The VHS holds several special events throughout the year to raise funds for our lifesaving programs and to maintain a presence in the community.

  • West Side Nut Club Fall Festival

    The fun on Franklin Street is one of VHS’ largest fundraisers. Be sure to stop by booth #75 near St. Joe Avenue at the west end of the festival. Our tried & true vegetarian menu is one of the most popular on the street, including:

    • Hand-battered Fried Green Tomatoes
    • Fried Green Beans
    • Fried Macaroni & Cheese
    • Hand-squeezed Lemon Shake-Ups
    • Hand-squeezed LemOrange Shake-Ups

    Save the date for the 100th annual WSNCFF:
    October 3-8, 2022
    Booth hours: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
    Booth #75 near Franklin & St. Joe across from Pet Food Center

    We are always in need of dependable, able-bodied volunteers age 16 or older in our Fall Festival booth. The Fall Festival is perfect for corporate volunteer groups! Email [email protected] to inquire about signing up for 2021. 

    Proceeds from the Fall Festival booth benefit the mission of the Vanderburgh Humane Society!

    We are also the official West Side Nut Club Pet Parade partner! The Pet Parade is 100% FREE to participate in. Dress up your kids, pets, and even yourself, and show up at St. Boniface Church on the Saturday of the FestivalAfter 9:00 judging, the parade begins at 10:00.

  • Pet Pictures with Santa

    Don’t miss a Tri-State Christmas tradition! The VHS is host to the longest-running Pet Pictures with Santa event in the Tri-State, celebrating 39 years in 2022. Mr. Claus himself makes the trip to Washington Square Mall from the North Pole during the first full weekend in November each year. This allows families to get their photos back in plenty of time for family Christmas cards!

    2022 Dates:
    • Saturday, November 5 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
    • Sunday, November 6 from 11:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    At Washington Square Mall!

    Photos are $30 and include two poses with digital images for your use. Costumes and accessories are encouraged, and accessories for pets are provided free of charge! Children, adults, and all species of pets are welcome in photos! (Really -- all pets! We have had potbellied pigs, miniature horses, rats, rabbits, a hedgehog, guinea pigs, a Sphinx cat, and more come to visit Santa!)

    Proceeds benefit the mission of the Vanderburgh Humane Society!

  • Annual Auction & Benefit Dinner 2023

    Going, Going, Gone to the Dogs! Benefit Dinner & Auction

    The annual auction is the VHS’ largest fundraiser. Normally, this splendid evening features a preview cocktail party, a plated dinner, and both silent and live auctions with hundreds of items ranging from $25 up to $5,000+.

    Save the date:

    Saturday, May 20, 2023
    at Old National Events Plaza!

  • Hairy Pawter & the Magical Creatures 2023

    July 2023
    at the Vanderburgh Humane Society

    Each year the Vanderburgh Humane Society is transformed into Pawgwarts for a themed adoption event! Many VHS shelter animals will be Sorted into houses based on their personalities to help you find the perfect match! This is a come-and-go type event with FREE ADMISSION for ALL AGES!

    Purchase a $10 tennis ball for the Fluffy 2K Fetch for your chance to win $500! One of our "three-headed" shelter dogs will fetch the winning ball. Get yours in advance or at the door, but don't wait -- they may sell out!

    Themed vendors:

    • Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library activity (free!)
    • Live snakes & education at "Slitherin' House" (free!)
    • Themed refreshments including cold butterbeer and treats from the Hogwarts Express trolley ($)
    • Smarty Pints Trivia - answer HP trivia questions for your chance to win prize packages!
    • Care of Magical Creatures with Pet Supplies Plus - enter to win a $50 PSP gift card!
    • Themed retail vendors

    Kids' Activities:

    • ($) Adopt Your Plush Hogwarts Pet station ($10 to participate) 
    • ($) Scavenger Hunt ($10 to participate)

    Get Sorted when you arrive and make a monetary donation to help your House win the House Cup!

    Potter-themed costumes/cosplay for pets & people are highly encouraged!

    Crossover VHS-HP shirts will be available for purchase!

    Shop "Diagon Alley" at the Happy Tails Resale Shop!

  • Restaurant Give-Backs

    Upcoming Give-Backs:

    None currently scheduled

  • Sponsorship Opportunities

    Businesses or individuals have the opportunity to sponsor any of our events at various levels. For the current year’s sponsorship opportunities, please email our Development & Public Relations Coordinator or call (812) 426-2563 extension 218.