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November 2016

Pet Photos with Santa in December - Asheville

ID-100297782Santa is standing by... he's ready to have his picture taken with your pet! Get a holiday keepsake while you make a donation to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.

Pet photos with Santa will be available outside the Nike Factory Store at Asheville Outlets, 800 Brevard Road in Asheville. The schedule for photos is as follows:

Dec. 1, 5 - 7 PM
Dec. 8, 5 - 7 PM
Dec. 15, 5 - 7 PM

Image: Stock Images, Freedigitalphotos.net


Pet Loss Support Groups in December

ID-100168542Asheville, Wednesday,December 7: A pet loss support group meets at 6 PM on the first Wednesday of each month. Location: Jefferson House, 21 Edwin Place (next to the Unitarian Universalist church), Asheville. Donations accepted. Call (828) 254-6001 for additional information.

Waynesville, Wednesday, December 21: A pet loss support group meets from 6 to 7 PM on the third Wednesday of each month. Location: Kimball Counseling, 258 N. Main Street, Suite A, Waynesville. Donations accepted. Registration required. For additional information and to register, call Susan Kimball, LCSW, at (828) 226-7366.

Image: Whittaya Phonsawat, freedigitalphotos.net


Youth for Sarge - A Unique Program to Help Haywood County Animals

Screen Shot 2016-11-05 at 3.06.56 PMYouth for Sarge’s is a volunteer group for youth ages 8-17 that supplement and support the mission of Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation in Waynesville, NC. Although youth can’t handle the animals in Sarge’s care due to liability, they can still  help in the mission by fundraising, educating themselves, their peers and most of all having fun! You can participate in Sarge's unique reading to animals program.
 
All reading program participants must complete a brief orientation, including information on how to read an animals’ body language. The reading program orientation is different from the regular Sarge’s volunteer orientation. Participants should bring their own reading material to each session. 

Option 1: Participation with parents

A child may participate at any time during Sarge’s adoption centers hours from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, while accompanied by their legal guardian or caregiver. The adult and child must have gone through Sarge’s volunteer orientation, signed all paperwork, understand and adhere the rules for youth volunteers and the adult must maintain constant supervision of the child throughout their time at the adoption center and must follow the same rules as the child during reading time.

Option 2: Group reading time without parents

Children may participate in the Reading for Reassurance Program during designated times as part of the Youth for Sarge Program. The child must be a member of Youth for Sarge and parents/legal guardians must sign up for a specific time slot in order to drop off children to be monitored by the Youth for Sarge team. Participation is based on first come, first serve basis for signing up for available time slots. Participants should bring their own reading material to each session.

For more information and to complete an application for the reading program, visit here: http://www.sargeanimals.org/youth-for-sarge/


Rock for Rescues - Asheville, Dec. 9

Screen Shot 2016-11-05 at 2.28.44 PMOn Friday, December 9 at 8 PM, "Rock for Rescues" will be held at The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Avenue in the River Arts District, Asheville. The concert, which will be an annual event, is a benefit for Asheville Humane Society with tickets available at $10 each.

The concert will feature the performers Poet Radio, Mason Jar Menagerie, Brother Oliver, and The Mudbottoms.

All proceeds from Rock for Rescues will go directly to Asheville Humane Society to help provide food, bedding and medical care to Buncombe County animals in need.

For concert tickets, visit: http://www.thegreyeagle.com/event/1349531-rock-for-rescues-benefit-asheville/


Project-Santa Benefits WNC Humane Societies

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For the sixth year, Project-Santa in Flat Rock, NC has launched a pet food donation drive that will last through December 31. The organization is collecting USA-made pet food and treats, along with pet toys, collars and leashes, as well as paper towels and other cleaning supplies. Food collected will help Blue Ridge Humane Society and Foothills Humane Society this year and will also help individuals and families who may need temporary assistance feeding their pets. "Santa" stands for "Supporting Animal Needs Through Action."

Donation drop-off locations are available in Buncombe and Henderson Counties. Check the organization's website for an updated list of drop-off locations, as well as opportunities for businesses and volunteers to help with this year's donation drive. Visit: http://www.project-santa.com/index.html


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Nov. 20

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, November 20. 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.


Low-Cost Vaccinations in Greenville, SC

VaccineThe Greenville Humane Society  offers a low-cost vaccination clinic at 305 Airport Road in Greenville, SC, and it is now open five days a week, Mondays through Fridays, from 9 AM until 12 PM, plus the first Saturday of the month from 9 AM until 12 PM. The clinic is open to the public, walk-ins are welcome and no appointment is required.

Call the clinic at (864) 263-5611 for further information or if you have questions.

Vaccine and preventative testing prices are as follows: 

Vaccine Price
1-Year Rabies Vaccine $9
3-Year Rabies Vaccine $25
1-Year Canine Distemper/Parvo-DHPP $9
3-Year Canine Distemper/Parvo-DHPP $25
Canine Kennel Cough-Bordatella $15
Heartworm Antigen Test (dogs) $25
Feline Distemper Vaccine $9
Feline Leukemia (FeLV) Vaccine $15
Feline Leukemia/FIV Combo Test $26

3 Tips to Cope with a Weather-Sensitive Dog

Guest Post by Tilda Moore

Screen Shot 2016-10-10 at 4.40.04 PMIf you’re a first-time dog owner, you may not realize that some dogs have thunder phobia, and you may not know how to handle your pup when she cowers at the sound of thunder or goes running off during a hurricane. Preparing your dog for the fears she may face during extreme weather is important if you want to keep your dog safe. Some dogs are more sensitive than others, but being prepared is always best. Here are a few ways you can handle a weather-sensitive dog.

  1. Buy the Necessary Supplies

Being physically prepared for any extreme weather is a key aspect of being a pet owner. You should have enough pet food to last several days, a “safe space” for your dog, and first aid supplies. A kennel, favorite bed, or one of your worn clothing items (so that it has your scent, which is comforting to your dog) are some options for preparing your dog’s safe space.

Dogs that fear thunder may also benefit from anxiety aids such as calm drops or treats and Thunder Shirts. Dogs that have temperature sensitivities will need garments such as coats, vests, rain jackets, waterproof boots, and paw protectors. You might also consider putting up a pet gate to keep your dog secured in a safe room.

  1. Know Your Dog

Getting to know your dog is critical in anticipating how she will react to extreme weather. You should know your dog’s breed as well as personality in order to identify what fears and behaviors are likely. Certain breeds like Chihuahuas cannot handle extreme temperatures of any kind and do not tolerate water well, for instance.

You should always have weather-resistant and temperature-regulating clothing on hand for dogs sensitive to extreme temperatures, rain, or similar situations. Your dog, even if purebred, is unique and may react poorly to the sounds or sights of extreme weather. Be sure you know how your dog behaves when exposed to alarming stimuli.

Make sure others who may take care of your dog are aware of your dog’s sensitivities and behaviors as well. For example, if you hire a dog walker, advise them accordingly.

  1. Focus on Proper Training

A well-trained dog will not bolt even when she is afraid. Your dog should have proper obedience training from you or a professional. She should know basic commands and should be reliable in the face of dire circumstances.

For example, a well-trained dog may hear thunder during a severe storm but will continue to obey its owner, keeping it safe from the storm, while a poorly or untrained dog may dart into danger, possibly becoming lost or injured. The last thing you need during extreme weather is to be out looking for your terrified dog.

Your dog should also know any safety procedures. For example, if your family evacuates to a storm shelter during a tornado warning, your dog should learn a command to follow the family into the shelter and stay put. If your dog has been trained how to react to severe weather, she will be calmer for the duration of the event.

Keeping your new pup safe during extreme weather can seem like a daunting task. As a new owner, you might not know what your dog needs from you to feel safe during these frightening events. The most important things you can do are be physically prepared, observe your dog and her personality so that you may better predict her reaction to weather, and keep up with obedience training. With these precautions, your dog will be much safer and happier in the event of extreme weather.

Tilda Moore’s mission is aligned with that of Open Educators (http://openeducators.org/), providing engaging educational resources to teachers and parents. 

Image via Pixabay by Republica


1st Annual Dog Celebration - Jackson Park, Hendersonville, Nov. 12

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Shelter dogs just want a home. The newly formed ‘Friends of Jackson Dog Park’ is sponsoring Hendersonville's largest dog adoption and education event of the year: the First Annual Dog Celebration, to be held on Saturday, November 12 from 10 AM to 2 PM in Jackson Park in Hendersonville, NC. (Rain Date: Nov. 19)
 
Adoption agencies include Blue Ridge Humane Society, Brother Wolf, Charlie's Angels, Foothills Humane Society, Sarge's Animal Rescue, and Yancey Humane Society. Event speakers include Dr. Don Zehr of Hendersonville Animal Hospital speaking on first aid for dogs, Karen Comstock of Aunt Karen's Lucky Dogs discussing how dogs learn, Nicole Watts of Zen Puppy demonstrating how to use acupressure and massage to improve longevity and health, and Nita Hunt of Pure Pets in Brevard answering your questions about diet—including the trending of raw diets, homemade foods, and organic and gmo-free choices.
 
Also at the event will be food vendors and display tables of dog-related items and lots of free dog treats and discount coupons provided by WAG, Pet Source, Purrfect Bark, Pure Pets, PetCo, and the soon-to-open Hendersonville Pet Smart. As the event's grand finale, the Henderson County Sheriff's K-9 Unit will do a demonstration with trained police dogs.
 
The Dog Celebration will be held at the big brick building next to the tennis courts. Since a large amount of adoption dogs will be in the parking area in front of the building, guests are asked to consider leaving their dog at home. For those who wish to bring their dog, the off-leash dog area will be available and clearly marked on the day of the event.
 
The event is sponsored by over 25 area merchants—donating prizes and free treats. Bring a small plastic bag and gather some tasty treats for your dog kids! The event is free (a suggested donation of $5 to attend each speaker’s talk is appreciated. The money will be used to help put a new roof on the shelter that was damaged last winter). Raffle tickets will be sold and the nine lucky winners announced at the end of the day. One of the prizes, “A Bird’s View,” includes breakfast at Mike’s on Main, a bi-plane ride over Hendersonville, and lunch at Bojangles.
 
For more information, go to http://friendsofjacksondogpark.com
 

 


November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month

Kate-unsplash.comNovember is "Adopt a Senior Pet Month," and it's a good time to think about the unconditional love a senior pet can bring into your life.

Sadly, older dogs and cats at a shelter are the least likely to find a new home. One of the great myths of adopting a shelter pet is that kittens and puppies are preferable. Yes, they are cute and adorable, but they also take more time and effort. Puppies, especially, require a commitment and patience in terms of behavioral and house training. Ironically, this is one of the reasons there are older dogs at a shelter -- because some people who adopt a puppy that grows up give up on the animal as an adult. Tragic but true. 

Older animals tend to be already trained and often adjust better when they move from a shelter into a household. They know what is expected of them, and there are fewer surprises for adopters than with puppies or kittens.

So this month, consider adopting an older pet from a shelter. It's something my family has often done and we have never been disappointed.

For more good reasons to adopt a senior pet, read this excellent article from Dogtime.com.

Image: Kate, Unsplash.com

 


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Nov. 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, November 6. 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.