Valley River Humane Society is a non-profit volunteer organization with the primary goal of reducing the number of homeless animals in our community by the promotion of spay and neutering, and by the adoption of homeless animals into safe and loving homes.
To that end, the Valley River Humane Society (VRHS) has established and maintains a shelter for the humane care of homeless, stray, unwanted, and helpless animals.
We have a wonderful facility staffed by caring individuals whose sole purpose is to help orphaned animals find a forever home. Today many of these animals have either been rescued or owner surrendered, often due to the economy.
Of course, we could not do the things we do without volunteers. There are so many areas where you can make a difference. And, we truly appreciate the support our community has given to our cause.
Valley River Humane Society (VRHS) was founded in 1969 as the Cherokee Humane Society. The initial Shelter and Thrift Store were located on county property at the old landfill on Fairview Road in Marble. In 1997, VRHS received $250,000 from the estate of Lillian Clifford which was used to purchase 12.5 acres in Marble off Hwy 74 and build the present Shelter facility.
The VRHS Shelter in Marble, NC is supported by DONATIONS of caring citizens, VOLUNTEERS who give their time and by proceeds from our Thrift Store. We invite you to visit our facility and see for yourself the result of the hard work by our staff and VOLUNTEERS. Become a member of VRHS and share in our goals of Animal Adoptions, Spay & Neuter program, Animal control and to provide a safe and healthy environment for stray and abandoned animals.
Remember, the VRHS is a non-profit organization under section 501(C) (3) so that your DONATIONS can be tax-deductible.
- Tuesday thru Saturday…… 11:00am to 4:00pm
- Sunday and Monday …………. CLOSED
- Intakes …… Tuesday thru Friday 11:00am – 3:00pm
Latest Valley River Humane Society News:
Valley River Humane Society is asking people to avoid surrendering healthy pets, following the guidance provided by the National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA). NACA is advising animal shelters to take extra measures to reduce shelter intake to mitigate the short and long-term effects of COVID-19, and reports that the most likely impact of COVID-19 on shelters is a trend of average or increased intakes combined with reduced foster, adoption and rescue outcomes. This can quickly lead to overcrowding and shelters being forced to euthanize for space. Obviously, Valley River Humane Society will take all steps necessary to avoid such a critical situation, and will be adapting our intake protocols and day-to-day operations, until such time as our rescue partners resume a regular transport schedule. The change will mostly impact the owner surrender animals. About 45% of the pets who enter VRHS are given up by their owners. We are asking owners who are not facing an immediate crisis to hold their pets for up to four weeks, and to surrender at a later date. For any pet owners who need to surrender immediately, we will still take their pets by appointment. Please call the shelter to discuss your
UPDATE from the thrift store. As of Monday, the donation shed will be open for donations. We will also be doing furniture pick ups. To schedule a pick up please call 828-837-6137. If no answer. Call Debbi at 574-529-3721. Unfortunately, the store will remain closed until further notice. Thank you everyone who donates to the thrift store. During these uncertain times it is still crucial to maintain our no kill shelter so I assure you we will reopen as soon as possible. In the meantime if you would like to help please go to our Facebook page, we have a donation button for Valley River Humane Society Animal Shelter. Please, if you can help keep the shelter operation thru the stores shut down, please please do so. They desperately need the help. Thanks everyone for any help you can give!! It’s with a very sad heart that I must tell you that the thrift store is closed until further notice. We will post it here when we have an opening date. Thank you all for your support and donations. Please if anyone can make a donation to the shelter please go to their page. They are dependent on the stores