Animal Causes

Hiking Hounds - Sundays, Oct. 24, Oct. 31

Screen Shot 2021-01-03 at 2.45.08 PMHiking 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.

Hiking Hounds takes place on Oct. 24 and Oct. 31 starting at 9 AM.

Spots for two new hikers will be available on each hike.

If you are a new hiker… once you sign up for a hike you will be sent a link to a virtual orientation. You must watch this, and sign a waiver before attending a hike. All new hikers will come on their first hike without a dog; you will be paired with a hiking buddy to become familiar with the process of the program, and make sure this is an activity you will enjoy. 

If you are a seasoned volunteer… you are asked to watch the orientation as a refresher and you will be sent the link when you sign up for a hike.  

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.

Start time is 9 AM. 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.

Hiking Hounds operates with the following updated protocol: PLEASE READ 

 AHS has relaxed their masking requirements for vaccinated individuals. Hiking Hounds has made some changes to our protocol as well:

  • We will continue to ask all volunteers to stay in the parking lot, and not come into the front of the building. The hike leaders will sign in the volunteers and will bring the dogs out to them; it is safer for the dogs to keep them outside.  
  • We will maintain a 6 foot bubble as usual, for the safety of our volunteers and the dog's safety and comfort; this includes the parking lot and the trail. 
  •  We will continue to eliminate bandanas and cards about the dogs; we can promote them thru social media.
  • We will continue to have one hiker go ahead of our caravan with all the Arboretum passes. That hiker will alert the security personal at the gate & will swipe ALL the passes so each hiker does not have to handle them. 
  • When we return to the shelter, all volunteers will again stay outdoors and the hike leaders will come get your dog. This is our normal procedure as our dogs always need social distancing.  
  • All equipment that we use will be sanitized between hikes.

 For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Pup Crawl - Hendersonville, Oct. 23

Screen Shot 2021-09-24 at 4.30.36 PMThe Blue Ridge Humane Society Historic 7th Avenue District "Pup Crawl," sponsored by Hunter Subaru, will be held on Saturday, October 23 in Hendersonville.

Dog owners and pet lovers tour the Historic 7th Avenue District businesses and participate in the  Historic 7th Avenue District Pup Crawl benefiting Blue Ridge Humane Society.  Each stop will feature a pet giveaway or treat as well as an interactive activity hosted by a local pet-centric business such as paw print painting, paw reading, agility course, and more!

Pup Crawl Stops and Activities:

Additional activities and locations may be added.

Cost:

  • $20 individual dog
  • $30 family (2+ dogs)

How it Works:

Purchase your pupport online, over the phone at (828) 692-2639, or day of at the Blue Ridge Humane tables at any of the stops. Pupports are available one per dog or per family and include pet treats (if you bring your pup) and access to a variety of activities just for the canine brewery and bar visitors. You can also participate without a pup so bring your favorite brewery buddy along too!

Check in at the Blue Ridge Humane table at any of the participating locations and receive your Pupport! The Pupport gives you access to pet treats and activities at each stop along the way. As you stop for a drink and an activity make sure to get your Pupport stamped at each bar. Once you collect all the stamps check back in at the Blue Ridge Humane table at the last location you’re at and enter for the Grand Prize drawing with tons of swag and goodies for you and your pup from our hosts!

To ensure a puptacular day for all…

  1. Check your dog’s health and mood before he/she joins us. If your dog is not feeling 100% or seems irritable, please keep him/her home for the day. You will be showing them just as much love by keeping them resting in non-ideal circumstances.
  2. Enjoy togetherness while you explore by keeping your dog on his/her favorite leash. Do not, however, use a long (6 ft or more) leash. Also- help your dog by staying in control. Public events can be busy places with a lot of stimuli for dogs. Keep them calm so they can have a good time with you on a special day out.
  3. Bring along some means to keep your doggie hydrated. There will be water stations at each location but you may want your own portable dish or squirt bottle for your pup.

CDC recommendations will be followed and we ask that all participants practice safe distancing and masking for the safety of our hosts, volunteers, community, and staff.


Monday and Wednesday Hikes with Dogs

Screen Shot 2021-04-21 at 2.30.17 PMNothing could be finer than a hike in Carolina in the morning... especially with dogs! If you're looking to enjoy the beautiful outdoors with some deserving dogs and animal lovers, consider becoming a volunteer hiker for Asheville Humane Society's "Mountain Mutts." The more hikers, the more dogs that get some quality time outside of the animal shelter.

Mountain Mutts convenes in the parking lot at Asheville Humane Society (Forever Friend Lane, off Pond and Brevard Roads near the WNC Farmers Market) every Monday and Wednesday morning beginning at 8:30 AM. The Monday hike is about 4 to 5 miles, while the Wednesday hike is slightly easier at 3 to 4 miles on flatter trails.

New hikers are encouraged to join Mountain Mutts, but you must first register as a volunteer and go through some basic training. If you have an interest, please contact the Asheville Humane volunteer coordinator, Kelly Paul by email: volunteer@ashevillehumane.org or by phone: (828) 761-2001 ext. 307.

Image: Asheville Humane Society Mountain Mutts


Halloween 5K & Fun Run - Asheville, Oct. 16

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Come run/walk in the Wicked Halloween 5K/Fun Run! Wear your Halloween Costume and support an amazing cause! 

All proceeds from this event will benefit Asheville Humane Society. Each year, they find loving homes for thousands of animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, farm animals, and more! Your registration will help fund their lifesaving medical and rehabilitation programs.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 16
Location: Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Road, Asheville, NC

Costume Contest & Archetype Brewing!

***1 Beer ticket included for those over 21***

SCHEDULE:

10:00-11:00 - registration

11:00 - 12:00 - 5k/Fun Run

12:00 - 1:00 - Awards & Costume Contest

Tickets available here.


2021 Animal Fair - Columbus, NC, Oct. 3

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Foothills Humane Society invites you to "An Affair of the Heart"... the 2021 Animal Fair, taking place on Sunday, Oct. 3 from 1 to 4 PM at The Sanctuary at Red Bell Run, 385 Blackwood Road, Columbus, NC.

At this special event, there will be a Champagne Brunch, silent auction, hayrides and much more. The event will be held entirely outside. Proceeds support the mission of Foothills Humane Society.

Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased online here.


Paw Pride Market - Landrum, SC, Sept. 25

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The "Paw Pride Market" will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 12 to 5 PM in Landrum, SC (down Trade Street from the Train Depot to The Hare and Hound). Presented by P3 Consignments, this free event will feature adoptable animals from three local rescues:

  • Paws, Prayers and Promises
  • Foothills Humane Society
  • Pet Tender Angels

The event will include live music, local food trucks and vendors.


Get Out There Mondays and Wednesdays!

Screen Shot 2021-04-21 at 2.30.17 PMNothing could be finer than a hike in Carolina in the morning... especially with dogs! If you're looking to enjoy the beautiful outdoors with some deserving dogs and animal lovers, consider becoming a volunteer hiker for Asheville Humane Society's "Mountain Mutts." The more hikers, the more dogs that get some quality time outside of the animal shelter.

Mountain Mutts convenes in the parking lot at Asheville Humane Society (Forever Friend Lane, off Pond and Brevard Roads near the WNC Farmers Market) every Monday and Wednesday morning beginning at 8:30 AM. The Monday hike is about 4 to 5 miles, while the Wednesday hike is slightly easier at 3 to 4 miles on flatter trails.

New hikers are encouraged to join Mountain Mutts, but you must first register as a volunteer and go through some basic training. If you have an interest, please contact the Asheville Humane volunteer coordinator, Kelly Paul by email: volunteer@ashevillehumane.org or by phone: (828) 761-2001 ext. 307.

Image: Asheville Humane Society Mountain Mutts


Doggy Dash - Mills River, Sept. 12

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The Mills River Valley 5K/10K/1 mile "Doggy Dash Race" is back this year on Sunday, September 12!
 
The event raises funds for the Mills River SDA School and Blue Ridge Humane!
 
Register to run any of the distances or bring your pup out for the 1 Mile Doggy Dash with prizes for the top three speediest pups provided by Wag! A Unique Pet Boutique! in Hendersonville, NC.
 
Image: Blue Ridge Humane Society

"Barkyard Parties" for Blue Ridge Humane Society, Sept. 17-19

This information is from Blue Ridge Humane Society in Hendersonville, NC:
 
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Join us in celebrating animal rescue, a second chance, and saving lives!

You can be a part of this year’s "Barkyard Parties" by hosting a private event with friends, attending a public gathering at one of our partner businesses, or donating in lieu of attending an event to help the animals we care for in so many ways at Blue Ridge Humane Society!

Learn how you can support our work and find an event to attend online at 
www.blueridgehumane.org or by calling Laresa Griffin at (828) 692-2639 ext 304.

Our weekend of Barkyard Parties keeps growing! In addition to private parties we have a car show, gatherings at Dry Falls Brewing Co. special shopping days at Wild Birds Unlimited and Raymond's Garden Center, and more coming soon!
 
Find out how you can make a difference or get involved here: www.blueridgehumane.org/barkyard/

$5 Adoption Fees - Blue Ridge Humane Society

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Right now at Blue Ridge Humane Society, all dogs and cats can be adopted for just $5 each!

In addition to the low fee, Blue Ridge Humane Society always offers pet owner support and follow-ups from staff, an adjustment plan to get to know your new pet and help them settle in, up-to-date vaccinations, microchip and spay/neuter.

Meet the available animals and schedule your meet and greet at: https://www.blueridgehumane.org/adopt/


Hike with Deserving Dogs on Mondays and Wednesdays

Screen Shot 2021-04-21 at 2.30.17 PMNothing could be finer than a hike in Carolina in the morning... especially with dogs! If you're looking to enjoy the beautiful outdoors with some deserving dogs and animal lovers, consider becoming a volunteer hiker for Asheville Humane Society's "Mountain Mutts." The more hikers, the more dogs that get some quality time outside of the animal shelter.

Mountain Mutts convenes in the parking lot at Asheville Humane Society (Forever Friend Lane, off Pond and Brevard Roads near the WNC Farmers Market) every Monday and Wednesday morning beginning at 8:30 AM. The Monday hike is about 4 to 5 miles, while the Wednesday hike is slightly easier at 3 to 4 miles on flatter trails.

New hikers are encouraged to join Mountain Mutts, but you must first register as a volunteer and go through some basic training. If you have an interest, please contact the Asheville Humane volunteer coordinator, Kelly Paul by email: volunteer@ashevillehumane.org or by phone: (828) 761-2001 ext. 307.

Image: Asheville Humane Society Mountain Mutts


New Location for Asheville Humane Thrift Store

Screen Shot 2021-08-11 at 2.23.10 PMThe Asheville Humane Thrift Store has moved!
Asheville Humane Society recently moved its Thrift Store into a larger retail space in the River Ridge Marketplace shopping center that will allow them to help even MORE pets in need! The new address is:
800 Fairview Road, Suite EE
(store entrance to the right, donation drop-off door to the left).
 
Thrift Store Hours:
SHOPPING - Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM
DONATION DROP OFF - Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM. Please drop donations at the door to the left of the main store entrance. Ring the bell inside of the donation drop-off area for assistance.
 
Detailed Information on Donations from Asheville Humane Society

General Store Supplies:

We love to have these items donated regularly for general store use: paper or cloth shopping bags, department store-type plastic bags (please no grocery store plastic bags), zippered plastic linen bags (the kind that new linens come in), cleaning supplies like Windex, Pledge, or Lysol,  price tags (stickers or hang tags), jewelry boxes/cloth bags, and snack-size zip-top baggies.  Please see our Amazon wish list HERE!

Baby/Children’s Items:

We love to receive in-season children’s clothing, toys in very good condition, and games with all pieces. 
We cannot accept cribs or car seats. 

Clothing, Accessories, Jewelry, and Linens:

We love to receive in-season clothing, accessories, costume jewelry, and linens in great condition. We love to receive fine jewelry in any condition!

Electronics and Appliances:

We love to receive most electronics and appliances that are in good working condition. 
We cannot accept gas appliances, built-in microwaves, VHS players, tube TVs, computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, air purifiers or humidifiers.

Exercise Equipment:

We love to receive newer exercise equipment, and sporting goods in working condition. 

Furniture, Housewares, Home Decor, and Kitchen:

We love to receive almost anything that is not broken or does not have rips, tears or stains. 
We cannot accept large/deep entertainment centers, particle board furniture, very large desks, mattresses, box springs or anything that is too large for us to handle due to limited space. 

Lawn and Garden:

We love to receive outdoor furniture, lawn equipment, and garden items in good non-rusty condition.  

Media:

We love to receive books, DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, and video games that are in good condition. 
We cannot accept magazines, VHS tapes, cassettes, encyclopedias, textbooks, books that have a musty smell, homemade or copied CDs or DVDs.

Pet Supplies:

We love to receive pet supplies that are in good condition. 
We cannot accept rusted metal pet items, tie-out stakes or shock collars.

Seasonal:

We love to receive seasonally-appropriate décor in good condition. 
We cannot accept items that are out of season due to our limited storage space.

Vintage/Antique Items:

We love to receive antique, vintage and collectible items in good condition. 

Vehicles:

We are able to sell a limited number of vehicles through the shop each year and we love to receive vehicles in great working condition!  If you are interested in donating your vehicle to be sold at the shop, please email thrift@ashevillehumane.org and include a photo of the vehicle (if possible), the year, make, model, and mileage. If you're unable to email, please call the shop at (828)761-2002 or stop by at 1425 Patton Ave.

If we are unable to sell your vehicle at our shop, you can still donate the proceeds to Asheville Humane!  Please see the "Car Donations" section of our website HERE for more information!


Asheville Humane Gets Grant to Help Senior Dogs

Screen Shot 2021-08-11 at 2.31.57 PMSenior dogs have something to wag about this summer!

Asheville Humane Society is honored to be one of 77 animal welfare groups chosen from 266 applicants to receive a generous grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization! The $10,000 grant will provide community vet assistance and adoption care packages for senior pets. These funds will help senior dogs get extra support to find loving new homes in their golden years. No one is more grateful than an old dog, and seniors have so much love to offer. Asheville Humane is grateful to The Grey Muzzle Organization for helping give senior sweethearts the life they deserve… a life worth living!

Visit the Adoption Center to see all the wonderful animals available for adoption. Open Tues. through Sat. from 10 AM to 6 PM at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Pond and Brevard Roads near the WNC Farmers Market). No appointment needed!


Party in the Park - Mills River, NC, August 8

Screen Shot 2021-07-26 at 12.09.23 PMThe Annual Party In the Park event is scheduled for Sunday, August 8 from 4- 6 pm at Mills River Park, 124 Town Center Drive, Mills River, NC 28759.

This year’s in-person event will include FREE school supplies, food, child haircuts, inflatables, concessions, DJ, strolling magician, bubble man, and more. The event is hosted by Mills River United Methodist  Church.

Blue Ridge Humane Society will be on site to answer your pet questions and more!


Sarge's Annual Dog Walk - Waynesville, Aug. 7

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SARGE'S is holding its 16th Annual Dog Walk on Saturday, August 7 at 9 AM. The event will be held starting at the Waynesville Historic Courthouse in Waynesville, NC. 

The following information is from SARGE'S:

With the help of our generous donors and volunteers, SARGE’S continues to save and place lost and abandoned animals of Western North Carolina. and WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT to continue this lifesaving mission.

We are fortunate to live in a county with a shelter where a no-kill status has been achieved, and we at Sarge’s are working hard to keep it that way. There is so much yet to be done to save more dogs and cats. Please help us continue this important mission in our community and join us for this fun event.

Dog Walkers

This year, we’re 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 and an event bandanna for your pup!

You could also sign up as a Virtual Walker, so one of our volunteers to walk a Sarge’s dog in the Dog Walk!

Additional event shirts can also be purchased; Adult sizes for $15 and Youth Large for $10!

For more information and to register: https://sarges.org/event/16th-annual-dog-walk/?

Image: SARGE'S


Sundays in August: Hiking Hounds

Screen Shot 2021-01-03 at 2.45.08 PMHiking 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.

Hiking Hounds takes place every Sunday in August starting at 9 AM.

Spots for two new hikers will be available on each hike.

If you are a new hiker… once you sign up for a hike you will be sent a link to a virtual orientation. You must watch this, and sign a waiver before attending a hike. All new hikers will come on their first hike without a dog; you will be paired with a hiking buddy to become familiar with the process of the program, and make sure this is an activity you will enjoy. 

If you are a seasoned volunteer… you are asked to watch the orientation as a refresher and you will be sent the link when you sign up for a hike.  

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.

Start time is 9 AM. 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.

Hiking Hounds operates with the following updated protocol: PLEASE READ 

 AHS has relaxed their masking requirements for vaccinated individuals. Hiking Hounds has made some changes to our protocol as well:

  • We will continue to ask all volunteers to stay in the parking lot, and not come into the front of the building. The hike leaders will sign in the volunteers and will bring the dogs out to them; it is safer for the dogs to keep them outside.  
  • We will maintain a 6 foot bubble as usual, for the safety of our volunteers and the dog's safety and comfort; this includes the parking lot and the trail. 
  •  We will continue to eliminate bandanas and cards about the dogs; we can promote them thru social media.
  • We will continue to have one hiker go ahead of our caravan with all the Arboretum passes. That hiker will alert the security personal at the gate & will swipe ALL the passes so each hiker does not have to handle them. 
  • When we return to the shelter, all volunteers will again stay outdoors and the hike leaders will come get your dog. This is our normal procedure as our dogs always need social distancing.  
  • All equipment that we use will be sanitized between hikes.

 For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Mondays and Wednesdays - Mountain Mutts Hikes

Screen Shot 2021-04-21 at 2.30.17 PMNothing could be finer than a hike in Carolina in the morning... especially with dogs! If you're looking to enjoy the beautiful outdoors with some deserving dogs and animal lovers, consider becoming a volunteer hiker for Asheville Humane Society's "Mountain Mutts." The more hikers, the more dogs that get some quality time outside of the animal shelter.

Mountain Mutts convenes in the parking lot at Asheville Humane Society (Forever Friend Lane, off Pond and Brevard Roads near the WNC Farmers Market) every Monday and Wednesday morning beginning at 8:30 AM. The Monday hike is about 4 to 5 miles, while the Wednesday hike is slightly easier at 3 to 4 miles on flatter trails.

New hikers are encouraged to join Mountain Mutts, but you must first register as a volunteer and go through some basic training. If you have an interest, please contact the Asheville Humane volunteer coordinator, Kelly Paul by email: volunteer@ashevillehumane.org or by phone: (828) 761-2001 ext. 307.

Image: Asheville Humane Society Mountain Mutts