2020 Taste of Blue Ridge event is Canceled

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Dear Humane Society of Blue Ridge Supporters,
We have been closely following the developments regarding the growing concerns over the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Recently the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated its guidance recommending cancellation of gatherings of ten (10) people or less for at least the next eight (8) weeks. dog
In light of this recommendation, with great regret, we must cancel the Taste of Blue Ridge event this year that was scheduled for April 18, 2020.
Unfortunately, the venue is not available to reschedule anytime later this year.
Taste of Blue Ridge is the largest and most crucial fundraiser for the Humane Society of Blue Ridge (HSBR). It allows us to provide the necessary shelter, food and medical care for our animals, support our adoption program, fund our $20 spay and neuter assist program, distribute free pet food to needy families, and fund our TNR (trap, neuter, release) program for feral cats.
Given the financial toll this unprecedented event is having on families, we project the need to shelter abandoned or surrendered animals will grow significantly during this crisis.
With that said, we must prioritize the health and well-being of our supporters, our volunteers, and our staff and not place anyone at risk.  If you purchased tickets, we humbly ask that you consider the purchase of your tickets to the event as a donation to the Humane Society of Blue Ridge.  Your donations are tax-deductible as allowed by the law. Your canceled check or credit card statement is your receipt. If you paid cash and would like a receipt sent to you, please email creativebydesign@etcmail.com.
If you were not able to attend Taste of Blue Ridge this year but wanted to, this is a great opportunity to support HSBR and all its efforts in saving even more animals lives moving forward.
If you would like to support us bearing in mind our largest annual fundraiser has been canceled, you can do so here.
We have also taken precautionary measures at our Adoption Center and our Thrift Store.
  • The Adoption Center will remain closed to the public until further notice, but if you do find your perfect furry friend on PETFINDER, call us 706-632-4357, and we can schedule a time to meet and greet.
  • The Thrift Store will be closed until further notice.  We hope to be back in full operation as soon as possible.
Thank you for everything you have done and continue to do for HSBR.  We truly appreciate your patience,  your generosity, and your continued support.  Your dedication to HSBR and the cats & dogs we save is always appreciated; especially in this challenging time.
If, however, you purchased a ticket to Taste of Blue Ridge and would prefer to get a refund, please email cookiehsbr@etcmail.com by April 10, 2020.
We will miss seeing everyone this year at Taste of Blue Ridge and look forward to your support of this event in 2021.

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