Advocacy Events

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


Strut Your Mutt - Fletcher, NC, June 26

Screen Shot 2021-05-05 at 10.11.14 AMRun, walk, or scurry with your dog at our dog-friendly 5k and 1 mile event on Saturday, June 26, at Bill Moore Community Park in Fletcher!
 
Register now for either an in-person or a virtual edition! Register by June 6 and guarantee your comfy race t-shirt! All participants receive a goodie bag with extra treats for the furry runners, too!
 
Strut Your Mutt is presented by friends of Blue Ridge Humane Society at Hunter Subaru. Sponsored by Roost Home ManagementBlue Ridge Orthodontics, and WTZQ Radio.
 
 
Image: Blue Ridge Humane Society

Canine Manners Course - Asheville, June 26

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This 6 week course, taught by Pia Silvani, Behavior Director at Asheville Humane Society, will teach you how to bridge the communication gap and teach your dog basic manners using reward-based training methods!

Have you ever wondered why your dog pulls on leash, jumps up to greet people and won’t do as you ask? Have you ever said “she has a mind of her own?” The Canine Manners Course may just be the class you need!

This course will teach you how to effectively communicate with your dog. You will learn the skills necessary to teach your dog basic manners using reward-based training methods. We will build reliable behaviors such as sit, down, stay, wait, come, leave it, tug and much more! The class is limited to 8 dogs, age 16 weeks or over when the course begins (if your dog is under 16 weeks of age, please sign up for the Puppy Kindergarten class).

* All dogs must be current on the following vaccines distemper, parvo, bordetella and rabies to participate in this course.

The cost of this course ($175) includes six classes, held one hour per week for six Saturdays on the following dates, June 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31, and August 7 (please note that there will not be a class on the 4th of July weekend) from 9-10 A.M. unless otherwise arranged by the trainer. The course is held at the Asheville Humane Society Community Center, 1425 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28806.

**Important - If your dog is reactive on leash to other dogs, please contact Pia at www.piasilvani.com before signing up.

For additional information and tickets, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/canine-manners-course-tickets-151872682281?aff=ebdsoporgprofile


Free Pet Food - Hendersonville, May 25

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Blue Ridge Humane Society is offering free pet food on Tuesday, May 25 from 3 PM to 5:30 PM at Interfaith Assistance Ministry, 310 Freeman Street, 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.

Free Pet Food - Hendersonville, May 22

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Blue Ridge Humane Society is offering free pet food on Saturday, May 22 from 10 AM to 1 PM at Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County parking lot, 304 Ashe Street, 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.

Free Pet Food - Hendersonville, May 10

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Blue Ridge Humane Society is offering free pet food on Monday, May 10 from 3 PM to 5:30 PM at Blue Ridge Humane Society Adoption Center, 88 Centipede Lane, 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.

Free Pet Food - Hendersonville, April 24

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Blue Ridge Humane Society is offering free pet food on Saturday, April 24 from 10 AM to 1 PM at the 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.

Assistance for Dog Owners in Madison County

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This information is provided as a public service from FOMCA (Friends of Madison County Animals):

Pet Pantry

Pet food is available to families in financial crisis who are having difficulty feeding their cats and dogs. Pantry hours are any time during normal business hours, 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, Monday & Wednesday; 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Tuesday & Thursday.  We partner with Manna Food Bank in Asheville, NC who supply us with most of our pet food to be donated.  We also welcome food donations from individuals and other companies.  Ingles has donated dog and cat food to our cause as well. 

Low Cost Spay/Neuter

Every other Wednesday is an opportunity for residents of Madison County to get low cost spay/neutering for their cats and dogs. Call  828-649-9798 for an appointment, and plan to spend fifteen minutes going through a registration process over the phone.

Call during office hours (Monday and Wednesday 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM; Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM; Closed Friday) for more information or to register your cat or dog.

Educational Programs

FOMCA has been a part of the “Read to Me Program” with our canine friends in the libraries and schools - but also have been teaching Humane Education in the Elementary Schools, the High School and now the Middle School in Madison County since 2012. We partner with our canine good citizen dog and teach the students all about how to be kind and respect their 4 legged friends.  A big thank you to Dr. Ronald Wilcox, Superintendent of Madison County Schools and Frances Ramsey, retired teacher for all your help!  We want to thank the Madison County Schools  for their warm welcome and look forward to adding to our curriculum and having guest teachers as well.  If you are interested in becoming part of our Humane Education teams please contact our office 828-649-9798.

Free Pet Food - Hendersonville, April 12

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Blue Ridge Humane Society is offering free pet food on Monday, April 12 from 3 PM to 5:30 PM at Blue Ridge Humane Society AdoptionCenter, 88 Centipede Lane, 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.

Hit the Hendersonville Trails from April 11 - 18

Screen Shot 2021-02-26 at 10.30.57 AMGather your favorite hiking buddy, canine or human, and explore the amazing trails in the Hendersonville, NC area thanks to the work of Conserving Carolina in support of Blue Ridge Humane Society.
 
During the week of April 11-18th hit the trails that have been made possible by Conserving Carolina with your favorite two- or four-legged friend and complete additional challenges for prizes from Blue Ridge Humane Society and Conserving Carolina!
 
Hike options:
  • Bearwallow Mountain: a moderate 2 mile round trip through beautiful woods to an open bald that is accessible thanks to a conservation easement and trail building by Conserving Carolina
  • The Oklawaha Greenway: Walk any segment of the 3.25 miles of Greenway between Jackson Park and Berkeley Mills Park. The greenway provides a paved pathway through vital wetland areas with little elevation changes. Conserving Carolina is a founding member of the Friends of Oklawaha Greenway, an organization that stewards the existing greenway path as well as advocates for extending its length with new greenway segments and connector routes.
  • The Park at Flat Rock: The park is 68 acres with a 1.5 mile crushed cinder perimeter trail and other walking paths that intersect the main trail. Conserving Carolina aided in establishment of The Park at Flat Rock in 2014, helping to secure funding for land acquisition including authoring an NC Parks & Recreation Trust Fund grant. The grant provided significant funding to help defray the costs of acquiring the land.
Complete one or all of the hikes and walks and discover for yourself the work of Conserving Carolina in the community with your furry friend. Proceeds support Conserving Carolina and the programs of Blue Ridge Humane Society that provide new homes for pets in need, support services for local pets and their owners, and more!
 
For more information and to register visit https://www.blueridgehumane.org/calendar/tails-and-trails/

Free Pet Food - Hendersonville, March 27

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Blue Ridge Humane Society is offering free pet food on Saturday, March 27 from 10 AM to 1 PM at the 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.

Free Pet Food - Hendersonville, March 8

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Blue Ridge Humane Society is offering free pet food on Monday, March 8 from 2 to 5:30 PM at the Blue Ridge Humane Adoption Center, 88 Centipede Lane, Hendersonville, NC.
 
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.

National "Love Your Pet" Day - Feb. 20

Ryk-porras-kIqfIajglwY-unsplashYou love your dog every day, of course, but on Saturday, February 20, you can show even more love (if that's possible) because that day is designated National "Love Your Pet" Day!

To help you celebrate, here are "10 Ways to Love Your Dog" on Love Your Pet Day from DogTipper.com :

  1. Take an extra-long dog walk
  2. Spend time together at your pet's level
  3. Plan a trip together
  4. Take your dog to lunch
  5. Make a new pet toy
  6. Go shopping with your dog
  7. Teach a new trick
  8. Bake some homemade treats
  9. Learn pet massage
  10. Experience the moment.

More about each of these tips here: https://www.dogtipper.com/tip/2020/01/national-love-your-pet-day.html

Photo by Ryk Porras on Unsplash


Free Pet Food in February for Henderson County

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Blue Ridge Humane Society is offering an expanded free pet food giveaway schedule this year.  
 
February Giveaways:
  • Monday, February 8, 10 am-1 pm, at the Adoption Center, 88 Centipede Lane, Hendersonville, NC.
  • Saturday, February 27, 10 am-1 pm, Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County, 1304 Ashe Street, Hendersonville, NC.
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. Additional resources and supplies will also be available first come, first serve.
 
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.

Free Pet Food in Henderson County

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Blue Ridge Humane Society is offering an expanded free pet food giveaway schedule this year.  
 
Giveaways will be held on the second Monday of the month at the Adoption Center (88 Centipede Lane, Hendersonville), fourth Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County, and fourth Tuesday at the Interfaith Assistance Ministry.
 
Remaining January Giveaways:
 
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. Additional resources and supplies will also be available first come, first serve.
 
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.

Holiday Howl and Meow Open House - Boone, NC, Dec. 12

Screen Shot 2020-12-08 at 4.14.45 PMWatauga Humane Society, 312 Paws Way, Boone, NC 28607 is holding a "Holiday Howl and Meow Open House" on Saturday, December 12, from 1-5 PM, as they celebrate the season and wish their animals love and cheer for the upcoming holidays. The WHS pets have sent a wish list to Santa Paws to make your holiday shopping much easier!

Please go to their wishlist here and bring a gift to place under the tree. Monetary gifts are also welcome. Visit our kitties to enjoy pets and purrs and experience happy barks and wagging tails as our dogs welcome you. For a donation, take a holiday picture with your pet or a shelter animal in our outdoor photo booth. SNIPS crafts will be available for early holiday shopping and we have goody bags everyone!

To ensure the safety of everyone, face coverings are required and temperatures will be checked at the entrance. In order to observe social distancing, only ten visitors are permitted per hour. Please use our online signup to reserve your time at the shelter by clicking here.


AHNA Annual Holilday Pet Food and Supply Drive

Screen Shot 2020-12-01 at 2.53.32 PMThe Animal Hospital of North Asheville (AHNA) is sponsoring its annual "Warm Hearts * Full Bellies" Holiday Pet Food and Supply Drive through Saturday, January 2, 2021.

Join AHNA this Holiday Season to help pets in need in our community. During "Warm Hearts * Full Bellies," AHNA will be collecting donations of wet or dry pet food, much-needed supplies, and monetary donations for the Asheville Humane Society (AHS) and Meals on Wheels of Buncombe County. Through Saturday, January 2nd, AHNA will be offering several different ways to donate to help these amazing organizations. Due to how the threat of COVID-19 has affected our community, they have made some changes to the annual holiday food drive with safety in mind.
 
Donations Accepted:
AHNA will be collecting wet or dry cat or dog food, small animal/rabbit food, cockatiel/parakeet bird food, cleaning supplies, pet supplies (toys, blankets, and more), along with monetary donations at AHNA.
DROP OFF:
There will be a donation bin on the patio at AHNA (1 Beaverdam Road, Asheville 28804) for donated items. Items can be dropped off during regular business hours (M-F 7:30am-6:00pm, and Sat 8am-5pm).
ONLINE:
Starting in December, AHNA will be offering online donation collections through Amazon wishlist and direct donations to the organizations. Supplies can be ordered online and delivered to AHNA. Donations will be distributed after the first of the year to the Asheville Humane Society and Meals on Wheels.
Direct Donations:
Asheville Humane Society: https://www.ashevillehumane.org/donation-drive
 
To show our appreciation, Animal Hospital of North Asheville has partnered with Science Diet Pet Food to donate an extra pound of food for every pound (up to 2,000 pounds) of pet food donated during our Holiday Pet Food Drive.
Please, if you want to donate by check, it must be written to the organization of your choice (not to Animal Hospital of North Asheville).