Special Report to Blowing Rock News from Watauga Humane Society. March 25, 2017. BOONE, NC — On Apr. 9, from 11am to 4 pm, Watauga Humane Society is hosting North Shore Animal League’s Tour for Life ®, the “World’s Largest Mobile Adoption Event,” at the Boone Mall in Boone, North Carolina.
Shelters and rescues from across our region will be there to adopt out animals and raise money for animal welfare. Tour for Life provides a terrific chance to find your new best buddy and support an important cause. Sponsored by Purina and with the local support of our High Country Sponsor Modern Subaru of Boone, Tour for Life is the largest national adoption initiative aimed at reinforcing the advantages and importance of shelter pet adoptions.
This year’s participating shelters and rescues include Ashe Humane Society, Avery County Humane Society, Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, Happy Tails Rescue of West Jefferson, Horse Helpers of the High Country, Humane Society of Wilkes, Partners! Canines, Southeast German Shepherd Rescue, Unicoi County Animal Shelter, Watauga Humane Society, and Yancey County Humane Society.
There is no admission fee, but pet food or monetary donations would be appreciated at the gate. Pet food collected will be distributed to participating shelters and rescues and our local pet food pantry at the end of the event. WHS Junior Volunteers will have collection boxes at the gate to gather donations.
In addition to having adoptable shelter dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens — also known as Mutt-i-grees®, a rescue horse or two, and a variety of small animals — the event will also offer information on the benefits of adopting shelter pets. Goodie bags will be distributed to the first people donating at the gate, while supplies last. Goodie bags offer special services to pet owners and contain dog and cat toys, treats, and other pet related products.
Tour for Life provides an opportunity to give your pet an inexpensive health and safety boost by attending the rabies clinic, held by Animal Emergency and Pet Care Clinic of the High Country. You can get a microchip for your pet for only $25, thanks to Mast Mobile Pet Care, & Acupuncture, and Appalachian New River Veterinary Associates will be there to answer your questions about veterinary care. Visit the booth of Queeny’s Pet Palace, Victoria’s Paw Spa, or the Wash-N-Waggin Mobile Grooming Van for a nail trim or to discuss grooming needs.
Positive Partners Dog Training and Woof Pack Pet services will host “Ask the Trainer” tables and Community Cat Network will be ready to answer all your questions about community cats (ferals and barn cats).
Entertainment abounds on the main stage, with bluegrass by Kinsey Greene and The Lucky Ones and music from the TransAtlantic Sons. There will also be belly dancing by the Lost Jewels of Ghawazee, acro-yoga by Kairotic Evolution, and hula hooping with Inspiral Fire Tribe. Watauga Humane Society’s own Diamond Dog volunteers will be there to demonstrate the skills they teach to shelter dogs in order to make them more adoptable. True to form, Roof Topshelf, Chick fil A’s Moo Cow, and juggler Brian Zimmer will be showing their spirit for the animals! High Country Radio’s will be broadcasting live from the event to QZJS Classic Hits 100.7 FM. Spin their prize wheel to win sodas and prizes.
Shopping for pets and family will be a snap, with Mast General Store, Mountain Dog and Friends and My Best Friend’s Barkery. SNIPS (Spay Neuter is a Positive Solution) will be selling crafts to raise money to provide low cost spay/neuter assistance, the Pet Stop Shop selling Lupine Collars, WHS logo items and t-shirts, and Bare Bones Boutique selling items for your home and pets! The new ASU Watauga Humane Society Club will have doggie bandanas for sale to raise money for Watauga Humane Society.
Last but not least, Girl Scout Troop 289 will be selling home-baked sweets and treats to raise money for the troop, SNIPS will have Krispy Crème donuts on hand, and the many restaurants at Boone Mall will be open to provide you with lunch or dinner. Everything sold at Tour for Life Boone is contributed to animal welfare and other partner nonprofit organizations.
Tour for Life will travel the length of the United States from North to South and East to West in four “shelters on wheels,” helping shelter and rescue groups, bringing awareness to their organizations and finding homes for the adorable, adoptable animals in their care. For more information visit www.facebook.com/TourForLifeBoone.
The tour was conceived by Animal League America – the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization – and is responsible for placing tens of thousands of pets into loving and permanent homes.