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October 2014

$12 Adoptions on Fri., Sat., Oct. 31, Nov. 1

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 9.48.53 AMThis Friday and Saturday only, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, come "Pick Your Punkin'" at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market).

Adoption fees for all dogs over 20 pounds, as well as all cats and kittens will be just $12 for precious, perfect, priceless love. Our Punkin' Patch is filled with wonderful canines and felines waiting with eager smiles that say, "Pick Me!" 

Meet all the loving punkins available for adoption here:

Why Pumpkin is Good for Your Dog

ID-10060091This is pumpkin season -- but pumpkins are good for more than just Fall decorations. In fact, fresh cooked or canned pumpkin (the kind that is 100 percent pumpkin, not the canned variety that has additives for pumpkin pie) is a healthy food for both humans and dogs.

According to a recent article on, pumpkin has at least nine benefits for dogs, including:

  • Improving digestion and preventing dehydration
  • easing both constipation and diarrhea
  • Augmenting weight loss
  • Providing antioxidants that are good for a dog's coat
  • Controlling parasites.

To learn more about the wonders of pumpkin, read the entire article here.

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5 Halloween Safety Tips for Pet Owners

Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 11.13.10 AM1. Lock Candy Away
Kids love to stash candy in their rooms, but a dog’s keen sense of smell will lead him to even the most cleverly hidden treasure. Contact a veterinary professional right away if your pet does get into Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or is sugar-free and contains xylitol.

2. Ditto the Glow Sticks
Glow sticks are used to help keep kids safe while they are out in the dark. Pets (especially cats) find these glow sticks to be a lot of fun and often puncture them. While most of the sticks are labeled as non-toxic, they do have an extremely bitter taste and pets who bite into them may begin drooling and racing around the house. A little treat or sip of milk will usually stop the taste reaction.

3. Have Pets Identified and Visible
There are a lot of extra people on the streets at Halloween, and that combined with strange costumes can spook pets and cause them to bolt. If you take your pet out after dark, make sure he or she wears a reflective collar and is securely leashed. And make sure your pet has proper identification on the collar.

4. Keep Pets Calm
Even pets who are kept indoors may experience intense anxiety over the large number of strangely dressed visitors. Keeping your pet away from trick-or-treaters may do the trick, but if you think more will be needed be sure and speak with your vet well in advance about options to help calm your pet.

5. Check Those Costumes
Costumes can be fun for the whole family. However, if you are planning on dressing up your best bud, ensure that the costume fits well and isn’t going to slip and tangle the pet or cause a choking hazard if chewed on. And never leave a costumed pet unattended.

These tips were provided by the ASPCA Poison Control Center

Dog Agility Trials-WNC Agricultural Center, Oct. 31-Nov. 2

Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 2.24.31 PMThe American Kennel Club (AKC) will hold Dog Agility Trials at the WNC Agricultural Center's McGough Arena in Fletcher from Friday, October 31 through Sunday, November 2

Trials will include all breeds. A special Golden Retriever Only trial will be held on Thursday, October 30.

Agility includes dogs jumping hurdles, racing through tunnels, and climbing over A-frames at high speed.

For more information, visit the Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association website:

How to Keep Your Dog in Shape

ID-100180743Did you know that a majority of household pets in the United States are overweight or obese? Studies have shown that 53 percent of dogs, and 58 percent of cats are either overweight or obese. Those percentages have increased in recent years, meaning nearly 99 million pets are now living a dangerously unhealthy lifestyle.

Owners need to pay attention to the health and fitness needs of their pets to ensure they lead long, happy lives. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has several excellent ways to help parents and children understand how they can help their lovable dogs and cats shed a few pounds and maintain a healthy weight.

Top 5 Tips to Keep Pets in Shape

  1. Limit the amount of food you give them. By no means should you give your pet less than they want to eat. However, pets will often eat past the point of being hungry if there is still food in their bowl. To keep your dog or cat from eating too much, don’t just put a huge helping of food in front of them. Pay attention to the recommended amount of food per serving on the bag’s label.
  2. Avoid giving them too many treats. All pets love their special foods and treats, and it’s enticing to reward pets for good behavior with a little extra snack. But it’s important to remember that those treats have plenty of calories just like human snacks, especially if you allow pets to overindulge. The occasional treat is fine, but you should limit the amount in the interest of keeping your pet’s weight under control.
  3. Never give your pet people food. It’s hard to refuse giving food to such cute faces when they sit by the dinner table and beg. But certain human foods, including chocolate, cheese, and onions can be lethal for dogs. Other foods, including grapes and certain nuts, can also do damage to a pet’s health and even increase their weight.
  4. Have them consume food slowly. It’s a scientific fact that both pets and humans put on more weight if they speed through their meals. To keep your pet from gorging on their food, try and give them their meals in smaller increments over a period of time. That will keep their metabolism in good shape and help them fight off additional weight.
  5. Exercise, lots of it. Plain and simple, your pets will be healthier if they move around and get more exercise. While it’s easy to walk dogs or have them run outside, it’s also crucial to keep cats active. You can keep them in shape just by playing with them from time to time.
  6. Vets are your pets’ best friend. This should be a no brainer. As a pet parent, you should take your dog or cat to the vet at least once a year. Nobody is more qualified to help you keep your pet in shape than your local vet!

Be a responsible pet parent and help your pet maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle! The AVMA has been making sure our pets get the best care for over 150 years, and you can find more great info about keeping our pets happy and healthy at

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Free Puppies W.I.N. Session - Asheville, Oct. 25

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, October 25 from 9 to 11 AM at Asheville Humane Society's Adoptin & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane.

Note: Humans only please!

Visit for additional details.

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Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade-Black Mountain, Oct. 25

ID-100205836Black Mountain will hold its annual Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade and Costume Contest on Saturday, October 25 beginning at 1 PM. Registration is on Broadway Street next to Gingko Tree Gallery. The parade start at 3 PM and will be followed by a costume contest. Prizes will be awarded in various categories.

Proceeds from the registration fees will be donated to local animal rescue organizations.

Fore more information, contact Bone-A-Fide Pet Boutique in Black Mountain at (828) 669-0706.

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Hickory Nut Gap Farm Fall Visit Weekend-Oct. 25, 26

Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 1.17.58 PMOn Saturday and Sunday, October 25 and 26 from 11 AM to 3 PM, Hickory Nut Gap Farm invites everyone to learn about the farm and participate in family activities including a corn maze, apple pressing, hay rides and more!

Admission on this weekend will be donated to Asheville Humane Society, who will be hosting pet adoptions and sharing information about all of its lifesaving programs.

For more information, please contact Hickory Nut Gap Farms:

UNCA Community Outreach Day-Asheville, Oct. 18

Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 1.10.28 PMThe University of North Carolina, Asheville (UNCA) will be hosting a community day for people and their pets on Saturday, October 18 from 9 to 11 AM. The event will be located on the UNCA campus.

Pet food will be collected for the homeless animals of Buncombe County cared for by Asheville Humane Society. A low cost vaccination clinic for pets will be available (see below). Live music and refreshments. For more information visit

Vaccination Clinic 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 Leash Reactive Session-West Asheville, Oct. 18

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 Saturday, Oct. 18 from 1 to 3 PM. It will be held at Patton Avenue Pet Company, 1388 Patton Avenue, West 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

Low Cost Vaccinations, Asheville, Oct. 18

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, October 18 from 2 PM to 5 PM at Hall Fletcher Elementary School, 60 Ridgelawn Road, Asheville.

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.**

Mega Match-a-thon Adoptions, Asheville, Oct. 17, 18

DogadoptDozens of cats, kittens, puppies and dogs will be looking for their forever homes at the "Mega Match-a-thon" adoption event, taking place on Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18 from 10 AM to 6 PM.

Area rescues will participate with Asheville Humane Society in showcasing many wonderful pets available for adoption. Adoption fees start at as low as $10. The event will be held at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market).

Asheville Humane Society is one of 33 animal welfare organizations nationally who received grant funding from the ASPCA to hold this special adoption event, which is presented by Subaru.

For more information, visit:

10 Things We Can Teach Our Children to Prevent Dog Bites

ID-100269251Did you know that children are the most common victims of dog bites? Many dog bites that affect children happen during everyday activities and with familiar dogs.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has great ways to help parents and their children understand how they can prevent dog bites, so you can help your kids – and dogs—stay safe and happy!

  1. Avoid dogs you don’t know. If you see an unknown dog wandering loose and unsupervised, avoid the dog.
  2. Ask before petting! When the owner is with their dog, always ask the owner for permission to pet their pup. Even if it’s a dog you know, asking first can help prevent sudden movements that may startle the dog.
  3. When confronted, don’t panic. If a dog confronts you, walk confidently and quietly away. If a dog goes after you, stay calm and stand still, keeping hands low and clasped in front of you. It’s important to take a defensive position, so the dog won’t think you are trying to harm him.
  4. Don’t make it worse. Avoid escalating the situation by yelling, running, hitting or making sudden movements towards the dog. All of these actions will make the dog feel threatened and can make the dog more aggressive.
  5. Let sleeping dogs lie. When a dog is sleeping or eating, leave the dog alone.
  6. Never tease dogs. Don’t take their toys, food or treats, and never pretend to hit or kick them. This could create distrust in the dog, and make him or her more aggressive.
  7. Playtime has a beginning and end. A dog has to want to play, but when the dog leaves that’s your cue that playtime is over. The dog will come back for more play if he feels like it.
  8. Never pull a dog’s ears or tail. Pain makes a dog feel like he is in danger and he could respond by biting.
  9. Dogs aren’t toys. Never climb on or try to ride dogs. Not only could this scare or anger the dog, but it could also injure the dog if he cannot support the weight or tries to get away.
  10. Dog crates are safe spaces. Don’t bother a dog when he is in his crate. Dogs need a comfortable, safe place where the child never goes. Remember, dogs need alone time too!

Teach your children these simple lessons to reduce dog bites, and help keep your kids and pups safe, happy and healthy! For more information on preventing dog bites, visit

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R.E.A.C.H. Sponsors Pet Halloween Photo Contest

UnnamedR.E.A.C.H. (the Regional Emergency Animal Care Hospital) and Asheville Veterinary Specialists are sponsoring a Pet Halloween Photo Contest.

According to R.E.A.C.H.:

"We would like you all to send us your Pet's Halloween Photos! We will have a vote and 1st place will get a $50 gift card to Wicked Weed, 2nd place will get a $20 gift card to the Hop, and 3rd will get a $10 gift card to High Five coffee shop!

"Please submit your photos by October 24th by either posting them on our Facebook page or emailing Voting will begin immediately so the sooner they are in the more votes you'll get and the winner will be announced October 31st!"

Image courtesy of R.E.A.C.H.

Free Puppy Social-Asheville, Oct. 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, October 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

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Conestee Dog Park Opens in Greenville, SC

Screen Shot 2014-10-03 at 1.29.09 PMThe new Conestee Dog Park is open in Greenville, SC, replacing the dog park in Cleveland Park.

The Conestee Dog Park is at the entrance of Conestee Park at 840 Mauldin Road in Greenville. The new dog park is twice as big as the dog park in Cleveland Park. 

Greenville’s newest dog park contains over 45,000 square feet of space with two vast areas for dogs big and small. This new dog park has water, shade, naturalized play and great long runs. Check it out!

Make the Most of Your Dog's Golden Years

RetrieverPets are living longer and healthier lives thanks to developments in veterinary care and dietary habits. However, that doesn’t change the fact that their health begins to decline in their senior years at around the ages of six or seven.

Follow these seven simple tips, courtesy of the American Veterinary Medical Association, to ensure a pet’s senior years are also its golden years:

  1. Increase veterinary visits.
    Senior pets should be taken to the veterinarian twice a year, instead of only once a year. Semi-annual visits allow veterinarians to detect and treat any signs of illness early. The American Veterinary Medical Association ( has a few tips to make veterinary visits a little better for everyone click HERE for more.
  2. Look out for changes in behavior.
    Before any medical symptoms appear, behavioral changes can provide signs that something is wrong. Examples of behavior changes include confusion, decreased interaction with humans, house soiling, changes in sleep cycles, and more.
  3. Watch for weight changes.
    Dogs and cats face opposite weight-related problems in old age. Overweight older dogs are at increased risk of health problems. Weight loss is the chief cause for concern for felines.
  4. Consider modifying diet and nutrition.
    As pets age, their dietary needs change. Senior pets may need easily digestible foods or foods with different calorie levels and ingredients that include anti-aging nutrients.


  5. Keep pets physically active.
    Just as with older humans, it is very important to keep senior pets moving. Maintaining mobility through appropriate exercise will help keep them healthier.
  6. Play stimulating games.
    Even pets can show signs of senility. Games (such as playing with food puzzle toys) that require time, patience, and problem-solving abilities will help keep pets mentally active.
  7. Be aware of pet health risks and symptoms.
    Some pet breeds and lifestyles have increased risks associated with them. For instance, dogs and cats that have not been neutered or spayed have a higher risk of developing mammary, testicular, and prostate cancers. As pets get older they develop many of the same illnesses that are present in humans such as cancer, heart disease, kidney and urinary tract diseases, diabetes, and even senility.

These seven tips will help maximize a pet’s senior years, but always check with veterinarians for specific guidelines on pet care. 

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Home Depot Kids Workshop-Candler, Oct. 4

Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 12.54.12 PMOn Saturday, October 4, from 9 AM to 12 PM, Home Depot in Enka-Candler (127 Acton Circle) will host a morning workshop for kids and families. 

Asheville Humane Society will have a booth and ambassador dog to teach kids and families about pet safety, dog etiquette and have information available on all of the society's community resources for pets and their people.