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Low Cost Spay/Neuter in Mitchell County

SpayneuterMitchell County Animal Rescue (MCAR) offers low cost spay/neuter for your pet. The cost for male cats is $43, for female cats and all dogs the price is $60. MCAR may have special assistance available for low-income families through their Community Care Spay/Neuter Fund. Ask them about it.

Call or stop by the MCAR shelter during business hours to make arrangements. The shelter is located at 2492 US Highway 19E, Spruce Pine, NC  28777. It is open Mon., Tues., Thurs. and Fri. from 10 AM to 4:30 PM, Wed. from 10 AM to 12 PM and Sat. from 10 AM to 2 PM.

If you have proof of vaccinations for your pet please bring them for MCAR to copy. There will be a $10 charge for rabies vaccination if needed. Distemper booster shots are available for $10. Pets must travel in a hard shell plastic carrier. If you need to rent one the cost is $5. All arrangements and payment must be made in advance. Your pet's appointment will be another date. The MCAR veterinarian can spay or neuter puppies and kittens at age 12 weeks and 2.5 lbs.

For more information visit https://www.mitchellcountyanimalrescue.org/services

Check out all the animals available for adoption too!


"Senior Prom" at Asheville Humane - $6 Senior Adoptions

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It's "Senior Prom" at Asheville Humane Society and they're celebrating with $6 adoption fees for all animals age 6 and up! Stop by from Wednesday through Saturday, June 12 - 15.

Their ladies and gents have donned their finest prom attire and are ready to pose for their "Going Home" prom photos with adopters at a sparkly photo booth. Don't worry about bringing a corsage or a boutonniere... Asheville Humane's pets just want a forever home!

Asheville Humane's "Senior Prom" is not only celebrating senior pets, but the wonderful seniors of our community. Asheville Humane is partnering with Buncombe County Health & Human Services to attend the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Walk on Thursday, June 13 at Carrier Park!

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 (Tuesdays until 7 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!


$10 Adoptions - Asheville, June 5 through June 8

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This Wednesday through Saturday, June 5 through June 8, you'll be able to find the love of your life at Asheville Humane Society for just $10 (age 6 months and up)! It's raining cats and dogs at the Adoption Center and Asheville Humane Society is currently **FULL** of animals ready to be your sunshine on a cloudy day! This Wednesday through Saturday, enjoy a rainy-day discount when you adopt a forever friend, age 6 months and up!

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 (Tuesdays until 7 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!

Can't adopt? Please spread the word, or sponsor a pet's fee for $10!


Yappy Hour Fundraiser - Maggie Valley, NC, June 7

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Haywood Spay/Neuter is holding a Yappy Hour Fundraiser at the Maggie Valley Country Club, 1819 Country Club Drive in Maggie Valley, NC on Friday, June 7 beginning at 5:30 PM. The event includes hors d'oeuvres, drinks, a wine pull, a silent auction, a live art auction, and more. Tickets are $50 and proceeds benefit Haywood Spay/Neuter.

For sponsorships and to buy tickets, visit http://haywoodspayneuter.org/yappyhour.html


$10 Adoptions - Asheville, May 17, 18

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$10 ADOPTION FEES!
Soak up the sun with your new bestie!

NOW is the time to adopt a hiking buddy or CATio companion! This Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18, all pets (age 6 months and up) will have $10 adoption fees at Asheville Humane Society! Stop by the Adoption Center for some summer lovin', and leave with a friend for every season!

Can't adopt? Please spread the word! Asheville Humane Society is FULL of pets who are waiting for their time in the sun!

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 (Tuesdays until 7 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!


$4 Adoptions - Asheville, May 4

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May the Fourth Be With You! A short time from now in a galaxy not very far away... Asheville Humane Society asks you to join their mission of finding homes for animals in need!

This Saturday, May 4 all Jedi pets (age 6 months and up) will have $4 adoption fees to celebrate Star Wars Day! (Lightsabers not included.) Who will be your Chosen One??

Can't adopt? Please spread the word! The canine spaces are FULL and 90 dogs are currently available for adoption!

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 (Tuesdays until 7 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!


"Adopt Them All" - $10 Adoptions through April 30!

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Calling all Pet Avengers! Your superpower is SAVING LIVES!! Asheville Humane Society is currently full of canines needing a superhero to provide them with a second chance... and a home of their own. YOU can save the day!

Now through APRIL 30th adoption fees for ALL animals age 6 months and up will be just $10! The pets in need have a superpower of their own to offer in return... priceless love!

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 (Tuesdays until 7 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!

Can't adopt? Please spread the word!


$10 Adoptions Through April 30 - Asheville

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Calling all Pet Avengers! Your superpower is SAVING LIVES!! Asheville Humane Society is currently full of canines needing a superhero to provide them with a second chance... and a home of their own. YOU can save the day!

Now through APRIL 30th adoption fees for ALL animals age 6 months and up will be just $10! The pets in need have a superpower of their own to offer in return... priceless love!

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 (Tuesdays until 7 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!

Can't adopt? Please spread the word!


$7 Adoptions, Dogs 6 Months and Up - Asheville, March 15, 16

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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 (Tuesdays until 7 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!


$10 Adoption Fees on Valentine's Day, Asheville

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This Valentine's Day, find your FURever love at Asheville Humane Society! They are full of Furry Valentines who are looking to be swept of their paws! On Thursday, February 14 only, all animals (age six months and up) will have $10 adoption fees!

Open your heart to an animal in need - you will get so much love in return!

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 (Tuesdays until 7 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!


$10 Dog Adoption Fees, Asheville, Feb. 2

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$10 adoption fees for all dogs over 6 months old on Saturday, Feb. 2 at Asheville Humane Society!

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 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!


Coffee and Donuts with Gretzky - Asheville, Dec. 15

Screen Shot 2018-12-07 at 12.49.48 PMJoin Gretzky for Coffee and Donuts in the Education Room at Asheville Humane Society on Saturday, December 15, at 10 AM!

Gretzky has been waiting since February for a home of his own... he's been overlooked far too long! We hope this event will showcase what a wonderful dog Gretzky is, and give him the opportunity to meet one-on-one with potential adopters. You'll get to meet with Gretzky while enjoying refreshments. Treats for him, and coffee and donuts for you! Plus, you can visit the other dogs available for adoption at the Adoption Center. 

Gretzky looks forward to meeting you!!

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 (Tuesdays until 7 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!


No Fee Adoptions through Dec. 29 - Asheville

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Asheville Humane Society is waiving all adoption fees for animals 6 months and older through Saturday, December 29. It's a ho-ho-ho-no fee extravaganza!

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 (Tuesdays until 7 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!


$8.28 Adoptions in the "828" - Now Through Nov. 17

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Asheville has been voted the "Quirkiest town in America," and we as a community celebrate the quirky qualities that make our town and residents stand out from the crowd!

Help Asheville Humane Society "Keep Asheville Humane Weird" by celebrating our local, unique pets for adoption! For less than the cost of your next tattoo, give a permanent place in your heart to a forever friend. Whether you're a "cat weirdo" or a "dog weirdo," Asheville Humane has got the pet for you!

Now through Saturday, November 17, all animals over six months old are just $8.28!

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 (Tuesdays until 7 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!


A Guide to Adopting Your First Dog

Guest Post by Jennifer Scott

Editor's Note: While most Carolina Mountain Dog readers already have dogs, this article will be very helpful if you plan to adopt another dog. Or, please pass it along to a first-time adopter.

AngelinaLitvin-unsplash.comWhen you get the idea to adopt a dog, it’s hard to shake. Suddenly you see floppy ears, furry paws and wet noses everywhere you go. Dogs provide their owners with unending and unconditional love. They are always excited to see their humans walk through the front door no matter how long they’ve been away from home.

Each dog has their own personality and moods, but all-in-all pups are cheerful, kind, funny and completely lovable. Owning a dog is also healthy. Having a canine companion provides plenty of exercise and dog ownership has been shown to help lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels and feelings of loneliness

Convinced adopting a dog is right for you? Read on for advice on picking out a pup and helping them adjust to your home those first few weeks.

Finding a Lifestyle Companion

The best dog for you is the one that is going to fit into your lifestyle. For instance, if you are an active person who likes to spend their weekends running trails and hiking mountains, adopting an active breed that can keep up with you for miles means you have a new exercise buddy that is always game. People who live in apartments or homes without yards, on the other hand, would do better with a lazier pup that prefers the comforts of the great indoors over being exposed to the elements. Talk with an animal adoption specialist about what you expect from pet ownership so they can make the best match possible.

Preparing Your Home for Pet Ownership

Bringing your new best friend home for the first time may be exciting for you, but entering a new environment full of strange sights and smells can be overwhelming for a dog. To make it easier, have everything clean and set up before you bring your dog home. Have water and food bowls set in their designated spot where it is easy for your pup to find them. Have plenty of treats, chews, and a good supply of limited-ingredient dog food on hand. Setting up a bed for your dog to enjoy in communal living areas gives them a space to sit so they aren’t jumping on furniture and taking up your spot on the couch. When you bring your pup home, let them explore these areas and figure things out themselves and they’ll settle in no time.

Beyond preparing your home for your dog, you also want to prepare yourself. Having everything you may need to address an emergency (or maybe not-so-emergency) situations. Pick out a veterinarian and schedule a meet-and-greet visit shortly after you adopt. Locate an animal emergency clinic nearby so you don’t have to waste time looking up options if your dog needs immediate medical help.

Also invest in plenty of cleaning supplies that combat pet hair, dander, and drool. This includes having a quality vacuum cleaner. Keeping a pet-friendly model like the Dirt Devil Razor Pet in a common room gives you access to dirt-busting power anytime you see a tumbleweed of hair blow across your floor.

Adopt Don’t Shop

People might like to buy purebred dogs because they are predictable. But unless you plan to show or breed, there really isn’t a good reason to drop $500 to $3,000 minimum on a pet when there are hundreds of thousands of animals in shelters waiting for a person like you to take them home. If you buy a dog at a pet store, you are very likely supporting puppy mills, which typically raise dogs in horrible conditions. Sure, shelters have their fair share of problem pooches. However, if you work with an adoption specialist at your local shelter you can find a canine companion that fits perfectly into your home and lifestyle.

When you adopt a shelter animal:

  • Another spot at the shelter opens for another animal in need
  • You make the marketplace less profitable for puppy mills
  • Your new pup comes with some basic training via shelter employees
  • You save money on adoption fees, microchips, and initial vet costs
  • The money you give to the shelter goes back into a good cause
  • The dog you adopt is forever grateful for what you’ve done
  • You save a dog’s life

If you are interested in dog ownership, don’t go for purebred unless you are looking to show or breed. Instead, turn to your local shelter to find the perfect lifestyle companion while doing some good. You perfect dog is going to be the kind that reflects your likes and interests. For instance, active people should pick out a dog that can play for hours. When preparing the home for the dog’s arrival, make sure it’s ready by having all of the pup’s possessions out and ready to be used. Furthermore, prepare yourself with vet information and cleaning supplies that take care of all kinds of emergencies.

Jennifer Scott has experienced anxiety and depression since she was a teenager. She shares stories about the ups and downs of her anxiety and depression at https://spiritfinder.org/

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Happy Mutt Benefit Party - Tryon, Nov. 10

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Join Foothills Humane Society at the "Happy Mutt Benefit Party" on Saturday, November 10, 11 AM to 3 PM, at Tryon Depot, 22 Depot Street, Tryon, NC

• Hot and cold buffet includes oil and vinegar delights
• Music by Daniel Keller, jazz guitarist/music teacher
• Music by Dr. Iain Fitch, DVM, CVC, Native American flutes
• Happy mutts to pet and adopt with assurance at an event fee special of only $10 from the Foothills Humane Society
• Goin’ to the Dogs silent auction and “raffle”
• 15% discount at the store, Saturday 11/10, to celebrate Jessica’s birthday

*Advance tickets needed! Buy now at A Taste of Olives
& Grapes, 10 N. Trade St.,Tryon, NC • 828-859-0212


$5 Adoptions Through October 31 in Asheville

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Asheville Humane's "Hocus Pocus" Adoption Event has been EXTENDED! Now through October 31, adopt any animal over 6 months old at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center. The Adoption Center is full of adorable adoptables -- plus there are plenty more cuties in the Buncombe County Animal Shelter just waiting to come over to the Adoption Center to get their chance to find forever homes! It's a great time to adopt. 

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 (Tuesdays until 7 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!


WLOS Pet Project - Arden, Oct. 19

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Come to Camp Bow Wow for the News 13 Pet Project on Friday, October 19 from 9 AM to 6 PM! 

Asheville channel WLOS News 13 is partnering with seven local humane societies/rescue groups, including Asheville Humane Society, to help animals in our area find forever homes. There will be animals available for adoption and a drive to collect pet food/supplies, cleaning supplies and monetary donations for all of the local rescues that day.

This is a great opportunity to help local humane societies and rescue groups -- and maybe adopt the love of your life!

Camp Bow Wow is located at 5 Airport Road, Arden, NC 28704.