Who doesn’t enjoy an afternoon of fun activities while playing with the cutest furry friends in the High Country?
On Saturday, April 4, the Watauga Humane Society will host one stop of the North Shore Animal League’s Tour for Life benefit where the public has the opportunity to adopt a four-legged friend as a new member of their family. This free event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Boone Mall.
The groups attending from the High Country include the Blue Ridge Animal Rescue, Avery County Humane Society, Second Chance Dogs of Ashe, and Happy Tails Rescue. With the Watauga Humane Society included as well, each of these groups will be bringing along a great crew of dogs and cats ready for adoption that hope to find a new forever home outside of the shelter.
Along with giving attendees a chance to adopt a pet, the Tour for Life will provide multiple avenues of entertainment including live music, belly dancing, games for children and animal training demonstrations that are sure to be a good time. A veterinarian will be present for consultations, and there will be a rabies and microchip clinic on site as well.
Additionally, The Watauga Humane Society’s Junior Volunteers’ Pet Pantry and Ani-Meals Collection Center will also be accepting pet food donations for low-income and “Meals on Wheels” families, and the Hunger and Health Coalition is holding a food drive for the food assistance program, Roof Topshelf. Any donations to these groups are encouraged and appreciated.
The North Shore Animal League has been operating since 1944, helping to save the lives of more than one million animals to date as the largest no-kill animal rescue in the nation. According to North Shore’s website, the Tour for Life is the “World’s Largest Mobile Adoption Event,” with adoption caravans stopping by 40 cities in 25 states, and 2015 being their 15th year on the road. Each year of the Tour for Life benefit, hundreds of animal lives are saved.
The Watauga Humane Society is hopeful that the Tour for Life stop in Boone will help revive the lives of animals in the High Country too.