Advocacy Events

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

Screen Shot 2019-03-05 at 2.25.47 PMJoin Spartanburg Humane Society on Saturday, April 13, 2019 for the Prime Paws Fun Dog Walk!

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


Bow Wow Film Festival - Marion, March 8

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The Bow Wow Film Festival is a joyful, traveling, dog centric collection of short films that celebrates the human canine bond.  It features the year’s best pooch themed shorts all wrapped up in one beautiful, 90 minute, fun-loving package. The program will be held at the McDowell Arts Council Association, 50 S. Main Street, Marion, NC on Friday, March 8 at 6 PM. Tickets are $12 and benefit Mercy Fund Animal Rescue. For more information go to www.BowWowFilmFest.com.


Pilates with Puppies - Asheville, March 2

Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 3.04.01 PMOn Saturday, March 2, Cisco Pilates will hold a "Pilates with Puppies" class from 4 to 5 PM at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads near the WNC Farmers Market).

Pilates with Puppies will be a basic Pilates class, with puppies provided by Asheville Humane Society. Please bring your own yoga or Pilates mat and a small towel. Please do not bring your own puppy! The cost is $15, which is a donation to Asheville Humane Society on behalf of Buncombe County animals.

Pre-registration is required and these classes are very popular. Early registration is suggested as space is limited and this event is expected to sell out! Visit https://www.ciscopilates.com/pricing/ to sign up. Questions? Email alexis@ciscopilates.com

Image: Cisco Pilates


Free Pet Food for Government Employees Who were Furloughed - Feb. 2

StuartMilesAre you a government employee who has been furloughed during the partial government shut-down? Are you still waiting on your check and struggling to make ends meet? This Saturday, February 2 from 11 am-1 pm, Asheville Humane Society will be partnering with Asheville Cat Weirdos and Open Door Veterinary Care to provide free dog and cat food to furloughed government employees. No appointment is necessary. Please be prepared to show your government ID.

Location: Open Door Veterinary Care, 1419 Patton Ave, Asheville NC 28806

Image: Stuart Miles, freedigitalphotos.net


Karaoke Fund Raiser for Sarge's - Waynesville, Jan. 26

Screen Shot 2019-01-10 at 1.26.12 PMOn Saturday, January 26 from 6 to 10 PM, Sarge's Karaoke Night will be held at The Gem Bar, downstairs at Boojum Brewing Tap Room located at 50 N. Main Street in Waynesville, NC. Funds raised will go to Sarge’s “WuzBug Fund for Special Needs," which allows Sarge’s Animal Rescue to help animals with injuries, disorders, and diseases who require medical treatment outside of the routine.

Enjoy food, karaoke, and fun at this amazing local brewery!

Sorry but no dogs or children will be able to attend this event.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets can also be ordered by phone at 828-246-9050 or purchased in person at the Adoption Center, 256 Industrial Park Drive in Waynesville, during regular office hours, 12 Noon to 5 PM, Tuesday-Friday, 10 AM to 3 PM on Saturday.


Hard 2 Recycle - Arden, Nov. 17

Screen Shot 2018-10-31 at 4.05.47 PMThe next Hard 2 Recycle event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 AM to 2 PM at TC Roberson High School, 250 Overlook Road, Arden/Asheville, NC. In addition to books, cardboard, electronic items, batteries, printer cartridges, and more, you can drop off the following items for Asheville Humane Society:

  • plastic totes
  • shoe boxes
  • crates (wire/plastic)
  • towels, blankets
  • pet toys, non-pellet stuffed animals
  • leashes (non-retractable)
  • unopened dry pet food
  • clay kitty litter
  • cleaning supplies

For further details, visit: https://www.ashevillegreenworks.org/hard-2-recycle.html


Happy Mutt Benefit Party - Tryon, Nov. 10

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Join Foothills Humane Society at the "Happy Mutt Benefit Party" on Saturday, November 10, 11 AM to 3 PM, at Tryon Depot, 22 Depot Street, Tryon, NC

• Hot and cold buffet includes oil and vinegar delights
• Music by Daniel Keller, jazz guitarist/music teacher
• Music by Dr. Iain Fitch, DVM, CVC, Native American flutes
• Happy mutts to pet and adopt with assurance at an event fee special of only $10 from the Foothills Humane Society
• Goin’ to the Dogs silent auction and “raffle”
• 15% discount at the store, Saturday 11/10, to celebrate Jessica’s birthday

*Advance tickets needed! Buy now at A Taste of Olives
& Grapes, 10 N. Trade St.,Tryon, NC • 828-859-0212


Tour the Animal Care Campus - Asheville, Oct. 27

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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, October 27, 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.


Taste of Compassion Fundraiser - Oct. 13, Asheville

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This year marks the 15th Anniversary of Asheville Humane Society’s Taste of Compassion Auction & Gala!

This elegant affair will be held in a new location at the spacious A-B Tech Conference Center, 16 Fernihurst Drive, Asheville, on Saturday, October 13 from 6 to 9 PM. For guests who want the red carpet treatment, VIP Ticket holders will have access to the VIP Pre-Gala Reception from 5:30 to 6:30 PM where they will enjoy specially prepared cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.​ 

Join fellow animal lovers for a fun-filled night complete with local cuisine and libations, silent and live auctions, and dancing to the musical stylings of DJ P-LO! (Patrick Lopez is a 5-star rated DJ who uses his trumpet, piano and vocals to provide the ultimate musical package.) 

All proceeds will benefit local animals in need. 

Buy tickets here: https://501auctions.com/ashevillehumanecelebration/tickets


Rockin' for Rescue - Mills River, NC, Sept. 29

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Join BMW of Asheville  on Saturday, September 29 from 2 PM to 10 PM for Rockin' for Rescue, a charity benefit for Asheville Humane Society. The event will be held at Bold Rock Cider, 72 School House Road, Mills River, NC 28759.

Rockin' Rescue will feature The Notch, The Breakout Band, The Analog Playback and The Remainders. These bands have given their time to make sure more pets can be saved.Donations of cash and pet food/supplies will be accepted at the event. Please give from your heart.


Taste of Compassion Auction & Gala - Asheville, Oct. 13

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This year marks the 15th Anniversary of Asheville Humane Society’s Taste of Compassion Auction & Gala!

This elegant affair will be held in a new location at the spacious A-B Tech Conference Center, 16 Fernihurst Drive, Asheville, on Saturday, October 13 from 6 to 9 PM. For guests who want the red carpet treatment, VIP Ticket holders will have access to the VIP Pre-Gala Reception from 5:30 to 6:30 PM where they will enjoy specially prepared cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.​ 

Join fellow animal lovers for a fun-filled night complete with local cuisine and libations, silent and live auctions, and dancing to the musical stylings of DJ P-LO! (Patrick Lopez is a 5-star rated DJ who uses his trumpet, piano and vocals to provide the ultimate musical package.) 

All proceeds will benefit local animals in need. 

Buy tickets here: https://501auctions.com/ashevillehumanecelebration/tickets


Tour the Animal Care Campus - Asheville, Sept. 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, Sept. 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.