Animal Causes

Blessing of the Pets - Mills River, Sept. 26

People-309479_1280The 12th Annual Blessing of the Pets at Mills River Presbyterian Church, 10 Presbyterian Church Road, Mills River, NC 28759, will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2020, with a  “drive thru” ceremony that offers a safe, socially-distant blessing for their pets.

From 10 am to noon, Rev. Merri Alexander and members of Mills River Presbyterian Church will offer pet readings and blessings as vehicles drive through the one-way pet blessing.

Vehicles coming through the Drive-Thru Pet Blessing will meet with church elders for prayers and readings, get a doggie bag of treats, and then continue through the planned route to receive personalized blessings from Rev. Alexander. At the final stop, people are invited to donate unopened bags and cans of pet foods to representatives of Blue Ridge Humane Society (BRHS). The collected items will be used to fill the Pet Pantry at BRHS that supports the needs of area residents who cannot afford food for their pets.

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Asheville Adoption Center Now Open - Dog Adoptions Just $10

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This is from Asheville Humane Society:
 
To better serve the animals in our care, while keeping the safety of our staff and visitors a priority, we are discontinuing appointment-only adoptions and opening our doors to a limited number of walk-ins at a time to meet our adoptable pets! 
 
With over 370 cats and kittens currently in our care (in our Shelter, Adoption Center and foster homes) we are still OVERFLOWING with felines in need!!! To help make space and save lives, we are also *EXTENDING* our fee-waived promotion for all felines through September 30th!!
 
Adoption fees for all canines will be $10!
 
If you can't adopt, please spread the word!
 
NEW ADOPTION PROCEDURE:
 
A set number of customers will be welcomed inside to adopt on a first come, first served basis. Safety protocols such as masks required, contactless temperature readings and social distancing within the building will remain the same. If the building reaches our set capacity, potential adopters will have socially distant options available to wait until the next spot opens.
 
Our hours of operation are Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm, with animal naptime each day from 1-2 pm.
 
We humbly ask in advance for your patience and understanding, as facilitating adoptions during COVID-19 times is an ongoing learning experience for everyone! We are trying to find the balance between helping the animals who rely on us, while ensuring the continued safety and health of Asheville Humane Society's adopters, volunteers and staff.
 
To see available animals, visit www.ashevillehumane.org. The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market).
 
Image: Asheville Humane Society

Asheville Humane Off the Wall Art Sale - Sept. 11, 12

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The Asheville Humane Thrift Store is holding an "Off the Wall" Art Sale on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 11 and 12. All artwork will be 50 to 75 percent off, with discounts on frames and canvases. 100 percent of all thrift store purchases benefit animals in need!

The Thrift Store is located at 1425 Patton Avenue and is open from 10 AM to 6 PM. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.

 


"Barkyard Party" Fundraiser for Blue Ridge Humane Society - Hendersonville, Sept. 19

Screen Shot 2020-07-22 at 2.16.29 PMBlue Ridge Humane Society in Hendersonville, NC is suggesting supporters sign up for a do it yourself "Barkyard Party" to be held on September 19, 2020!

Here are the details from the organization:

Your DIY event can be in the format you desire: a sit down formal event, potluck, dessert bar, brunch, themed event, pet-friendly, kid free, kid friendly, etc. Team up with a friend to co-host or use a central location such as your favorite restaurant or community clubhouse.  Then invite your friends to join you in honor of Blue Ridge Humane and raising funds that allow Blue Ridge Humane to continue our work during this strange time.

Who can host? Anyone can host! If you feel comfortable with a small group of people, invite them over to learn more about Blue Ridge Humane and to support our work. You can also sign up as a virtual host and keep your event to a party of one!

How is this a fundraiser? Since large scale events are unsafe at this time and social distancing is the new normal, we ask that hosts share the work that Blue Ridge Humane is doing in the community with their guests in a small group setting, and that guests make a donation in lieu of purchasing a traditional event ticket.

Who can I invite? Anyone you like! Invite your pet loving friends, family, or neighbors to learn about Blue Ridge Humane and support us this year.

Can I team up with someone to host? Of course! You can co-host, use an alternative location, and make your remote event exactly what you are comfortable with!

What is provided for hosts?

  • Special host basket with treats and local goodies, acknowledgment in our newsletter and other promotions, entry into our event prize drawings.
  • Talking points and facts about Blue Ridge Humane
  • Invitation wording templates for use if you choose
  • Donation collection materials
  • BRHS staff to answer your questions.

Are hosts responsible for the full cost? You can be or you can make it a potluck, have only dessert and wine or coffee, etc. All options are open, depending on your personal preferences.

For more information or to register visit https://www.blueridgehumane.org/calendar/barkyard-party/


1 Mile Doggy Dash, Mills River, Sept. 13

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The Mills River Valley races feature a 10K, 5K, and 1 Mile Doggy Dash on Sunday, September 13th at the Mills River Community Park and surrounding area with a flat, scenic course. The 1 Mile Doggy Dash can be competitive or just a fun run. It begins at 8:35 AM.

The races are hosted by the Mills River SDA School and benefit the school and Blue Ridge Humane Society. Registration is open and precautions will be taken in the race format to ensure social distancing.

For complete details or to register, visit: https://millsrivervalleyrace.com/

 


$10 Adoptions - Asheville, Through Sept. 22

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A special promotion from Asheville Humane Society:

Summer of Love: A Little Help for Our Friends
NOW  through September 22 
Open by Appointment Only

$10 adoption fees for ALL pets! 

We need a little help for our furry friends! Summer is always a busy time at Asheville Humane Society, and this year we've faced new challenges amid COVID-19. We always see more animals come through our doors in the summer months, but with limited appointment slots, it's taking longer for them to find their forever homes... And our Shelter is FULL of animals waiting to get their spot on the Adoption floor! So, to help these deserving pets meet their new families as soon as possible, adoption fees are $10 for ALL pets through the end of Summer! 

Don't let this summer go by without adding some LOVE to your life! Set up an appointment today! 

Please follow these steps to schedule your visit:

Step 1: View adoptable animals at https://ashevillehumane.org/. (Check back frequently! Animals continue to move through our system and appear on our website once they are ready for adoption.)

Step 2: Please email AHS at customerservice@ashevillehumane.org if you have questions or are interested in meeting a certain animal!

Step 3: Receive a response within 72 hours. Our adoption counselors are working hard to make matches and will be in touch to answer your questions, and to schedule an appointment. Please be aware that we have limited appointment slots available, and will do our best to schedule your meet-and-greet as soon as possible!

Thank you so much for your support! We will do our very best to help you find your forever friend!


Watauga Humane Society, Boone, NC COVID Information

Screen Shot 2020-08-11 at 2.45.03 PMCurrently, Watauga Humane Society continues to be closed to the general public, however the organization is continuing to schedule fosters, adoptions, and owner surrenders by appointment. 

Watauga Humane Society’s Arko Dog Park reopened for members on May 31. The current new hours are 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. A full list of rules and restrictions can be found on the WHS website under “News” 

The Watauga Humane Society Bare Bones Boutique thrift shop has also re-opened Thursday through Saturday from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Masks must be worn while in the shop and the number of customers in the shop will be limited. 

Proceeds from dog park memberships and the thrift shop help support the shelter’s daily operations while the society’s fundraising events are paused.

Watauga Humane Society needs fosters and donations and still has animals to adopt. Check out their website at: https://wataugahumane.org/


Blue Ridge Humane Society - Do It Yourself "Barkyard Party" - Sept. 19

Screen Shot 2020-07-22 at 2.16.29 PMBlue Ridge Humane Society in Hendersonville, NC is suggesting supporters sign up by August 30 for a do it yourself "Barkyard Party" to be held on September 19, 2020! Here are the details from the organization:

Your DIY event can be in the format you desire: a sit down formal event, potluck, dessert bar, brunch, themed event, pet-friendly, kid free, kid friendly, etc. Team up with a friend to co-host or use a central location such as your favorite restaurant or community clubhouse.  Then invite your friends to join you in honor of Blue Ridge Humane and raising funds that allow Blue Ridge Humane to continue our work during this strange time.

Who can host? Anyone can host! If you feel comfortable with a small group of people, invite them over to learn more about Blue Ridge Humane and to support our work. You can also sign up as a virtual host and keep your event to a party of one!

How is this a fundraiser? Since large scale events are unsafe at this time and social distancing is the new normal, we ask that hosts share the work that Blue Ridge Humane is doing in the community with their guests in a small group setting, and that guests make a donation in lieu of purchasing a traditional event ticket.

Who can I invite? Anyone you like! Invite your pet loving friends, family, or neighbors to learn about Blue Ridge Humane and support us this year.

Can I team up with someone to host? Of course! You can co-host, use an alternative location, and make your remote event exactly what you are comfortable with!

What is provided for hosts?

  • Special host basket with treats and local goodies, acknowledgment in our newsletter and other promotions, entry into our event prize drawings.
  • Talking points and facts about Blue Ridge Humane
  • Invitation wording templates for use if you choose
  • Donation collection materials
  • BRHS staff to answer your questions.

Are hosts responsible for the full cost? You can be or you can make it a potluck, have only dessert and wine or coffee, etc. All options are open, depending on your personal preferences.

For more information or to register by August 30, visit https://www.blueridgehumane.org/calendar/barkyard-party/


Cashiers Highlands Humane Society COVID-19 Information

From David Stroud, Executive Director, Cashiers Highlands Humane Society:

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Our no-kill shelter remains open to the public but in consideration of the guidelines issued by national, state and local authorities, for (what we hope is a brief and yet) the foreseeable future, visits to our shelter will be by appointment only. This will allow us to serve you under the safest possible conditions. For adoptions, donations, and other community outreach programs (see below), we respectfully ask that appointments be made Tuesday-Saturday between 10am-4pm. Please call us at (828)743-5752 to make an appointment.

THE $30 FIX

As we have done for more than 4,000 pets in the past 6 years, CHHS will continue to provide low-cost spay/neuter for your pets for just $30. If that is a hardship, we will fix your pets for free. That's right. For free.

CHHS "MEALS FROM MONTY" PET PANTRY

If you are facing financial hardship and cannot afford to buy pet food, as long as donations continue (please see below) we can provide some food for your pet free of charge. We ask that your pet be spayed/neutered, and if not, we can fix your pet for free. After all, if feeding one animal is a hardship, think of how much it will cost to feed a litter of puppies or kittens!

RABIES VACCINATIONS

There are only 350 Certified Rabies Vaccinators (CRV's) in the state of North Carolina. We have 2 CRV's on staff. Only veterinarians and CRV's can give your pet a rabies vaccination and certificate required by North Carolina law. We always provide rabies vaccinations for just $10. But for now and until we get past this crisis, we will vaccinate your pet to protect against rabies for free. Yes, free.

HOW YOU CAN HELP US

There is no way to sugarcoat this. We need adoptions, we need fosters, and we urgently need donations. Please help if you can.

ADOPT

I realize these are uncertain times, but if you have been thinking of bringing a canine or feline companion into your home, what better way to self-quarantine and social distance than with a shelter pet? Please consider opening your heart and home for the unconditional love of a CHHS shelter pet.

FOSTER

If you love animals but are unable to take on the permanent commitment of lifetime adoption, then foster parenting is the perfect alternative! By temporarily fostering a CHHS shelter pet, you are actually helping us save two lives - the foster pet you are caring for, and the open space that creates in our shelter for us to save another animal in our community. CHHS provides any and all necessary medications, food, arrangements for veterinarian visits and a 24-hour hotline number for emergencies.

DONATE

The cost to care for the homeless animals in our community has skyrocketed. If you can, please consider a donation to help CHHS care for this increased influx of pets with either a financial gift or a donation of food and supplies.

For more information about any of the above, visit https://chhumanesociety.org/


Sarge's 15th Annual Dog Walk Goes Virtual - Sign Up by July 19

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Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation, Waynesville, NC, will hold its annual Dog Walk — in a new, safe way. The 15th Annual Dog Walk event will go virtual, for the safety of Sarge’s supporters and staff.

Get ready for a Special Edition

There will be a week of online Dog Walk events Aug. 15 – 22, to celebrate everyone’s pets and the animals in Sarge’s care.

“We knew we could not socially distance having the traditional Dog Walk in downtown Waynesville, with hundreds of people and their pets, so we got creative and came up with a new idea,” said Fred Strohm, Sarge’s administrator. “This year, the walk will be virtual — which opens up new opportunities.”

Since Sarge’s has many supporters in and outside of Haywood County, the online format allows people to participate wherever they live.

Register by July 19

There is no registration form this year. All participants need to do to register is order the Sarge’s 15th Annual Dog Walk – Special Edition 2020 T-shirt during July 5 – 19. Visit http://bonfire.com/sarges-dogwalk2020 to get your shirt!

Choose a custom-designed Sarge’s 2020 shirt from eight different styles, including long-sleeve T-shirts, sweatshirts, tank top, and youth styles — with several colors for each style.

Everyone is encouraged to donate to Sarge’s and purchase a Dog Walk Special Edition T-shirt – even those who don’t have pets.

Cats are included

Another great addition to the virtual event is that cats (and other pets) can be included. Sarge’s staff is looking forward to seeing a lot of photos of cats with their humans.

Send pics

Once the T-shirts are received in late July, people should take pictures and/or short videos of themselves wearing the shirts with their pet, and post them on social media, using the hashtag #sarges2020. Those who don’t have social media, may email the photo to: info@sargeanimals.org.

Sarge’s will be monitoring the posts to collect the pics and videos through the hashtag.

Contests, too

Those who would like to enter a contest may take a photo or record a video of their pet’s “best trick,” “tail wagging,” or “costume,” plus two new categories, “Sarge’s alumni” and “kids with pets.” Eddie Foxx, morning personality on 99.9 KISS Country, will help judge the contests.

Supporters don’t need to enter a contest — everyone can participate in the festivities by taking a pic of themselves in the Special Edition T-shirt with their pet and posting it with the hashtag #sarges2020.

When posting, please provide the pet’s name, whether it is a contest entrant and whether the pet is a Sarge’s alum.

The Dog Walk week of events also includes a FaceBook live parade of Sarge’s animals.

“Our goal is to have a fun event for Sarge’s supporters, while at the same time making sure everyone stays safe and healthy,” Strohm said.

Sarge’s is grateful for the event sponsorship of The Mountaineer and 99.9 KISS Country’s Eddie Foxx.

Help Sarge’s continue its mission of saving dogs and cats in Haywood County. Join in the tail waggin’ fun and register now through July 19.

Image: Sarge's Animal Foundation


Beyond Basic Manners Course - July 26, Asheville

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Asheville Humane Society offers training courses for your current or newly-adopted pet! AHS is partnering with Pia Silvani, a canine behavior specialist and trainer, to offer 6-week classes for your four-legged friend. Beyond Basic Manners begins on Sunday, July 26 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM at the Asheville Humane Society Community Center (where the Thrift Store is located) at 1425 Patton Avenue, Asheville. 

Does your dog have selective hearing? Do you have to repeat yourself when your dog is near distractions? Well then, Beyond Basic Manners is the class for you! This 6 week course will expand upon basic training to help you get reliability anywhere, anytime and at any distance. This includes teaching your dog to stop forward movement when running towards a distraction, sitting at a distance, and much more!

The Prerequisites for Beyond Basic Manners are:
Graduated from the AHS Canine Manners Course OR Successful completion of equivalent training including sit, down, stay, wait and come.

Dogs MUST be able to work effectively in close proximity to other dogs and handlers without interfering with other participants
If you have any questions about your dog's eligibility for the course, please contact Pia Silvani at pia@piasilvani.com

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

The course is $150 for six classes, held one hour per week for six weeks beginning on July 26, 2020. The dates for the class are 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30, from 1:30-2:30 pm unless otherwise arranged by the instructor.

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

For tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beyond-basic-manners-tickets-96954161507

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


Foothills Humane Society Operations During COVID-19

This information is provided as a public service from Foothills Humane Society, 989 Little Mountain Road, Columbus, NC 28722.

Screen Shot 2020-06-25 at 9.34.46 AMFoothills is currently closed to the public, but will allow adoptions and fosters by appointment only.  These appointments will be held in our spacious outdoor pavilion.  All of us here at Foothills are grateful for your ongoing support and cooperation during these difficult times. 

Temporary Business Operations until further notice

Facility closed to the public

Approved volunteers only

Veterinary services by appointment only – call (828) 863-4444, Ext. 0

Return to owner by appointment only – call (828) 863-4444, Ext. 0

Adoptions and fosters by appointment only Tuesday through Saturday – call (828) 863-4444, Ext 1, or email adopt@foothillshumanesociety.org

For  animal turn-ins, please call in advance – (828) 863-4444, Ext 0.


Brother Wolf Adds Second Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic

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Brother Wolf Animal Rescue has announced the launch of a second mobile spay/neuter clinic. According to the organization, "The coronavirus pandemic halted spay and neuter surgeries nationwide as communities were forced to suspend non-emergency veterinary services. This has resulted in a huge backlog of unaltered animals. We have a list of over 500 animals needing our services! Even before this pandemic, we couldn’t meet the need with just one clinic. This is why it’s more critical than ever to have a second mobile spay and neuter clinic serving animals in Western NC.

"A second clinic will double our capacity, enabling us to serve an average of 180 animals each week! Spaying and neutering is so critical because it saves lives by reducing pet overpopulation. This second mobile clinic will travel around Western NC, providing low-cost services to many under-resourced communities. The ripple effect of 180 alteration surgeries a week is huge for animals!"

Brother Wolf is seeking donations for their second clinic. To donate: https://secure.qgiv.com/event/clinic/

Image: Brother Wolf Animal Rescue


Canine Manners Course - July 11, Asheville

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Does your canine need a coach?
Asheville Humane Society offers training courses for your current or newly-adopted pet! AHS is partnering with Pia Silvani, a canine behavior specialist and trainer, to offer 6-week classes for your four-legged friend. Canine Manners begins on Saturday, July 11 from 10:15 to 11:15 AM at the Asheville Humane Society Community Center (where the Thrift Store is located) at 1425 Patton Avenue, Asheville. 

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.

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

The course is $150 for six classes, held one hour per week for six weeks beginning on July 11, 2020. Class dates are: July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8 and 15 from 10:15-11:15 AM unless otherwise arranged by the trainer.

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

For tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/canine-manners-course-tickets-108029031742?

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


ReTail Scene: 50% Off at Asheville Humane Thrift Store - June 27

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Enjoy 50% OFF EVERYTHING at the Asheville Humane Society Thrift Store on Saturday, June 27!

The Thrift Store is located at 1425 Patton Avenue! Stop by between 10 AM and 6 PM to shop for a good cause - all proceeds benefit the animals!

To keep everyone safe, all staff and customers are required to wear face masks, and only 10 people will be allowed inside the store at a time.

If you haven't visited the Thrift Store yet, NOW is the time!  A variety of items are available for the whole family, including furniture, housewares, clothing, books, children's items, jewelry, pet supplies and more! You can also donate your unwanted items to help animals in need! 

Shop on June 27 and everything is 50% Off!

Store Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-6 pm (Also open on Mondays, beginning July 1!)

Donation Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm 

Visit ashevillehumane.org/thrift for more information on items we do/don't accept. Thank you for supporting Asheville Humane Society!


Free Pet Food Giveaway - June 18, Hendersonville

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Blue Ridge Humane and the ASPCA are hosting a free pet food giveaway to those in need or affected by COVID-19, on Thursday, June 18, from 9 am-1 pm at the Blue Ridge Humane Society storage facility located at 802 S. Grove Street in Hendersonville, NC.

Cat and dog food will be distributed first come, first serve, as supplies last. 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.  Additional resources and supplies will also be available.

Image: Blue Ridge Humane Society


"Phase 2" Reopening for Asheville Humane Society

This information from Asheville Humane Society is provided as a public service.

Screen Shot 2020-06-02 at 12.15.13 PMAsheville Humane Society is implementing Phase 2 of reopening plans as of May 30, loosening restrictions in alignment with the Stay Home, Stay Safe order issued by Buncombe County and the State of North Carolina.

Current/Temporary Adoptions Procedure:  

Asheville Humane Society is conducting meet-and-greets with adoptable pets and potential adopters by appointment only. We will be scheduling appointments Tuesday - Saturday.

Please make an appointment to visit one of our available animals by calling (828) 761-2001 x312, or emailing adoptions@ashevillehumane.org. Please leave a message and a staff member will return your call. We try to return calls within one business day, but there may be delays depending on the volume of calls we receive. 

Please Note:

  • Masks are required for the safety of our adopters and staff.
  • We are unable to accept walk-ins at this time.
  • Each appointment will be one hour, and allow visitation with one animal.*If you are more than 15 minutes late for your appointment, your visit will need to be rescheduled. Appointments are scheduled back-to-back with very little buffer time, so arriving promptly at your appointment time is important for everyone.
  • Some of our animals are still in foster care. If you are interested in an animal currently in a foster home, please understand that it may take longer to coordinate an appointment. Foster families who have invested in their care also have first choice if they decide to adopt their foster pet.

Adoption appointments will still be made on a first come, first served basis. We will also continue to follow our practice of Open Adoptions, meaning each potential adopter will meet one-on-one with a trained Adoption Counselor to ensure the match is a good fit for both the animal and their new family.

AHS Thrift Store:

Thrift Store operations at 1425 Patton Avenue have resumed at full capacity, ensuring adherence to the number of people allowed to enter at one time as determined by the State/County for Phase 2. Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM. Please wear a mask if visiting the Thrift Store. 

Community Solutions - Pet Resources and Assistance:

Drive-through clinics are being held to serve our community. Other resources and services may be available for Buncombe County residents experiencing financial hardship or other crisis. For more information or to request resources or assistance for your pet, please call the Safety Net Helpline at (828)-761-2008.

Image: Asheville Humane Society


Tails and Trails - June 13, Bearwallow Mountain, Hendersonville, NC

Screen Shot 2020-05-25 at 12.32.57 PMDue to COVID-19 Tails and Trails has been rescheduled to Saturday, June 13. All current registrations will be automatically transferred. Registration remains open so bring even more friends with you in June! 

Bring your best human or non-human buddy (better yet, both) with you on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 10:00 AM, for a charity hike up Bearwallow Mountain (4854 Bearwallow Mountain Road, Hendersonville).  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 & Blue Ridge Humane Society. Registration for this event is $20 and includes a t-shirt when registered by March 8. There is no registration cut off.

The hike will start at 10 am at the trail head. All participants–humans and their furry friends–must check in prior to the start of the hike. Proceeds benefit Conserving Carolina & Blue Ridge Humane Society. The registration is $20. Once you register, please check your email for more details as we get closer to the event.

If you have questions, contact Laura at lrice@blueridgehumane.org or 828-692-2639.


Free Support from "Fear Free Happy Homes"

Screen Shot 2020-04-16 at 11.03.36 AMFounded in 2016, Fear Free provides online and in-person education to veterinary professionals, the pet professional community, and pet owners. Courses are developed and written by the most respected veterinary and pet experts in the world, including boarded veterinary behaviorists, boarded veterinary anesthesiologists, pain experts, boarded veterinary internists, veterinary technicians (behavior), experts in shelter medicine, animal training, grooming, boarding, and more.

"Fear Free Happy Homes" offers free membership to pet owners. Once you sign up, you can get free access to:

  • Videos with fun, easy-to-implement tips
  • Articles reviewed by board-certified veterinary behaviorists
  • Discounts on pet products & services
  • Downloadable handouts with games, tips & tricks
  • The Fear Free Certified® Professionals Directory

Check it out here: https://fearfreehappyhomes.com/


Important Information from Asheville Humane Society

AHS logoAsheville Humane Society has implemented Phase 1 of reopening plans, loosening restrictions in alignment with the Stay Home, Stay Safe order issued by Buncombe County and the State of North Carolina. These phases are based on the best information available, but could be altered as new information emerges.

Current/Temporary Adoptions Procedure:  

Asheville Humane Society is conducting meet-and-greets with adoptable pets and potential adopters by appointment only. We will be scheduling appointments Tuesday - Saturday.

Please make an appointment to visit one of our available animals by calling (828) 761-2001 x312, or emailing adoptions@ashevillehumane.org. Please leave a message and a staff member will return your call. We try to return calls within one business day, but there may be delays depending on the volume of calls we receive. 

Please Note:

  • Masks are required for the safety of our adopters and staff.
  • We are unable to accept walk-ins at this time.
  • Each appointment will be one hour, and allow visitation with one animal.
  • Some of our animals are still in foster care. If you are interested in an animal currently in a foster home, please understand that it may take longer to coordinate an appointment. Foster families who have invested in their care also have first choice if they decide to adopt their foster pet.

Adoption appointments will still be made on a first come, first served basis. We will also continue to follow our practice of Open Adoptions, meaning each potential adopter will meet one-on-one with a trained Adoption Counselor to ensure the match is a good fit for both the animal and their new family. Visit https://www.ashevillehumane.org/adopt to see available animals.

Thank you for your patience and ongoing support during this unprecedented time, and we look forward to helping you find your new best friend!

AHS Thrift Store:

The Thrift Store is located at 1425 Patton Avenue, Asheville. Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM. Thrift Store operations have resumed at 50% capacity within the store, while maintaining social distancing. Please wear a mask if visiting the Thrift Store.

Community Solutions - Pet Resources and Assistance:

Drive-through clinics are being held to serve our community. Other resources and services may be available for Buncombe County residents experiencing financial hardship or other crisis. For more information or to request resources or assistance for your pet, please call the Safety Net Helpline at (828)-761-2008.

For updated information, visit: https://www.ashevillehumane.org/covid-19-updates