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Canine Manners Course - July 11, Asheville

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Does your canine need a coach?
Asheville Humane Society offers training courses for your current or newly-adopted pet! AHS is partnering with Pia Silvani, a canine behavior specialist and trainer, to offer 6-week classes for your four-legged friend. Canine Manners begins on Saturday, July 11 from 10:15 to 11:15 AM at the Asheville Humane Society Community Center (where the Thrift Store is located) at 1425 Patton Avenue, Asheville. 

This course will teach you how to effectively communicate with your dog. You will learn the skills necessary to teach your dog basic manners using reward-based training methods. We will build reliable behaviors such as sit, down, stay, wait, come, leave it, tug and much more! The class is limited to 8 dogs, age 16 weeks or over when the course begins.

* All dogs must be current on the following vaccines distemper, parvo, bordetella and rabies to participate in this course.

The course is $150 for six classes, held one hour per week for six weeks beginning on July 11, 2020. Class dates are: July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8 and 15 from 10:15-11:15 AM unless otherwise arranged by the trainer.

**Important - If your dog is reactive on leash to other dogs, please contact Pia at before signing up.

For tickets:

Pia Silvani is an internationally-recognized dog trainer with over 30 years of experience. Previously, Pia was VP of Training and Behavior at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center where she developed numerous courses focused on positive, reward-based techniques. She also served as the Director of Behavioral Rehabilitation at the ASPCA where she led programs to educate shelter professionals in effective behavior rehabilitation techniques, as well as specialized socialization, enrichment, and shelter protocols.

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ReTail Scene: 50% Off at Asheville Humane Thrift Store - June 27

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Enjoy 50% OFF EVERYTHING at the Asheville Humane Society Thrift Store on Saturday, June 27!

The Thrift Store is located at 1425 Patton Avenue! Stop by between 10 AM and 6 PM to shop for a good cause - all proceeds benefit the animals!

To keep everyone safe, all staff and customers are required to wear face masks, and only 10 people will be allowed inside the store at a time.

If you haven't visited the Thrift Store yet, NOW is the time!  A variety of items are available for the whole family, including furniture, housewares, clothing, books, children's items, jewelry, pet supplies and more! You can also donate your unwanted items to help animals in need! 

Shop on June 27 and everything is 50% Off!

Store Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-6 pm (Also open on Mondays, beginning July 1!)

Donation Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm 

Visit for more information on items we do/don't accept. Thank you for supporting Asheville Humane Society!

Beware of Puppy Mills

Rottweiler-1785760_1920Sadly, North Carolina does not currently have a law that bans puppy mills or backyard breeders. While there are certainly responsible breeders in the state, puppies offered for sale at pet stores, through classifieds, at flea markets and by neighbors could be cause for concern. Many of the animals offered for sale through such means could have been raised in horrendous conditions. They could be medically or behaviorally unfit to be adopted. That's why, for most consumers, the better choice is to adopt a dog from your local animal shelter or humane society.

Here are some facts about puppy mills you should know from The Puppy Mill Project, a nonprofit organization:

A puppy mill is a breeding operation that breeds dogs for profit, prioritizing financial gain over the health or well-being of the dogs. If a breeding operation breeds for profit and sells to pet stores or to consumers over the Internet, it is not a responsible breeding facility. While puppy mills may vary in size and conditions, any breeding operation that places profit over the health or well-being of the dogs can be accurately described as a puppy mill. We will never use the term puppy mill, commercial breeder, or puppy farm to describe a responsible, reputable breeder.

If a pet store claims it buys only from "licensed breeders," this doesn’t mean anything more than that the breeders are licensed to sell to pet stores and that they meet the USDA’s minimal standards. The USDA’s standards for care of companion animals are extremely minimal, and these standards are not adequately enforced. Pet stores will often tout that their puppies only come from the best USDA-licensed facilities, yet the conditions in USDA compliant facilities are often far below what most people would consider acceptable for companion animals.

Pet stores are the primary sales outlet for commercially-bred puppies. Pet stores are necessary to sustain and perpetuate the puppy mill industry. It is imperative to cut off the end of the supply chain to decrease the number of puppy mills. Further, pet stores are complicit in consumer fraud. Pet stores often misrepresent the true origins of their puppies and mislead consumers into believing that they are purchasing a responsibly and humanely-bred puppy. Focusing our educational and advocacy efforts on pet stores is an extremely effective way to fight puppy mills.

Sarge's in Waynesville Now Open by Appointment

Screen Shot 2020-06-16 at 4.41.36 PMSarge's Animal Rescue Foundation is resuming adoption operations. All adoptions will be done by appointment only. Available animals will all be listed on the website:

A completed adoption application will be required for you to interact with any of Sarge's animals. Once the application is approved, they will contact you directly to arrange the appointment.

For dog meet-and-greets, Sarge's will have a designated area for a controlled interaction that will minimize potential contact between the involved parties. At this time, all cat adoptions will be conducted at the Dog House in Waynesville.

Any updates will be posted on the website and on Sarge's social media accounts.

If you have any questions, please call 828-246-9050 or email

Greenville Humane Adoptions, Vaccines and Spay/Neuter by Appointment

Screen Shot 2020-05-25 at 12.59.10 PMGreenville Humane Society (Greenville, SC) is currently offering adoptions, vaccines and spay/neuter by appointment only.


All adoptions are performed on a first come, first interviewed basis. No appointments can be scheduled for specific animals. Please be prepared to respect the following guidelines during your appointment: (1) Only 2 people may attend your adoption appointment. (2) For your safety and the safety of employees, please wear a mask. (3) Please maintain a safe distance of 6 feet from other customers and staff. View animals and schedule an appointment here:


Vaccines and heartworm testing are available by appointment. Please be prepared to respect the following guidelines during your appointment: (1) Only 1 animal per 15-minute appointment. You may schedule back-to-back appointments for more than one animal. (2) Only 1 person per animal. (2) For your safety and the safety of employees, please wear a mask. (3) Please maintain a safe distance of 6 feet from other customers and staff. (4) Owner will be required to wait in the lobby during services. Vet tech will retrieve pet and take it to the exam room for services. Get more information or schedule an appointment here:


Spay/neuter surgery is performed by appointment by 4 licensed veterinarians and 10 highly trained assistants. Hours are Monday through Friday only with drop-off from 7:30 to 9 AM and pick-up from 4:30 to 5:30 PM. For more information including prices or to schedule an appointment, visit:

Free Pet Food Giveaway - June 18, Hendersonville

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Blue Ridge Humane and the ASPCA are hosting a free pet food giveaway to those in need or affected by COVID-19, on Thursday, June 18, from 9 am-1 pm at the Blue Ridge Humane Society storage facility located at 802 S. Grove Street in Hendersonville, NC.

Cat and dog food will be distributed first come, first serve, as supplies last. Social distancing and protective measures will be taken by all staff and we ask the public to do the same during the drive-thru pick-up.  Additional resources and supplies will also be available.

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Allergy-Proof Your Home... for You and Your Dog

Putz-bucket-1290940_1920Dogs are remarkably loyal to humans -- and they also are remarkably similar to humans in the conditions and diseases they share. Among those conditions is the allergic reaction, a common occurrence year round, but especially when trees and grasses send off pollen during the spring.

Keeping your home allergen-free is good for you and your dog, and a handy guide from offers 18 easy ways to allergy-proof your home. The guide offers room-by-room suggestions and printable checklists as well as an allergy log. It also includes a special section about pets, who may unwittingly bring outside allergens into your home.

Get your free guide here:


COVID-19 Canine Scent Detection Study Launched in U.S.

The following is news from "Penn Today," published by the University of Pennsylvania, dated May 1, 2020.

Screen Shot 2020-05-27 at 2.10.58 PMA pilot training program utilizing scent detection dogs to discriminate between samples from COVID-19 positive and COVID-19 negative patients is the focus of a new research initiative at the School of Veterinary Medicine

With up to 300 million smell receptors—compared to six million in humans—dogs are uniquely positioned to aid in disease detection. This pioneering study—that will explore the sensitivity and specificity of scent—sets the stage for dogs to be a force multiplier in the mission to detect COVID-19, particularly among asymptomatic patients, or hospital or business environments where testing is most challenging. Preliminary screening of live humans by trained dogs could begin as early as July.

Penn Vet will initially begin the study with eight dogs to perform this precise detection work. Over the course of three weeks through a process called odor imprinting, the dogs will be exposed to COVID-19 positive saliva and urine samples in a laboratory setting. Once the dogs learn the odor, the investigators will document that the dogs can discriminate between COVID-19 positive and COVID-19 negative samples in a laboratory setting, establishing the platform for testing to determine if the dogs can identify COVID-19 infected people. The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center will be lending their expertise during the study as well.

“Scent detection dogs can accurately detect low concentrations of volatile organic compounds, otherwise known as VOCs, associated with various diseases such as ovarian cancer, bacterial infections, and nasal tumors. These VOCs are present in human blood, saliva, urine, or breath,” says Cynthia Otto, professor of Working Dog Sciences and Sports Medicine and director of Penn Vet’s Working Dog Center. “The potential impact of these dogs and their capacity to detect COVID-19 could be substantial. This study will harness the dog’s extraordinary ability to support the nation’s COVID-19 surveillance systems, with the goal of reducing community spread.”

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COVID-19 Facts and Myths Related to Dogs

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COVID-19 is still very much a threat to all of us. You probably have a lot of questions about how to keep you dog safe during this global pandemic. Cyberpet has put together a handy infographic with  the answers to twelve of the most common questions concerning pets and coronavirus. You'll find authoritative answers to questions including:

  1. Can pets catch coronavirus?
  2. Can my dog transmit coronavirus?
  3. How can I protect my dog if I am sick?
    ...and 9 more.

You'll find the infographic here:

ReTail Scene: Handicapped Pets Devices on Sale Through June 30

Screen Shot 2020-06-02 at 11.20.06 AM"Walkin' Pets" by Handicapped Pets is dedicated to creating specialized devices for dogs who have trouble walking. Through June 30, the company is offering many of its one-of-a-kind devices at special savings. "Walkin' Wheels" wheelchairs are $40 off. Items including adjustable splints, support slings, hip support systems, training socks and more are 25 percent off. Free shipping is offered on all sale items.

If you have a dog who is handicapped, elderly or just needs extra support, check out these great items here:

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ASPCA National Adoption Weekend - June 5 - 7

Screen Shot 2020-05-12 at 1.15.51 PMFrom June 5 through June 7, the ASPCA will be sponsoring #AdoptFromHome, a National Adoption Weekend. Animal shelters and animal rescue organizations around the country will be joining in for a major adoption event. Many shelters will be offering special promotions.

Check with your local animal shelter to see if they are participating in #AdoptFromHome, or visit for further details, as well as a map showing locations of participating shelters and rescue organizations.

"Phase 2" Reopening for Asheville Humane Society

This information from Asheville Humane Society is provided as a public service.

Screen Shot 2020-06-02 at 12.15.13 PMAsheville Humane Society is implementing Phase 2 of reopening plans as of May 30, loosening restrictions in alignment with the Stay Home, Stay Safe order issued by Buncombe County and the State of North Carolina.

Current/Temporary Adoptions Procedure:  

Asheville Humane Society is conducting meet-and-greets with adoptable pets and potential adopters by appointment only. We will be scheduling appointments Tuesday - Saturday.

Please make an appointment to visit one of our available animals by calling (828) 761-2001 x312, or emailing Please leave a message and a staff member will return your call. We try to return calls within one business day, but there may be delays depending on the volume of calls we receive. 

Please Note:

  • Masks are required for the safety of our adopters and staff.
  • We are unable to accept walk-ins at this time.
  • Each appointment will be one hour, and allow visitation with one animal.*If you are more than 15 minutes late for your appointment, your visit will need to be rescheduled. Appointments are scheduled back-to-back with very little buffer time, so arriving promptly at your appointment time is important for everyone.
  • Some of our animals are still in foster care. If you are interested in an animal currently in a foster home, please understand that it may take longer to coordinate an appointment. Foster families who have invested in their care also have first choice if they decide to adopt their foster pet.

Adoption appointments will still be made on a first come, first served basis. We will also continue to follow our practice of Open Adoptions, meaning each potential adopter will meet one-on-one with a trained Adoption Counselor to ensure the match is a good fit for both the animal and their new family.

AHS Thrift Store:

Thrift Store operations at 1425 Patton Avenue have resumed at full capacity, ensuring adherence to the number of people allowed to enter at one time as determined by the State/County for Phase 2. Hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM. Please wear a mask if visiting the Thrift Store. 

Community Solutions - Pet Resources and Assistance:

Drive-through clinics are being held to serve our community. Other resources and services may be available for Buncombe County residents experiencing financial hardship or other crisis. For more information or to request resources or assistance for your pet, please call the Safety Net Helpline at (828)-761-2008.

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Tails and Trails - June 13, Bearwallow Mountain, Hendersonville, NC

Screen Shot 2020-05-25 at 12.32.57 PMDue to COVID-19 Tails and Trails has been rescheduled to Saturday, June 13. All current registrations will be automatically transferred. Registration remains open so bring even more friends with you in June! 

Bring your best human or non-human buddy (better yet, both) with you on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 10:00 AM, for a charity hike up Bearwallow Mountain (4854 Bearwallow Mountain Road, Hendersonville).  Climb the one mile hike up to the beautiful, bald summit of Bearwallow Mountain with fellow conservation loving pet owners to take in the breathtaking views with your furry buddy.

Proceeds benefit Conserving Carolina & Blue Ridge Humane Society. Registration for this event is $20 and includes a t-shirt when registered by March 8. There is no registration cut off.

The hike will start at 10 am at the trail head. All participants–humans and their furry friends–must check in prior to the start of the hike. Proceeds benefit Conserving Carolina & Blue Ridge Humane Society. The registration is $20. Once you register, please check your email for more details as we get closer to the event.

If you have questions, contact Laura at or 828-692-2639.