Conscious Party: Get inked for animals

Image courtesy of the Asheville Humane Society

WHAT: Paws for a Cause

WHERE: Freaks & Geeks Tattoo Sideshow, 745 Haywood Road

WHEN: Sunday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHY: Are you serious about your support for the Asheville Humane Society and its mission to make Buncombe County a no-kill community? Are you looking for a permanent symbol of your affection for our four-legged friends?

Paws for a Cause is one of the Humane Society’s most popular events, says Heather Hayes, marketing manager for the organization. “People wait all year for this event,” she notes. “We get messages and phone calls — there’s a lot of excitement.”

Organized by Tiffany LeMeaux, owner of Freaks & Geeks, Paws for a Cause takes place over eight hours at the tattoo parlor. Tattoo artists will be offering a selection of four pet-themed designs at $40 each, with all of the day’s proceeds donated to the Humane Society.

“Every member of the crew at Freaks & Geeks is a pet owner and an animal lover,” says LeMeaux in a release for the event. “[They] look forward to donating their time and skill to lend a hand to the animals around the Asheville area who need it.”

No appointments will be taken for the event, so be sure to get there early, Hayes cautions. “People line up out the door,” she says with a laugh. 

And even if you have attended the event in the past, you may still have cause to be excited: Hayes points out that new designs are offered every year. 

For more information on Paws for a Cause, call 254-4429 or visit

About Carrie Eidson
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