Advocacy Events

Free Pet Food - Hendersonville, Oct. 23

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Blue Ridge Humane Society is offering free pet food on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 10 AM to 1 PM at Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County, 1304 Ashe St., Hendersonville, NC 28792.
 
Cat and dog food will be distributed first come, first serve, as supplies last to those in need or affected by COVID-19. Social distancing and protective measures will be taken by all staff and we ask the public to do the same during the drive-thru pick-up. Masks are required to be worn during pick-up. Food will be distributed car-side, so all you need to do is pull up and the Humane Society will direct you from there! Staff will get your info (zipcode, number and type of pet), and place the food in your car trunk.
 
If a pet owner is in need of food but unable to attend the pick-up, please call or text the BRHS helpline at 828-393-5832.

Pup Crawl - Hendersonville, Oct. 23

Screen Shot 2021-09-24 at 4.30.36 PMThe Blue Ridge Humane Society Historic 7th Avenue District "Pup Crawl," sponsored by Hunter Subaru, will be held on Saturday, October 23 in Hendersonville.

Dog owners and pet lovers tour the Historic 7th Avenue District businesses and participate in the  Historic 7th Avenue District Pup Crawl benefiting Blue Ridge Humane Society.  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, agility course, and more!

Pup Crawl Stops and Activities:

Additional activities and locations may be added.

Cost:

  • $20 individual dog
  • $30 family (2+ dogs)

How it Works:

Purchase your pupport online, over the phone at (828) 692-2639, or day of at the Blue Ridge Humane tables at any of the stops. Pupports are available one per dog or per family 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 Humane table at any of the participating locations 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 the stamps check back in at the Blue Ridge Humane 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!

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.

CDC recommendations will be followed and we ask that all participants practice safe distancing and masking for the safety of our hosts, volunteers, community, and staff.


Halloween 5K & Fun Run - Asheville, Oct. 16

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Come run/walk in the Wicked Halloween 5K/Fun Run! Wear your Halloween Costume and support an amazing cause! 

All proceeds from this event will benefit Asheville Humane Society. Each year, they find loving homes for thousands of animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, farm animals, and more! Your registration will help fund their lifesaving medical and rehabilitation programs.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 16
Location: Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Road, Asheville, NC

Costume Contest & Archetype Brewing!

***1 Beer ticket included for those over 21***

SCHEDULE:

10:00-11:00 - registration

11:00 - 12:00 - 5k/Fun Run

12:00 - 1:00 - Awards & Costume Contest

Tickets available here.


Art Bark Walk - West Asheville, Oct. 9

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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Hominy Creek Greenway, a community Art Bark Walk is being hosted by Mountain Pet Rescue Asheville on Saturday, October 9th at 10:00 am. You are encouraged to strut your leashed pup down the Hominy Creek Greenway to check out the Hominy Rising art installations. Doggie costumes are encouraged, but not required and if you don’t have your own four legged friend, no problem. Mountain Pet Rescue AVL will have adoptable pups looking for their new forever family.

The event takes place at 80 Shelburne Road in West Asheville and along the Greenway. 

It is part of a free celebration featuring over 18 visual and performing artists that includes:

  • Art Exhibit - Oct. 2 - 10
  • Party/Performances - Oct. 2, 4 to 7 pm
  • Family Day - Oct. 3, 1 pm
  • Art Bark Walk - Oct. 9, 10 am.

For more information, visit: http://fohcg.org/join-us/arts-awareness/


Free Pet Food - Hendersonville, Oct. 5

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Blue Ridge Humane Society is offering free pet food on Tuesday, October 5 from 3 to 6 PM at the Blue Ridge Humane Society Warehouse, 802 S. Grove St., Hendersonville, NC 28792.
 
Cat and dog food will be distributed first come, first serve, as supplies last to those in need or affected by COVID-19. Social distancing and protective measures will be taken by all staff and we ask the public to do the same during the drive-thru pick-up. Masks are required to be worn during pick-up. Food will be distributed car-side, so all you need to do is pull up and the Humane Society will direct you from there! Staff will get your info (zipcode, number and type of pet), and place the food in your car trunk.
 
If a pet owner is in need of food but unable to attend the pick-up, please call or text the BRHS helpline at 828-393-5832.

2021 Animal Fair - Columbus, NC, Oct. 3

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Foothills Humane Society invites you to "An Affair of the Heart"... the 2021 Animal Fair, taking place on Sunday, Oct. 3 from 1 to 4 PM at The Sanctuary at Red Bell Run, 385 Blackwood Road, Columbus, NC.

At this special event, there will be a Champagne Brunch, silent auction, hayrides and much more. The event will be held entirely outside. Proceeds support the mission of Foothills Humane Society.

Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased online here.


Paw Pride Market - Landrum, SC, Sept. 25

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The "Paw Pride Market" will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 12 to 5 PM in Landrum, SC (down Trade Street from the Train Depot to The Hare and Hound). Presented by P3 Consignments, this free event will feature adoptable animals from three local rescues:

  • Paws, Prayers and Promises
  • Foothills Humane Society
  • Pet Tender Angels

The event will include live music, local food trucks and vendors.


Free Pet Food - Hendersonville, Sept. 25

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Blue Ridge Humane Society is offering free pet food on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 10 AM to 1 PM at Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County, 1304 Ashe St., Hendersonville, NC 28792.
 
Cat and dog food will be distributed first come, first serve, as supplies last to those in need or affected by COVID-19. Social distancing and protective measures will be taken by all staff and we ask the public to do the same during the drive-thru pick-up. Masks are required to be worn during pick-up. Food will be distributed car-side, so all you need to do is pull up and the Humane Society will direct you from there! Staff will get your info (zipcode, number and type of pet), and place the food in your car trunk.
 
If a pet owner is in need of food but unable to attend the pick-up, please call or text the BRHS helpline at 828-393-5832.

Blessing of the Pets - Mills River, Sept. 18

Celine-sayuri-tagami-2s6ORaJY6gI-unsplashOn Saturday, September 18 at 10 AM,  Mills River Presbyterian Church will host its 13th Annual Blessing of the Pets on the church grounds for all types of pets — dogs, cats, rabbits and any other pets people would like to bring.
 
The half-hour service celebrates the life of both current and former pets. Residents of Henderson County and throughout the Asheville are invited to bring their cherished pets to the outdoor blessing.
 
Recreating the Rainbow Bridge: New to this year's service will be the opportunity for people to remember and recognize cherished pets that are no longer with them. Brightly-painted rocks, created by the children of the church, will be available for people to write the names on of past pets. Then, the rocks may be placed under a “Rainbow Bridge” for the event. After the service, the recognition rocks will be relocated to a permanent memorial site on the church property.
 
As is the tradition with the event, each pet will receive their own personal blessing. Rev. Merriam Alexander, the dog mother to two Boston Terriers, will lead the service and offer the individual blessings. Special messages, prayers and readings will be shared during the service.
 
A free will love offering called the “Dog Bowl Donation” will be collected during the service to benefit the New Hope program at Blue Ridge Humane Society. People may also contribute dry pet food.
 
Mills River Presbyterian Church is located at 10 Presbyterian Church Road in Mills River off School House Road and accessible from Haywood Road or Highway 280. For more information, call 828-891-7101 or visit www.millsriverpresbyterian.org.

Photo by Celine Sayuri Tagami on Unsplash


Doggy Dash - Mills River, Sept. 12

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The Mills River Valley 5K/10K/1 mile "Doggy Dash Race" is back this year on Sunday, September 12!
 
The event raises funds for the Mills River SDA School and Blue Ridge Humane!
 
Register to run any of the distances or bring your pup out for the 1 Mile Doggy Dash with prizes for the top three speediest pups provided by Wag! A Unique Pet Boutique! in Hendersonville, NC.
 
Image: Blue Ridge Humane Society

"Barkyard Parties" for Blue Ridge Humane Society, Sept. 17-19

This information is from Blue Ridge Humane Society in Hendersonville, NC:
 
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Join us in celebrating animal rescue, a second chance, and saving lives!

You can be a part of this year’s "Barkyard Parties" by hosting a private event with friends, attending a public gathering at one of our partner businesses, or donating in lieu of attending an event to help the animals we care for in so many ways at Blue Ridge Humane Society!

Learn how you can support our work and find an event to attend online at 
www.blueridgehumane.org or by calling Laresa Griffin at (828) 692-2639 ext 304.

Our weekend of Barkyard Parties keeps growing! In addition to private parties we have a car show, gatherings at Dry Falls Brewing Co. special shopping days at Wild Birds Unlimited and Raymond's Garden Center, and more coming soon!
 
Find out how you can make a difference or get involved here: www.blueridgehumane.org/barkyard/

New Location for Asheville Humane Thrift Store

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Asheville Humane Society recently moved its Thrift Store into a larger retail space in the River Ridge Marketplace shopping center that will allow them to help even MORE pets in need! The new address is:
800 Fairview Road, Suite EE
(store entrance to the right, donation drop-off door to the left).
 
Thrift Store Hours:
SHOPPING - Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM
DONATION DROP OFF - Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM. Please drop donations at the door to the left of the main store entrance. Ring the bell inside of the donation drop-off area for assistance.
 
Detailed Information on Donations from Asheville Humane Society

General Store Supplies:

We love to have these items donated regularly for general store use: paper or cloth shopping bags, department store-type plastic bags (please no grocery store plastic bags), zippered plastic linen bags (the kind that new linens come in), cleaning supplies like Windex, Pledge, or Lysol,  price tags (stickers or hang tags), jewelry boxes/cloth bags, and snack-size zip-top baggies.  Please see our Amazon wish list HERE!

Baby/Children’s Items:

We love to receive in-season children’s clothing, toys in very good condition, and games with all pieces. 
We cannot accept cribs or car seats. 

Clothing, Accessories, Jewelry, and Linens:

We love to receive in-season clothing, accessories, costume jewelry, and linens in great condition. We love to receive fine jewelry in any condition!

Electronics and Appliances:

We love to receive most electronics and appliances that are in good working condition. 
We cannot accept gas appliances, built-in microwaves, VHS players, tube TVs, computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, air purifiers or humidifiers.

Exercise Equipment:

We love to receive newer exercise equipment, and sporting goods in working condition. 

Furniture, Housewares, Home Decor, and Kitchen:

We love to receive almost anything that is not broken or does not have rips, tears or stains. 
We cannot accept large/deep entertainment centers, particle board furniture, very large desks, mattresses, box springs or anything that is too large for us to handle due to limited space. 

Lawn and Garden:

We love to receive outdoor furniture, lawn equipment, and garden items in good non-rusty condition.  

Media:

We love to receive books, DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, and video games that are in good condition. 
We cannot accept magazines, VHS tapes, cassettes, encyclopedias, textbooks, books that have a musty smell, homemade or copied CDs or DVDs.

Pet Supplies:

We love to receive pet supplies that are in good condition. 
We cannot accept rusted metal pet items, tie-out stakes or shock collars.

Seasonal:

We love to receive seasonally-appropriate décor in good condition. 
We cannot accept items that are out of season due to our limited storage space.

Vintage/Antique Items:

We love to receive antique, vintage and collectible items in good condition. 

Vehicles:

We are able to sell a limited number of vehicles through the shop each year and we love to receive vehicles in great working condition!  If you are interested in donating your vehicle to be sold at the shop, please email thrift@ashevillehumane.org and include a photo of the vehicle (if possible), the year, make, model, and mileage. If you're unable to email, please call the shop at (828)761-2002 or stop by at 1425 Patton Ave.

If we are unable to sell your vehicle at our shop, you can still donate the proceeds to Asheville Humane!  Please see the "Car Donations" section of our website HERE for more information!


Party in the Park - Mills River, NC, August 8

Screen Shot 2021-07-26 at 12.09.23 PMThe Annual Party In the Park event is scheduled for Sunday, August 8 from 4- 6 pm at Mills River Park, 124 Town Center Drive, Mills River, NC 28759.

This year’s in-person event will include FREE school supplies, food, child haircuts, inflatables, concessions, DJ, strolling magician, bubble man, and more. The event is hosted by Mills River United Methodist  Church.

Blue Ridge Humane Society will be on site to answer your pet questions and more!


Sarge's Annual Dog Walk - Waynesville, Aug. 7

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SARGE'S is holding its 16th Annual Dog Walk on Saturday, August 7 at 9 AM. The event will be held starting at the Waynesville Historic Courthouse in Waynesville, NC. 

The following information is from SARGE'S:

With the help of our generous donors and volunteers, SARGE’S continues to save and place lost and abandoned animals of Western North Carolina. and WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT to continue this lifesaving mission.

We are fortunate to live in a county with a shelter where a no-kill status has been achieved, and we at Sarge’s are working hard to keep it that way. There is so much yet to be done to save more dogs and cats. Please help us continue this important mission in our community and join us for this fun event.

Dog Walkers

This year, we’re 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 and an event bandanna for your pup!

You could also sign up as a Virtual Walker, so one of our volunteers to walk a Sarge’s dog in the Dog Walk!

Additional event shirts can also be purchased; Adult sizes for $15 and Youth Large for $10!

For more information and to register: https://sarges.org/event/16th-annual-dog-walk/?

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Free Pet Food - Hendersonville, August 2

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A free pet food giveaway for the Hendersonville, NC area will be held on Monday, August 2 from 3 to 6 PM. The location is the Blue Ridge Humane Society Warehouse, 802 S. Grove St., Hendersonville, NC 28792. 
Supplies will be given out while they last, first come, first serve. Social distancing and protective measures will be taken by all staff and we ask the public to follow CDC recommendations. Food will be distributed car-side, so all you need to do is pull up and we’ll direct you from there! Staff will get your info (zipcode, number and type of pet), and place the food in your car trunk.
 
If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled giveaways, check Blue Ridge Humane Society's list of partner food pantries with pet food from BRHS here or call or text the helpline at (828) 393-5832.
 
Are you interested in helping support our Pet Food program? Dry cat and dog food is always needed, as well as pet supplies and toys. Donations can be dropped off during operating hours at the BRHS Adoption Center or Thrift Store.

Free Pet Food - Hendersonville, July

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In July, there will be a new schedule for free pet food giveaways for the Hendersonville, NC area. Mark the dates and locations changes:

1st Tuesday of the Month: 3pm-6pm, 802 S. Grove St., Hendersonville
4th Saturday of the Month: 10am-1pm, Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County, 1304 Ashe St., Hendersonville 
 
Partner Giveaways:
MANNA Community Market: 3rd Wednesday of the Month, 12pm-2pm, Henderson County Health Department, 1200 Spartanburg Highway, Hendersonville
Interfaith Assistance Ministry (IAM): 4th Tuesday of the Month, 3pm-5:30pm, 310 Freeman St., Hendersonville 
 
If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled giveaways, check Blue Ridge Humane Society's list of partner food pantries with pet food from BRHS here or call or text the helpline at (828) 393-5832.
 
Are you interested in helping support our Pet Food program? Dry cat and dog food is always needed, as well as pet supplies and toys. Donations can be dropped off during operating hours at the BRHS Adoption Center or Thrift Store.

Puppy Kindergarten - Asheville, July 24

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This six week course, taught by Pia Silvani, Behavior Director at Asheville Humane Society, focuses on proper socialization, bite inhibition, house training, manners and much more!

Your goal as a puppy parent is to give your pup the best possible start in life. Puppies learn more between 3 and 16 weeks of age than they will in their entire lifetime! Laying a positive foundation during this time is critical for puppies to grow into behaviorally healthy dogs.

This six week course focuses on proper socialization, bite inhibition, house training, manners and much more! The class is limited to 10 puppies who are 8 to 16 weeks old when the course begins (if your dog is over 16 weeks of age, please sign up for the Canine Manners class).

* All puppies must have started their puppy vaccine series (distemper, parvo and bordetella) at least one week prior to the first class. Owners are expected to commit to continuing this vaccine series during the six week course. The course is held at the Asheville Humane Society Community Center, 1425 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28806.

The cost of this course ($175) includes six classes, held one hour per week for six Saturdays, beginning on July 24 from 1 to 2 PM. Course dates are: 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21, and 8/28 from 1-2 PM unless otherwise arranged by the trainer.

For more information or to register, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/puppy-kindergarten-tickets-156699328911?aff=ebdsoporgprofile