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March 2011

Free Help Sessions for Dog Owners

PetBehaviorAid A new group called Pet Behavior Aid formed by professional dog trainers is offering "Help Sessions" at Asheville Humane Society's Adoption & Education Center beginning in April. The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane in Asheville, behind Deal Motor Cars off Brevard Road. These sessions are free of charge and no pre-registration is required.

In the Dogs W.I.N. session (W.I.N. stands for "What Is Normal?"), attendees will learn about normal behaviors for dogs and how to provide appropriate outlets for natural behaviors. The Puppies W.I.N. session is especially for dog owners with puppies under 5 months of age.

Dogs W.I.N. will be held on Saturday, April 2 from 9 to 11 AM, and Thursday, April 21 from 7 to 9 PM. Puppies W.I.N. will be held on Thursday, April 7 from 7 to 9 PM, and Saturday, April 23 from 9 to 11 AM.

Pet Behavior Aid also holds Puppy Socials (pre-registration required), as well as puppy and dog training classes. For further information, visit the group's website:

Asheville Pet Expo, Apr. 2-3

Ashevillepetexpo The first annual Asheville Pet Expo will be held at the WNC Agricultural Center (across from the Asheville Airport) on Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3. Pet owners are invited to shop for products and services all in one place.

The Asheville Pet Expo will include educational sessions, demonstrations, hands-on activities, and more. Pet products vendors, groomers, veterinarians, rescue organizations, trainers, boarding/day care facilities, dog bakeries, and other vendors will be available.

The Expo runs from 9 AM - 5 PM on Saturday and 11 AM - 5 PM on Sunday. Adult admission is $7, children 6 - 15, $5 each, and children 5 and under are free. (Cash only.)

For more information, visit:

April and the ASPCA

April is "Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month," sponsored by the ASPCA. Events and activities will be held in cities around the country. You can learn more about the activities here:

Asheville Humane Society and Humane Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic work in partnership with the ASPCA, since Buncombe County, NC is one of the country's "Mission Orange" communities that receives guidance and support from the ASPCA.

View this video to see some of the activities that the ASPCA sponsors in April:


Run for the Paws 5K, Apr. 3, Fletcher, NC

Runforthepaws Come join in the fun at the 2nd Annual Run for the Paws 5K and 1 Mile Dog Walk on Sunday, April 3rd from 1:30 to 4 PM at Fletcher Park, Fletcher, NC in support of homeless animals, sponsored by Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. 

The race and walk are limited to 600 participants. You can register online by March 26th at, or at the event. The $25 race entrance fee includes an event t-shirt and light refreshments. More details at

The good times continue after the race at the Pet and Human Wellness Fair, featuring awards, live music and tasty food, pet games and grooming, and a pet vendor expo. Bring the whole family for a fun afternoon in the park.

Sarge's Opens New Adoption Center

SARGES Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation, long an advocate for increasing animal adoptions in Haywood County, will be opening its new Adoption Center on Saturday, March 26 at 256B Industrial Park Drive in Waynesville.  The grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony will be at 10 AM, and the public is invited to attend.

From 10 AM to 2 PM, Sarge's will hold an Adoption Day in conjunction with the opening of the new Adoption Center. There will be food, fun, and animals for adoption, along with hand-made art by "Youth for Sarge's."

 Click here for a map of where the new Adoption Center is located. Click here to view the report on WLOS-TV about the Adoption Center.

St. Catrick's Day at Asheville Humane-Adoptions $17!

Stcatricksday Asheville Humane Society is celebrating "Saint Catrick's Day" and the luck of the Irish will be with every adopter! For two days only, Wednesday and Thursday, March 16 - 17 from Noon to 8 PM, EVERY cat and EVERY dog will be available for the low adoption fee of just $17 each.

Every animal is spayed/neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated. Adopters get a free month of health insurance, a free vet visit, and a free starter bag of food.

You won't need to dress in green or dance a jig to SAVE A LIFE. Tell everyone you know about this special adoption event taking place at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center, located right off I-26 and I-40 near the Farmers Market.

For directions to the Adoption Center and to see animals available for adoption, visit: today.

NC Humane Lobby Day-April 12

ASPCA North Carolina Humane Lobby Day will be held at the State Capitol in Raleigh on Tuesday, April 12, from 9 AM to 4 PM. During Lobby Day, co-sponsored by the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and North Carolina Voters for Animal Welfare, you'll have the opportunity to be the voice for animals and provide in-person support for animal-friendly state bills that have been or soon will be introduced in teh North Carolina General Assembly. Puppy mill legislation is one of the top priorities.

The ASPCA will help prepare attendees to meet elected officials and their staffs with tips on lobbying and an overview of pending legislation, and they will also provide everyone with materials. You'll get to meet with both your state senator and representative.

North Carolina Humane Lobby Day will take place at the Legislative Building Auditorium, 16 West Jones Street, 3rd Floor, Raleigh, NC 27601.

There is no cost to attend, but the ASPCA requests that you register in advance here:

Your Dog and Cognitive Dysfunction

Olddog It's a fascinating fact that dogs seem to mirror humans in terms of longevity and diseases. As a result, the increasing incidence of Alzheimer's in humans is followed by an increasing incidence of cognitive dysfunction (CD) in dogs -- in essence, doggie Alzheimer's.

A recent issue of USA WEEKEND magazine carried a helpful article about ways to protect dogs from CD. It's worth reading here.

Additional tips for helping to prevent or delay CD in dogs were provided at the USA WEEKEND website. Basically, it's a good idea to provide your dog with a combination of "enrichment" and learning, regular exercise, and the right nutrition.

Teaching dogs tricks and behaviors keeps the brain stimulated. Taking dogs for walks seems to have a positive impact as well. Social activity stimulates canine brains, says Carl Cottman, director of Alzheimer's Research at the University of California, Irvine, so offering opportunities to interact with people as well as other dogs is helpful. "Rotating toys" could be useful to provide a changing environment, according to Nicholas Dodman, director of the Behavior Clinic of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, Massachusetts.

Cottman tells of a study in which dogs were exposed to ongoing education and regular exercise and fed an ant-aging diet. The dogs were tested for cognitive skills and the results were amazing. "It was a fantasy come true," says Cottman, "because the results were so definitive, proving social interactions, exercise, enrichment and diet really do make a significant difference in dogs."

NC to Cut Animal Welfare - Take Action!

ALERT Kimberley Alboum, North Carolina State Director for the Humane Society of the United States, has sent out this alert to all animal lovers.

Late yesterday afternoon the NC Department of Agriculture submitted their budget proposal, which calls for the elimination of the Animal Welfare Division. This would leave our shelters, boarding kennels, pet stores and rescues with no oversight. The proposal is to eliminate the Animal Welfare Division completely.

The Appropriations Committee (both House and Senate) is responsible for creating the final budget.  The subcommittees considering this proposal in both chambers are Natural and Economic Resources.  They will consider the proposal, put together a budget and present it in a few weeks. It is critical that they hear from voters. If we do not act it is possible that the Animal Welfare Division will be cut. This would be devastating to NC and our animals.

To contact the appropriate legislators, simply go to:

Try this Technique if Your Dog Pulls

Leashed walks with your dog should be a pleasant experience. You shouldn't be pulled and tugged all over the place. Unfortunately, many leashes permit and actually encourage just that. The most common way to attach a leash to a collar is clipping it on, and that simply gives a dog license to pull. In fact, "flexis" -- those popular flexible, retractable leashes -- simply exacerbate the situation, because dogs think they can go off on their own.

There are alternatives, such as "gentle leaders," which attach to the dog's muzzle, or harnesses that go around the body. These may be effective, but they cost more and may take some additional training.

Dogleash-loop-2 (2) Here's a technique that could save you a lot of headaches and frustration. Take any ordinary leash with a handle, and instead of attaching it to your dog's collar, slip the leash through the handle (see photo). Then put it around your dog's neck. Move the leash high up on the dog's neck so you can keep it snug and handle it from above. Keep the leash fairly short as you walk.

What does this accomplish? The leash acts as a slip-leash, allowing you to have more control by applying upward pressure. It usually only takes gentle upward pressure with a shortened leash to get your dog to walk by your side. An occasional gentle tug lets your dog know that you are in control. Always maintain a calm demeanor, giving gentle corrections if the dog tries to get ahead of you. Pretty soon, your dog should understand what you want and the walk should be a lot more pleasurable.

Dogleash-loop-side (2) Dogleash-loop-closeup (2) This method is preferable to letting a dog pull horizontally on a leash, which essentially means the dog is controlling the walk and pulling you. It is a simple, easy way to stay in control and have a more enjoyable walk.

Critter magazine

Crittermagazine If you're interested in adopting an animal and you live in or near the Asheville or Greenville areas, pick up a free copy of the monthly Critter magazine, generally available at shelters, rescue organizations, pet stores, and veterinary clinics.

Critter has helpful articles and ads from numerous area shelters and rescue organizations. The magazine focuses on adoption, awareness of spay/neuter as the best way to reduce animal over-population, and education, which includes a "Kids Page."

Critter publishes editions in Asheville, NC and Greenville, SC, as well as in Athens, GA, Chattanooga, TN, Gainesville, FL, Knoxville, TN, and Myrtle Beach, SC.

You can also read Critter online at

The Neighbor, Hendersonville-New Pet Sitter

Theneighbor There's a new service in Hendersonville that does just about everything: pet sitting, house sitting, dog walking, overnight stays, waste pickup, administering medication, emptying litter boxes, and even taxi service to dog appointments.

Cheri calls herself "The Neighbor" and she will not only pet sit and house sit, she'll also act as your personal assistant -- being available for on-site appointments, running errands, and so on -- if that's what you need. The Neighbor is fully insured, pet first-aid certified, and services a broad geographic area that includes southern Buncombe and Hendersonville counties.

For more information, visit or call (828) 423-4684.

Know Anyone Having Trouble with Vet Bills?

AAHA Helping Pets Fund Owning a dog is a responsibility and, in some cases, can lead to unaticipated costs. Veterinary care can be quite expensive, especially if it involves special treatment, surgery or other major services.

If you or anyone you know is having trouble with vet bills, you should be aware of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Helping Pets Fund. This fund was set up specifically to help pay for veterinary services administered to sick or injured pets who have been abandoned or whose owners are experiencing financial hardship. The AAHA Helping Pets Fund makes grants of up to $500 per calendar year to cover veterinary expenses, but the money is distributed only through an AAHA-accredited veterinarian, who must apply for a grant on behalf of the pet owners.

The AAHA Helping Pets Fund will make the award if an individual or family qualifies for Supplementary Security Income, Medicaid, Termporary Assistance for Needy Families, or Food Stamps and Unemployment combined. In addition, the AAHA Helping Pets Fund will consider cases of temporary financial hardship.

Any pet owner interested in taking advantage of this fund should ask their vet if he or she is AAHA-accredited and if a grant application can be completed on their behalf. Visit the fund's website for further details.