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August 2015

Talk: Muscle Problems in Dogs - Sept. 10, Asheville

Screen Shot 2015-08-10 at 10.38.24 AMOn Thursday, September 10 at 7 PM, Julia Robertson will give a talk about muscle problems in dogs. She will discuss how actions and behaviors of dogs will allow you to "see" the muscle pain your dog may be having.

Julia is leading the field of myotherapy for dogs globally. She established the Galen Therapy Centre in the UK when she identifies and treats muscular dysfunction, postural and loading disorders. She has developed several courses for people to learn about the care and health of dogs and works closely with vets and other professionals. Julia regularly gives seminars, is a book author, and is a columnist for Dog World magazine. 

Don't miss this informative talk, given at the Lenoir Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies, 36 Montford Avenue, Asheville. Tickets are just $20, available by calling: (828) 545-2948.


$10 Adoptions - Asheville, Aug. 28 - 29

ID-100137Asheville Humane Society is holding a "back to school special" on dog and cat adoptions on Friday and Saturday, August 28 and 29.

Adoption fees have been lowered to just $10 each for dogs over 25 pounds and all cats and kittens. Every adoption includes a medical screening, vaccinations, 30 days of pet insurance, a free well check with participating Buncombe County vets, and starter food.

The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). Stop by from 10 AM to 6 PM and see all the cuties just waiting for you to take them home. Photos and details online at www.ashevillehumane.org.

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Low Cost Vaccination Clinic-Asheville, Aug. 29

VaccinationThe 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 low cost vaccination clinic on Saturday, August 29 from 2 to 5 PM at Biltmore Church of Christ, 823 Fairview Street, Asheville. No appointment is necessary.

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 

Please note: Cash is the only accepted form of payment.

Image: Praisaeng, freedigitalphotos.net

 


Mayfel's Dog Days of Summer, Asheville, August 27

Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 9.36.07 AMKudos to Mayfel's restaurant, 22 College Street in Asheville, for supporting local animal welfare groups. On Thursday, August 27, Mayfel's continues their 5th annual "Dog Days of Summer" event. Eat and drink at Mayfel's (New Orleans style cuisine) and the restaurant will donate 10% of its sales all day to Blue Ridge Humane Society.

Mayfel's has hosted a different animal welfare organization every Thursday from May through August, again donating 10% of its sales that day. Dog-friendly Mayfel's, across the street from Pritchard Park, has a front patio and back courtyard patio. More about Mayfel's and their Dog Days of Summer schedule at their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Mayfels


National Dog Day-August 26

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National Dog Day (Also known as: World Dog Day, International Dog Day & National Dog Appreciation Day) is Wednesday, August 26th. It serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day - for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for a child who is disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.

While the founders of National Dog Day feel that Americans have the constitutional right to purchase a pure breed dog, they strongly discourage buying from pet stores, backyard breeders, the Internet, newspaper ads and puppy mills, and rather encourage those seeking new canine companions, to verify that they are buying from a reputable breeder, educate themselves about their dog's breed and better yet - visit their local shelter or pure breed rescue group to adopt a new furry family member that will be forever grateful. Please consider adopting on National Dog Day! Even dog lovers who are not dog owners are encouraged to donate $5 to their local shelter or rescue on National Dog Day.

For a list of 20 ways to celebrate National Dog Day, go here.


Blessing of the Pets - Mills River, NC, Aug. 22

ID-100105392A Blessing of the Pets will be held at the Mills River Presbyterian Church, 10 Presbyterian Church Road in Mills River, on Saturday, August 22 from 10 to 10:30 AM.

All pets (on leashes or in crates) and their owners are welcome. Please bring blankets or chairs to sit on.

From 10 AM to 1 PM, Blue Ridge Humane Society will have seven dogs available for adoption (they will be recipients of dog bowl donations at the Blessing). For further information, call 828-891-7101.

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Hiking Hounds-Asheville, Aug. 30

HikinghoundsOne 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, August 30. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. New and repeat hikers alike are required to sign up in advance. If you'd like to sign up for this hike, email ahshikinghounds@outlook.com.

Hikers are signed up on a "first come-first served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


ReTail Scene: Lost Dog? There's an App for That

ID-10080879Microchips and ID tags are the best way to prevent your dog from getting lost. If you do lose your dog, follow these helpful tips provided by the ASPCA. Be sure to report your missing pet to your local animal shelter as well.

Not surprisingly, another way to track down your dog is by using your smartphone and a specialized app. Here are some of the apps available to help you:

ASPCA
The ASPCA's mobile app offers you the ability to receive a personalized missing pet recovery kit, including step-by-step instructions on how to search for a lost animal in a variety of circumstances. You can also build a lost pet digital flyer that can be shared instantly on your social media channels. The app covers additional emergency situations.

Finding Rover
Finding Rover uses facial recognition technology to scan your dog's face and keep the information on file. If your dog is lost, Finding Rover notifies a large network of organizations and members who snap a photo using the app to see if there's a match.

iPet Alert
Think of iPet Alert as an Amber Alert for dogs. With iPet Alert, you can instantly alert others when your dog goes missing. A message is sent to local area vets and iPet Alert members to be on the lookout for your missing pet. 

PetRescuers
With the PetRescuers app by HomeAgain, you can help keep a lookout for lost pets in your area and recently found ones who have been reunited with their families. You can further expand your search beyond posting signs in your neighborhood by sharing lost pet alerts via Facebook, Twitter and email with ease. As a PetRescuer you will have access to articles and resources as well.

Pedigree Found
Pedigree Found is a real-time app currently available in New Zealand, but its availability may be expanded. You take a picture of your dog and then, if your dog goes missing, you use Pedigree Found to send out a free alert to Found members and people in your area using Google's ad network.

Tagg
Tagg is not just an app, it integrates with a GPS pet tracker that attaches to your dog's collar so you can keep track of your dog. Tagg allows you to define your dog's home base and tells you if your dog wanders off, and it can pinpoint a dog's location anywhere in the U.S.

Image: Africa, www.freedigitalphotos.net


2015 Mutt Strut-Greenville, SC, August 22

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Don't miss South Carolina's largest dog-friendly race and "Mutt Market"! It's the 4th Annual Mutt Strut, benefiting the Greenville Humane Society, on Saturday, August 22, beginning at 8:30 AM. The event will be held at Greenville Tech/Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville, South Carolina.

This two-mile race (with or without your dog) begins and ends in the festive Mutt Market, featuring free food, live music and doggie entertainment. A family-friendly event, all proceeds benefit the Greenville Humane Society. This year features better parking, vendors, games, and live demonstrations.

For further details and to register, visit http://www.ghsmuttstrut.com/


Yappy Hour, West Asheville, Aug. 13

YappyBring your doggy to Asheville Humane Society's Yappy Hour on Thursday, August 13 from 6 to 8 PM. It will be held at Zia Taqueria, 521 Haywood Road, West 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 sponsored by Mix 96.5 and Prestige Subaru. All proceeds go to help the homeless animals of Buncombe County. More information is available at www.mix965asheville.com.


Yappy Hour-Greenville, SC, August 13

GreenvilleyappyEvery 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, August 13 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 http://www.greenvillehumane.com/events


Pet Honoring Ceremony-August 9

ID-10044688The 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, August 9 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: info@pethonoring.com.
 
Visit www.pethonoring.com/ for more information.
 
Image: Happykanppy, freedigitalphotos.net

No Adoption Fees on Dogs 6 Years + - Aug. 7, 8

Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 3.10.40 PMDogs in their middle and senior years make great pets. As the ASPCA says, "Older dogs are open books— from the start, you’ll know important things like their full-grown size, personality and grooming requirements. All this information makes it easier to pick the right dog and forge that instant love connection that will last a lifetime. If you’re not so into surprises, an older dog is for you!"

This Friday and Saturday, August 7 and 8, from 10 AM to 6 PM, dogs (and cats) 6 years of age and older are available with no adoption fees at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market).

See all the available animals here: www.ashevillehumane.org


Mayfels Dog Days of Summer-Aug. 6

MayfelsKudos to Mayfel's restaurant, 22 College Street in Asheville, for supporting local animal welfare groups. On Thursday, August 6, Mayfel's continues their 5th annual "Dog Days of Summer" event. Eat and drink at Mayfels (New Orleans style cuisine) and the restaurant will donate 10% of its sales all day to Madison County Animal Services.

Mayfel's hosts a different animal welfare organization every Thursday from May through August, again donating 10% of its sales that day. Dog-friendly Mayfel's, across the street from Pritchard Park, has a front patio and back courtyard patio. More about Mayfel's and their Dog Days of Summer schedule at their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Mayfels


Pet Loss Support Groups This Month

Dog frameAsheville, August 5: A pet loss support group meets at 6 PM on the first Wednesday of each month. Location: Jefferson House, 21 Edwin Place (next to the Unitarian Universalist church), Asheville. Donations accepted. Call (828) 254-6001 for additional information.

Waynesville, August 19: A pet loss support group meets at 6 PM on the third Wednesday of each month. Location: Kimball Counseling, 258 N. Main Street, Suite A, Waynesville. Donations accepted. Registration required. For additional information and to register, call Susan Kimball, LCSW, at (828) 226-7366.

Image: Whittaya Phonsawat, freedigitalphotos.net