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September 2011

Animal Care Campus Birthday Bash, Asheville, Oct. 1

Birthdaybash Hard to believe, but it has been one year since the Buncombe County Animal Care Campus opened.

The Animal Care Campus consists of the new Buncombe County Animal Shelter and the new Asheville Humane Society Adoption & Education Center. These showcase facilities provide homes for the county's stray and surrendered animals and have helped dramatically increase the number of animals' lives saved by Asheville Humane Society -- a 50 percent increase over the previous year, in fact!

Come celebrate the one year birthday of the Animal Care Campus on Saturday, October 1 from 10 AM to 6 PM.

Bring along your doggies to get a free piece of birthday cake, courtesy of Three Dog Bakery. And please bring a gift or two for the animals. This is a great opportunity to visit the Adoption Center -- and it's also a great time to adopt, since to celebrate, every animal available can be adopted for 75 percent off the adoption fee!

The Animal Care Campus is located on Forever Friend Lane, right off Pond Road and Brevard Road, behind Deal Motor Cars and near the Farmers Market. Stop by and celebrate!

Helpful Info for Buncombe County Dog Owners

Question mark Need to know about licensing requirements, low cost rabies vaccinations, spay/neuter, animals that are lost or found, or any other information about domestic animals? Here are several useful sites to check out:

Asheville Animal Services
If you live within Asheville city limits, go here for information about spay/neuter requirements, dog licensing, and what to do about nuisance domestic animals.

Buncombe County Animal Control
Buncombe County residents outside Asheville city limits will find information here about county spay/neuter requirements, low cost rabies vaccinations, restraint of animals, animal cruelty, wildlife and more.

Asheville Humane Society
Asheville Humane Society operates the Buncombe County Animal Shelter and the Adoption Center, both located on the Animal Care Campus off Brevard Road, near the Farmers Market. Go here for information about adoptinos, lost and found, directions to the Campus, and other helpful information.

Humane Alliance
If you need to have your dog spayed or neutered at a low cost, visit the site of Humane Alliance of Western North Carolina. This is our area's high quality low cost spay/neuter clinic, and it is also a training center for spay/neuter clinics around the country.

Bark-n-Art! Asheville, Sept. 29

Dog artist SpringHill Suites by Marriott is sponsoring "Bark-n-Art!" on Thursday, September 29 from 5 to 8 PM at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott and Courtyard by Marriott hotels at One and Two Buckstone Place, Asheville (right off Tunnel Road, not far from Chili's).

The evening will feature a local artist showcase with works for sale, as well as some cute adoptable pets. Complimentary snacks will be provided and a cash bar will be available. All ages are welcome and all proceeds will benefit Asheville Humane Society.

Bark-n-Art! is part of a national ArtNight SpringHill Suites program that celebrates local art and originality. Support the local art scene and the homeless animals of Buncombe County at the same time -- come to Bark-n-Art!

1st Annual "Wiggle Butt," Fletcher-Oct. 2

Wncboxer WNC Boxer Rescue is sponsoring the 1st Annual Wiggle Butt 5K & 1 Mile Run/Walk on Sunday, October 2. It will be held at Fletcher Community Park, 85 Howard Gap Road in Fletcher.

Pre-registration begins at 12 PM. The 5K Run begins at 2 PM and the 1 Mile Run/Dog Walk begins at 3 PM. The event will also be a family fun day, including karaoke, face painting, space jumps, vendors, a health fair, and more.

All proceeds from the Wiggle Butt will benefit the nonprofit organization, WNC Boxer Rescue. The organization, located in Asheville, has saved over 100 boxers since its founding two years ago. WNC Boxer Rescue's primary goal is to rescue and place needy boxers. By participating in the day's events, you are directly helping the organization raise money to save neglected and abused boxers.

For more information, visit:


Baubles and Beverages for Bow-Wow's, Weaverville, Sept. 23

FOMCA Friends of Madison County Animals will be holding "Baubles and Beverages for Bow-Wow's," a special wine-tasting and jewelry sale to benefit its programs. The event will be held on Friday, September 23 from 5:30 to 8 PM at Maggie B's, 113 North Main Street, Weaverville. Maggie B's, named for a yellow Lab, is Weaverville's first ever wine and specialty food store. It is dog-friendly, with dog parking outside, a water bowl, and doggie treats.

Friends of Madison County Animals (FOMCA) works to reduce the number of unwanted animals in Madiscon County and sponsors numerous programs, including special events, spay/neuter, vaccination clinics, education, outreach, and more. For further information visit: .

Yappy Hour, Asheville, Sept. 20

Dog-wine-illustration-benningtonproperties Bring your doggies to Asheville Humane Society's Yappy Hour on Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 6 to 8 PM. It will be held in front of Travinia's restaurant in Biltmore Park. Yappy Hours are the place for cool canines to congregate. They'll enjoy special treats and drinks made especially for them while you'll get to mingle with other dog lovers!

This is the last Yappy Hour of the season so come on out and show your support. Admission is just $5 per person and dogs are free. The Yappy Hour is being sponsored by Mix 96.5 and Kia. All proceeds go to help the homeless animals of Buncombe County.

Illustration: Bennington Properties

Black Dog Syndrome

Black dog Do you own a black dog? Good for you!

The fact is black dogs (and cats) are often overlooked at animal shelters. It's a phenomenon called "Black Dog Syndrome." There are a number of reasons for this -- everything from superstition (they are thought to be bad luck), to the irrational fear that black dogs are more aggressive (not true), to the fact that black dogs don't "show" well because they don't reflect light and their eyes are harder to see (that is true). As an aside, we have a black lab mix that we adopted from an animal rescue organization many years ago. She is without a doubt the sweetest, gentlest dog we've ever owned.

Help your local animal shelter or rescue organization out by spreading the word that black animals get a bad rap. In fact, animal rescue organizations now have to use special marketing tactics to get people interested in black dogs and cats.

For more information about the myths and realities associated with black dogs, visit, a website that celebrates "the black pearls of the dog world."

Pet First Aid Class, Asheville, Sept. 17

Pet first aid The Mountain Area Red Cross will be holding a Pet First Aid Class, which will include CPR for pets, on Saturday, September 17 from 10 AM to 12 PM. The class will take place at 100 Edgewood Road in Asheville.

The $35 class fee includes comprehensive instruction and demonstrations, as well as a first aid guide and DVD for dogs or cats. Refreshments and door prizes will be available. Pre-registration is required.

For more information, call (828) 258-3888, ext. 207, or visit their website:

Rescue Dogs of 9/11

With the 10th anniversary of 9/11 on Sunday, we thought we would share a video that honors the rescue dogs who were among the heroes that day.

Also check out the website of an organization called Finding One Another to learn more about special tribute events this weekend, including the premiere of a documentary, "Dog Heroes of 9/11." 


Staying Alive Fund Raiser-Boone, Sept. 17

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Join the Watauga Humane Society for "STAYING ALIVE," the 2011 Fur Ball Fundraiser, to be held on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 5:30 to 11:30 PM at The Broyhill Inn and Conference Center on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone.

The event will feature a live auction, a silent auction, a wine raffle, dinner, and disco dancing to the music of "Soul Affirmation" with Ken & Amy LaDeroute. This fundraiser is to help animals stay alive in Watauga County.

For additional details, go to:

Search Dog Foundation Turns Shelter Dogs into Heroes

Here is a heartwarming video about "CNN Hero" Wilma Melville, the woman who founded the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation. This nonprofit organization trains dogs to be search-and-rescue specialists and matches up the dogs, many of who are from shelters, with a permanent handler. Since 1996, the group has trained 131 rescue teams around the country.