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August 2014

Free Spay/Neuter in Jackson County

Screen Shot 2014-08-16 at 1.56.26 PMThe Humane Society of Jackson County (also known as "A.R.F.), in conjunction with PetSmart Charities, the Two Mauds Foundation, and Catman2 Shelter, is offering free spay/neuter to residents of Jackson County as follows: 

  • Free fixing for dogs in Cullowhee, Tuckaseege, or Little Canada area (proof of an address in that area required)
  • Free fixing of cats in the greater Sylva delivery area (that includes Sylva, Dillsboro, Webster, parts of Balsam, Savannah, etc.)
  • No limit. Includes free rabies vaccine.
  • If you don’t fall into these categories, contact A.R.F. anyway! Some funds are available for other pets, especially if you are fixing a colony of cats or receive some kind of government income subsidy.

For more information, visit

Blessing of the Pets - Mills River, Aug. 23

ID-10025174A special Blessing of the Pets service will be held at Mills River Presbyterian Church, 10 Presbyterian Church Road in Mills River, on Saturday, August 23 at 10 AM. The event, which will be held outdoors, includes speial messages, prayers and blessings for people and their pets.

Asheville, Hendersonville, and Mills River area residents are invited to this half-hour service designed to tribute pets ost during the past year, as well as honor adopted animals and rescued pets. The "Dog Bowl Donation" will be available so participants can make a love offering to benefit Blue Ridge Humane Society.

Please bring leashed dogs and cats in carriers. For more information, call (828) 891-7101.

Image: AkaraKingdoms,

Low Cost Vaccinations, Fairview, August 24

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, August 24 from 2 PM to 5 PM at Spring Mountain Community Center, 807 Old Fort Road, Fairview, NC. No appointment is required.

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.**

Mutt Strut Run/Walk-Greenville, SC, August 23

Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 5.58.18 PMThe Greenville Humane Society and Papa John’s announce the 3rd Annual ‘Mutt Strut’ 2-Mile Run/Walk. This event invites individuals, families, competitive athletes and leisurely strollers, and their dogs to participate in the fundraiser that will lead them along the Swamp Rabbit Trail and through the Greenville Tech campus.

The race starts at 9 AM on Saturday, August 23 at Greenville Tech's Barton Campus, 506 S. Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville. It will conclude in a fun and festive Vendor Village, where participants are invited to stay and enjoy live entertainment, games, vendors, and refreshments and treats for two and four-legged competitors.

RACE REGISTRATION IS OPEN: Individuals and teams can register via the official event website


Free Leash Reactive Session - North Asheville, August 19

DogonleashIs your dog friendly towards dogs off-leash, but becomes a wild, reactive beast when restrained? Then this free help session is for you!

Pet Behavior Aid presents "GRRRR! Leash Reactivity Help Session" on Tuesday, August 19 from 7 to 8:30 PM. It will be held at the Animal Hospital of North Asheville, 1 Beaverdam Road, North Asheville.

Topics include:

  • How to read your dog's signals before he or she erupts
  • Management tools and ideas to reduce reactivity
  • Helpful behaviors to teach your feisty fido
  • How to set up for successful dog greetings

This help session is open to the public and free of charge, but donations will be accepted. The event is for humans only and no registration is required. 

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

Image: Quinn Dombrowski, Flickr

Chicken BBQ for Blue Ridge Humane Society-Hendersonville, Aug. 16

Screen Shot 2014-08-03 at 4.12.36 PMOn Saturday, August 16 from 12 to 5 PM, Pet Source of Hendersonville, NC will present a pet adoption fundraiser event, a chicken BBQ. There will be pet events and contests and lots of sales.

The event will be held at 1927 Spartanburg Highway, Hendersonville.

For additional information, call (828) 698-6910, or visit

Blue Ridge Humane Society operates the only limited admission shelter in Henderson County. They have been servicing the county's pets and pet owners for nearly sixty years. Visit for more information.

Yappy Hour at Zia's Taqueria, West Asheville, Aug. 21

Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 5.28.15 PMWant to dine and drink to help local animals while mingling with other dog lovers in the area?

Join Asheville Humane Society and Mix 96.5 FM for the last Yappy Hour of the season on Thursday, August 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM! A $5 donation per person will be matched by our partner restaurant to benefit Asheville Humane Society.

It's a party you and your doggie won't want to miss at Zia Taqueria, 521 Haywood Road in West Asheville. 

This event is generously sponsored by Prestige Subaru.

Why Dogs Need Multivitamin Supplements

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Nuvet-plus-reviews-varietyMany pet parents assume that they are meeting their dogs’ nutritional requirements by providing them with high-quality pet food made from the best ingredients. While choosing a nutritious and healthy pet food is an important step in protecting the health of your pet, the fact of the matter is you are likely not meeting all of your pet's needs. In order to develop a strong immune system and avoid disease and infection, dogs require a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, nutrients and antioxidants as a part of their daily diet. In many cases, a daily multivitamin supplement will be able to meet these needs and provide your pet with more benefits than you can even imagine.

Why Do Dogs Need Multivitamin Supplements?

  • Multivitamin supplements will fill in the nutritional gaps in your dog's diet. When your dog's nutritional requirements are not met, it may be prone to injury because of insufficient bone development or a weak immune system could cause your dog to easily become infected and suffer from disease. Supplement products can help prevent these issues, because they ensure that your pet is getting all of the vitamins, minerals, nutrients and antioxidants that it needs in order to grow up strong and healthy.
  • These supplements have been created utilizing special formulas that specifically target the development of a strong immune system. This is why it can be beneficial to start providing your pet with a supplement product at a young age. These supplements have been shown to help enhance the development of the immune system, allowing your dog to protect itself against infection, illness and disease.
  • Multivitamins can help your dog maximize its energy use and prevent it from becoming lazy and lethargic early in life. Multivitamin supplements allow your dog to feel its best at all times, so it is always up for a walk around the block or a romp in the dog park with other local pooches.
  • Depending on the formula, some multivitamin supplements will help support the development of a healthy and strong bone structure. When you choose a supplement product for your pet, you will want to know what ingredients are included in the particular formula that you choose. Look for ingredients such as copper, iron, magnesium and oyster shell, all of which aid in the development of strong bones. A dog that does not receive supplements and therefore does not have an optimal bone structure may be prone to injury. Choosing the right multivitamin can help you allow your dog to live an exciting and fulfilling life without the fear of hurting itself on a regular basis.
  • Multivitamin supplements contain specific ingredients that help your dog's body to better absorb and utilize the nutrients in its pet food. Simply because your high-quality pet food includes a certain vitamin, mineral, or nutrient, doesn't mean that your dog's body is capable of absorbing it. In most cases, vitamins work with one another in order to unlock the benefits for the body. A supplement product will have been created utilizing a well-balanced formula that contains a variety of vitamins and antioxidants, all of which will work together in order to maximize the positive impact on your dog's health. Giving a daily natural supplement is a safe and effective way to ensure that your dog enjoys all of the health benefits that it deserves in order to live a long and happy life.

Pet parents who are interested in providing their dog with a daily vitamin supplement should discuss this with their veterinarian. When you tell your veterinarian what pet food products you are giving your dog, the doctor will be able to provide you with recommendations for types of supplements that might be beneficial for your pet. In many cases, a multivitamin formula is ideal for pets, as these supplements contain a well-rounded portion of the vitamins, minerals, nutrients and antioxidants that dogs need. Your veterinarian can help you choose a supplement product that is safe and effective, allowing your dog to benefit as much as possible from this nutritional boost.


This post was provided by NuVet Labs. Veterinarians across the country recommend NuVet Plus and NuJoint Plus by NuVet Labs to pet parents who are interested in providing their dogs with a high-quality supplement. The NuVet Plus formula took more than 8 years to develop and refine, and it includes a natural blend of vitamins, minerals, nutrients and antioxidants that are designed to optimize your dog's health. For more information, visit the NuVet Plus reviews page.


No, Not "Shark Week," BARK WEEK!

Screen Shot 2014-08-11 at 8.30.34 PMIn honor of "Shark Week," Asheville Humane Society is taking a bite out of its adoption fees for dogs 6 months and older, cats and kittens! From Tuesday, August 12 through Saturday, August 16, adoption fees are just $14 during BARK WEEK. 

So don't go in the water... come on over to Asheville Humane Society's Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville, from 10 AM to 6 PM and find some love!

Yappy Hour-Greenville, SC, August 14

ScreenHunter_02 Apr. 10 15.54Greenville Humane Society will hold a Yappy Hour on Thursday, August 14 from 6 to 8 PM. The dog-friendly event, sponsored by The Graphic Cow, 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.

Free Puppy Social-Asheville, August 16

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, August 16 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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United Pet Honoring Ceremony-August 10, 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, August 10 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.