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


Adopt A Pet - No Fee! Asheville, Oct. 6 - 7

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Thanks to a grant from the ASPCA and "Subaru Loves Pets," Asheville Humane Society is able to offer no adoption fees for any animal this Friday and Saturday, October 6-7 only, from 10 AM to 6 PM. This special event will take place at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center. If you've been thinking about adopting, NOW is the time! There is a forever friend for everyone: dogs, cats, bunnies, roosters, pigs, and more!

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 (Tuesdays until 7 PM). The dog and cat rooms are closed daily for naptime from 1 to 2 PM, giving animals a much-needed break. The lobby remains open where you can speak with staff, enjoy refreshments, read or watch videos!

As part of this event, Asheville Humane Society is hosting a food drive for the animals who are still under care. When you come, please consider bringing a can of wet food (no fish) for the cats or dogs!


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Oct. 8

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 8. 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.


October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

StuartmilesfdpOctober... month of cooler temeperatures, turning leaves, pumpkins, Halloween... and shelter dogs! October is the official national "Adopt a Shelter Dog" month, designated by the ASPCA and the American Humane Association. It's a good time to remember that you can find your best friend at an animal shelter.

According to the American Humane Association:

"If you’re thinking about getting a dog, be a hero and consider adopting a rescue animal or a dog from your local shelter. You’ll be saving a life and greatly improving yours. Dogs are amazing, supportive, and heroic companions who can make a huge difference in your world as a best friend, an exercise buddy, someone who can be trained to provide animal-assisted therapy and help those with challenges they may face, or simply be a fuzzy face to greet you after a hard day at work.

Your local shelter is the perfect place to find dogs of every type, size, age and personality — all waiting for a loving home. Or if you prefer a particular breed that isn’t currently available at a shelter, go online to find a legitimate breed-specific rescue group in need of adopters like you."

So adopt a shelter dog this month if you can, and if not, encourage a family member or friend to do so!

Image: Stuart Miles, Freedigitalphotos.net


Low Cost Vaccinations - Asheville, Oct. 1

AHS Low Cost VaccinationsAsheville Humane Society offers pet owners access to low cost vaccinations, microchips and ID tagging.

Come to a low cost vaccination clinic on Sunday, October 1 from 11 AM to 2 PM at the Asheville Humane SocietyAdoption Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads near the WNC Farmers Market) . No appointment is necessary.

Services provided:

Rabies 1 year  |  (Dogs or cats over 3 months)  |  $10.00
Rabies 3 year  |  (Dogs or cats with rabies paper certificate)  |  $10.00  
-Rabies tags are not accepted as proof of rabies vaccination-
Bordetella - Kennel cough  |  (Dogs over 2 months)  |  $15.00
DA2PPV - |  (Dogs 6 to 12 weeks or under 25 lbs)  |  $15.00
DA2PPV + Lepto - |  (Dogs 12 weeks or older and over 25 lbs)  |  $15.00
FVRCP/FELV - Rhinotracheitis, Calici, Panleukopenia and Leukemia  |  (Cats over 2 months)  | $20.00
FVRCP  (Cats over 2 months)  |   $15.00
FELV |  (Cats over 2 months)  |   $15.00
Microchip  |  (Dogs or cats over 2 months)  |  $15.00

Please note: Cash is the only accepted form of payment.


Bark in the Park - Sylva, NC, Oct. 8

Screen Shot 2017-09-02 at 1.27.43 PMOn Sunday, October 8 from 1 to 5 PM, the town of Sylva will hold "Bark in the Park" at Mark Watson Park in Sylva, NC. Activities will include agility and tracking demonstrations, dancing dogs, K-9 bingo, dog adoptions, a doggie costume contest, vendors, food, and more.

The event is sponsored by the Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association. Admission is free and dogs on leash with current vaccinations are welcome.


Pet Fest - Asheville, Oct. 8

Screen Shot 2017-09-04 at 9.46.27 AMThe 3rd annual Pet Fest will be held on Sunday, October 8 from 12 to 3 PM at Asheville Outlets, 800 Brevard Road, Asheville. The event will feature activities for pets and their families, including educational advice, obedience tips, informational booths and displays, pet adoptions and more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local spay/neuter organizations and rescue transport programs.

Asheville Outlets will be teaming up with Critter Magazine to present Pet Fest. The Critter Magazine Cover Dog Competition will be held at 1 PM. Cost to participate is a $25 donation. Your dog could be chosen to be featured on the cover of Critter Magazine.

Throughout the weekend from Friday, October 6 through Sunday, October 8, Ingles and iHeart Radio Asheville will sponsor Ultimate Air Dogs at Asheville Outlets.

Image: Asheville Outlets 


Furry Friends Benefit Bash - Waynesville, Oct. 5

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The annual Furry Friends Benefit Bash to benefit Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation will be held on Thursday, October 5 from 6 to 9 PM at the Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville, NC.

The event is an evening of fun, food, music and lively live and silent auctions. Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased at Sarge's Adoption Center or online. For more information visit http://www.sargeanimals.org/news-and-events/ 


Tour the Asheville Animal Care Campus - Sept. 23

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Did 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 behind-the-scenes tour of the society's Adoption Center (14 Forever Friend Lane) and the Buncombe County Animal Shelter (16 Forever Friend Lane) on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 1:30 to 3:00 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.


$6 Adoption Fees Through Sept. 23 - Asheville

Screen Shot 2017-09-21 at 8.05.21 AMAll animals over 6 months old available for adoption for just $6 through Saturday, Sept. 23 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!


Dog Agility Trials - Waynesville, Sept. 22 - 24

Screen Shot 2017-09-02 at 11.40.26 AMThe Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association will be holding dog agility trials at the Haywood County Fairgrounds, 758 Crabtree Road, Waynesville, from Friday, Sept. 22 through Sunday, Sept. 24. Trial hours each day will be from 7 AM to 7 PM.

All breeds licensed by the American Kennel Club can participate. The event will be held outdoors in a covered arena. Vendors and food will be available. Admission is free and parking is available. Spectators are welcome, but no non-participating dogs are allowed.

For additional information, visit http://www.wcdfa.org/agility_trial_sept_2017.html


Doggie Ice Cream Social - West Asheville, Sept. 22

Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 9.33.58 AMGreg, who owns The Hop, doesn't just make fabulous ice cream, he's also a confirmed dog lover who does a lot for local humane efforts. Come on out and say thanks to Greg -- and enjoy some human and doggie ice cream at a special Doggie Ice Cream Social at The Hop Ice Creamery, 167 Haywood Road, West Asheville.

The Doggie Ice Cream Social will be held on Friday, September 22 from 3 to 9 PM. Greg will be opening up the outdoor space at The Ice Creamery to any and all leashed dogs (and their owners) who would like to join in. Happy Tails Doggie Ice Cream as well as ice cream of the human variety will be on the menu. (Note: This location is different from The Hop West ice cream cafe.) A portion of the proceeds will benefit Asheville Humane Society.


Wags to Riches - Hendersonville, Sept. 30

Screen Shot 2017-09-02 at 12.56.28 PMThe biggest fundraiser of the year for Blue Ridge Humane Society is "Wags to Riches," and this year, the festivities will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 6 to 10 PM at the Hendersonville Country Club, 1860 Hebron Road, Hendersonville, NC.

The gala event includes dinner, dancing, and a silent auction. Items for the auction include trip and sports tickets, jewelry, and more. The admission is $100 per ticket, of which $60 is tax-deductible.

Online registration is available starting September 20, as is online bidding for the auction. For further details and to register, visit https://www.blueridgehumane.org/wags/


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Sept. 24

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, Sept. 24. 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.


PetSmart Adoptathon - Asheville, Sept. 16, 17

StuartmilesfdpPetSmart's Fall Adoptathon is taking place on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16 and 17, at the PetSmart located at 150 Bleachery Blvd. in Asheville. Hours are 11 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and 11 AM to 3 PM on Sunday.

This major adoption event will feature animals from many local humane societies and animal rescue organizations. PetSmart Charities sponsors National Adoption Weekends four times per year at PetSmart stores.

Image: Stuart Miles, Freedigitalphotos.net


Mills River Valley Doggy Dash Race - Mills River, Sept. 17

Screen Shot 2017-09-02 at 11.27.10 AMOn Sunday, Sept. 17 from 9 AM to 12 PM, Trace & Company will sponsor the Mills River Valley 5K, 10K and 1 mile Doggy Dash. The event will be held at Mills River Park, 124 Town Center Drive in Mills River. Participants can bring their dogs along for the 1 mile fun run/walk race, which is suitable for all ages, levels, and types of dogs.

A portion of the proceeds from the $15 entry fee benefit Blue Ridge Humane Society.

Schedule

Packet Pick-Up:

Early race packet pick-up: Sept 15th from 5-7 pm at Mills River Park: Come to front of library for packet pick up

Day of race packet pick-up and race day registration: Mills River Park from 6:30 - 8:15 AM at the Mills River Park registration booth

SUNDAY, Sept 17th – RACE DAY!

6:30 a.m – 8:15 a.m – Packet Pickup at Registration Tent

8:30 a.m – 5k and 10K begins at start line in front of library at Mills River park.

8: 35 a.m – 1-mile Fun Run/Walk and Doggy Dash starts in front of library at Mills River park

9: 45 .a.m – Approximate beginning of the awards ceremonies with awards for all age group winners starting with 5k. 10k will follow depending on runners return rate

Parking:

As you approach the Park, you will be directed to one of two parking lots designated for the race.

 


Free Pet Safety Guide

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Whether you just got a dog or you've had one for some time, it's important to know that there can be hazards around your home that could be dangerous to your pet's well-being.

That's why you'll find a free online "Pet Safety Guide," courtesy of ADT Security, to be useful. This online, interactive guide allows you to click on various rooms in a typical home and find out how to pet-proof them. There are lots of important tips about what to look out for in such common areas as kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms, plus valuable information about maintaining a safe home exterior.

The Pet Safety Guide also includes a handy "Pet Home Safety Checklist" you can download, along with a comprehensive list of supplies you may need as a pet owner.

Check out the Pet Safety Guide here: http://www.adtsecurity.com/resources/pet-safety-guide/

In addition, during medical emergencies and times of need, some owners may not have the financial means to cover the high cost of emergency vet bills. To ensure every pet gets the help they need, the following state by state guide provides a list of the resources and organizations in each state that are offering financial assistance for pet owners in need:

https://www.thesimpledollar.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-financial-aid-for-pets/

 


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Sept. 17

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, Sept. 17. 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.