Fearrington Dog Club

Fearrington Dog Club

The goal of the Fearrington Dog Club is to learn about dogs and the pleasures of sharing our lives with them. Our meetings feature presentations on a range of topics from training and health to enrichment activities and dog culture. It is also our objective to foster social connections among fellow canine enthusiasts. We meet at The Gathering Place most months.

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Happy holidays from the Fearrington Dog Club!

The Fearrington Dog Club team is taking December off to enjoy the holidays, but we return in 2024 for a January 18, 1:00 p.m. presentation from Chatham Animal Rescue & Education (CARE). At our January meeting, CARE’s Executive Director Jon Spoon will share information about his organization and tell us how CARE volunteers are working hard to promote the health and safety of all dogs and cats in Chatham County. CARE works with the Chatham County Animal Resources Center to save the lives of unwanted cats and dogs, manages feral cat colonies and serves as an educational resource. 

Until then we wish you and your four-legged besties a safe, calm holiday with a stuffed Kong and a few squeak toys under the tree. Go ahead and share some holiday turkey with your pooch (everything in moderation) but go lite on the holiday costumes for pets, as most of them would surely say, “No thanks” if asked. Hosting a holiday party? Give your dog a calm room in which to chill while the food is served and the celebration is underway.

For more tips on how to keep your pets safe during the holidays, check out The American Veterinary Medical Association’s comprehensive list of suggestions: http://www.avma.org/resources-tools/pet-owners/petcare/holiday-pet-safety.

general meeting information

We have reserved The Gathering Place for the 3rd Thursday of most months, September – May. We meet 1:00-2:30 p.m. Doors open at 12:45 p.m.

People only: Our meetings are for canine enthusiasts, so leave your dog at home (with a nicely stuffed Kong perhaps?). In keeping with the ADA and NC law, only service animals are permitted in The Gathering Place.

Club Membership

Any Fearrington or Galloway Ridge resident with an interest in learning more about dogs is welcome. Feel free to sample one of our meetings. Thereafter, we ask that you join and become a club member. Our annual dues are $20 a person, or $30 for a two-person household. Member dues are used for room rental and to present a thank-you gift to guest speakers. Click here for our membership application.

  • Members have the opportunity to learn about the latest advancements in canine training, behavior and health/medicine.
  • Members receive nametags to wear at meetings, which will encourage friendships to form.
  • You will be invited to submit photos of your dog(s) to be included in slideshows we play before and after our monthly meetings.
  • You will have the satisfaction of knowing you helped defray our club’s cost for room rental, guest speaker gifts and other club costs.

Our club's history

Early 2021 a few of us, recognizing that many Village residents shared their homes with dogs, decided to form a club. Our goals: To improve the lives of our dogs by increasing our knowledge of canine behavior. And, at the same time, make new friends. After delays brought on by Covid, we launched in September 2022. We were pleased at the turnout we got at our first year’s meetings and hope to build on that enthusiasm our second year. 


Contact Ann Melchior at AMelchior@verizon.net
Katie Baer at KBBaerno1@gmail.com