For Pet's Sake

October 2021


Need your Car Washed?

Visit Twins Car Wash until 11/15/2021, enter the code 07450 and 30% will be donated to VRHS! We thank Twins Car Wash for their support.

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Monthly Spotlight

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Never Too Late...

For many of us getting older means finally enjoying things in life that our hectic younger years would not allow. More time for travel, hobbies, friends, and the comforts of home with our loved ones. But what happens when you are just an old dog who nobody wanted anymore.


This is RJ's story.....


RJ came to VRHS this past January and to be honest he was old. 12 years old to be exact. Chances for adoption were slim at best. The team at VRHS knew this and loved him all the more. But the reality for RJ was was he would probably live out his twilight years as a shelter mascot.


For months RJ was taken to adoption events and was displayed on the shelter's social media in the hopes someone would be will to offer him a forever home to live out his remaining years. Most people interested in adopting a new pet are not looking to take on that level of commitment and then possible heartbreak when the inevitable happens. Then along came Graham.


"I was looking for another dog after my senior girl passed away in December, looked at several sites offering dogs and nothing really clicked with me....then I saw RJ on VRHS website and immediately was smitten, started thinking about how he would fit in and later that day my son also sent me a link to RJ! That was enough for me!


I called and made arrangements for a meet at VRHS, all went well and RJ was adopted! He is such a good boy and is so relaxed around grownups, children and other dogs, he did want to chase a cat but not sure he has the energy! Yes he is spoilt now and is constantly by my side, both of us are much happier!"


Graham


The volunteers and staff at VRHS are grateful for "Angels" like Graham. As for RJ he is enjoying a much deserved retirement with his last forever family.

Immediate Needs! Your Donation Makes All the Difference

PLEASE HELP! Our cats at the shelter are in desperate need of NON CLUMPING kitty litter - we are not particular to any brand. You can drop off the kitty litter at the shelter or at the thrift store. Thank you!!!

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October Adoption and Donation Event

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Our team of voluteers will be at Tractor Supply in Murphy on Saturday, October 2nd from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The shelter is always in need of bleach, canned and dry kitten and cat food and especially non-clumping kitty litter. Canned and dry puppy and dog food. We are always very grateful for our community support. If you cannot attend the event but you would like to help click the donate button below.

September Adoption Event a Success!

What a fantastic adoption event this for September at Tractor Supply. Ten dogs and three cats found their forever homes! Thanks for the generosity of our community, and a special thanks to all the volunteers that made it all a huge success. Thank you Tractor Supply.

Heidi's Fund

A generous Murphy family comes to the rescue after seeing the edititoral in the August 18, 2021 Cherokee Scout regarding the Valley River Humane Society. The needs at the shelter are great so this family started " Heidi's Fund" for VRHS at United Community Bank in Murphy. Their deposit was for $1000! Their hope is to see this account grow to help the shelter. They are asking local families to donate $10 or more to help the animals at the shelter. Please visit United Community and make your deposit out to VRHS for Heidi's Fund.
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Ongoing Needs at the Shelter

Right now we really need Staff, Volunteers, Dog Food, Cat Food, and Blankets. Feel free to come by the shelter or VRHS Thrift Store, or you can mail in a donation or Donate HERE. Other needs are forever families and foster parents. The shelter is full of loving dogs and cats who just need a second chance.


The Shelter has immediate job openings. Click for details.

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Just For Fun!

Dog Vs Cat Diaries

Excerpts from a Dog's diary:

8:00 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!

9:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!

9:40 am - OH BOY! A WALK! MY FAVORITE!

10:30 am - OH BOY! A CAR RIDE! MY FAVORITE!

11:30 am - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!

12:00 noon - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!

1:00 PM - OH BOY! THE YARD! MY FAVORITE!

1:30 PM - ooooooo. bath. bummer.

4:00 PM - OH BOY! THE KIDS! MY FAVORITE!

5:00 PM - OH BOY! DOG FOOD! MY FAVORITE!

5:30 PM - OH BOY! MOM! MY FAVORITE!


Excerpts from a Cat's diary:

DAY 752 - My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while I am forced to eat dry cereal. The only thing that keeps me going is the hope of escape, and
the mild satisfaction I get from ruining the occasional piece of furniture. Tomorrow I may eat another house plant.

DAY 761 - Today my attempt to kill my captors by weaving around their feet while they were walking almost succeeded, must try this at the top of the stairs. In an attempt to disgust and repulse these vile oppressors, I once again induced myself to vomit on their favorite chair...must try this on their bed.

DAY 765 - Decapitated a mouse and brought them the headless body, in attempt to make them aware of what I am capable of, and to try to strike fear into their hearts. They only cooed and condescended about what a good little cat I was...Hmmm. Not working according to plan.

DAY 768 - I am finally aware of how sadistic they are. For no good reason I was chosen for the water torture. This time however it included a burning foamy chemical called "shampoo." What sick minds could invent such a liquid? My only consolation is the piece of thumb still stuck between my teeth.

DAY 771 - There was some sort of gathering of their accomplices. I was placed in solitary throughout the event. However, I could hear the noise. More importantly I overheard that my confinement was due to MY power of "allergies." Must learn what this is and how to use it to my advantage.

DAY 774 - I am convinced the other captives are flunkies and maybe snitches. The dog is routinely released and seems more than happy to return. He is obviously a half-wit. The bird on the other hand has got to be an informant, and speaks with them regularly. I am certain he reports my every move. Due to his current placement in the metal room his safety is assured. But I can wait; it is only a matter of time......


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VRHS Thrift Store News

Volunteers needed! This is an easy and rewarding volunteer opportunity. Come by and talk to us.


Over 40% of all expenses for the Shelter are subsidized by the VRHS Thrift Shop! So, every time you donate to or buy something from the Thrift Shop it REALLY helps.


Anytime you clean out your closet, your basement, your attic, or any other area, please bring those things to us you no longer need or want. We can then turn around and resell those things and those proceeds go to helping the animals. Please visit the Thrift Stop often. There are some GREAT bargains and it really helps!

Store Address:

Valley River Humane Society Thrift Store | 1161 U.S. 64, Murphy, NC 28906 | (828) 837-6137

Store Hours:

10:00 AM -5:00 PM Monday thru Saturday

About Us!

A non-profit organization serving Cherokee, Clay and Graham Counties. Our mission is to foster healthy relationships between humans and all living creatures, to prevent animal cruelty and suffering, to find quality home for abandoned pets, and to educate people of all ages about animal needs and the value of responsible pet ownership.

Become a Volunteer

Many people do not realize how vital volunteers are to both VRHS Shelter and the Thrift Store. Please consider being a VOLUNTEER!

For Donations and Adoptions

SHELTER MAILING ADDRESS:

Valley River Humane Society
PO BOX 658
Murphy, NC 28906

SHELTER ADDRESS:

Valley River Humane Society
7450 US 19
Marble, NC 28905
(828) 837-2304

BUSINESS HOURS:

  • Tuesday thru Saturday……11:00 am thru 4:00 pm
  • Sunday and Monday……CLOSED
  • Intakes……Tuesday thru Friday 11:00 am thru 3:00pm

See Ya Next Month!

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