With the added stress of the coronavirus crisis, Blue Ridge Humane Society would like to outline the resources they are able to provide to the public.
Blue Ridge Humane seeks to not only find new loving homes for pets in need but also help keep current pets with their loving owners. The following programs, resources, and support are in place to assist the public pet owners as funds and staffing allow.
If you are in need of assistance, please reach out! If you aren’t in need, we hope you’ll share these resources with someone who might, and consider a small donation to BRHS so we can continue to help as many animals as possible during this time.
- Pet Helpline: The BRHS Pet Helpline can be reached at (828) 393-5832. Simply leave a message and one of its staff will get back in touch. Whether it’s concerns about keeping your pet, vet assistance, litter box problems, housing issues, dog training tips, stray neighborhood cats, suspected abuse/neglect, and more, call (828) 393-5832 and they will have you covered. Behavior questions can also be submitted online for the Training and Behavior Manager to offer assistance with at blueridgehumane.org/community-services/helpline/.
- Re-Homing: For owners that have found themselves in the unfortunate situation of having to find a new home for their pet, BRHS urges them to try re-homing. This takes the load off the local animal shelter and keeps the animal out of a shelter environment, allowing limited resources to be used for other animals like stays or abuse cases. BRHS has partnered with Adopt-a-Pet.com to provide a courtesy re-homing listing for those who would like to find a loving home for a pet without surrendering them to an animal shelter. If you are considering adopting, check the re-homing listing as well as your local shelter! You can access the re-homing page at blueridgehumane.org/community-services/pet-re-homing-listing/.
- Community Pet Food Assistance: Blue Ridge Humane Society has partnered with local food banks helping them to supply litter, pet food or treats to their clients. By making pet food more accessible, it is their hope that members of our community will no longer have to worry about feeding their furry family members. To find a list of participating banks visit blueridgehumane.org/community-services/community-pet-food/.
- Emergency Vet Assistance: Though BRHS is not able to assist with existing medical bills, BRHS offers Emergency Veterinary Assistance in times of economic distress. They provide medical vouchers to assist with emergency veterinary visits prior to your visit. If you would like more information or to find out if you qualify, please call (828) 393-5832 (you may experience delay on holidays). You can find a listing of additional assistance groups as well at blueridgehumane.org/community-services/emergency-vet-assistance/.
- BRHS Lost and Found Pet Facebook Group: Join the BRHS Lost and Found Pet Facebook group by searching for Blue Ridge Humane on Facebook and going under groups. This group allows you to not only post if your pet is lost but also help reunite any pets you may find that have become separated from their families and keep pets in temporary loving home while waiting to be reunited with their owner.
- Spay Neuter Incentive Program: With support from the City of Hendersonville and with support and collaboration from Henderson County, Blue Ridge Humane Society is able to offer low cost spay-neuter as part of its Spay-Neuter Incentive Program or SNIP. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are NOT scheduling appointments at this time but you can complete a request for an appointment on the BRHS website. The BRHS SNIP Coordinator will be in touch with you when they resume normal scheduling. Pet owners must be residents of Henderson County in order to get their animals spayed or neutered through SNIP. To learn more or submit an appointment request visit blueridgehumane.org/community-services/snip/.
The Blue Ridge Humane Society, Inc., is a 501(c)3 animal welfare organization started in 1952 dedicated to ensuring the highest quality of life for animals in Henderson County and our neighboring communities. BRHS cares for pets awaiting adoption at the Adoption Center; offers low-cost vaccine clinics, animal education programs, pet training classes, and youth education and projects; coordinates community pet food assistance, emergency vet assistance, and the Spay Neuter Incentive Program (SNIP), which is a collaboration with Henderson County, the City of Hendersonville, and the Henderson County Animal Services Center.
Please consider making a donation or learning how to volunteer by visiting the Blue Ridge Humane Society’s website at www.blueridgehumane.org or call (828) 692-2639.