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March 2014

Easter Bone Hunt, Greer, SC, April 5

ScreenHunter_01 Mar. 23 14.15Bring your doggie to the fun and exciting 3rd annual Easter Bone Hunt on Saturday, April 5 from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM! The event will be held at the Wood"RUFF" Pet Resort and Spa, 70 Concourse Way, Greer, SC.
Small dogs are welcome from 10 AM to 12 PM and large dogs are welcome from 12:30 to 2:30 PM. In addition to the bone hunt, there will be photos with the Easter Bunny, Easter raffle baskets, and pay to play games and crafts. Admission is $10 at the door, with proceeds to benefit CCA, a no-kill shelter in the Upstate. A $5 lunch plate is catered by The Deli at Pelham Falls. Adoptable dogs will be available on-site.
Dogs are welcome but must be leashed and up to date on all vaccinations. For additional information, please call (864)877-0488.

Pet Honoring Ceremony, April 11, 1 PM

United-pet-honoring-june-9-13Is there a pet who touched your life and you want honored? 

Join in the United Pet Honoring Ceremony on Friday, April 11 (National Pet Day) at 1 PM. It's free to send in a pet name to be included in the honoring.

New this year: You have the option to call in and listen! Join people from all over in sending in a name of a beloved pet to be honored and sent love in this simple but powerful memorial ceremony for our pets!

To have your pet honored, send their name, along with a photo if desired, to: A toll-free number will also be provided if you would like to call in and listen.

For more information, visit:

Image: Last year's pet honoring ceremony, courtesy of

LiveWell Expo, Fletcher, March 29

Health-expo-logoOn Saturday, March 29 from 10 AM to 5 PM, join News 13 and Asheville Humane Society for the first annual LiveWell Expo at the WNC Ag Center in Fletcher. Over 100 exhibitors focused on bringing you the best in health will be on hand to show you and your family how you can LiveWell in every aspect of your life - physically, mentally, spiritually and even financially. Come to learn and play! 

There will be free health screenings, activities for kids and live entertainment. Asheville Humane Society will be presenting on the health benefits of pet ownership and showcasing adoptable dogs and dog walking and hiking groups Urban Tails and Hiking Hounds.

For additional details about the event, visit

"In District" Humane Lobby Day - April 4

ScreenHunter_01 Feb. 26 11.31North Carolina's animal advocates will soon gather in their home districts for Humane Lobby Day on April 4, 2014. You can be in on this exciting action, too! Join your Humane Society of the United States NC state director Kim Alboum for a day that can make all the difference for animals.

What is Humane Lobby Day? It's a one-day event in your home district where you can meet with your elected officials about animal protection issues in North Carolina. Kim Alboum will contact you with time and location details after you register.

Why is your participation in Lobby Day so critical? We know legislators are most motivated when their constituents take time to meet face-to-face. It's your chance to show how much animals mean to you! Don't worry if you're new to lobbying or are unfamiliar with the issues. What's important is that you're there. We'll be there with you every step of the way. 

Reserve your spot now for Humane Lobby Day 2014! Go here to RSVP.

Lucky Adoption Fair-Asheville, March 22

Adoption-fair-photoA special "Lucky Adoption Fair" to benefit pet rescue organizations willl be held on Saturday, March 22, from 12 to 4 PM at the Four Points Sheraton, 22 Woodfin Street, Asheville.

This family friendly event will include adoptable pets from more than five area animal rescue organizations. In addition to the rescue groups, the fair will have a number of vendors of all things pet, from specialty foods to cat and dog toys to pet clothing to veterinarians. Everyone who attends will get a free goody bag full of coupons and useful items from the advertisers in PetGazette, the organizer and a sponsor of the event. PetGazette will also have a "Spin to Win" booth at which visitors can win more prizes from PetGazette advertisers.

The stars of the day will be the furry friends looking for a forever home. Everyone who adopts a dog or cat at the fair will get free gifts. Those adopting a cat will get a free bag of World’s Best Cat Litter, and coupons to use when buying more. Both cat and dog adopters will get a free wellness exam from veterinarian Melissa Nelson of Skyland Animal Hospital. And every family that adopts a pet at the fair will get a voucher for a free commemorative portrait by Sheryl Mann of Flying Dogs Photography. Mann will happily set a mutually convenient day to photograph each adopting family with its new furry friend.

Admission to the Lucky Adoption Fair – so named because both the pets adopted that day and the families adopting them will be lucky to have found each other – is a donation of $1 or more, to go to the participating rescue organizations.

Image: Pet Gazette

Low Cost Vaccinations-Asheville, Mar. 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, March 23 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: Dog Land is New Social App for Dog Lovers

ScreenHunter_01 Feb. 21 11.50How does one know which are the best places to take their dog and which will make them leave Fido out in the cold? Dog Land is a new free iPhone app for dogs and the people who love them.

Dog Land, created by BetterPet, Inc. allows users to share photos, as well as find and vote on dog-friendly locations in their area. Users can “mark their territory” at places in categories such as dog parks and hotels, as well as “dig” content that they like.

“We envisioned an app that would be the mobile destination for dog lovers everywhere,” says Gareth Wilson, president/creative director of BetterPet, Inc. Lead developer Guillermo Flores adds, “Dog Land works so well because it provides a social networking experience with the unique hook of finding and voting on whether a place is dog friendly.”

The team at BetterPet says they hope “Doglandians” (the term they use for those who use Dog Land) will find that the app not only strengthens the bond between themselves and their dogs, but also helps connect the passionate community of dog lovers both locally and globally.

For more information about Dog Land, please visit

Books and Media Needed for Sarge's Sale-Apr. 18, 19

ScreenHunter_02 Mar. 08 10.15Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation will hold its 3rd annual book sale on Friday and Saturday, April 18 and 19 from 10 AM to 3 PM. The sale will be held at Sarge's adoption center, 256 Industrial Park Drive, Waynesville.

The animal rescue organization is looking for gently used books, CDs, DVDs, specialty magazines and other media to "repurpose" in a new home. Donations can be brought to the adoption center during regular business hours, Monday through Thursday and Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM. Volunteers are also needed to help set up prior and during the sale. 

If you have a large quantity of items, call the office at 828-246-9050. If you are interested in volunteering, call Bee at 828-648-8644.


Yappy Hour-Greenville, SC, March 20

ScreenHunter_01 Feb. 27 16.25Greenville Humane Society will hold its first Yappy Hour of the season on Thursday, March 20 from 6 to 8 PM. Sponsored by Camp Bow Wow, the dog-friendly event takes place at Greenville Humane Society, 305 Airport Road in Greenville.

The $8 admission price includes beer, bark and band. Enjoy listening to local artists with a cold beer (or water) in hand while your doggie can run off-leash in the Humane Society's courtyard. Yappy Hour is open to the public. Dogs should arrive leashed, be dog-friendly, spayed/neutered, and up to date on vaccinations. Proceeds benefit the Greenville Humane Society, which operates Greenville's largest no-kill facility.

Food Truck Showdown, Asheville, March 15








Dozens of the area's food trucks will be competing for the title "Best Food Truck in Asheville" on Saturday, March 15, from 12 to 8 PM. The event is presented by Pinups for Pitbulls and is part of the Asheville Tattoo and Arts Expo. Asheville Humane Society will benefit from a portion of the proceeds as well as a collection of pet food, kitty litter and pet toys. The showdown will take place in the parking lot of the Masonic Lodge on the corner of Broadway and Woodfin St., downtown Asheville.


Lucky in Love - Adopt the Love of Your Life for Just $7!

ScreenHunter_01 Mar. 12 19.18The luck of the Irish isn't just for the Irish -- at least not on Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15 from 10 AM to 6 PM! That's when you can be "Lucky in Love" and find the love of your life for just $7.

All adult cats and dogs are $7 each at Asheville Humane Society. Every animal is a local Buncombe County animal that has been spayed/neutered, microchipped, medically and behaviorally screened, and has all necessary vaccinations. Adoption fees on animals like these can be as high as several hundred dollars elsewhere.

Are you lucky in love? You will be if you visit the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center on March 14 and 15! Check out the animals available at and then stop by the Adoption Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market).

Free Puppy Social-Asheville, March 15

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, March 15 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 /

How to Find Your Best Friend's "Home Away From Home"

Guest Post by Joshua Goldstein
DfkennelsSo you've bought your flight tickets, or mapped out the roads you will be driving. You took the days off work and cleared your calendar. The big day is approaching and the hardest part lays in front of you. Picking a kennel. You can almost hear the eerie piano music that plays in the background as the horror stories we associate with the word "Kennel" run through your head. 
Pause. Take three deep breaths. And smile. Sure, in a perfect world we would always be able to find a friend to watch our 4-legged children. But since we are all tired of canceling our plans just because we don't have a reliable place to watch our dogs, here are some helpful tips to finding your best friend's Home Away From Home.
Ask to take a tour of the kennel: You will enjoy your vacation a lot more when you can visualize the yard your dog will be playing in and the kennel they will be sleeping in. This is also your opportunity to get to know the people that will be taking care of your dogs.  
Ask the right questions: Find out exactly how much outdoor playtime your dog will have each day. What time the kennel locks them up for sleep. Is there someone present overnight. Do they require proof of vaccinations (avoid kennels that do not require you to provide proof of vaccinations). 
Ask what makes them different: You are looking for a long term relationship with your kennel. A place you can rely on. To take care of all your dogs for years to come and a place that your dogs will look forward to going.  A kennel should not just be a business. It's a lifestyle. Like devoting your life to childcare. Look for a kennel where dogs are family and not just a transaction. 
Now all that's left is a quick search for kennels in your area. Expand your results by clicking on more results at the bottom of the A, B, C options Google provided based on proximity, and look for a kennel with good user reviews. A good dog boarding facility will have garnered more than just a couple of reviews. Don't be afraid to broaden your search area. Sometimes you may need to drive 50 or 60 miles to find the perfect match, but it is not something you will have to do on a daily basis and our pups are worth it. Give your favorites a call and book your tour. You know all the questions to ask so you can pack your bags relaxed, knowing that your kennel has everything under control.

This article was written by Joshua Goldstein, owner manager of Dogwood Farm Kennels. Dogwood Farm Kennels is a free range kennel located on a 4 acre farm in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Dogwood Farm Kennels, Green Creek, NC, 828-216-6211,
Image: Dogwood Farm Kennels

Free Puppies W.I.N. Help Session-Asheville, March 8

Two puppiesPuppies W.I.N. ("What Is Normal?") is a free special help session for people with puppies under 5 months of age. It will help you understand what is age-appropriate puppy behavior, learn how to establish good habits to prevent problems from developing, and discover how to take advantage of your puppy’s socialization window.

Puppies W.I.N. is open to anyone who is interested in understanding more about their puppy – or who might be preparing to bring a puppy into their home.

Puppies W.I.N., sponsored by Pet Behavior Aid, will be held on Saturday, March 8 from 9 to 11 AM in the Asheville Humane Society Education Room, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, behind Harmony Audi/Volkswagen, near the WNC Farmers Market).

Note: Humans only please!

Image courtesy of Gualberto 107/

Senior Dogs Across America

We don't celebrate senior dogs often enough, yet they are a "breed" in and of themselves. Old dogs are calm, collected, and dignified -- and, as accomplished photographer Nancy LeVine has learned, they make humans stop and think about living and aging gracefully. Nancy has been traveling the country, snapping photos of old dogs for her project, "Senior Dogs Across America."

Enjoy this video that talks about her journey -- and shows you some of the finely aged animals she has had the privilege of photographing.



Get Out There and "Dine to be Kind" on 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