Advocacy Events

Hard 2 Recycle - West Asheville, Jan. 18

Screen Shot 2020-01-10 at 4.41.07 PMHard 2 Recycle, sponsored by Asheville GreenWorks, is an opportunity to recycle difficult items that are not typically collected during recycling pickup. The next Hard 2 Recycle event will be held on Saturday, January 18 from 10 AM to 2 PM at 1298 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC. Items that are accepted and not accepted are listed here:

Asheville Humane Society will be accepting donations for animals in need. The following items will be accepted:

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New: Dog Training Classes Begin This Month

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Does your canine need a coach?
Now, Asheville Humane Society offers 6-week training courses for your current or newly-adopted pet! AHS is partnering with Pia Silvani, a canine behavior specialist and trainer, to offer weekly classes for your four-legged friend, including Kindergarten Puppy and Canine Manners. Both courses are open to the public.

Kindergarten Puppy will help your 8- to 16-week-old pup with proper socialization, bite inhibition, house training, manners and more. The class meets for 1 hour a week for 6 weeks and is limited to 10 puppies. The first class will be held on Sunday, January 26 at 2 PM (Asheville Humane's Adoption Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane).

Canine Manners will use reward-based training methods to help you bridge the communication gap when teaching your dog basic manners. This 1-hour class (for dogs over the age of 16 weeks) is limited to 8 dogs and will meet once a week for 6 weeks.  The first two Canine Manners classes will be held on Saturday, January 25 at 10 AM or 11:15 AM (Asheville Humane's new Community Center, 1425 Patton Avenue). 

If you sign up for one of these six-week courses, you will receive $15 off by using coupon code "HOLIDAYK9". (Discount is only valid until these three courses sell out.) 

Purchase tickets here:

Pia Silvani is an internationally-recognized dog trainer with over 30 years of experience. Previously, Pia was VP of Training and Behavior at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center where she developed numerous courses focused on positive, reward-based techniques. She also served as the Director of Behavioral Rehabilitation at the ASPCA where she led programs to educate shelter professionals in effective behavior rehabilitation techniques, as well as specialized socialization, enrichment, and shelter protocols.

Image: Asheville Humane Society

Pet Honoring Service - Hendersonville, Dec. 8

Cigar-galaxy-2401996_1920On Sunday, December 8 from 11 AM to 12 PM, there will be a Pet Honoring Memorial Service at Bright Star Studio, 1712 Asheville Highway, Hendersonville. This is a simple service to remember, bless and honor each pet, their family and our special relationship with them. It is free to add your pet to be honored, and pictures of pets can be added to the ceremony table. Open to the public, the Pet Honoring Memorial Service can be attended in person at Bright Star Studio. You can attend remotely by phone by calling: 1-857-232-0159, ext. 329054.

The Pet Honoring Memorial Service is held at Bright Star Studio the second Sunday of each month. For more information, visit:


Free Pet Photos with Santa - Asheville, Dec. 8, 15

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On Sunday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 15 from 6 to 8 PM, your pet can be photographed with Santa at Asheville Outlets, 800 Brevard Road in Asheville.

Bring your furry friend to meet Santa and capture the moment with a FREE photo package, courtesy of Asheville Outlets. Santa will be waiting inside the Food Court at his holiday home and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue will be on-hand to share information on how you can volunteer, foster, or adopt a pet this holiday season.

This event is free to attend. All pets must be on a leash or carrier.

Image: Asheville Outlets

Watauga Humane Society Holiday Market - Boone, Nov. 16

Screen Shot 2019-11-13 at 1.15.31 PMOn Saturday, November 16 from 10 AM to 3:30, Watauga Humane Society will be holding a holiday market/craft show to benefit SNIPS low-cost spay/neuter programs for pets in Watauga and Ashe Counties. The event will be held at the Main Gym and Commons lunchroom area in Watauga High School, 300 Go Pioneers Drive, Boone, NC 28607

Harvest- and holiday-themed original crafts will be featured at this sale, with everything from Thanksgiving and Christmas ornaments, decorations and home accents, coaster and trivet sets, to birdseed wreaths, wooden wine bottle holders, pottery bowls and cups, bowl cozies, catnip toys and kick sticks, doggy bandanas and squeaky toys, credit card wallets, quilted travel bags, and a huge array of hand-made jewelry. Prices range from $.50 - $25, with most items under $5. Don’t miss this huge sale!

Wine & Whiskers - Spruce Pine, Nov. 9

Screen Shot 2019-11-05 at 11.09.28 AMWine & Whiskers 2019, presented by David Greiner and James Gray, will be held on Saturday, November 9 from 3 to 5 PM at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 15 Hemlock Avenue, Spruce Pine, NC.

The event will feature food, wine, a silent art auction, and socializing with animal lovers across Mitchell County and beyond. The event benefits Mitchell County Animal Rescue.

Show You Appreciate Your Local Animal Shelter This Week!

Abstract-1751204_1280This week (November 3 - 10) is National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week. As a dog lover in the Carolina mountains, you are probably already familiar with your local animal shelter or rescue organization. This is the week to show the folks who work there and the animals they serve some love!

Here are ten ways to show your appreciation for your local animal shelter, provided by Rebecca Simmons of the Humane Society of the United States and appearing on

  1. Adopt a Best Friend. Animals make great companions, but having a pet is a big responsibility and it involves a lifelong commitment. Find out if you have what it takes to provide a safe and loving home and learn more about adopting from your local animal shelter. When you’re ready to adopt go to to find pets in your area.
  2. Take a Tour. Never been inside an animal shelter? Take an hour or two out of your day to stop by your local shelter during public hours and see firsthand how things work. If you’d like to become more involved, find out how you can become a volunteer.
  3. Keep on Giving. Many animal shelters struggle financially so every penny helps. Donating to your local shelter is as simple as writing a check and dropping it in the mail or picking up an item on the shelter’s wish list during your next shopping trip.
  4. Connect with Kids. Help children learn about the importance of being kind to animals. Find out how easy it is to educate—whether it’s an entire classroom or a single child.
  5. Be Committed. Providing quality food, water and shelter is important, but it’s not the only thing involved in being a responsible and caring pet guardian. It’s also essential that your pet has current identification tags and is properly confined or supervised while outdoors. Keep your pet healthy and up-to-date on all vaccinations by visiting the veterinarian regularly and give your pet lots of love and attention.
  6. Expect the Unexpected. Local shelters are most often on the front lines during natural disasters such as hurricanes. Would you know what to do in the event of a flood, tornado or fire? Learn how to help animals in your community, including your own pet, whether it’s a disaster, an emergency or an accident.
  7. Stay Alert. Your local animal shelter and animal control agency not only take in homeless animals, but also rescue injured, abused or neglected critters. Assist them by helping injured animals in your neighborhood, and letting them know if you suspect animal cruelty in your community.
  8. Spread the Word. Does the community that your local shelter serves understand and appreciate the shelter’s dedication to animals? Tell your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors about the importance of supporting animal shelters and their staff.
  9. Do Your Part. Spaying or neutering your pet is one of the most important things you can do to reduce the number of homeless pets in your community. Your local animal shelter can help you learn more about why spaying/neutering is important and how you can find affordable options.
  10. Two Simple Words. The words “thank you” are powerful. But since animals can’t speak, it’s up to community members to let shelter workers know just how much their commitment to animals is appreciated. Send a letter, card or e-mail to your local shelter and let them know you care.


Give!Local 2019 Kickoff Party - Asheville, Oct. 24

Screen Shot 2019-10-17 at 10.36.28 AMThe fresh chill of fall is here and with it comes the warm fuzzy feelings of Give!Local.

Join Mountain Xpress and the Give!Local partner nonprofits for the big kickoff celebration at the Salvage Station on Thursday Oct. 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM for an evening of fun and fundraising!

The celebration marks Give!Local's fifth exciting year. You will be able to get to know 45 nonprofit partners and better understand the work they do in the community. Asheville Humane Society and Blue Ridge Humane Society are participating organizations. There will also be a silent auction filled with fabulous things and performances by Heather Taylor and Asheville Choral Society.

The event is free to attend. Food and drink will be available for purchase from the Salvage Station.

For questions, please contact Mountain Xpress at 828-251-1333 or email

"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!


  • 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:

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 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 and your dog will feel phenomenal!! If you can run your'll notice a faster change in his or her behavior."


"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:

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

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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 If you have trouble registering call 828-259-5800.
Questions contact: Candy Hensley Shaw at 828-259-5826,

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