Happenings - Briggs Animal Adoption Center

The National Humane Education Society (NHES), holds several events each year to raise money for its programs Spay Today and The Briggs Animal Adoption Center.

Bark at the Moon Glow Walk

Join us for The Briggs Animal Adoption Center’s next Bark at the Moon Glow Walk! Bring the whole family and enjoy a moonlit stroll along our walking path.

There will be refreshments, a photo booth, 50/50 raffle, glow-in-the-dark accessories available for purchase, and adoptable dogs for the family to meet!

Dress your dog up in his or her best glow-in-the-dark gear so they can compete to be the BEST DRESSED GLOW DOG! The top 3 winners will receive a special prize!

The course runs around the grounds of the Briggs Animal Adoption Center and is just over one mile long.  In 2022, Glow Walk will be held on Friday, September 9th. Details to be announced. 

Tails on Trails

Each spring, NHES begins the season with Tails on Trails 5K & 10K Walk/Run. Held at the beautiful State Arboretum of Virginia at Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, Virginia, this event benefits Spay Today. Participants can run or walk by themselves, or bring along their canine companion. Runners have the option of being timed for either the 5K or 10K course.

People have the opportunity to “Sponsor a Shelter Dog,” allowing dogs currently available for adoption at The Briggs Animal Adoption Center to attend the event. These dogs are walked by trained volunteers and are present during the walk for participants to meet. Those whom sponsor a shelter dog have their names added to the back of the event t-shirt, which each sponsor and participant receives upon completion of the walk/run. This event is a great opportunity for people to enjoy a fun-filled day while supporting Spay Today.

In 2022, Tails on Trails will be held on Saturday, March 26th. To register, please visit baacs.org/tails/

Pedal for Pooches

Pedal for Pooches is a self-paced ride designed for recreational or serious cyclists. Participants can enjoy a beautiful ride through Jefferson and Clarke counties on courses either 9, 16, 21, 30 or 36 miles long. SAG support and rest stops are provided for riders. All courses are flat to rolling with the occasional hill and are tandem friendly.

The ride begins and ends at The Briggs Animal Adoption Center (BAAC) in Charles Town, West Virginia. Pedal for Pooches is one of The National Humane Education Society’s flagship events to benefit The BAAC. Riders from all over visit the Center to ride in support of our animals and tour our facilities.  NHES President Jim Taylor established the President’s Ride where supporters can pledge his participation in the event. As the President’s Ride has grown, many BAAC and NHES staff members have initiated similar fundraisers and have their friends and family pledge their rides.

For more details on Pedal for Pooches 2022  please click here.

Cool to Care Camp

Every year, NHES hosts a Cool to Care Camp for children in grades 1 through 9 at The Briggs Animal Adoption Center. Each session runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. NHES humane educators make learning fun with outdoor games, arts and crafts, service projects, and interaction with shelter pets! Campers also enjoy guest speaker presentations from amazing animal professionals – including K9 teams, wildlife rehabilitators, and specially trained therapy dogs.

In 2022, Cool to Care Camp will be scheduled as follows, details to be announced:

  • Pet Pals: June 27-July 1
  • Humane Heroes: July 11-15
  • Animal Advocates: July 25-29

Footin’ for Animals

Footin’ for Animals 5K & 10K Walk/Run serves as the fall counterpart to Tails on Trails. Also held at the State Arboretum of Virginia at Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, Virginia, this event benefits The Briggs Animal Adoption Center. Participants can run or walk by themselves, or bring along their canine companion. Runners have the option of being timed for either the 5K or 10K course.

Just as with Tails on Trails, people have the opportunity to “Sponsor a Shelter Dog,” allowing dogs currently available for adoption at The Briggs Animal Adoption Center to attend the event. These dogs are walked by trained volunteers and are present during the walk for participants to meet. Those whom sponsor a shelter dog have their names added to the back of the event t-shirt, which each sponsor and participant receives upon completion of the walk/run. Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage at the arboretum while supporting the work of The BAAC.

In 2022, Footin’ for Animals will be held on Saturday, October 22nd. Details to be announced.

101-Mile Anna C. Briggs Memorial Hike for Homeless Animals

The First Annual Anna C. Briggs Memorial Hike for Homeless Animals was held the beginning of November 2020. Ten staff and volunteers each hiked 10.1 miles of the Appalachian Trail for a combined total of 101 miles—equal to Anna C. Briggs’ 101 years on this earth helping to create a more humane world for animals. Watch a short video of why staff and volunteers hiked in memory of Anna C. Briggs.

We’d like to invite you join us in “taking thousands of steps” to save more animals—and you can do it at your own pace in a location of your choosing! In 2022, the hike will be held on Sunday, November 6th. Details and sponsorship opportunities to be announced.

7th Annual Dubs and Dogs Car Show

The 7th Annual Dubs and Dogs Volkswagen Car Show presented by Dëutschwurx is back! Dubs and Dogs is a fun event to help raise funds for our furry friends here at the Briggs Animal Adoption Center (BAAC)!

You will find an array of 1950’s-current VW’s, Audis, and Porsches. Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 16th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Rain date is July 17th) The event is free to the public, but we would greatly appreciate any donations of cat or dog food for our emergency pet food pantry to help families in need.

Registration for car entries and vendors is 9 AM to 12 PM; to participate with your car, it is $10, and the vendor fee is $20. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, click HERE for the registration form and information.