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PetSmart Adopt-a-Thon - Asheville, May 19, 20

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On Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, PetSmart Charities will be sponsoring a national Spring Adopt-a-Thon from 11 AM to 3 PM.

The Asheville Adopt-a-Thon will be held at the PetSmart location at 150 Bleachery Blvd. Animals from Asheville Humane Society, along with shelters and rescue organizations from around Western North Carolina, will be available for adoption. This is a great opportunity to see lots of adoptable pets at one location, so stop by. Maybe you'll find the love of your life at PetSmart!

Hiking Hounds - Asheville, May 27

Hiking houndsHiking Hounds is one of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities. Each month, volunteers take shelter dogs on hikes as part of the enrichment programming. You'll spend a few hours in Bent Creek hiking the trails with dogs who will love you for it.

The next hike with the Hiking Hounds group is Sunday, May 27. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 11:30 AM to 12 PM. Note: New and repeat hikers alike are required to sign up in advance. If you'd like to sign up for this hike, email ahshikinghounds@outlook.com.

Hikers are signed up on a "first come-first served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.

$10 Spay/Neuter in Henderson County

SpayneuterWith support from the City of Hendersonville, and with support and collaboration from Henderson County, Blue Ridge Humane Society is now able to offer low cost spay-neuter as part of the Spay-Neuter Incentive Program, or SNIP. The cost to spay-neuter your pet if you are a resident of Henderson County, NC is just $10.

To complete the application process visit Henderson County Animal Services Center, 828 Stoney Mountain Rd., Hendersonville, or  call 828-698-4481, or email snip@blueridgehumane.or to get started. 

When making an appointment, pet owners must bring with them payment for the surgery as well as one of the following documents to verify residency:

  • NC Driver’s License or ID Card
  • Utility Bill
  •  Benefit Statement from Social Security
  • Military Benefit Statement
  • Real Estate Tax Statement
  • SSA-Retirement, Survivors and Disability Income-Notice of Award letter
  • Medicaid ID Card
  • Bank Statement

Please Note: A document indicating a post office box within the County will not be adequate proof of residency.

At the Henderson County Animal Services, pet owners will be asked to fill out a quick survey and an admission form provided by ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance. Feel free to download the survey and bring the completed copy with you to Henderson County Animal Services when scheduling your appointment. The $10 fee must be paid when the surgery appointment is made. 

This fee includes payment for the surgery as well as a rabies vaccination. These other services can be provided at an additional cost:

  • Surgery & Rabies – $10 (It is state law that your pet be up-to-date on the rabies vaccine. Unless you have proof of a current rabies vaccine, one will be administered at the time of surgery.)
  • Microchip – $15
  • Heartworm Test – $18
  • FeLV/FIV Test – $18
  • Kennel Cough – $10
  • Canine Distemper – $10
  • Feline Distemper – $10
  • Nail Trim – $5

On the day of the appointment, pets must be dropped off between 8:00 AM and 8:15 AM at the Henderson County Animal Services Center at 828 Stoney Mountain Road and picked up between 11:30 AM and 12:00 PM at the same location the following day. These times may vary slightly based on your scheduled appointment, you will receive this information at the time of sign up. 

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