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3 Tips for Buying Cannabidiol for Dogs

Guest Post by Keith J. Myers

Dog-4432830_1920Did you know that dogs, like humans, have endocannabinoid receptors in every tissue type and cell in their body? This means that like humans, they are also receptive to every healing benefit that Cannabis has to offer….benefits that regulate joint pain, anxiety, depression, seizures, stress, and many more. 

CBD can be a great natural remedy to control your dog’s range of symptoms. CBD’s are routinely used to treat dogs who suffer from appetite loss and separation anxiety. They have also been found effective in treating cancer.

But among the CBD products that are in the market today, how can you be sure that the dog-specific CBD products you choose are beneficial to your dog? How would you know the exact amount to give them? 

We’ll discuss the 3 tips you should look into when buying CBD for dogs. You can also check our site, The Hempire, for further details.

But first off, let’s discuss what CBD is.

What is CBD?

CBD is a short term for the word Cannabidiol. CBD is one of the many chemicals that can be extracted from its main plant, the Cannabis Sativa plant or Hemp plant.

CBD is non-psychoactive. That means, unlike the effects of marijuana, CBD does not alter your mind and does not bring harm to the individual who is taking it.

CBD-based products are as of the moment prohibited in several markets, however, some countries are allowing them to be a prescription drug with strict rules and regulation to be followed.

A lot of different forms of products with CBD are now being marketed. The usual oil that was made can now be found in the form of edibles, such as biscuits, brownies, and any finger food that is pleasing to the palate.

For dogs, CBD dog treats are now bombarding the market and are being aggressively sold, as this is a great innovation that benefits the pet owners, giving them an easier way of making their pet take medicine.

Benefits of CBD Dog Treats

The first benefit of CBD dog treats is that your pet dog will love them! 

Another benefit is that CBD dog treats may come in different ranges of sizes and doses to choose from to fit your dog's needs. Usually, products like these are labeled on their package indicating how much dosage is in the product.

The only thing that you should be wary of is what effects the treats might have on your dog. Choose products that are legitimate rather than from sources selling bogus products.

Keep in mind that it is your dog's health that is in line here. So choose wisely in selecting the right product for your dog.

3 Tips Before Buying CBD

Make sure the product you purchase has CBD in it

It may sound obvious but basically, this is where people get scammed easily. Usually, people who have bad motives advertise their products as products that have CBD on it but in truth, they don’t. 

In buying CBD products that are made specially for dogs, make sure that the laboratory that created the product offers a lab report that verifies that their product has the actual presence of CBD. Without proof, you may get products that are of low-quality that are made from hemp seed and may give your dog poor results -- or worse, give your pet side effects that may harm its health.

Be wary of the dosage

Although CBD is less dangerous to dogs, it is still advised to follow proper dosing as failure to do so can result in drowsiness. Some known worse cases can give dogs nausea or even vomiting.

As a standard, when using CBD tincture, it is recommended that for every 10 pounds of your dog's weight, use one drop of CBD oil. For example, if your dog weighs 40 pounds, use 4 drops of oil. When giving your dog the CBD treatment, always administer the oil directly under the tongue.

Keep track of the dog’s behavior and health for about a week. Check if there is any improvement in his condition and see if it does more harm than good. It is highly advised to check with a veterinarian before doing self-medication in your pet in order to prevent harmful results. 

Ask for a veterinarian's prescription

It is best to work with your veterinarian. Veterinarians have knowledge of CBD and they are the experts in terms of treating pets for physical or mental conditions. 

If you have more information or experiences treating your dog with CBD, feel free to let us know. Visit our website, The Hempire, and share your thoughts.

Keith J. Myers is the Founder & Editor in Chief of the Hempire. He has overseen and directed the editorial growth and skill of this website since 2012. Before creating the Hempire, Keith was a writer and editor who covered topics in CBD, health, science, and wellness.


Image by R+R Medicinals from Pixabay


Cashiers Highlands Humane Society COVID-19 Information

From David Stroud, Executive Director, Cashiers Highlands Humane Society:

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Our no-kill shelter remains open to the public but in consideration of the guidelines issued by national, state and local authorities, for (what we hope is a brief and yet) the foreseeable future, visits to our shelter will be by appointment only. This will allow us to serve you under the safest possible conditions. For adoptions, donations, and other community outreach programs (see below), we respectfully ask that appointments be made Tuesday-Saturday between 10am-4pm. Please call us at (828)743-5752 to make an appointment.

THE $30 FIX

As we have done for more than 4,000 pets in the past 6 years, CHHS will continue to provide low-cost spay/neuter for your pets for just $30. If that is a hardship, we will fix your pets for free. That's right. For free.

CHHS "MEALS FROM MONTY" PET PANTRY

If you are facing financial hardship and cannot afford to buy pet food, as long as donations continue (please see below) we can provide some food for your pet free of charge. We ask that your pet be spayed/neutered, and if not, we can fix your pet for free. After all, if feeding one animal is a hardship, think of how much it will cost to feed a litter of puppies or kittens!

RABIES VACCINATIONS

There are only 350 Certified Rabies Vaccinators (CRV's) in the state of North Carolina. We have 2 CRV's on staff. Only veterinarians and CRV's can give your pet a rabies vaccination and certificate required by North Carolina law. We always provide rabies vaccinations for just $10. But for now and until we get past this crisis, we will vaccinate your pet to protect against rabies for free. Yes, free.

HOW YOU CAN HELP US

There is no way to sugarcoat this. We need adoptions, we need fosters, and we urgently need donations. Please help if you can.

ADOPT

I realize these are uncertain times, but if you have been thinking of bringing a canine or feline companion into your home, what better way to self-quarantine and social distance than with a shelter pet? Please consider opening your heart and home for the unconditional love of a CHHS shelter pet.

FOSTER

If you love animals but are unable to take on the permanent commitment of lifetime adoption, then foster parenting is the perfect alternative! By temporarily fostering a CHHS shelter pet, you are actually helping us save two lives - the foster pet you are caring for, and the open space that creates in our shelter for us to save another animal in our community. CHHS provides any and all necessary medications, food, arrangements for veterinarian visits and a 24-hour hotline number for emergencies.

DONATE

The cost to care for the homeless animals in our community has skyrocketed. If you can, please consider a donation to help CHHS care for this increased influx of pets with either a financial gift or a donation of food and supplies.

For more information about any of the above, visit https://chhumanesociety.org/


$5 Adoptions - Asheville, Through August 1

StuartmilesfdpAsheville Humane Society is bursting at the seams with adoptable canines, so we've added dogs to our $5 Felines (AND FIDOS!) Adoption Promotion, running through August 1! 

Currently, our adoption process is by appointment only. Please follow these steps to schedule your visit:

Step 1: View adoptable animals on the Asheville Humane website: www.ashevillehumane.org

Step 2: Please email Asheville Humane at customerservice@ashevillehumane.org if you have questions or are interested in meeting a certain animal!

Step 3: Receive a response within 72 hours. Our adoption counselors are working hard to make matches and will be in touch to answer your questions, and to schedule an appointment. Please be aware that we have limited appointment slots available, and will do our best to schedule your meet-and-greet as soon as possible!

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).

Image: Stuart Miles


7 Tips on Canine Body Language from the ASPCA

This information is provided as a public service from the ASPCA.

Erda-estremera-JBrbzg5N7Go-unsplashDogs communicate with one another and with us using their own elegant, non-verbal language. These seven tips focus on seven important aspects of a dog’s body: eyes, ears, mouth, tail, sweat and overall body posture/movement. Staff and volunteers can use this information to interpret what an animal is feeling.

Eyes

When looking at dog's eyes, pay attention to the white part of the eye (the sclera), and consider the focus and intensity of the dog's gaze. When a dog is feeling tense, his eyes may appear rounder than normal, or they may show a lot of white around the outside (sometimes known as a "whale eye".) 

Dilated pupils can also be a sign of fear or arousal—these can make the eyes look "glassy," indicating that a dog is feeling threatened, stressed or frightened.

A relaxed dog will often squint, so that his eyes become almond-shaped with no white showing at all.

Mouth

A relaxed dog will likely have his mouth open and may be panting, with no facial or mouth tension. The corners of his mouth may be turned upward slightly.

A fearful or tense dog will generally keep his mouth closed, and may pull his lips back at the corners (also known as a "long lip".) He may also be panting rapidly. A panting dog who suddenly closes his mouth in response to something in the environment may also be indicating increased stress. Drooling when no food is present can also be a sign of extreme fear or stress.

A dog displaying a physical warning may wrinkle the top of his muzzle, often next pulling his lips up vertically to display his front teeth. This is called an "offensive pucker." The muzzle is wrinkled and the corner of the mouth is short and forms a C-shape. This warning often comes with a tense forehead, hard eyes. The dog may also growl—all very clear warnings to anyone approaching.

Some dogs display a "submissive grin" or "smile". This is also a gesture where a dog shows his front teeth, but a smiling dog is doing just that. He usually shows a lowered head, wagging tail, flattened ears, a soft body posture, and soft, squinty eyes along with those teeth. Teeth don't always mean aggression—it is important to consider the whole body and the context to understand what a dog is saying.

Yawning and lip licking may be an early sign of stress, particularly when accompanied by a tight mouth and often a whining sound.

Ears

Dogs have a wide variety of ear types. Although it may be easier for us to see ear position in dogs with erect ears, even floppy-eared dogs like Basset hounds can move the base of their ears forward and back to show different emotions—just look at the direction of the base of the ear. When a dog is relaxed, his ears may be slightly back or out to the sides. As a dog becomes more aroused, the ears will move forward, pointing toward a subject of interest. When their ears are most forward their foreheads often wrinkle.

Tail

When observing a dog's tail, there are two things to consider: the position of the base of the tail, and how the tail is moving.

A relaxed dog holds his tail in a neutral position, extending out from the spine, or maybe below spine level. As the dog becomes more excited or aroused, his tail usually rises above spine level.

The tail movement may be a loose wag from side to side or sweeping circular motion. As the dog becomes more excited or aroused, his tail usually rises above spine level. He may also move his tail side to side in short, rapid movements as he becomes more excited.

A fearful dog will tuck his tail between his rear legs. The tail may also be held rigid against the belly, or wag stiffly.

Hair

Much like your own “goosebumps,” the hair can raise along a dog’s back when he is upset or aroused. This is also known as piloerection or “raised hackles” and can occur across the shoulders, down the spine, and above the tail.  Hackles don’t always mean aggression is imminent, but they are an indicator that the dog is excited or upset about something.

A frightened or stressed dog may also shed more than usual. 

Sweat

Dogs pant to cool themselves, but panting can also be a sign of stress, particularly rapid panting accompanied by a tight mouth with stress wrinkles around it.

Dogs also have the ability to sweat through their paws. You may notice a dog leaving wet footprints on the floor if he is particularly upset.

Overall Body Posture and Body Movement

When initiating play, dogs often start with a play bow and generally follow up with exaggerated facial and body movements. A playful dog's body movement will be loose and wiggly, with lots of movement and brief pauses during play.

A dog who seems stiff, moves slowly, or who keeps moving away may not be interested in social interaction with this playful dog.

Looking away, sniffing, scratching, lying down, or other avoidance behaviors may also indicate that the play session is over.

A fearful dog may lean away, lean back, tremble, crouch, lower his body or head, or roll onto his side or back. Often, his eyes will often be fully open with large pupils, his forehead will be wrinkled, and his tail will be lowered or tucked.

An extremely fearful dog may freeze completely or frantically try to escape, and he may urinate or defecate when approached.

A dog displaying aggressive body language will look large, standing with his head raised above his shoulders. His body will be tense, with weight either centered or over all four feet or leaning slightly forward onto the front legs.

A dog displaying aggressive behavior may also have a wrinkled muzzle, a short lip, and a hard eye.

Photo by Erda Estremera on Unsplash


Free Guide to At-Home Dog Training

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If you've been spending lots of time at home with your dog, why not put it to good use with some training?

Training your dog—whether it's a puppy or you want to teach an old dog new tricks—can be a rewarding experience for both you and your dog. Training not only keeps dogs safer in unpredictable situations, it’s also an excellent way to strengthen your bond and deepen your relationship. 

However, it can be hard to know where to begin, so the folks at Rover have put together a "Dog Training 101 guide" authored by certified professional dog trainers. Throughout this guide, you’ll find tips and information focused on positive reinforcement. This training philosophy aims to help your dog associate wanted behaviors with good things like treats and attention.

The comprehensive guide includes six chapter and is available here: https://www.rover.com/blog/dog-training-101/


Therapy Dogs and Autism

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The federal government's Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that, in 2020, about 1 in 54 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Autism or autism spectrum disorder is a set of conditions with symptoms such as repetitive behaviors, challenges in communication and social skills, sleep disorders and sensory sensitivities.

There are varying degrees of autism, and while there is no cure, there are many therapies, tools and interventions that may be helpful. One option families explore is bringing an autism therapy dog into their family. A therapy dog is trained to provide comfort in a therapeutic context. Outside of medical settings or an institutional environment, a therapy dog is an option for people with autism because they can help encourage social interaction as well as being calming.

DogDigz offers a helpful, comprehensive guide to the use of therapy dogs for children. It includes:

  • an explanation of the differences between therapy, companion and service dogs
  • types of dogs for specific circumstances
  • how a therapy dog can help a child with autism
  • organizations that can help

Get this free guide here: https://dogdigz.com/therapy-dog-autism/

Image: DogDigz.com


5 Ways Your Dog Can Help You Get Through COVID-19

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning people that dealing with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is stressful. It’s important to take steps to help manage potentially overwhelming emotions and anxiety. 

During this trying time, families have suffered an economic burden; they have had to shelter in place and practice social distancing. All of these factors contribute to anxiety. It’s crucial to find a way to ease stress and to find enjoyment. If you are a pet owner, you know that your dog or cat plays an active role in relieving your anxiety. Consider five ways your pet can help you through the COVID19 pandemic. 

1. A Pet is Good for Your Mental Health

There is a reason thousands of families welcome dogs and cats into their hearts each year. A pet makes a great companion if you are stuck at home and cut off from friends and family. Your dog is a friendly ear when you need someone to talk to or a great distraction when you feel the stress mounting. 

Often pets can pick up cues for how someone they love is feeling, too, so if you are sad or lonely, your dog will be there to provide comfort and may even make you laugh. 

2. Pets Give You Purpose

When you are stuck at home, it can be a struggle to find a reason to get up out of bed. A dog that needs exercise or grooming provides purpose. It’s not just about you. There is someone special in your life that needs your help, and that is motivating. 

Having a dog means you must stick to a schedule, get out of the house several times a day, and do some cleanup. He is the gift that keeps on giving by letting you know that there are still things you must do even if you are sheltering in place. 

3.  Dogs Keep You Moving

Staying home puts you at risk of becoming inactive. Lack of physical exercise can encourage chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure and diabetes. People who live sedentary lives have a higher risk of developing obesity, heart disease, and dementia. 

The pandemic may mean that you can’t go to the gym, play tennis or even golf. The things that kept you active in the past are out of your reach right now, except for maybe one. The need to walk the dog doesn’t change because there is a virus out there. 

Having a dog can be a source of activity. You can take her with you for a run or go to the park and play. It’s a chance to get outside and breathe in the fresh air. 

4. Take a Break

For many, the pandemic means working at home. It’s easy to get caught up in your work and forget to take a break. You don’t have colleagues to get a cup of coffee with or to remind you it’s time to quit for the day. 

Your office buddy is now the four-legged variety that nuzzles your leg when it’s time to get up from the desk. She is there to let you know it’s been several hours since you took her outside. Your dog keeps you on schedule when being on the clock means staying at home in quarantine.  

5. Add a Little Sweetness to Your Life

Between watching the news reports and interacting on social media, it’s easy to get caught up in the negativity. Add that to the fact that you are stuck at home either by yourself or with your family, and it’s easy to feel like there is little joy in life right now. 

A dog is nothing but joy. That unconditional love and lasting sweetness will remind you that there are good things in life. This situation is temporary, so focusing on the negative does more harm than good.

When you feel that negative energy taking over, sit on the couch, and have a cuddle. Maybe it’s time to grab the leash and take a walk or do some training. Your dog is ready anytime you are, so make the most of his positive nature and let it help you fend off the negative. 

When the pandemic is over, you will look back on your time with your pet and develop a new appreciation for what a dog or cat brings to your life.

Lynell McCready has had pets all her life, and each one has taught her something different about not only herself but how she wishes to view the world. But it wasn’t until a job in the late nineties that took her away from her animals did she realize the impact that we have on our animals’ lives. For the last 15 years, she’s been a pet-sitter, offering and assuring people who do have to leave their pets that they will be well-loved and taken care of while they are away.

Image: Jumpstory


Sarge's 15th Annual Dog Walk Goes Virtual - Sign Up by July 19

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Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation, Waynesville, NC, will hold its annual Dog Walk — in a new, safe way. The 15th Annual Dog Walk event will go virtual, for the safety of Sarge’s supporters and staff.

Get ready for a Special Edition

There will be a week of online Dog Walk events Aug. 15 – 22, to celebrate everyone’s pets and the animals in Sarge’s care.

“We knew we could not socially distance having the traditional Dog Walk in downtown Waynesville, with hundreds of people and their pets, so we got creative and came up with a new idea,” said Fred Strohm, Sarge’s administrator. “This year, the walk will be virtual — which opens up new opportunities.”

Since Sarge’s has many supporters in and outside of Haywood County, the online format allows people to participate wherever they live.

Register by July 19

There is no registration form this year. All participants need to do to register is order the Sarge’s 15th Annual Dog Walk – Special Edition 2020 T-shirt during July 5 – 19. Visit http://bonfire.com/sarges-dogwalk2020 to get your shirt!

Choose a custom-designed Sarge’s 2020 shirt from eight different styles, including long-sleeve T-shirts, sweatshirts, tank top, and youth styles — with several colors for each style.

Everyone is encouraged to donate to Sarge’s and purchase a Dog Walk Special Edition T-shirt – even those who don’t have pets.

Cats are included

Another great addition to the virtual event is that cats (and other pets) can be included. Sarge’s staff is looking forward to seeing a lot of photos of cats with their humans.

Send pics

Once the T-shirts are received in late July, people should take pictures and/or short videos of themselves wearing the shirts with their pet, and post them on social media, using the hashtag #sarges2020. Those who don’t have social media, may email the photo to: info@sargeanimals.org.

Sarge’s will be monitoring the posts to collect the pics and videos through the hashtag.

Contests, too

Those who would like to enter a contest may take a photo or record a video of their pet’s “best trick,” “tail wagging,” or “costume,” plus two new categories, “Sarge’s alumni” and “kids with pets.” Eddie Foxx, morning personality on 99.9 KISS Country, will help judge the contests.

Supporters don’t need to enter a contest — everyone can participate in the festivities by taking a pic of themselves in the Special Edition T-shirt with their pet and posting it with the hashtag #sarges2020.

When posting, please provide the pet’s name, whether it is a contest entrant and whether the pet is a Sarge’s alum.

The Dog Walk week of events also includes a FaceBook live parade of Sarge’s animals.

“Our goal is to have a fun event for Sarge’s supporters, while at the same time making sure everyone stays safe and healthy,” Strohm said.

Sarge’s is grateful for the event sponsorship of The Mountaineer and 99.9 KISS Country’s Eddie Foxx.

Help Sarge’s continue its mission of saving dogs and cats in Haywood County. Join in the tail waggin’ fun and register now through July 19.

Image: Sarge's Animal Foundation


Hot Weather and Dogs

Bulldog-1275760_1920Every dog owner knows that summer temperatures can be dangerous to their pet, especially when a dog is left in a hot car. What you may not know is that some dogs are much more susceptible to the heat than others.

Reporting on a British study, The New York Times recently indicated that "Big dogs, older dogs, dogs with flat faces and certain breeds are all at higher risk of illness or death in hot weather. ... Nine breeds were at significantly higher risk than others, and five of them have flat faces: Bulldogs, French bulldogs, dogues de Bordeaux, chow chows and pugs. Greyhounds, English springer spaniels, Cavalier King Charles spaniels and golden retrievers were also at higher risk."

Care should also be taken with dogs older than twelve, since they have a 75 percent higher risk for illnesses caused by excessive heat. Dogs that weigh over 110 pounds are also at higher risk. And for all you mixed breed/shelter dog owners, you'll be happy to know that purebred dogs have an 85 percent higher risk than mixed breeds.

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Beyond Basic Manners Course - July 26, Asheville

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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. Beyond Basic Manners begins on Sunday, July 26 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM at the Asheville Humane Society Community Center (where the Thrift Store is located) at 1425 Patton Avenue, Asheville. 

Does your dog have selective hearing? Do you have to repeat yourself when your dog is near distractions? Well then, Beyond Basic Manners is the class for you! This 6 week course will expand upon basic training to help you get reliability anywhere, anytime and at any distance. This includes teaching your dog to stop forward movement when running towards a distraction, sitting at a distance, and much more!

The Prerequisites for Beyond Basic Manners are:
Graduated from the AHS Canine Manners Course OR Successful completion of equivalent training including sit, down, stay, wait and come.

Dogs MUST be able to work effectively in close proximity to other dogs and handlers without interfering with other participants
If you have any questions about your dog's eligibility for the course, please contact Pia Silvani at pia@piasilvani.com

* 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 26, 2020. The dates for the class are 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30, from 1:30-2:30 pm unless otherwise arranged by the instructor.

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

For tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beyond-basic-manners-tickets-96954161507

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.

Image: Asheville Humane Society


Pandemic Causes New Emphasis on Dogs and Homeowners Insurance

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One good thing that has come from the COVID-19 pandemic is animal rescue shelters have seen a spike in dog adoptions. In a happy turn of events, “foster fails” account for many of these adoptions — when pets who were to be temporarily fostered are bonded with and become a long-term member of the family. 

People are finding themselves spending more time at home with their dogs — all day, every day. However, one thing these pet owners may not have considered is: What happens when they return to work, and their dog is suddenly left alone at home for extended periods of time? People’s social lives will also return to normal, meaning their dog will suddenly be exposed to house guests and visitors for the first time. How will their dog behave in these new situations?

You may think your dog is predictable, but how sure are you they will be on their best behavior when they are confronted with new people, places and situations? Dogs are not always as predictable as people may think. If your dog happens to bite someone or damage another person’s property, do you know whether or not your homeowners insurance will cover the damage?

Here's an informative guide for dog owners about dog behavior and homeowners insurance: https://www.coverage.com/insurance/home/new-pet-owners-guide/

Here's additional information about whether pets are covered by homeowners insurance:
 https://www.thezebra.com/homeowners-insurance/coverage/does-homeowners-insurance-cover-pets/

Image: Coverage.com 


Foothills Humane Society Operations During COVID-19

This information is provided as a public service from Foothills Humane Society, 989 Little Mountain Road, Columbus, NC 28722.

Screen Shot 2020-06-25 at 9.34.46 AMFoothills is currently closed to the public, but will allow adoptions and fosters by appointment only.  These appointments will be held in our spacious outdoor pavilion.  All of us here at Foothills are grateful for your ongoing support and cooperation during these difficult times. 

Temporary Business Operations until further notice

Facility closed to the public

Approved volunteers only

Veterinary services by appointment only – call (828) 863-4444, Ext. 0

Return to owner by appointment only – call (828) 863-4444, Ext. 0

Adoptions and fosters by appointment only Tuesday through Saturday – call (828) 863-4444, Ext 1, or email adopt@foothillshumanesociety.org

For  animal turn-ins, please call in advance – (828) 863-4444, Ext 0.


Brother Wolf Adds Second Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic

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Brother Wolf Animal Rescue has announced the launch of a second mobile spay/neuter clinic. According to the organization, "The coronavirus pandemic halted spay and neuter surgeries nationwide as communities were forced to suspend non-emergency veterinary services. This has resulted in a huge backlog of unaltered animals. We have a list of over 500 animals needing our services! Even before this pandemic, we couldn’t meet the need with just one clinic. This is why it’s more critical than ever to have a second mobile spay and neuter clinic serving animals in Western NC.

"A second clinic will double our capacity, enabling us to serve an average of 180 animals each week! Spaying and neutering is so critical because it saves lives by reducing pet overpopulation. This second mobile clinic will travel around Western NC, providing low-cost services to many under-resourced communities. The ripple effect of 180 alteration surgeries a week is huge for animals!"

Brother Wolf is seeking donations for their second clinic. To donate: https://secure.qgiv.com/event/clinic/

Image: Brother Wolf Animal Rescue