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September 2015

Howl-O-Ween Walkathon - Asheville, October 31

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A "Howl-O-Ween Walkathon" will be held at Carrier Park in Asheville on Saturday, October 31 at 1 PM. The 2-mile Walkathon is a fundraiser for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. The organization invites participants to dress up with their pets in Halloween costumes and celebrate. Walkers ask their friends to sponsor them and their pet in to help raise funds.

The Walkathon will be accompanied by a Fall festival from 11 AM to 4 PM. The family-friendly festival will include food, beer, activities for children, costume contests, and music.

Advance registration is $10 per youth and $15 per adult walker. For more information and to register, visit:

How to Remove Pet Hair from Just About Anything

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The smart folks at Neato Robot Vacuums have created a very useful infographic that tells you how to remove pet hair from just about anything. You'll learn how to remove pet hair from clothing, upholstered furniture, non-upholstered furniture, car interiors, hardwood, and carpets. There are also tips on how to remove pet hair from your dog!

Check out the infographic here:

Low-Cost Vaccination Clinic - Barnardsville, NC, Sept. 27

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 Sunday, Sept. 27 from 1 to 5 PM at Big Ivy Community Center, 540 Dillingham Road, Barnardsville, NC 28709. 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.

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Asheville Humane Society Announces "Thrive! Together" Initiative

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"Thrive! Together," a new community-oriented initiative that will extend for 1000 days, has been announced by Asheville Humane Society. The program is designed to support the organization's core belief that "pets and their people deserve a safe and healthy community in which to live and thrive...together." According to Tracy Elliott, the Society's Executive Director, "The next evolution is for shelters to be a place where no animal ends up, because the problems that result with animals being in a shelter are solved at their source -- in the community, in neighborhoods, and in homes."

Thrive! Together will focus on three priorities:

  1. Safe: Expand adoption and relocation programs to connect more people with homeless animals and to ensure that all adopters are enabled to provide safe and humane care
  2. Healthy: Expand medical, behavioral and foster support programs to save more treatable animals
  3. Thriving: Expand community outreach initiatives to reduce the homeless pet population, keep companion animals with their families, and educate the public about safe and humane care.

The organization has staffed a new Community Engagement department to implement the initiative. According to Angie Wilt, the Society's Director of Operations, "We must activate collaboration within our community if our progress is to flourish and remain sustainable. Community engagement is the future of animal welfare."

Asheville Humane Society enthusiastically encourages the entire community to join in the Thrive! Together initiative, which will officially kick off on October 5. Watch the organization's website and Facebook page for additional details. 

Create a Pet Safety Net

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Havahart Wireless has developed a handy infographic to help pet owners create a "pet safety net." This infographic shows ways to help your dog when faced with an unexpected health crisis. It includes suggested emergency actions to take when your dog eats a poisonous substance and when your dog isn't breathing. It also offers helpful ideas for what to include in a pet first aid kit.

You can view the infographic here:

6 Unsettling Facts About Dog Waste

Guest Post by Stephanie Chow
Did you know?
  • 72.8 million dogs currently live in the United States
  • 30,000 tons of waste is collectively produced every day
  • That’s 10 million tons of dog waste produced every year!

6factsdogwasteThat’s a lot of dog poop, but what exactly is it doing to our environment?  Let’s look at these 6 Unsettling Facts about Dog Waste…

  1. Dog waste is NOT fertilizer for your lawn.
    In fact, it is just the opposite and can be very toxic to your soil. Due to their high-protein diet, dog waste is highly acidic and will actually burn your grass creating brown patches.
  2. Just one gram of dog waste can contain as many as 23 million fecal coliform bacteria.
    Waste can seep into groundwater and spread salmonella and giardia. This poses a hazard to your pets, your family, and your landscape.
  3. Your lawn mower doesn’t help, in fact can make it worse.
    Mowers will actually chop up the waste into smaller pieces and spread it further throughout your yard where you, your children, and your pets continue to step in it and then bring it into your home.
  4. Dog fecal matter is a major contributor to stormwater pollution.
    One out of three households have at least one dog, and all that dog poop left out can be blown into storm drains, lakes, and streams. When in water, the liquefied waste consumes the oxygen and releases ammonia, which contaminates our resources as well as harms the fish that reside there.
  5. The EPA classified dog waste as a dangerous pollutant in the same category as toxic chemicals and oil.
    The average dog discards approximately three quarters of a pound of waste per day, which adds up to 275 pounds per year. Your yard might be more polluted than you think.
  6.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirms that hookworms, ringworms, tapeworms and Salmonella can be spread by contact with infected dog waste.
    It can take over one year for dog waste to decay, but even when it has visibly disappeared, the parasite eggs it contained can linger on for years in your soil – leaving your family and your pets vulnerable to serious infection.
What you can do
  • Bag it and trash it, always.
  • Difficult to keep up with the mess? Hire a local pet waste removal company to clean your yard on a routine basis.
  • The most responsible thing pet owners can do for their family, community, and environment is to make sure their pets are picked up after.
  • Share this information with friends, family, and neighbors. Let them know the importance of scooping their dog’s poop, and that it’s more than just a smelly eyesore.

Petpooskiddoo_logoStephanie Chow is the founder of a unique type of business in Asheville called Pet Poo Skiddoo, a local pet waste removal company.  Stephanie, a former web designer, now scoops up doggie droppings for a living.   Her mission is to not only keep the town clean, but to educate others about the true hazardous dangers of pet waste and to provide a service that will protect people and animals alike. 

If you are a pet owner in need of some extra help whether it is removing waste from your yard, cleaning out your cat’s litter box, or taking your dog out on a walk for some relief, contact Stephanie at Pet Poo Skiddoo!

Images provided by Pet Poo Skiddoo

Dog Adoptions - $10 - Asheville, Sept. 18, 19

DogadoptThis Friday and Saturday, September 18 and 19 at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center, adoption fees for all dogs over 25 pounds will be just $10 for priceless love! September is historically the month with the lowest number of adoptions, but one with the highest number of animals coming through the Society's doors. If you can't adopt, spreading the word is the next best thing!

All animals have received a medical exam, been spayed/neutered, microchipped and given all up-to-date vaccines. They all come with 30 days of complimentary pet health insurance, a free starter bag of food and a free veterinary wellness visit. With a reduced adoption fee, you'll have more to spend on a new soft bed, snazzy new collar and fun new toys! The love you'll receive in return is totally priceless! 

Drop by the Adoption Center from 10 am-6 pm at 14 Forever Friend Lane, off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market. Meet the cats and dogs here:

Free: Home Safety Guide for Pet Owners

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Lora Morris, a Farm Service Agent for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has written the new "Home Safety Guide for Pet Owners." This online guide covers:

  • Common Household Danger for Pets
  • Food Safety for Pets
  • How to Pet-Proof Your Home
  • Safety for Specialty and Exotic Pets
  • Pet Safety During a Natural Disaster

The guide is authoritative, well written, easy to read and includes numerous illustrations, as well as a helpful listing of additional sources of information.

Access the guide here:

Responsible Dog Ownership Day-Raleigh, NC, Sept. 19

The 13th annual AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day will be held at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, NC on Saturday, September 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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All dog owners are welcome to bring their leashed, vaccinated dogs for a FREE day of demonstrations, giveaways, games, and much more! Try the fun sports of Agility and AKC Rally at the AKC's My Dog Can Do That! attraction.

Attendees will also be able to meet dozens of different breeds at the Meet the Breeds area and enjoy learning more about them during breed parades. Canine Good Citizen testing, microchipping, a children's game area, and shopping in the vendor mall will also be available. For complete details, download the flyer below.

Download ResponsibleOwnershipDayFlyer


Urgent Plea to Facebook Dog Lovers

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Just 5 months ago, Roscoe came to Asheville Humane Society with a severe wrist and ligament deformity of his two front legs, making walking and playing like a normal puppy impossible. But this incredible puppy made an amazing transformation! Asheville Humane Society rallied donors, volunteers, veterinarians and a foster family to help with his corrective surgery and recovery. Roscoe has now been adopted into a loving home.

Roscoe is trying to win $10,000 for other animals in need in a national contest sponsored by Tractor Supply on Facebook. The contest ends at 11:59 PM today, Monday, September 14, and he is currently in Second Place. 

If you are a Facebook dog lover, all you need to do is vote once today before the deadline. Every single vote counts because Roscoe is very close to winning the money. If Roscoe wins, $10,000 will be awarded to Asheville Humane Society -- and every penny will be used to help save more lives of animal's like Roscoe. 

Please vote today at:

Special Event: "The Fine Art of Yappy Hour" - Asheville, Sept. 16

Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 11.41.58 AMA very special Yappy Hour will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 16 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at the dog-friendly Aloft Hotel on Biltmore Avenue in Asheville.

Bring your four-legged friends and join the party on The Ledge, outside the hotel's Wxyz Bar. This Yappy Hour is a joint event to benefit the Asheville Art Museum and Asheville Humane Society, who are partnering to celebrate the opening of the major exhibit, "William Wegman: Cubism and Other-isms," on view at the Museum, now through January 24, 2016. The internationally acclaimed William Wegman is renowned for his canine photography.

Your $5 donation will include complimentary appetizers. Aloft will be offering a signature cocktail of the evening and beer specials with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the two organizations.

Don't miss this exclusive Yappy Hour at one of Asheville's hottest spots!

Paws for a Cause - West Asheville, Sept. 13

Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 11.30.31 AMOnce again, the Freaks & Geeks Tattoo Sideshow at 745 Haywood Road in West Asheville will be doing pet-related tattoo designs during its "Paws for a Cause" fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 13 from 10 AM to 6 PM. This marks the 7th year the animal lovers at Freaks & Geeks will raise money and awareness by donating 100% of the day’s proceeds to Asheville Humane Society.
Five artists will do one of four pet-related tattoos for just $40, cash only. Come and get inked for the animals! 

How About a Kitty to Go with That Dog of Yours?

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I speak to a lot of people in our animal-friendly community who have both dogs and cats in their household and it works out just fine. We had a dog and decided to introduce a cat into our household and it didn't take long for them to learn to live together.

If you've ever thought about adding a kitty to your dog-dominated household, this is the time to do it. Asheville Humane Society is over-flowing with some wonderful cats and kittens waiting for homes. In order to find homes for all the kitties who need a second chance, Asheville Humane Society is dropping adoption fees to just $5.00 per feline for five whole weeks, from September 1 through October 3!

The reduced adoption fee of $5.00 represents an exceptional value. All adoptions include spaying/neutering, current vaccines, medical and behavioral screening, microchipping, 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. The reduced fee applies to cats and kittens of all ages.

Come over to the Adoption Center to see the available animals. It's located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville, off Brevard and Pond Roads (near the WNC Farmers Market) and open from Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM.

If you're not in a position to adopt a cat or kitten right now, please tell your family and friends about this special "5 Week Challenge," during which Asheville Humane Society is trying to exceed the number of cats adopted out last September.

Visit to see all the animals waiting for forever homes.

Pet Honoring Ceremony, Sept. 13

DograinbowThe 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, Sept. 13 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.
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Yappy Hour - Woodfin, Sept. 10

YappyBring your doggy to Asheville Humane Society's Yappy Hour on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 6 to 8 PM. It will be held at Moe's BBQ. 72 Weaverville Road, Woodfin.

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

ASPCA Becomes a Force in WNC

Screen Shot 2015-08-14 at 1.19.18 PMAnimal lovers in the Asheville area already have a lot to be proud of -- we are home to Asheville Humane Society, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, and Humane Alliance. All of these organizations work tirelessly to maintain the health of our pets and keep the pet population under control.

Now, you can add the national animal welfare organization, the ASPCA, to the local mix. The ASPCA recently announced its acquisition of Humane Alliance, a move that dramatically highlights to the public what people in animal welfare already knew -- that Humane Alliance is the nation's leading spay/neuter clinic and training center. In addition, the ASPCA is in the process of building a "Behavioral Rehabilitation Center" in Weaverville, scheduled to open in 2017.

The ASPCA became familiar with the strength of our community-wide animal welfare initiatives several years ago, when it selected Buncombe County as one of its national partner communities. Working in collaboration with the ASPCA, Asheville Humane Society and the County has made great strides in saving the lives of animals entering the shelter system.

With the ASPCA's Humane Alliance acquisition and the opening of their facility in Weaverville, our community gains increased national visibility as an animal welfare hub. We should be even more proud!

The ASPCA's announcement about Humane Alliance follows:

We have exciting news: we are pleased to announce that the ASPCA has acquired Asheville, North Carolina-based Humane Alliance (HA), the nation’s leading training and education organization focusing on high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter—one of the most effective tools the animal welfare community has to combat homelessness and the needless euthanasia of dogs and cats.

HA operates the foremost national spay/neuter clinic training program as well as a unique national veterinary training and education program that teaches best practices to hundreds of veterinary students and private veterinarians every year. HA also operates a local spay/neuter clinic program in counties surrounding Asheville, where the organization plays an important role in local animal population control.

Humane Alliance, now a program of the ASPCA, will expand capacity for vet students and veterinarians and the number of spay/neuter clinics and practitioners trained nationwide. This will make it possible for veterinarians, shelters, and rescue operations to reach millions more at-risk animals with these critical services, dramatically reducing the number of homeless pets entering shelters across the country.

“From our animal sheltering work to field rescues to legislative advocacy, spay/neuter is an essential component of the ASPCA’s animal welfare efforts,” says ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker. “We have long admired and supported Humane Alliance’s innovations in spay/neuter practice and training, and are excited to combine forces to end animal homelessness and suffering around the country.”

Earlier this year, the ASPCA announced its plan to build a permanent ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in nearby Weaverville, North Carolina, following the success of its pilot program in New Jersey. The $9 million, 35,000-square-foot facility will be custom-fitted with individual kennels, outdoor pens and indoor treatment areas. There, experienced behaviorists and trainers will use specialized protocols to help dogs with behavioral challenges become suitable for adoption. The center is scheduled to open in 2017.

We look forward to the many positive changes these new initiatives will bring for millions of at-risk animals nationwide.

Second Annual Doggie Dip-Asheville, Sept. 12

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Asheville Parks & Recreation, in partnership with Asheville Humane Society, is happy to announce the 2nd Annual Doggie Dip dog swim!

The Doggie Dip will be held at Recreation Park Pool, 65 Gashes Creek, Asheville, on Saturday, September 12 from 12 noon – 5 pm. Dogs 35 pounds and under swim from 12 noon until 2 pm.  Dogs from 36 pounds and over swim from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

Cost is $5 per dog including one handler through September 11 and $10 per dog and handler the day of the event. Admission for spectators is only $1. The event is rain or shine, but will be canceled in the event of lightning. 

To participate, you’ll need your vet records to show that your pooch is current on vaccinations and has been spayed or neutered.  For more information and to check out the rules, visit the Asheville Parks and Recreation website at or contact Candy Hensley Shaw at 828-259-5826,

"All Creatures Great and Small" Concert-Asheville, Oct. 3

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Asheville Choral Society
 presents "All Creatures Great and Small," a concert featuring music honoring humanity's longstanding love and fascination for animals, Presented in partnership with Asheville Humane Society. The concert will be held on Saturday, October 3 at 7:30 PM at the Central United Methodist Church, 27 Church Street, Asheville. For every ticket sold, a $2 donation will be made to Asheville Humane Society by John Haas and Brian Munzer.

Audience members are encouraged to bring cat and dog food to the show, to help support the 6,111 animals the Society's Adoption Center saves each year. Purchase tickets here or by calling 828.232.2060. Adult ticket prices are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and just $10 for students.