tasty treats for both pets and their people.

Meet loving pets hoping to find forever homes as well. Dr. Peter Pang, the bowtie dentist at Asheville Holistic Dentist, is donating adoption fees. Rescues taking part include Asheville Humane Society, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue, Mountain Pet Rescue and Sarge’s Animal Rescue

Tickets are just $8 at the entrance. Kids under 10 and all dogs get in free. You can also get your tickets in advance online.


Mitchell County Animal Rescue's 35th Anniversary - Bakersville, 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


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.