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Strut Your Mutt/Tails in Town - Hendersonville, July 27

Screen Shot 2019-05-27 at 10.52.44 AMThe 2nd Annual Strut Your Mutt: A Casual 5K hosted by Blue Ridge Humane Society, WTZQ Radio and Historic Downtown Hendersonville, and presented by Hunter Subaru, will be held on Saturday, July 27 from 8 AM to 2 PM

Run or walk a section of the beautiful Oklawaha Greenway Trail starting and finishing at the Tails in Town vendor fair at the Historic Depot on Maple Street in Downtown Hendersonville’s 7th Avenue District.

Please bring $30 cash or check, fill out a short form and be ready to line up for an 8:00 AM Start.

Registration and Check In will be at the Historic Depot on Maple Street in the 7th Avenue District.

Parking will be available at the courthouse overflow lots located at the corner of North Pine Street and 4th Avenue.

Register Now!
https://www.wtzq.com/strut-your-mutt/


Caring for a Senior Dog Doesn't Have to be Expensive

Guest Post by Jennifer Scott

Old-dog-3303296_1920As dogs get older, their needs begin to change. They may need special supplies, different food, or new forms of treatment. Most owners accept this as part of pet ownership and continue to love and care for their dogs as they learn to adapt to their aging pet’s new needs.

However, there is no denying that these changes can be worrying, both emotionally and financially. The only thing you can do for the former is to enjoy and cherish the next few years as much as you can. When it comes to finances, however, there are small ways you can ensure you are not overpaying for all the things your older dog needs.

Pet Supplies

As your dog gets older, you may have to buy her new supplies, whether it’s simply a more comfortable bed or a specialized product for senior dogs, such as pet stairs, a lifting harness, or a specially designed rubber toy for aging teeth. You can save money by looking at big box retailers, and be sure to check for online deals like Walmart promo codes and coupons that will cut your costs even more. The more money you save on items like accessories, the more money you will have for bigger costs like healthcare.

Food

It is true that food requirements for older dogs can vary in terms of nutrition, texture, and digestibility, and some dogs will need adjusted diets as they age. For example, dogs that are losing muscle mass may need more protein, and dogs with sensitive teeth need softer foods.

However, a lot of “senior dog food” is the same food sold in different packaging, and often at a higher price. Don’t fall for this — rely on your vet’s advice to make any adjustments. Often, your senior dog can be just as healthy with the food they have been eating all their lives. Just remember to adjust portion sizes if their physical activity has decreased.

Healthcare and Insurance

This is likely to be the biggest cost of having a senior pet. Healthcare for pets always runs the risk of being expensive; according to CNBC, emergency vet bills average between $800 and $1,500. In the case of senior pets, there is an increased chance you will have to pay for ongoing treatment, some of which can quickly become expensive. Cancer treatment, for instance, can cost up to $10,000. You will also have to take your senior dog to the vet more often, which means more money spent on checkups and ailments.

You could start putting aside some money for this, but it may also be wise to invest in pet insurance. Ideally, you will have purchased health insurance for your dog when she was young to take advantage of cheaper premiums. However, if you haven’t, now is the time to consider doing so. Ultimately, it’s a small price to pay for your pet’s health and longevity. The Bark has a detailed guide on pet insurance, including help with understanding caps and deductibles. Consumers Advocate also offers a free pet insurance guide. Many insurers don’t offer policies for dogs above 12, but there are still some good options.

In many ways, caring for a senior pet isn’t much different from caring for a younger one. You still need to give your dog plenty of love, attention, and exercise — you just need to also be mindful of any special needs they have as a result of aging. Stay aware of any potential issues and be proactive about preventing and addressing them, and you and your furry friend will enjoy many more happy years together.

Image: Pixabay.com

Jennifer Scott is a lifelong sufferer of anxiety and depression. She created her website, SpiritFinder.org, as a platform for advocacy on opening up about mental health. Through the site, she hopes to share the types of steps and success stories that can help others realize their own power. When she isn’t working on her website, she enjoys traveling, working with animals, and seeking out new friendships and adventures.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, June 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, June 30.  Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikes are typically 3-5 miles at a brisk pace with elevation changes and provide vigorous exercise for our volunteer hikers as well. They do not cancel hikes because of rain, as our pups don’t mind getting wet. 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 serve basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. If you don’t get an email from Hiking Hounds, assume they didn’t get yours! Please be 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.


Pilates with Puppies - Asheville, July 13

Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 3.04.01 PMOn Saturday, July 13, Cisco Pilates will hold a "Pilates with Puppies" class from 10 AM to 11 AM 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 $15, which is a donation to Asheville Humane Society on behalf of Buncombe County animals.

Pre-registration is required and these classes are very popular. 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


Low Cost Spay/Neuter in Mitchell County

SpayneuterMitchell County Animal Rescue (MCAR) offers low cost spay/neuter for your pet. The cost for male cats is $43, for female cats and all dogs the price is $60. MCAR may have special assistance available for low-income families through their Community Care Spay/Neuter Fund. Ask them about it.

Call or stop by the MCAR shelter during business hours to make arrangements. The shelter is located at 2492 US Highway 19E, Spruce Pine, NC  28777. It is open Mon., Tues., Thurs. and Fri. from 10 AM to 4:30 PM, Wed. from 10 AM to 12 PM and Sat. from 10 AM to 2 PM.

If you have proof of vaccinations for your pet please bring them for MCAR to copy. There will be a $10 charge for rabies vaccination if needed. Distemper booster shots are available for $10. Pets must travel in a hard shell plastic carrier. If you need to rent one the cost is $5. All arrangements and payment must be made in advance. Your pet's appointment will be another date. The MCAR veterinarian can spay or neuter puppies and kittens at age 12 weeks and 2.5 lbs.

For more information visit https://www.mitchellcountyanimalrescue.org/services

Check out all the animals available for adoption too!


Battle of the Barktender - South Asheville, June 26

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Get ready for the Battle of the Barktender on Wednesday, June 26 from 6 to 8:30 PM at the Casual Pint, 1863 Hendersonville Rd. in South Asheville!

Blue Ridge Humane and the Council on Aging will each supply a bartender for the night and see who raises the most tips! All funds raised will go towards the joint PetPals program which provides food, health and wellness checks, and more for pet owners in the Meals on Wheels program in Henderson County. Bring your friends, your tips, and get ready for a fun night supporting TWO awesome non-profits!


Tour the Asheville Animal Care Campus - June 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, June 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.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, June 23

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 23.  Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikes are typically 3-5 miles at a brisk pace with elevation changes and provide vigorous exercise for our volunteer hikers as well. They do not cancel hikes because of rain, as our pups don’t mind getting wet. 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 serve basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. If you don’t get an email from Hiking Hounds, assume they didn’t get yours! Please be 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.


"Senior Prom" at Asheville Humane - $6 Senior Adoptions

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It's "Senior Prom" at Asheville Humane Society and they're celebrating with $6 adoption fees for all animals age 6 and up! Stop by from Wednesday through Saturday, June 12 - 15.

Their ladies and gents have donned their finest prom attire and are ready to pose for their "Going Home" prom photos with adopters at a sparkly photo booth. Don't worry about bringing a corsage or a boutonniere... Asheville Humane's pets just want a forever home!

Asheville Humane's "Senior Prom" is not only celebrating senior pets, but the wonderful seniors of our community. Asheville Humane is partnering with Buncombe County Health & Human Services to attend the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Walk on Thursday, June 13 at Carrier Park!

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!


Bark, Beer & Barbecue - Highlands, June 20

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The 8th annual signature fundraising event for the Cashiers Highland Humane Society is going to officially start the social season on the plateau with the best party for the animals attended by the best party animals!

Bark, Beer & Barbeque will be held on Thursday, June 20 at 6 PM at The Farm at Old Edwards in Highlands.

Bark, Beer & Barbeque combines a fantastic moun­tain-themed dinner and auction with a unique setting and ambiance that will make even repeat visitors to The Farm at Old Edwards in Highlands feel like they are visiting a magical place for the very first time.

The fun-filled excitement builds as the night culminates in the naming of the prestigious CHHS Humane Heroes of the Year. Bark, Beer & Barbeque is the “must-attend” party for animal lovers in the Town of Highlands!
 
Tickets: $195/person; $390/couple; $1800/table of 10. For more information visit: https://www.chhumanesociety.org/events/bark-beer-a-barbeque-1

Low Cost Vaccines - Hot Springs, NC, June 15

Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 1.36.41 PMA low cost vaccination and microchip clinic will be held on Saturday, June 15 from 10 AM to 12 PM at the Hot Springs Community Center, North Andrews Ave., Hot Springs, NC. 28743 Rabies and other vaccinations will be available, along with microchips.

If you want a 3-year rabies vaccination, please bring proof of current rabies shot. Dogs should be leashed and cats should be crated. The clinic is sponsored by Friends of Madison County Animals. For more information visit their website, www.fomca.org, or call (828) 649-9798.


New! Critter Camp in Sapphire, NC - 3 Sessions Starting June 17

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The Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society introduces Critter Camp – a brand new summer camp program for rising first-graders through rising sixth-graders.

Three (3) weeks of Critter Camp will be offered in 2019: June 17-21, July 15-19, and August 5-9. Camp hours are 9 am-4 pm. Each week of Critter Camp features fun, immersive experiences with animals at our no-kill shelter at 200 Gable Drive in Sapphire, NC.
 
Critter Camp also includes humane education programs and animal-themed arts and crafts, dog obedience demonstrations, and exciting guest presentations by visiting veterinarians, wildlife biologists and law enforcement K9’s.
 
Each week of Critter Camp is $300 per child. A limited number of scholarships are available. There will be a maximum number of 12 children in each Critter Camp.
 
A “sneak peek week” of Critter Camp was held during Spring Break. Watch this Critter Camp video to see what our inaugural campers got to enjoy and experience.

To register, download the Critter Camp registration form and return it by mail or drop it off at CHHS. For more information, please call (828)743-5752 or email info@CHhumanesociety.org.


$10 Adoptions - Asheville, June 5 through June 8

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This Wednesday through Saturday, June 5 through June 8, you'll be able to find the love of your life at Asheville Humane Society for just $10 (age 6 months and up)! It's raining cats and dogs at the Adoption Center and Asheville Humane Society is currently **FULL** of animals ready to be your sunshine on a cloudy day! This Wednesday through Saturday, enjoy a rainy-day discount when you adopt a forever friend, age 6 months and up!

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!

Can't adopt? Please spread the word, or sponsor a pet's fee for $10!


Hendersonville Putt-Putt Open, Hendersonville, NC, June 8

Screen Shot 2019-05-27 at 10.39.52 AMIt’s fore the animals, so get out there and play!

On Saturday, June 8, dust off your miniature golf skills for the ultimate challenge and conquest of bragging rights as the Hendersonville Putt-Putt Champion! Enjoy the fun miniature golf course at the Champions Golf Center, 485 Brookside Camp Rd., Hendersonville, NC, while supporting the Blue Ridge Humane Society. All proceeds from the tournament will help fund our annual medical expense budget for animals waiting adoption. After you play enjoy your included lunch, visits with some of our animals, and other games and activities!

Registration:

  • Categories: Youth, Family, Open/Business. Individual and Team Registration Available.
  • Individual Fee: $55 adults, $35 youth
  • Team Fees: $220 foursome, $140 youth foursome, $180 family foursome of adult/child combo. Includes meal, raffle ticket, and awards!

Event Schedule:

9am Tee Time:

  • 12 and Under: 1 Round
  • 13+: 2 Rounds
  • Family: 2 rounds
  • Open/business: 2 rounds
  • Awards following

Ongoing games and activities all day including closet to the pin, hole in one, cornhole, and more!


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, June 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, June 9.  Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikes are typically 3-5 miles at a brisk pace with elevation changes and provide vigorous exercise for our volunteer hikers as well. They do not cancel hikes because of rain, as our pups don’t mind getting wet. 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 serve basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. If you don’t get an email from Hiking Hounds, assume they didn’t get yours! Please be 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.