4th Annual Barkyard Parties

September 15-17, 2023, Anytime, Anywhere!

Barkyard Parties are individualized celebrations of animal rescue, adoption, and animal welfare programs, that raise awareness and funds for Blue Ridge Humane Society. The events and parties can take place anytime and anywhere over the weekend of September 15-17, 2023!

  • Your event can be in the format you desire: a sit-down formal event, potluck, block party, bar, brunch, raffle, pint night, themed event, pet-friendly, kid-free, kid-friendly, etc.
  • Team up with a friend to co-host or use a central location such as your favorite restaurant or community clubhouse.
  • Then invite your friends to join you in honor of Blue Ridge Humane and raise funds that allow us to continue our critical work.
  • Area businesses are encouraged to participate by donating a percentage of sales during the weekend, hosting a pet supply donation drive, or creating a party with activities, contests, or raffles to benefit Blue Ridge Humane Society.

Interested in throwing a Barkyard Party? Contact Andrew James to find out how you can get involved!

2023 Barkyard Parties

Friday, September 15th

Saturday, September 16th 

Sunday, September 17th

All Weekend 

Other Times 

Stay tuned for more locations & details!

Barkyard Parties FAQ

Can businesses participate? YES, PLEASE! If you own a business and want to throw a Barkyard Party in honor of BRHS, please do! Once again, you can host it however you want! Host a raffle, donate a percentage of sales, have a theme night or ticketed show, or help raise awareness among your patrons that evening and collect donations!

Who can host? Anyone can host or plan an event to benefit BRHS! If you would like to donate “in lieu of” your gift is also appreciated!

What are my expectations as a host?

  • Sign up to “register” your remote Barkyard Party as part of our 2023 events and to receive your official host media kit.
  • Create your guest list, invite them to learn more about Blue Ridge Humane, and consider donating to support our life-saving work.
  • Host your party September 15-17 with your chosen theme, menu, location, or attendance that you are comfortable with!
  • Share the Blue Ridge Humane information we will provide and ask your guests to consider making a donation to Blue Ridge Humane.
  • Have fun and be as creative with your event as you like!

How is this a fundraiser? We ask that hosts share the work that Blue Ridge Humane is doing in the community with their guests and that guests donate instead of purchasing a traditional event ticket.

Who can I invite? Anyone you like! Invite your pet-loving friends, family, or neighbors to learn about Blue Ridge Humane and support us this year.

Can I team up with someone to host? Of course! You can co-host, use an alternative location, and make your event exactly what you are comfortable with!

What is provided for hosts?

  • Talking points and facts about Blue Ridge Humane
  • Invitation wording templates for use if you choose
  • Donation collection materials
  • BRHS staff to answer your questions and offer advice and support

Are hosts responsible for the full cost? You can be or make it a potluck, have only dessert, wine or coffee, etc. All options are open, depending on your personal preferences.

I’m not comfortable hosting or attending an event, how else can I support Blue Ridge Humane?  Pledge to support Blue Ridge Humane at $250 or above! If you want to encourage your friends to support BRHS, we will provide you with those materials to mail or distribute in other ways.

Interested in Barkyard Party sponsorship? Your tax-deductible contribution will identify you as a community-minded business and benefit animals in need. Contact Angela Prodrick to find out how you can get involved.

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors