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July 2014

Myths About Heartworm Disease


According to the American Heartworm Society, heartworm in dogs is a "serious and potentially fatal condition." While most dog owners may have heard of heartworm, there are some common myths surrounding the disease you should know about.

"Ten Myths About Heartworm Disease" is an excellent article that can be found at, an online community sponsored by the Animal Health Division of Bayer HealthCare. Among the myths discussed in the article are:

  • Heartworm is not specific to any one area of the country; it has been diagnosed in all 50 states.
  • While heartworm disease is transmitted by infected mosquitos, prevention should not be restricted to warmer months; it should be administered year round.
  • Dogs of any age and breed can be infected with heartworm, but once infected, they cannot transmit the disease to other animals or people.
  • There is no vaccine against heartworm disease, but there are prescription medicines that can prevent it. Treatment for heartworm disease, however, takes months to complete and can be very expensive.

Read the complete article here. For more detailed information about heartworm, visit the Pet Owner Resources section of the American Heartworm Society's website.

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Free Missing Pet Mobile App from ASPCA

ScreenHunter_01 Jun. 27 13.30(From the ASPCA Blog)

We are super excited to announce the launch of our latest mobile app for pet parents. The free app offers customized step-by-step instructions to find missing pets, expert advice on protecting pets before and during natural disasters, and a place to safely store and update pets’ medical records. It’s a handy tool to help pet parents make smart choices when those decisions matter most.

Plus, the app is totally free, and owners of iPhone and Android-platform phones can download it right now!

With the ASPCA mobile app, you can:

  • Receive a personalized missing pet recovery kit, including step-by-step instructions on how to search for a lost animal in a variety of circumstances.
  • Build a lost pet digital flyer that can be shared instantly on your social media channels.
  • Store and manage your pet’s health records.
  • Get the latest and most relevant news about pets and animal welfare.
  • See adorable pet photos from Instagram.

To download our free app, click on the iPhone or Android buttons below. You can download the app right to your phone, or download it to your desktop and load it onto your phone next time you sync!

iphone app button                     android app button

Low Cost Vaccinations, Asheville, July 27

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, July 27 from 1 PM to 5 PM at Asheville Humane Society, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads near the WNC Farmers Market).

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.**

Free Fearful Dog Session-Asheville, July 26

Be Brave

Pet Behavior Aid will hold a free information session, "Be Brave!," for owners of fearful dogs on Saturday, July 26, from 1 PM to 3 PM. The session will be held at Patton Avenue Pet Company, 1388 Patton Avenue, Asheville. Humans only, please.

Topics include how to help your dog gain confidence, learning how to understand signs of anxiety and when to step in, how to prevent fear from becoming aggression, and fundamental techniques to help your "wallflower" blossom. 

For more information, visit or call (828) 707-0644. This session is sponsored by Pet Behavior Aid, an organization dedicated to to increasing the retention of companion animals in their homes in Western North Carolina.

Photo credit: Image: Stuart Miles /

For Dogs that Need Space: The Yellow Dog Project

ScreenHunter_01 Jun. 19 11.32The Yellow Dog Project is a global movement for owners of dogs that need space. It hopes to educate the public and dog owners to identify dogs needing space, promote appropriate contact of dogs and assist dog parents to identify their dog as needing space.

Yellow Dogs are dogs who need space - they are not necessarily aggressive dogs but more often are dogs who have issues of fear; pain from recent surgery; are a rescue or shelter dog who has not yet had sufficient training or mastered obedience; are in training for work or service; are in service; or other reasons specific to the dog.

The Yellow Dog Project seeks to educate appropriate ways to approach or make contact with a dog with permission of a dog owner only, whether or not a dog is a “yellow dog”. They also seek to promote the use of yellow ribbons to identify yellow dogs needing extra space. 

The Yellow Dog Project was started by Tara Palardy; a dog trainer in the city of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. In a statement to supporters, she said, “I started to teach owners how to deal with their yellow dogs and that’s where this whole thing started - locally.” She is also the manager of a dog daycare in the same city; volunteers every Sunday to the Central Alberta Junior K9 Club; and provides dog walking services. About the project Tara says, “I had no idea thousands of people would join. I figured some friends, other trainers...but nothing global. And Surprise! Here we are.”

To learn more about The Yellow Dog Project, visit:

Beemer's Picnic for the Pets-Fletcher, July 20

ScreenHunter_01 Jul. 12 10.14On Sunday, July 20, from 11 AM - 3 PM, celebrity dog Beemer from BMW of Asheville will host "Beemer's Picnic for the Pets" at Fletcher Community Park, 85 Howard Gap Road, Fletcher, NC.

Bring all your 2 and 4-legged friends, your blankets and lawn chairs and join the fun at the park! There will be tasty food, good music, unique vendors, great cars, training tips with "dog father" Steve Canady, and lots more family friendly fun.

Donation: $5 per person plus a bag of pet food. Proceeds will benefit Pilots N Paws and the Asheville Humane Society Safety Net program.

Food vendors include: Acropolis Pizza, Avery's Hot Dogs, Circle B BBQ, Norman's Ice Cream. Other vendors include Asheville Humane Society, Pilots N Paws, Pinups for Pitbulls, Warrior Service Dogs, Rotti Hearts Rescue, Thirty-One, Artist Susan Strazzella, Woof in the Woods, Pet Gazette, Island Top Design, Tee Shirts by Nikki, and Artist Sheila Rogers. Music by Promugova.

For more information, contact: Joey Beckham,

Low Cost Rabies Vaccinations - Microchips - Mars Hill, July 19


A low-cost rabies vaccination and microchip clinic will be helpd by Friends of Madison County Animals on Saturday, July 19 from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Beech Glen Community Center, 2936 Beech Glen Road, Mars Hill, NC.

Pricing - Subject to change.

Rabies Vaccine: 1 year  $10.00,  3 year $13.00  (bring current rabies certificate to get 3-year booster) 

DHPP $15.00 Dogs only

DHLPP, $20.00 Dogs only, this is 5-way vaccine.

Bordetella, $16.00 Dogs only.

FVRCP-Felv, $25.00 Cats only. This is a feline leukemia combo.

Microchipping, $20.00 Both dogs and cats.

There is no need to pre-register. Dogs should be brought on leash and cats should be brought in a carrier.

Adoptions at Art in the Park, Blowing Rock, NC-July 19

ScreenHunter_04 Jun. 20 13.25On one special Saturday every month through October artists and vendors gather in downtown Blowing Rock offering their latest creations for sale. The next Art in the Park will be Saturday, July 19.

Watauga Humane Society has been invited to showcase our adoptable pets at these highly anticipated events to help them find homes. Volunteers load up with adoptable dogs, puppies, kittens and a cat or two from our Adoption Center  and bring them to visit with you at this event from 10 am to 3 pm.

Come for the fun and spend time chatting with our friendly and knowledgeable volunteers. Visit with our animals and perhaps you will find a new best friend!

For more information about Art in the Park visit:

Dog Training Lessons-Marshall, NC, Starting July 19

ScreenHunter_01 Jul. 15 13.14Just adopted a new puppy?  Or are you trying to teach an old dog a new trick?
Friends of Madison County Animals (FOMCA) is offering Dog Training Lessons with professional dog trainer Cindy Waselesk of Good Dog Better Dog in Weaverville, NC.
The cost is only $25.00 for 4 lessons (a $300 value, just $100 through FOMCA). There will be a total of 4 consecutive lessons on Saturdays at the Marshall Public Library as follows:
July 19 - 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
July 26 - 1 PM to 2:30 PM
August 2 - 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
August 9 - 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Call FOMCA at 828-649-9798 to reserve your place! Payment must be made to keep your place. The $25.00 fee is non-refundable.

CHHS Patron Party-Highlands, NC, Aug. 6

Victoria StilwellThe Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society Patron Party, a Celebration of Humane Heroes with Victoria Stilwell, will take place on the evening of Wednesday, August 6 at the Farm at Old Edwards Inn & Spa, Highlands.

The evening features a tasting station dinner prepared by Executive Chef Johannes Klapdor and his world class team at Old Edwards Inn & Spa, live music, live auction items including exclusive golf and restaurant packages, exquisite private dinner parties, unique and original works of art, and vacation getaways in exotic locales.

World-renowned dog trainer, best-selling author, and star of the hit TV series "It's Me or the Dog" on Animal Planet and CBS's "Greatest American Dog," Victoria Stilwell is the guest of honor and featured presenter at this premier event of the social season for residents, visitors and animal lovers in Highlands. Victoria will entertain and capture the hearts of our guests with her vast knowledge of canine behavior and positive reinforcement training, and she will share tips and insights based on her work with canine companions across the globe.

A highlight of this preeminent fundraiser for the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society will be the presentation of the coveted awards for “Humane Heroes of the Year." Two awards will be bestowed, one for an individual and the other for a business, who have significantly contributed their time, heart and resources to help further the mission of CHHS on behalf of the abandoned and neglected animals in our community.

"A Celebration of Humane Heroes: The 2014 CHHS Patron Party" is limited to just 200 guests to create an intimate experience and memories that will last a lifetime. Seats are $375 per person ($750 per couple), and tables of 10 can be reserved for $3,500. A substantial portion of the reservation cost is a generous, tax-deductible contribution to help CHHS rescue more animals and find more forever homes, and provide vital community outreach programs such as humane education, pet therapy and low-cost spay/neuter. This stellar evening for animal lovers is expected to sell out quickly, so reserve your seats today.

For more information, call CHHS at (828)743-5752 or email

Free Puppies W.I.N. Sessions in July

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 in July as follows:

Wednesday July 16 from 7:15 to 9:15 PM at Asheville Humane Society's Adoptin & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane.

Tuesday, July 22 from 7 to 9 PM at Animal Hospital of North Asheville, Beaverdam Road, North Asheville. (NOTE: This session will concentrate on Safe and Effective Puppy Socialization.)

Note: Humans only please!

Visit for additional details.

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Adopt a Dog or Cat for Only $14 on July 12!

ScreenHunter_02 Jul. 10 19.08Asheville Humane Society is celebrating the 2014 FIFA World Cup Finals with a "World PUPS and Fifa FELINES" Adoption Promotion! For one day only, this Saturday, July 12th, all dogs over six months, cats, and kittens will be only $14 for priceless love! The $14 fee includes spay/neuter, all up-to-date vaccines, microchip and 1 year free registration, initial flea preventive, medical and behavior evaluation, starter bag of pet food, one month of complimentary pet health insurance and a free veterinary wellness visit.

Check out the website to see available animals. The Adoption Center, located at 14 Forever Friend Lane (near the WNC Farmers Market)  is open from 10 AM to 6 PM.

Doggie FunDay-Asheville, July 12

ScreenHunter_01 Jul. 07 15.10The 4th Annual Gay 5K, "Pride in Motion," will be held on Saturday, July 12 in Carrier Park in Asheville. Following the 5K will be a Doggie FunDay and family-style picnic. 

Local adoption agencies will have animals for adoption and the public is encouraged to bring well-behaved dogs to participate in a free Dog Costume Parade. The parade will begin at 11 AM, with a prize going to the top 3 dogs costumes. Parade participants should arrive by 10:30 AM to register their pooches.

Participants are also encouraged to bring a potluck disk for a family-style lunch to begin at 12 PM, with hot dogs (veggie and meat), chips, and drings provided by Blue Ridge Pride for a donation to the Pride Center of the Blue Ridge. There will also be kids games, shirts and tie dye, and ice cream by The Hop.

United Pet Honoring Ceremony-July 13, 4 PM

ScreenHunter_01 Jul. 10 15.30The second Sunday of every month, a United Pet Honoring Ceremony is held for pet owners to come together and unite in expressing their love and appreciation for their pets. It is a way to have sacred time to honor our pets and loved ones, our relationship with them, and all they give us.  
People from all over send in names of Pets to be Honored: Cats, Dogs, Horses, Ponies, Rabbits, Birds, Frogs and more. This is a simple ceremony (much like a memorial service). It includes an Opening, Blessing of each pet, Prayer, Silent reflection and Closing. Each pet name is said out loud and sent love and blessings for the highest good.
On Sunday, July 13 at 4 PM, call in and listen: 1-857-232-0159  x329054.
(Please note this is not a toll free number, although there are no charges to call in and listen!)
It is free to add a pet, and free to call in and listen. You can send in a pet's name (picture optional) to be included in the honoring. Send to:
Visit for more information.

Yappy Hour-Greenville, SC, July 10

20140320-Greenville-Humane-Society-104Come join in the fun at a Yappy Hour on Thursday, July 10 from 6 to 8 PM at the Greenville Humane Society, 305 Airport Road, Greenville, SC!

This month's Yappy Hour is sponsored by Brewery 85 and Proterra.

Cost: $8 (includes beer, bark & band)
► Enjoy listening to local artists with a cold beer in hand (or water)
► Dogs may run off leash in our canine courtyard
► Yappy Hour is open to the public (must show proof of valid ID)
► Cash/Debit/Credit accepted
► All canines must come on leash, be dog-friendly, spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations.

More information:

Photo: Greenville Humane Society

Summer Travel Tips from the ASPCA

Planning-a-family-vacation-read-these-travel-safety-tips-first(From the ASPCA Blog)

Summer travel season is in full swing, and we think trips are always more fun when you bring your furry friends along. If you’re planning to take a vacation this summer with your pets in tow, we’ve got you covered.

In the car:

Taking a road trip? Here are a few car travel safety tips brought to you by Subara, an ASPCA supporter.  

Practice makes perfect: It’s a good idea to practice having your pet ride along for a series of short car trips leading up to your big trip.

Ride safely: Keep your pets safe and secure in the car by having them ride in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. The crate should be large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. Secure your pet’s crate so it will not slide or shift in the event of an abrupt stop.

Road trip snacks: Be sure to pack plenty of water, and avoid feeding your pet in a moving vehicle. Your pet's travel-feeding schedule should start with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure.

For a full list of car travel safety tips, visit our Pet Care section.

Traveling by plane:

Unless your furry friend is small enough to ride under your seat on a plane, the ASPCA advises avoiding air travel with pets. However, if you must bring your pet along on your flight, it’s best to plan ahead. We recommend you book a direct flight if possible. Here are a few other suggestions:

Careful with crates: Prior to your trip, purchase a USDA-approved shipping crate that is large enough for your pet to stand, sit and turn around in comfortably.

IDs, please: Be sure to mark the crate with the words “Live Animal,” as well as your contact information and a photo of your pet. Make sure all vaccinations are up-to-date and that your pet has been microchipped for identification purposes.

In-flight food: Attach a pouch of your pet’s food to the outside of her crate, and freeze water in a dish for your pet to drink as it melts throughout the flight.

For more air travel safety tips, visit our Pet Care section.

No matter where you’re headed this summer, please be sure your pet is wearing an ID tag at all times. Happy trails, and safe travels!

Free Puppy Social-Asheville, July 12

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, July 12 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

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Downtown Dog Walk-Waynesville, Aug. 2

Dogwalk2Sarge Animal Rescue's 9th Annual Downtown Dog Walk in Waynesville is planned for Saturday, August 2, 2014.

Sponsorships are crucial to the success of the Dog Walk. The donations raised through the Annual Downtown Dog Walk help supply food, medical care, spay and neuter costs, and shelter for animals at Sarge's Adoption Center, foster homes, and off-site boarding. This funding also supports local and long distance transport. Eighty-nine cents of every dollar goes directly to the rescue and care of abandoned animals in Haywood County.

Sponsors, both businesses and individuals, benefit from this community event. All sponsor names are printed on the back of the T-shirts. More than 300 shirts were distributed last year. Sponsors are mentioned in pre-event publicity and listed in a “thank you” ad in “The Mountaineer.” Sponsors will also be recognized on our website and Facebook page. Again, there will be vendor space provided at the Court House lawn where the walk begins and ends. Sponsoring is also a wonderful way to remember pets who are no longer with us, or to celebrate the special bond you have with your current pets.

Sarge's would like to encourage all friends and supporters to bring their dogs and walk in this fun event! There are contests, prizes, and the wonderful feeling of being out among dog-lovers and their dogs, supporting Sarge's mission in a visible and fun way. 

Visit for more information about the event.