PetFest Health Fair - Asheville, Sept. 16

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The PetFest Health Fair for People & Pets will be held on Sunday, September 16, from 1 to 4 PM at Asheville Outlets, 800 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC 28806. Also during this time, as well as Friday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Sept. 15, the three-day qualifier for the Ingles Ultimate Air Dog Competition will take place in front of Field & Stream at Asheville Outlets.

Join Asheville Humane Society at this pet-friendly event featuring activities for pets and their families including: educational advice, obedience tips, informational booths and displays, pet adoptions and much more! Dog owners who think their dog should be “in pictures” will love the Critter Magazine Cover Dog Competition that will be held at 1 p.m. Cost to participate  in the competitions is a $25 donation. The winner will be featured on the cover of Critter Magazine.

A portion of the proceeds from the Health Fair for People & Pets will benefit CarePartners Foundation and local spay/neuter organizations and rescue transport programs.

Image: Asheville Outlets


Dog Day Afternoon - Asheville, Sept. 15

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Dog Day Afternoon will be held on Saturday, September 15 from 12 to 4 PM at Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Drive in the River Arts District, Asheville, NC 28801.

Dog Day Afternoon, sponsored by radio station Mix 96.5 is WNC’s largest dog-centric, family friendly event! It’s a spectacular celebration of our beloved furry friends featuring:

  • Canines in the Clouds, the ultimate sport, stunt and trick dog show
  • a Huge Adopt-a-Thon with lovable animals from local rescue organizations
  • doggie contests including the Fastest Dog in Asheville
  • Wiener Dog Race
  • Pet Supply and Services Vendors
  • Music
  • Food and Beer

The A-B Tech Pet University will feature chats all day from experts on training, and new pet products, such as CBD oils blended especially for dogs.

Tickets are just $8 at the entrance. Kids under 10 and all dogs get in free. A portion of the proceeds supporting Asheville Humane Society, Mountain Pet Rescue, and Boxer Butts and Other Mutts.

Prestige Subaru is also giving you a chance to experience the 2019 Subaru Ascent, featuring standard symmetrical all-wheel drive for all your adventure needs, now with available “New Dog Smell” from Asheville Humane Society. 

Image: Mix 96.5  


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Sept. 16

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, September 16. 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.


Go See "Life in the Doghouse" - Playing Now at The Grail

Screen Shot 2018-09-08 at 10.44.10 AMHere's a movie dog lovers shouldn't miss: "Life in the Doghouse." This documentary is the heartwarming story of "Danny and Ron's Rescue," a South Carolina animal rescue that has saved the lives of 11,000 animals. Danny and Ron got their start rescuing animals after Hurricane Katrina and never looked back. This movie is a rare look at how these two men have literally turned their home into a dog rescue operation. It's a remarkable story about animal rescuers that all animal lovers will appreciate.

"Life in the Doghouse" is now playing at the Grail Moviehouse in Asheville. Watch the trailer, find movie times, and buy tickets here: http://www.grailmoviehouse.com/coming-soon-blog//life-in-the-doghouse

The Grail is also generously supporting Asheville Humane Society during the showing of this movie, so please make a donation on their website or at the theatre to help local animals in need.

 


$5 Adoptions Through Sept. 8 - Asheville

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$5 ADOPTIONS for all animals 6 months and older.

Asheville Humane Society is currently receiving an average of 30 new animals in need EVERY DAY! NOW through Saturday, adopt any pet (age 6 months & up) and get priceless love for the cost of a pumpkin spice latte! For just $5, you can spice up your life with a loving pet who will be by your side through every season!

Can't adopt? PLEASE SHARE! Tag a friend who loves pumpkin spice (and pets!)

All adoptions include spay/neuter, microchip, all up-to-date vaccines, initial flea and heartworm preventive, a free starter bag of food, and an optional month of free pet health insurance!

Visit the Adoption Center at 14 Forever Friend Lane, off Brevard and Pond Roads near the WNC Farmers Market. Hours are 10 AM to 6 PM Tuesday through Saturday, with 1 to 2 PM reserved for naptime. The website (http://www.ashevillehumane.org) is updated in real time. If an animal's photo appears on the site, that animal is still available for adoption at that time!


The Challenge of Renting with Pets

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In the Asheville area, renting a house or apartment with a pet is a challenge. In general, renting with a pet, especially a larger dog, can be challenging, wherever you live. Some rental properties even place restrictions on certain dog breeds. It can be such a tough problem that some renters will even surrender their pets if they can't find pet-friendly rentals. That's why, several months ago, Carolina Mountain Dog published a listing of some local resources for pet-friendly housing.

An infographic from Tails Pet Magazine might also be helpful. "Renting with Pets: The Good, the Bad, and the Frustrating" covers pets and the rental market, pet rental fees, and has suggestions for "finding your perfect pet-friendly rental."

Check out the infographic here: http://www.tailsinc.com/2018/08/renting-with-pets-good-bad-frustrating/ 


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Sept. 9

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, September 9. 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.


How Trained Therapy Dogs can Positively Impact Mental Health

Guest Post by Jennifer Scott

JuliaJaneta-unsplash.comDogs are often thought of as “man’s best friend.” This is especially true with individuals who are suffering from decreased mental health. Therapy dogs or “comfort dogs” have the job of supporting a person who is suffering from a mental disorder by providing comfort and attention. Therapy dogs often have very sweet demeanors and are full of love to give. They often live in homes, but they are also available to visit people in hospitals, schools, nursing homes, and hospice homes. Because they are patient and unbothered by strangers hugging them, they can improve the mental health of just about anyone.

Read on below to see how therapy dogs can positively impact mental health and give you a better outlook on life.

Improve Moods

Therapy dogs are known to be positive mood boosters for anyone suffering from autism, bipolar disorder, depression, ADHD, PTSD, and Alzheimer’s disease. This is because interacting with dogs can raise levels of oxytocin and dopamine, which are the feel-good hormones in our body. A dog has a way of adding unconditional love to your life, even if you’re suffering from a mental disorder. Dogs fulfill the basic human need of touch. In fact, they love to be pet, which only encourages us. Even when we’re stressed, just petting a dog can rapidly calm us down.

Decrease Stress

A side effect of a lot of different types of mental disorders is anxiety. Anyone with anxiety knows how hard it is to control. Therapy dogs can help with that because they decrease stress. Being around a trained cat or dog can lower your blood pressure, which is a big physical measure of stress. When you own a dog, you also get more exercise than people who don’t own a dog. That’s because you’re constantly taking your dog out for walks or outside to play. Exercise can help you greatly reduce stress and depression. Pets also help you stay in the moment and keep your focus on the now instead of worrying about past or future events.

Ease Loneliness

Low mental health can make you feel lonely. Therapy dogs can change that. Not only do pets provide companionship, but they encourage friendly interactions with others, which can lower your levels of depression. Pets change your perception of others -- and their perception of you. Pets make you appear more approachable, and in turn, you view anyone who has a pet to be more approachable. Dogs provide a great ice breaker when meeting strangers.

Go Outside

Whether you’re taking your dog on a walk or going to play fetch in the park, one thing is for sure: dogs get you outside. This is crucial when you’re suffering from low mental health because sun and fresh air can help elevate your mood, along with vitamin D exposure that you probably need. Vitamin D helps fight mental conditions, including depression. Getting outside also exposes you to nature, which has a way of calming us down. Taking a deep breath outside while taking in the view can help us stay present in the moment and give us a sense of calm.

Don’t Forget to Pet-Proof Your Home and Yard

You want your home to be safe for your therapy dog, so make sure to pet-proof it before you bring them home. This includes cleaning up any clutter around your home, putting any meditations in cabinets, putting away toxic chemicals, and keeping foods and plants out of reach. Pet-proofing your home also means making sure your backyard is safe for your pet. Choose dog-safe flowers and plants for your yard. Also, secure your trash cans and garbage from your pet. If you have a swimming pool, be sure to put a fence around it.

Talk to Your Pet

Above all else, if you ever feel like you have to get something off your chest but don’t want to confide in anyone close to you, your dog or cat can be a great listener. You can talk to your pet about your daily struggles, your hopes, your fears -- anything. And, they won’t judge you. It can be a great option for people who are too afraid to bring up issues to their family or friends.

Jennifer Scott has experienced anxiety and depression since she was a teenager. She shares stories about the ups and downs of her anxiety and depression at http://spiritfinder.org/

Image: Julia Janeta, Unsplash.com

 


$5 Dog Adoptions Through Sept. 1 in Asheville

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$5 Bark to School Special!

On Thursday through Saturday, August 30 - September 1, from 10 am to 6 pm, Asheville Humane Society will offer $5 fees for all dogs age 6 months and up! If you can’t adopt, please SHARE!

Asheville Humane Society's Adoption Center has been consistently FULL all summer long. Even though hundreds of animals found their forever homes this month, more pets are being brought to the Buncombe County Animal Shelter each day and space is scarce. AHS really needs your help this Labor Day Weekend! Take home priceless love for just $5, and head bark to school with a new best friend!

All adoptions include spay/neuter, microchip, all up-to-date vaccines, initial flea and heartworm preventive, a free starter bag of food, and a month of free pet health insurance!

Thank you to Four Seasons Plumbing for their amazing support all year long!! Their generous sponsorship of AHS adoption ads helps spread the word about all the animals in need!

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!


Vaccine Clinic - Greenville, SC, Sep. 1

Screen Shot 2018-07-30 at 11.00.01 AMNo appointment necessary for the monthly Saturday Vaccine Clinic at Greenville Humane Society. Get all of your animal's shots starting at just $9, with no additional fees. Greenville Humane Society also offers heartworm testing, rabies vaccines, ear cleaning, microchipping and much more. Be sure to also get your pet's flea/tick/heartworm preventative while you're there!

The vaccine clinic is held the first Saturday of every month from 9 AM to 12 PM. The September vaccine clinic is September 1.

Greenville Humane Society also offers low-cost spay/neuter at just $20 for dogs under 25 pounds. Visit https://www.greenvillehumane.com/ for further information.


Doggie Ice Cream Social - West Asheville, Aug 30

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, August 30 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.


Low-cost Shot Clinic - Candler, Aug. 25

Praisaeng-freedigOn Saturday, July 28 from  12 - 3pm, there is a low-cost rabies and shot clinic with James Boatwright, DVM.

Pricing is as follows:

$15 / 1 year rabies

$20 / 3 year rabies  (Dogs or cats with rabies paper certificate)

$20 / DHPP combo for dogs

$10 / Lepto

$20 / Bordetella (dogs)

$25 / FVRCP/FELV combo for cats

This clinic is located at Candler Feed & Seed, 1275 Smokey Park Highway, Candler, NC.

For more information, call 1-828-553-5792

Image: Praisaeng, freedigitalphotos.net


Tour the Animal Care Campus - Asheville, Aug. 25

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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, August 25, 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.


Dog Days of Summer at Wedge Studios - Asheville, Aug. 25

Screen Shot 2018-07-30 at 10.48.54 AMAsheville Humane Society will have adoptable pups throughout the artist studios of the Wedge building on Saturday, August 25 from 11 AM - 3 PM.

Several of the studios will donate 10% of the day's proceeds to Asheville Humane Society.  A $25 donation to AHS will enter you in a raffle for an 8x8 custom commission of your pet portrait by artist Patricia Hargrove.

Wedge Studios is located at 121 Roberts Street in the River Arts District of Asheville 28801.

Image: Pet portrait by Patricia Hargrove.


Introducing Your Cat to a Dog

Guest Post by Mary Nielsen

Dog-2606759_1920Suppose you have a cat and you want to introduce her to a new dog you are adding to your household. Or what if you already have a dog and you want to introduce him to a new cat? It's a challenge, but it is possible with the right approach.

After learning about jealousy in cats, you may want to prevent jealousy by gently introducing your cat to a new cat in the household. But what if it's a dog? "To fight like cats and dogs" is a tired cliché, but based on truth. It stems from a language barrier. What a cat thinks is a friendly greeting, a dog thinks is an unwarranted expression of dominance. What a dog thinks of as a friendly greeting, a cat thinks is a sign of aggression. The best way to overcome this language barrier is to introduce them as puppy and kitten, while they're so naïve that everything seems new and different. Of course, that's not always possible.

Before You Get Started

If at all possible, get a cat and dog with similar personalities. If the situation is due to a blended family or other cohabitation, this may not be an option. It's preferable to start with animals that have lived with other animals before. The dog should know the commands "sit", "no" and "stay" and be leash-trained. Aggressive animals (even if only in play) will not match well with nervous, shy animals. While it's best to introduce a puppy and a kitten to each other, two elderly animals might be able to quietly tolerate each other. In the case of puppies and kittens, supervise their playtime to make sure they don't hurt themselves.

If possible, let the cat and dog take turns roaming freely about the house while the other visits a friend or family member. This way, they'll know each other by scent when they first meet.

The Pavlovian Method

Your cat will need to be isolated for a while with food, water, litter box and bedding. You may come in to visit, but the dog should stay out. For at least a week, the cat and dog must eat on opposite sides of a solid door. If your dog barks, whines or paws at the door, give him a calm but firm "No!" and move his bowl away from the door. Gradually move the food bowls closer to the door over the week until they're practically eating side by side if not for the door. You can also rub one with a rag and put it near the other's bowl so they can smell it while eating. In time, they'll come to see each other's scent as pleasant.

Face to Face

For their first face to face meeting, there should be a handler for each animal. Pets can pick up on fear and nervousness, so try to keep calm. The dog should be leashed and the cat should have access to her safe space, be that a carrier, kitty condo or space under the bed. Calmly and gently let the cat and dog see and smell each other. Speak in a composed, reassuring voice. If things take a turn for the worse (one or both lunges at the other, for example) the dog can be pulled back on a leash and commanded "No! Sit!" The cat will most likely retreat to someplace safe. Repeat this several times, gradually lengthening the time of the visits.

Never punish a pet for a bad reaction to another. You don't want them to associate the other animal with punishment. Do reward them for good behavior. Some dog breeds that have a high prey instinct (hounds, spaniels and terriers) may never acclimate to a cat's presence. Of course, if the dog is of a toy group (such as a Yorkie or Chihuahua) you may have to tell your cat to play nice! Even if your cat and dog do learn to accept each other, keep food and litter boxes where the one who shouldn't use it can't get to it.

Mary Nielsen founded FelineLiving.net and is a passionate cat lover, blogger, and part-time music teacher. She founded her blog to share her ups and downs of being a pet parent to a bunch of adorable kittens and cats. When she is not playing with them or teaching, you can find her experimenting in the kitchen.

Image: Pixabay


Reduced or No-Fee Adoptions at 9 WNC Shelters - Aug. 16-19

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Get ready to adopt your best friend at the massive "No Pets Left Behind" adoption extravaganza the weekend of August 18! In Western North Carolina, 9 shelters, humane societies and rescue organizations will be offering special pricing -- either extremely reduced fees or no fees at all -- for adorable, adoptable animals. Here are the details:

Asheville Humane Society
(Sponsored by Apple Tree Honda)

Event Days and Hours: Thursday-Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 1pm-6pm
Event Location: Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center, 14 Forever Friend Ln. Asheville, NC 28806
Promotion Details: Fee-waived on all pets
View Adoptable Pets

Blue Ridge Humane Society

Event Days and Hours: Friday 10am-7pm and Saturday 10am-5pm
Event Location: Blue Ridge Humane Society, 88 Centipede Ln, Hendersonville, NC 28792
Promotion Details: "Pick Your Own Adoption Fee"
View Adoptable Pets

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue

Event Days and Hours: Friday 10am-7pm and Saturday 10am-6pm
Event Location: Brother Wolf Adoption Center, 31 Glendale Ave, Asheville, NC 28803
Promotion Details: Fee-waived pets with length of stay over 3 months
View Adoptable Pets

Foothills Humane Society

Event Days and Hours: Friday and Saturday 11am-5pm
Event Location: Foothills Humane Society, 989 Little Mountain Rd, Columbus, NC 28722
Promotion Details: All pets $5
View Adoptable Pets

Mitchell County Animal Rescue

Event Days and Hours:Thursday and Friday 10am-4:30pm. CLOSED ON SATURDAY
Event Location: Mitchell County Animal Rescue, 2492 US-19E, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Promotion Details: Cats fee-waived, dogs half price 
View Adoptable Pets

Mountain Pet Rescue

Event Days and Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm
Event Location: The Thrift Hound Thrift Store, 232 New Leicester Hwy, Asheville, NC 28806
Promotion Details: All pets half price
View Adoptable Pets

Rusty's Legacy

Event Days and Hours: Saturday, Time TBD
Event Location: PetSmart, 150 Bleachery Blvd, Asheville, NC 28805
Promotion Details: $100 adoption fee
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Transylvania County Animal Services

Event Days and Hours: Friday 10am – 5:30pm and Saturday 10am – 4pm
Event Location: Transylvania County Animal Services, 1124 Old Rosman Hwy, Brevard, NC 28712
Promotion Details: Half price for all adult pets
View Adoptable Pets

Yancey County Humane Society

Event Days and Hours: TBD
Event Location: Yancey County Humane Society, 962 Cane River School Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714 
Petco, 964 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804
Promotion Details: All pets fee-waived
View Adoptable Pets


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Aug. 26

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, August 26. 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.


Pilates with Puppies - Asheville, Sept. 22

Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 3.04.01 PMOn Saturday, Sept. 22, Cisco Pilates will hold a "Pilates with Puppies" class from 9 AM to 10 AM, and again from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM -- 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 $15, which is a donation to Asheville Humane Society on behalf of Buncombe County animals.

Pre-registration is required and these classes are very popular. 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


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Aug. 12

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, August 12. 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.