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November 2021

Here Comes Santa Paws! Holiday Photos

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Here comes Santa Paws! Here comes Santa Paws!

Come get your pup’s (or human child's) photo taken with Santa Paws and support a great cause. All proceeds will benefit Asheville Humane Society. Both digital and Polaroid options will be available!

Dates & Locations

12.1.21 / Whistle Hop Brewery / 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

12.5.21 / Green Man Brewery / 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

12.8.21 / Highland Brewery / 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

12.11.21 / Hi-Wire Big Top (2A Huntsman Pl) / 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

12.14.21 / Chemist Spirits / 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

12.16.21 / Archetype Brewery / 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Free Pet Food - Hendersonville, Nov. 27

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Blue Ridge Humane Society is offering free pet food on Saturday, Nov. 27 from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County, 1304 Ashe Street, 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.

"Your Dog Here" - Nov. 19, 26, 28

Three nights of drinks, dogs, and fundraising for Asheville Humane!

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Asheville Humane Society invites dog owners and their pups to help support our community of amazing animals. Each night there will be a fantastic raffle for prizes from Down Dog, Wagbar, Ruff Life Training and many more worth over $1000, a doggy photo booth, and the chance to get your dog on DSSOLVR's "Your Dog Here" beer label. Join the fun!

Dates & Locations

Friday, November 19th, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Down Dog, 51 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville

Friday, November 26th, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM at Wagbar, 320 Merrimon Avenue, Weaverville

Sunday, November 28th, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM at DSSOLVR, 63 N. Lexington Avenue, Asheville

Thanksgiving Tip: A Special Meal for Your Dog

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Thanksgiving meals for dogs and cats are available now at Patton Avenue Pet, while supplies last! These adorable meal kits are a great way to include the family pet in holiday celebrations, and they also make wonderful host gifts! Be sure to stop by soon to pick yours up, as they sell out every year!

This year, our Dog Meals contain The Honest Kitchen Turkey Stew with Quinoa, Carrots & Broccoli, Veggie Chips of Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans, Carrot, Squash, and Taro, and a Pumpkin Pie cookie for dessert for $9.99!

Check them out at Patton Avenue Pet Company's three locations in Asheville:

109 Patton Avenue (Downtown), 1388 Patton Avenue (West), 582 Hendersonville Road (South)

Adopt an Older Dog

Alicia-gauthier-KJDhTtPCveI-unsplashYou may think puppies take first place for cuteness, but if you're planning to adopt, a puppy isn't always the best choice. They take a lot of work, need guidance and can develop some bad habits if you're not diligent about training. Often times, adopting an older dog is a better option. Here are five reasons why, courtesy of the ASPCA:

  • Older animals with a history of living within a family may settle in more quickly than a puppy.
  • Adult animals won’t have teething issues and will come into your life less likely to cause destruction. Many are already house-trained and have already mastered basic commands.
  • It may be easier to bond with older animals due to their typically calmer dispositions, their familiarity with home environments, and their experience living with other animals.
  • Adult dogs require less supervision than puppies, who sometimes can’t distinguish between safe situations and dangerous ones and may not know—or care—what “no” means.
  • Whereas the personalities of puppies change as they grow up, the personalities of adult animals are fully-formed, which makes them more predictable. That doesn’t mean adult animals can’t learn—in fact, they can be amazingly adaptive.

Consider adopting a "senior" dog from your local animal shelter or rescue organization. You won't be sorry!

Photo by Alicia Gauthier on Unsplash

"Hiking Hounds" on Sundays

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 every Sunday 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 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.

Tails in Town - Hendersonville, Nov. 13

Screen Shot 2021-10-22 at 10.29.39 AMMake plans to attend the event that everyone is howling about!  TAILS IN TOWN!  It’s the ultimate day for dog lovers of all ages and a once a year opportunity to celebrate the companionship, joy and unconditional love that our furry friends bring to our lives.

  • Date: Saturday, Nov. 13th
  • Location: Main Street in Downtown Hendersonville
  • Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Tails In Town is a joint venture between WTZQ radio 95.3 FM, Blue Ridge Humane Society and Historic Downtown Henderson

  • Free event
  • Over 50 pet friendly vendors
  • Pet adoptions available through area pet rescues
  • Pet food drive to benefit Blue Ridge Humane Society for a chance to win gift certificates for WAG! Unique Pet Boutique
  • Live music
  • Barkers Anonymous presents Be “Pawvilous” fashion show
  • Fun activities for pets and their people
  • Something for all ages (and all breeds)!


The Canine Collaborative: Raise a Cup for Paws - Asheville, Nov. 12

Join together with other animal lovers for great food, amazing local beer, live music, and more to benefit the Asheville Humane Society.

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Raise a cup for a cause at The Canine Collaborative!

Share great food, amazing local beer, live music, and more to benefit the Asheville Humane Society.

Friday, Nov. 12 from 4 to 7 PM.


Atelier Maison & Co., 121 Sweeten Creek Road, #Suite 50, Asheville, NC 28803


AVL Charcuterie will be donating their delicious charcuterie cups

Ginger's Revenge will have a booth, giving out pours. Their seasonal ginger beer is amazing!

Archetype Brewing is donating a keg if ginger beer isn’t your thing.

Whistle Hop Brewing Company will be bringing their outdoor taproom.

Get tickets here!


Puppy Parade - Asheville, Nov. 6

Charles-deluvio-K4mSJ7kc0As-unsplash1st Annual Puppy Parade at Burton Street Community Center!

Saturday, November 6, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Burton Street Community Center
134 Burton St, Asheville, NC 28806, USA

Dress up your pup and enjoy dog treats, pet vendors, and more. Refreshments and snacks will be provided for pups and their owners! Prizes for “Best Dressed Pup” will be awarded.

Photo by Charles Deluvio on Unsplash

$5 Dog Adoption Fees - Asheville through Nov. 6

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Asheville Humane Society is at capacity for large dog kennels and need to make space!

They rely on the support of our community to make second chances possible for all these deserving lives. To make much-needed space and find loving homes, they are offering $5 adoptions to approved adopters for all dogs aged 6 months and up through Saturday, November 6th! Each adoption includes spay/neuter, all up-to-date vaccines, initial flea/heartworm preventive, microchip, and a free starter bag of food. 

If you can't adopt, please spread the word or consider donating a $5 fee to help a pet in need.

Come by the Adoption Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Tues. - Sat., 10 AM - 6 PM (nap time is 1 to 2 PM) and meet all the amazing dogs. For more information visit

Pet Vaccine Clinic - Asheville, Nov. 7


AHS Low Cost VaccinationsAsheville Humane Society is partnering with Appalachian Animal Hospital to provide low-cost pet vaccines on Sunday, November 7th from 1:00 - 3:00 PM at River Ridge Shopping Center, 800 Fairview Rd.

Cat and dog vaccines will range from $10-$15, and we will also have free supplies available such as flea/tick prevention and pet food.

The clinic will be cash-only, first come first served. Three-year rabies vaccines can only be provided with proof of up-to-date records.

ReTail Scene: Walking Your Dog? Use a Harness.

There's nothing better than walking your dog, right? But many dog owners make the mistake of using a leash and collar instead of a harness to walk their dogs -- and sometimes, it can be a fatal mistake. According to Wirecutter, a product evaluation service of The New York Times, "Every expert we spoke with agreed that walking your dog with a harness is safer than leading them by the collar. A harness gives you better control on walks and takes pressure off the neck if, say, your dog lunges after a squirrel. (In extreme cases, a dog pulling against a collar can cause tracheal collapse.)"

Wirecutter did three years of testing harnesses and picked the Kurgo Tru-Fit Smart Dog Walking Harness as the best of the bunch. Wirecutter says "Its buckles and straps are long-lasting, and it has both front and back attachment points, for greater versatility. It’s also easy to put on and available in a variety of sizes, and it comes with a great warranty." If you're interested, you can purchase this harness direct from Amazon below.

New Trend: On-Demand Pet Care

Katja-bayer-o4JgsxTZFxk-unsplashOn-demand pet care products and services are on the rise, according to communications research firm Wunderman Thompson. The organization cites the following examples:

  • A partnership between PetSmart and DoorDash extends DoorDash's same-day delivery to pet care, food and toys.
  • A new pet telehealth service, Dutch, launched in July.
  • Groomit, an app, offers salon-quality pet grooming at home.
  • On-demand pet walking and sitting services, such as, are increasing in number.

According to Wunderman Thompson's research, "89% of single Americans and 91% of Americans in committed relationships believe that pets are like de facto children."

Photo by Katja Bayer on Unsplash