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September 2020

Strut Your Mutt - Hendersonville, Oct. 31

Screen Shot 2020-09-16 at 10.37.52 AMThe 3rd Annual Strut Your Mutt: A Casual 5K hosted by Blue Ridge Humane Society, and WTZQ Radio  is a human and pet friendly 5K and 1 Mile walk benefiting Blue Ridge Humane Society.

Presented by: Hunter Subaru

Strut Your Mutt goes virtual! The entire course for the 5K and 1 Mile will be marked for you to run or walk starting on Saturday, October 31 and will remain marked until November 8, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful scenery and routes. You’ll also have the option of completing your 5K or 1 mile on any route you choose and submitting your time. At the end of the submission period overall winners will be announced and receive their prizes, as well as some extra fun things that will be announced closer to the event!

All participants receive a pet-friendly swag bag. Registration deadline for guaranteed race t-shirt is October 4 , 2020. Online registration will close Friday, October 30.

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

Register here:

ReTail Scene: Best Tech for Dog Owners

Dog-2983021_1920Technology has taken over the pet market -- and that's good news for dog owners. There are lots of high tech gadgets that can make your life, and your dog's, easier. Here are just a few of the top picks:

Dogness Automatic Smart Feeder
Pawbo+ Pet Camera and Treat Dispenser

Dog Walks
Dogness Smart Retractable Leash
PupFlask Dog Water Bottle

Clever Pet V2
iDig Digging Toy

You'll find more information about these and more tech devices at the 2020 Pet Tech Guide here:

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Blessing of the Pets - Mills River, Sept. 26

People-309479_1280The 12th Annual Blessing of the Pets at Mills River Presbyterian Church, 10 Presbyterian Church Road, Mills River, NC 28759, will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2020, with a  “drive thru” ceremony that offers a safe, socially-distant blessing for their pets.

From 10 am to noon, Rev. Merri Alexander and members of Mills River Presbyterian Church will offer pet readings and blessings as vehicles drive through the one-way pet blessing.

Vehicles coming through the Drive-Thru Pet Blessing will meet with church elders for prayers and readings, get a doggie bag of treats, and then continue through the planned route to receive personalized blessings from Rev. Alexander. At the final stop, people are invited to donate unopened bags and cans of pet foods to representatives of Blue Ridge Humane Society (BRHS). The collected items will be used to fill the Pet Pantry at BRHS that supports the needs of area residents who cannot afford food for their pets.

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Does Your Dog Need to Wear a Sweater?

Dog-1543573_1920Hard to believe that Fall is just around the corner. When cooler weather comes, you may be wondering if your dog needs to wear a sweater. According to the AKC, "Breeds with thick coats generally do not require cold weather protection for short periods of time, whereas short-haired breeds will be more comfortable with a winter sweater and booties."

Our friends at put together a handy guide to the best dog sweaters. It includes information on whether a dog sweater is right for your dog, how to choose the right size, and specifics about the best dog sweaters on the market. Check out the dog sweater guide here:

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Asheville Adoption Center Now Open - Dog Adoptions Just $10

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This is from Asheville Humane Society:
To better serve the animals in our care, while keeping the safety of our staff and visitors a priority, we are discontinuing appointment-only adoptions and opening our doors to a limited number of walk-ins at a time to meet our adoptable pets! 
With over 370 cats and kittens currently in our care (in our Shelter, Adoption Center and foster homes) we are still OVERFLOWING with felines in need!!! To help make space and save lives, we are also *EXTENDING* our fee-waived promotion for all felines through September 30th!!
Adoption fees for all canines will be $10!
If you can't adopt, please spread the word!
A set number of customers will be welcomed inside to adopt on a first come, first served basis. Safety protocols such as masks required, contactless temperature readings and social distancing within the building will remain the same. If the building reaches our set capacity, potential adopters will have socially distant options available to wait until the next spot opens.
Our hours of operation are Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm, with animal naptime each day from 1-2 pm.
We humbly ask in advance for your patience and understanding, as facilitating adoptions during COVID-19 times is an ongoing learning experience for everyone! We are trying to find the balance between helping the animals who rely on us, while ensuring the continued safety and health of Asheville Humane Society's adopters, volunteers and staff.
To see available animals, visit The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market).
Image: Asheville Humane Society

Do You Sleep with Your Dog?

Sad-1930479_1920Some dog owners may not admit it, but in the privacy of their own homes, they allow their dogs to sleep in bed with them. That means your dog is spending lots of time in your bedroom -- and that could cause some interesting challenges.

The folks at Slumber Yard have put together a handy guide to "Pet Safety for the Bedroom." It includes pros vs. cons for sleeping with your pet, tips to make sleeping with your pet safe and comfortable, and a very helpful list of seven specific suggestions for how to pet-proof your bedroom.

You'll find the free guide here:

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Cool Brew for You Know Who!

Screen Shot 2020-08-28 at 1.45.07 PMNow your four-legged pal can have his or her very own brew when you're enjoying a cold one. Anheuser-Busch has introduced Dog Brew by Busch, a pork bone broth "beer" made especially for dogs. According to the company:

"Busch Dog Brew is an all-natural product and contains only fresh ingredients. Made with vegetables, herbs, spices, water, and pork broth to provide your best buddy with a nutritious and tasty snack that helps to promote a healthy digestive system. Bone broth is also a great way for dogs who struggle to eat solid food to get all of their extra nutrients. Your best friend is going to love it. We’re pawsitive. Ingredients: Bone-in pork butt, Whole corn, Celery, Basil, Mint, Turmeric, Ginger, Water."

Anheuser-Busch also notes that there is NO alcohol and no hops in Busch Dog Brew because those ingredients can be toxic to dogs. The product is intended for your dog to enjoy while you have the real thing.

Dogs and Cats Get Along...Adopt a Cat Now with No Fee Through Sept. 22!

Friends-1149841_1920A new research study confirms what many dog owners already know: Dogs and cats can get along in the same household. In a survey of 1,270 dog/cat owners, 62.4 percent of respondents said their dogs and cats play together, and 68.5 percent said their dogs and cats sleep together at least occasionally. Most dogs and cats living together are playful with humans, according to 76.2 percent of respondents. Most cohabitations were reported as "peaceful." You can see the complete study here

So if you're a dog owner without a cat, now's the time to adopt one!

Asheville Humane Society is OVERFLOWING with felines in need of loving homes! With over *385* cats and kittens currently in their care (in the Shelter, Adoption Center and foster homes), they need your help to make space and save lives! Asheville Humane is waiving adoption fees for all cats and kittens through September 22, so if you've been thinking about adoption, NOW is the time! If you can't adopt, please spread the word! 

Currently, the Asheville Humane Society adoption process is by appointment only. Please follow these steps to schedule your visit:

Step 1: View adoptable cats and kittens on .(Check back often!)

Step 2: Please email if you have questions or are interested in meeting a certain feline!

Step 3: Receive a response within 72 hours. 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 limited appointment slots are available, and they will do their best to schedule your meet-and-greet as soon as possible! The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market).

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Asheville Humane Off the Wall Art Sale - Sept. 11, 12

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The Asheville Humane Thrift Store is holding an "Off the Wall" Art Sale on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 11 and 12. All artwork will be 50 to 75 percent off, with discounts on frames and canvases. 100 percent of all thrift store purchases benefit animals in need!

The Thrift Store is located at 1425 Patton Avenue and is open from 10 AM to 6 PM. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing.


"Barkyard Party" Fundraiser for Blue Ridge Humane Society - Hendersonville, Sept. 19

Screen Shot 2020-07-22 at 2.16.29 PMBlue Ridge Humane Society in Hendersonville, NC is suggesting supporters sign up for a do it yourself "Barkyard Party" to be held on September 19, 2020!

Here are the details from the organization:

Your DIY event can be in the format you desire: a sit down formal event, potluck, dessert bar, brunch, themed event, pet-friendly, kid free, kid friendly, etc. Team up with a friend to co-host or use a central location such as your favorite restaurant or community clubhouse.  Then invite your friends to join you in honor of Blue Ridge Humane and raising funds that allow Blue Ridge Humane to continue our work during this strange time.

Who can host? Anyone can host! If you feel comfortable with a small group of people, invite them over to learn more about Blue Ridge Humane and to support our work. You can also sign up as a virtual host and keep your event to a party of one!

How is this a fundraiser? Since large scale events are unsafe at this time and social distancing is the new normal, we ask that hosts share the work that Blue Ridge Humane is doing in the community with their guests in a small group setting, and that guests make a donation in lieu of purchasing a traditional event ticket.

Who can I invite? Anyone you like! Invite your pet loving friends, family, or neighbors to learn about Blue Ridge Humane and support us this year.

Can I team up with someone to host? Of course! You can co-host, use an alternative location, and make your remote event exactly what you are comfortable with!

What is provided for hosts?

  • Special host basket with treats and local goodies, acknowledgment in our newsletter and other promotions, entry into our event prize drawings.
  • Talking points and facts about Blue Ridge Humane
  • Invitation wording templates for use if you choose
  • Donation collection materials
  • BRHS staff to answer your questions.

Are hosts responsible for the full cost? You can be or you can make it a potluck, have only dessert and wine or coffee, etc. All options are open, depending on your personal preferences.

For more information or to register visit

Buncombe County Residents with Pets Affected by COVID-19

Pandemic-5139204_1920In order to help pet owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic keep their beloved pets, Asheville Humane Society is providing pet supplies for Buncombe County families experiencing financial hardship due to job loss or other effects of the current crisis.

Pet owners in need of assistance can leave a message on Asheville Humane Society’s Safety Net Helpline at (828) 761-2008 to request resources and get more information about the services that are currently available.

If you need help feeding your pet any time, below is a list of the local food pantries that distribute pet food provided by Asheville Humane Society Community Solutions Pet Food Assistance program.

Asheville Buncombe Christian Crisis Ministry (ABCCM)

24 Cumberland Avenue (Montford)
Monday to Friday, 8:30a-3p

Avery’s Creek Methodist Church

874 Glenn Bridge Rd. SE, Arden, NC
Open Saturdays, 9am-12pm

Bethel SDA Church

238 South French Board Ave, Asheville, NC
Open 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, 10am-1pm

Blue Ridge Cowboy Church

286 Bee Ridge Rd, Asheville NC
Call to make arrangements
(828) 253-0293

Bounty and Soul

St. James Episcopal Church, 424 W. State St., Black Mountain, NC Open Tues. 12-1p
Charles D. Owen Middle School parking  lot, 730 Old US Hwy 70, Swannanoa Open Thurs. 5-6p
Black Mountain Elementary School, 100 Flat Creek Rd., Black Mountain Open Fri. 5-6pm

Calvary Episcopal Church

2840 Hendersonville Rd., Fletcher, NC
Food bank is open Saturday, 8:30-11am

Catholic Charities

50 Orange Street Asheville, NC 28801-2341
Wednesdays, 1-4pm

Church of the Advocate

60 Church St (Red Door) Asheville, NC
(828) 243-3932
Open Sun. 12-4p, Mon. 9a-12p, Tues.10a-4p

Food for Fairview

1357 Charlotte Highway, Fairview, NC
Open to the public Mondays, 3-6pm

Haywood Street Congregation
297 Haywood St. Asheville, NC
Open Wednesdays 8am -12pm
(828) 575-2477

Ingrid’s Food Pantry Grace Baptist Church)
718 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC
Open every other Saturday, 8-10am

Meals on Wheels

Food is available for Meals on Wheels clients only.
Contact Meals on Wheels for information on their eligibility requirements

Salvation Army
204 Haywood St, Asheville NC 28801
Open Tues. & Thurs. 9:30-11:30a, Wed 1:30-3:30p

Sandy Mush Community Center Food Pantry

19 School Rd, Leicester NC
Open second Friday of each month   

Victory Fellowship Worship Center

450 Aiken Rd, Weaverville, NC
Open Fridays, 12– 2pm

12 Baskets

610 Haywood Rd, Asheville NC         
Monday – Friday, 9:30am-2pm

7th Day Adventist Church (Fos-Ter Program)  

375 Hendersonville Rd., Asheville, NC
(828)-274-2014 ext. 316
Food bank is open to public Tuesday, 9-11:30am

Asheville Cat Weirdos (ACW) Pantry (cats only)

The Thrift Hound
234 New Leicester Hwy, Asheville, NC 28806
Second Tuesday of the month,  2-5pm; last Saturday of the month, 11am - 2pm
More information and contact here 

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ReTail Scene: Veggie Treats for Your Dog

Tamara-bellis-E8LxrpUjW7Q-unsplashWhile more dog owners may be turning vegetarian, most vets don't endorse a completely vegetarian diet for dogs. Still, vegetables and some fruits are good for dogs, and one way to include them in your dog's diet is to feed her an occasional vegetarian treat.

Vegetarian Times has compiled a list of the publication's six favorite veggie dog treats. Here they are:

  1. Lord Jameson (multiple flavors)
  2. Rejuv-A-Wafers
  3. Zest Paws Superfood Bites
  4. Wholesome Pride Sweet Potato Chews
  5. Wild Earth Dog Snacks
  6. Zuke's Crunchy Naturals

For information about each of these treats, including available flavors, visit:

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Adopt a Dog for Just $10 - Asheville, Through Sept. 22

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A special promotion from Asheville Humane Society:

Summer of Love: A Little Help for Our Friends
NOW  through September 22 
Open by Appointment Only

$10 adoption fees for ALL pets! 

We need a little help for our furry friends! Summer is always a busy time at Asheville Humane Society, and this year we've faced new challenges amid COVID-19. We always see more animals come through our doors in the summer months, but with limited appointment slots, it's taking longer for them to find their forever homes... And our Shelter is FULL of animals waiting to get their spot on the Adoption floor! So, to help these deserving pets meet their new families as soon as possible, adoption fees are $10 for ALL pets through the end of Summer! 

Don't let this summer go by without adding some LOVE to your life! Set up an appointment today! 

Please follow these steps to schedule your visit:

Step 1: View adoptable animals at (Check back frequently! Animals continue to move through our system and appear on our website once they are ready for adoption.)

Step 2: Please email AHS at 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!

Thank you so much for your support! We will do our very best to help you find your forever friend!