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February 2014

Run for the Paws/Wellness Fair-Fletcher, Apr. 13

ScreenHunter_01 Feb. 03 15.03Hit the ground running for homeless pets at the 5th Annual Run for the Paws 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk on Sunday, April 13th at Fletcher Park.

The 5K Run will begin at 1:30 PM, followed by the 1 Mile Fun Walk at 2:30 PM. From 1 to 4 PM, check out the Wagging Wellness Fair. There will be a Vendor Expo, showcasing many goods and services available to pet parents, doggie games and nail trims, and great food and live music. This event is presented by Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.

For more details and to register, visit

Find the Right Sport for Your Dog

By Layne Kizler for Exceptional Canine

Find the Right Sport for Your Dog

Dog sports are fun, exciting and doggone habit-forming. You and your dog can participate in dog sports just for the fun of it, or you can ramp up training and compete in regional trials. Here are my favorite dog sports and some tips for discovering what might be the right sport for your pet based on his breed and training.     

The Fab Four
1. Agility:
This is my top pick and a sport you’ve probably seen on TV. It’s like gymnastics but you won’t find any balance beams here. The equipment includes weave poles, tunnels and jumps. Your dog negotiates a course following your commands, and the fastest and most accurate dog is the winner. If your Shetland sheepdog insists on jumping over the coffee table or your Parson Russell Terrier loves shimmying down the kids’ sliding board, this could be the sport for them.

2. AKC Rally®: Rally is a form of obedience. In Rally, the dog and handler walk through a numbered course with the handler giving specific commands at each station. The scoring is not as rigorous as traditional obedience, but Rally does involve intense teamwork. Training begins on-leash and progress to off-leash execution. If your German shepherd or poodle always has that “what do you want me to do next” look on his face, Rally could be right up his alley!

3. Scent or nose work: Do you have a beagle, dachshund or Norwegian elkhound?  These are scent hounds, but training any dog to follow his nose can be lots of fun and it can even evolve into a career like being part of a search and rescue team. Typically, nose work involves teaching your pet to recognize a scent like peppermint or clove, and asking him to find something with that scent on it. Training starts off easy with hiding something in a box, then gets more difficult by moving the scent further away to a different room, and eventually to the outdoors.

4. Treiball: Treiball is German for “drive ball” and it’s becoming very popular with herding breeds like Welsh Corgis and border collies. In Treiball, your dog “herds” a large inflatable ball into a goal. This is a great sport for dogs that don’t have access to flocks of sheep or cattle to train with. When your dog engages in the sport of Treiball, its herding instincts can go wild without him actually being in the wild!

Walk Before You Run
Now that you know a little about dog sports, you should learn some basic prerequisites for participating. Before literally jumping into a sport, your dog should be well-socialized and have graduated from puppy and adult obedience classes. It needs to function in a group of other dogs without exhibiting any form of aggression, and it must follow your commands even if distracted. Lunging, excessive barking or growling is not acceptable.   

Any dog can do any sport, but knowing your dog’s lineage provides clues about his inherent traits. In general, the herding breeds excel at agility, the working breeds are great at Rally and the scent hounds can’t resist a smell-based hide ‘n seek. There are always exceptions to the rule, so do an online search for “dog sports” or “dog agility” in your region and enroll your dog in a class just for the fun of it.

Photo: Corbis Images

Layne Kizler owns Arizona Dog Sports in Phoenix, Ariz. In September, Phoenix magazine readers voted her dog gym as a top training facility in the annual “Best of” issue. Layne has been active in the agility community since 2005, focusing on dog sports since 2009. You can also find Arizona Dog Sports on Facebook.

Dine to be Kind-Asheville, March 4

ScreenHunter_01 Jan. 18 08.50It's that time again... time for the 11th annual "Dine to be Kind," when you can save lives with forks and knives!

This is the easiest way to help local Buncombe County animals in need, because all you need to do is dine out, or place a take-out order, on Tuesday, March 4 and have a great time. Simply have breakfast, lunch or dinner at any one of over 50 participating restaurants in the area. Every participating restaurant will donate 15 percent of that day's proceeds to the life-saving programs of Asheville Humane Society and its Animal Compassion Network department.

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.

In addition to adoptions, Asheville Humane Society offers innovative programs, including transporting animals to other animal organizations, providing a "Safety Net" program to help County residents keep animals instead of surrendering them, free pet food assistance, low-cost spay/neuter vouchers, and more.

For a list of participating Dine to be Kind restaurants, visit

World Spay Day-Tues., Feb. 25

ScreenHunter_01 Jan. 08 10.01World Spay Day, Tuesday, February 25, 2014, shines a spotlight on spay/neuter as a proven means of saving the lives of companion animals, feral cats, and street dogs who might otherwise be put down in a shelter or killed on the street. 

World Spay Day provides a unique opportunity for everyone who cares about animals to join together toward a common goal —a comprehensive global, united effort to end the euthanasia and suffering of companion animals.

Nationwide, an estimated 6-8 million homeless kittens, puppies, cats, and dogs enter animal shelters every year. About half of these animals are adopted. Tragically, 2.7 million adoptable pets are put down. The majority of animals euthanized are healthy, sweet pets who would have made great companions. 

The number of homeless animals varies by state. These are not the offspring of homeless street animals; these are the puppies and kittens of pets who were accidentally or intentionally allowed to breed. Rabbits and other animals are cared for in shelters, too, but many are also put down if no one adopts them. Likewise, there are millions of stray and feral cats who suffer and struggle for survival. Feeding them can help them survive, but it doesn’t keep them from reproducing. Spaying and neutering these cats is critical to combat cat overpopulation.

Spay/neuter is a permanent, 100-percent effective method of birth control for cats, dogs, and rabbits. When we spay or neuter pets, feral cats, and other street animals, we ensure that those animals and their offspring will not add to the millions of already suffering animals by continuing to reproduce. 

The message of World Spay Day is that by spaying or neutering your pet, by supporting spay/neuter efforts in the United States and abroad, and by informing others of the importance of spay/neuter, you become an important part of the solution!

We are fortunate to have one of the nation's leading spay/neuter clinics right here in Asheville -- Humane Alliance -- which provides low cost spay/neuter to WNC residents. For more information, visit:

Correction: Vaccination Clinic-Asheville, Feb. 23

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, February 23 from 1 to 5 PM at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, behind Harmony Audi/Volkswagen, near the WNC Farmers Market). The February 22 Leicester clinic mentioned earlier is not correct.

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.**

Low Cost Vaccinations, Leicester, Feb. 22

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 Saturday, February 22 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Leicester Community Center, 2979 New Leicester Highway, Leicester.

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.**

Shop the Thrift Stores of Blue Ridge Humane Society

ScreenHunter_01 Jan. 28 15.26Blue Ridge Humane Society in Hendersonville, NC operates two thrift stores that offer great merchandise and accept donations. All proceeds go to support the Humane Society's limited admission animal shelter. The thrift stores are located at:

1214 Greenville Highway, Hendersonville, NC 28792
1034 Greenville Highway, Hendersonville, NC 28792

In the thrift stores you can shop for furniture, housewares, artwork, books, small and large appliances, linens, collectibles, sports equipment, antiques and more. You can also find women’s, men’s, teen’s and children’s clothing, shoes and accessories. Many shoppers love the Boutique, which features designer label clothing and shoes.

Both stores are open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Donation drop-off hours are from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on those days.

For more information, visit

Snow Storm Puppy Rescued

A nine-week-old Lab/Sharpei mix puppy was found, injured and alone in the recent snowstorm. A good Samaritan called Animal Services, who then brought the puppy to Asheville Humane Society. The medical staff quickly determined that he needed emergency surgery to survive, due to a severe ruptured intestine, and they immediately rushed the puppy to REACH Animal Hospital. The puppy (that was named Pax, after the snowstorm) had a 50/50 chance of surviving his operation.

Concerned citizens asked how they could help on the Facebook page of Asheville Humane Society. Generous donors stepped forward to cover the cost of the surgery, which was $1250. 

Thankfully, Pax survived his surgery and is now being monitored around-the-clock by Asheville Humane Society medical staff for life-threatening infection. This is just one example of the heroic efforts that are made every day by Asheville Humane Society to save animals' lives. 



Valentine's Adoption Day - Asheville, Feb. 15

Adoption-fair-photoA special Valentine's Adoption Day to benefit pet rescue organizations willl be held on Saturday, February 15, from 12 to 3 PM at the Four Points Sheraton, 22 Woodfin Street, Asheville.

This family friendly event, sponsored by Pet Gazette, will include adoptable pets, a "spin to win" rescue fundraiser, good bags, and the Beemer kissing booth. Sheryl Mann of Flying Dogs Photography will take a free photo of newly adopted pets with their adopting family. Leashed dogs are welcome. Admission is $1; additional donations accepted and will go to participating rescue organizations, including Asheville Humane Society/ACN.

Image: Pet Gazette

Sarge's Pet Photo Contest - Entries Due Feb. 28

The Boss by Ellen WeaverThe Eighth Annual Sarge's Pet Photography Contest is under way, with entries due by Friday, February 28. You can get an entry form on Sarge's website, .

Categories are Best in Show, Dog, Cat, Puppy, Kitten, Photographers under the age of 12, Sarge Adopted Animals, Animals Other than Dog or Cat, and Super Shooters (people who have previously won first place).

“This is one of Sarge’s favorite events,” Brenn Rohman, co-chairperson of the contest, told The Mountaineer. “We especially look forward to seeing the photos of the entrants in the 'Under 12' category and hope we’ll have a lot more of them this year.”

Photos must be the original work of an amateur photographer and the size should be between a 4x6 to a maximum of 8x10 inches. Photos cannot be framed and must be submitted in printed form. No electronic entries are accepted. Photos, entry forms and a $10.00 fee should be mailed to Sarge’s Adoption headquarters at P.O Box 854, Waynesville, NC, 28786, or delivered to Sarge's Adoption Center. More than one photo can be submitted but a completed entry form and $10 fee must accompany each photo.

Beth Brown of Beth Brown Photography is one of the contest judges. She told The Mountaineer, “When judging the photos for Sarge’s Pet Photo Contest, we look for how creative the photographer was in capturing the unique and often fun or crazy qualities of the pet. We also look for originality in composition of the image and quality in the final print.”

The Best in Show winner will receive a free photo sitting at the Maggie Valley studio of Beth Brown. First and second place winners will receive gift certificates to Bocelli’s Italian Eatery in Waynesville. First places winners will also be given prizes donated by local businesses in specially hand-crafted tote bags. All proceeds from the contest benefit Sarge's Animal Rescue.

The photo shown above is by Ellen Weaver. It tied for first place in the "Under 12" category in last year's contest.

Adoptions Around Town

ScreenHunter_02 Jan. 27 15.20In an effort to reach out to various parts of the community, Asheville Humane Society is holding several adoption events around the greater Asheville area. These adoption events are designed to make it easy for community residents who do not live near the Adoption Center to see some of the wonderful animals available for adoption. Every animal is a local Buncombe County animal that has been spayed/neutered, microchipped, and medically/behaviorally screened.

Mid-February and early March events include the following:

Sat., Feb. 15
Pet Gazette Valentine's Adoption Fair
Four Points Sheraton
12-4 PM

Sun., Feb. 16
Pet Supplies Plus Adoption Event
1856 Hendersonville Road
1-4 PM

Fri., Feb. 21
Pet Supermarket Adoption Event
244 Tunnel Road
12-3 PM

 Sat., Feb. 22
Frugal Backpacker Adoption Event
2621 Henedersonville Road
12-3 PM

Sat., Mar. 1
Petco Adoption Event
825 Brevard Road
12-3 PM

Sun., Mar. 2
Pet Supplies Plus CAT Adoption Event
1856 Hendersonville Road
1-4 PM

The Humane Society encourages one and all to visit the beautiful Adoption Center at 14 Forever Friend Lane (right off Brevard and Pond Roads, behind Harmony Audi/VW and near the WNC Farmers Market) from Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM.

Asheville Angel Pets Conference - April 26

The Asheville Angel Pets Conference is a unique one-day conference being held in Asheville on Saturday, April 26.
This conference covers many topics on pet end-of-life care to help us become more knowledgeable and comfortable with this difficult, but inevitable time in our pets lives. We all want to lovingly care for our pets during their end-of-life but we do not always know how. This conference sets out to explore these issues in an informative, lighthearted and fun way. Time will be allotted for Q&A with every presentation and an expert panel discussion is included at the end.
The goal of this conference is to allow individuals to come away feeling comforted by the knowledge of what to expect and equipped with the resources to help navigate this challenging and honorable last phase of our companion animals lives.
  •  Assessing Qualities Of Life in Companion Animals
  •  Medical Advocacy: Talking With Your Veterinarian About End-of-Life Care
  •  Reiki for Pet End-of-Life and Transition
  •  Understanding Companion Animal Hospice Care
  •  Before, During, and After the Euthanasia Process
  •  The Value of Animal Communication
  •  Coping with the Grief of Pet Loss
  •  Life Change, Essential Oils and  Essences
  •  Panel Discussion/Q&A

Speakers include amazing local area expert veterinarians, animal communicator and bereavement specialists: Nancy Kay, DMV; Beth Marchitelli DMV;Mark Neville, MDiv; Rain Hummingbird; Polly Lazaron; L. Leigh Meriweather. 

The conference will highlight new advancements in holistic resources available for pet end-of-life care. It will cover the medical, practical, emotional and spiritual aspects of pet end-of-life time. There is also special attention to grief from pet loss, which is often complex and under-addressed in our society. Understanding more about these areas helps us become better equipped to handle this time. Also, being aware of the resources available can be tremendous in our healing.
The vendor area is free to the public during conference!
Purchase early-bird tickets for $50 before April 1st. Regular ticket price is $65. Buffet lunch is included. Many great door prize raffles for attendees. 
For more information, go to: .

Who Let the Dogs Out? You Did!

HikinghoundsIf you're looking for a way to let the dogs out -- and get some outdoor enjoyment of your own at the same time -- why not consider joining either Hiking Hounds or Urban Tails offered by Asheville Humane Society? Both programs offer you the opportunity to take dogs from the Adoption Center out for exercise and stimulation. You not only give the doggies some outdoor time, you benefit from the exercise and fresh air as well.

Hiking Hounds takes hiking excursions in Bent Creek forest two Sunday mornings each month. The February hikes are February 9 and February 23. Volunteers must fill out an application and sign a waiver prior to departure. Volunteers are matched up with appropriate dogs. Pre-registration is required, so if you would like to participate, contact Hiking Hounds directly via email prior to each hike: Check out the Hiking Hounds Facebook page for more information: .

Urban Tails offers less strenuous strolls two Saturday mornings each month. They are designed to provide moderate exercise and to expose dogs to the outside world. February outings are February 8 and February 22. New participants must attend an orientation 30 minutes prior to the outing. Pre-registration is required, so if you would like to participate, email: .

Image: Asheville Humane Society

Donations for Brides for Barks-Greenville, SC, Feb. 6

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► Drop donations off at the Greenville Humane Society, 305 Airport Road, Greenville, by Thursday, February 6 
► Receive a tax write-off
► 100% of auction & sale proceeds go to Greenville Humane Society
► Examples of items to donate: bridal gowns, bridesmaids dresses, flower girl baskets, centerpieces, cake knives/accessories, decorations, linens, signs

For more information, contact Paula Church,, or call (864) 242-3626.

Resource for Dog Owners:

ScreenHunter_01 Jan. 17 16.44There are numerous online resources for dog owners available, and some of the content is not necessarily written by real experts. The website Veterinary.Answers is different; it is written by Dr. Carol Osborne, a veterinarian recognized as an authority on alternative and holistic veterinary medicine and the new clinical science of aging-related pet diseases. Dr. Osborne is the author of "Naturally Healthy Dogs and Naturally Healthy Cats" and has been featured in USA TODAY. She has made frequent appearances on the Today show and Animal Planet.

At, you'll find numerous articles by Dr. Osborne, including:

Is Your Dog Overweight?
New Year Travel Adventures to Enjoy with Pets
How to Stop Doggie Breath
Tips to Detect and Manage Dog Cancer

Check out this useful resource.