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June 2012

Low Cost Shot Clinic, Asheville, Weaverville-June 30

Dog_being_vaccinatedNeed to get your dog vaccinated? Come to a low-cost shot clinic on Saturday, June 30 at the following locations:

9 AM - Noon: Tractor Supply, Old Brevard Road, Asheville

1 PM - 3 PM: Tractor Supply, Monticello Road, Weaverville

1 and 3-year rabies shots are just $10. (You must have a prior certificate to get a 3-year vaccine.) DHLPP or DHPP is $15 and Bordetella (kennel cough) is $15. FVRCP/FELV combo for cats is $20.

This service is provided by James Boatwright, DVM. For more information call (828) 553-5792.

Why You Should Microchip Your Dog

ScreenHunter_02 Jun. 12 14.11If you lose your dog, you will have many anxious moments until it is found. You have a much better chance of your dog being found if he or she has been microchipped.

Having a microchip inserted into your pet is a safe, painless procedure. A microchip is a tiny device that carries a unique ID number. Most animal shelters and animal control organizations have microchip scanners that can read this number and connect it back to the pet owner. It is standard procedure to scan an animal for a microchip when it has no other identification.

Even if your dog has a collar and identification tag, a microchip is advisable. This is because it is easy for dogs to slip out of collars when they run off. Dogs can get their collars caught in branches and on fences, for example. Once the collar is gone, there is little hope the dog can be identified without a microchip. Nearly 60 percent of the animals that come through the Buncombe County Animal Shelter are strays. Imagine how much easier it would be to get these animals back to their owners if they were microchipped.

Your vet can microchip your dog or cat. If you are a Buncombe County resident, you can have your pet microchipped at the shelter at a reasonable cost. You can also obtain a FREE collar and pet ID tag through the rest of 2012. Call (828) 250-6430 for details.

Here's a handy tip: Be sure to keep your microchip information up to date. If you move or change your phone number, notify the microchip company. If you have your dog's microchip number (you can find this on adoption paperwork or on a microchip tag) but you aren't sure of the company, just go to and enter the number.

Moms, Dads and Dogs-BMW, Fletcher, June 23

ScreenHunter_03 Jun. 12 14.28BMW of Asheville will be hosting "The Moms & Dads & Dogs Festival" at their location, 649 New Airport Road in Fletcher, on Saturday, June 23 from 12 PM to 3 PM (right across from the Asheville Regional Airport).

Bring the family (including Fido on a leash, please) for lots of fun, food, a look at some slick vehicles, and a chance to meet the BMW mascot, Beemer. There'll also be animal-related sponsors and dogs available for adoption from Asheville Humane Society and other escue organizations.

Enjoy great food by Cornbread Skillet and Acropolis Pizza and goodies from Norman's Old Fashioned Ice Cream. Listen to live music by local duo Dust'n Dwynn. Get special deals from Chili's Restaurant and "ooo and ahhh" at the car show by American Cruisers of North Carolina. Meet Rain Hummingbird, internationally known pet communicator.

Admission is just $5 plus a bag of dog food, to be donated to animals in need. Visit for further details.

Carolina West Adoption Day, Boone, June 22

ScreenHunter_01 Jun. 07 15.42Carolina West Wireless of Boone and the Watauga Humane Society are pleased to announce their first collaborative pet adoption day to be held on Friday, June 22, 2012 from 11 am until 2 pm. This will be a wonderful opportunity for the community to come in and help out by offering up their arms and homes to a variety of amazing animals who will, in return, share an unparalleled measure of affection and companionship for years and years to come.  

Carolina West will be hosting the event at their Watauga Village location on Blowing Rock Road across from Walmart, between Gamestop and Sweet Frog. As partner to the event and believers in the power of a sheltered animal's capacity for affection, the company will offer a few special promotions to those who sign up during the hours of this event. There will also be doggy banks on site for those who wish to simply make a monetary contribution to the Humane Society as well as refreshments in-store. Come for an afternoon of fun, fur and friends.

Yappy Hour, Asheville, June 21

Dog drinking cocktailIt's another season of the area's finest event for Fido: Asheville Humane Society's Yappy Hours!

During the Spring and Summer months, your four-legged friend can enjoy specially made doggie treats and doggie drinks while socializing with other cool canines at various locations around town.

Come to a Yappy Hour, sponsored by Mix 96.5 and Kia, on Thursday, June 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Asheville Humane Society Adoptio Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). Dogs are always free and their people cost just $10 each. All proceeds benefit Asheville Humane Society and the homeless animals of Buncombe County. And you'll meet some wonderful doggies up for adoption, too!

For more information, visit .

Help Fight Dog Fighting and Puppy Mill Cruelty

PuppycageSadly, dog fighting still exists in the Carolina mountains. It is not unusual for local shelters to take in pit bulls with scars and other physical evidence of being used in this detestable activity.

The Humane Society of the United States has made a commitment to eliminate dog fighting, and it is backing up that commitment with a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a dogfighter. If you are aware of dog fighting, tip off the Humane Society by calling 1-877-TIP-HSUS. Your identity will be protected.

The Humane Society has just instituted a similar program for puppy mills, offering a reward of up to $5,000 to anyone who provides any information leading to the arrest and conviction of a puppy mill operator for illegal animal cruelty. Until the laws governing puppy mills in North Carolina are improved, this is one of the few real ways you can help informally regulate puppy mills. If you have a valid tip, you are encouraged to call 1-877-MILL-TIP. You will remain anonymous.

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Free "Housetraining 101" - Asheville, June 14

ScreenHunter_02 May. 23 15.15Pet Behavior Aid is offering "Housetraining 101," a free one hour housetraining help session, on Thursday, June 14 from 7 to 8 PM. The session will be conducted in the Asheville Humane Society education room at 14 Forever Friend Lane in Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads near the WNC Farmers Market).

Topics include:

  • How to teach your dog when and where to eliminate
  • Housetraining schedules
  • Management options including crate training
  • Proper accident cleanup
  • Troubleshooting

The help session is free and open to the public, but donations are accepted and appreciated. Humans only, please.

For more information, visit:, email, or call (828) 707-0644.

Dogs 'n' Suds, Waynesville, June 14

ScreenHunter_02 Jun. 07 16.08Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation will be holding "Dogs 'n' Suds," a fund raiser at Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville on Thursday, June 14 from 5 to 8 PM. Admission to the event includes a "dog," suds/soda, chips and dessert -- and lots of fun too!

Tickets are $20 in advance at Sarge's Adoption Center, Mountain Dream Realty, Jasper Carrot and Smoky Mountain Dog Bakery, or $25 at the door. A door prize will be awarded during the evening: a $100 gift certificate for The Chef's Table.

Visit for information.

Wags 'n' Rolls Adoption Event, Asheville, June 10

ScreenHunter_01 Jun. 04 10.35Animal Compassion Network (ACN) is holding "Wags 'n' Rolls," an adoption event, at the Roly Poly sandwich shop, located at 1550 Hendersonville Road in Asheville, on Sunday, June 10.

Enjoy rolled sandwiches and salads, plus get some free yogurt and meet ACN's adoptable pups. A portion of Roly Poly's sales that day will benefit ACN.

For more information, visit: .

Doggie Ice Cream Social, Asheville, June 7

ScreenHunter_01 May. 30 11.07For a licking good time, come to Animal Compassion Network's 4th annual Doggie Ice Cream Social at The Hop, 640 Merrimon Avenue in Asheville, on Thursday, June 7 from 6 to 8:30 PM.

Enjoy great flavors for yourself and doggie yogurt for your four-legged friend, since well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome outside on the patio. There will also be dogs visiting from Animal Compassion Network (ACN) that will be available for adoption. The Hop will donate 50% of all proceeds to ACN's foster/adoption programs.

Doggie Ice Cream Socials will also be held on July 5 and August 2, same time and place. For more information, visit

Free Puppy Social, Asheville, June 9

ID-10036262Your puppy needs socialization with other dogs to develop into a healthy, balanced pet. Join other puppy owners at a puppy social on Saturday, June 9 from 9 to 10 AM, at Asheville Humane Society's Adooption and Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Pond and Brevard Roads near the WNC Farmers Market).

Mingle with other puppy parents and get your training questions answered by certified trainers while your puppy romps with other pups and meets new and different people and things. Doggie treat bag and human treats provided for all participants.

- Ages 9-20 weeks of age
- Puppies must be healthy
- Must be in home at least 10 days prior to coming to social
- Must have at least 2 sets of vaccinations
(copy of vet records required)
- Rabies vaccine is required (16 weeks and older)

This is a FREE family friendly event, but space is limited! Reserve your puppy’s spot today. Call (828) 707-0644 or email to make a reservation. For more information visit

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NC Humane Lobby Day, Raleigh, June 13

ScreenHunter_03 May. 30 11.21North Carolina has a lot of work to do, especially when it comes to puppy mills and animal protection laws. Join the ASPCA, The Humane Society of the United States, North Carolina Voters for Animal Welfare, Susie’s Law and fellow animal lovers on Wednesday, June 13, in Raleigh for North Carolina Humane Lobby Day. It takes place from 9 AM to 4 PM in the Legislative Building Auditorium (Floor 3), 16 W. Jones Street in Raleigh. It's your opportunity to let state lawmakers know, in person, that you support animal protection and oppose laws that would allow animals to be hurt and exploited. 

Humane Lobby Day provides animal advocates with a structured, comfortable setting in which to meet their elected officials. Sponsors will organize and help prepare attendees for these meetings with insider tips and an overview of pending or upcoming legislation that directly impacts animals. New bills are filed every day, but North Carolina Humane Lobby Day topics will certainly include eliminating puppy mills. This annual event is critical to humane lobbying efforts, is a great networking activity, and is invigorating, inspiring and very personally rewarding.

There is no cost to attend this event but registration is strongly recommended. To sign up via the Humane Society, go here.