For Pet's Sake

April 2023


We are looking for a few special souls to fill open positions at our animal shelter. Call today to learn more about how you can help us achieve our goal of saving the lives of homeless pets. 828-837-2304. Download printable application form at
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Homecoming for Sage

Shared by Sherry Pegnetter of Valley River Humane Society Shelter

Sage first came to the Hughes family as a four week old puppy. She was always a very rambunctious and happy dog. She absolutely loved to play fetch and she LOVED tennis balls. She had such and sweet and loving heart, and she just gave the best puppy kisses.

About three years ago the family fell on hard times, mom was separating from her husband and they had to move. Unfortunately they had to give her up for adoption to VRHS as their new house wouldn’t allow for large dogs. Bianca kept tabs on Sage as best as she could and it broke her heart to know that she was still there years later.

Bianca's family finally got in good physical and financial shape so they could get her back. It’s like she never left. She’s still the same incredibly sweet and playful dog all these years later. She has instantly remembered all of the family.

A huge thank you from Bianca and Farrah Hughes to all of you at the VRHS who helped bring our sweet girl home!

On a side note, Sage spent over two years with Valley River Humane Society under the care of faithful and loving staff and volunteers like Sherry Pegnetter. They will miss her but glad she is finally home.

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Sherry & Sage

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*We have a bucket list! No, seriously! VRHS can use a new batch of water buckets for use inside our kennels and outside as we start to plant new shrubs and get ready to welcome Spring! Please consider donating toward our needs. We can use 10 9-qt buckets and 4 4-quart size buckets.
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100% of all donations help support Valley River Humane Society Shelter

  • Your $5 weekly donation helps VRHS to purchase badly needed supplies -- everything from pet food to veterinary medicine. Sign up for $5 Fridays here: THANK YOU for your continued support. WOOF!
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Microchip Your Pet Today!

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You and your pet belong together!

When did you last update your pet’s microchip registration?

It is crucial that you update your contact information when you move or get a new phone number. A microchip can help find your lost pet only when this information is accurate.

After you adopt a new pet from the VRHS, please register your dog (or cat if chipped) immediately by calling Smart Tag at 1-866-603-6863 or go online at

If you don’t know the name of your pet’s microchip company, the microchip number can be input intothe microchip registry lookup at the AAHA’s Universal Website: The name, phone number and website of your pet’s microchip company will be provided, along with the last time the microchip was updated. Alternatively, your local veterinarian and the VRHS can scan your pet for the microchip number.

Any found pet without a tag can be scanned for a microchip. All local veterinarians and the Valley River Humane Society will scan a found pet to help locate its owner. Please help VRHS keep you and your pet together!

Did you know 1 in 3 pets will go missing in their lifetime? We’re partnering with Petco Love Lost to help pets reunite with their families. Petco Love Lost is a free, easy-to-use national resource, using patented pet facial recognition technology to make it easier than ever to find possible matches for lost and found pets. Join us, let’s unite to reunite at


We are thrilled to partner with Petco Love Lost, a central searchable resource helping lost pets reunite with their families. 1 in 3 pets will go missing in their lifetime and almost 10 million pets go missing every year, but, together, we can change the outlook for lost pets.

Petco Love Lost is a free, easy-to-use national resource, using patented pet facial recognition technology to make it easier than ever to find possible matches from community members and shelters like the Valley River Humane Society.

Help lost pets reunite with their families at

You can order directly from Amazon and have it shipped to us!

Our cupboards are getting very bare...please consider donating to our animals, and helping us through these extraordinary times.

We appreciate all the support from our local community and beyond.


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!

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!


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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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 Store 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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Teddy waiting for his forever home

American Bulldog / Shar Pei / Mixed (short coat)

Large Senior Male (neutered)

Teddy is an owner surrender and a senior at over 9 years of age. He weighs around 67 pounds and has been at the shelter since 04/27/2021. Teddy enjoys sharing meals with his special someone and is very devoted. Teddy’s favorite artist is Elvis. He considers himself a pacifist unless there is a cat involved. No cats please! Teddy says “…let me be your Teddy Bear”.

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