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January 2015

Meet the Puppy Bowl XI Stars & Adopt for $11 on January 31!

Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 9.25.45 AMAs Carolina Mountain Dog reported previously, three Asheville Humane Society puppies will be competing in Puppy Bowl XI to be aired on national television (Animal Planet, Sunday, February 1, 3 to 5 PM).

Now you have the opportunity to meet the Puppy Bowl puppies, live and in person, at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Rds., near the WNC Farmers Market). The Puppy Bowl meet-and-greet will be held on Saturday, January 31 between 11 AM and 1 PM. Get a free "pawtograph" from a puppy celebrity!

On the same day from 10 AM to 6 PM, Asheville Humane Society is hosting a "Tail-Gate Celebration" in honor of the 11th Annual Puppy Bowl. Every animal age 6 months or older can be adopted at the special fee of just $11 for forever friendship and priceless love.

Although the love of a pet is priceless, the reduced adoption fee of $11 represents an exceptional value. All adoptions include spay/neuter, all up-to-date vaccines, medical and behavioral screening, initial flea preventive, microchipping and free 1-year registration, a free starter bag of food, one month of complimentary pet health insurance, and a free post-adoption veterinary office visit with a participating veterinarian. 

Stop by on Saturday... meet the puppies... and consider adopting the love of your life! 

How to be an "E-Advocate" for Animals

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 10.14.44 AMThe ASPCA has some great suggestions for people who want to do something for animals using today's technology. According to the organization, animal-loving consumers can make a real impact in just a few minutes. 

How? By using online social media and mobile technology to advocate for stronger animal protection laws. The ASPCA has created a handy little "E-Advocacy Guide" that includes five tips you can use today. The ASPCA has found that social media interactions are viewed as authentic communication by government agencies, congressmen, and senators. Even just a few comments from constituents posted to Facebook and Twitter can capture their attention.

Check out the E-Advocacy Guide here.

Low Cost Vaccinations and Microchips, Asheville, Jan. 25

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, January 25 from 1 PM to 5 PM at Asheville Humane Society's Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Pond and Brevard 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.**

Donations for Animals Accepted at Recycle Event on Jan. 24

Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 2.18.40 PMAsheville Humane Society will be collecting animal sanctuary items on Saturday, Jan. 24 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the West Asheville Hard 2 Recycle collection event. Collection will take place at the Aaron's Rent-to-Own Parking Lot, 1298 Patton Avenue in West Ashevile.

Plastic totes, shoe boxes, crates (wire/plastic),towels, blankets, pet toys, non-pellet stuffed animals, leashes (non-retractable), dry pet food (unopened), clay kitty litter, and cleaning supplies including laundry detergent will be accepted and be used by Asheville Humane Society to assist in the care of local animals.

Puppies from Asheville Humane Compete in National "Puppy Bowl" on Feb. 1

Screen Shot 2015-01-08 at 10.13.55 AMThree puppies from Asheville Humane Society have been selected to be starting players in the nationally televised Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl!

The Puppy Bowl returns for its 11th consecutive year with an all-star, all-adorable cast that's ready to mix it up on the grand gridiron of Animal Planet Stadium. Puppy Bowl XI brings viewers a lovable lineup that's itching to play in a winning combination of terrier tackles, touchdowns, puppy penalties, fumbles and Fido first downs.

This year's big game is sure to be a tail-wagger. From barking beagles and spunky spaniels to everything in between, you'll see the cutest players taking the field on the most action-packed Sunday of the year. Plus, back for another year is the popular BISSELL Kitten Halftime Show, guaranteed to bring the house down! And, sideline reporter "Meep the Bird" will return to tweet live updates throughout the game. Follow @MeepTheBird on game day for the latest news, puppy penalties and behind-the-scenes moments from inside the stadium.

The Puppy Bowl airs before the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 1 from 3-5 pm. Watch as Asheville's own furry celebrities take the field!

$20 Neuter for Male Dogs in January-Greenville, SC

Screen Shot 2014-12-31 at 4.21.50 PMAs the oldest clinic in the community, Greenville Humane Society has been in operation for over 30 years and keeps the cost of spay/neuter as low as possible while providing excellent service and care for your pets.

During January only, Greenville Humane Society is offering neutering for male dogs and cats for just $20, thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities. Limited spots are available. To schedule an appointment or for more information, visit

$7 Adoptions - Jan. 16, 17

Did you make resolutions for the new year? So did Asheville Humane Society's adoptable animals!!! Check out the adorable video below of their very own resolutions for 2015!

To celebrate new beginnings, Asheville Humane Society is offering discounted adoption fees of just $7 for all cats and dogs 6 months and up, this Friday and Saturday, January 16th-17th! All adoptions include spay/neuter, microchip, all up-to-date vaccines, starter bag of food, one month of complimentary pet health insurance, and a free veterinary wellness visit. This year, resolve to ADOPT! 

See who's ready to make 2015 the year you meet your new best friend: .


Low Cost or Free Spay/Neuter in Jackson County

Screen Shot 2014-12-31 at 4.16.12 PMIn conjunction with the Asheville Humane Alliance, ARF (Humane Society of Jackson County) offers low cost spay/neuter assisance to residents of Jackson County. ARF can help you help your pets live longer, happier lives. Costs vary, but generally run around $50 for a spay plus $6 per vaccine. Note that your animal must receive a rabies vaccine (for which you will be charged $6) unless you furnish proof that it is current on rabies.

In conjunction with PetSmart Charities, the Two Mauds Foundation, and Catman2 Shelter, ARF can offer the following free services:

    • Starting in January, free fixing of cats in the greater Sylva delivery area (that includes Sylva, Dillsboro, Webster, parts of Balsam, Savannah, etc.)
    • Free fixing of pets for people on financial assistance (disability, food stamps, etc.)
    • Reduced-price fixing of pets for students and people who have rescued multiple pets
No limit. Includes free rabies vaccine.
  • If you don’t fall into this category, contact ARF anyway! Some funds available for other pets.

For more information, visit:

When It's Too Cold to "Do Your Business"...

Dog on strawDoes your dog skid to a stop when there's snow outside or the ground is frozen -- even when he or she has to heed nature's call?

Here's a clever tip from Wisconsin Humane Society's dog behaviorist Natalie Zielinski, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA that appeared in an ASPCA blog post. 

“If your dog won’t wear booties, try putting down a layer of straw in an easily accessible area of your yard and guide them to it,” says Zielinski. “It still feels and smells like a natural potty place for your dog, but the insulating straw provides a much warmer surface for their sensitive paws. The best part is, you can use any leftover straw for the same purpose when your yard gets muddy in the spring!”

Good idea!

(Photo from Wisconsin Humane Society's Facebook page)

Dog Agility Trials-Fletcher, Jan. 16-18

6153767The Blue Ridge Agility Club (BRAC) will host a dog agility AKC trial on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 16, 17, and 18. The event will be held at the WNC Agricultural Center in the McGough Arena, Fletcher, NC, from 8 AM to 5 PM. Admission is free and the general public is invited.Over 200 dogs from throughout the Southeast will compete. No pets admitted to the event.

All trials have a food vendor present as well as various vendors selling dog related items such as treats, leashes, beds, T-shirts and agility equipment. There is plenty of seating available to watch the action in both rings and all are held in covered arenas. In the cooler months, trials are indoors in a heated building.  There is no set time table and individual dog breeds do not run at a particular time, they run by dog height, so if you are looking to see an individual breed, the club cannot provide a specific time to come. Visit for further information.

Image: Blue Ridge Agility Club

Pet Honoring Ceremony-January 11

 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, January 11 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.

Brides for Barks - Asheville, Jan. 10

Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 10.48.30 AMThe Wedding Festival takes place on Saturday, January 10 from 10 AM to 3 PM at the US Cellular Center in Asheville. Former Brides: Donate your leftover wedding products to help another bride and help a great cause!

Suggested items to donate: Flower Girl Baskets, "Here Comes the Bride" Ringbearer Signs & Pillows, Chalk Board Signs, Mason Jars, Gift Card Holders, Cake Knives, Send Off Bubbles & Sparklers, Favors, Aisle Runners, Decor Items, Pew Markers, Cake Plates, Vintage China, ETC! Anything left over that you just don't need! Vendors at the bridal show will also be donating goods and services for a silent auction.

All proceeds from the sale and silent auction benefit Asheville Humane Society. Go here for more details.

ReTail Scene: "Darlings" in Asheville

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 3.03.32 PMPinups for Pitbulls is a not-for-profit organization located right here in Asheville whose mission is to educate people about the history, temperament, and plight of the pit bull-type dog; raising awareness to rally against Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) and Breed Discriminatory Laws (BDL). PFPB’s goal is to restore the image of the pit bull-type dog to its former reputation of America’s companion animal, war hero, and family member.

Pinups for Pitbulls recently opened a store in downtown Asheville, "Darlings," where anyone can shop for Pinups for Pitbulls goodies and gear for both doggies and humans. Located at 69-A Biltmore Avenue, Darlings is open daily from 11 AM to 7 PM. The store also sells merchandise online. Check out their Facebook page and online store. You'll love the new 10th anniversary edition of the 2015 calendar, with professionally photographed dogs and their pinup companions for each of the twelve months!

All sales benefit Pinups for Pitbulls. Learn more about this organization at their website:

Keep Your Dog Warm in the Winter

By Rachel Morris for Exceptional Canine

Keep Your Dog Warm in the Winter

When the weather outside gets frightful, it's a must to make sure your dog stays safe and warm. Your pet is unlikely to whine about the wind chill, so it’s up to you to keep an eye on the conditions and decide when it’s time to come inside and warm up. Use these tips to help keep your dog toasty on the coldest days.

Pay attention to the mercury Down coats, chunky scarves, wooly hats and thick gloves make it easy to forget what the temperature actually reads, but remember that your dog is only sporting what nature gave him, and for many dogs it’s not always enough. “Dogs who have a second layer of hair, such as Huskies and Newfoundlands, can withstand cold conditions, but most breeds don’t have this additional layer of insulation,” says Douglas Aspros, DVM, President of the American Veterinary Medical Association. If your dog lacks this additional warmth, Aspros says to be careful when the temp dips below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. If it’s a wet or exceptionally windy day, consider shortening your daily walk, or skipping it altogether and only venturing outdoors for bathroom breaks.

Size up your dog Smaller breeds have a higher surface area to body mass ratio compared to their larger dog park pals, which means they radiate heater faster. If your pup is on the petite side, a dog jacket can help provide protection from the wind and cold. Older dogs with arthritis—whether large or small—should be watched carefully too, since the cold can aggravate the condition and make their joints even stiffer. Bottom line: Pay attention to your pet.  If she’s reluctant to go outside on a winter day, it’s probably a sign that she’s not ready to handle the weather.

Feed wisely If your pet’s outdoor time isn’t cut short during the winter, he’ll need more energy to stay warm, so talk to your veterinarian about upping how much food you give him. However, most dogs tend to spend more time indoors during the winter. Be careful not to overfeed your dog if he gets less exercise during the colder months to ensure that he is at a healthy weight come springtime.

Watch the ground Dog booties don’t just look adorable; they can also be a big help on frozen surfaces. While they won’t do much to keep your dog’s paws warm, they will protect him from irritants such as sharp crusty snow and ice that can cut up his pads. If you choose not to purchase booties for your dog, Aspros recommends attempting to avoid these icy areas during your walks and checking your dog’s paws after he comes inside to make sure they aren’t injured. And don’t worry about him getting cold feet: Thanks to their unique circulation system, dogs’ paws are naturally equipped to handle frigid temperatures, according to a 2012 study in the journal Veterinary Dermatology.

Sleep soundly Your dog will probably scout out a warm spot to curl up indoors, whether it’s in front of the fireplace or in a sunny patch on the floor, but be sure that his bed is also located somewhere away from drafts. If you have hardwood or tile floors, consider throwing an extra blanket on there to give him more protection from the chilly surface. And when in doubt, an extra snuggle session will warm you both up, no mater how frosty it is outside.

Rachel Morris is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn, NY, and fervent photographer of her 1-year-old dog, Ridge.