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Dog Day Afternoon - Asheville, Sep. 7

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It’s a big day for local dogs and the people who love them!

Mark your calendar with a paw print – Saturday, September 7 from Noon to 4 PM at Salvage Station, 466 Riverside Drive, Asheville, NC 28804.

Mix 96.5’s Dog Day Afternoon, presented by Prestige Subaru, is all for the dogs. For one day only, Asheville’s Salvage Station will allow dogs to enjoy its beautiful spot on the riverside, to help support local animal rescue.

Come see the amazing rescue dogs from Canines In The Clouds perform their high-flying feats, presented by the vet-tech program at A-B Tech.

Dog Day Afternoon also features training trips, pet products, and tasty treats for both pets and their people.

Meet loving pets hoping to find forever homes as well. Dr. Peter Pang, the bowtie dentist at Asheville Holistic Dentist, is donating adoption fees. Rescues taking part include Asheville Humane Society, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue, Mountain Pet Rescue and Sarge’s Animal Rescue

Tickets are just $8 at the entrance. Kids under 10 and all dogs get in free. You can also get your tickets in advance online.


WOOFstock Adoptions in Asheville Just $5 - Aug. 29 - 31

Screen Shot 2019-08-28 at 12.15.44 PMHowl along to the groovy jams of WOOFstock this Thursday through Saturday, August 29 through 31, at Asheville Humane! This month marks the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock, and AHS is celebrating with $5 adoption fees for all animals age 6 months and over!

The line-up includes Kitty Hendrix, Arlo Ruffrie, Janis Hoplin and more... each waiting to be the star of your life! Join them at the hip Adoption Center for 3 days of peace, love and ADOPTION!

The Buncombe County Shelter and Asheville Humane Adoption Center are as FULL as the legendary concert field, so if you can't adopt, please spread the word or donate to help the animals while they wait!

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!


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Every Sunday in September!

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.

For September, there will be a hike every Sunday: Sep. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.

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.


Pet Ownership for Seniors

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There are lots of seniors in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina, and for many of them, a pet provides essential companionship. Of course, dogs make great companions -- but it's important for seniors to choose the right type of dog that fits their lifestyle and needs.

The website "A Place for Mom" has published an infographic about pet ownership for seniors. It contains helpful information about pet benefits, choosing the right pet, best dog breeds, and things to consider before adopting a pet. You'll find it here: https://www.aplaceformom.com/resources/pets-for-seniors/#infographic 

In addition, "A Place for Mom" offers a comprehensive guide to pet ownership for seniors that includes a wealth of free information, available here: https://www.aplaceformom.com/resources/pets-for-seniors/


ReTail Scene: "Pet Tech" Products

Dog-2983021_1920Technology is influencing every aspect of our lives, so it's only natural that there should be an emerging segment of the pet products industry called "pet tech." Yes, it's really a thing! Some of the pet tech products available today may strike you as absurd, but you may think others are pretty ingenious and useful.

Here is a link to 17 of the hottest pet tech ideas for 2019, courtesy of the firm Design 1st:
https://www.design1st.com/pet-tech-products/https://www.design1st.com/pet-tech-products/

You'll find some pretty amazing stuff here, including:

  • A dog carrier for your bicycle
  • A "smart" dog house
  • A "dog activity social network"
  • A harness for dogs with hip dysplasia

Check out the list -- it's mind-boggling!

Image: Pixabay.com


Mitchell County Animal Rescue's 35th Anniversary - Bakersville, Aug. 24

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Join Mitchell County Animal Rescue for "Paws in the Park" on Saturday, August 24 on the Creek Walk in Bakersville to celebrate thirty-five years of serving animals in need.

This free "Thank You" event is for all the community support MCAR has received that made it possible to do what they do each and every day. There will be food, music, storytelling, a bouncy house, and a "Strut Your Mutt" dog walk event.
Get your family and friends to sponsor you and your pooch while you strut your stuff and help the pets at MCAR!

Fun family activities will include:

  • Strut Your Mutt” dog walk event  

  • Dog contests: longest ears, best howl, best costume, talent show

  • Dog party - with dog treats

  • Pet photo shoot

  • Food: Hot dogs, “Pupcorn,” and more

  • Music by Hot Duck Soup

  • Storytelling by Sherry Lovett

  • For kids - inflatable bouncy house 

  • For kids -  animal-themed art project/ art table, face painting

For more information visit https://www.mitchellcountyanimalrescue.org/paws-in-the-park


Do You Have a Disaster Plan for Your Dog?

High-water-3063989_1920Hurricanes and floods are a reality of summer and fall in the Carolina mountains. The ASPCA offers some good advice about disaster planning for dog owners:

Ready Your Dog

  • Make sure your dog is wearing ID tags with your most up-to-date contact information.
  • Microchip your dog as a more permanent form of identification—in case collars or tags come off.
  • Train your dog to feel comfortable going into a crate with regular in-crate sessions with treats.
  • Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster. Pets can become disoriented and wander away from home in a crisis.

Prepare Your Home

  • Ideally, you should evacuate with your pet, but if you are unable to do so, a rescue alert sticker placed near your front door will let first responders know that you have a dog inside your home.
  • If sheltering in place, consider these things when choosing your safe room:
    • Be aware of hazards such as windows, flying debris, etc.
    • Utility rooms, bathrooms and unfinished basements may be easier to clean if your pet has an accident.
    • Having a supply of fresh water is particularly important. In areas that may lose electricity, fill up bathtubs and sinks ahead of time to ensure that you have access to water during a power outage or other crises.
    • In the event of flooding, go to the highest location in your home, or a room that has access to counters or high shelves where your animals can take shelter.

Create an Emergency Kit

  • Obtain a crate that comfortably fits your dog, write your dog’s name and your contact information on a piece of duct tape and stick it on the outside of the crate in case you become separated from your dog.
  • Make a portable emergency kit that includes the following:
    • Medical records
    • Water (7 days’ worth of bottled)
    • Water bowls
    • Pet food (3-7 days’ worth of canned food with pop tops or dry food)
    • Pet’s medications
    • Pet first aid kit
    • Dish soap and disinfectant
    • Disposable garbage bags for cleanup
    • Extra collar, harness and leash
    • Flashlight
    • Blanket
    • Recent photos of your dog (hard copy in case your phone dies)
    • Toys

Consider putting the kit inside the crate and storing near an exit.

Image: Pixabay.com


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Aug. 25

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, Aug. 25.  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.


Come to the "Howl In" at Full Moon Farm, Black Mountain, Aug. 17

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 sactuary 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, August 17. 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).

If you cannot attend, please note that Full Moon Farm is desperately in need of donations! For more about the organization, visit https://www.fullmoonfarm.org/ 

Image: Full Moon Farm


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Aug. 18

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, Aug. 18.  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.


Low Cost and Free Spay/Neuter Programs - Mitchell County, NC

SpayneuterMitchell County Animal Rescue (MCAR) offers both a low cost spay and neuter program as well as a FREE spay and neuter program for low income residents of Mitchell County through its Community Cares Spay and Neuter Fund.

Not only will qualifying citizens receive spay and neuter surgery for all of their pets, but rabies shots and vaccinations will also be provided free of charge if needed. To qualify, you must be a resident of Mitchell County from a low income household such as Medicaid recipients, participants in DHS or DSS programs, or recipients of welfare, food stamps, WIC or other assistance programs. Funding is limited so act now. Call MCAR today at 828-765-6952 to find out if you qualify and how to schedule your appointment. Surgeries are scheduled for every Tuesday and Thursday, all year long.

Residents who don’t qualify for this program can still count on MCAR to help keep spay and neuter costs low for everyone through its Low Cost Spay/Neuter program. Male cat surgery costs only $43 and female cats and dog surgery costs just $60.

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


ALL ADOPTIONS -- NO FEE! Aug. 6 - 10 at Asheville Humane Society

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It's CLEAR THE SHELTER WEEK at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center!

From August 6 - 10, EVERY ANIMAL is available with NO ADOPTION FEE!

Help Asheville Humane Society clear out the Adoption Center which is full of dogs and cats!  There are MANY wonderful animals available right now! Even if you can't adopt, please spread the word.

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!

Note: Other local animal rescue organizations are participating in the CLEAR THE SHELTER promotion, but adoption fees may vary. Please contact the individual organization for details.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Aug. 11

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 11.  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.


Paws in the Park, Bakersville, NC, Aug. 24

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Join Mitchell County Animal Rescue for "Paws in the Park" on Saturday, August 24 on the Creek Walk in Bakersville to celebrate thirty-five years of serving animals in need.

This free "Thank You" event is for all the community support MCAR has received that made it possible to do what they do each and every day. There will be food, music, storytelling, a bouncy house, and a "Strut Your Mutt" dog walk event.
Get your family and friends to sponsor you and your pooch while you strut your stuff and help the pets at MCAR!

Fun family activities will include:

  • Strut Your Mutt” dog walk event  

  • Dog contests: longest ears, best howl, best costume, talent show

  • Dog party - with dog treats

  • Pet photo shoot

  • Food: Hot dogs, “Pupcorn,” and more

  • Music by Hot Duck Soup

  • Storytelling by Sherry Lovett

  • For kids - inflatable bouncy house 

  • For kids -  animal-themed art project/ art table, face painting

For more information visit https://www.mitchellcountyanimalrescue.org/paws-in-the-park