By Kaitlan Morehouse
Are you an animal lover? Are you ready to give a loving home to an animal in need? You’re in luck! You can do just that on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at the Boone Mall for North Shore Animal League America’s Tour for Life.
The “World’s Largest Mobile Pet Adoption Event” will be hosted by the Watauga Humane Society, sponsored by Mast General Store and Purina and broadcasted live on 100.7 FM.
The event will have goody bags (while supplies last), as well as a rabies vaccination clinic led by Dr. Susan Mase from Mase Mobile.
Rescues and shelters that will be represented at the event include the following:
- Ashe Humane Society
- Avery County Humane Society
- Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue
- Happy Tails Rescue of West Jefferson
- Horse Helpers of the High Country
- Partners! Canines
- Second Chance Dogs of Ashe
- Siberian Husky Assist Rescue
- Watauga Humane Society
- Yancey Humane Society
The following pet supplies, services and veterinary clinics will be present:
- Animal Emergency and Pet Care Clinic of the High Country
- Appalachian New River Veterinary Associates
- Mast Mobile Veterinary
- Dapper Dog Mobile Grooming
- Positive Partners Dog Training
- Victoria’s Paw Spa
- Wash N Waggin Mobile Pet Bathing and Grooming
The event will feature the following entertainment:
- Appalachian Rhythm Cloggers
- Barbareuse on guitar
- Juggler Brian Zimmer
- Vocalists Emmy, Max and Bryan
- Kinsey Greene with Bluegrass
- Lost Jewels of Gahwazee Belly Dancing
- Watauga Humane Society’s Diamond Dogs Demo
The event will feature the following fundraisers:
- Bare Bones Boutique – Thrift Shop Items
- Mountain Dog and Friends
- My Best Friend’s Barkery Pet Stop Shop
- Watauga Humane Society Logo Items
- SNIPS Spay/Neuter Fundraising
- Crafts and Plants Sale
- Stephanie Sales Fine Art and Design Pet Portraits
- Girl Scout Troup 289 Bake Sale
Proceeds from the event will support animal welfare and other partner nonprofit organizations. A table will be set up to give you the latest news from animal welfare on state, national and international levels.
WHS will offer free admission with a suggested donation to WHS Pet Food Pantry, Ani-Meals and/or the Collection Center that will be present at the event.
WHS sends a special thanks to its Tour for Life Sweetheart Sponsors, who include Boone Drugs Inc., Everett Nissan, Hawksnest, Appalachian New River Veterinary Associates and Carroll Companies.
WHS strives to provide the following:
- Well-equipped and appropriately staffed facility where the citizens of Watauga County can bring unwanted and abandoned animals
- Relief of suffering to animals
- Provisions for food, shelter, medical care and love to homeless animals while they await permanent homes
- Assistance with control of unwanted animals by offering spay/neuter services
- Education to the public about responsible animal ownership and care
The Boone Mall is located at 1180 Blowing Rock Road, and the Tour for Life will be moved inside if there is inclement weather.