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August 2017

$9.99 Canines! Dog Adoptions - Asheville, Through Sept. 2

StuartmilesfdpFrom Thursday, August 31 through Saturday, September 2, all dogs 6 months and older are just $9.99 at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center.

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 www.ashevillehumane.org. 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!

Image: Stuart Miles, Freedigitalphotos.net


Moving? What About Your Dog?

JesseSchoff-unsplash.comMoving is always stressful for people -- but it can also be stressful for pets. A recent article in The New York Times, "How to Move When You Have Dogs and Cats," offers some good tips to make sure your dog can handle the move.

Writer Matthew Haag discusses preparing for the move, whether to drive or to fly, and how to help your pet acclimate to a new home. Two interesting points Haag makes about move preparation relate to the way you approach the move. First, he writes, "Set an example by staying calm," because dogs and cats can channel human stress. Second, he advises packing over several days instead of all at once to avoid making your pet anxious.

As for acclimating to a new home, Haag advises, "Unpack their belongings first and set them in an area of the house that can be all theirs," and "Introduce your dogs to the area with walks, allowing them to stop and sniff around the neighborhood."

Haag also shares a number of good tips for driving with dogs, including websites that can be helpful, and he provides a rundown of air travel rules and regulations.

If you're planning a move, this article is well worth reading. You can find it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/22/smarter-living/moving-with-pets-tips.html

Image: Jesse Schoff, unsplash.com


The Good News About Exercise and Your Dog

ID-100104460Many dog owners recognize that simply walking their dogs can keep them and their dogs healthier. However, it may surprise you to learn that a significant percentage of dog owners do not walk or exercise their dogs.

According to a recent article in The New York Times, "as many as 40 percent of dog owners in the United States and elsewhere rarely if ever walk their dogs." In searching for reasons why people didn't walk their dogs, researchers came up with one intriguing conclusion: "Interestingly, one of the prime determinants of regular dog walks was affection. People who reported feeling close to their pet generally walked it more often than those who reported a looser bond."

A research study suggests that people are less likely to walk smaller dogs (typically weighing less than thirty pounds), older dogs, and overweight dogs. Contrary to popular belief, all of these dogs need exercise, as long as a veterinarian approves. Dr. Carri Westgarth, a researcher in England, tells the Times that taking a dog on a walk is not just good exercise, it is also stimulating for the dog's senses and reinforces the canine-human bond.

“People who walk their dogs often say they do it for the dog,” said Westgarth. “But there is also an element of what we get out of it in terms of enjoyment, which is the big motivator.”

So get out there and walk your dog... you'll both be better off for it!

Image: Vlado, Freedigitalphotos.net


$7 Adoptions, Asheville, Aug. 26

StuartmilesfdpThe Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center is full up with adorable, adoptable animals. This Saturday, August 26, every animal 6 months and older will be available for a mere $7 adoption fee.

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 www.ashevillehumane.org. 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!

Image: Stuart Miles, freedigitalphotos.net


Low-Cost Vaccinations - Asheville, Aug. 26

Praisaeng-freedigAsheville Humane Society offers pet owners access to low cost vaccinations, microchips and ID tagging.

Come to a low cost vaccination clinic on Saturday, August 26 from 2 to 5 PM at Hall Fletcher Elementary, 60 Ridgelawn Road, Asheville. 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.

Image: Praisaeng, Freedigitalphotos.net


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, August 27

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, August 27. 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 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.


Tour the Animal Care Campus - Asheville, Aug. 26

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Did you know the Animal Care Campus in Asheville is one of the country's leading examples of a private-public partnership in animal welfare? Asheville Humane Society and Buncombe County work in close collaboration to take in, care for, re-home, and adopt out thousands of domestic animals each year. Their collective goal is to save every adoptable animal's life and make each animal's life worth living.

Now you have the opportunity to see first-hand why the Animal Care Campus is a national model. Asheville Humane Society is hosting a guided behind-the-scenes tour of the society's Adoption Center (14 Forever Friend Lane) and the Buncombe County Animal Shelter (16 Forever Friend Lane) on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 1:30 to 3:00 PM. The tour is free and open to the public.

The Animal Care Campus is located on Forever Friend Lane, off Pond Road and Brevard Road, near the WNC Farmers Market. For more information, call (828) 761-2001.


Dogs on the Deck - Arden, Aug. 22

AndrewPons-unsplash.comBMW of Asheville invites you and your 4-legged friends to "Dogs on The Deck 2" on Tuesday, August 22nd from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at Acropolis Pizza, 140 Airport Road, Arden. 

Raffle Door Price Ticket with $5 Donation per person will benefit Asheville Humane Society.

Prize Sponsors Include: Island Top Design, PetSmart, Casa Torres, Tamarind, Woof In The Woods, International Autoworks, Circle B BBQ, BMW of Asheville, and Woofgang Bakery.

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Low Cost Spay/Neuter - Greenville, SC

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For a limited time, spay or neuter your puppy or kitten (under 4 months old) for just $20 each at Greenville Humane Society, 305 Airport Road, Greenville, SC. That's a 60 percent savings on already affordable fees. Greenville Humane Society is 1 of 64 spay/neuter clinics in the nation chosen by PetSmart Charities to receive spay/neuter grants.

The Greenville Humane Society Spay/Neuter Clinic is open Monday through Friday by appointment only. Call (864) 263-5612 for an appointment.

The Spay/Neuter Clinic's regular fees range from $50 to $100 for female dogs and $40 to $80 for male dogs. Pricing is based on weight. For more information, visit http://www.greenvillehumane.com/spay-neuter/


Dine at Mayfel's, Asheville, on August 17, 24, and 31 to Help Local Animal Organizations

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On Thursdays through the end of August, Mayfel's restaurant, 22 College Street, Asheville, donates 10 percent of that day's sales to a local animal organization. The following organizations will benefit from Mayfel's remaining "Dog Days of Summer":

August 17 - Blue Ridge Humane Society

August 24 - Friends of Madison County Animals

August 31 - Animal Haven of Asheville

Mayfel's serves New Orleans cuisine and welcomes dogs on its front patio and courtyard in the back. Patton Avenue Pet Company is donating natural dog treats each Thursday.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, August 20

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, August 20. 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 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.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, August 13

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, August 13. 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 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, Aug. 5

Screen Shot 2017-08-02 at 3.31.27 PMSarge’s 12th Annual Downtown Dog Walk is Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017 at a new start time — 9 a.m. in Downtown Waynesville. The Dog Walk is one of the most popular Sarge’s events, with lots of happy dogs and their humans.

What will the route be?
It begins at the Haywood County Court House on Main Street in Waynesville, NC.  We make 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. And we get to march right back to the court house.

What are start/end times?
Day of event registration, Saturday, Aug. 5, begins at 8 a.m. at the Historic Haywood County Courthouse lawn. The Dog Walk begins at 9 a.m. sharp. The actual walk is only 15 minutes. The fun contests begin after the walk, and we expect to be finished by 11 a.m., to avoid the summer heat of the day.

Where will contest judging be done?
On the court house steps in front of the court house.

Who will be the judges?
Eddie Foxx & Sharon Green from 99.9 Kiss Country and a few specially chosen Waynesville locals.

What will be the contest categories?
Of course, most money collected! Also – best dressed, best trick, and best tail-wagger. The contests are fairly short, but a lot of fun.

Will adoptable dogs be identified as such?
Yes! They will be wearing “adopt me” bandanas and they will each walk across the stage for a few moments.

How do volunteers raise money?

They can collect funds on our pledge sheet. Anyone collecting $20 or more receives a free T-shirt.

Image: Sarge's

 


Does Your Dog Connect with You on an Emotional Level?

AngelinaLitvin-unsplash.comPeople who have owned dogs for a long time are likely to share a very special bond with those pets. Many dog owners may even believe that dogs read and react to their emotional state. Now an emerging field of science called "emotional contagion" -- the spread of emotions between animals and people -- is helping to confirm that dogs really can connect with their owners on an emotional level.

A recent article in The New York Times, "The Empathetic Dog," shares the story of Benjamin Stepp, an Iraq war veteran whose service dog, Arleigh, senses Stepp's emotional distress and takes action to calm him. According to the article, "The dog senses when his agitation and anxiety begin rising, and sends him signals to begin the controlled breathing and other exercises that help to calm him down." This is just one of countless examples of ways in which dogs help humans by understanding their emotional state.

Some of the research being done on the emotional connection between animals and humans is fascinating. For example, one study cited in the story exposed dogs and humans to a baby crying, a baby babbling, and radio static. The babbling baby and radio static did not elicit much of a reaction from either humans or dogs. "But the sound of a baby crying produced a drastic response. Cortisol levels spiked in both people and dogs," according to the article.

So that deep emotional connection you think you have with your best furry friend? It could be very real!

Image: Angelina Litvin, Unsplash