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February 2015

Speed Date for Your Soul Mate-Asheville, Feb. 28

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 8.33.51 AMValentine's Day may be over, but there's still time to meet the love of your life at Asheville Humane Society!

On Saturday, February 28 from 11 AM to 1 PM, trainers from The Dog Door Behavior Center will feature a few of our most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes in a fun game of "speed dating," assisting you in your search for your perfect canine match. As an adopter, you will also be eligible to win free training sessions with one of the Dog Door's certified trainers to help make your love last a lifetime! Join the fun on Saturday to meet your soul mate!

In addition to this special event, adoption fees are just $10 for all dogs and cats over 6 months of age on Saturday!

The Asheville Humane Society Adoption & Education Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). Regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM. To see animals available for adoption, visit www.ashevillehumane.org.


The Pathless Woods - Art Exhibit through March 21

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Through March 21, Alchemy Fine Art, located at 25 Rankin Avenue in downtown Asheville, will host a show dedicated to the animals and nature artists have been able to examine, explore, and experience through their brushes & palettes and  pens & inks. Works by Ben Long, Angela Cunningham, Paul Blankinship, Tony Corbett, and others will be featured.

Alchemy Fine Art is typically open from Thursday through Saturday, 12:30 to 5:30 PM and also by appointment. For additional information, call 828-367-7714.

A percentage of the proceeds from sales will be donated to Asheville Humane Society.

 


World Spay Day is Tues., Feb. 24

On Tuesday, February 24, World Spay Day shines a spotlight on the lifesaving power of spay/neuter and the need for affordable services, particularly in underserved communities.

Screen Shot 2015-02-03 at 3.06.53 PMYou can help save animals’ lives by participating in World Spay Day. Host or support an event or activity in your area to draw attention and resources to a critical community need, spread the word, or support your local humane society or spay/neuter clinic to spay or neuter a pet, a community cat or a street dog in need.

Are you looking to have your own pet spayed or neutered? We have one of the premier spay/neuter clinics in the country right here in Asheville: Humane Alliance. Not only does Humane Alliance spay/neuter animals in the Western North Carolina area at low cost, it is also a national training site for spay/neuter clinics. To learn more visit www.humanealliance.org.

World Spay Day is presented by The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, and Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association in collaboration with humane organizations, veterinary professionals, businesses, and individuals worldwide to shine a spotlight on spay/neuter as a proven means of saving animals’ lives.


Free Puppies W.I.N. Session-Asheville, Feb. 21

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 Sat., February 21 from 9 to 11 AM at Asheville Humane Society's Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market).

Note: Humans only please!

Visit www.petbehavioraid.org for additional details.

Image courtesy of Gualberto 107/www.freedigitalphotos.net


Low Cost Vaccinations and Microchips, Asheville, Feb. 22

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, February 22 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.**


Free Leash Reactive Session-North Asheville, Feb. 17

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, February 17 from 7 to 8:30 PM. It will be held at Animal Hospital of North Asheville on Beaverdam Road in 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 www.petbehavioraid.org, email info@petbehavioraid.org, or call (828) 707-0644.

Image: Quinn Dombrowski, Flickr


ReTail Scene: "Wuf" Smart Dog Collar

Wuf_collar_phoneapp_1800by900You have probably heard that 2015 promises to be the year of tech "wearables." Now a Boulder, Colorado company, WUF (pronounced "Woof," of course), is introducing a "doggie wearable." It is a versatile device that can be used for training, activity tracking, games, GPS, and more. Perhaps the most unique thing about the WUF collar, though, is the built-in two-way audio, so you can actually talk to your dog remotely and hear him or her as well!

A mike and speaker are embedded in the collar and controlled using a smartphone app. The collar is waterproof and can withstand the wear and tear associated with your doggie's rugged off-leash adventures.

The company is in the launch stage and collars can be pre-ordered for $129 (the regular price will be $149). You can learn more about WUF at the company's website: www.getwuf.com .


For Extraordinary Love-$14 Adoptions Feb. 13, 14

Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 9.56.27 AMThis Valentine's weekend, let Asheville Humane Society help you find the love of your life! Priceless love doesn't require a high price tag (whether it's a sparkly ring or a furry friend), so this Friday and Saturday, February 13 and 14, Asheville Humane Society is lowering adoption fees to $14 for all cats and dogs over six months old! This "Extraordinary Love" promotion is generously sponsored by Wick and Greene Jewelers, proud sponsors of happily ever afters.

All adoptions include spay/neuter, all up-to-date vaccines, initial flea preventive, microchipping and free 1-year registration, free starter bag of food, one month of complimentary pet health insurance, and a free veterinary wellness visit with a participating veterinarian. All this and unconditional love!

Visit the Adoption Center at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Pond and Brevard Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market) from 10 AM to 6 PM. Find out about the lovable companions available for adoption here: www.ashevillehumane.org .


Toxic Foods for Pets

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 3.35.08 PMGuest Post by Sloan McKinney

Infographic: The 10 Most Toxic Foods for Pets

All dog owners know that one of the toughest things to resist is the sad expression on the dog’s face as he or she begs for scraps at the table. And although most of us know we probably shouldn’t feed the dog “human food”, they usually convince us to give them a small bite.

 Unfortunately, if you’re giving the dog a large amount of food from your table, or if you’re giving it the wrong type of food, you could inadvertently cause an adverse reaction. No one wants to harm their dog, so it’s important to understand which types of food can cause harm to the dog’s health. You might be surprised with just how many different foods can be dangerous for dogs to ingest.

Short-Term Illnesses

 Humans routinely consume foods that could cause illness in a dog. Such foods include avocado, coffee or other caffeinated drinks, large amounts of milk, and macadamia nuts. When a dog eats a type of food that’s toxic to them, you may notice some external symptoms.

While these initial symptoms generally aren’t life-threatening, you will want to keep an eye on your dog’s health when you notice these problems, because they could be a precursor to more severe health problems in the near future. If you’re unsure, contact your veterinarian. Five of the short-term symptoms you may notice if your dog has eaten a toxic food include the following.

  1. Dehydration. If your dog is drinking far more water than usual, an illness from a toxic food could be the culprit.
  2. Fatigue and weakness. An ill dog won’t want to play as usual, and it may even be too tired to come for a favorite toy or healthy snack.
  3. Lack of appetite. A dog that has eaten the wrong kind of food may not want to eat its regular dog food at the regular feeding time, and it may not really want to drink water.
  4. Restlessness. Unusual panting or rapid breathing and an inability to lie still can indicate a dog who has eaten dangerous food.
  5. Vomiting and diarrhea. Keep a close eye on a dog who has these symptoms, as it’s a potential sign of a more serious problem.

 Long-Term Illnesses

 Some foods are extremely toxic to dogs, leading to potentially fatal complications. If you suspect your dog may have ingested this type of food, immediately call the vet for instructions. You may be told to induce vomiting. In addition to the five symptoms listed above, look for the following three symptoms that may indicate a much more serious problem. 

  1. Internal organ damage. Damage to kidneys and the heart can occur with certain types of foods for a dog. Such damage can lead to death. Signs of this problem can be extreme fatigue, whining for no perceptible reason, a lack of desire to drink water, an inability to urinate, or vomiting immediately after drinking or eating.
  2. Pain. Although a dog cannot tell you directly that something hurts, if you watch the dog carefully, you may notice it walking gingerly, which could indicate pain in the joints or other serious internal problems. Unexplained whimpering also can indicate pain.
  3. Seizures and tremors. Dogs who are having seizures may have a serious illness occurring, possibly from toxicity in food.

The most dangerous foods for dogs that can lead to a long-term illness or death include brittle animal bones, chocolate, grapes, and raisins. However, if you suspect your dog has eaten any food listed in this infographic watch the animal closely.

And when it comes to table scraps, if you’re unsure whether you could make your dog sick with certain foods, just don’t feed them food from the table. Even though it’s tough to ignore the begging and the hungry look from the dog, it’s easier than having to deal with a seriously ill family pet!


Author_SloanSloan McKinney is a journalist based in Southern California. After writing about pop culture for a number of years, she has recently begun writing for a new audience. Inspired by DeAnthony, her cat, as well as her dog Max, Sloan now hopes to help other pet owners guarantee their animal companions happy and healthy lives.


Sarge's 9th Annual Pet Photography Contest

Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 10.59.09 AMSarge’s Animal Rescue in Waynesville is now accepting photos for its ninth Annual Pet Photo Contest. The deadline for all entries is Friday, Feb. 27. Categories are Dog, Cat, Puppy, Kitten, Photographers under the Age of 12, Sarge Rescue, Other Pet (pet other than a dog or cat), and Super Shooters (photographers who have previously won first place in any category).  There will also be a special prize for photo judged Best In Show.

Photos must be the original work of an amateur photographer. Size should range from 4x6 to 8x10 inches. Do not frame or mat the photos. Photos, entry forms and a $10 fee per photo should be mailed to Sarge’s Adoption headquarters at P.O Box 854; Waynesville, NC, 28786 or delivered to the Adoption Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday. For directions, call (828) 246-9050. More than one photo can be submitted but a completed entry form and $10 fee must accompany each photo. Electronic submissions or electronically altered photos will not be accepted. Photos cannot be returned.

First place winners will receive a $25 gift certificate to Bocelli’s Italian Eatery, a certificate and pet-related gifts in a specially hand-crafted tote bag. Second place winners will receive a $15 gift certificate and a certificate. The Best in Show winner will receive a $50 gift certificate from Bocelli’s, a free photo sitting at Brown’s and pet-related gifts.

To get an official entry form, go to: http://www.sargeandfriends.org/docs/photoentryform.pdf


Humane Lobby Day-Raleigh, March 4

Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 1.01.35 PMHumane Lobby Day, sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), will be held in North Carolina on Wednesday, March 4 from 8:30 AM to 3 PM. It will take place at the Raleigh Legislative Building, 16 Jones Street, Raleigh, NC.

According to HSUS, this is what you can expect at Humane Lobby Day:

• It's a one-day event where you'll have the chance to meet with your elected officials or their staff about animal protection issues you'd like to see progress on in 2015.

• There will be a bill briefing and a training with tips for lobbying. It doesn't matter if you're new to lobbying or unfamiliar with the issues—what's important is your presence.

• You will have the opportunity to hear speakers on farm animal protection, puppy mills, exotics, sheltering and much more! Expert tables will be set up to answer questions and help you plan to help animals in your community.

• Lunch is not provided, but there is a cafeteria in the building and several restaurants close by.

Visit http://www.humanesociety.org/about/events/humane-lobby-days.html for additional information.


Free Puppy Social-Asheville, Feb. 14

ID-100183609Your puppy needs socialization with other dogs to develop into a healthy, balanced pet. Join other puppy owners at a puppy social on Saturday, February 14 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.

Requirements:
- 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  info@petbehavioraid.org to make a reservation. For more information visit www.petbehavioraid.org

Image: Mister GC-FreeDigitalPhotos.net


Pet Honoring Ceremony-February 8 at 10 AM

 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, February 8 at 10 AM EST, 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: info@pethonoring.com.
 
Visit www.pethonoring.com/ for more information.

Valentine's Hearts for The Herd Contest

Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 10.52.23 AMThe Second Annual Valentine's Hearts for The Herd Contest is open. It's easy to participate, and a lucky winner wil get a beautiful gift basket from Smoky Mountain Dog Bakery in Waynesville.

There are 2 simple parts to the contest:

1. Mail a Valentine’s Day card to your favorite member of The Herd. (See their photos here: http://thethunderingherd.com/2015/01/12/valentines-hearts-herd-contest-year-2/ . If you can’t make up your mind (and many people couldn’t last year), mail one to every member of The Herd you want. Last year, Frankie was the recipient of the most Valentine’s Cards with 53 Valentines. Something tell us that it will take more Valentine’s to win this year!

Send your card to:

Dog’s Name

The Thundering Herd

PO Box 1835

Maggie Valley, NC 28751-1835

2. If you wish, enclose a check or money order payable to Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation Qannik received the most donations last year with $448 to pass along to Sarge’s. And let’s be clear – every single penny we receive is given to Sarge’s. No administrative cost. Nothing. Every single penny goes to Sarge’s.

You can mail a Valentine without a donation which is why we track who gets the most cards and who raises the most money separately. You will still be eligible for the Grand Prize whether you donate or not.

The Thundering Herd will select a lucky winner from everyone who mails a Valentine. That winner will be announced on Saturday, February 14, so Valentines must be received by Friday, February 13 to be eligible for the drawing. Get your cards in the mail as quickly as possible!


Free Puppies W.I.N. Session-Asheville, Feb. 4

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 Wed., February 4 from 7:15 to 9:15 PM at Asheville Humane Society's Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market).

Note: Humans only please!

Visit www.petbehavioraid.org for additional details.

Image courtesy of Gualberto 107/www.freedigitalphotos.net


Brides for Barks - Greenville, SC, Feb. 7

Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 10.40.21 AMJoin the Greenville Humane Society at "Brides for Barks" on Saturday, February 7 from 10 AM to 3 PM at the Wedding Festival, TD Convention Center, 1 Exposition Drive, Greenville, SC.

Donate your leftover wedding products and help another bride. Suggested items to donate include "Here Comes the Bride" ringbearer signs, flower girl baskets and pillows, centerpiece containers, giftcard holders, cake knives, favors, vintage china, etc. Donated items can be dropped off by February 5 at Greenville Humane Society, 305 Airport Road, Greenville.

All proceeds from an auction and silent auction will benefit Greenville Humane Society.