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:
Have you ever wondered where all the dogs go that we take in at the shelter? Yes, we have adoption events but on any given day, any given week, our shelter is at FULL capacity! We currently have contracts with Clay, Graham and Cherokee county! That is one huge area! Thanks to our shelter manager, Kirsty Waller, there are no-kill partner rescues in Connecticut, Georgia, New Jersey, and New York that will take some of our dogs and puppies for adoption in their facility. These facilities will accept senior dogs, medical cases and timid/shy dogs and have the resources to find them the forever homes they so deserve. The transports to these locations have been named “Freedom Rides” by Kirsty and how appropriate! Thanks to these rescues, we are able to find homes for dogs that would not be adopted here and our shelter would have to shut its doors to new dogs. Last year we transported 969 animals. 2020 to date we have transported 360 animals! To keep our dogs comfortable on these rides we would like to purchase new one-piece roto-molded kennels. These kennels are tough as they are made out of UV stabilized polyethylene and there are
Update June 12, 2020 : The Valley River Humane Society Shelter and Thrift Store are back operating back at full capacity. We appreciate the community support that was shown to us during the Covid Crisis. Thanks You! alley 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