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August 2016

How to Save Your Floor from Your Pet

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We love our cats and dogs, but they don’t always feel the same way about our floors. Whether it’s tearing up our carpets or scratching our newly laid wooden floors; pets can be a destructive and expensive member of the family. 

The reasons dogs and cats attack flooring vary. Dogs attack carpets for reasons such as excess energy, anxiety and fear, physical illness and due to other stress related illnesses. Cats on the other hand are more likely to attack floors due to more ‘practical’ reasons. These can include marking territory, stretching their bodies and flexing their claws.

The Rug Seller, a UK company, has put together a useful infographic that provides some easy to implement ideas to protect your flooring. It includes handling unwanted stains too.

Check out the infographic here.


"Woof 'n Purr" Adoption Special at Foothills Humane Society

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 11.43.20 AMFoothills Humane Society in Columbus, NC is running a "Woof 'n Purr" Sizzling Summer Adoption Special until Labor Day, September 5.

Cats and kittens will be available at an adoption fee of just $10 each. Dogs 25 pounds and up are available at just $40 -- a 50 percent reduction in adoption fee. All adopters must be approved by the Humane Society.

Foothills Humane Society is located at 989 Little Mountain Road in Columbus. For more information, visit: www.foothillshumanesociety.org, or call (828) 863-4444.

 


Low Cost Vaccinations and Microchips - Asheville, Aug. 27

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, August 27 from 11 AM to 2 PM at Hall Fletcher Elementary, 60 Ridgelawn Rd., Asheville, NC. 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.


Yappy Hour, South Asheville, August 25

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Leash up your four-legged friends and join Mix 96.5 for a Yappy Hour  on Thursday, August 25 from 6 to 8 PM.

Bring your pup and enjoy mingling with fellow dog lovers at Blaze Pizza in Gerber Village, 1840 Hendersonville Road, Asheville.

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.


"No Pets Left Behind" Major Adoption Event in WNC, August 20

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International Homeless Animals Day is this Saturday, August 20!
Help Clear WNC Shelters!
 
Asheville Humane Society is hosting the very first "No Pets Left Behind" adoption event on Saturday, August 20 in honor of International Homeless Animals Day. 
 
During the busiest time of year with the most animals in need, the goal is to clear WNC shelters and find loving families for every homeless pet!
 
Asheville Humane Society will waive all adoption fees on every animal in its Adoption Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane in Asheville, from 10 AM to 6 PM on Saturday, August 20.
 
Regional shelter and rescue organizations are participating by reducing their adoption fees on Saturday. Adoption fee discounts vary at each location, so check with each organization listed below to see the special adoption fees available on Saturday only. The following organizations will also be participating in the No Pets Left Behind adoption event:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hiking Hounds, Asheville, August 28

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, August 28. 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.


2016 Mutt Strut, Greenville, SC, Aug. 27

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Don't miss South Carolina's largest dog-friendly race and "Mutt Market"! Join the Greenville Humane Society on Saturday, August 27th at 8:30 a.m. for the 5th Annual Mutt Strut, benefiting the Greenville Humane Society. The event will be held at Greenville Tech/Swamp Rabbit Trail, Greenville, SC

This two-mile race begins and ends in the festive Mutt Market, featuring free food, live music and live, doggie entertainment. You won't want to miss this family-friendly event, which benefits the Greenville Humane Society! 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the Greenville Humane Society. Register or donate today to help raise funds for homeless pets.

For more information visit: http://www.ghsmuttstrut.com


"Howl In" at Full Moon Farm, Black Mountain, August 20

Screen Shot 2016-07-26 at 3.36.01 PMFull Moon Farm is an organization dedicated to the well being of the wolfdog (wolf hybrid). Situated on 17 beautiful mountain acres in Black Mountain, NC, the sactuary operates as a not-for-profit organization for abused and refused wolfdogs who find themselves in need of love, shelter, and care through no fault of their own. Full Moon Farm provides a safe haven for animals that cannot be placed into homes for the rest of their lives. 

You have the opportunity to visit this unique farm during the Full Moon Farm Howl-In on Saturday, August 20th. Tours of the Farm begin at 3:00 PM.  Potluck supper begins at 5:00 PM.  A $5 donation includes main dish and water/soft drinks. Bring a side dish and join the fun!

For information and directions, call (828) 664-9818 or email info@fullmoonfarm.org (Please note: On the day of the event, it is best to call, as the email account will be unmonitored). 

Images: Full Moon Farm


Yappy Hour - Greenville, SC, August 11

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 next Yappy Hour will be on Thursday, August 11 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


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, August 14

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, August 14. 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.


Sarge's Downtown Dog Walk - Waynesville, August 6

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 5.21.26 PMOn Saturday, August 6, Sarge's Animal Rescue will hold its 11th annual Downtown Dog Walk in Waynesville, NC. Registration is open now, but walkers may register at 9 AM on the morning of the walk, which begins at 10 AM sharp. The actual walk is only 15 minutes, because Sarge's wants everyone to be able to join them.

Just humans and humans with their dogs are welcome to join in the walk. It begins at the Haywood County Court House on
Main Street in Waynesville, NC.  It makes a circle that is Main Street, then right on Depot, left on Montgomery, left on Church, then left again on North Main Street. The police stop traffic on Main Street. Then the walk continues right back to the court house.

Contest categories for the walk are: most money collected, best dressed, best trick, and best tail-wagger. The contests are fairly short, but a lot of fun! 

Walkers can collect funds on a pledge sheet. Anyone collecting $20 or more receives a free t-shirt. Another fun thing to do is to be a virtual dog walker. You sponsor a foster dog and one of Sarge's volunteers will walk the foster dog in the parade. A dog that would otherwise been left behind gets to join the fun and possibly find a home.

This is a great event supporting Haywood County's leading animal rescue organization. For more information, visit: http://www.sargeanimals.org/sarges-dog-walk/

Image: Sarge's Animal Rescue


Adopt a Dog or Cat Over Three for Free - Asheville, August 5, 6

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Priceless love for free - all pets over three!!!

Asheville Humane Society is celebrating "more mature" pets by waiving their adoption fees this Friday and Saturday, August 5 - 6 from 10 AM to 6 PM. Older animals (over three years of age) are often overlooked during puppy and kitten season, but Asheville Humane Society wants to showcase them and all the love they have to offer!

All adoptions include spay/neuter, microchipping, up-to-date vaccines, initial flea and heartworm preventive, free starter bag of food, a free wellness visit with a participating veterinarian... and priceless love! Come see all of the animals available at the Adoption Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, off Brevard and Pond Roads near the WNC Farmers Market.

For more details visit www.ashevillehumane.org


ASPCA's Top Tips for Flea Prevention

ID-100395000Here is some valuable advice about flea prevention from the ASPCA:

Always read ALL label information before applying medications to your pet and answer these questions:

               Is my pet the right age for this product?

               Many flea medications are not labeled for use in puppies or kittens under 6 months of age.

               Do I have the right species of pet for this medication?

               There can be potentially fatal reactions with some dog flea medications when applied to cats or rabbits.

               Am I about to apply this in the right way?

               Is this something that you apply to the skin or give by mouth?

               Is there a health reason that my pet should not have this medication?

               Always consult with your veterinarian if your pet has any health conditions or is pregnant or nursing.

               If you have a cat, talk to your vet to make sure medications you use for your dog are safe around your cat.

Never use multiple flea medications on your pet, unless directed to do so by your veterinarian. (Fleas can be a very frustrating problem, and it can be tempting to say that the medication is not working after a day or so and try another product.) While some flea medications work in different ways and can be used together, many are in the same class of medications, and can build up to toxic levels when used together.

Make sure your veterinarian is your primary source for information about flea medications, not the Internet.
Tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) and garlic (Allium sativum) are commonly recommended online to treat or prevent fleas—but these can cause serious and potentially life-threatening issues. If you want to use alternative flea control or prevention, speak with your vet first to see what they recommend and how to use it most effectively.

Always double-check everything before you apply flea medications to your pet. Many homes have multiple pets and therefore several different flea medications.

If you accidentally get a topical medication in your pet’s eye, first rinse the eye with a sterile eye irrigation solution or room-temperature tap water. Next, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center for additional steps to take and signs to monitor for.

If your pet licks some of the medication off his or her body, give them a small amount of their food to help relieve the bad taste. Blot the area with a paper towel. Next, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center for additional steps to take and what to watch for.

If you mistakenly apply a dog flea medication to a cat and the cat starts to have shaking, convulsions or seizures, take them immediately to a veterinary hospital. These signs may take up to 48 hours to occur. If you realize that you have put a dog flea medication on your cat and they aren’t showing any signs yet, contact a local veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately at (888) 426-4435.

A good free resource on fleas and your pet: https://www.petbucket.com/blog/64419/the-ultimate-flea-prevention-guide-when-facing-an-infestation-in-your-home.html

Image: alex_ugalek, freedigitalphotos.net


Technology and Dog Training: NC State's "Smart Harness"

NCState harnessThe future of dog training may be just as smart as your smartphone.

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a "smart harness" with a customized suite of technologies that allows a computer to train a dog autonomously, with the computer effectively responding to the dog based on the dog’s body language.

“Our approach can be used to train dogs efficiently and effectively,” says David Roberts, an assistant professor of computer science at NC State and co-author of a paper on the work. “We use sensors in custom dog harnesses to monitor a dog’s posture, and the computer reinforces the correct behavior quickly and with near-perfect consistency.”

“Because the technology integrates fundamental principles of animal learning into a computational system, we are confident it can be applied to a wide range of canine behaviors,” says Alper Bozkurt, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and co-author of the paper. “For example, it could be used to more quickly train service dogs. Ultimately, we think the technology will be used in conjunction with human-directed training.”

The dog harness fits comfortably onto the dog and is equipped with a variety of technologies that can monitor the dog’s posture and body language. Each harness also incorporates a computer the size of a deck of cards that transmits the sensor data wirelessly.

No word on if and when the smart harness may be commercially available. For more information, visit: https://news.ncsu.edu/2016/05/dog-training-tech-2016/

Image: NC State University