Advocacy Events

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.


Tails and Trails Hike - Bearwallow Mountain, NC, April 27

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WANTED: STRONG LEGS, POSITIVE ATTITUDES, WAGGING TAILS

Bring your best human or non-human buddy (better yet, both) with you on Saturday, April 27, at 10:00 AM, for a charity hike up Bearwallow Mountain, nineteen miles from Asheville on the way to Lake Lure and Chimney Rock.  Climb the one mile hike up to the beautiful, bald summit of Bearwallow Mountain with fellow conservation loving pet owners to take in the breathtaking views with your furry buddy.

Proceeds benefit Conserving Carolina and Blue Ridge Humane Society in Hendersonville. The registration fee is $20 and includes an event shirt.

Check-in will begin at 9:30 AM at the trail head. All participants–humans and their furry friends–must check in prior to the start of the hike. Register by filling out the form below. Proceeds benefit Conserving Carolina & Blue Ridge Humane Society. The registration is $20 and includes an event shirt. Once you register, please check your email for more details as we get closer to the event.

For more information visit: https://www.blueridgehumane.org/get-involved/fundraising-events/tails/
If you have questions, contact Laura at lrice@blueridgehumane.org or 828-692-2639.


Angel Pets Conference and Expo - Asheville, June 8

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The Angel Pets Conference and Angel Pets Expo will take place on Saturday, June 8, at the Renaissance Hotel, 31 Woodfin Street, Asheville.

The Conference will run from 8 AM to 5 PM in Salon A at the Renaissance Hotel. This pioneering, unique, and much needed, conference covers many topics on senior pet care needs, end-of-life care, caregiver support and grief healing. The Angel Pets Conference highlights important medical topics for senior animal needs and resources, assessing animal quality-of -life, explaining animal hospice and palliative care, covering the medical, practical, emotional considerations for pets at the end-of-life transition. Special focus will also be on grief healing from pet loss for ourselves and family, which is often complex and under-addressed in our society.

The Conference is a seated, educational, ticketed event, ideal for pet parents and pet professionals. Some presentations offer CE credits. Speakers include expert local area veterinarians, internationally recognized pet loss specialists Beth Marchitelli DMV (4PawsFarwell); Coleen Ellis, CT, CPLP (TwoHeartsPetLossCenter), Dr. Kasandra Garner, DVM (Animal Hospital of North Asheville) and more. Conference schedule, program description, speaker bios, and ticket information can be found at https://angelpetsconference.com/

The Expo will be from 10 AM to 6 PM in Salons B/C at the Renaissance Hotel. The Expo is open to the public for a $5 admission charge. There will be 45+ vendors specializing in services and products for pets, senior pet care needs, end-of-life, caregiver support, grief healing and other pet supportive topics. Select featured vendor presentations will be held throughout the day.


Dine to be Kind and Drink to be Kind - Asheville, Apr. 9 and 11

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Join Asheville Humane Society for the 16th Annual Dine To Be Kind on Tuesday, April 9, a day of dining out to help local animals in need. Participating restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to Asheville Humane Society.

Mark your calendar and plan to dine out for breakfast, lunch, dinner...or all three (take out is included)! Stay tuned for a list of participating restaurants.

This year, Asheville Humane Society is adding an extra "day to be kind" for the beer lovers of the community. During the new Drink to be Kind on Thursday, April 11, participating breweries will donate a portion of their sales to local animals in need.

Enjoy happy hour at your favorite brewery and help homeless animals at the same time! Stay tuned for a list of participating breweries.

More information, plus a list of restaurants and breweries, here: https://ashevillehumane.org/dine-to-be-kind


Prime Paws Dog Walk, Spartanburg, SC, April 13

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On-site registration begins at 8:00 am and the start time is 9:00 am. The Prime Paws Fun Dog Walk will benefit the Spartanburg Humane Society and the Lyman United Methodist Church Senior Prime Time Group.

The registration fee is $25 per dog and each participant will receive a Prime Paws T-Shirt , 2 bandanas, and a picture with their canine friend. The fun will be had on the walking track located beside Lyman Methodist Church, directly across the street from the former back entrance to the Mill.

Come out and have a fun time with your canine friend as you walk for exercise while raising money for good causes.

For more information and to register, visit: https://spartanburghumane.org/primepawsdogfunwalk/


Save the Dates: Dine to be Kind, Apr. 9, Drink to be Kind, Apr. 11

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Join Asheville Humane Society for the 16th Annual Dine To Be Kind on Tuesday, April 9, a day of dining out to help local animals in need. Participating restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to Asheville Humane Society.

Mark your calendar and plan to dine out for breakfast, lunch, dinner...or all three (take out is included)! Stay tuned for a list of participating restaurants.

This year, Asheville Humane Society is adding an extra "day to be kind" for the beer lovers of the community. During the new Drink to be Kind on Thursday, April 11, participating breweries will donate a portion of their sales to local animals in need.

Enjoy happy hour at your favorite brewery and help homeless animals at the same time! Stay tuned for a list of participating breweries.

More information, plus a list of restaurants and breweries, here: https://ashevillehumane.org/dine-to-be-kind


Register Now for 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.

Spots are limited this year so sign-up early and save before registration prices increase! For more information visit: http://www.ghsmuttstrut.com/


Paint & Sip Fundraiser - Hendersonville, March 23

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A "Paint & Sip" Fundraiser will be held on behalf of Blue Ridge Humane Society on Saturday, March 23 from 12:30 to 2:30 PM at Point Lookout Vineyards, 408 Appleola Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792.

Join Hues of Hendo to raise money for the fur babies. Pick from 5 silhouette painting choices (see above) and help raise money for the Blue Ridge Humane Society! BRHS will receive 40% of the profits from this Paint & Sip. Point Lookout Vineyards will also donate $1 per glass of wine sold and 10% of all bottle sales.

The cost is $35 per painter. Each painter receives one 16x20 canvas, painting materials and artist instruction. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome at the venue.

Register by emailing huesofhendo@gmail.com to receive your invoice and reserve your seat(s). For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/581298782334486