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March 2016

Top Toxins for Pets

Screen Shot 2016-01-12 at 9.46.53 AMThe ASPCA's Poison Control Center takes calls from all over the country. The Poison Control Center helps pet owners with advice about toxins that may have been ingested by pets -- you can reach them 24 hours a day at 888-426-4435.

According to the Poison Control Center's statistics for calls by state, the top toxicity call from North Carolina was for ibuprofen (brand names include Advil and Motrin), and the top toxicity call from South Carolina was for sago palm. Generally, the leading substance that concerned callers in 2014 was human medications. Also on the list were insecticides, certain foods that can be harmful to pets such as chocolate and grapes, and household items including cleaning products and paints.

Download the ASPCA's "Top 10 Pet Toxins" poster below for a more comprehensive list. Always call your vet if you suspect your dog has ingested a toxic substance -- or call the Poison Control Center any time.

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Adoption Special at Foothills Humane Society in April and May

Screen Shot 2016-02-18 at 4.37.20 PMFoothills Humane Society in Columbus, NC is celebrating Spring with an adoption special.

During April and May, adoption fees at the society's adoption center are reduced for adult animals only. The formula for fee reduction goes like this: Divide the usual fee for an adult dog or cat by the number of colors in that animal’s fur and pay the reduced fee. The shelter staff feels confident the animal adopted is the answer to calm your Spring fever.

Foothills Humane Society is located at 989 Little Mountain Road in Columbus, North Carolina. Current animals available can be viewed online by going to foothillshumanesociety.org or feel free to call for directions and hours to 828-863-4444.


Run for the Paws - Fletcher, NC, April 10

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The 2016 "Run for the Paws" will be held on Sunday, April 10 from 12 to 4 PM in Fletcher Community Park, Fletcher, NC. Compete in the timed 5K run or join in the one mile walk. It’s all for a great cause: participants ask their friends to sponsor them in the race to help raise funds to support animals in need.

Schedule of events:

  • Noon: Tshirt Pick Up, Day of Registration, & Vendor Festival Begin
  • 1:30:   5K Run Begins
  • 2:00:   1 Mile Walk Begins
  • 3:00:   Awards Ceremony
  • 4:00:   Vendor Festival Ends

The event benefits Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. You can register here.


There's a (Y)app for That!

ID-100104022Dog lovers and smartphones are a natural pairing, especially when it comes to the increasing number of "yapps" available. PetPlace.com, an excellent site with over 10,000 vet approved articles, offers their list of the best smartphone apps for dog lovers. Among the top apps are:

 

  • Bring Fido - a pet travel app that helps you locate dog-friendly places to stay
  • Dog Park Finder Plus - find dog parks anywhere you go, and then rate them
  • Spending on My Dog - helps dog owners keep track of pet expenses by category
  • Pet First Aid - an American Red Cross app that assists with pet medical emergencies
  • Doggy Datez - find other dog lovers in your area.

Check out the entire list of dog lover apps (with links to each one) at PetPlace.com.

Image: Stuart Miles, freedigitalphotos.net


Low Cost Vaccinations and Microchips - Asheville, March 20

Screen Shot 2016-01-06 at 10.58.02 AMAsheville Humane Society offers animal owners access to low cost vaccinations, microchips and ID tagging.

Come to a low cost vaccination clinic on Sunday, March 20 from 3 to 6 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.


Health Alert: The New Canine Flu

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Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) is a relatively new occurrence, but in some respects, it can be just as serious an illness in dogs as the flu is in humans. Originally noted in 2004, a new strain of CIV came on the scene about a year ago. The veterinary community advises caution but not panic. 

PetPlace quotes Dr. Katharine F. Lunn, of the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, who told attendees at the 2016 NAVC Veterinary Conference, “Because this pathogen has only relatively recently emerged in the dog population there is little natural immunity. When introduced into a group of susceptible dogs, CIV infection can spread rapidly and morbidity (illness) rates are typically high.” Dog owners should be wary of letting their dogs interact with other dogs who exhibit respiratory symptoms, such as sneezing and coughing. 

According to PetPlace, the signs of canine flue are similar to other respiratory infections. Dogs infected with the virus may not exhibit symptoms right away, but they can spread the virus to other canines within the first 10 to 14 days. Vaccines are available, but they only lessen symptoms, they do not prevent infection.

Read more about CIV at PetPlace.

Image: cvm.ncsu.edu


New Kids' Coloring Book Celebrates Rescue Dogs

Screen Shot 2016-02-18 at 1.32.25 PMCooper: A Rescue Dog's Tale, a new coloring and activity book for kids, has been published by Helping Tales Publishers with the support of John Paul Pet, a leading grooming and hygiene product line dedicated to pets. Cooper’s heartwarming true story aims to help children better understand pet rescue. Ten percent of all books sold will benefit rescue organizations and shelters across the country.

Gina Dial, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for John Paul Pet, sought to rescue Cooper – a 1½ -year-old Australian Shepherd – and she used her Facebook network to do so. After seeing what the power of social media could do to assist needy pets, she inspired John Paul Pet to create the John Paul Pet PALS program to help “Passionate Animal Lovers” leverage their social media networks on Facebook. The state-by-state PALS Facebook pages encourage users to “Join and Share” their stories of lost and found pets, as well as pets in need of a forever home.

Cooper is now the official spokesdog of the PALS program, and the last page of his book features a colorable tutorial about the program and its new campaign, “You Join – You Share – We Give.” For every “join” to the PALS Facebook page, John Paul Pet will make a $1 donation to the Morris Animal Foundation (up to $5,000).

You can purchase the book directly from Amazon below.


HSUS Hosts Free Lobbying Workshop - Asheville, March 21 and Hendersonville, March 24

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Want to get more involved in helping to pass stronger animal welfare laws in North Carolina? The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) will be hosting free workshops across the state this month to give animal lovers the inside track on the exciting campaigns and projects they have planned.

It's a great way to learn about animal welfare legislation passed in 2015, get a look ahead to what can be expected in the 2016 legislative session, and learn new skills for how to get involved as an effective citizen lobbyist for the animals. The workshop will also prepare you for "Humane Lobby Day 2016" on Tuesday, June 7 in Raleigh. Animal advocates from across the state will convene at the North Carolina legislature for an action packed day speaking up for the animals. You will have the opportunity to meet with your legislators, learn effective citizen lobbying tactics, hear from top notch speakers across the animal welfare movement in our state, and much more. 

The "Lobby 101" workshop will be held in this area as follows:

Asheville: Mar. 21 from 6:30-8pm - Cathedral of All Souls
Hendersonville: Mar. 24 from 6:30-8pm - Sanctuary Brewing

It will also be held in the following WNC locations:

Boone: Apr. 13 from 6:30-8pm - Watauga Humane Society
West Jefferson: Apr. 14 from 5-6:30pm - Ashe County Public Library

Please email HSUS North Carolina state director, Erica Geppi, at egeppi@humanesociety.org if you have questions, or...

Click here to RSVP.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, March 13

Hiking houndsHiking Hounds is one of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities. 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, March 13. Start time is 10 AM for repeat hikers and 9:30 AM for new hikers. Note: 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.


Warmer, Wetter Weather Equals More Pet Pests

ID-10032366Have you been noticing more fleas on your dog lately? You are not alone. As climate patterns change and lead to warmer, wetter weather, fleas, ticks, and mosquitos (which can lead to heartworm in dogs) are on the increase.

Writing for Care2, Becky Striepe notes, "Fleas aren’t the only pests on the rise. Tick and mosquito populations are also exploding right now. It turns out that climate change is creating an ideal habitat for pests, and that’s bad news for your pets." She says responsible dog owners need to think about using flea and tick preventatives year round, not just during warmer months. She also suggests keeping dogs on a monthly heartworm prevention regimen. Ticks require special attention, writes Becky: "Fleas and mosquitoes bite and move on, but ticks stick around on your pet’s skin, which is why you should check your dog or cat for ticks, especially if she’s been outside for an extended period. The faster you spot and remove the tick, the better your chance of preventing it from transmitting a disease."

She has several suggestions for fighting against pet pests, including: "Get rid of standing water in your yard and you get rid of potential pest breeding grounds. ... If you have carpet, vacuum regularly to keep fleas from breeding in the fibers."

Helpful information! Read Becky Striepe's entire article here.

Image: Anankkml, www.freedigitalphotos.net


Dine to Be Kind - Asheville and Surrounding Area, March 8

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Shake off the cold and warm up your heart by helping save pets in our community. All you have to do is to eat and drink at one of the dozens of restaurants participating in the 13th Annual Dine To Be Kind.

On Tuesday, March 8th, dine out for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (Take Out included!) and 15% of your bill will be donated to the lifesaving programs of Asheville Humane Society. It's that easy to donate and get a great meal too!

In its last fiscal year, Asheville Humane Society saved the lives of 5,599 animals and adopted out 3,097 animals. In September 2015, Asheville Humane Society launched an ambitious program called Thrive! Together. According to Executive Director Tracy Elliott, "This vision is about pets and their people in the community. It will be achieved in the community, by the community. We will continue to save lives on this amazing animal care campus, but now we endeavor to save the lives of those who never get here and in fact to ensure that animals never arrive here. We will solve problems before they become tragedies and help the animals out in our community to thrive!"

You can help support Thrive! Together, as well as many other programs all centered around saving animals' lives, by dining out on March 8. See a list of participating restaurants here.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, March 6

Hiking houndsHiking Hounds is one of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities. 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, March 6. Start time is 10 AM for repeat hikers and 9:30 AM for new hikers. Note: 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.