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. 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 24th Annual Auction

    “Fantastic Pets and Where to Find Them"
    Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Old National Events Plaza

    Seats go on sale in February.

    To donate auction items or become a sponsor, email [email protected].

  • Hairy Pawter & the Magical Creatures

    Saturday, July 27, 2019
    at the Vanderburgh Humane Society

    In July, in honor of Harry's (and J.K. Rowling's) birthdays, the VHS will be transformed into Pawgwarts for a themed open house & adoption event: "Hairy Pawter and the Magical Creatures." Enjoy "10 Galleons" ($10) off all adoptions, plus spin the wheel for a chance to win additional money off! 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!

    Enjoy themed vendors:

    • Herbology class with Keep Evansville Beautiful
    • Live owl meet & greets & education with The Talon Trust
    • Butterbeer pops from Lollys Pops with 20% benefiting VHS
    • Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library

    Kids' Activities:

    • ($) Adopt Your [Plush] Hogwarts Pet station (bring cash to participate)
    • Bertie Bott's Beans Challenge
    • ($) Hunting Horcruxes scavenger hunt (bring cash to participate)

    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!

    Hot dogs, chips, & drinks will be available for purchase.

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

    Potter-themed costume contest for pets & people! (Yes, costumes/cosplay are highly encouraged!)

    Limited edition crossover VHS-HP shirts will be available for purchase!

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

    October 7-12, 2019
    Booth hours: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
    Booth #75 at Franklin & St. Joe across from Pet Food Center
    Cash only

    We are always in need of dependable, able-bodied volunteers age 16 or older in our Fall Festival booth. Email [email protected] to inquire about signing up for 2019.

    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, celebrating 34 years in 2019. 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!

    2019 Dates:
    • Friday, November 1 from 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    • Saturday, November 2 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    • Sunday, November 3 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    At Washington Square Mall!

    *Insider tip: Sunday is the busiest day. Friday afternoon is the best time to come!*

    Photos are $25 and include two poses with digital images for your use. Cash or check only please. 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! (Really -- all pets! We have recently 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!

  • Restaurant Give-Backs

    Upcoming Give-Backs:

    Hacienda West
    March 19, 2019 from 11 am - 11 pm
    20% of sales benefit VHS with voucher


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

  • 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.