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March 2015

Full Moon Farm Howl In-Black Mountain, April 4

Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 10.18.19 AMFull Moon Farm is a sanctuary for wolfdogs located in Black Mountain, NC. Come and join the fun at their Howl In on Saturday, April 4.

Gates open at 3:00 p.m. Farm tour begins 3:15 p.m. Meet the wolfdogs, hear there tales and howls! Learn about the breed and their obstacles.

Join the staff for an optional potluk dinner for $5 per plate (bring a side dish, we will provide the meat and drinks). Visit the Gift Den for local handcrafted jewelry and artwork. For more information, visit

"Bark Madness" - $16 Dog Adoptions, March 27, 28

Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 9.45.46 AMAsheville Humane Society is lowering adoption fees for its most athletic dogs - Pit Bulls - during the Bark Madness Adoption Promotion! 
Pit Bulls tend to be playful, energetic and intelligent dogs with loving personalities. Asheville Humane Society wants to get these underdogs off the bench and into loving homes with you! Trained adoption counselors will meet with all potential adopters to help you pick the perfect Pitty for your family team! Pick from the sweet sixteen and score with a champion of your own!  
This special promotion offers all Pitty mixes only for "Sweet $16.00." The adoption fee includes everything you need to add a new doggie to your team. Visit the Adoption Center on Friday and Saturday, March 27 and March 28 from 10 AM to 6 PM, located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). See all the champs available at:

Low Cost Vaccinations and Microchips, Black Mountain, March 29

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, March 29 from 1 PM to 5 PM at the Clubhouse in Black Mountain.

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 Puppies W.I.N. Session-Asheville, March 28

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, March 28 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 for additional details.

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Is Fostering Right for You?

ID-10095915When an animal needs some time to recover from a sickness or injury, or just needs to be socialized, animal welfare organizations in the Carolina mountains depend on foster homes. Typically, foster parents take in dogs, cats, puppies or kittens (and sometimes other animals) for a limited period of time. Most organizations provide everything a foster parent needs -- supplies, food, medicine if necessary, cat litter, crates, etc.

Fostering has a direct impact on the number of animals' lives that can be saved by a humane society or rescue group. Foster homes essentially act like off-site shelters, providing an environment that can be more conducive to the rehabilitation of a sick, injured, or fearful animal.

Fostering can be very gratifying for the entire family -- young and old alike. It can also blend in with existing animals in many instances. Most important, by fostering, you provide a home for an animal who needs relief, rest, and rehabilitation.

Check out your local humane society or rescue organization to find out about fostering opportunities. For an example of a very well-organized, active fostering program, visit the Asheville Humane Society website's fostering section

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7 Questions to Ask a Pet Sitter

Screen Shot 2015-02-16 at 11.08.06 AMPet Sitters International (PSI), the world’s leading association for professional pet sitters, encourages pet owners to ensure that their responsible pet-ownership practices extend to selecting quality care for their pets when they are away.

“Responsible pet owners want the best care for their pets,” says PSI President Patti J. Moran. “However, we’ve found that many do not realize the importance of using professionals for their pet-care needs and the dangers of relying on family, friends or non-professionals as pet sitters. It is important pet owners understand that pet sitting is a professional career and professional pet sitters offer peace of mind that other pet-care options cannot.”

PSI advises pet owners to ask seven important questions when interviewing any potential pet sitter:

1.    Does the pet sitter have the proper business license for your city or state?
2.    Is the pet sitter (and any staff sitters) insured and bonded?
3.    Can the pet sitter provide proof of clear criminal history?
4.    Does the pet sitter provide client references?
5.    Will the pet sitter use a pet-sitting services agreement or contract?
6.    Has the pet sitter completed PSI's CPPS Program and/or has he or she participated in pet-care training, such as pet first aid?
7.    Is the pet sitter a member of a professional and educational association, such as Pet Sitters International?

PSI also recommends pet owners schedule an initial consultation with a potential pet sitter prior to booking services and offers a Pet Sitter Interview checklist on its website to guide pet owners in the interview process.

To find a pet sitter in the Asheville area, visit Asheville Area Professional Pet Sitters Association.


Hiking Hounds-March 29, 10 AM

RetrieverOne of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities is the "Hiking Hounds" program. Two Sunday mornings each month, volunteers take shelter dogs on hikes as part of the enrichment programming. You'll spend a few hours in Bent Creek hiking the trails with dogs who will love you for it.

The next hike with the Hiking Hounds group is Sunday, March 29. Start time is 9:30 AM for new hikers and 10 AM for repeat hikers.

New and repeat hikers alike are required to sign up in advance. For more information about Hiking Hounds and to apply, please e-mail To see how much fun it is, visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.

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"Lucky in Love" - $17 Adoptions, March 13-14

Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 5.57.57 PMDuring its "Lucky in Love" promotion in honor of St. Patrick's Day, Asheville Humane Society is lowering adoption fees for all adult dogs and cats (over 6 months old) to just $17 each on Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14!

The rainbow ends at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center, and priceless love is your pot of gold! The special low adoption fee includes spay/neuter, microchip with free one-year registration, all up-to-date vaccines, free starter bag of pet food, one month of complimentary pet health insurance, and a free wellness visit with a participating veterinarian.

Meet your lucky charm here: -- and visit the Adoption Center at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market) from 10 AM to 6 PM.

Toto Trot-Hendersonville, March 14

Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 4.04.30 PMPets and their people are invited to the Toto Trot: a very special costume parade down Main Street in Hendersonville on Saturday, March 14th!  All are invited to dress up their pooch in their favorite outfit where they will be judged by the Mayor of Munchkin City and his Council. Sign up starts at 10 AM at First Citizen’s Plaza at the intersection of 6th Avenue and Main Street, Hendersonville. At 11 AM, all will be marched directly down Main Street for judging. The Toto Trot winner will receive a prize package from Wag, Hendersonville's Unique Pet Boutique and Flat Rock Playhouse. There will be a suggested donation entry fee of $10, which will benefit local animal shelters.

Also on March 14th, Blue Ridge Humane Society and Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue will be in the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown parking lot from 10 AM to 5 PM with pets that need to find loving homes.

Friends for Animals (Humane Society of Burke County) - Calendar Contest

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 4.00.31 PMFriends for Animals would like to invite you to participate in our 2015/2016 Calendar Photo Contest! This contest consists of us using the pictures you submit of your own pet as featured pets in our upcoming calendar. Your pet could very well be on the cover of our Calendar!

After our three week submission period, in which you will be able to submit your photos in the contest after donating $5 to help the animals, we will have a three week "voting" period. During the voting period we will upload your pictures to our Facebook page, where you may "like" the best ones. At the end of the voting period, we will evaluate which photos have the most "likes", which we will consider as "votes", and use them as the main month features or, in the case of the photo with the most likes, as the cover of the calendar!  Remember to share the photos from our Facebook page album, that will be created specially for this contest, to help your favorites win! Please fulfill all of our requisites to ensure your participation in the contest.

Our submission period will begin March 1st, 2015.


  • You must send the photos you wish to be submitted to the correct e-mail address:
  • For your entry to be accepted, you must donate $5 (per picture) to our shelter, you may do this through our Donate PayPal button below.
  • Please include your full name and your pets name in your email where you submit the photos. This is so we can make sure you have donated $5, and so your pets name may appear in the calendar.
  • We request that you do not include a photo in which you, or someone else, is present, due to privacy reasons. Please make sure the photos of are your pets only.
  • We accept photos of any kind of pet you may have. It does not necessarily have to be a cat or dog. 
  • BCFFA reserves the right to not use a submission if the quality and resolution are too low for our calendar. Make sure to take good photos!
  • If we receive multiple submissions of the same pet(s) , we will only use ONE photo of said pet (the one that has the most "likes"), we do this so as to have variety and allow other pets a spot in the calendar also.
  • After our submission period has ended, we will take a few days to upload the pictures to our Facebook Page where you may vote for them. We ask you give us a few days. We will post when we are done uploading photos, so you may ensure your entries are in the voting album for the contest.
  • If you submitted a photo and made a donation, but do not see your photo in our Facebook Album designated for our 2015/2016 Calendar Contest, please email us at

For further information, visit

Yappy Hour-Greenville, SC, March 12

Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 10.28.21 AMEvery second Thursday of the month, from March through October, Greenville Humane Society holds a Yappy Hour from 6 to 8 PM at the Society's headquarters, 305 Airport Road in Greenville. The first Yappy Hour of the season will be on Thursday, March 12 from 6 to 8 PM.

For $8, you and your friends can unwind with cold brews and music from local artists. Meanwhile, your dog can run off-leash in the canine courtyard and take a dip in the "doggie pools."

Dogs must come on a leash and be friendly, spayed/neutered, healthy, and up-to-date on all vaccinations.

For additional information, visit

12th Annual Dine To Be Kind - March 10

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The 12th Annual Dine To Be Kind is March 10 at restaurants all around the Asheville area!

On Tuesday, March 10th, around 60 area restaurants will donate 15% of the day's proceeds from breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and takeout to the lifesaving programs and animals of Asheville Humane Society. If you want to help local, Buncombe County animals in need, ALL you have to do is dine out on March 10th!

For more information and to view a list of the generously participating restaurants, which is continuously updated, visit .

Pet Honoring Ceremony-March 8

 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, March 8 at 10 AM, 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.

Free Puppy Social-Asheville, March 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, March 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.

- 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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Free Puppies W.I.N. Session-West Asheville, March 7

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., March 7 from 1 to 3 PM at Patton Avenue Pet Company, 1388 Patton Avenue, West Asheville.

Note: Humans only please!

Visit for additional details.

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