For Pet's Sake

November 2021

Furry Friends Foto Contest

Send us your snaps!

We all know you just can't help taking those cute moment pics of your fur babies. Send them to us and be entered in our November Furry Friends Foto Contest. To enter visit VRHS Facebook give us a like and post your pic! Our expert panel of judges will be award prizes in three categories.

Best Overall

Cutest Pic

Most Original

Winners will be announced in our December Newsletter!


VRHS Fundraising Events!

No Butts About It!

Just in time for Thanksgiving! Delicious, juicy, smoked Pork Butt from Hawg Wild! 7 lbs. cooked that will easily serve 10 people. No cooking for you - just a few dollars to assist Valley River Humane Society raise much needed funds. AND one more meal you DO not have to cook before the day of cooking - Thanksgiving! $40.00 due with your order at Valley River Thrift Store. Your order and payment must be received by 11/12. Checks should be payable to Valley River Humane Society. Be sure to attach your name and phone number in case you forget to pick up on the 19th again at the Thrift Store! Thank you again for your support!
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Dining to Donate and Trivia Night at Chevelles 66!

Come join the fun at Chevelles 66 on Tuesday, November 23rd from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The owners have generously offered to share some of the funds they make on their delicious meals this evening with VRHS. And you know the food is good! To add to the evening, for just $5 you can join us for our First VRHS Trivia Night starting at 7:00 pm! Teams are highly encouraged. Prizes will be awarded for each of the three rounds. But wait - that's not all! We will also have items available in a silent auction. Something for everyone to do! Eat, Bid or Show off your Intellect! This fun night will be November 23th. What a great way to entertain your out of town guests! No reservation needed!


BIG Realty Donation Event!


Monthly Spotlight


Dear Folks at Valley River Humane Society,

We had been looking for a dog that would enjoy the country with us and heard wonderful things about your pet adoptions and the care you give the dogs you have rescued. We had waited a couple of years since our Border Collie past on and we were ready for a new dog. When we went to the adoption event at the Tractor Supply we were so delighted at the wonderful dogs looking for homes.The volunteers were so positive and friendly. It was obvious there was much kindness all around.

The adoption process was smooth and impressive. Must note that the follow up call to insure the dog was a good fit for us was equally impressive. Since we have Brandy ( though we may rename her ) we have been delighted she has so many talents. We are so very fortunate to have had such a positive experience. We thank you as Brandy has enriched our lives.


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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.
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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 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


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 Next Month!

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