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May 2018

Doggie Ice Cream Social - West Asheville, May 31

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, May 31 from 3 to 9 PM. Drop in any time. 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.


Tracking Your Dog with GPS

ID-10014990When it comes to getting directions, GPS on your smartphone is a given. What you may not know is that GPS is now becoming common for tracking dogs. There are numerous GPS dog trackers available on the market today; in fact, the choices can be bewildering. Here is some basic information about why tracking your dog with GPS makes sense, courtesy of TeletracNavman (and thanks to blog reader Natalie for pointing us to this resource):

  • 40 percent of dogs are startled by loud or unexpected noise. This "noise anxiety" can cause dogs to become frightened and bolt. A GPS tracker can help you find a frightened pet quickly.
  • When a dog goes missing and you aren't home, it could be hours before you take action. Some GPS trackers can notify you as soon as it happens.
  • A GPS tracker is your best friend when you are traveling with your dog. When you or your dog are unfamiliar with an area, it can lead to trouble.
  • If your dog likes to chase animals, cars or moving objects, a GPS tracker can help you track him down.  

TeletracNavman offers several other reasons for GPS tracking, plus a comprehensive list of helpful articles about losing a pet. You can find this resource here: https://www.teletracnavman.com/gps-fleet-tracking-education/tracking-your-dog-with-gps

Image: Simon Howden, Freedigitalphotos.net


Tour the Animal Care Campus - Asheville, May 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, May 26, from 1:30 to 3:00 PM. The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation required.

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.


"Howl In" at Full Moon Farm, Black Mountain, NC, May 26

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, May 26. 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 info@fullmoonfarm.org (Please note: On the day of the event, it is best to call, as the email account will be unmonitored). 

Image: Full Moon Farm


Can You Bring Your Dog to Work?

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If you work at home, your dog can go to work with you -- but can you bring your dog with you if you work at a traditional job? Even though it's estimated that less than 10 percent of pet owners in the U.S. are currently allowed to bring their dogs to work, there is growing evidence that dogs in the workplace actually decrease stress and improve employee morale and productivity.

Quill.com has created a handy infographic, "Wagging in the Workplace," that explores the benefits of pets at work. It includes information about specific benefits of pet-friendly workplaces, provides examples of companies that are pet-friendly, and has suggestions for how a company can create and manage a successful pet-friendly policy.

You can access the infographic here: https://www.quill.com/blog/workplace-culture/wagging-in-the-workplace-benefits-of-pets-at-work.html

Image: Quill.com


PetSmart Adopt-a-Thon - Asheville, May 19, 20

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On Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, PetSmart Charities will be sponsoring a national Spring Adopt-a-Thon from 11 AM to 3 PM.

The Asheville Adopt-a-Thon will be held at the PetSmart location at 150 Bleachery Blvd. Animals from Asheville Humane Society, along with shelters and rescue organizations from around Western North Carolina, will be available for adoption. This is a great opportunity to see lots of adoptable pets at one location, so stop by. Maybe you'll find the love of your life at PetSmart!


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, May 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, May 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 11:30 AM to 12 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.


$10 Spay/Neuter in Henderson County

SpayneuterWith support from the City of Hendersonville, and with support and collaboration from Henderson County, Blue Ridge Humane Society is now able to offer low cost spay-neuter as part of the Spay-Neuter Incentive Program, or SNIP. The cost to spay-neuter your pet if you are a resident of Henderson County, NC is just $10.

To complete the application process visit Henderson County Animal Services Center, 828 Stoney Mountain Rd., Hendersonville, or  call 828-698-4481, or email snip@blueridgehumane.or to get started. 

When making an appointment, pet owners must bring with them payment for the surgery as well as one of the following documents to verify residency:

  • NC Driver’s License or ID Card
  • Utility Bill
  •  Benefit Statement from Social Security
  • Military Benefit Statement
  • Real Estate Tax Statement
  • SSA-Retirement, Survivors and Disability Income-Notice of Award letter
  • Medicaid ID Card
  • Bank Statement

Please Note: A document indicating a post office box within the County will not be adequate proof of residency.

At the Henderson County Animal Services, pet owners will be asked to fill out a quick survey and an admission form provided by ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance. Feel free to download the survey and bring the completed copy with you to Henderson County Animal Services when scheduling your appointment. The $10 fee must be paid when the surgery appointment is made. 

This fee includes payment for the surgery as well as a rabies vaccination. These other services can be provided at an additional cost:

  • Surgery & Rabies – $10 (It is state law that your pet be up-to-date on the rabies vaccine. Unless you have proof of a current rabies vaccine, one will be administered at the time of surgery.)
  • Microchip – $15
  • Heartworm Test – $18
  • FeLV/FIV Test – $18
  • Kennel Cough – $10
  • Canine Distemper – $10
  • Feline Distemper – $10
  • Nail Trim – $5

On the day of the appointment, pets must be dropped off between 8:00 AM and 8:15 AM at the Henderson County Animal Services Center at 828 Stoney Mountain Road and picked up between 11:30 AM and 12:00 PM at the same location the following day. These times may vary slightly based on your scheduled appointment, you will receive this information at the time of sign up. 

Image: Stuart Miles, freedigitalphotos.net

 


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, May 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, May 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 11:30 AM to 12 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.


Monthly Low Cost Vaccines Starting in May in Hendersonville

Screen Shot 2018-03-27 at 5.15.10 PMIn an effort to make vaccinations accessible and affordable to the animal and residents of Henderson County, Blue Ridge Humane Society now offers low cost vaccines the third Monday of every month from 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM at our Adoption Center beginning May 2018. The Adoption Center is located at 88 Centipede Lane in Hendersonville, NC.

Before administering vaccinations, pets receive an examination from a licensed veterinarian, and owners are educated about the importance of preventive care when it comes to their pets health.

To receive vaccinations at a Blue Ridge Humane Society clinic, pet owners must meet ONE of the below required criteria:

  • Receive Public Assistance (SNAP, DSS, SSI, SSDI, unemployment, disability, Medicaid)
  • Fall below HUD Income Guidelines
  • Full-time college student
  • Military Service Member or Veteran

The day of the vaccinations, pet owners must bring with them the following items:

  • Please bring proof of prior vaccinations including a Rabies Certificate (a rabies tag will not count).
  • All animals should be in good health and have not shown previous signs of aggression.
  • All cats should be in carriers and all dogs should be leashed upon arrival.
  • Owner must bring proof of how they meet the required criteria for vaccination at a Blue Ridge Humane Society.
 Vaccine Prices
  • Rabies 1 year (Dogs or cats over 3 months) – $10.00
  • Rabies 3 year (Dogs or cats with rabies certificate, a tag will not count as proof of previous vaccination) – $10.00
  • Bordetella  (Dogs over 2 months) – $10.00
  • DA2PPV (Dogs 6 to 12 weeks) – $10.00
  • FVRCP (Cats over 2 months) – $10.00
  • Microchip (Dogs or cats over 2 months) -$15.00

For more information, visit: https://www.blueridgehumane.org/community-services/low-cost-vaccines/


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, May 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, May 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 11:30 AM to 12 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.


WNC Pet Photo Contest in the Month of May

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In celebration of National Pet Month, Asheville Humane Society is hosting its first online photo contest for the pets of Western North Carolina!

Starting May 1, submit your favorite photo of your pet along with their story, and ask your friends and family to vote! The pet who has the most votes by June 1 will win the title "WNC’s Pet of the Year"!

Move over Miss Butterworth - our next pet celebrity is about to take the crown! Voting is open to the general public with $1 equaling 1 vote!

Show off your adorable pet while supporting the care of animals who are still waiting for their forever homes!

Prizes for top pets include:

  • Feature in Prestige Subaru ad campaign (pet must be available for photo shoot)
  • Photo session with professional photographer PLUS digital downloads
  • Free tickets to this year’s Taste of Compassion Gala (humans only)
  • Gift certificate to Patton Avenue Pet Company
  • Pet photo tile with permanent placement on wall at AHS Adoption Center

And more!

Sign up and vote here: https://www.gogophotocontest.com/ashevillehumane

The first 25 entrants will receive a free Premier Participant tag with your pet's photo entry on the front courtesy of Dog Tag Art!

You can enter your pet(s) starting that day, and throughout the month. Entries should include your pet's photo and story.

The three pets who receive the most votes will win prizes fit for a star! In addition, the judges will select two winners based on their stories (pet must have at least 50 votes to be eligible for these prizes). 

All species are encouraged to enter!

  • All entries and votes must be submitted by June 1st at 7:59:59 p.m. EST.
  • There is a $5 minimum donation to submit a pet's photo into the contest.
  • Each submission should only contain one pet, but you can submit other pets as separate entries.
  • Pets only. Photos cannot contain people or wildlife.
  • Your pet does NOT have to be adopted from Asheville Humane Society, or any other shelter, to be eligible to enter the contest.
  • Your pet must live in Western North Carolina to win the grand prize.
  • You may enter a deceased pet, but they cannot be eligible for top prizes.
  • All photos must be digital and do not need to be professional.
  • By submitting a photo to the contest, you affirm that you are the photographer, or have been given unrestricted use permission by the photographer, to include the photo.
  • Once entered, photo submissions become the property of AHS to be used at our discretion for print and marketing purposes.
  • AHS reserves the right to remove photo entries that are inappropriate or do not follow the rules of the contest. If this happens, we will contact you to see if the photo can be replaced with a new one.
  • Should your pet win one of the top three spots, you must be able to bring them to Asheville to pose for a photography session with one of our volunteer photographers.