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September 2018

Low-cost Shot Clinic - Candler, Sept. 29

Praisaeng-freedigOn Saturday, Sept. 29 from  12 - 3pm, there is will be a low-cost rabies and shot clinic with James Boatwright, DVM in Candler, NC. 

This clinic is located at Candler Feed & Seed, 1275 Smokey Park Highway, Candler, NC and will be held the last Saturday of every month. For more information, call 828-553-5792.

Pricing is as follows:

$15 / 1 year rabies

$20 / 3 year rabies  (Dogs or cats with rabies paper certificate)

$20 / DHPP combo for dogs

$10 / Lepto

$20 / Bordetella (dogs)

$25 / FVRCP/FELV combo for cats

Image: Praisaeng, freedigitalphotos.net


Rockin' for Rescue - Mills River, NC, Sept. 29

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Join BMW of Asheville  on Saturday, September 29 from 2 PM to 10 PM for Rockin' for Rescue, a charity benefit for Asheville Humane Society. The event will be held at Bold Rock Cider, 72 School House Road, Mills River, NC 28759.

Rockin' Rescue will feature The Notch, The Breakout Band, The Analog Playback and The Remainders. These bands have given their time to make sure more pets can be saved.Donations of cash and pet food/supplies will be accepted at the event. Please give from your heart.


Doggie Ice Cream Social - West Asheville, Sept. 27

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, Sept. 27 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.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Sept. 30

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, September 30. 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.


How to Trim Your Dog's Nails

Guest Post by Josh S.

Paw-548634_1920No matter how active your furry friend might be outdoors, nail trimming is one of the most vital grooming needs of every dog. Although most dogs will wear down their nails naturally,  they need a little help from you sometimes.

Every dog owner can learn how to properly trim their dog’s nails and every dog can be trained on how to tolerate the process. When the dog gets used to the entire process from a tender age, things get comfortable for both of you after some time.

You can try that big hug, yummy treat or the magical ‘who’s a good boy’ phrase before, during and after trimming his nails. Every pooch will appreciate this kind of attention as it is quite reassuring and sets a happy mood before you get started.

All in all, you may need a little help from the vet or groomer for you to be able to make the trims like a pro. You don’t have to hurt your pooch! Here’s all you need to know for you to do the nail trimming like an expert.

How do you trim the nails?

Before getting started on the nail trimming process, there are a few basics that you need to observe. The first step is to get some treats for your furry friend. The whole idea here is to make the experience positive and your dog will get comfortable in no time.

Also, you need to understand that you’re not obliged to trim all the nails at once. Nail trimming is a crucial thing and it needs some level of patience if you want to do it right.

From a tender age, train your dog to get accustomed to the handling of their ankles and toes. This way, the puppy will be acclimated early hence making her find nail trimming less intrusive later in life.

One technique that helps with nail trimming is holding the clippers against the dog’s toe pad then cutting across the nail. This way there will be lesser chances of cutting the nails too short or rupturing a blood vessel.

Keep these basics in mind:

  1. One of the most common mistakes is not using a sharp, good quality nail trimmer. A dull trimmer can bend and crack the nails and it could hurt your dog.
  2. When cutting nails, be aware of the “quick.” The quick is a blood vessel in the nail. It appears like a thin dark line running through the nail, but it is harder to see on black nails. If you are unsure where the quick ends, cut the nail in small increments and leave it a little longer. If you do cut the quick, the nail will bleed and your dog may yelp. You can stop the bleeding with styptic powder available at most pet stores.
  3. Cutting nails after a bath is not essential, but it is helpful since the water softens the nails and makes them easier to cut.

Reasons why you need to trim your dog’s nails

Just like the human nails, the dog’s nails are constantly growing. Although some of the dogs wear down their nails naturally when they spend a lot of time walking on concrete, gravel and pavements, this is not always the case with dogs that reside in the suburbs and spend most of the time indoors.

The long nails do not always dig into the footpad but the length tends to make it a little hard for the dog to walk on slick surfaces especially. In other cases, the long nails may get caught up on split ends hence exposing them to a higher risk of being torn.

This is a very painful experience for your dog and may even require sedation from the vet for treatment to be administered. Therefore, trim those nails unapologetically. It’s all for the good of your pooch.

How often should you trim your dog’s nails?

The intervals needed between every nail trimming session majorly depends on the dog breed among other factors. This is basically because the rate of nail growth, as well as the natural wear of nails, varies from one dog to another. If you need to know when is the right time, the rule of thumb is to trim your dog’s nails as soon as you see them touching the floor when she is standing.

Final Verdict

Nail trimming is a loving long-term service for your dog. Therefore, you need to remain reassuring and confident about the whole process.

I have a friend, May, who is a die-hard dog lover and lives nearby the Carolina Mountains. To her, nail trimming and clipping is never a favorite shared activity. One day, she went camping with her dog Jack. Due to his long nails, he damaged the tent floor. In the end, both May and Jack didn’t have a good night sleep. That is why it is important to always keep dogs’ nails short and tidy.

References

https://www.petmd.com/dog/grooming/evr_dg_how_to_trim_a_dogs_toenails

https://www.dummies.com/pets/dogs/how-to-trim-your-dogs-toenails/

https://www.vetbabble.com/dogs/grooming-dogs/trimming-dogs-nails/

Josh S. is the blog owner of kyrapets.com. On the site, he will share information helping dog owners.  He has a Staffordshire Bull Terrier whom he loves very dearly.


No Fee Adoptions - Asheville, Sept. 20, 21, 22

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On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, September 20, 21, and 22, Asheville Humane Society is holding a NO FEE adoption event. This special Subaru Loves Pets event is made possible by the ASPCA and Subaru of America, Inc.!

The Adoption Center is currently FULL of wonderful pets... dogs, cats, bunnies, roosters, pigs, and more! If you've been thinking about adopting, NOW is the time! Every animal, every age is available at NO FEE.

If you can't adopt, please forward this message or consider dropping off a donation of food or supplies to the Adoption Center or Prestige Subaru!

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, behavioral training when appropriate, 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!


Taste of Compassion Auction & Gala - Asheville, Oct. 13

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This year marks the 15th Anniversary of Asheville Humane Society’s Taste of Compassion Auction & Gala!

This elegant affair will be held in a new location at the spacious A-B Tech Conference Center, 16 Fernihurst Drive, Asheville, on Saturday, October 13 from 6 to 9 PM. For guests who want the red carpet treatment, VIP Ticket holders will have access to the VIP Pre-Gala Reception from 5:30 to 6:30 PM where they will enjoy specially prepared cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.​ 

Join fellow animal lovers for a fun-filled night complete with local cuisine and libations, silent and live auctions, and dancing to the musical stylings of DJ P-LO! (Patrick Lopez is a 5-star rated DJ who uses his trumpet, piano and vocals to provide the ultimate musical package.) 

All proceeds will benefit local animals in need. 

Buy tickets here: https://501auctions.com/ashevillehumanecelebration/tickets


Tour the Animal Care Campus - Asheville, Sept. 22

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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, Sept. 22, 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.


Events for the Weekend of September 15

Some of the events listed on Carolina Mountain Dog for the weekend of September 15 may be cancelled due to Hurricane Florence. The hurricane may also affect hours of operation at mountain area animal rescues, shelters, and humane societies. Please check with the appropriate organizations to get updated information. Thank you, and stay safe.


PetFest Health Fair - Asheville, Sept. 16

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The PetFest Health Fair for People & Pets will be held on Sunday, September 16, from 1 to 4 PM at Asheville Outlets, 800 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC 28806. Also during this time, as well as Friday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Sept. 15, the three-day qualifier for the Ingles Ultimate Air Dog Competition will take place in front of Field & Stream at Asheville Outlets.

Join Asheville Humane Society at this pet-friendly event featuring activities for pets and their families including: educational advice, obedience tips, informational booths and displays, pet adoptions and much more! Dog owners who think their dog should be “in pictures” will love the Critter Magazine Cover Dog Competition that will be held at 1 p.m. Cost to participate  in the competitions is a $25 donation. The winner will be featured on the cover of Critter Magazine.

A portion of the proceeds from the Health Fair for People & Pets will benefit CarePartners Foundation and local spay/neuter organizations and rescue transport programs.

Image: Asheville Outlets


Dog Day Afternoon - Asheville, Sept. 15

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Dog Day Afternoon will be held on Saturday, September 15 from 12 to 4 PM at Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Drive in the River Arts District, Asheville, NC 28801.

Dog Day Afternoon, sponsored by radio station Mix 96.5 is WNC’s largest dog-centric, family friendly event! It’s a spectacular celebration of our beloved furry friends featuring:

  • Canines in the Clouds, the ultimate sport, stunt and trick dog show
  • a Huge Adopt-a-Thon with lovable animals from local rescue organizations
  • doggie contests including the Fastest Dog in Asheville
  • Wiener Dog Race
  • Pet Supply and Services Vendors
  • Music
  • Food and Beer

The A-B Tech Pet University will feature chats all day from experts on training, and new pet products, such as CBD oils blended especially for dogs.

Tickets are just $8 at the entrance. Kids under 10 and all dogs get in free. A portion of the proceeds supporting Asheville Humane Society, Mountain Pet Rescue, and Boxer Butts and Other Mutts.

Prestige Subaru is also giving you a chance to experience the 2019 Subaru Ascent, featuring standard symmetrical all-wheel drive for all your adventure needs, now with available “New Dog Smell” from Asheville Humane Society. 

Image: Mix 96.5  


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Sept. 16

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, September 16. 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.


Go See "Life in the Doghouse" - Playing Now at The Grail

Screen Shot 2018-09-08 at 10.44.10 AMHere's a movie dog lovers shouldn't miss: "Life in the Doghouse." This documentary is the heartwarming story of "Danny and Ron's Rescue," a South Carolina animal rescue that has saved the lives of 11,000 animals. Danny and Ron got their start rescuing animals after Hurricane Katrina and never looked back. This movie is a rare look at how these two men have literally turned their home into a dog rescue operation. It's a remarkable story about animal rescuers that all animal lovers will appreciate.

"Life in the Doghouse" is now playing at the Grail Moviehouse in Asheville. Watch the trailer, find movie times, and buy tickets here: http://www.grailmoviehouse.com/coming-soon-blog//life-in-the-doghouse

The Grail is also generously supporting Asheville Humane Society during the showing of this movie, so please make a donation on their website or at the theatre to help local animals in need.

 


$5 Adoptions Through Sept. 8 - Asheville

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$5 ADOPTIONS for all animals 6 months and older.

Asheville Humane Society is currently receiving an average of 30 new animals in need EVERY DAY! NOW through Saturday, adopt any pet (age 6 months & up) and get priceless love for the cost of a pumpkin spice latte! For just $5, you can spice up your life with a loving pet who will be by your side through every season!

Can't adopt? PLEASE SHARE! Tag a friend who loves pumpkin spice (and pets!)

All adoptions include spay/neuter, microchip, all up-to-date vaccines, initial flea and heartworm preventive, a free starter bag of food, and an optional month of free pet health insurance!

Visit the Adoption Center at 14 Forever Friend Lane, off Brevard and Pond Roads near the WNC Farmers Market. Hours are 10 AM to 6 PM Tuesday through Saturday, with 1 to 2 PM reserved for naptime. The website (http://www.ashevillehumane.org) is updated in real time. If an animal's photo appears on the site, that animal is still available for adoption at that time!


The Challenge of Renting with Pets

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In the Asheville area, renting a house or apartment with a pet is a challenge. In general, renting with a pet, especially a larger dog, can be challenging, wherever you live. Some rental properties even place restrictions on certain dog breeds. It can be such a tough problem that some renters will even surrender their pets if they can't find pet-friendly rentals. That's why, several months ago, Carolina Mountain Dog published a listing of some local resources for pet-friendly housing.

An infographic from Tails Pet Magazine might also be helpful. "Renting with Pets: The Good, the Bad, and the Frustrating" covers pets and the rental market, pet rental fees, and has suggestions for "finding your perfect pet-friendly rental."

Check out the infographic here: http://www.tailsinc.com/2018/08/renting-with-pets-good-bad-frustrating/ 


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Sept. 9

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, September 9. 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.