Hiking Hounds - Asheville, May 20

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 20. 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.


Monthly Low Cost Vaccines Starting in May in Hendersonville

Screen Shot 2018-03-27 at 5.15.10 PMIn an effort to make vaccinations accessible and affordable to the animal and residents of Henderson County, Blue Ridge Humane Society now offers low cost vaccines the third Monday of every month from 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM at our Adoption Center beginning May 2018. The Adoption Center is located at 88 Centipede Lane in Hendersonville, NC.

Before administering vaccinations, pets receive an examination from a licensed veterinarian, and owners are educated about the importance of preventive care when it comes to their pets health.

To receive vaccinations at a Blue Ridge Humane Society clinic, pet owners must meet ONE of the below required criteria:

  • Receive Public Assistance (SNAP, DSS, SSI, SSDI, unemployment, disability, Medicaid)
  • Fall below HUD Income Guidelines
  • Full-time college student
  • Military Service Member or Veteran

The day of the vaccinations, pet owners must bring with them the following items:

  • Please bring proof of prior vaccinations including a Rabies Certificate (a rabies tag will not count).
  • All animals should be in good health and have not shown previous signs of aggression.
  • All cats should be in carriers and all dogs should be leashed upon arrival.
  • Owner must bring proof of how they meet the required criteria for vaccination at a Blue Ridge Humane Society.
 Vaccine Prices
  • Rabies 1 year (Dogs or cats over 3 months) – $10.00
  • Rabies 3 year (Dogs or cats with rabies certificate, a tag will not count as proof of previous vaccination) – $10.00
  • Bordetella  (Dogs over 2 months) – $10.00
  • DA2PPV (Dogs 6 to 12 weeks) – $10.00
  • FVRCP (Cats over 2 months) – $10.00
  • Microchip (Dogs or cats over 2 months) -$15.00

For more information, visit: https://www.blueridgehumane.org/community-services/low-cost-vaccines/


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, May 13

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 13. 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.


WNC Pet Photo Contest in the Month of May

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In celebration of National Pet Month, Asheville Humane Society is hosting its first online photo contest for the pets of Western North Carolina!

Starting May 1, submit your favorite photo of your pet along with their story, and ask your friends and family to vote! The pet who has the most votes by June 1 will win the title "WNC’s Pet of the Year"!

Move over Miss Butterworth - our next pet celebrity is about to take the crown! Voting is open to the general public with $1 equaling 1 vote!

Show off your adorable pet while supporting the care of animals who are still waiting for their forever homes!

Prizes for top pets include:

  • Feature in Prestige Subaru ad campaign (pet must be available for photo shoot)
  • Photo session with professional photographer PLUS digital downloads
  • Free tickets to this year’s Taste of Compassion Gala (humans only)
  • Gift certificate to Patton Avenue Pet Company
  • Pet photo tile with permanent placement on wall at AHS Adoption Center

And more!

Sign up and vote here: https://www.gogophotocontest.com/ashevillehumane

The first 25 entrants will receive a free Premier Participant tag with your pet's photo entry on the front courtesy of Dog Tag Art!

You can enter your pet(s) starting that day, and throughout the month. Entries should include your pet's photo and story.

The three pets who receive the most votes will win prizes fit for a star! In addition, the judges will select two winners based on their stories (pet must have at least 50 votes to be eligible for these prizes). 

All species are encouraged to enter!

  • All entries and votes must be submitted by June 1st at 7:59:59 p.m. EST.
  • There is a $5 minimum donation to submit a pet's photo into the contest.
  • Each submission should only contain one pet, but you can submit other pets as separate entries.
  • Pets only. Photos cannot contain people or wildlife.
  • Your pet does NOT have to be adopted from Asheville Humane Society, or any other shelter, to be eligible to enter the contest.
  • Your pet must live in Western North Carolina to win the grand prize.
  • You may enter a deceased pet, but they cannot be eligible for top prizes.
  • All photos must be digital and do not need to be professional.
  • By submitting a photo to the contest, you affirm that you are the photographer, or have been given unrestricted use permission by the photographer, to include the photo.
  • Once entered, photo submissions become the property of AHS to be used at our discretion for print and marketing purposes.
  • AHS reserves the right to remove photo entries that are inappropriate or do not follow the rules of the contest. If this happens, we will contact you to see if the photo can be replaced with a new one.
  • Should your pet win one of the top three spots, you must be able to bring them to Asheville to pose for a photography session with one of our volunteer photographers.

April 30 - National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day

StuartmilesfdpIn honor of National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, April 30, we reprint the following from The Shelter Pet Project:

Ask anyone who has adopted a pet and they’ll share with you their story of love, fun and companionship. Why? Because shelter pets are amazing!

Within the next year, 29 million people just like you intend to bring a pet into their families. If fewer than 10 percent of them—just 2.4 million—choose to adopt, we will save all the dogs and cats who currently enter shelters but don’t find homes!

Remember: Dogs and cats who are taken into the care of shelters and rescue groups each year find themselves homeless through no fault of their own; “moving” and “landlord issues” are the top reasons people give up their pets.

This means shelters and rescues are full of loving, spayed or neutered, vaccinated and often trained pets who are just waiting to meet you! By adopting a cat or dog from a shelter or rescue, you can rest assured that you have not supported the puppy mill industry.

Adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue is a win-win, for you and the pet. So, what are you waiting for? Begin your search and start your own story today!

Image: Stuart Miles, freedigitalphotos.net


Greenville, SC Mutt Strut - April 28

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Join Greenville Humane Society on Saturday, April 28th at 8:30 a.m. for the 7th Annual Mutt Strut.

This year the two-mile walk/run is through beautiful DOWNTOWN Greenville. It begins and ends in the festive Mutt Market at Falls Park! It features free pizza from presenting sponsor Papa John's and a festival-like atmosphere with caricature artists, face painters, balloon artists, live music and doggy entertainment! You won't want to miss this family-friendly event, which benefits the Greenville Humane Society! Make sure to sign-up early and save $10 on your registration! Mutt Strut t-shirt and sponsor swag bag included! 

For further details and to register, go to: http://www.ghsmuttstrut.com/


Low Cost Vaccinations - Asheville, April 28

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 Saturday, April 28 from 11 AM to 2 PM at Emma Elementary School, 37 Brickyard Road, Asheville, NC 28806. 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.


Doggie Ice Cream Social - W. Asheville, April 26

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 Thursday, April 26 from 3 to 9 PM. Drop in any time. 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.


Tour the Animal Care Campus - Asheville, April 28

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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, April 28, from 1:30 to 3:00 PM. The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation required.

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, April 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, April 29. 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.


$5 Adoptions - Asheville, April 19 - 21

Today, April 19, is "National High-Five Day," and Asheville Humane Society is celebrating with $5 adoption fees! 

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Asheville Humane Society will give you a high five for adopting, and maybe your new furry friend will too - after a few treats, of course! This Thursday through Saturday, April 19 through 21, adoption fees for all animals (age 6 months and up) are just $5

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, behavioral training when appropriate, 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!

Stop by Asheville Humane Society's Adoption Center to meet the animals who are ready to highTAIL it home with you!


Resources to Find Pet-Friendly Housing in the Asheville Area

ID-100388315We hear quite frequently from local folks that it is not easy to find pet-friendly rentals in the Asheville area, so we thought we'd make you aware of resources available if you're searching for housing that accommodates your dog.

-A local real estate company, Alpha Real Estate, specializes in pet-friendly housing rentals.

-Apartment List has several listings for pet-friendly Asheville apartments: https://www.apartmentlist.com/nc/asheville/c/pet-friendly-apartments-for-rent

-A website service, Zumper.com, lists pet-friendly rentals by town. Here are links to a few of their listings: 

Asheville

Hendersonville

Weaverville

-Asheville Humane Society has an information page about pet-friendly housing, including tips for renters, online resources, local real estate agents, and a list of numerous pet-friendly apartment homes.

Image: Alex_Ugalek, Freedigitalphotos.net


Mutt Strut - Greenville, SC, April 28

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Join Greenville Humane Society on Saturday, April 28th at 8:30 a.m. for the 7th Annual Mutt Strut.

This year the two-mile walk/run is through beautiful DOWNTOWN Greenville. It begins and ends in the festive Mutt Market at Falls Park! It features free pizza from presenting sponsor Papa John's and a festival-like atmosphere with caricature artists, face painters, balloon artists, live music and doggy entertainment! You won't want to miss this family-friendly event, which benefits the Greenville Humane Society! Make sure to sign-up early and save $10 on your registration! Mutt Strut t-shirt and sponsor swag bag included! 

For further details and to register, go to: http://www.ghsmuttstrut.com/


New Dog Book by Local Behaviorist Launches - Asheville, April 14

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On Saturday, April 14 from 3 to 5 PM, Kim Brophey will be reading from and signing copies of her new book, Meet Your Dog, at the Asheville Mall Barnes and Noble on South Tunnel Road in Asheville.

Business owner and dog behavior expert Brophey just released this revolutionary new book that will change the way people view dog behavior. Kim is a nationally-recognized, certified animal behaviorist with her own dog behavior business, The Dog Door in Asheville.

In her book Meet Your Dog: The Game-Changing Guide to Understanding Your Dog’s Behavior she reveals her comprehensive framework known as L.E.G.S (Learning, Environment, Genetics, Self) which explains the four aspects of a dog’s behavior. The knowledge in this book can dramatically change how we view and relate to dogs, with the aim of keeping misunderstood dogs out of shelters and in happy homes. Asheville Humane Society will be instituting the L.E.G.S. system this Spring -- the first humane society in the nation to do so.

No dogs allowed at this event, please!

 


Asheville Restaurants with Menus for Dogs

ID-100236412Western North Carolina residents and visitors alike know that Asheville is a very dog-friendly city. In addition to lots of stores for dogs, including a dog bakery, most any Asheville restaurant with outdoor seating allows dogs to accompany diners. Now some restaurants have taken it a step further -- they even offer special menus for dogs.

According to this recent story in the Asheville Citizen-Times, several Asheville restaurants feature canine cuisine, including:

  • Twisted Laurel (entrees and treats) - outdoor seating
  • Posana (entrees and treats) - outdoor seating
  • Avenue M (treats) - outdoor patio
  • Battery Park Champagne Bar (treats) - outdoor seating
  • The Hop (doggie ice cream) - doggie socials
  • Ultimate Ice Cream (doggie ice cream)
  • Purple People Feeder (food truck; special dog bowl)

Of course, that doesn't even include all the places where you can take out a meal and enjoy it with your pup at Pack Square Park, Pritchard Park, or Carrier Park.

So next time you eat out, you can pick a place where you can feed Fido too!

Image: Khunaspix, Freedigitalphotos.net

 


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, April 15

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, April 15. 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.


Tour for Life - Boone, April 8

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On Sunday, April 8 from 11 AM to 4 PM, Watauga Humane Society joins North Shore Animal League America’s 2018 Tour For Life™ – the world’s largest national cooperative life-saving mobile pet adoption event - sponsored by Purina®. Highlighted by adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens, the event will also offer Purina® giveaways for all attendees.

The event will be held at the Boone Mall, 1180 Blowing Rock Road in Boone.

Tour For Life will travel throughout the United States from North to South and East to West in four “shelters on wheels” Mobile Pet Adoption Units helping shelter and rescue groups in 50 cities and towns in 37 states, over 20,000 miles to generate more awareness of their organizations and find homes for the adorable, adoptable animals in their care.


April 8 is National Dogfighting Awareness Day

ID-100271616It is difficult for dog lovers in the Carolina mountains to believe, but dogfighting is going on right here in North Carolina. That's why the ASPCA has declared April 8 "National Dogfighting Awareness Day." According to the ASPCA:

"Dogfighting is one of the most monstrous forms of animal cruelty. Forcing animals to maul each other for entertainment or profit has no place in our society.

"We’re constantly working to pass stronger laws to deter and address this abuse—dogfighting is a felony nationwide, but stiff penalties are only one piece of the puzzle. We also need to ensure that dogs rescued from fighting can be rehabilitated and rehomed quickly. Passage of the HEART (Help Extract Animals from Red TapeAct will reduce unnecessary delays in the rehoming of victims rescued in federal cases."

The ASPCA is asking all dog lovers to sign a petition to the U.S. Department of Justice to support passage of HEART. You can sign it here: https://secure.aspca.org/take-action/tell-the-department-of-justice-have-a-heart-on-animal-fighting

For additional information about dogfighting and what you can do to stop it, visit: 
https://www.aspca.org/news/what-dog-fighting-and-what-can-you-do-stop-it

Image: Patrisyu, freedigitalphotos.net


Run for the Paws - Asheville, April 22

Screen Shot 2018-03-27 at 4.43.02 PMOn Sunday, April 22, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue will present the 7th annual "Run for the Paws." The event takes place at Carrier Park on Amboy Road in Asheville from 9 AM to 1:30 PM.

Run for the Paws is the only 5K in Western North Carolina where dogs aren’t just allowed, they’re invited! Join hundreds of animal lovers and their four-legged friends in a run and walk to raise money for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Participants can choose to compete in the chip-timed 5K or stroll in the one mile walk. Afterwards, relax and enjoy the afternoon on the Carrier Park lawn with food vendors, music and fun activities.

For more details, visit the event's Facebook page. You can register in advance here:  https://racesonline.com/events/runforthepaws5k


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, April 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, April 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 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.