For Pet's Sake

May 2022

Monthly Spotlight

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Too Sweet!

Fostering lead to a new life for Sugar and a loyal companion for the Jefferies.

We started fostering this sweet girl but came straight back to Valley River Humane Society Shelter after she was spayed to adopt her. You called her Sugar and we couldn't change it because it was so fitting. She is the sweetest! When she was surrendered, she had severe mastitis after having a litter and had an infection, but she healed quickly. I think she is living her best life now! We want nothing but happiness for her!

The Jefferies Family

VRHS is the animal shelter for Cherokee, Clay and Graham Counties whose main goal is to find homes for the endless number of dogs and cats that enter the facility. Over the past 6 years, the shelter has placed over 14,000 animals in their furever homes. While in the shelter's care, they are treated for any physical issues that they might have and they are socialized so that they might find a suitable family. The shelter maintains a "no-kill" shelter status with less than 1% of the animals that enter their doors put down for untreatable physical or emotional issues.

Pampered Chef is Proud to be partnering in a fundraiser for VRHS. All donations are greatly appreciated. During the Month of May, Pampered Chef will DOUBLE THEIR % of Donations from 10% to 20% once we get $200 in donations....And when donations hit $650...Pampered Chef will give 30% of the proceeds plus part of my commission back to the VRHS. Also as another BONUS...if anyone Hosts a Pampered Chef Party with me....Pampered Chef will also donate an extra $3 for each booked party!!! And it's so Easy=Peasy...Just purchase Pampered Chef Products from this special LINK and all of the money goes towards VRHS Fundraiser!

VRHS Booth

Visit us next weekend at the Murphy Spring Festival. Find our Booth and blow some bubbles with us.

1) Spaying or neutering increases your pet’s chances for a longer, healthier life – Spaying your pet before her first estrous cycle (that is, before she reaches sexual maturity) greatly reduces her chances of developing breast cancer and completely eliminates the threat of uterine and ovarian cancer and uterine infection, which are common occurrences in unaltered females. Neutering your male dog or cat prevents testicular tumors and may prevent prostate problems. Neutering also decreases the possibility of peri-anal tumors and hernias, which are commonly observed in older, unaltered dogs. Because neutered cats are less likely to roam, the threat of abscesses caused by bites and diseases transmitted by fighting are greatly reduced.

2) An altered dog or cat is a better pet for your family – Males neutered early in life are less aggressive toward other males and are not distracted by females in heat. Therefore, a neutered male will be less tempted to leave your property and cross that dangerous highway searching for a mate. Neutered males also are less likely to mark every one of your (or your neighbor’s) expensive shrubs with his urine as well as inside the house Spaying your female pet eliminates the problem of stray males camping in your yard and decreases her desire to roam and breed.

3) No family wants to cope with an unwanted pregnancy – Spaying prevents your pet from giving birth to unwanted puppies or kittens.

4) Spaying results in a cleaner female dog and home – Because female dogs pass bloody fluid for about ten days, twice a year, as a part of their estrous cycle, constant care must be taken to avoid carpet stains in homes with such animals. Spaying your dog eliminates this problem.

5) You are helping to alleviate the dog and cat overpopulation problem – Each year, millions of unwanted dogs and cats are euthanized (killed) at shelters across the country. Although pet behavioral problems are the main reasons animals are given to shelters, many orphans are the result of accidental breeding by free-roaming, unaltered pets. The more pets spayed or neutered, the fewer dogs and cats will have to be destroyed.

Above information adapted from “Should You Spay/Neuter Your Pet?” by Alpo Pet foods.

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A Fun FUNdraiser! BINGO

Save the Date!

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Did you know you can donate directly to VRHS Shelter without leaving your home. From the comfort of you favorite chair you can send much needed supplies via our Amazon Account!
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While we usually keep the recipes directed at dogs and cats we thought the horses deserved some attention.

Apple Treats for Horses

5-6 apples

1-1/2 cup molasses

1 cup sweet feed

1 cup rolled oats

2 grated carrots

1/2 tsp. salt

2 tsps. sugar.

Chop apples finely. Pour molasses sweet feed, oats, carrots, salt and sugar into bag. Put in apples and shake. Chill in refrigerator for at least 1/2 an hour or until ready to serve.

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Cat's Meow

Three years ago the Davis family adopted a cat named Max. Today Max (now called Charles) is best friend of the youngest Davis. Mom, Sharon reports that Charles is the best cat she could possibly ask for. As you can see there is a pretty special relationship happening here.

Please consider adoption first! There are lots of cats and dogs that need a forever homes at Valley River Humane Society. Also stop by Valley River Humane Society Thrift Store and check on the cutes kitties available there.

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Become a Member!

In our community, hundreds of animals each year are abandoned, mistreated, or left to fend for themselves. The VRHS offers several different memberships. The fees are used to help keep the doors to our shelter open. Support for our organization comes mostly from private donations from people like you. Your membership fees will help a great deal!

Consider becoming a member…Your gift can provide neglected and abused animals with shelter, food, medical care, kindness, and a chance to find a forever home!


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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.

Ongoing Needs at the Shelter & Thrift Store

We need for the Thrift Store (Monday through Saturday, 10-5)


Back room sorters

Showroom workers

We need for the Shelter (Monday through Sunday, never stops as the animals always need care)

Dog Walkers (must be strong)

Kennell Workers (must be strong)

Grounds maintenance


Cat kennel workers

(Volunteers can name their shifts)

Transportation Needs

Drivers for Special Transports to Cleveland TN (cats - only five at a time). You can use your vehicle.

Back up drivers for Asheville Transports

Drivers for Transports to New York

(this is for Cats Only - much easier than transporting dogs)

We have lost some of our volunteers as they have or are going back to Florida. So the need is GREAT!

VRHS Thrift Store Needs

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


Valley River Humane Society
PO BOX 658
Murphy, NC 28906


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


  • Tuesday thru Saturday……11:00 am thru 4:00 pm
  • Sunday and Monday……CLOSED
  • Intakes……Tuesday thru Friday 11:00 am thru 3:00pm
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See Ya Next Month!