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$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.


The Four Key Lessons of Dog Adoption

Guest Post by John Woods

Dog AdoptionAs someone who has volunteered at national dog shelters, dog adoption has always been something close to my heart.

More recently, as I’ve started actively trying to educate people on training and caring for dogs, my passion has moved into adopting dogs.

In this article, I want to share with you what I believe are 4 key lessons on dog adoption which must be learned before adopting a dog.

1. Be Informed and Knowledgeable

The first snippet of wisdom I can share with you is to be your own source of information and to be prepared for adopting a dog. There are many guides on dog adoption, however the first step is to gather information.

Shelters and dog rescues have their own vetting process on matching dog-parents and dogs. But even before visiting, you should understand why you want to adopt a dog and the type of dog you want to adopt.

I’m not suggesting you go “designer dog shopping,” however, I am suggesting you understand the different temperaments in dogs, dog breed classifications and the general differences in activity levels of small, medium and large dogs. You should aim to adopt a dog with a similar lifestyle, temperament and needs to your own so you can loving keep the dog for the entirety of their lives.

2. An Existing Dog in Your Household

The majority of people who adopt dogs, have either already owned/adopted a dog, or currently are dog-parents.

This advice is especially important to those who own dogs; it’s essential that you are consistent and fair with both dogs when you adopt a dog. Being a good dog-parent is knowing when both dogs are compatible with each other, being strong enough to not adopt a dog (even if it’s cute) and after adoption, training the adopted dog.

Training a mature dog can take different skills, patience and ability, than training a young pup who is ready to learn. Often dog-parents must relearn some old skills and be consistent to ensure the new family addition is as well trained as the existing dog.

3. Are You Responsible?

Most adults are used to being responsible for something or someone. And you must be just that when adopting a dog.

Responsible in the sense that:

  • You’re ready and able to pay the vet bills
  • You understand about basic dog nutrition and feeding your dog
  • Understanding dog training methods and how to train a dog.

Being responsible also means loving your dog and being able to commit a significant amount of time, especially during the first few weeks of adoption, to comfort, train and love your new family member.

4. Supporting Adoption

When the time comes and you feel you are ready to adopt, and have considered the information above, you must be sensible in your choice of shelter or rescue center from which you choose to adopt.

Here is a quick acid test you can use to ensure you are dealing with a reputable shelter who cares for dogs and not just profit margins:

  1. Reasonable Adoption Fees – Unless you are adopting a puppy from a shelter, you shouldn’t expect to pay above $200 for a dog.
  2. Rigorous Process – The shelter should undertake a dog-parent screening process. Sometimes a home visit will be required before the adoption is approved.
  3. Health Checks – The shelter typically will have done a medical exam, spayed/neutered the dog, and will have the dog microchipped as part of the adoption fee.

I recommend adopting a dog from a shelter who follows these three rules.

I hope that these four lessons will help you and support you on your journey to adopting a dog who is both loved and compatible with your family!

John Woods is a dog fanatic and has a blog over at all things dogs. He’s a dog trainer who is on a mission to educate 40 million dog owners and lovers on how to care for dogs. Photo provided by the author.


Adopt a Shelter Dog in October

StuartmilesfdpOctober is "Adopt a Shelter Dog" month -- a good time to think about making a dog from a shelter, rescue or humane society part of your home. A great resource for information about adopting is The Shelter Pet Project, a collaborative campaign between the Humane Society of the United States and Maddie's Fund, with the help of the Ad Council.

Here's what The Shelter Pet Project says about adopting:

Ask anyone who has adopted a pet and they’ll share with you their story of love, fun and companionship. Why? Because shelter pets are amazing!

Within the next year, 29 million people just like you intend to bring a pet into their families. If fewer than 10 percent of them—just 2.4 million—choose to adopt, we will save all the dogs and cats who currently enter shelters but don’t find homes!

Remember: Dogs and cats who are taken into the care of shelters and rescue groups each year find themselves homeless through no fault of their own; “moving” and “landlord issues” are the top reasons people give up their pets.

This means shelters and rescues are full of loving, spayed or neutered, vaccinated and often trained pets who are just waiting to meet you! By adopting a cat or dog from a shelter or rescue, you can rest assured that you have not supported the puppy mill industry.

Adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue is a win-win, for you and the pet. So, what are you waiting for? Begin your search and start your own story today!

In addition to the above information from The Shelter Pet Project, here is a very helpful article from Wiley Pup: "Why Adopt a Shelter Dog? 20 Astonishing Shelter Dog Facts."

Image: Stuart Miles, Freedigitalphotos.net

 


No Fee Adoptions - Asheville, Sept. 20, 21, 22

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On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, September 20, 21, and 22, Asheville Humane Society is holding a NO FEE adoption event. This special Subaru Loves Pets event is made possible by the ASPCA and Subaru of America, Inc.!

The Adoption Center is currently FULL of wonderful pets... dogs, cats, bunnies, roosters, pigs, and more! If you've been thinking about adopting, NOW is the time! Every animal, every age is available at NO FEE.

If you can't adopt, please forward this message or consider dropping off a donation of food or supplies to the Adoption Center or Prestige Subaru!

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!


Dog Day Afternoon - Asheville, Sept. 15

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Dog Day Afternoon will be held on Saturday, September 15 from 12 to 4 PM at Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Drive in the River Arts District, Asheville, NC 28801.

Dog Day Afternoon, sponsored by radio station Mix 96.5 is WNC’s largest dog-centric, family friendly event! It’s a spectacular celebration of our beloved furry friends featuring:

  • Canines in the Clouds, the ultimate sport, stunt and trick dog show
  • a Huge Adopt-a-Thon with lovable animals from local rescue organizations
  • doggie contests including the Fastest Dog in Asheville
  • Wiener Dog Race
  • Pet Supply and Services Vendors
  • Music
  • Food and Beer

The A-B Tech Pet University will feature chats all day from experts on training, and new pet products, such as CBD oils blended especially for dogs.

Tickets are just $8 at the entrance. Kids under 10 and all dogs get in free. A portion of the proceeds supporting Asheville Humane Society, Mountain Pet Rescue, and Boxer Butts and Other Mutts.

Prestige Subaru is also giving you a chance to experience the 2019 Subaru Ascent, featuring standard symmetrical all-wheel drive for all your adventure needs, now with available “New Dog Smell” from Asheville Humane Society. 

Image: Mix 96.5  


$5 Adoptions Through Sept. 8 - Asheville

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$5 ADOPTIONS for all animals 6 months and older.

Asheville Humane Society is currently receiving an average of 30 new animals in need EVERY DAY! NOW through Saturday, adopt any pet (age 6 months & up) and get priceless love for the cost of a pumpkin spice latte! For just $5, you can spice up your life with a loving pet who will be by your side through every season!

Can't adopt? PLEASE SHARE! Tag a friend who loves pumpkin spice (and pets!)

All adoptions include spay/neuter, microchip, all up-to-date vaccines, initial flea and heartworm preventive, a free starter bag of food, and an optional month of free pet health insurance!

Visit the Adoption Center at 14 Forever Friend Lane, off Brevard and Pond Roads near the WNC Farmers Market. Hours are 10 AM to 6 PM Tuesday through Saturday, with 1 to 2 PM reserved for naptime. The website (http://www.ashevillehumane.org) is updated in real time. If an animal's photo appears on the site, that animal is still available for adoption at that time!


$5 Dog Adoptions Through Sept. 1 in Asheville

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$5 Bark to School Special!

On Thursday through Saturday, August 30 - September 1, from 10 am to 6 pm, Asheville Humane Society will offer $5 fees for all dogs age 6 months and up! If you can’t adopt, please SHARE!

Asheville Humane Society's Adoption Center has been consistently FULL all summer long. Even though hundreds of animals found their forever homes this month, more pets are being brought to the Buncombe County Animal Shelter each day and space is scarce. AHS really needs your help this Labor Day Weekend! Take home priceless love for just $5, and head bark to school with a new best friend!

All adoptions include spay/neuter, microchip, all up-to-date vaccines, initial flea and heartworm preventive, a free starter bag of food, and a month of free pet health insurance!

Thank you to Four Seasons Plumbing for their amazing support all year long!! Their generous sponsorship of AHS adoption ads helps spread the word about all the animals in need!

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!


Reduced or No-Fee Adoptions at 9 WNC Shelters - Aug. 16-19

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Get ready to adopt your best friend at the massive "No Pets Left Behind" adoption extravaganza the weekend of August 18! In Western North Carolina, 9 shelters, humane societies and rescue organizations will be offering special pricing -- either extremely reduced fees or no fees at all -- for adorable, adoptable animals. Here are the details:

Asheville Humane Society
(Sponsored by Apple Tree Honda)

Event Days and Hours: Thursday-Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 1pm-6pm
Event Location: Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center, 14 Forever Friend Ln. Asheville, NC 28806
Promotion Details: Fee-waived on all pets
View Adoptable Pets

Blue Ridge Humane Society

Event Days and Hours: Friday 10am-7pm and Saturday 10am-5pm
Event Location: Blue Ridge Humane Society, 88 Centipede Ln, Hendersonville, NC 28792
Promotion Details: "Pick Your Own Adoption Fee"
View Adoptable Pets

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue

Event Days and Hours: Friday 10am-7pm and Saturday 10am-6pm
Event Location: Brother Wolf Adoption Center, 31 Glendale Ave, Asheville, NC 28803
Promotion Details: Fee-waived pets with length of stay over 3 months
View Adoptable Pets

Foothills Humane Society

Event Days and Hours: Friday and Saturday 11am-5pm
Event Location: Foothills Humane Society, 989 Little Mountain Rd, Columbus, NC 28722
Promotion Details: All pets $5
View Adoptable Pets

Mitchell County Animal Rescue

Event Days and Hours:Thursday and Friday 10am-4:30pm. CLOSED ON SATURDAY
Event Location: Mitchell County Animal Rescue, 2492 US-19E, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Promotion Details: Cats fee-waived, dogs half price 
View Adoptable Pets

Mountain Pet Rescue

Event Days and Hours: Saturday 10am-5pm
Event Location: The Thrift Hound Thrift Store, 232 New Leicester Hwy, Asheville, NC 28806
Promotion Details: All pets half price
View Adoptable Pets

Rusty's Legacy

Event Days and Hours: Saturday, Time TBD
Event Location: PetSmart, 150 Bleachery Blvd, Asheville, NC 28805
Promotion Details: $100 adoption fee
View Adoptable Pets

Transylvania County Animal Services

Event Days and Hours: Friday 10am – 5:30pm and Saturday 10am – 4pm
Event Location: Transylvania County Animal Services, 1124 Old Rosman Hwy, Brevard, NC 28712
Promotion Details: Half price for all adult pets
View Adoptable Pets

Yancey County Humane Society

Event Days and Hours: TBD
Event Location: Yancey County Humane Society, 962 Cane River School Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714 
Petco, 964 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804
Promotion Details: All pets fee-waived
View Adoptable Pets


Adopt Now with No Fee in Asheville!

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Because the Adoption Center remains full, Asheville Humane Society is now offering all animals 6 months and older at no cost. If you cannot adopt, please let friends and family know about this special opportunity.

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 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!

* All animals 6 months or older.


No-Cost Adoptions on Animals 6 Months and Older - Asheville

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Because the Adoption Center is full, Asheville Humane Society is offering all animals 6 months and older at no cost. 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 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!

* All animals 6 months or older.


No Adoption Fees for Animals 6 Months and Older - Asheville

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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 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!

* All animals 6 months or older.


No Adoption Fees and a Plea for Dry Pet Food - Asheville, June 14, 15, 16

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Asheville Humane Society's Adoption Center is full AGAIN, mainly with adult dogs. This Thursday - Saturday, June 14 - 16, NO ADOPTION FEES for all pets over 6 months old!!!

PLEASE SHARE!

Can’t adopt? Please donate pet food!! The community pet pantry is BARE! Donate in person or from Amazon: http://a.co/1TVsy79

Asheville Humane Society partners with 15 human food pantries to provide pet food to our community’s cats and dogs in need. Helping animals stay in homes where they are loved keeps pets OUT of the shelter system in the first place! This is their main goal year-round, but especially when they are already at capacity, with hundreds of animals in our care!

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 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!


Mitchell County Animal Rescue Fundraiser - Spruce Pine, NC, June 9

Screen Shot 2018-06-04 at 9.19.39 AMA fundraiser will be held for Mitchell County Animal Rescue (MCAR) on Saturday, June 9th at 14480 Highway 226 S, Spruce Pine, NC. The YaYa Village Farmers Market will be held from 9 AM to 2 PM, with produce, crafts, pottery wheel turning, and more. Also available will be cat yoga classes: Kids Cat Yoga (12 and under) from 9:30 to 10 AM for $5, and Adult Cat Yoga from 10 to 11 AM ($10). Additional cash donations and donations of cat food, cat toys and cat litter are welcome. Animals will be available for adoption. All funds raised will be donated to Mitchell County Animal Rescue.

 


$5 Adoption Fees for Senior Pets - Asheville, June 7 through 9

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It's Senior Prom at Asheville Humane Society and they are celebrating with $5 adoption fees for all animals age 5 and up, this Thursday - Saturday, June 7-9. The kitties and doggies have donned their finest prom attire and are ready to pose for their "Going Home" prom photos with you! Don't worry about bringing a corsage or a boutonniere... these photogenic pets just want a forever home!

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 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!


PetSmart Adopt-a-Thon - Asheville, May 19, 20

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On Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, PetSmart Charities will be sponsoring a national Spring Adopt-a-Thon from 11 AM to 3 PM.

The Asheville Adopt-a-Thon will be held at the PetSmart location at 150 Bleachery Blvd. Animals from Asheville Humane Society, along with shelters and rescue organizations from around Western North Carolina, will be available for adoption. This is a great opportunity to see lots of adoptable pets at one location, so stop by. Maybe you'll find the love of your life at PetSmart!


$10 Spay/Neuter in Henderson County

SpayneuterWith support from the City of Hendersonville, and with support and collaboration from Henderson County, Blue Ridge Humane Society is now able to offer low cost spay-neuter as part of the Spay-Neuter Incentive Program, or SNIP. The cost to spay-neuter your pet if you are a resident of Henderson County, NC is just $10.

To complete the application process visit Henderson County Animal Services Center, 828 Stoney Mountain Rd., Hendersonville, or  call 828-698-4481, or email snip@blueridgehumane.or to get started. 

When making an appointment, pet owners must bring with them payment for the surgery as well as one of the following documents to verify residency:

  • NC Driver’s License or ID Card
  • Utility Bill
  •  Benefit Statement from Social Security
  • Military Benefit Statement
  • Real Estate Tax Statement
  • SSA-Retirement, Survivors and Disability Income-Notice of Award letter
  • Medicaid ID Card
  • Bank Statement

Please Note: A document indicating a post office box within the County will not be adequate proof of residency.

At the Henderson County Animal Services, pet owners will be asked to fill out a quick survey and an admission form provided by ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance. Feel free to download the survey and bring the completed copy with you to Henderson County Animal Services when scheduling your appointment. The $10 fee must be paid when the surgery appointment is made. 

This fee includes payment for the surgery as well as a rabies vaccination. These other services can be provided at an additional cost:

  • Surgery & Rabies – $10 (It is state law that your pet be up-to-date on the rabies vaccine. Unless you have proof of a current rabies vaccine, one will be administered at the time of surgery.)
  • Microchip – $15
  • Heartworm Test – $18
  • FeLV/FIV Test – $18
  • Kennel Cough – $10
  • Canine Distemper – $10
  • Feline Distemper – $10
  • Nail Trim – $5

On the day of the appointment, pets must be dropped off between 8:00 AM and 8:15 AM at the Henderson County Animal Services Center at 828 Stoney Mountain Road and picked up between 11:30 AM and 12:00 PM at the same location the following day. These times may vary slightly based on your scheduled appointment, you will receive this information at the time of sign up. 

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