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Taste of Compassion - Asheville, Nov. 4

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Put your best paw forward by joining fellow animal lovers at the premier charity gala of the season, the 14th annual "Taste of Compassion." The event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 6 to 9 PM at the Morris Hellenic Cultural Center, 227 Cumberland Avenue, Asheville.

Step back in time to Asheville of the 1920's for a rousing night at the Speakeasy, where you will enjoy local cuisine, craft beer, cider, and wine. Shake a leg to live music while bidding on exclusive experiences and one-of-a-kind items. Come dolled up or decked out (if you wish) in your snazziest 1920's themed attire.

Taste of Compassion, presented by Animal Hospital of North Asheville, helps to raise funds for the life-saving and community programs of Asheville Humane Society.

This is a sell-out event each year, so order your tickets early. For more information and tickets, visit: 

Dog Food and Feeding Myths

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There is a lot of misinformation floating around when it comes to dog food and feeding your dog. As you may know, dog food is big business, so some misleading information may be coming from dog food manufacturers who are trying to convince dog owners that their product is better than a competitor's. Other misinformation is spread via undependable online resources.

TopDogTips.com has put together a nifty infographic called "32 Dog Food and Feeding Myths" that debunks some of the commonly held myths. It covers such topics as human food, prescription food, hypoallergenic food, grains, raw food, and more. It should be a helpful resource for all dog owners.

Find the infographic here: https://topdogtips.com/dog-food-myths/

Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Oct. 22

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, October 22. 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 12:30 to 1 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.

Tails & Trails 5K Run - Swannanoa, Oct. 14

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Get some exercise at Buncombe County’s “Tails and Trails Adventure Run” on Saturday, October 14 from 9 to 11:30 AM. The 5k adventure run is a timed, but non-competitive opportunity to get outside and get active! It’s unique because dogs are more than welcome to bring their humans (provided they keep them on their leashes).

This year’s run takes place at Buncombe County’s Charles D. Owen Park, a puppy’s paradise with plenty of unmarked territory and a wide variety of wildlife to bark hello to. Aside from being a great opportunity to enjoy some time outdoors, the Tails and Trails Adventure Run will also raise funding and awareness of the work of the Asheville Humane Society.

Charles D. Owen Park is located at 875 Warren Wilson Road in Swannanoa. The fee for adults is $20 and for children, it is $10. Information and tickets available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tails-trails-5k-adventure-run-tickets-37844579155

Image: Buncombe County Recreation Services

Pilates with Puppies - Asheville, Oct. 24

Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 3.04.01 PMOn Tuesday, October 24 from 6 to 7 PM, Cisco Pilates will hold "Pilates with Puppies" at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads near the WNC Farmers Market).

Pilates with Puppies will be a basic Pilates class, with puppies provided by Asheville Humane Society. Please bring your own yoga or Pilates mat and a small towel. Please do not bring your own puppy! The cost is $10, which is a donation to Asheville Humane Society on behalf of Buncombe County animals.

Pre-registration is required. Early registration is suggested as space is limited and this event is expected to sell out! Visit https://www.ciscopilates.com/pricing/ to sign up. Questions? Email alexis@ciscopilates.com

Image: Cisco Pilates