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January 2014

"Kiss-A-Bull" at Asheville Humane Society, Feb. 1

Beemer-at-bmw-fund-raiserOn Saturday, February 1, you have the rare opportunity to find out just how friendly and lovable pit bulls can be! Come and kiss Beemer, "The Ultimate Kissing Machine," who appears courtesy of BMW of Asheville. Beemer, a sweet eight year old pit bull, will be available from 10 AM to 2 PM in her very own kissing booth.

For just a $5 donation, you will receive a keepsake photo of you sharing the love with Beemer. Or, you can adopt and smooch the new love of your life at the Adoption Center and get your photo taken.

Either way, all proceeds benefit local animals in need. And if you're interested in adopting a cat, keep in mind that you can name your own price on any adult cat in the Adoption Center!

The Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center is open from 10 AM to 6 PM and is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, on the Animal Care Campus in Asheville -- right off Brevard and Pond Roads, behind Harmony Audi/VW, near the WNC Farmers Market.

Check out all the adorable adoptables at

Sarge's Breaks Adoption Records in Waynesville

ScreenHunter_02 Jan. 17 17.00Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation in Waynesville set a record pace for adoptions in Haywood County through the end of 2013, with a total of 775 animals being adopted (309 cats, 465 dogs, and 1 pig). This is a 24 percent increase vs. the 2012 total year adoptions of 627 animals. It translates to a 33 percent growth rate for cats and 18 percent for dogs. 

When the animal transports and breed rescues are included, the total number of animals saved for 2013 was 1,104, a 19 percent increase vs. 2012. Sarge’s transport effort is an essential part of the group’s mission to place Haywood County dogs into forever homes. In 2013, 304 dogs were moved from Waynesville to rescue partners in states where developed spay/neuter programs are so successful,
there is more demand for dogs than are available locally.

There are many Sarge’s activities in planning for 2014, so mark your calendars for Sarge’s annual meeting March 20, the annual Dog & Suds fundraiser May 15, the ever-popular annual Downtown Dog Walk Aug. 2, the big Furry Friends Benefi t Bash Oct. 2. And, to add to the excitement, a Cat Show fundraiser is in the planning stages for June 28.

For more information visit

"10Best Readers' Choice" Pet-friendly Hotels in the U.S.

ScreenHunter_07 Jan. 01 17.07According to USA TODAY, here are readers' ten favorite U.S. pet-friendly resorts and hotels for 2013 (and what they offer for pets):

1. El Portal Sedona Hotel - Sedona, AZ; fenced yards and free pet-sitters.

2. Red Mountain Resort - St. George, UT; offers hikes with shelter pets.

3. The Benjamin - New York, NY; pet mini-bar, on-call vet, BarkBox goodies.

4. Fairmont - Washington, DC; pet treats by the Executive Chef during afternoon tea.

5. Hotel Monaco - Alexandria, VA; yappy hour; no fees for guest pets.

6. W Hotel Midtown - Atlanta, GA; yappy hour; walking distance to Piedmont Park.

7. Loews Coronado Bay Resort - San Diego, CA; doggie surf lessons; room service for canine menu.

8. The Little Nell - Aspen, CO; puppy jet lag kit; free book on peti-quette.

9. The Loden - Vancouver, BC; walk to Stanley Park; free Modern Dog magazine.

10. Galleria Park Hotel - San Francisco, CA; eco-friendly dog bowls; yappy hour with big views.

Winter Paws Dog Show-Blowing Rock, Jan. 26

DogShowpic9Show off your four legged best friend or just come to see the cutest dogs around in the Winter Paws Dog Show on Sunday, January 26th beginning at 1:30 pm. The show will be held in the Gymnasium at Blowing Rock Elementary School on Morris Street in Blowing Rock, NC.

Registration at the door for all dogs begins at 12:45 pm.

There is a $10 entry fee for first two categories; $15 for three or more categories. Categories include Most Mysterious Heritage, Best Wiggle Butt (Tail-Wagger), Most Clever Dog Trick, Best Dog/Owner Look-a-like, Best Winter Wear and finally, Sweetest Face. 

The winner from each category goes on to compete for the title of Best in Show and the Grand Prize.

100% of the proceeds from the Winter Paws Dog Show go to the Watauga Humane Society. This event is sponsored by Victoria's Paw Spa and the Watauga Humane Society. For more information, visit .

Image: Watauga Humane Society


"You Rescue Me" Contest Focuses on How Dogs Save Humans

ScreenHunter_02 Jan. 22 15.11American Dog Rescue Foundation is putting a new spin on dog rescue, with a new national contest that runs through Wednesday, January 29. The “You Rescue Me” contest is intended to celebrate man’s best friend in an entirely new way—by focusing on how dogs rescue humans, rather than the other way around.

Contestants from across the U.S. can enter by uploading a video (one-minute maximum length) of their human/dog rescue story on the American Dog Rescue Facebook page any time up until January 29, with American Dog Rescue Facebook fans choosing a winner via voting that ends February 13. The grand prize of $1,000 to the winner’s favorite animal charity will be awarded on Valentine’s Day, in honor of the love humans and canines share. Second and third prizes of $500 and $250, respectively, will be awarded to those entrants’ favorite animal charities as well.

“This contest is the perfect way to celebrate our furry friends and the unconditional love they provide us,” American Dog Rescue Foundation founder Arthur E. Benjamin said. “We’ll have a lot of fun, be inspired and most importantly give away almost $2,000 to worthy charities that help animals in need every day. I know my dogs have rescued me countless times throughout the years and can’t wait to hear many more great stories.”

All who enter the contest (while supplies last) will also receive a free DVD copy of “My Dog The Champion,” an inspirational and heartwarming new movie executive produced by Benjamin. The official DVD release date is February 4, so American Dog Rescue fans can get an early sneak peek by entering “You Rescue Me.” The trailer of the film can be viewed by clicking here.

For more information about “You Rescue Me,” please visit

Low Cost Vaccinations-Asheville, Jan. 26

Dog_being_vaccinatedThe Buncombe County Department of Health, Buncombe County Sheriff's Animal Services Division, and Asheville Humane Society are collaborating in 2014 to provide animal owners with access to low cost vaccinations, microchips and ID tagging.

Come to a vaccination clinic on Sunday, January 26 from 1 to 5 PM at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville. (This facility is located on the Animal Care Campus, next door to the Buncombe County Animal Shelter. Forever Friend Lane is located off Pond and Brevard Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market and behind Harmony Motorcars.)

Services provided:

Rabies 1 year - (Dogs or cats over 4 months)  - $11.00

Rabies 3 year - (Dogs or cats over 4 months with rabies certificate to prove current on rabies) - $11.00  

Bordetella - Kennel cough - (Dogs over 2 months)  - $15.00                                                   

DAPP - Distemper, Adenoxirus Type 2, Parainfluenza and Parvo - (Dogs over 2 months)  - $15.00

FVRCP/FELV - Rhinotracheitis, Calici, Panleukopenia and Leukemia - (Cats over 2 months) - $20.00

Microchip - (Dogs or cats over 2 months)  - $10.00 

**Cash is the only accepted form of payment.**

ReTail Scene: Hill's Science Diet Fruity Snacks

ScreenHunter_02 Jan. 08 10.17Dog owners are always looking for all natural, made in the U.S.A. healthy snacks to use as treats for their pups. Here's a great product that fits the bill: Hill's Science Diet Fruity Snacks.

Created by Hill's, the leading maker of high quality dog food, Fruity Snacks are naturally preserved, with no corn, artificial colors or flavors. Fruity Snacks are available in two flavors: Apples & Oatmeal and Cranberries & Oatmeal. Both flavors offer natural sources of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. The snacks are just the right size for medium and large dogs. Chester, the Carolina Mountain Dog mascot, thinks the Apples & Oatmeal snacks are just yummy!

You can get Hill's Science Diet Fruity Snacks from, on sale now for $4.79 per bag. is an online store for pet lovers with over 200 brands of dog food, treats and other great stuff. Everything you purchase from is conveniently delivered to your door, with 1 or 2 day delivery, and free shipping on orders of $49 or more. offers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, and's customer service is open 24/7 and aims to please. 

Benefit for Husky Rescue-West Asheville, Jan. 18

ScreenHunter_02 Jan. 15 18.19A benefit show featuring Sons of Ralph will be held on behalf of Blue Ridge Husky Rescue on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 9 PM at The Odditorium, 1045 Haywood Road, West Asheville. Admission is $10.

Blue Ridge Husky Rescue, celebrating its second anniversary, will hold a fundraising event with raffle prizes, auction, and music by Sons of Ralph.

Blue Ridge Husky Rescue is a local animal rescue organization focusing its efforts exclusively on saving huskies. The organization needs donations, volunteers and foster homes. For additional information, visit: 

Image: Blue Ridge Husky Rescue

Donate to the Animals at Recycle Day, Jan. 18

ScreenHunter_01 Jan. 11 14.46Asheville Humane Society partners with Asheville Greenworks and Rainbow Recycling for the 2014 West Buncombe "Hard 2 Recycle Collection Day" on Saturday, January 18 from 11 AM to 3 PM. The collection day location is Aaron's in Park Terrace Center, 1298 Patton Avenue, Asheville.

Asheville Humane Society will be collecting animal sanctuary reuse items including: wire and plastic crates, blankest and towels, leashes (non retractable), pet toys, shoe boxes and grocery bags. The Society will also be collecting dog and cat food and clay kitty litter for the Foster and Safety Net Programs.

For a full list of items being collected please visit  

"Resolve to Adopt!" Adoption Event, Asheville, Jan. 17-18

ScreenHunter_01 Jan. 15 18.10Made your resolutions yet? One of them should be to adopt the love of your life from Asheville Humane Society. On Friday and Saturday, January 17 and 18 from 10 AM to 6 PM, you can do just that. Start the year off right by adopting a dog for just $14 (excluding puppies), or a cat 6 months or older at no cost!

Asheville Humane Society operates the only open-admission facility in Buncombe County. Unlike private animal welfare organizations, as an open-admission facility the County shelter cannot turn its back on any animal. They are the only animal welfare organization in Buncombe County that dedicates 100% of time and resources to local, Buncombe County animals. They never say no to an animal in need. Thankfully, Asheville Humane Society has been able to save the life of EVERY healthy, adoptable animal in the last three years.

Every animal in the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center is microchipped and medically/behaviorally screened. Stop by during this special event and resolve to adopt!

The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, off Brevard Road and Pond Road, near the WNC Farmers Market. For more information visit .

Image: Asheville Humane Society

AKC Agility Trials - Fletcher, Jan. 17 - 19

SatchmoDog agility is a beloved sport by dogs, their handlers, and spectators. Now you have an opportunity to watch American Kennel Club agility trials, free of charge, from 8 AM to 3 PM each day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 17, 18, and 19. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Agility Club, the event will be held at the WNC Agricultural Center McGough Arena in Fletcher (across from the Asheville Regional Airport).

More than 400 dogs from throughout the Southeast will compete at various levels of difficulty, against each other on a timed basis. About 70 AKC registered breeds will compete in the trials.

Watch as dogs and their handlers navigate obstacle courses, everything from platforms to weave poles to tunnels. It's an experience you won't want to miss (but please leave your own dog at home).

For additional information about the trials and agility in general, visit the Blue Ridge Agility Club's website:

Photo: Blue Ridge Agility Club

Keep Your Dog Warm in the Winter

By Rachel Morris for Exceptional Canine

Keep Your Dog Warm in the Winter

When the weather outside gets frightful, it's a must to make sure your dog stays safe and warm. Your pet is unlikely to whine about the wind chill, so it’s up to you to keep an eye on the conditions and decide when it’s time to come inside and warm up. Use these tips to help keep your dog toasty on the coldest days.

Pay attention to the mercury Down coats, chunky scarves, wooly hats and thick gloves make it easy to forget what the temperature actually reads, but remember that your dog is only sporting what nature gave him, and for many dogs it’s not always enough. “Dogs who have a second layer of hair, such as Huskies and Newfoundlands, can withstand cold conditions, but most breeds don’t have this additional layer of insulation,” says Douglas Aspros, DVM, President of the American Veterinary Medical Association. If your dog lacks this additional warmth, Aspros says to be careful when the temp dips below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. If it’s a wet or exceptionally windy day, consider shortening your daily walk, or skipping it altogether and only venturing outdoors for bathroom breaks.

Size up your dog Smaller breeds have a higher surface area to body mass ratio compared to their larger dog park pals, which means they radiate heater faster. If your pup is on the petite side, a dog jacket can help provide protection from the wind and cold. Older dogs with arthritis—whether large or small—should be watched carefully too, since the cold can aggravate the condition and make their joints even stiffer. Bottom line: Pay attention to your pet.  If she’s reluctant to go outside on a winter day, it’s probably a sign that she’s not ready to handle the weather.

Feed wisely If your pet’s outdoor time isn’t cut short during the winter, he’ll need more energy to stay warm, so talk to your veterinarian about upping how much food you give him. However, most dogs tend to spend more time indoors during the winter. Be careful not to overfeed your dog if he gets less exercise during the colder months to ensure that he is at a healthy weight come springtime.

Watch the ground Dog booties don’t just look adorable; they can also be a big help on frozen surfaces. While they won’t do much to keep your dog’s paws warm, they will protect him from irritants such as sharp crusty snow and ice that can cut up his pads. If you choose not to purchase booties for your dog, Aspros recommends attempting to avoid these icy areas during your walks and checking your dog’s paws after he comes inside to make sure they aren’t injured. And don’t worry about him getting cold feet: Thanks to their unique circulation system, dogs’ paws are naturally equipped to handle frigid temperatures, according to a 2012 study in the journal Veterinary Dermatology.

Sleep soundly Your dog will probably scout out a warm spot to curl up indoors, whether it’s in front of the fireplace or in a sunny patch on the floor, but be sure that his bed is also located somewhere away from drafts. If you have hardwood or tile floors, consider throwing an extra blanket on there to give him more protection from the chilly surface. And when in doubt, an extra snuggle session will warm you both up, no mater how frosty it is outside.

Rachel Morris is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn, NY, and fervent photographer of her 1-year-old dog, Ridge.

Food Drop Until Jan. 15 in Hendersonville

ScreenHunter_01 Dec. 24 11.19You can help Hendersonville area residents make sure they have enough food for their pets so they can keep their pets in their homes. Some families have difficulty paying for pet food and make the very difficult decision to relinquish their pets.

Blue Ridge Humane Society is sponsoring a pet food drop-off until January 15 at the Hendersonville office of Beverly-Hanks Real Estate, located at 400 Beverly-Hanks Centre in Hendersonville. All food will be donated to the Community Pet Food Bank. Monetary donations are also accepted. 

Low Cost Vaccines-Jan. 11, Asheville

Dog_being_vaccinatedA low cost vaccine clinic will be held on Saturday, January 11 from 10 AM to 12 PM at TailGate Market, 328 New Leicester Highway in Asheville.

1 and 3 year rabies vaccinations are $10, DAPP for dogs is $15, bordatella for dogs is $15, FVRCP/FELV vaccines for cats are $20, and microchips are $15. Owners must have proof of a previous rabies vaccine for 3 year rabies vaccine. Please bring your cat in a carrier.

This vaccine clinic is sponsored by Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.

Free Puppy Social-Asheville, Jan. 11

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, January 11 from 9 to 10 AM, at Asheville Humane Society's Adoption and Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Pond and Brevard Roads, behind Harmony Motors, 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

Image: nixxphotography /

Purina ONE in Asheville, Jan. 11

ScreenHunter_01 Jan. 06 17.07Purina ONE invites Asheville dog owners to participate in their "28 Day Challenge" as part of a promotion that supports a national online documentary series.

Kicking-off on Saturday, January 11, Purina ONE wants to change the way America sees its dogs starting in one town – Asheville, NC. The brand is asking local dog owners to participate in the Purina ONE 28 Day Challenge by trying Purina ONE dry dog food and sharing the differences they see online. 

During the months of January and February, Purina ONE will capture video footage of residents as they embark on this journey with their dogs, and the online documentary series will debut nationally in April when Purina ONE opens the 28 Day Challenge to dog owners across the country. 

All local residents and their dogs are invited to the Purina ONE 28 Day Challenge launch party to learn more about the challenge and take part in the online documentary series.

  • Learn about why Purina ONE chose Asheville, register for the 28-Day Challenge and pick-up a free month supply of Purina ONE dry dog food.*
  • Meet adorable and adoptable dogs from Brother Wolf.
  • Enjoy complimentary snacks, and a chance to win amazing attendance prizes, including an iPad Mini or a digital camera.

The event will be held on Saturday, January 11 from 1 to 4 PM in Pack Square Park.

* Participating dog owners will receive one 8 lb bag of Purina ONE dry dog food, as well as a coupon for an additional 16 lb bag of Purina ONE dry dog food.