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Support the Watauga Humane Society and Shelter Pets in Three Ways This February

By Kaitlan Morehouse

Whether you’re a dog person, cat person or somewhere in between, there are three different ways for you to support the humane society this upcoming Valentine’s week: the Kitten Bowl on Feb. 7, Four Legged Friday on Feb. 12 and ongoing second annual Valentine Raffle on Feb. 13!

The Humane Society on 181 Don Hayes Road provides food, shelter, medical care and love for its shelter pets and works to provide permanent homes for them. To do all that, it aims to have a well-equipped and appropriately staffed facility; provide relief from suffering, give provisions and love and assist with control of unwanted animals and educate the public on caring for their pets.

“We are literally saving lives,” said WHS Executive Director Laurie Vierheller.

Kitten Bowl: Feb. 7

On Sunday, Feb. 7 at 12:30 p.m., WHS will team up with the North Shore Animal League, the World’s Largest NO-KILL Animal Rescue and Adoption Organization, to bring you the Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl. Bring the whole family down to watch it and get your fill of cuddly cuteness as some adoptable kittens take the field!

Adopt a kitten (or cat) of your own that day and they’ll cover all of the adoption fees, vaccinations and spay/neuter costs, along with other perks, including a free brief health exam, sample bag of Hills Science Diet food and some free coupons.

There will be fun for the whole family with face painting (from 2-3 p.m.), refreshments, $5 t-shirts and kitten painting! Watch as kittens create their own works of art with painted paw prints.

During the event, the shelter will have a rabies clinics provided by the Animal Emergency and Pet Care Clinic of the High Country. Rabies vaccines will be $8 for a one year vaccine and $10 for a three year vaccine.

Visit its Facebook event page Kitten Bowl 2016 – Adoption Special and Family Event or the Vaccine Clinic Facebook page for more information!

Four Legged Friday: Feb. 12

Make four-legged friends and enjoy a cold brew or two at Appalachian Mountain Brewery and Cidery, 163 Boone Creek Rd. Ten percent of the proceeds from every drink purchase will go to feeding and caring for the animals.

Volunteers from the shelter will be at AMB to tell you about upcoming events, specials and happenings at the shelter.

For more information, visit its Facebook event page Four Legged Friday at AMB!

Second Annual Valentine Raffle: Feb. 13

Purchase a ticket for the second annual Valentine Raffle to support the humane society and for a chance to win prizes.

You have until Feb. 13, when the drawing will take place, to buy tickets, and you don’t have to be present to win!

One lucky winner can choose between two grand prize options. The first option includes diamond, silver and gold earrings appraised at $3,750, while the second option includes two nights in a three-bedroom Echota Suite with a dinner for two, chocolate and champagne.

How will your donation help?

Buy one or more of the 1,000 tickets that are $10 and available for purchase at the Humane Society Adoption Center, its Kitten Bowl event or their website. If you buy a ticket, you will pay for one animal’s immunization and/or feed 25 percent of the animals for a day.

Thanks to not one but two matching gift offered to the humane society, you can double your chances and triple the income of the humane society. Every two tickets purchased for a total of $20 will result in $60 going to the are and feeding of the animals. Four tickets will feed all animals at the center for a day, and five tickets pays for a spay or neuter of one cat or dog. The shelter will announce the winner at 2 p.m. next Saturday, Feb. 13!

Visit the Facebook event page WHS second Annual Valentine Raffle for more information!

More WHS events

Throughout the month of February, the shelter offers an adoption special on cats and kittens, through which all those under the age of 2 are only $5!

You’ll find the shelter’s next event on Feb. 19-20 at the Facebook page The Dead of Winter II (Part Two), which is in partnership with Boone A.M.E.N. Corner at Boone Saloon, 489W King St., and is open to anyone 21 and up.

More about WHS

Starting in 1969, the shelter has been active in the High Country community and accept all animals that come in, even those that the Watauga Animal Control bring through a partnership with the shelter.

Vierheller said that the humane society intends to save as many animals as it can.

Its efforts show, too! The rate that the animals are rehabilitated and placed over the last three years is averaged at 73 percent, while the state’s is below 30 percent.

How can you help?

Donate, donate, donate! WHS is run primarily on donations to support all of its programs.

“The more money we raise, the more we can save,” Vierheller said.

It saved almost 2,000 animals last year, so help break its record and goal of becoming No Kill Watauga!

For more information, visit the about page of the WHS website or call Vierheller at 828-264-7865.