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August 2021

$5 Adoption Fees - Blue Ridge Humane Society

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Right now at Blue Ridge Humane Society, all dogs and cats can be adopted for just $5 each!

In addition to the low fee, Blue Ridge Humane Society always offers pet owner support and follow-ups from staff, an adjustment plan to get to know your new pet and help them settle in, up-to-date vaccinations, microchip and spay/neuter.

Meet the available animals and schedule your meet and greet at:

How to Turn Your Backyard into a Doggie Paradise

Screen Shot 2021-08-05 at 1.56.22 PMDesigning a space outdoors specifically for your dog is a great way to let her play and release some energy outside of the living room. Dogscaping your backyard doesn't have to be tricky or hard on your wallet. Think about employing some simple and budget-friendly backyard ideas for your dog, such as:

  • Set aside a play area with vinyl, chain link or wood fencing
  •  Designate a digging area
  • Build wandering paths
  • Create a dining and/or drinking area
  • Add a water feature
  • Construct a doggie playground

Check out all the details about these and more ideas here:

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Hike with Deserving Dogs on Mondays and Wednesdays

Screen Shot 2021-04-21 at 2.30.17 PMNothing could be finer than a hike in Carolina in the morning... especially with dogs! If you're looking to enjoy the beautiful outdoors with some deserving dogs and animal lovers, consider becoming a volunteer hiker for Asheville Humane Society's "Mountain Mutts." The more hikers, the more dogs that get some quality time outside of the animal shelter.

Mountain Mutts convenes in the parking lot at Asheville Humane Society (Forever Friend Lane, off Pond and Brevard Roads near the WNC Farmers Market) every Monday and Wednesday morning beginning at 8:30 AM. The Monday hike is about 4 to 5 miles, while the Wednesday hike is slightly easier at 3 to 4 miles on flatter trails.

New hikers are encouraged to join Mountain Mutts, but you must first register as a volunteer and go through some basic training. If you have an interest, please contact the Asheville Humane volunteer coordinator, Kelly Paul by email: or by phone: (828) 761-2001 ext. 307.

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Free Pet Food - Hendersonville, August 28

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A free pet food giveaway for the Hendersonville, NC area will be held on Saturday, August 28 from 10 AM to 1 PM. The location is the Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County, 1304 Ashe St., Hendersonville, NC 28792. 
Supplies will be given out while they last, first come, first serve. Social distancing and protective measures will be taken by all staff and we ask the public to follow CDC recommendations. Food will be distributed car-side, so all you need to do is pull up and we’ll direct you from there! Staff will get your info (zipcode, number and type of pet), and place the food in your car trunk.
If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled giveaways, check Blue Ridge Humane Society's list of partner food pantries with pet food from BRHS here or call or text the helpline at (828) 393-5832.
Are you interested in helping support our Pet Food program? Dry cat and dog food is always needed, as well as pet supplies and toys. Donations can be dropped off during operating hours at the BRHS Adoption Center or Thrift Store.

New Location for Asheville Humane Thrift Store

Screen Shot 2021-08-11 at 2.23.10 PMThe Asheville Humane Thrift Store has moved!
Asheville Humane Society recently moved its Thrift Store into a larger retail space in the River Ridge Marketplace shopping center that will allow them to help even MORE pets in need! The new address is:
800 Fairview Road, Suite EE
(store entrance to the right, donation drop-off door to the left).
Thrift Store Hours:
SHOPPING - Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM
DONATION DROP OFF - Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM. Please drop donations at the door to the left of the main store entrance. Ring the bell inside of the donation drop-off area for assistance.
Detailed Information on Donations from Asheville Humane Society

General Store Supplies:

We love to have these items donated regularly for general store use: paper or cloth shopping bags, department store-type plastic bags (please no grocery store plastic bags), zippered plastic linen bags (the kind that new linens come in), cleaning supplies like Windex, Pledge, or Lysol,  price tags (stickers or hang tags), jewelry boxes/cloth bags, and snack-size zip-top baggies.  Please see our Amazon wish list HERE!

Baby/Children’s Items:

We love to receive in-season children’s clothing, toys in very good condition, and games with all pieces. 
We cannot accept cribs or car seats. 

Clothing, Accessories, Jewelry, and Linens:

We love to receive in-season clothing, accessories, costume jewelry, and linens in great condition. We love to receive fine jewelry in any condition!

Electronics and Appliances:

We love to receive most electronics and appliances that are in good working condition. 
We cannot accept gas appliances, built-in microwaves, VHS players, tube TVs, computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, air purifiers or humidifiers.

Exercise Equipment:

We love to receive newer exercise equipment, and sporting goods in working condition. 

Furniture, Housewares, Home Decor, and Kitchen:

We love to receive almost anything that is not broken or does not have rips, tears or stains. 
We cannot accept large/deep entertainment centers, particle board furniture, very large desks, mattresses, box springs or anything that is too large for us to handle due to limited space. 

Lawn and Garden:

We love to receive outdoor furniture, lawn equipment, and garden items in good non-rusty condition.  


We love to receive books, DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, and video games that are in good condition. 
We cannot accept magazines, VHS tapes, cassettes, encyclopedias, textbooks, books that have a musty smell, homemade or copied CDs or DVDs.

Pet Supplies:

We love to receive pet supplies that are in good condition. 
We cannot accept rusted metal pet items, tie-out stakes or shock collars.


We love to receive seasonally-appropriate décor in good condition. 
We cannot accept items that are out of season due to our limited storage space.

Vintage/Antique Items:

We love to receive antique, vintage and collectible items in good condition. 


We are able to sell a limited number of vehicles through the shop each year and we love to receive vehicles in great working condition!  If you are interested in donating your vehicle to be sold at the shop, please email and include a photo of the vehicle (if possible), the year, make, model, and mileage. If you're unable to email, please call the shop at (828)761-2002 or stop by at 1425 Patton Ave.

If we are unable to sell your vehicle at our shop, you can still donate the proceeds to Asheville Humane!  Please see the "Car Donations" section of our website HERE for more information!

Time to Travel with Your Dog?

Amy-humphries-AllEP6K_TAg-unsplashIf you're fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you may be ready to travel -- and that could mean an overnight stay at a hotel with your beloved four-legged companion. The good news is that more and more hotels welcome dogs, according to The website has the following to say about some hotels that even allow dogs at no extra charge:

A few hotel and motel brands don't charge at all... Motel 6 and Studio 6 have more than 1,400 U.S. hotels where dogs stay for free. Aloft, a Marriott brand, not only doesn't charge, but provides each canine guest with a complimentary Animals R Fun (ARF) kit which includes their own bowl, picker-upper bags, treats, a dog tag, pet toys and a bed. Kimpton, an IHG (InterContinental Hotel Group) brand, allows furry guests to stay at no charge and provides a list of items, such as a water bowl, that can be borrowed (some restrictions apply).

You should check with the hotel's website first to review the latest pet policy, or use a general site such as, which lists hotels, restaurants and other establishments that are pet-friendly.

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Fall Fashion Show, Hendersonville, Sept. 2

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This information is from Blue Ridge Humane Society:

Our Fall Fashion Show will be on Thursday, September 2 and feature fall and winter looks, exclusive sales, and complimentary beverages--including wine from our friends at Crate Wine Market & Project, and snacks. The event will be held at the Blue Ridge Humane Society Thrift Store, 1214 Greenville Highway, Hendersonville, NC

The show is limited admission. Tickets are $5 per person and go on sale Tuesday, August 3. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Thrift Store, online via the event listing on our calendar, or over the phone with a credit card by calling Laura Rice at (828) 692-2639 ext 301.

We look forward to seeing you for a night of fashion, fun, and fabulous sales!

Asheville Humane Gets Grant to Help Senior Dogs

Screen Shot 2021-08-11 at 2.31.57 PMSenior dogs have something to wag about this summer!

Asheville Humane Society is honored to be one of 77 animal welfare groups chosen from 266 applicants to receive a generous grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization! The $10,000 grant will provide community vet assistance and adoption care packages for senior pets. These funds will help senior dogs get extra support to find loving new homes in their golden years. No one is more grateful than an old dog, and seniors have so much love to offer. Asheville Humane is grateful to The Grey Muzzle Organization for helping give senior sweethearts the life they deserve… a life worth living!

Visit the Adoption Center to see all the wonderful animals available for adoption. Open Tues. through Sat. from 10 AM to 6 PM at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Pond and Brevard Roads near the WNC Farmers Market). No appointment needed!

The Dog Days of Summer are Dangerous for Your Dog

Jorgen-hendriksen-NLYlix4HQAI-unsplashThis information is provided as a public service from Blue Ridge Humane Society:

Don't let your dog be a hotdog this summer! With the extreme temps, it's even more important to take a little extra care for your cats and dogs to keep them hydrated and safe.
Following are some tips to help keep any pet comfortable and safe this summer:
  • Never leave your pet in the car! Even at “lower” temperatures the interior temperature quickly becomes unsafe for any animal! Not only can it lead to fatal heat stroke, it is illegal in several states, including North Carolina.
  • Pets can also get dehydrated easily, so make sure to give them lots of fresh, clean water when it’s hot or humid outdoors.
  • When you are outside, make sure that there are shady places for your pet to get out of the sun, but even then be mindful that shade doesn’t lower the temperature that much. Get outside in the morning or evening when it’s cooler, and get your pets inside when it’s extremely hot out.
  • Be alert with your pets around water! Not all dogs can swim well! If your dog goes into the pool, rinse them off to remove chemicals like chlorine or salt, and try to keep any of your pets from drinking pool water!
  • Don’t forget that the ground can also be hot, especially if you’re walking on asphalt. The radiating heat can increase your dog’s body temp and their paw pads may burn. Look for grassy areas or ways to minimize walks on hot surfaces during the summer.
  • Know the symptoms of overheating in pets, which include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.
Finally, there are many products and ways to help keep your pet cool like giving your pet frozen, filled Kongs, ice cubes, cat popsicles made from food that has been frozen, or pet-friendly ice cream from your favorite pet store.

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$10 Adoption Fees Through August 15, Columbus, NC

Screen Shot 2021-08-02 at 2.06.54 PMThis information is from Foothills Humane Society in Columbus, NC:

Now through August 15th, adoption fees for ALL animals is only $10!

We are FULL and we need YOUR HELP! For the past few weeks, our kennels have been filling up and we are now at critical capacity. We are bursting at the seams with furry friends. At present, we have over 120 cats and 60 dogs in our care. Our kennels are full and so are our foster homes. A full shelter is extremely taxing on our staff, volunteers, and resources; but the ones who suffer the most are the animals. We need your help to get these animals into fantastic forever homes now more than ever!

Adopt a new 4-legged family member. Who doesn’t need more unconditional love in their life!? You can quickly fill out the adoption form online here:

Foothills Humane Society | 828-863-4444 | 989 Little Mountain Rd. Columbus, NC 28722 |

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Party in the Park - Mills River, NC, August 8

Screen Shot 2021-07-26 at 12.09.23 PMThe Annual Party In the Park event is scheduled for Sunday, August 8 from 4- 6 pm at Mills River Park, 124 Town Center Drive, Mills River, NC 28759.

This year’s in-person event will include FREE school supplies, food, child haircuts, inflatables, concessions, DJ, strolling magician, bubble man, and more. The event is hosted by Mills River United Methodist  Church.

Blue Ridge Humane Society will be on site to answer your pet questions and more!

Sarge's Annual Dog Walk - Waynesville, Aug. 7

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SARGE'S is holding its 16th Annual Dog Walk on Saturday, August 7 at 9 AM. The event will be held starting at the Waynesville Historic Courthouse in Waynesville, NC. 

The following information is from SARGE'S:

With the help of our generous donors and volunteers, SARGE’S continues to save and place lost and abandoned animals of Western North Carolina. and WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT to continue this lifesaving mission.

We are fortunate to live in a county with a shelter where a no-kill status has been achieved, and we at Sarge’s are working hard to keep it that way. There is so much yet to be done to save more dogs and cats. Please help us continue this important mission in our community and join us for this fun event.

Dog Walkers

This year, we’re offering a simplified pricing structure! For only $30 per person, you get your admission to the Dog Walk, admission for as many dogs as you want to walk and an event bandanna for your pup!

You could also sign up as a Virtual Walker, so one of our volunteers to walk a Sarge’s dog in the Dog Walk!

Additional event shirts can also be purchased; Adult sizes for $15 and Youth Large for $10!

For more information and to register:

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Keeping Your Dog Hydrated

Rafael-ishkhanyan-tj0XGdGWUmE-unsplashAccording to, "Dogs generally need more water compared to their body weight than their human companions do. A rule of thumb suggests that dogs should drink a fluid ounce of liquid for each pound of body weight. As with people, needs will depend on various factors. Active dogs and pups who live in hot climates, for example, may need extra water each day."

That's why it's important to have fresh water always available for your dog, at home, on hikes and when you travel. PetPlace has published a comprehensive article about this subject that includes:

  • How much water do pets need each day?
  • Why is water important to pets?
  • Signs of dehydration in pets
  • Testing for dehydration
  • Can pets drink too much water?

You can find the article here:

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