Special Events

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

  • Annual Auction & Benefit Dinner

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

    The annual auction is the VHS’ largest fundraiser. It is always held on the last Saturday in April every year. 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 for Our 23rd Annual Auction

    “UnLEASH Your Inner Hero”
    Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 5:30 pm
    Holiday Inn Evansville Airport

    Seats begin at $75

    Tickets go on sale February 2018!

  • Walking for Dreams

    Create a fundraising team in honor of your pet, family, school, Scout troop, or business to help raise funds for homeless animals! The Vanderburgh Humane Society is a participating charity in the Walking for Dreams event. Register under the VHS team, and enjoy a springtime 5K walk along the Evansville riverfront! Dogs and children are welcome!

    Save the Date

    Sunday, May 21st, 2017
    Downtown Evansville Riverfront

    Register for the Walk or create your fundraising page at www.walkingfordreams.org and select the Vanderburgh Humane Society team!

  • 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 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
    • *Caramel Apple Slices (*Deaconess Wise Choice)
    Save the Date for 2017

    Monday-Saturday, October 2-6, 2017
    Booth hours 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
    Booth #75 at Franklin & St. Joe across from Pet Food Center

    We are always in need of dependable, able-bodied volunteers in our Fall Festival booth. To get signed up, email our Volunteer Coordinator with “Fall Festival” in the subject line!

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

  • 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. 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!

    Save the Date for 2017
    • Friday, November 3 from 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Saturday, November 4 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    • Sunday, November 5 from 12:00pm – 4:00 pm

    At Washington Square Mall

    Photos are $25 and include two poses (two 4x6 prints of each pose plus two digital images for your use.) Costumes and accessories are encouraged, and rental accessories for pets are provided free of charge! Children, adults, and all species of pets are welcome in photos!

    Proceeds benefit the mission of the Vanderburgh Humane Society!

  • Restaurant Give-Backs

    Upcoming Give-Backs:

    None scheduled at this time


    Beans & Baristas – Eastland Mall
    800 Green River Road
    Evansville, IN 47715
    $4 from each bag of VHS Bow Wow Brew or Cat Nap decaf sold

    “Paws on the Patio”
    2315 West Franklin Street
    Evansville, IN 47712

    Proceeds from all doggie treats sold on Sundays benefit VHS (dog-friendly outdoor patio)

  • 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 Coordinator or call (812) 426-2563 extension 218.