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October 2015

Howl-O-Ween Parade, Black Mountain, Oct. 31

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Black Mountain will hold its annual Howl-o-ween Pet Parade and Costume Contest on Town Square in Black Mountain on Saturday, October 31.

Costume contest registration is from 1 to 2:30 PM and the parade begins at 3 PM. The pet costume contest directly follows the parade. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes. For more information please contact Bone-A-Fide Pet Boutique at (828)669-0706 or 

Greenville Humane Society Launches Capital Campaign

Screen Shot 2015-10-10 at 10.54.45 AMGreenville Humane Society in Greenville, SC has launched a $4.3 million capital campaign called "Expanding Our Paw Print" focused on "strengthening the bond between pets and our community."

The four-phase campaign calls for the development of a $2.5 million Medical Center, a $300,000 Pavilion to accommodate a custom education curriculum tied to state standards, a $1 million "Infurmary" to expand care for sick animals, and significant renovations to the Adoption Center, which will double its holding space for animals.

According to Greenville Humane Society, these are the benefits of the campaign:


  • More humane space to hold adoptable animals, enabling us to save even more animals and give them a second chance at a forever home.
  • Less stress and reduced overcrowding and congestion for pets and people.
  • More comfortable and sanitary recovery space for owned pets that visit the affordable Spay/Neuter Clinic.
  • Enlarged Vaccine Clinic Lobby and more exam rooms eliminating disturbances between animals.
  • Reduced risk of spreading contagious diseases among shelter animals.


  • Increased capacity to perform more public spay/neuter surgeries helping to prevent pet overpopulation in our community. This in turn means fewer animals will be euthanized in the Upstate.
  • Increased number of pets vaccinated for Rabies and other infectious diseases in our Vaccine Clinic, protecting the safety of people and owned pets in Greenville.
  • A welcoming atmosphere with adequate space for adoption activities, such as family discussion, interaction with the animal, and having the prospective pet meet with existing family pets.
  • Expansion of education and outreach services to the public, including lessons on responsible pet ownership, character development, societal and medical animal issues, dog behavior, and humane safety around our pets.

For additional information, visit:

Free Leash Reactive Session - Asheville, Oct. 31

ID-100104460Is 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 Saturday, Oct. 31 from 9 to 10:30 AM. It will be held at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads near the WNC Farmers Market).

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, email, or call (828) 707-0644.

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Low Cost Vaccination Clinic - Asheville, Oct. 24

VaccineThe 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, October 24 from 2 to 5 PM at Hall Fletcher Elementary School, 60 Ridgelawn Road, Asheville, NC 28806. 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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Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Oct. 25

Hiking houndsOne 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, October 25. 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

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.

Howl-O-Ween Walkathon - Carrier Park, Asheville, October 31

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:

Stress in Dogs Talk - Asheville, Oct. 23

Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 11.54.16 AMThe last talk of the year for the "Dog Talk" series will be on Friday, October 23 at 7 PM concerning stress in dogs.
Internationally renowned dog trainer Turid Rugaas and Agnes Vadidalo from Norway will make the presentation. Agnes will present her study on Dog Pulses and Dog Stress and its relation to certain activities.
Come learn about what activities stress dogs out. It may surprise you, as some of them are the most common, foundation activities people do with their dogs. Agnes has conducted the Dog Pulse Project for over two years, and she continues to research the relationship of pulse, stress, health, and what to do to help our canines not have extreme ranges of pulse in everyday life which can lead to many health and behavior problems. This is a must-attend talk for all dog owners and dog care workers, as you will not find this information anywhere else!  
Agnes Vadidalo owns a doggy daycare and boarding/vacation get away for dogs in Norway.  It is the ultimate in luxury as the dogs have their own bed and bedroom that is decorated just for them and in beautiful soothing colors.  She incorporates stress relieving activities for each dog during their stay so that they are not worried about why their human moms and dads are not present.
The talk will be held at Lenoir Rhyne University's Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, 36 Montford Avenue, Asheville. Tickets are just $20 and seating is limited. For reservations, call 828-545-2948.

Free Puppy Social - Asheville, Oct. 17

ID-100236202Your puppy needs socialization with other dogs to develop into a healthy, balanced pet. Join other puppy owners at a puppy social on Saturday, October 17 from 9 to 10 AM, at Asheville Humane Society's Adoption and Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Pond and Brevard Roads, 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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Taste of Compassion - Asheville, Nov. 7

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Put your best paw forward by joining fellow animal lovers at the premier charity gala of the season! Taste of Compassion is the largest annual fundraiser on behalf of Asheville Humane Society and this year's event promises to be the best ever.

"Tails at Twilight" Taste of Compassion will be held on Saturday, November 7, from 6 to 9 PM at the Morris Hellenic Cultural Center at 227 Cumberland Avenue in the Historic Montford District of Asheville. Tickets are available here and include an open bar of wine and beer, scrumptious vegetarian fare from leading Asheville establishments, entertainment, and lots of great items and experiences available for auction.

For the first time in the event's history supporters have the opportunity to purchase V.I.P. tickets which get them access to an exclusive V.I.Paw Lounge and private bar where they will be treated to champagne service and a custom truffle bar by French Broad Chocolates. And for security of these special guests, Asheville Humane Society in enlisting the services of the best furry "bouncers" in the biz! Only 50 V.I.P. tickets are available.

Local businesses, artists and individuals have generously donated a wide-range of items to the auction this year, including custom private parties, hot destination vacations, hand crafted jewelry, products and services for beloved pets as well as gift certificates for restaurants, concerts and more. Up for bid in the live auction is a 2016 Outback from Prestige Subaru!

Asheville Humane Society will be introducing a new innovation at this year's silent auction:  Mobile Bidding, a completely paperless bidding system. With mobile bidding, you will bid electronically on silent auction items using your smartphone. Bid Assistants equipped with tablets will also be available throughout the event. You can easily track your desired items by following their activity from your mobile device, without having to return to the actual item. There will be no auction bidding sheets on the display tables, which will eliminate overcrowding around auction items and allow you to bid from anywhere at the event! Mobile bidding will make the event run more efficiently from registration to checkout.

"Tails of Twilight" Taste of Compassion is generously presented by Animal Hospital of North Asheville. Sponsors include Wick & Greene Jewelers, Aloft Hotel, iHeart Media Asheville, Prestige Subaru, and Hospitality sponsors include Greenlife Grocery, Highland Brewing Company, Mutual Distributing Company, Oskar Blues Brewery, Strada, Travinia, and Valet Gourmet. All proceeds benefit the homeless animals of Buncombe County and the life-saving programs of Asheville Humane Society.

Tickets are available here.


$10 Dog Adoptions Through Oct. 31

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At Asheville Humane Society, adoption fees have been lowered to just $10.00 for all canines over 25 pounds through October 31 in honor of Adopt a Dog Month!
Now is a great time to find a buddy for all of those wonderful Autumn activities! Searching for a pal to drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway? You'll find plenty of pups who love riding in the car! Perhaps you long for a companion who will jump in those leaf piles with you or cozy up by your side on the couch in front of the fire. You'll find all kinds of canines who are ready to fall in love with you!
Although the love of a pet is priceless, $10.00 adoption fees represent 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.
Visit the Adoption Center at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads near the WNC Farmers Market), Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 AM to 6 PM. And see all the animals available here: .

Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Oct. 11

Hiking houndsOne 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, October 11. 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

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.

Yappy Hour - Greenville, SC, Oct. 8

YappyEvery 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, October 8 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

October is American Humane Association's "Adopt-a-Dog Month"

What Can An Adopted Dog Bring To Your Life?

From the American Humane Assocation:

Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 2.57.33 PMThere are a million good reasons to consider adopting a dog during American Humane Association’s yearly “Adopt-a-Dog Month®” in October – in fact, it’s a lot more than that. Each year, an estimated 3-4 million animals waiting in shelters for someone to give them a safe, loving home never find a hero to adopt them and, tragically, are euthanized.

If you’re thinking about getting a dog, be a hero and consider adopting a rescue animal or a dog from your local shelter. You’ll be saving a life and greatly improving yours. Dogs are amazing, supportive, and heroic companions who can make a huge difference in your world as a best friend, an exercise buddy, someone who can be trained to provide animal-assisted therapy and help those with challenges they may face, or simply be a fuzzy face to greet you after a hard day at work.

Your local shelter is the perfect place to find dogs of every type, size, age and personality -- all waiting for a loving home. Or if you prefer a particular breed that isn’t currently available at a shelter, go online to find a legitimate breed-specific rescue group in need of adopters like you.

Find more information about Adopt-a-Dog Month here.

"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, and is 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 AHS 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.

Tails and Trails 5K Adventure Run - Candler, Oct. 3

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 2.57.44 PMDo you and your dog like to run together? Join in the fun on Saturday, October 3 for the 8th Annual Tails & Trails 5K Adventure Run at the Buncombe County Sports Park in Candler. The run starts at 9:30 a.m. and is open to adults, children and dogs of all ages. Put your paws to the pavement and come join this unique fun run!

You can register online today or register the day of the race.

Check in and late registration is at 9 a.m. on October 3. The cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 4 – 12, and 2 cans of dog food, which will be donated to Asheville Humane Society. A portion of the proceeds from the event will also be donated to Asheville Humane Society.

Dogs must remain on leashes at all times. The run will be on the Buncombe County Sports Park track. Directions to the park: Take I-40W to the Enka-Candler exit (Exit 44); turn right. After the first traffic light, turn right on Acton Circle. At the four-way stop, turn left on Sand Hill School Road. To enter the park, turn between Sand Hill-Venable School and Buncombe Community West School.

For more information, call Jay Nelson at (828) 250-4269.

World Animal Day - October 4

Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 2.50.12 PMThe mission of World Animal Day, celebrated on October 4 this year, is to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe.

Originating in the United Kingdom, the World Animal Day organization encourages animal welfare organizations, community groups, youth and children’s clubs, businesses and individuals to organize events in celebration of World Animal Day. Involvement is growing at an astonishing rate and it's now widely accepted and celebrated in a variety of different ways in many countries, with no regard to nationality, religion, faith or political ideology.  

Events are organized under the World Animal Day Umbrella by being publicized on and advertised using the World Animal Day brand and logo. Global branding effectively ties all events together and, over the years, the organization has found this approach to be particularly helpful to grass roots groups who struggle to attract media attention in order to raise awareness of their work and fundraise. This draws attention to animal issues and makes them front page news – a vital catalyst for change. Each year the logo becomes more widely recognized as a global brand for animals.  A brand that unites the animal welfare movement - firmly establlishing itself as a platform for raising the status of animals.

Participation in World Animal Day will continue to grow until it reaches and connects animal advocates in all corners of the world.  It's something that everyone can join in with, whether they are part of an organization, group, or an individual. 

Learn more about World Animal Day here.