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November 2015

Project SANTA Accepting Donations in December

Project SANTA stands for Supporting Animal Needs Through Action.

Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 2.26.45 PMThis project provides needed supplies (cleaning, office, and pet), food, toys, and monetary donations to the animals of Henderson, Polk, and Buncombe counties through the Foothills Humane Society and the Blue Ridge Humane Society.

During the month of December, Project SANTA is looking for both new and used donations when it comes to non-food items like collars, leashes, toys, harnesses, bowls, etc. They also need food and treats as well as cleaning supplies and office supplies. Please make sure that any food/treat donations are NOT "Made in China" per the ongoing recalls and pet illness/deaths by such products. "Made in China" food products will NOT be accepted.

Project SANTA has numerous drop off locations in Buncombe and Henderson counties. For specific drop off locations and other information, visit their website: http://www.project-santa.com/

 


$10 Adoptions - Asheville, Nov. 27, 28

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This Friday and Saturday, November 27 and 28, you can adopt the love of your life for just $10 for dogs over 25 pounds and all cats and kittens! See all the animals available at www.ashevillehumane.org.

The animals are waiting to thank you for taking them home this weekend, so stop by the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center from 10 AM to 6 PM. The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market).


Pet Toy Drive and Holiday Pet Photos at Asheville Outlets, Nov. and Dec.

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Asheville Outlets, off I-26 at Exit 33 (800 Brevard Road) will host two holiday events on behalf of animals.

From November 1 through December 21, pet toys (dogs and cats only) for needy pets will be accepted at participating store locations. PetGazette will also be hosting a "Pet Way Station & Watering Fountain" during this time.

Also, on December 3, 10, and 17, from 5 to 7 PM, bring your pet for a holiday photo.

Visit www.shopashevilleoutlets.com for further details.

Image: Asheville Outlets


Paws to Give - Asheville, Dec. 3

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On Thursday, December 3, from 5:30 to 9 PM, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue will host the 2015 Paws to Give, a festive holiday evening benefitting Brother Wolf. The event will be held at The Venue, 21 N. Market Street, Asheville

Festivities will include a silent auction, music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a complimentary drink plus a cash bar. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

For additional information, visit: https://www.bwar.org/events/paws-to-give-2015/


Spay-Neuter Vouchers in Hendersonville, Nov. 28

SpayneuterSpaying or neutering your pet is the best way to prevent animal over-population. On Saturday, November 28 from 10 AM to 3 PM, Community Partnership for Pets will be selling low cost spay/neuter vouchers to Henderson County residents. You can purchase these low cost vouchers at Hendersonville Tractor Supply, 4 Seasons Blvd. in Hendersonville.

Community Partnership for Pets offers low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for dogs and cats at participating veterinarians in Henderson County and spay/neuter clinics in Asheville and Brevard, NC.  Vouchers are $9 FOR CATS and $25 FOR DOGS. A voucher covers the cost of your pet’s spay or neuter surgery and a rabies vaccination if one is needed.

Low cost spay/neuter vouchers will be available at Hendersonville Tractor Supply every fourth Saturday of the month. For more information, call (828) 693-5172, or visit www.communitypartnershipforpets.org.

Image courtesy of Witthaya Phonsawat / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


Low Cost Vaccination Clinic - Asheville, Nov. 22

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 Sunday, November 22 from 1 to 5 PM at Asheville Humane Society, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). 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, Nov. 22

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, November 22. 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.


Should You Play Tug of War with Your Dog?

ID-10047331Tug of war is one of those games dogs love -- but some dog owners and experts frown upon. Well, according to Certified Dog Trainer and Certified Animal Behavior Consultant Liz Palika, tug games can not only be fun for dog and dog owner, they can be used as rewards.

Writing for PetPlace.com, Palika offers three tug training tips:

  1. Teach the Give Command First
    Your dog needs to know how to give up a toy before you start tug games. Practice so your dog receives three rewards for giving up his toy: Your praise, a treat, and getting to retrieve the toy when you throw it.
  2. Teach the Timid Tugger
    When your dog gives up the toy easily, you can begin encouraging him to tug. Tugging is natural to most dots, but some need to be coaxed.
  3. Handling the Bold Tugger
    Some dogs need their owners to "win" at a tug game. Dogs who are mentally and physically bold, and dogs who might be strong enough to overpower their owners, must be taught the give exercise and they should be willing to drop the toy when asked.

Read Liz Palika's entire article on PetPlace.com. 

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Can Your Dog Get Fall Allergies?

ID-10032366Dogs get allergies, just as humans do, and Vetstreet reports that dogs can just as easily get allergies in the Fall as in the Spring. Veterinary dermatologist Dr. Kimberly Coyner tells Vetstreet, “Pets with fall symptoms are often allergic to weeds that pollinate in the Fall, especially ragweed. Other weeds that can cause allergic reactions in the Fall include sagebrush, Russian thistle (tumbleweeds), plantain, cocklebur and lamb's-quarters.”

Signs of allergies in dogs are different from the human symptoms, such as sneezing, wheezing, and coughing. Dogs more commonly exhibit reactions to allergies by chewing, licking, and scratching, since itchy skin is the primary culprit with canine allergies.

To learn more about Fall allergies and what you can do to help your allergic dog, read the entire Vetstreet article here.

And while we're discussing Fall, here's a tip: A number of Fall vegetables make healthy additions to your dog's diet! Sweet potatoes, often used in high-quality dog food and treats, contain key vitamins and betacarotine which are good for dogs. (But keep portions small since sweet potatoes are high in starch.) Carrots, squash, and pumpkins are all good for your dog as well. Check out this article on Care2 for more about these Fall veggies.

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Sheepdog Trials & Dog Festival - Rural Hill, NC, Nov. 7, 8

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The Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival will be held on November 7 and 8 in Rural Hill, NC, near Charlotte. What better way to wrap up the fall season than with your canine pal and several hundred of their new best friends? Bring your family, friends, and dog (or dogs) to one of the area’s best known dog events, now in its nineteenth year. 

National Border Collie Sheepherding Championships will be held over the two day event, as well as Carolina Dock Dogs and Dog Sports demonstrations featuring the Greater Charlotte Shetland Sheepdog Club and others. Also on hand will be North Carolina beer and wine, heritage breed livestock, hay rides, historic craft and cooking demos, food vendors, shopping, open trails, antique tractors, living history demonstrations in the 1760’s cabin, pumpkin chunkin’, corn launchin’, kid’s activities, and much more.

For complete details and to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.ruralhill.net/SheepdogTrials.asp


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 Curbie.com. 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.

 


Adopt a Senior Pet in November with No Adoption Fee!

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Find a wise furry friend -- cat or dog -- during Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month! For the entire month of November, Asheville Humane Society will charge no adoption fees for all pets 6 years and up during the entire month of November!

Senior pets are often overlooked among younger bouncing puppies and kittens. Seniors can be just as playful as younger pets, are often more laid-back and sometimes come with years of training! There are many reasons to adopt a senior, so help Asheville Humane Society celebrate Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month and adopt or share the November fee-waived adoption promotion with friends and family! Let's show our seniors they are loved by finding them loving homes!

To see seniors (6 years and older) available for adoption, visit www.ashevillehumane.org. To meet a senior pet in person, stop by the Adoption Center at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads near the WNC Farmers Market), Tuesday through Saturday between 10 AM and 6 PM. 


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Nov. 8

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, November 8. 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.