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October 2017

Pet Loss Support Groups in November

PupinframeAsheville, Wednesday, November 1: 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, November 15: 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


4th Annual Pet Costume Contest - Asheville, Oct. 29

Screen Shot 2017-10-10 at 10.57.13 AMThe Aloft Hotel, 51 Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville, will hold its 4th annual pet costume contest on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 5 PM.

Bring your furry friend in their best costume for a chance to win great prizes from local vendors. $5 admission goes directly to Charlie's Angels Animal Rescue in Fletcher, NC and includes live music by the Stevie Combs Band and all the puppy cuteness you can handle. Selections from Oskar Blues Beer will be featured.

Image: www.wncanimalrescue.org


Low Cost Vaccinations - Leicester, Oct. 28

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, October 28 from 11 AM to 2 PM at Leicester Community Center, 2979 New Leicester Highway, Leicester, 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.


1920s "Barkeasy" Theme at Taste of Compassion, Asheville, Nov. 4

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Put your best paw forward by joining fellow animal lovers at the premier charity gala of the season, the 14th annual "Taste of Compassion." The event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 6 to 9 PM at the Morris Hellenic Cultural Center, 227 Cumberland Avenue, Asheville.

Step back in time to Asheville of the 1920's for a rousing night at the Speakeasy, where you will enjoy local cuisine, craft beer, cider, and wine. Shake a leg to live music while bidding on exclusive experiences and one-of-a-kind items at the auction. Participate in the wine grab to get a great deal on a fine bottle of wine. Come dolled up or decked out (if you wish) in your snazziest 1920's themed attire.

Taste of Compassion, presented by Animal Hospital of North Asheville, helps to raise funds for the life-saving and community programs of Asheville Humane Society.

This is a sell-out event each year, so order your tickets now. For more information and tickets, visit: 
https://ashevillehumane.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/TasteofCompassion2017/tabid/908542/Default.aspx


Tour the Asheville Animal Care Campus - Oct. 28

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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, Oct. 28, 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.


Doggie Ice Cream Social - West Asheville, Oct. 26

Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 9.33.58 AMGreg, who owns The Hop, doesn't just make fabulous ice cream, he's also a confirmed dog lover who does a lot for local humane efforts. Come on out and say thanks to Greg -- and enjoy some human and doggie ice cream at a special Doggie Ice Cream Social at The Hop Ice Creamery, 167 Haywood Road, West Asheville.

The Doggie Ice Cream Social will be held on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 3 to 9 PM. Greg will be opening up the outdoor space at The Ice Creamery to any and all leashed dogs (and their owners) who would like to join in. Happy Tails Doggie Ice Cream as well as ice cream of the human variety will be on the menu. (Note: This location is different from The Hop West ice cream cafe.) A portion of the proceeds will benefit Asheville Humane Society.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Oct. 29

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, October 29. 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.


Adoptions Just $10 Through the End of October


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Adopting a dog or cat just got ten times better -- because now through October 31, every animal 6 months or older is available at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center for just $10!

As you probably know, the Adoption Center is the primary adoption outlet for animals that come through the Buncombe County Animal Shelter. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of animals taken in by the Shelter recently, so Asheville Humane Society is doing everything possible to get them adopted. These are wonderful animals that deserve a loving home.

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 10 AM to 6 PM (Tuesdays until 7 PM). The dog and cat rooms are closed daily for naptime from 1 to 2 PM, giving animals a much-needed break. The lobby remains open where you can speak with staff, enjoy refreshments, read or watch videos!


How Accurate are TV and Movie Depictions of Dog Breeds?

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As a dog lover, you probably notice that dogs are often shown in TV shows and movies. Not surprisingly, the way dogs are depicted by the media, especially when it comes to their breeds, can affect the perception a TV viewer or moviegoer might have. This leads to stereotypes that may be widely accepted but not always correct.

Directpackages.com, an authorized DirecTV reseller, has created a nifty, informative online guide to dispel common dog breed stereotypes found in TV shows and movies. For each of 15 breeds, the guide compares and contrasts the stereotype with the reality and has some good, specific advice if you choose to adopt any of these breeds. Keep in mind, of course, that a mixed breed dog may exhibit characteristics of a number of different breeds. Also included in the guide are links to trailers for movies in which dogs are featured.

You can find the guide here: http://www.directpackages.com/tv-dog-stereotypes/

 


Taste of Compassion - Asheville, Nov. 4

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Put your best paw forward by joining fellow animal lovers at the premier charity gala of the season, the 14th annual "Taste of Compassion." The event will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 6 to 9 PM at the Morris Hellenic Cultural Center, 227 Cumberland Avenue, Asheville.

Step back in time to Asheville of the 1920's for a rousing night at the Speakeasy, where you will enjoy local cuisine, craft beer, cider, and wine. Shake a leg to live music while bidding on exclusive experiences and one-of-a-kind items. Come dolled up or decked out (if you wish) in your snazziest 1920's themed attire.

Taste of Compassion, presented by Animal Hospital of North Asheville, helps to raise funds for the life-saving and community programs of Asheville Humane Society.

This is a sell-out event each year, so order your tickets early. For more information and tickets, visit: 
https://ashevillehumane.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/TasteofCompassion2017/tabid/908542/Default.aspx


Dog Food and Feeding Myths

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There is a lot of misinformation floating around when it comes to dog food and feeding your dog. As you may know, dog food is big business, so some misleading information may be coming from dog food manufacturers who are trying to convince dog owners that their product is better than a competitor's. Other misinformation is spread via undependable online resources.

TopDogTips.com has put together a nifty infographic called "32 Dog Food and Feeding Myths" that debunks some of the commonly held myths. It covers such topics as human food, prescription food, hypoallergenic food, grains, raw food, and more. It should be a helpful resource for all dog owners.

Find the infographic here: https://topdogtips.com/dog-food-myths/


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Oct. 22

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, October 22. 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.


Tails & Trails 5K Run - Swannanoa, Oct. 14

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Get some exercise at Buncombe County’s “Tails and Trails Adventure Run” on Saturday, October 14 from 9 to 11:30 AM. The 5k adventure run is a timed, but non-competitive opportunity to get outside and get active! It’s unique because dogs are more than welcome to bring their humans (provided they keep them on their leashes).

This year’s run takes place at Buncombe County’s Charles D. Owen Park, a puppy’s paradise with plenty of unmarked territory and a wide variety of wildlife to bark hello to. Aside from being a great opportunity to enjoy some time outdoors, the Tails and Trails Adventure Run will also raise funding and awareness of the work of the Asheville Humane Society.

Charles D. Owen Park is located at 875 Warren Wilson Road in Swannanoa. The fee for adults is $20 and for children, it is $10. Information and tickets available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tails-trails-5k-adventure-run-tickets-37844579155

Image: Buncombe County Recreation Services


Pilates with Puppies - Asheville, Oct. 24

Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 3.04.01 PMOn Tuesday, October 24 from 6 to 7 PM, Cisco Pilates will hold "Pilates with Puppies" at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads near the WNC Farmers Market).

Pilates with Puppies will be a basic Pilates class, with puppies provided by Asheville Humane Society. Please bring your own yoga or Pilates mat and a small towel. Please do not bring your own puppy! The cost is $10, which is a donation to Asheville Humane Society on behalf of Buncombe County animals.

Pre-registration is required. Early registration is suggested as space is limited and this event is expected to sell out! Visit https://www.ciscopilates.com/pricing/ to sign up. Questions? Email alexis@ciscopilates.com

Image: Cisco Pilates


Adopt A Pet - No Fee! Asheville, Oct. 6 - 7

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Thanks to a grant from the ASPCA and "Subaru Loves Pets," Asheville Humane Society is able to offer no adoption fees for any animal this Friday and Saturday, October 6-7 only, from 10 AM to 6 PM. This special event will take place at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center. If you've been thinking about adopting, NOW is the time! There is a forever friend for everyone: dogs, cats, bunnies, roosters, pigs, and more!

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 10 AM to 6 PM (Tuesdays until 7 PM). The dog and cat rooms are closed daily for naptime from 1 to 2 PM, giving animals a much-needed break. The lobby remains open where you can speak with staff, enjoy refreshments, read or watch videos!

As part of this event, Asheville Humane Society is hosting a food drive for the animals who are still under care. When you come, please consider bringing a can of wet food (no fish) for the cats or dogs!


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Oct. 8

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, October 8. 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.


October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

StuartmilesfdpOctober... month of cooler temeperatures, turning leaves, pumpkins, Halloween... and shelter dogs! October is the official national "Adopt a Shelter Dog" month, designated by the ASPCA and the American Humane Association. It's a good time to remember that you can find your best friend at an animal shelter.

According to the American Humane Association:

"If you’re thinking about getting a dog, be a hero and consider adopting a rescue animal or a dog from your local shelter. You’ll be saving a life and greatly improving yours. Dogs are amazing, supportive, and heroic companions who can make a huge difference in your world as a best friend, an exercise buddy, someone who can be trained to provide animal-assisted therapy and help those with challenges they may face, or simply be a fuzzy face to greet you after a hard day at work.

Your local shelter is the perfect place to find dogs of every type, size, age and personality — all waiting for a loving home. Or if you prefer a particular breed that isn’t currently available at a shelter, go online to find a legitimate breed-specific rescue group in need of adopters like you."

So adopt a shelter dog this month if you can, and if not, encourage a family member or friend to do so!

Image: Stuart Miles, Freedigitalphotos.net