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October 2021

Free Pet Food - Hendersonville, Nov. 2

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Blue Ridge Humane Society is offering free pet food on Tuesday, Nov. 2 from 3 to 6 PM at the Blue Ridge Humane Society Warehouse, 802 S. Grove St., Hendersonville, NC 28792.
 
Cat and dog food will be distributed first come, first serve, as supplies last to those in need or affected by COVID-19. 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. Masks are required to be worn during pick-up. Food will be distributed car-side, so all you need to do is pull up and the Humane Society will direct you from there! Staff will get your info (zipcode, number and type of pet), and place the food in your car trunk.
 
If a pet owner is in need of food but unable to attend the pick-up, please call or text the BRHS helpline at 828-393-5832.

Howl-O-Ween at Down Dog, Asheville, Oct. 30

Elias-castillo-7-ToFEHzMNw-unsplashJoin the fun on Saturday, October 30 from 1 to 4 PM at Down Dog, 51 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28803. At this special "Howl-O-Ween" celebration, there will be a dog costume contest, special Halloween snack packs from Botanical Bones, pup cups, a photo booth and more! Bring your pup and have a spooky time.

Mountain Pet Rescue will have adoptable dogs and extra dog costumes for sale as well.

Photo by Elias Castillo on Unsplash


Is Pumpkin Good for Your Dog?

Ben-hanson-9jwBuJFdooc-unsplashIt's pumpkin season, which brings up the question: Is pumpkin good for your dog? Well it's not a "yes" or "no" question -- it's a little more complicated than that!

NativePet.com has a good explanation:

"Adding pumpkin to your dog's diet can benefit your four-legged friend in a variety of ways. Feeding pumpkin can give your dog a little nutritional boost, help with digestion, and aid in weight control. ...

Feeding your dog raw pumpkin really isn't worth the risk of choking. Don't feed your pooch raw pumpkin flesh or the skin or stem of the gourd. Plain canned pumpkin is more nutritious anyway, because it's less watery than fresh pumpkin.

However, canned pumpkin is very different from pumpkin pie filling. ...

Only feed your dog plain canned pumpkin to play it safe. Avoid canned pumpkin with additives like sugars, spices, or fillers, as well as sugar-free pumpkin. Be careful not to give your dog pumpkin pie filling, either. And, of course, never feed your dog pumpkin pie itself.

...feed your dog pumpkin in small amounts. Whether it's plain canned pumpkin or a homemade pumpkin puree, give your dog 1-2 small teaspoons at a time, perhaps over top of their normal dog food."

Always check with your vet if you are uncertain about feeding your dog pumpkin or any other new food.

 

Photo by Ben Hanson on Unsplash


Adoption Fees Waived Through Oct. 23 - Asheville

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Now through Saturday, October 23rd all adoption fees are waived at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center, thanks to a generous grant from ASPCA and Subaru of America, Inc. 
 
Prestige Subaru is also donating $100 every day this month toward shelter pet adoptions!
 
Asheville Humane Society and Prestige Subaru hope you will join this lifesaving effort and help find every pet a forever home. #SubaruLovesPets

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. 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!


Free Pet Food - Hendersonville, Oct. 23

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Blue Ridge Humane Society is offering free pet food on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 10 AM to 1 PM at Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County, 1304 Ashe St., Hendersonville, NC 28792.
 
Cat and dog food will be distributed first come, first serve, as supplies last to those in need or affected by COVID-19. 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. Masks are required to be worn during pick-up. Food will be distributed car-side, so all you need to do is pull up and the Humane Society will direct you from there! Staff will get your info (zipcode, number and type of pet), and place the food in your car trunk.
 
If a pet owner is in need of food but unable to attend the pick-up, please call or text the BRHS helpline at 828-393-5832.

Hiking Hounds - Sundays, Oct. 24, Oct. 31

Screen Shot 2021-01-03 at 2.45.08 PMHiking 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.

Hiking Hounds takes place on Oct. 24 and Oct. 31 starting at 9 AM.

Spots for two new hikers will be available on each hike.

If you are a new hiker… once you sign up for a hike you will be sent a link to a virtual orientation. You must watch this, and sign a waiver before attending a hike. All new hikers will come on their first hike without a dog; you will be paired with a hiking buddy to become familiar with the process of the program, and make sure this is an activity you will enjoy. 

If you are a seasoned volunteer… you are asked to watch the orientation as a refresher and you will be sent the link when you sign up for a hike.  

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.

Start time is 9 AM. 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.

Hiking Hounds operates with the following updated protocol: PLEASE READ 

 AHS has relaxed their masking requirements for vaccinated individuals. Hiking Hounds has made some changes to our protocol as well:

  • We will continue to ask all volunteers to stay in the parking lot, and not come into the front of the building. The hike leaders will sign in the volunteers and will bring the dogs out to them; it is safer for the dogs to keep them outside.  
  • We will maintain a 6 foot bubble as usual, for the safety of our volunteers and the dog's safety and comfort; this includes the parking lot and the trail. 
  •  We will continue to eliminate bandanas and cards about the dogs; we can promote them thru social media.
  • We will continue to have one hiker go ahead of our caravan with all the Arboretum passes. That hiker will alert the security personal at the gate & will swipe ALL the passes so each hiker does not have to handle them. 
  • When we return to the shelter, all volunteers will again stay outdoors and the hike leaders will come get your dog. This is our normal procedure as our dogs always need social distancing.  
  • All equipment that we use will be sanitized between hikes.

 For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Pup Crawl - Hendersonville, Oct. 23

Screen Shot 2021-09-24 at 4.30.36 PMThe Blue Ridge Humane Society Historic 7th Avenue District "Pup Crawl," sponsored by Hunter Subaru, will be held on Saturday, October 23 in Hendersonville.

Dog owners and pet lovers tour the Historic 7th Avenue District businesses and participate in the  Historic 7th Avenue District Pup Crawl benefiting Blue Ridge Humane Society.  Each stop will feature a pet giveaway or treat as well as an interactive activity hosted by a local pet-centric business such as paw print painting, paw reading, agility course, and more!

Pup Crawl Stops and Activities:

Additional activities and locations may be added.

Cost:

  • $20 individual dog
  • $30 family (2+ dogs)

How it Works:

Purchase your pupport online, over the phone at (828) 692-2639, or day of at the Blue Ridge Humane tables at any of the stops. Pupports are available one per dog or per family and include pet treats (if you bring your pup) and access to a variety of activities just for the canine brewery and bar visitors. You can also participate without a pup so bring your favorite brewery buddy along too!

Check in at the Blue Ridge Humane table at any of the participating locations and receive your Pupport! The Pupport gives you access to pet treats and activities at each stop along the way. As you stop for a drink and an activity make sure to get your Pupport stamped at each bar. Once you collect all the stamps check back in at the Blue Ridge Humane table at the last location you’re at and enter for the Grand Prize drawing with tons of swag and goodies for you and your pup from our hosts!

To ensure a puptacular day for all…

  1. Check your dog’s health and mood before he/she joins us. If your dog is not feeling 100% or seems irritable, please keep him/her home for the day. You will be showing them just as much love by keeping them resting in non-ideal circumstances.
  2. Enjoy togetherness while you explore by keeping your dog on his/her favorite leash. Do not, however, use a long (6 ft or more) leash. Also- help your dog by staying in control. Public events can be busy places with a lot of stimuli for dogs. Keep them calm so they can have a good time with you on a special day out.
  3. Bring along some means to keep your doggie hydrated. There will be water stations at each location but you may want your own portable dish or squirt bottle for your pup.

CDC recommendations will be followed and we ask that all participants practice safe distancing and masking for the safety of our hosts, volunteers, community, and staff.


Has Your Dog Been Discriminated Against in Housing Insurance?

David-taffet-EtFBxSdd-iw-unsplashAccording to the Animal Farm Foundation, your dog can be discriminated against because of breed:

The insurance industry uses arbitrary dog breed lists to deny homeowners and renters insurance coverage and discriminate against insurance consumers. 

People are unable to get insurance or must pay a higher premium because the insurance company deems their dog “dangerous” based solely on how it looks. These lists are not based in scientific research, nor are they based on a dog’s individual behavior.

For many, breed restrictions in housing insurance create a terrible choice: having a safe, affordable, and accessible home or separating from a beloved family member.

These restrictions do not simply run the very real risk of separating dogs from owners, they separate and traumatize families.

Check out this helpful website to learn more about this unfair practice and what you can do about it https://dogspeopleandhousinginsurance.org/

Photo by David Taffet on Unsplash


Monday and Wednesday Hikes with Dogs

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: volunteer@ashevillehumane.org or by phone: (828) 761-2001 ext. 307.

Image: Asheville Humane Society Mountain Mutts


Halloween 5K & Fun Run - Asheville, Oct. 16

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Come run/walk in the Wicked Halloween 5K/Fun Run! Wear your Halloween Costume and support an amazing cause! 

All proceeds from this event will benefit Asheville Humane Society. Each year, they find loving homes for thousands of animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, farm animals, and more! Your registration will help fund their lifesaving medical and rehabilitation programs.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 16
Location: Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Road, Asheville, NC

Costume Contest & Archetype Brewing!

***1 Beer ticket included for those over 21***

SCHEDULE:

10:00-11:00 - registration

11:00 - 12:00 - 5k/Fun Run

12:00 - 1:00 - Awards & Costume Contest

Tickets available here.


Ingredients for a "Happy Hound"

Guest Post by Jessica Brody

Noemi-macavei-katocz-c7bUIRBqapA-unsplashAs a doggy parent, taking care of your four-legged companion comes naturally. Your dog loves your company and that seems to be all a dog needs. But the basics of dog care are important and will provide a good foundation. As much as your dog needs love, they also need nutrition and playtime. So here are some tips to make sure your four-legged friend is not only happy, but healthy as well!

Good fences make safe dogs

Your dog might prefer to have free rein over the neighborhood but as hard as this might be to believe, not everyone loves your dog as much as you do. So to protect them from all kinds of threats that range from traffic to other dogs to less-than-enthusiastic neighbors, consider installing a fence around your yard.

Craftsmanship, height and style choice are the keys to results that are both secure and aesthetically appealing. If you’re handy you can install it yourself, but if not, searching websites like Angi.com will lead you to reputable fencing companies near your location.

Navigating the claims of dog food makers

There are many kinds of dog food that vary greatly in quality and price. The trend toward holistic dog food is a move in the direction of healthier ingredients. According to veterinary doctor Natalie Stilwell, however, there are no industry standards when it comes to labeling a dog food “holistic,” while terms like “organic” or “natural” are more defined. So it’s best to do a little research before being won over by the claims made by the manufacturer.

Humans and dogs are really different when it comes to digestion. So while it’s tempting, it’s best to keep table scraps to a minimum, or to at least know what’s not good for your dog, since some foods can actually pose a health risk, according to Animal Planet. For instance, common food items such as milk, chocolate, garlic, avocadoes, grapes, and raisins should all be avoided.

If you want to reward your dog, look for treats made specifically for them, such as doggy ice cream, cookies, and flavored treats. Make sure the dog food you serve is up to par too, containing plenty of protein, veggies, fruits, grains, and a clearly labeled “best by” date. Keep in mind that dogs need different food for various stages of life, so check in with your vet to ensure your dog is getting the right kind of food to promote healthy growth and development.

Walks, yes, but also playtime

You already know that your dog needs daily exercise, but a walk around the neighborhood is only half of it. Your pooch needs playtime to burn off energy, satisfy their natural need to explore, and provide physical and mental stimulation. By offering opportunities for play, you not only prevent bad behaviors such as chewing or barking, but also teach your dog important lessons with boundaries.

When you take your dog to the dog park, you don’t want to be shunned because your dog doesn’t know how to play nice. By playing with your dog, you can build up obedience while also addressing bad behavior, both of which carry over into other areas. As long as your pooch is having fun, nearly any form of play can be beneficial. Check out a new hiking trail, or try new activities such as flyball or agility courses, and keep that brain sharp with puzzle toys and new tricks. You can even get your dog speech buttons to help them better communicate.

Add doggy daycare to the mix

Unfortunately, not everyone can take their dog to work. Consider a dog walker or doggy daycare for the long blocks of time when you have to be away. At doggy daycare your dog will get to play and socialize. They may be so tired they’ll fall asleep on the ride home. They’ll look forward to going and you'll feel good knowing they aren’t bored at home all day.

Once they’re used to going, doggy daycare can cure separation anxiety. It establishes a routine and provides physical exercise. It can help ease your play and walk responsibilities for when you’ve had an exhausting day, and you still get to be together to relax at the end of the day.

Your dog is probably going to love you no matter what. But feeding your dog right and providing exercise and mental stimulation can keep your dog healthy and happy.

Jessica Brody created http://ourbestfriends.pet/ so others could find a place to share stories and photos of their beloved animal companions.

Photo by Noémi Macavei-Katócz on Unsplash


Art Bark Walk - West Asheville, Oct. 9

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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Hominy Creek Greenway, a community Art Bark Walk is being hosted by Mountain Pet Rescue Asheville on Saturday, October 9th at 10:00 am. You are encouraged to strut your leashed pup down the Hominy Creek Greenway to check out the Hominy Rising art installations. Doggie costumes are encouraged, but not required and if you don’t have your own four legged friend, no problem. Mountain Pet Rescue AVL will have adoptable pups looking for their new forever family.

The event takes place at 80 Shelburne Road in West Asheville and along the Greenway. 

It is part of a free celebration featuring over 18 visual and performing artists that includes:

  • Art Exhibit - Oct. 2 - 10
  • Party/Performances - Oct. 2, 4 to 7 pm
  • Family Day - Oct. 3, 1 pm
  • Art Bark Walk - Oct. 9, 10 am.

For more information, visit: http://fohcg.org/join-us/arts-awareness/


Free Pet Food - Hendersonville, Oct. 5

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Blue Ridge Humane Society is offering free pet food on Tuesday, October 5 from 3 to 6 PM at the Blue Ridge Humane Society Warehouse, 802 S. Grove St., Hendersonville, NC 28792.
 
Cat and dog food will be distributed first come, first serve, as supplies last to those in need or affected by COVID-19. 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. Masks are required to be worn during pick-up. Food will be distributed car-side, so all you need to do is pull up and the Humane Society will direct you from there! Staff will get your info (zipcode, number and type of pet), and place the food in your car trunk.
 
If a pet owner is in need of food but unable to attend the pick-up, please call or text the BRHS helpline at 828-393-5832.