Blue Ridge Humane invites supporters to host ‘barkyard’ parties in lieu of annual fundraiser

Press release from Blue Ridge Humane Society:

Hendersonville, NC—Blue Ridge Humane is taking our annual fundraiser to the dogs with the Barkyard Parties on September 19, 2020. Due to COVID-19, the annual Wags to Riches event has been transformed into a small-scale, host-your-own, satellite events to celebrate the love of animals, and connect with other animal lovers in while honoring the mission of Blue Ridge Humane. “The idea that on September 19 all across our community there are little gatherings of people celebrating animals is very meaningful to our organization,” says Angela Prodrick, Executive Director of the Blue Ridge Humane Society. “With the Barkyard Parties we are very excited to celebrate animals while raising needed funds. We depend greatly on individuals stepping up with their donations and helping us save lives.”

Supporters of Blue Ridge Humane are invited to host their own events in the format they desire while practicing social distancing and adhering to current gathering guidelines; invite guests to learn more about the work of Blue Ridge Humane; raise funds that allow us to continue to rescue animals in our community; and relive the connection and fun that takes place each year at Wags to Riches.

Hosts can register their event for free and will receive a complementary host basket featuring items highlighting local small businesses. Parties can be held at any time on September 19, at any location of the host’s choosing, whether it’s a backyard, favorite local business, a friends business, or community clubhouse. You can also support with a donation to Blue Ridge Humane in lieu of hosting. Donate at the $250 or above amount and receive the same host gift and acknowledgement. Businesses are also invited to participate if they are able.

“The mission of Blue Ridge Humane is the protection and quality of life for our animals in our community and surrounding areas; promoting education; and community involvement. We do that through adoptions, but also by supporting pet owners that need a helping hand, and talking to kids about what a pet needs and how pets feel and communicate. Creating connection and deeper empathy to animals brings us all a little closer,” shares Prodrick. 

To learn more about the Barkyard Parties as an event host, to donate, or to get involved on the business level, please visit

Blue Ridge Humane is deeply grateful to our sponsors for their continued support this year. Hunter Subaru as presenting sponsor for the Barkyard Party, with Carolina Village, Norm’s Minit Mart, Carolina Alliance Bank, Wild Birds Unlimited, Wilson Art, First Bank, Lake Pointe Landing, Champion Credit Union, Wag! A Unique Pet Boutique, Annie Fritchner, Jim and Charlotte Walsh, Jim Richey, and Sharon Taylor.

The Blue Ridge Humane Society, Inc., is a 501(c)3 animal welfare organization dedicated to ensuring the highest quality of life for animals in Henderson County and our neighboring communities. BRHS cares for pets awaiting fostering and adoption; offers low-cost vaccine clinics, animal education programs, pet training classes, and youth education and projects; coordinates community pet food assistance and emergency vet assistance programs; and the Spay/Neuter Incentive Program (SNIP) in collaboration with Henderson County, the City of Hendersonville, and the Henderson County Animal Services Center. 

Learn more by visiting or call (828) 692-2639.

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