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April 2016

Low Cost Vaccinations and Microchips - Asheville, April 30

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

Come to a low cost vaccination clinic on Saturday, April 30 from 11 AM to 2 PM at Hall Fletcher Elementary, 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.


Special Adoption Event - Asheville, April 30

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As reported in Carolina Mountain Dog, Asheville Humane Society seized 55 dogs in a hoarding case recently. Now, the first 37 "shih-poos" will be made available for adoption on Saturday, April 30 from 10 AM to 6 PM at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads near the WNC Farmers Market). These dogs will be offered at an adoption fee of $100 each on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Fees will be waived for all other animals in the Adoption Center on this special day!


This is What Animal Neglect Looks Like

It is hard for dog lovers to believe that neglect and abuse of dogs exists in our community but it does. The following is the recent story of a neglect case with a thankfully happy ending. It is important for all dog lovers to be aware of animal neglect. If you see something questionable, report it to Animal Services of Asheville or Buncombe County. 

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From Asheville Humane Society (AHS):
 
We have a tragic, but triumphant story to share with you! On March 24th around 6:00 pm, AHS received a call from Asheville Animal Services (“AAS”) telling us the police were serving several criminal warrants for animal cruelty. We expected to be seizing what they then thought were about 19 Shih Tzus from a residence in Asheville. Because AAS had only 2 officers on duty, they were seeking our assistance.
 
We loaded our van with crates and other supplies and met them at the North Asheville home. Once the warrants were served and AAS was permitted entry, we soon realized that there were far more dogs than expected, with 55 dogs dispersed in groups all over the house.The smell of ammonia from years of urine and feces buildup soaking and encrusting the walls and floors was overwhelming. 
 
After an initial walk through, a few medically-critical dogs were rushed to nearby veterinary clinics for emergency care. Four AHS employees assisted AAS in removing 55 frightened, under-socialized, urine-burned, and feces-matted Shih Tzu mixes from the home.Unfortunately, one of the seized dogs died at the hospital shortly after it was taken into our custody. 
 
Photos: The same dog, before (when seized) and after grooming.
 
Screen Shot 2016-04-23 at 10.01.15 AMThe dogs not taken for emergency care were brought to the Buncombe County Animal Shelter, where AHS staff and volunteers were standing by to process and intake the dogs. Each dog was weighed, vaccinated, dewormed, and given flea preventative and a preliminary assessment. For the dogs' health, mobility and comfort, they would all need to be shaved.
 
Over the course of the next week, staff and volunteer-groomer extraordinaire, Sharon Wood, shaved, bathed and groomed each of the matted Shih Tzu mixes. However, until we received legal authority or custody, we were not allowed to treat some critical medical concerns. We were very persistent about this issue and did everything in our power to hasten the legal battle and gain full custody.
 
While we were waiting, our behavior staff provided enrichment, assessed each dog behaviorally, and developed a plan to help them cope with their new environment. Many of the dogs had never seen a leash before! But even in the short time we have had them, our enrichment and behavior plans are allowing many of the dogs to make great improvement. 
 
Screen Shot 2016-04-23 at 10.01.24 AMWhile AHS staff worked diligently to care for these dogs, AAS, AHS management staff, and AHS attorney Sam Craig and City of Asheville Assistant Attorney John Maddox began the arduous process to gain additional authority to treat the dogs' medical issues.
 
Finally, on April 15th we received the long-awaited news that the owner had agreed to relinquish ownership of all but 4 of the dogs to AHS.  The remaining dogs not relinquished will stay under the custody and care of AHS, and their status will be determined through continuing legal efforts. 
 
This truly has been a team effort. Many of the dogs are still in need of medical treatment for bladder stones and dental disease, but now that they are completely in our care, we can give them what they need to thrive in a safe and healthy environment!
 
Due to poor medical conditions, Asheville Humane Society will spend between $12-15K on specialized treatment such as dental procedures, bladder stone surgeries, medications, wound care and bloodwork. If you would like to contribute to our lifesaving medical fund, you can do so at the link below:

Dog Show - Haywood County, April 23, 24

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The annual dog show of the Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association (WCDFA) will be held on Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24, from 8 AM to 3 PM at the Haywood County Fairgrounds on Crabtree Road. Also included are dog obedience/rally trials.

Visitors are welcome to attend, but please leave your pets at home. Admission is free but a fee will be collected for parking. Food concessions are available and dog supply vendors will be in attendance. For additional information, visit the website of the WCDFA: www.wcdfa.org.

Image: www.wcdfa.org


Avery Humane Society Birthday Bash - Newland, NC, April 23

Screen Shot 2016-03-23 at 5.36.52 PMJoin the Avery Humane Society at their Birthday Bash on Saturday, April 23 from 10 AM to 3 PM. They'll be celebrating 4 years at the new facility centrally located at 279 New Vale Road, Newland, N.C. 28657 (behind Ingles). This facility has over 21,000 square feet of space for people and animals and features:

  • bright, open design with welcoming and hospitable atmosphere
  • more opportunities to volunteer
  • more chances to participate in educational programs
  • more ways for the community to get involved with the welfare of animals.

Image: Avery Humane Society

 


Hiking Hounds - April 24

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, April 24. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 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.


Full Moon Farm Howl-in - Black Mountain, April 23

Screen Shot 2016-03-23 at 5.46.30 PMCome and join the fun at the "Howl In" at Full Moon Farm, the wolfdog sanctuary in Black Mountain on Saturday, April 23.

 Gates open at 3:00 p.m.  Farm tour begins 3:15 p.m.

Come meet the wolfdogs and hear their tales and howls! Learn about the breed and their obstacles. Join visitors for an optional pot luck dinner for $5 a plate (bring a side dish, they provide the meat and drinks).Visit the Gift Den for local handcrafted jewelry and artwork.

For more information, visit www.fullmoonfarm.org.

Image: Full Moon Farm


Yappy Hour - Greenville, SC, April 14

Yappy-hour-greenvilleEvery 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 first Yappy Hour of the season will be on Thursday, April 14 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

Image: Greenville Humane Society


3rd Annual Pawmetto Derby Party - Greenville, SC, April 21

Screen Shot 2016-03-23 at 5.10.21 PMJoin the Greenville Humane Society for the 3rd annual Pawmetto Derby Party on Thursday, April 21st from 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM at The Old Cigar Warehouse in downtown Greenville.

Derby-goers can enjoy live music, derby-themed fare prepared by Karen Walker and beer and wine. It all leads up to the main event of the evening – the “Run for the Noses” race where adorable (and adoptable!) puppies compete to win the coveted “Run for the Noses” Champion trophy!

LOCATION
The Old Cigar Warehouse
912 S. Main St.
Greenville, SC 29601

WHAT TO WEAR
Guests are encouraged to don their most spirited Derby-themed attire. Think sundresses, floppy hats and bowties!

WHERE TO PARK
Parking is available for $5 in the grass lot beside The Old Cigar Warehouse. Free street parking is also available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

CAN GUESTS BRING THEIR DOGS?
No personal pets will be allowed at the event venue.

FOOD & DRINK
Enjoy a delicious, Derby-inspired menu from Karen Walker including Kentucky sweet potato ham biscuits, marinated and slow roasted shredded pork sliders, decadent mint julep brownies and more! The bar will include beer and wine.

TICKET PRICING
$65/person (includes gourmet hors d'oeuvres and beer and wine).

Tickets can be purchased online until midnight on Wednesday, April 20th. For more details or to purchase tickets, visit: www.pawmettoderby.com


Tour for Life, Boone, NC, April 10

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On Sunday, April 10, from 12 to 5 pm, Watauga Humane Society is hosting North Shore Animal League’s Tour for Life event, the “World’s Largest Mobile Adoption Event,” at the Boone Mall parking lot in Boone, North Carolina. (Indoors if inclement weather).

Shelters and rescues from across the region will be there to adopt out animals and raise money for animal welfare. This is a great chance to find your new best buddy and support an important cause. In partnership with Purina, Tour for Life is the largest national adoption initiative aimed at reinforcing the advantages and importance of shelter pet adoptions. Shelters and rescues participating include: 

  • Ashe Humane Society
  • Avery County Humane Society
  • Caldwell Animal Rescue
  • Happy Tails Rescue of West Jefferson
  • Humane Society of Wilkes
  • Merit Pit Bull Foundation of Lenior
  • Partners! Canines
  • Second Chance Dogs of Ashe
  • St Francis of Assisi Bully Breed Rescue
  • Unicoi County Animal Shelter
  • Watauga Humane Society
  • Ziggy’s Second Chance Network

There will also be low cost rabies vaccines and microchipping for pets, pet merchandise and information from various retailers and pet service providers, entertainment, food, and lots of fun.

Visit www.wataugahumanesociety.org for more details.


Adopt a Dog or Cat With No Adoption Fee Through April 9

AngelinaLitvin-unsplash.comAsheville Humane Society is making a special plea on behalf of dogs and cats who have been in the Adoption Center for more than 30 days. From now through Saturday, April 9, you can adopt one of these fine furry friends who have stayed a month or more at the Adoption Center with no adoption fee. That's right, nothing, nada, zilch!

Although the love of a pet is priceless, every adoption includes spay/neuter, all up-to-date vaccines, microchip and free 1-year registration, a free starter bag of food, one month of complimentary pet health insurance, and a free wellness visit with a participating veterinarian.

Come on over to the Adoption Center at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads near the WNC Farmers Market) from 10 AM to 6 PM and find the love of your life. See who wants to go home with you at: www.ashevillehumane.org.

Image: Angelina Litvin, Unsplash.com


Yappy Hour - Woodfin, April 7

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Leash up your four-legged friends and join Mix 96.5 for the first Yappy Hour of Spring! The Yappy Hour takes place on Thursday, April 7 from 6 to 8 PM.

Bring your pup and enjoy mingling with fellow dog lovers at Moe's Original BBQ located at 72 Weaverville Road in Woodfin.

Each fun-filled event benefits Asheville Humane Society and features adoptable dogs in case you may want to take another one home! Your $5 donation will get you access to the fun and complimentary appetizers. Yappy Hour is presented by REACH, the area's 24 hour emergency and specialty animal hospital.


A Special Message from the "Ambassapets" of the "Paw It Forward" Campaign

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Hello Carolina Mountain Dog Readers:
 
We're Ivy and Nicodemus, the Paw it Forward Ambassapets for Asheville Humane Society's Paw it Forward Campaign!
 
As AHS alumni, we know what it's like to be nervously waiting for someone to give you a second chance...or even a second look. Our paws walked down those very same halls!
 
We want to show our fur-friends at AHS that we're not just goofing around while we enjoy the "good life." We want to help them on their journey, so we came up with the purrrrfect way to show our support...PAW IT FORWARD! Our homeless fur-friends don't have access to email and social media, but we do! We will use our good looks and charming personalities to win the hearts of all the generous, animal-loving people out there!
 
Our goal is to recruit at least 250 pets (and their people) to join the cause to help us raise money for our fur-friends who need medical care, food, toys, beds, blankets, treats, and most importantly...a forever family! Even people with no pets can sign up and pick one of Asheville Humane Society's adoptable pets as their campaign partner! There will be contests and prizes throughout the campaign, and at the end, we'll host a celebration event at AHS on June 26, 2016 where we will honor the "Top Pawlanthropists!" 
 
Click here to find out more information or to participate.
 
For our fur-friends,
Ivy the Dog and Nicodemus the Cat

Hiking Hounds - April 10

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, April 10. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 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.