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June 2017

Pet Loss Support Groups in July

PupinframeAsheville, Wednesday, July 5: 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, July 19: 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.

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Wag and Walk, Hendersonville, July 8

Screen Shot 2017-05-23 at 5.04.32 PMWANTED: Strong Legs, Positive Attitudes, Wagging Tails!

Interested in hiking with your dog on a nice summer day all while supporting nonprofits in your community? Well bring your best human or non-human buddy (better yet, both) with you on Saturday, July 8 at 11:00 AM, for a 2.5 mile charity hike down the Oklawaha Greenway.

Check-in will begin at 10:30 AM at the Patton Park pavilion next to the basketball courts before the walk. (Be on the lookout for directional signs.) All participants–humans and their furry friends–must check in prior to the start of the walk. The walk will begin at 11 AM through Patton Park, with a pit stop and water break at Martin Luther King Park, and then circles back to Patton Park.

Register here: The registration fee is $25 and includes an event shirt. Once you register, please check your email for more details as we get closer to the event. Proceeds benefit Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy & Blue Ridge Humane Society.

If you have questions, contact Angela at or 828-692-2639.

Low Cost Vaccinations - Fairview, June 24

AHS Low Cost VaccinationsAsheville Humane Society offers pet owners access to low cost vaccinations, microchips and ID tagging.

Come to a low cost vaccination clinic on Saturday, June 24 from 11 AM to 2 PM at Spring Mountain Community Center, 807 Old Fort Road, Fairview, NC. No appointment is necessary.

Services provided:

Rabies 1 year  |  (Dogs or cats over 3 months)  |  $10.00
Rabies 3 year  |  (Dogs or cats with rabies paper certificate)  |  $10.00  
-Rabies tags are not accepted as proof of rabies vaccination-
Bordetella - Kennel cough  |  (Dogs over 2 months)  |  $15.00
DA2PPV - |  (Dogs 6 to 12 weeks or under 25 lbs)  |  $15.00
DA2PPV + Lepto - |  (Dogs 12 weeks or older and over 25 lbs)  |  $15.00
FVRCP/FELV - Rhinotracheitis, Calici, Panleukopenia and Leukemia  |  (Cats over 2 months)  | $20.00
FVRCP  (Cats over 2 months)  |   $15.00
FELV |  (Cats over 2 months)  |   $15.00
Microchip  |  (Dogs or cats over 2 months)  |  $15.00

Please note: Cash is the only accepted form of payment.

"Paw It Forward" Block Party - Asheville, June 24

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Join Asheville Humane Society on Saturday, June 24 from 5 to 8 PM at the Paw It Forward Block Party! It will be held at the Adoption and Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads near the WNC Farmers Market).

Asheville Humane Society will celebrate the final day of their 2nd annual "Paw It Forward" Campaign in style! Bring your kids of the human and furry variety for a fun-filled evening to benefit the animals in need at Asheville Humane Society.

The PAWesome Details:
  • Vegetarian eats from Amazing Pizza Co. and Gypsy Queen Cuisine
  • The Hop ice cream for people AND pups
  • Live performance from local bluegrass band, The Clydes 
  • Tammy and friends with Mix 96.5 
  • Beer from Oskar Blues - all proceeds benefiting Asheville Humane Society
  • Adoptable animals from 2 to 7 PM - FEE WAIVED for all animals 6 months and older!

This event is FREE and open to the public (food and beer sales not included).

Take Your Dog to Work Day - June 23

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 11.22.50 AMFirst celebrated in 1999, Pet Sitters International's Take Your Dog To Work Day® (TYDTW Day®) was created to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to encourage their adoption from humane societies, animal shelters and breed rescue clubs. This annual event asks pet lovers to celebrate the humane-canine bond and promote pet adoption by encouraging their employers to support TYDTW Day. Employers are encouraged to open their workplace to employees' four-legged friends on this one special day.

The 2017 event will take place on Friday, June 23. On this day, thousands of pet owners will work with their dogs to celebrate the 15th annual TYDTW Day.

In addition, the entire week, June 20-24, has been designated Take Your Pet To Work Week™. So, if your company is closed on Fridays or if you want to invite all types of pets, select any day during the week to host a special event at your workplace.

For more information visit:

Hiking Hounds - Asheville, June 25

Hiking houndsHiking Hounds is one of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities. 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, June 4. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 12:30 to 1 PM. Note: New and repeat hikers alike are required to sign up in advance. If you'd like to sign up for this hike, email

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.

Beer City Behavior for Dogs, Fletcher, June 20

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Asheville Humane Society will be holding a free "Beer City Behavior" talk on Tuesday, June 20 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at Blue Ghost Brewing Company, 125 Underwood Road, Fletcher, NC.

The topic is Dog Body Language. This talk with focus on some common canine behaviors that are either misunderstood, or often missed completely. You will gain a whole new appreciation for how much your dog is trying to tell you and you will be able to grow your relationship and enhance your training exercises!

**Please note, if your dog does not like to be around large groups of people and dogs, please leave them at home where they will be more comfortable. The trainer will be happy to give you some tips and tricks of things you can do in your home to help with any behavior problems.**

Low Cost Vaccinations - Marshall, June 17

VaccineA low-cost rabies vaccination and microchip clinic will be held by Friends of Madison County Animals on Saturday, June 17 from 10 AM to 12 PM at the Center Community Center, 1300 Grapevine Road, Marshall, NC.

Pricing - Subject to change.

Rabies Vaccine: 1 year  $10.00,  3 year $13.00  (Bring current rabies certificate to get 3-year booster) 

DHPP $15.00 Dogs only

DHLPP, $20.00 Dogs only, this is 5-way vaccine.

Bordetella, $16.00 Dogs only.

FVRCP-Felv, $25.00 Cats only. This is a feline leukemia combo.

Microchipping, $20.00 Both dogs and cats.

There is no need to pre-register. Dogs should be brought on leash and cats should be brought in a carrier.

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Adopt a Senior Pet for Just $5 Through June 17

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It's Senior Prom at Asheville Humane Society from Thursday through Saturday, June 15 - 17 -- and it's a celebration with $5 adoption fees for all animals age 5 and up! The senior doggies and kitties have donned their finest prom attire and are ready to pose for their "Going Home" prom photos with you at Asheville Humane Society's sparkly photo booth. Don't worry about bringing a corsage or a boutonniere... these pets just want a forever home!

The "Senior Prom" is not only celebrating senior pets, but the wonderful seniors of our community. This is your opportunity to adopt a senior pet for yourself or your favorite senior!

Although the love of a pet is priceless, all of the following are still included when you adopt! Each adoption fee includes spay/neuter, all up-to-date vaccines, microchip and free 1-year registration, a free starter bag of food, and a free wellness visit with a participating veterinarian. 

To see available animals, visit The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 7 PM. The dog and cat rooms are closed daily for naptime from 1-2pm, giving animals a much-needed break. The lobby remains open where you can speak with staff, enjoy refreshments, read or watch videos!

Beer City Behavior for Dogs, Asheville, June 17

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Asheville Humane Society will be holding a free "Beer City Behavior" talk on Saturday, June 17 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM at Pour Taproom, 2 Hendersonville Rd., Asheville, NC.

The topic is Dog Body Language. This talk with focus on some common canine behaviors that are either misunderstood, or often missed completely. You will gain a whole new appreciation for how much your dog is trying to tell you and you will be able to grow your relationship and enhance your training exercises!

**Please note, if your dog does not like to be around large groups of people and dogs, please leave them at home where they will be more comfortable. The trainer will be happy to give you some tips and tricks of things you can do in your home to help with any behavior problems.**

What Do You Really Know About Dog Food?

ID-100114357The number of dog food brands and options is overwhelming, and food for dogs has become big business for the pet industry. To keep ahead of the brand "pack," did extensive research into dog food to come up with a very selective list of the best dog food brands. The team invested over 1,400 hours into research, which included surveying experts and dog owners and reviewing the ingredients of more than 100 brands.

The results of this study are both troubling and informative. You will learn quite a bit about what is and isn't in dog foods, and you're also likely to discover that some of what you think about certain brands may not be correct.

The study covers what to look for and what to avoid in dog foods, pros and cons regarding types of dog food, the best dog food formulas, and the best dog food products. There is also some helpful information about dog food recalls.

Check out the complete study here:

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Guide to Dog Ownership Costs

ID-100329003When it comes to owning a dog, you certainly can't put a price on the love and companionship a dog brings to your family. But just as with a human family member, there are costs involved in owning a pet. has put together a helpful, comprehensive and current guide to pet ownership costs. The guide covers the lifetime costs of a pet, including acquisition, medical, grooming, food, equipment, and training costs. The guide also discusses specific costs related to owning a dog, such as most and least expensive dog breeds, typical costs for health-related items including vaccines, flea treatments, and heartworm preventative, emergency medical care, pet insurance, tips for reducing the cost of pet ownership, and more.

Included with the guide is a handy free cost calculator so you can estimate dog ownership costs yourself.

Check out the guide here:

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"Howl In" at Full Moon Farm, Black Mountain, June 10

Screen Shot 2017-03-04 at 11.01.54 AMFull 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 sanctuary 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, June 10. Gates open at 3 PM and tours of the Farm begin at 3:15 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! Visit the Gift Den for handcrafted jewelry and artwork.

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

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Brew Dogs - Arden, NC, June 7

Screen Shot 2017-06-01 at 1.57.29 PMBMW of Asheville invites you and your 4-legged friends to #BrewDogs at Mills River Brewery, 330 Rockwood Road, #103, Arden, NC on Wednesday, June 7 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Enjoy some brews and some fun!

Get a raffle door prize ticket with a $5 donation per person. Proceeds benefit Asheville Humane Society.

Prize Sponsors Include: Island Top Design, Pet Smart, Casa Torres, Tamarind, Woof In The Woods, Interational Auto Works, Circle B BBQ, BMW of Asheville, Hue Thairapy and Woofgang Bakery.

Beer City Behavior for Dogs, Brevard, June 7

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Asheville Humane Society will present a free "Beer City Behavior" talk on Wednesday, June 7 from 
6:00 to 8:00 PM at Oskar Blues Brewery, 342 Mountain Industrial Dr, Brevard.

The topic is training puppies. This talk will focus on the stages puppies go through, how their brains and behavior are developing, and what can be done to help them become well socialized adult dogs. A certified dog behaviorist will go over some common socialization misconceptions and helpful training techniques to make the adolescent months more bearable. If there are several puppies of similar ages, we might even be able to have a puppy social!

Admission is free but donations to Asheville Humane Society are welcome.

*If you decide to bring your puppy, please be sure they are up to date on vaccines and de-wormings.*

Mutt Strut - Polk County, June 17

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On Saturday, June 17, celebrate the kick-off of the 2017 Summer Reading Program at Polk County Public Libraries by participating in the 2nd Annual PCPL Mutt Strut 5k! The event begins at 9 AM at Polk County Middle School, 321 Wolverine Trail, Mill Spring, NC.

This is a free event and participants are encouraged to bring along their own dogs or volunteer to walk or run with dogs from Foothills Humane Society. 

Registration is now open at If you are interested in walking a dog from the Foothills Humane Society, you must fill out an additional application, available at the Columbus Library, and attend a briefing on race morning.

All participants registered for this event will receive a race packet. The packet will include your bib number for the race, information about the Summer Reading Program, and swag from race sponsors. Packet pick-up will be available on race day. Prizes will be given to the top category winners. The age groups are youth up to 12, teens 13-19, adults 20-29, adults 30-49, and adults 50 and older. There will also be raffles for goodies such as a Blue Ridge Barkway Pet Grooming Salon & Boutique grooming gift certificate.

Information booths from Polk County Public Libraries, Foothills Humane Society, Purrrfect Bark, Landrum Veterinary Hospital, and other participating organizations will be present on race morning. A photo booth and caricature artist will also be available to capture "finish-line worthy" pictures of you and your furry companion. New this year is a dog toy station! Race participants will be able to visit this hands-on station and make a dog toy from recycled materials.