For Pet's Sake

September 2022

Monthly Spotlight

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Saved by Ruby

This month's spotlight is not based on a VRHS rescue but it is a testament to loyalty and love of both a rescue dog and the man who saw past her flaws to save her. In the end she (Ruby) did a lot of saving herself including the State Patrol Officer who adopted her for the last time.

"Rescued by Ruby" is based on a true story of a rescue dog that was adopted (5) times from local shelters only to be returned every time. Cpl. Dan O’Neil with the Rhode Island State Patrol enters the picture in Ruby’s life and takes a chance to transform her into a search and rescue K9. Since 2011 K9 Ruby has been instrumental in searching for lost hikers and children and has been successful in every mission. K9 Ruby has also been a key part in locating critical evidence that secured convictions on murder suspects.

“It’s a true underdog story, it’s like divine intervention. She has been given a chance and she has been doing everything she can to pay it back”-Cpl. O’Neil.

A movie was made about this story that is truly heartwarming and often funny. Unfortunately after the making of the film Ruby passed away from a sudden and untreatable illness. But Ruby's story is important and proves the value and dedication of animal shelters like Valley River Humane Society.

Ruby's true story is playing on Netflix.

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Six games will be played each Bingo Night with a 15 minute intermission after game 3. Card sales are: 3 cards for $10, 6 cards for $15, and 12 cards for $20. Bingo daubers are available for sale at the event. All winners will recieve Cash prizes. Snacks will be for sale or bring your own. A 50/50 will also be happening during the event. Thank you to Charlie Spence with Edward Jones for sponsoring this event.

All proceeds from this event will benefit Valley River Humane Society Shelter. 501 (c) (3)

VRHS Adoption Events in September

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Dinner Please!

With capacity being reached again at VRHS shelter FOOD is a big priority. Please donate! It can be dropped off or ordered through Amazon and shipped to the shelter. Here is the List.


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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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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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 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

See Ya!

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