Animal Causes

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!


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Nov. 17

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 will be on Sunday, Nov. 17.

Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikes are typically 3-5 miles at a brisk pace with elevation changes and provide vigorous exercise for our volunteer hikers as well. They do not cancel hikes because of rain, as our pups don’t mind getting wet. 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 serve basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. If you don’t get an email from Hiking Hounds, assume they didn’t get yours! Please be 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, Nov. 10 and 17

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 hikes will be on Sunday, Nov. 10 and 17.

Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikes are typically 3-5 miles at a brisk pace with elevation changes and provide vigorous exercise for our volunteer hikers as well. They do not cancel hikes because of rain, as our pups don’t mind getting wet. 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 serve basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. If you don’t get an email from Hiking Hounds, assume they didn’t get yours! Please be 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.


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 Petfinder.com:

  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 https://www.petfinder.com 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.

Image: Pixabay.com


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Nov. 3, 10, 17

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 hikes will be on Sunday, Nov. 3, 10 and 17.

Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikes are typically 3-5 miles at a brisk pace with elevation changes and provide vigorous exercise for our volunteer hikers as well. They do not cancel hikes because of rain, as our pups don’t mind getting wet. 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 serve basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. If you don’t get an email from Hiking Hounds, assume they didn’t get yours! Please be 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.


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 givelocal@mountainx.com


"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!

Registration:

  • 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: https://www.blueridgehumane.org/calendar/hendersonville-putt-putt-open-2/


News 13 Pet Project - Arden, Oct. 11

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Join News 13 at Camp Bow Wow, 5 Airport Road, Arden, NC 28704 for their 3rd Annual News 13 Pet Project on Friday, October 11 from 9 AM to 6 PM.

News 13 WLOS-TV is partnering with eleven local humane societies/rescue groups, including Asheville Humane Society, to help animals in our area find forever homes! 

You'll see lots of adoptable animals there -- and News 13 will be collecting pet food, pet supplies, cleaning supplies and monetary donations for all of the local rescues that day. For every adoption or donation, you will be entered to win a $150 Ingles gift card!

Stop by and say hi!


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.


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 https://www.mitchellcountyanimalrescue.org/paws-in-the-park


Come to the "Howl In" at Full Moon Farm, Black Mountain, Aug. 17

Screen Shot 2017-03-04 at 11.01.54 AMFull Moon Farm is an organization dedicated to the well being of the wolfdog (wolf 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, August 17. Gates open at 3 PM and tours of the Farm begin at 3:15 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! Visit the Gift Den for handcrafted jewelry and artwork.

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).

If you cannot attend, please note that Full Moon Farm is desperately in need of donations! For more about the organization, visit https://www.fullmoonfarm.org/ 

Image: Full Moon Farm


Paws in the Park, Bakersville, NC, 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 https://www.mitchellcountyanimalrescue.org/paws-in-the-park


Pilates with Puppies - Asheville, Sept. 21

Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 3.04.01 PMOn Saturday, September 21, Cisco Pilates will hold a "Pilates with Puppies" class from 10 AM to 11 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


Madison County - August Spay/Neuter and Vet Clinics

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Friends of Madison County Animals (https://www.fomca.org) makes low-cost spay/neuter and veterinary services available to Madison County residents each month. These are the August dates for FOMCA services:

Low Cost Spay/Neuter

Wed., Aug. 14 and Wed., Aug. 28
6:30 - 8 AM drop off
Call 828-649-9798 or visit https://www.fomca.org for cost and instructions.

French Broad Vet Clinic

Fri., Aug. 9 and Fri., Aug. 23
2 - 5 PM at the FOMCA Office in Marshall
Call 828-412-1181 for more information.
Walk-ins are welcome.


Sarge's 14th Annual Dog Walk - Waynesville, Aug. 3

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On Saturday, August 3, from 9 AM to 1 PM, Sarge's Animal Rescue will hold its 14th annual Downtown Dog Walk at the Waynesville Historic Courthouse, Waynesville, NC 28716.

The annual Downtown Dog Walk is Sarge's biggest fundraising event of the year and they need your support to continue this lifesaving mission. This year, Sarge's is offering a simplified pricing structure. For only $30 per person, you get your admission to the Dog Walk, admission for as many dogs as you want to walk, a bag full of goodies provided by sponsors and an event bandanna for your pup! If you can't make it, you could sign up as a Virtual Walker, so one of their volunteers will walk a Sarge’s dog in the Dog Walk!

For further details, visit https://www.sargeanimals.org/event/14th-annual-dog-walk/

Image: Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation


Hendersonville Strut Your Mutt, July 27

Screen Shot 2019-05-27 at 10.52.44 AMThe 2nd Annual Strut Your Mutt: A Casual 5K hosted by Blue Ridge Humane Society, WTZQ Radio and Historic Downtown Hendersonville, and presented by Hunter Subaru, will be held on Saturday, July 27 from 8 AM to 2 PM

Run or walk a section of the beautiful Oklawaha Greenway Trail starting and finishing at the Tails in Town vendor fair at the Historic Depot on Maple Street in Downtown Hendersonville’s 7th Avenue District.

Please bring $30 cash or check, fill out a short form and be ready to line up for an 8:00 AM Start.

Registration and Check In will be at the Historic Depot on Maple Street in the 7th Avenue District.

Parking will be available at the courthouse overflow lots located at the corner of North Pine Street and 4th Avenue.

Register Now!
https://www.wtzq.com/strut-your-mutt/


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, July 28

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, July 28.  Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikes are typically 3-5 miles at a brisk pace with elevation changes and provide vigorous exercise for our volunteer hikers as well. They do not cancel hikes because of rain, as our pups don’t mind getting wet. 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 serve basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. If you don’t get an email from Hiking Hounds, assume they didn’t get yours! Please be 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.