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Tour the Animal Care Campus - Asheville, Jan. 28

Screen Shot 2017-01-09 at 11.37.26 AMDid you know the Animal Care Campus in Asheville is one of the country's leading examples of a private-public partnership in animal welfare? Asheville Humane Society and Buncombe County work in close collaboration to take in, care for, re-home, and adopt out thousands of domestic animals each year. Their collective goal is to save every adoptable animal's life and make each animal's life worth living.

Now you have the opportunity to see first-hand why the Animal Care Campus is a national model. Asheville Humane Society is hosting a guided tour of the society's Adoption Center (14 Forever Friend Lane) and the Buncombe County Animal Shelter (16 Forever Friend Lane) on Saturday, January 28, from 1:30 to 2:30 PM. The tour is free and open to the public.

The Animal Care Campus is located on Forever Friend Lane, off Pond Road and Brevard Road, near the WNC Farmers Market. For more information, call (828) 761-2001.

Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Jan. 29

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, January 29. Start time is 10 AM for repeat hikers and 9:30 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.

New "Unleashed Love" Movie Featured on TheAnimalNetwork.TV

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A charming new 12-minute movie, "Unleashed Love," is currently available for viewing on www.TheAnimalNetwork.TV. The movie stars Igby, a rescued pit bull, and was directed by Steven Ritt, who has trained animals for TV and film for over thirty years. The movie tells the story of Igby's spiritual journey as he forms a friendship with another dog.

Ritt created the movie to call attention to the benefits of adopting shelter pets. Ritt and video producer Andy Mason also started TheAnimalNetwork.TV to produce unique programming for animal lovers and to educate and enlighten people about animals, animal issues, and rescue.

Watch the movie here: http://www.theanimalnetwork.tv/unleashed-love-film

There's a Right and Wrong Way to Pick Up Your Dog

ID-10044405You may not think much about it, but before you scoop up your dog the next time, you might want to read this article on Vetstreet by veterinarian Jessica Vogelsang. She says dogs' limbs "are more delicate than you think," and lifting a dog by its front limbs (a common no-no performed by children) can be quite dangerous. Another common error: scruffing an adult dog. While scruffing the neck can work with adult cats, it is uncomfortable and sometimes painful for adult dogs.

Dogs cannot verbalize when they are uncomfortable or in pain, so it is up to their human owner to be sensitive to canine signals. Watch for a dog's signals when you pick up your dog, and be sure to pick up your dog the right way.

Vogelsang offers helpful tips for the right way to pick up your dog, distinguishing between small (under 25 pounds) and medium (25 to 40 pounds) size dogs. She believes large dogs really need two people to pick them up.

Read Vogelsang's entire article on Vetstreet here: http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/5-things-your-dog-wishes-you-knew-about-picking-him-up

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