Advocacy Events

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.


PetFest Health Fair - Asheville, Sept. 16

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The PetFest Health Fair for People & Pets will be held on Sunday, September 16, from 1 to 4 PM at Asheville Outlets, 800 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC 28806. Also during this time, as well as Friday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Sept. 15, the three-day qualifier for the Ingles Ultimate Air Dog Competition will take place in front of Field & Stream at Asheville Outlets.

Join Asheville Humane Society at this pet-friendly event featuring activities for pets and their families including: educational advice, obedience tips, informational booths and displays, pet adoptions and much more! Dog owners who think their dog should be “in pictures” will love the Critter Magazine Cover Dog Competition that will be held at 1 p.m. Cost to participate  in the competitions is a $25 donation. The winner will be featured on the cover of Critter Magazine.

A portion of the proceeds from the Health Fair for People & Pets will benefit CarePartners Foundation and local spay/neuter organizations and rescue transport programs.

Image: Asheville Outlets


Dog Day Afternoon - Asheville, Sept. 15

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Dog Day Afternoon will be held on Saturday, September 15 from 12 to 4 PM at Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Drive in the River Arts District, Asheville, NC 28801.

Dog Day Afternoon, sponsored by radio station Mix 96.5 is WNC’s largest dog-centric, family friendly event! It’s a spectacular celebration of our beloved furry friends featuring:

  • Canines in the Clouds, the ultimate sport, stunt and trick dog show
  • a Huge Adopt-a-Thon with lovable animals from local rescue organizations
  • doggie contests including the Fastest Dog in Asheville
  • Wiener Dog Race
  • Pet Supply and Services Vendors
  • Music
  • Food and Beer

The A-B Tech Pet University will feature chats all day from experts on training, and new pet products, such as CBD oils blended especially for dogs.

Tickets are just $8 at the entrance. Kids under 10 and all dogs get in free. A portion of the proceeds supporting Asheville Humane Society, Mountain Pet Rescue, and Boxer Butts and Other Mutts.

Prestige Subaru is also giving you a chance to experience the 2019 Subaru Ascent, featuring standard symmetrical all-wheel drive for all your adventure needs, now with available “New Dog Smell” from Asheville Humane Society. 

Image: Mix 96.5  


Doggie Ice Cream Social - West Asheville, Aug 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, August 30 from 3 to 9 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.


Dog Days of Summer at Wedge Studios - Asheville, Aug. 25

Screen Shot 2018-07-30 at 10.48.54 AMAsheville Humane Society will have adoptable pups throughout the artist studios of the Wedge building on Saturday, August 25 from 11 AM - 3 PM.

Several of the studios will donate 10% of the day's proceeds to Asheville Humane Society.  A $25 donation to AHS will enter you in a raffle for an 8x8 custom commission of your pet portrait by artist Patricia Hargrove.

Wedge Studios is located at 121 Roberts Street in the River Arts District of Asheville 28801.

Image: Pet portrait by Patricia Hargrove.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Aug. 26

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, August 26. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. 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 served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make 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.


Pilates with Puppies - Asheville, Sept. 22

Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 3.04.01 PMOn Saturday, Sept. 22, Cisco Pilates will hold a "Pilates with Puppies" class from 9 AM to 10 AM, and again from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM -- 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


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Aug. 12

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, August 12. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. 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 served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make 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.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Aug. 5

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, August 5. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. 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 served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make 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.


Pilates with Puppies - Asheville, Aug. 11

Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 3.04.01 PMOn Saturday, August 11, Cisco Pilates will hold a "Pilates with Puppies" class from 5 PM to 6 PM, and again from 5:30 PM to 6:30 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


Full Moon Farm "Howl In" - Black Mountain, July 28

Wolf howling Full Moon Farm is an organization dedicated to the well being of the wolfdog (wolf dog hybrid). Situated on 17 beautiful mountain acres in Black Mountain, NC, the sactuary operates as a not-for-profit organization for abused and refused wolfdogs who find themselves in need of love, shelter, and care through no fault of their own. Full Moon Farm provides a safe haven for animals that cannot be placed into homes for the rest of their lives. 

You have the opportunity to visit this unique farm during the Full Moon Farm Howl-In on Saturday, July 28th. Tours of the Farm begin at 3:00 PM.  Potluck supper begins at 5:00 PM.  A $5 donation includes main dish and water/soft drinks. Bring a side dish and join the fun!

For information and directions, call (828) 664-9818 or email info@fullmoonfarm.org (Please note: On the day of the event, it is best to call, as the email account will be unmonitored). 


Tour the Animal Care Campus - July 28

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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, July 28, 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.


Doggie Ice Cream Social - W. Asheville, July 26

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, July 26 from 3 to 9 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.