The Blue Ridge Humane Society has postponed the Cause for Paws Luncheon, a benefit originally scheduled for March 24, because of concerns over the COVID-19 virus.

The special meal celebrating the impact our pets have on our lives is now happening Nov. 6 at noon in Hendersonville’s Champion Hills clubhouse.

“It is with great regret and reluctance that the decision was made to cancel this event as it is one we are excited about and feel is a special opportunity for our community,” says Angela Prodrick, Executive Director of Blue Ridge Humane Society. “However, the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, sponsors, guests and contributors is of utmost importance.”

Tickets for the new date remain on sale, and tickets previously purchased will be honored in November. This year’s special guests are Adam LeGrand from K9s for Warriors and his dog Molly.

Adam chose to enlist as a medic in the United States Air Force and was deployed for more than ten years in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), and Operation Noble Eagle (homeland security) before being medically retired for physical injuries, PTSD, and traumatic brain injury-related problems.

He applied to the K9s For Warriors program, a veterans service organization that provides service dogs to veterans, and adopted Molly from Henderson County Animal Services. Adam and Molly completed their training in 2015 and since then they have served as K9s For Warriors Ambassadors, traveling the country advocating for veterans’ healthcare options.

The luncheon will feature the presentation of the first K9 Hometown Hero Award, presented by Hunter Subaru to celebrate the dogs who do extraordinary things in our community. You can make a nomination online now to celebrate service dogs and those serving in law enforcement, military, search and rescue, and therapy roles. The top three finalists will be Hunter Subaru’s special guests at the luncheon, when the overall winner will be announced.

Tickets start at $75 and are available online.