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April 2015

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day-April 30

ID-10084433April 30 is National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day -- and it's a good time to consider adopting a shelter pet!

There are so many good reasons to adopt a pet from a shelter -- and so many great dogs and cats are waiting for you at local animal shelters and rescue organizations in the Carolina mountains. Here are a few reasons to adopt, courtesy of one of the nation's leading animal advocate organizations, Best Friends:

  • Buying a pet can easily cost $500 to $1,000 or more. Adoption costs range from $50 to $200, depending on whether the pet comes from the city shelter or a rescue group that has spent money on boarding, vets and grooming.
  • You’re getting more for your money if you get a mixed breed. Based on the well-established principle of “hybrid vigor,” a mixed-breed animal is likely to live longer and cost less in vet bills than a pure breed. Many purebred dogs are prone to developing health problems ranging from breathing difficulties to hip dysplasia to an enlarged heart.
  • A pet purchased from a pet store is a complete unknown. And, once you walk out of the store, you are on your own. Most pet stores don’t provide any support if you have questions or problems with your new pet. When you adopt, especially from a rescue group, you know what you are getting because the group has a history on the animal. The rescue group will also help you through the familiarization period because they are invested in providing a good home for that animal.
  • When you adopt a pet, you are saving a life. When you buy a pet, you not only deny a homeless pet a home, you are supporting an industry that thrives on short-changing the welfare of animals. Puppy and kitten mills (which sell to pet stores) are in business to make a profit, so they churn out puppies and kittens as fast as they can. These animals are often in ill health and have problems like poor socialization skills due to lack of human companionship and genetic defects due to inbreeding.
  • If you adopt, you get your choice of any age. Though puppies and kittens are cute and cuddly, they can also be a handful. An adult or older pet may be a better fit for you. For example, adopting an adult dog who’s already house-trained and knows basic cues is often much easier than adopting a puppy, who must be taught these things.
  • You get just as much love (if not more). An adopted pet is every bit as loving, intelligent and loyal as a purchased pet, even if you get an adult or older animal.

Image: Stuart Miles,

Pawmetto Derby Party-Greenville, SC, April 30

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 2.06.58 PMJoin the Greenville Humane Society for the 2nd annual Pawmetto Derby Party on Thursday, April 30th from 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM at The Old Cigar Warehouse in downtown Greenville, SC.

Derby-goers can enjoy live music, derby-themed fare, bottomless cocktails and top shelf bourbon! It all leads up to the main event of the evening – the “Run for the Noses” race where adorable (and adoptable!) puppies compete to win the coveted “Run for the Noses” Champion trophy!

For further details, visit

Cashiers-Highland Humane Society Paws-a-Thon, April 26

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 3.01.30 PMCashiers-Highland Humane Society announces the 2nd annual PAWS-A-THON Pledge Drive for the Shelter Pets! This four-hour “telethon” takes place on Sunday, April 26th from noon to 4 pm. They will be taking pledge donations over the phone by volunteers and staff at the offices of the sponsor and host, Silver Creek Real Estate Group. Silver Creek is a great friend to the animals, and they have graciously donated their offices and phone lines. 

New for 2015 is the addition of a Stop-N-Adopt as part of the event! The CHHS H.E.A.R.T. of North Carolina will be on-site with 27 adorable, adoptable shelter pets all looking for forever homes. Look for our mobile medical/rescue vehicle at 341 U.S. Highway 64 in Cashiers, just west of the Crossroads next to Wendy’s. 

On Sunday, April 26th from noon-4 pm please call (828) 743-1999 and make a pledge to support the shelter pets! No donation is too big or too small, because every dollar counts to support our no-kill shelter and our mission of rescue, spay/neuter and adoption for abandoned and neglected animals.

How your PAWS-A-THON pledge helps the shelter pets:

  • $10 pays for a rabies vaccination
  • $20 provides a pet with a microchip
  • $30 feeds a shelter pet for a month
  • $50 will spay or neuter a dog or cat
  • $100 insures a pet a year’s worth of medications
  • $500 supports our “Laurel Fund” for special medical-needs animals
  • $1,000 sponsors an entire day of spay/neuter with the H.E.A.R.T. of North Carolina for 20 animals

Mark your calendar for April 26th from noon-4 pm to participate in our 2nd annual PAWS-A-THON! They look forward to taking your call, and thank you for your support of the shelter pets at the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society!

Free Puppy Social-Marshall, NC, April 25

Friends of Madison County Animals will hold a free Puppy Social in Marshall on Saturday, April 25.

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 2.54.10 PMLearn how to properly socialize, successfully house train, and encourage good behaviors in your puppy while discouraging unwanted ones. Also learn about free and low-cost programs in Madison County that can help you get your puppy on the right track when it comes to their health and wellness. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions, meet other puppy parents, and get information on what to expect as your puppy grows with you and your family.

Puppies in attendance must be healthy, have proof of at least 2 sets of vaccinations (rabies required over 16 weeks of age), and be at least 9 weeks old to attend.

Please call Pia at (828) 447-3243 to reserve your free spot or to inquire about future dates. Visit for additional information.

Photo: Friends of Madison County Animals

Low Cost Vaccinations and Microchips, Asheville, April 25

Dog_being_vaccinatedThe Buncombe County Department of Health, Buncombe County Sheriff's Animal Services Division, and Asheville Humane Society are collaborating to provide animal owners with access to low cost vaccinations, microchips and ID tagging.

Come to a vaccination clinic on Saturday, April 25 from 2 PM to 5 PM at Hall Fletcher 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.**

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

Image courtesy of Gualberto 107/

$7 Adoptions-Asheville, April 17, 18

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 8.29.49 AMSpring is here! The flowers are blooming and so are the hopes of all of the animals at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center. To celebrate new beginnings, adoption fees have been lowered to just $7.00 for all dogs and cats over 6 months old during the Spring Fling Adoption Promotion on Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18, from 10 AM to 6 PM. This promotion is generously sponsored by Four Seasons Plumbing.

Although the love of a pet is priceless, the reduced adoption fee of $7 represents an exceptional value. All adoptions include spay/neuter, all up-to-date vaccines, 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 veterinary wellness visit with a participating veterinarian. 

See all the animals waiting for you at Then come visit the Adoption Center at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads near the WNC Farmers Market).

Avery County Humane Society Birthday Bash-Newland, NC, April 18

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 2.28.01 PMThe Avery County Humane Society will be holding a Birthday Bash and Fundraiser on Saturday, April 18 from 10 AM to 3 PM. Everyone is welcome.

The Avery County Adoption and Education Center is located at 279 New Vale Road, Newland, NC (behind Ingles). The facility has over 21,000 square feet of space for animals and people. It is a bright, open design with a welcoming and hospitable atmosphere. Almost half the space is dedicated directly to animal care. The Society relocated to its new facility in April 2012.

Avery County Humane Society is a privately owned, operated, and funded shelter. Income sources are: Adoption fees, Happy Paws Pet Boutique located in the shelter, Paws and Claws resale store, fundraising events, grants, and general donations. Avery County Humane Society receives no direct funding from the government, United Way, or any other national group with a similar name. It is NOT affiliated with any county or national organization. They have approximately 1500 visitors per year and close to 800 adoptions in 2013.

For more information, visit


Free Puppy Social-Asheville, April 18

PuppiesteacupsCome to a free New Year's Puppy Social on Saturday, April 18 from 9 to 10 AM at Asheville Humane Society's Adoption and Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville.

Mingle with other puppy parents and get your training questions answered by certified trainers while your puppy romps with other pups. Doggie treat bags and human treats provided for all participants. This is a FREE family friendly event, but space is limited!

Reserve your puppy’s spot today. Sign up at (828) 707-0644 or via email: For more information visit
-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 event is sponsored by Pet Behavior Aid, an organization dedicated to increasing the retention of companion animals in their homes in Western North Carolina.

Photo credit: Image: Timeless Photography /

Getting a Dog? What to Discuss Before You Do

ID-100238787Carolina Mountain Dog caters to dog lovers -- but even dog lovers may be in between dogs, or contemplating adding another dog to the family.

That's why this article from PetPlace will be helpful. It lists "10 important topics to discuss before getting a dog."

This is just one of the topics:

"If you expect to place limits on your dog's behavior (as most people do), you will need to invest time in training your dog. What rules will be in your home?

  • Where do you want your dog to sleep (dog bed, child's room, your bed, a crate)?
  • Where do you want it to eat (kitchen, laundry room, another room)?
  • Will you feed them table scraps?
  • Will you tolerate begging? (This answer should be consistent across the family.)
  • Will you leash train your dog?
  • Do you want your dog to know commands e.g. “sit” or “stay”?
  • Do you want to be able to trim your own dog's nails or brush their teeth?
  • How will you respond to inappropriate barking, jumping, or nipping behavior?"

You can read the full article here.

Image: Photokanok,

Cavalier National and Regional Specialties-Asheville, April 12-18

Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 3.14.45 PMIf you love Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, the place to be from April 12 through April 18 is the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville.

The American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club will be holding its "National Specialty" from Sunday, April 12 through Thursday, April 16, and the Blue Ridge King Cavalier Club will be holding its "Regional Specialty"  on Friday and Saturday, April 17 and 18. The schedule includes dog classes and seminars, judging, an awards banquet and charity auction, lure coursing and more.

The Blue Ridge Cavalier Club is an active and dynamic group of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel enthusiasts who believe that they can promote the breed while enjoying convivial social interaction as well. The club usually meets at a member's home and, except for rare occasions, members and guests are encouraged to bring one or more Cavaliers to join the assembly. Meetings consist of a social hour, a business meeting followed by dinner. Members are asked to sign up on the 'pot luck' list before each meeting. Visitors Welcome! The Club supports breed rescue and participate in programs sponsored by the American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club.

For more information about the events, visit

Yappy Hour-Asheville, April 9

Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 4.45.45 PMBring your doggy to Asheville Humane Society's very first Yappy Hour on Thursday, April 9 from 6 to 8 PM. It will be held at Twisted Laurel, 130 College Street in downtown Asheville. Yappy Hours are the place for cool canines to congregate. They'll enjoy special treats and drinks made especially for them while you and your four-legged friend get to mingle with other dog lovers!

Admission of just $5 per person includes light bites and dogs are free. The Yappy Hour is being sponsored by Mix 96.5 and Prestige Subaru. All proceeds go to help the homeless animals of Buncombe County. More information is available at

Yappy Hour-Greenville, SC, April 9

Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 10.28.21 AMEvery second Thursday of the month, from April 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 next Yappy Hour will be on Thursday, April 9 from 6 to 8 PM.

For $10, 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

Pet Honoring Ceremony-April 12

 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, April 12 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.

Run for the Paws, Fletcher, April 26

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 9.20.44 AMThe 2015 "Run for the Paws" 5K Run or 1 Mile Walk will take place on Sunday, April 26 from 1 to 4 PM at Fletcher Park in Fletcher, NC.

This is the only 5K in the area where dogs aren’t just allowed… they’re invited! Enjoy live music, food, and family fun! Prizes will be awarded for top individual and teams. The race is limited to 500 participants. A wellness fair will also be held.

Registration is $35 for the 5k or $30 for the 1 mile race. Proceeds Benefit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. You can register here.