There’s a party this weekend, and your dog is invited.
On Saturday, April 25, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and Urban Orchard Cider Co. are teaming up for a fundraiser where dogs aren’t just allowed — they’re the stars.
“We know that everyone thinks their pet is the cutest,” event organizers wrote on the Facebook event page. “But is he or she the best dressed?”
From 3-7 p.m., adoptable dogs from Brother Wolf will be wagging their tails at patrons of the cider brewery, located at 210 Haywood Road, in West Asheville. Visitors can decide to take a new friend home — or bring their own pups, dressed up in costume, for a chance to win prizes in the doggie costume contest. The contest is $5 to enter, and proceeds will go toward helping pets in need.
“Make sure to sign up for the costume contest by 5 p.m.,” writes Brother Wolf. “There are some great prizes waiting for the winner. We have lots of fun planned, and there might just be a surprise vegan treat there too.”
Ten percent of proceeds from cider sales will be donated to Brother Wolf from 3-9 p.m., so “drink up!” the animal rescue jokes.
In off-topic yet slightly related news, Urban Orchard’s outdoor green space just installed a “brand-new Eagle Nest Outfitters-sponsored chill-area” so ENO hammocks will be scattered over the premises “for your chillin’ pleasure,” the cider company writes on Facebook.
Americana, alt-country artist Billy Litz will provide visitors and their pets with live music throughout the event.
The next day, Brother Wolf is hosting Run for the Paws 5k, which begins at 1 p.m. in Fletcher Park, just south of Asheville. All spots for the race have already filled up, but it’s not too late to come out and cheer on your dog-friends and their human companions.
The park will be packed with food, live music and a kids’ activity tent with free games and educational activities. Food will be provided by Trader Joe’s, distributing bananas, vegan cookies and dog treats; Earth Fare will provide vegan bagels. And other vendors like The Hop Ice Cream, Avery’s Hot Dogs and Gypsy Queen Cuisine will be donating 15 percent of proceeds to Brother Wolf.