“Hiking Hounds” Helps Find Forever Homes

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“Hiking Hounds” Helps Find Forever Homes

Next Event May 21

ruby sleep My dog Ruby, pictured here, rolls her eyes if we venture much beyond our mailbox. She’s the first pet I’ve ever had that throws shade. While normally, nothing makes me happier than to cuddle with my big marshmallow and settle in for a Real Housewives marathon, sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have a four-legged pal for outdoor adventures.

The Hiking Hounds program with the Asheville Humane Society gives folks like me a chance to have that experience. Perhaps your current living situation doesn’t allow you to have a big playful pup. The program gives you a chance to hike with a shelter dog who loves to chase a little tail…er, trail.

“These dogs really look forward to meeting new people and getting out for their walk,” says the Humane Society’s Eileen Bouressa. “They get the activity they love, expend energy, and our more relaxed and calm when they return to the adoption center. When people come to find a pet to adopt, they see these dogs are also able to chill out at home, as well as play outside.”

The program is completely run by volunteers, who coordinate monthly group hikes in the Bent Creek Recreation Area.

hikingThe next hiking hounds adventure is Sunday, May 21, with a start time of 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers to get oriented. Meet at the Asheville Humane Society at 16 Forever Friend Lane, behind Harmony Volkswagen on Brevard Road. You’ll be back by 1 pm. You do need to sign up in advance by sending an email. Please make sure you can actually make the hike. If you cancel at the last minute, a dog gets left behind without a hiking buddy. Which is fine if you’re Ruby, but not for these adventure seeking hounds.

To find out about other volunteer opportunities with the Asheville Humane Society, click here.

Ken Ulmer

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