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Adopt a Senior Pet for Just $5 Through June 17

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It's Senior Prom at Asheville Humane Society from Thursday through Saturday, June 15 - 17 -- and it's a celebration with $5 adoption fees for all animals age 5 and up! The senior doggies and kitties have donned their finest prom attire and are ready to pose for their "Going Home" prom photos with you at Asheville Humane Society's sparkly photo booth. Don't worry about bringing a corsage or a boutonniere... these pets just want a forever home!

The "Senior Prom" is not only celebrating senior pets, but the wonderful seniors of our community. This is your opportunity to adopt a senior pet for yourself or your favorite senior!

Although the love of a pet is priceless, all of the following are still included when you adopt! Each adoption fee includes spay/neuter, all up-to-date vaccines, microchip and free 1-year registration, a free starter bag of food, and a free wellness visit with a participating veterinarian. 

To see available animals, visit www.ashevillehumane.org. The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 7 PM. The dog and cat rooms are closed daily for naptime from 1-2pm, giving animals a much-needed break. The lobby remains open where you can speak with staff, enjoy refreshments, read or watch videos!


$10 Adoptions - Dogs Over 25 lbs. - Asheville, May 26, 27

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On Friday and Saturday, May 26 and 27, dogs over 25 pounds are just $10 at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center.

Although the love of a pet is priceless, all of the following are still included when you adopt! Each adoption fee includes spay/neuter, all up-to-date vaccines, microchip and free 1-year registration, a free starter bag of food, and a free wellness visit with a participating veterinarian. 

To see available animals, visit www.ashevillehumane.org. The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 7 PM. The dog and cat rooms are closed daily for naptime from 1-2pm, giving animals a much-needed break. The lobby remains open where you can speak with staff, enjoy refreshments, read or watch videos!


Barq in the Parq - Flat Rock, May 20

Screen Shot 2017-05-17 at 1.39.18 PMThe annual "Barq in the Parq" will be held on Saturday, May 20 from 10 AM to 5 PM at the Mountain Lodge and Conference Center on Upward Road in Flat Rock.

Barq in the Parq is a community event for dog lovers and dog adopters to benefit Charlie’s Angels, Brother Wolf and Blue Ridge Humane Society. Entry fee is only $5 and over 40 vendors from Asheville to Greenville will participate with you and your dog’s health in mind. The day will be filled with dogs, music, food and more.

Organizers at WTZQ Radio and Mountain Lodge and Conference Center are proud to have as presenting sponsors: BMW of Asheville and Animals R Us. For additional information call WTZQ at 828-692-1600.


Special Adoption Promotion - No Fees! Asheville, May 13

StuartmilesfdpA special no-fee adoption promotion will be held on Saturday, May 13Adoption fees for all animals this Saturday will be waived and generously covered by the Henderlight-Grimes family and friends. The Henderlight-Grimes family adopted their late dog, Fairway, from Asheville Humane Society on May 13, 2005, but she sadly lost her battle with osteosarcoma a year ago. The family wishes to honor Fairway by encouraging others to adopt a forever friend.

Although the love of a pet is priceless, all of the following are still included when you adopt! Each adoption fee includes spay/neuter, all up-to-date vaccines, microchip and free 1-year registration, a free starter bag of food, and a free wellness visit with a participating veterinarian. 

To see available animals, visit www.ashevillehumane.org. The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 7 PM. The dog and cat rooms are closed daily for naptime from 1-2pm, giving animals a much-needed break. The lobby remains open where you can speak with staff, enjoy refreshments, read or watch videos!

Image: Stuart Miles, freedigitalphotos.net


GoPetFriendly.com Day - Asheville, April 29

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On Saturday, April 29 from 11 AM to 2 PM, GoPetFriendly.com, the nation's leading pet trip planning website, is visiting Asheville Humane Society.  Founders of GoPetFriendly.com and full-time travelers, Amy and Rod Burkert, will be talking pet travel and sharing tips about traveling with your pets, doing live product demos, answering your most vexing pet travel questions, holding a raffle for some fantastic pet travel gear, and providing goodie bags to the pet lovers who stop by.

In addition, Asheville Humane Society will be running a special adoption promotion from 10 AM to 6 PM, so come find your perfect travel buddy!

Although the love of a pet is priceless, all of the following are still included when you adopt! Each adoption fee includes spay/neuter, all up-to-date vaccines, microchip and free 1-year registration, a free starter bag of food, and a free wellness visit with a participating veterinarian. To see available animals, visit www.ashevillehumane.org

The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM. The dog and cat rooms are closed daily for naptime from 1-2pm, giving animals a much-needed break. The lobby remains open where you can speak with staff, enjoy refreshments, read or watch videos!


$9.99 Canine Adoptions, Asheville, Now Through April 15

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Dog adoptions (25 pounds and up) are just $9.99 through April 15 at Asheville Humane Society.

Although the love of a pet is priceless, all of the following are still included when you adopt! Each adoption fee includes spay/neuter, all up-to-date vaccines, microchip and free 1-year registration, a free starter bag of food, and a free wellness visit with a participating veterinarian. 

To see available animals, visit www.ashevillehumane.org. The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM. The dog and cat rooms are closed daily for naptime from 1-2pm, giving animals a much-needed break. The lobby remains open where you can speak with staff, enjoy refreshments, read or watch videos!


$5 Adoptions Through March 11 - Asheville

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Asheville Humane Society is offering adoptions at just $5 for 5 days, March 7 through 11. The special adoption fee applies to dogs 25 pounds and over, and cats over 6 months old.

To see available animals, visit www.ashevillehumane.org. Or visit the Adoption Center at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). Adoption Center hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM. Please note that the public is not permitted to see animals during "nap time," which is 1 to 2 PM.


$5 for 5 Days - Adoptions, Asheville, March 7 - 11

StuartmilesfdpAsheville Humane Society is offering adoptions at just $5 for 5 days, March 7 through 11. The special adoption fee applies to dogs 25 pounds and over, and cats over 6 months old.

To see available animals, visit www.ashevillehumane.org. Or visit the Adoption Center at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). Adoption Center hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM. Please note that the public is not permitted to see animals during "nap time," which is 1 to 2 PM.

Image: Stuart Miles, freedigitalphotos.net


Tips for Seniors on Adopting a Pet

Guest Post by Jennifer McGregor

ID-10044405A furry friend can provide incredible companionship, especially for empty nesters or widow(er)s. Studies have shown that pets help with depression, can help battle the side effects of dementia, and of course give their owners a sense of responsibility and purpose. Although it’s often recommended for seniors to consider adopting a pet, special considerations need to be addressed first. After all, some pets can be very demanding and high energy—which can be too much of a responsibility for some seniors.

First, consider what kind of pet and breed matches your needs, goals, personality and lifestyle. There are dog breeds best suited for seniors because of their relatively low energy level, low demands, and size. Seniors may want to steer clear of breeds like Huskies which are very high-energy, large in size, and demand an owner who can accommodate their need to run and play.

Cats are generally less demanding than dogs and easier to manage, but even within cat breeds there’s a wide range of personalities. Some seniors want the most affectionate of lap cats who are happy purring away at your side all day, while other owners-to-be are looking for a more independent breed.

There are also exotic and unique pets such as birds, reptiles and even livestock depending on your ability, available space and housing restrictions. Choose your potential pets based on how well they match you, not on their cuteness or immediate availability. Although shelter pets can often be a great choice and are of course in need of a home, make sure their breed characteristics and medical history have been determined first. Some shelters are better at this than others.

Helping Pets Settle

It can take pets awhile to adjust to any new home. Signs of moving-related stress that are often completely normal include anxiety, “acting out,” vomiting and crying. However, these might also be signs of a more serious condition. Adopting a healthy pet is a must for any owner, but especially seniors who might not have the energy or finances to handle a pet in need of immediate veterinary care.

Empathy is paramount to helping new pets settle. What would you want if you were put in a new home without any information? Safety, security, and an easing into the new environment. Don’t push pets to be social faster than they’re ready. Establish routines including mealtimes, where their meals are, where their litter box is or where they ask to go outside to relieve themselves, and offer a small, safe and comfortable space that’s their very own. For many pets, this might be a crate with the door left open.

Pet-Proof Your Home

If it’s been awhile since you’ve shared your home with a pet, you may have forgotten how curious and adventurous they can be. Keep any potential poisonous items in a high or closed cupboard out of their reach. Research which regular household items might be poisonous to a pet but not to you (such as chocolate for dogs and poinsettias for cats). Remove any breakable items that a pet might accidentally knock over—or knock over on purpose! Cats especially are renowned for taking joy in those crashing sounds.

Most importantly, make sure you research a vet and establish a relationship early. Get your new pet into the habit of seeing the vet not just for stressful appointments, but fun ones, too. Many vets offer free or low-cost “sessions” to check weight or blood pressure, simply to get your pet used to traveling to the vet.

Adopting a pet can be a fantastic addition to your golden years. Plus, there are many older pets that are in need of a home and aren’t considered as “adoptable” as their younger friends. However, older pets are often lower energy, already have good habits established, and may have a long history of good health.

Choose your pet wisely, prep your home, and get yourself ready for introducing a new friend to your environment. Soon enough, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them.

Jennifer McGregor is a pre-med student who loves providing reliable health and medical resources.

Image: Ambro, freedigitalphotos.net


How to Find the Best Rescue Dog for You

StuartmilesfdpRegular readers of Carolina Mountain Dog know we are big advocates of adopting dogs from local rescues, shelters, and humane societies. We've posted information about adopting, along with a list of adoption organizations in the Carolina mountains at the "Adopting" link on the blog, or you can find it here: http://www.carolinamountaindog.com/adopting-a-dog.html 

PetPlace.com, a portal of thousands of great pet-related articles, has some solid advice in an article by Renae Hamrick about what to look for in a rescue dog. If you are planning to adopt a dog, this article is a must-read. Hamrick suggests researching rescue groups before visiting and making a list of what you are looking for in a dog. She also advises to "think with your head. ... BEFORE, you go looking for the perfect dog, seriously think about the canine characteristics that will be best for your family and home, and stick to those guidelines while at the shelter." Other valuable tips in the article concern finances, lifestyle, and how to interact with the dog at a shelter.

Another excellent article about adopting a dog on PetPlace.com is "The Big Guide to Adopting or Rescuing the Right Dog for Your Family." This comprehensive guide covers such issues as responsibilities of adopters, selecting the right dog breed, age and size, dog supplies you need, how to pet-proof your home, and more. Even if you already own a dog, this guide has useful information.


Last Chance: $14 Pet Adoptions Through Feb. 14

Screen Shot 2017-02-10 at 11.09.58 AMAsheville Humane Society is teaming up with national animal welfare organization Best Friends Animal Society along with many other animal rescue groups and shelters nationwide, in the “Give Love” annual adoption campaign.

The campaign, which runs through February 14, Valentine's Day, offers adoption fees of just $14 for all dogs over 25 pounds and all cats over 6 months old. That includes everything: spay/neuter, vaccinations, health check, starter food, and more. Give Love to a pet in need!

To see available animals, visit www.ashevillehumane.org. Then visit the Adoption Center at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). Adoption Center hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM. Please note that the public is not permitted to see animals during "nap time," which is 1 to 2 PM.


February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and World Spay Day is February 28

SpayneuterFebruary is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month, and World Spay Day is an international day of action to promote the sterilization of pets, community cats and stray dogs as a way to save animals’ lives. It takes place each year on the last Tuesday of February; this year it is February 28, 2017.

Created as Spay Day USA by the Doris Day Animal League (DDAL) in 1995, World Spay Day is now a program of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Humane Society International (HSI) and Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA). On World Spay Day and throughout the month of February — Spay/Neuter Awareness Month — veterinary and animal welfare professionals, business owners and concerned individuals join forces to shine a spotlight on spay/neuter as the most effective and humane means of decreasing the number of homeless animals put down in shelters or living on the street.

Why World Spay Day

Millions of animals suffer on the streets worldwide. Too often, governments deal with this overpopulation through cruel means, such as poisoning, electrocution or shooting. 

Preventing litters reduces the number of animals for whom resources are not available. Most people support spay/neuter, but affordable services are out of reach for many pet owners, and funding is always needed for street animal surgeries.

You can make a difference by helping to raise awareness of available services or the need for them by organizing a related event or activity on World Spay Day or sometime during the month. At the very least, spay/neuter your own pet, and support spay/neuter initiatives in your own community.

We are very fortunate to have Humane Alliance, a program of the ASPCA, in Asheville. This internationally known spay/neuter clinic and training center makes low cost spay/neuter available to local residents. To book an appointment online or for more information visit: http://www.humanealliance.org/


Pet Adoptions Just $14 - Asheville, Feb. 1 - 14

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Asheville Humane Society is teaming up with national animal welfare organization Best Friends Animal Society along with many other animal rescue groups and shelters nationwide, in the “Give Love” annual adoption campaign.

The campaign, which runs from February 1 through February 14, Valentine's Day, offers adoption fees of just $14 for all dogs over 25 pounds and all cats over 6 months old. Give Love to a pet in need!

To see available animals, visit www.ashevillehumane.org. Or visit the Adoption Center at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). Adoption Center hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM. Please note that the public is not permitted to see animals during "nap time," which is 1 to 2 PM.


Asheville Adoptions with No Fees Through December 23

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Love Actually is a Four-Legged Word! 

This holiday season, you can find priceless love at Asheville Humane Society. Visit the Adoption Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville, Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 10 AM to 6 PM. (Note: Dog and cat rooms are closed for "Naptime" from 1 to 2 PM daily.) The Adoption Center is conveniently located off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market.

Find the love of your life and Asheville Humane Society will waive the adoption fee for dogs 25 pounds and up and for all cats! This special no-fee adoption promotion, sponsored by Prestige Subaru, is available through Friday, December 23.

Although the love of a pet is priceless, the fee-waived adoption represents an exceptional value. All adoptions include spay/neuter, all up-to-date vaccines, microchip and free 1-year registration, a free starter bag of food, and a free post-adoption veterinary office visit with a participating veterinarian. 

Visit the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center today for priceless love!


'Home for the Holidays' Adoptions - Hendersonville, $25

Screen Shot 2016-12-05 at 10.25.15 AMDuring the month of December, Blue Ridge Humane Society will be running a 'Home for the Holidays" adoption promotion. All animals 6 months of age and older will be available for the special adoption fee of just $25. This fee includes spay/neuter, tests, vaccines, de-worming, and a free check-up at participating veterinarians.

The Blue Ridge Humane Society Animal Shelter is located at 88 Centipede Lane in Hendersonville. It is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 AM to 5 PM and Sundays from 12 PM to 5 PM (closed Mondays).

If you cannot adopt, stop by their Thrift Store for some great bargains. The Thrift Store is located at 1214 Greenville Highway in Hendersonville. It is open Mondays through Saturdays from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM and Sundays from 11 AM to 4 PM. Donations may be dropped off during these hours, but donations will not be accepted on Sundays.

For more information, visit http://www.blueridgehumane.org/


Adopt a Dog or Cat in Asheville with No Fees Through December 23!

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Love Actually is a Four-Legged Word! 

This holiday season, you can find priceless love at Asheville Humane Society. Visit the Adoption Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville, Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 10 AM to 6 PM. (Note: Dog and cat rooms are closed for "Naptime" from 1 to 2 PM daily.) The Adoption Center is conveniently located off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market.

Find the love of your life and Asheville Humane Society will waive the adoption fee for dogs 25 pounds and up and for all cats! This special no-fee adoption promotion, sponsored by Prestige Subaru, is available through Friday, December 23.

Although the love of a pet is priceless, the fee-waived adoption represents an exceptional value. All adoptions include spay/neuter, all up-to-date vaccines, microchip and free 1-year registration, a free starter bag of food, and a free post-adoption veterinary office visit with a participating veterinarian. 

Visit the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center today for priceless love!