Animal Causes

Beware of Online Puppy Scams

Carolina Mountain Dog is reprinting this important information from the ASPCA:

Rottweiler-1785760_1920Many families who spent much of the year in their homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic turned to the Internet to look for a pet. Unfortunately, more people looking for pets online means more people looking to profit. In 2020, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) has reported a record-high number of scams related to online puppy purchases. 

According to the BBB, the number of pet scams reported in 2020 will be more than double the number reported last year, and five times higher than in 2017 with families reporting that they paid for dogs they never received—and maybe never existed. These scams resulted in families losing over $3 million.  

But falling for a scam isn’t the only risk to buying a puppy online. Puppy purchasers have also reported receiving different puppies from the ones they “ordered,” sick puppies or a seller that disappears once the dog is shipped. 

And even if your mail-ordered pup is as cute and healthy as you hoped, there are real risks you may not have considered to buying a dog over the Internet—ones that harm dogs. Online, every seller markets themselves as a responsible, caring breeder of high-quality pups but the thousands of dollars sent to a far-away seller may actually be helping keep a puppy mill in business.

Cruel breeders use deceptive photos and slick websites to fool families. They exploit weak laws that allow them to keep dogs in conditions no one who loves dogs would accept. They use their profits not to provide better care for dogs, but to breed and sell more puppies.  

No animal lover wants to support cruelty. If you’re looking to add a dog to your family, please consider adoption and work with a reputable local shelter or rescue, or visit a responsible breeder

Source: https://www.aspca.org/news/when-it-comes-online-puppies-what-you-see-not-what-you-get

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Asheville Humane Hiking Hounds - Dec. 20, 27

Hiking houndsHiking 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.

The next hike will be on Sunday, December 20. An additional hike will be held on December 27.

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 10 AM for repeat hikers and 9:30 AM for new hikers. 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 now operates under these Covid-19 protocols:

We will ask that no one sign up for our hikes if they are at risk or have compromised immune systems. If you sign up and begin to feel ill, we ask that you cancel immediately.

We are asking all volunteers to stay in the parking lot, and not come into the building. The hike leaders will sign in the volunteers and will bring the dogs out to them. AHS is asking that ONLY hike leaders enter the building, no volunteers; anyone in the building must wear a mask. You will not be allowed to use the restroom inside the building, so plan on using the port-a-john at the Arboretum, or the woods. 

Bring hand sanitizer if you have it.

Please bring a leash of your own (if you have one), the fewer objects changing hands the better. 

We will maintain a 6 ft bubble as usual, for the safety of our volunteers and the dog's safety and comfort.  

We will eliminate bandanas and cards about the dogs; we can promote them through social media.

We will 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.


Holiday Howl and Meow Open House - Boone, NC, Dec. 12

Screen Shot 2020-12-08 at 4.14.45 PMWatauga Humane Society, 312 Paws Way, Boone, NC 28607 is holding a "Holiday Howl and Meow Open House" on Saturday, December 12, from 1-5 PM, as they celebrate the season and wish their animals love and cheer for the upcoming holidays. The WHS pets have sent a wish list to Santa Paws to make your holiday shopping much easier!

Please go to their wishlist here and bring a gift to place under the tree. Monetary gifts are also welcome. Visit our kitties to enjoy pets and purrs and experience happy barks and wagging tails as our dogs welcome you. For a donation, take a holiday picture with your pet or a shelter animal in our outdoor photo booth. SNIPS crafts will be available for early holiday shopping and we have goody bags everyone!

To ensure the safety of everyone, face coverings are required and temperatures will be checked at the entrance. In order to observe social distancing, only ten visitors are permitted per hour. Please use our online signup to reserve your time at the shelter by clicking here.


AHNA Annual Holilday Pet Food and Supply Drive

Screen Shot 2020-12-01 at 2.53.32 PMThe Animal Hospital of North Asheville (AHNA) is sponsoring its annual "Warm Hearts * Full Bellies" Holiday Pet Food and Supply Drive through Saturday, January 2, 2021.

Join AHNA this Holiday Season to help pets in need in our community. During "Warm Hearts * Full Bellies," AHNA will be collecting donations of wet or dry pet food, much-needed supplies, and monetary donations for the Asheville Humane Society (AHS) and Meals on Wheels of Buncombe County. Through Saturday, January 2nd, AHNA will be offering several different ways to donate to help these amazing organizations. Due to how the threat of COVID-19 has affected our community, they have made some changes to the annual holiday food drive with safety in mind.
 
Donations Accepted:
AHNA will be collecting wet or dry cat or dog food, small animal/rabbit food, cockatiel/parakeet bird food, cleaning supplies, pet supplies (toys, blankets, and more), along with monetary donations at AHNA.
DROP OFF:
There will be a donation bin on the patio at AHNA (1 Beaverdam Road, Asheville 28804) for donated items. Items can be dropped off during regular business hours (M-F 7:30am-6:00pm, and Sat 8am-5pm).
ONLINE:
Starting in December, AHNA will be offering online donation collections through Amazon wishlist and direct donations to the organizations. Supplies can be ordered online and delivered to AHNA. Donations will be distributed after the first of the year to the Asheville Humane Society and Meals on Wheels.
Direct Donations:
Asheville Humane Society: https://www.ashevillehumane.org/donation-drive
 
To show our appreciation, Animal Hospital of North Asheville has partnered with Science Diet Pet Food to donate an extra pound of food for every pound (up to 2,000 pounds) of pet food donated during our Holiday Pet Food Drive.
Please, if you want to donate by check, it must be written to the organization of your choice (not to Animal Hospital of North Asheville).

Your Dog and Santa in a Photo - Hendersonville, Dec. 5

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On Saturday, December 5 from 11 am to 4 pm, get your pet photos with Santa!  For a $20 donation to Blue Ridge Humane Society, you’ll receive 1-3 digital photos for your use, depending on how many good shots are gotten of your pet. Santa and another setup to be determined! Juls Buckman and Jason Liquori will be the photographers for the day.

The event will be hosted by Wag! A Unique Pet Boutique, 231 N. Main Street in downtown Hendersonville.

Appointments are required. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/817699229040142 or call Wag at (828) 697-7799.

Image by Oli R from Pixabay


Asheville Humane Hiking Hounds - Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27

Hiking houndsHiking 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.

The next hike will be on Sunday, December 6. Additional hikes in December will be held on December 13, 20 and 27.

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 10 AM for repeat hikers and 9:30 AM for new hikers. 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 now operates under these Covid-19 protocols:

We will ask that no one sign up for our hikes if they are at risk or have compromised immune systems. If you sign up and begin to feel ill, we ask that you cancel immediately.

We are asking all volunteers to stay in the parking lot, and not come into the building. The hike leaders will sign in the volunteers and will bring the dogs out to them. AHS is asking that ONLY hike leaders enter the building, no volunteers; anyone in the building must wear a mask. You will not be allowed to use the restroom inside the building, so plan on using the port-a-john at the Arboretum, or the woods. 

Bring hand sanitizer if you have it.

Please bring a leash of your own (if you have one), the fewer objects changing hands the better. 

We will maintain a 6 ft bubble as usual, for the safety of our volunteers and the dog's safety and comfort.  

We will eliminate bandanas and cards about the dogs; we can promote them through social media.

We will 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.


Blue Ridge Humane Society Silent Auction Through Nov. 21

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Join Blue Ridge Humane Society online through November 21 for their 70th Birthday Silent Auction! Chock-full of all kinds of great things, this is the purr-fect opportunity to get a leg up on holiday gifts for loved ones, your pet, or yourself! 

You'll find great items to bid on -- trips, gift cards, jewelry, amazing pet packages, and more to tickle your fancy and raise funds to support the work of Blue Ridge Humane Society into the next year.

Bidding ends November 21 at 9 pm, so check out the Silent Auction here:
https://blueridgehumane.rallyup.com/brhs-birthday-auction

 


$19.50 Adoption Fees - Hendersonville Through Nov. 19

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Blue Ridge Humane Society is celebrating its 70th year this month and they only have one birthday wish -- to get more animals adopted. Adoption fees have been discounted to $19.50 (in honor of their founding year) through November 19 so you can help them get their birthday wish!! 
 
To see available animals and fill out the adoption application visit https://www.blueridgehumane.org/
 
An Adoption Counselor will be in touch with more information about the animal and the next steps!
 
Plus... 70% Off at the Blue Ridge Society Thrift Store on Nov. 19!
 
Shop the Thrift Store on Thursday, November 19 and save 70% off items above $1.00 in celebration of 70 years of Blue Ridge Humane Society! If you've never visited the Thrift Store, it's got everything from housewares to clothing, boutique items to antiques, furniture to pet supplies! Each purchase directly funds the society's lifesaving work so by shopping, you are saving lives. Visit the Thrift Store at 1214 Greenville Highway in Hendersonville.

Mills River Valley Runs - Mills River, NC, Nov. 15

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The Mills River Valley races feature a 10K, 5K, and 1 Mile Doggy Dash on Sunday, November 15th at the Mills River Community Park and surrounding area with a flat, scenic course. The races are hosted by the Mills River SDA School and benefit the school and Blue Ridge Humane Society! Registration is open and precautions will be taken in the race format to ensure social distancing.

Details and registration here: https://millsrivervalleyrace.com/


Buncombe County COVID-19 Pet Information

Screen Shot 2020-10-21 at 11.45.30 AMThe following information is provided as a public service from Asheville Humane Society:

Pet Resources for Buncombe County Residents Affected by COVID-19
In order to help pet owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic keep their beloved pets, Asheville Humane Society is providing pet supplies for Buncombe County families experiencing financial hardship due to job loss or other effects of the current crisis. Pet owners in need of assistance can leave a message on Asheville Humane Society’s Safety Net Helpline at (828) 761-2008 to request resources and get more information about the services that are currently available.

Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center Now Open for Adoptions

In an effort to better serve the animals in our care, while keeping the safety of our staff and visitors a priority, we are discontinuing adoption appointments and reopening our Adoption Center to a limited number of walk-ins at a time to meet animals for adoption.

A set number of customers will be welcomed inside to adopt on a first come, first served basis. Safety protocols such as masks required, contactless temperature readings and social distancing within the building will remain the same. If the building reaches our set capacity, potential adopters will have socially distant options available to wait until the next spot opens.

Our hours of operation are Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm, with animal naptime each day from 1-2pm.

Please Note:

  • Masks are required for the safety of our adopters and staff.
  • When you arrive at the Adoption Center, a temperature reading will be taken with a contactless thermometer for you and anyone in your party. If reading is 100.4 or above, we ask that you please return home. 

Adoptions will still happen on a first come, first served basis. We will also continue to follow our practice of Open Adoptions, meaning each potential adopter will meet one-on-one with a trained Adoption Counselor to ensure the match is a good fit for both the animal and their new family.

Thank you for your patience and ongoing support during this unprecedented time, and we look forward to helping you find your new best friend!

To view available animals, visit https://ashevillehumane.org/adopt

Asheville Humane Society Thrift Store Open for Regular Hours

Thrift Store operations have resumed at full capacity, ensuring adherence to the number of people allowed to enter at one time as determined by the State/County for Phase 2. Please wear a mask if visiting the Thrift Store.

The Thrift Store is located in our Community Center at 1425 Patton Avenue. Please consider shopping for a good cause or donating your unwanted items to help animals in need! Thrift Store Hours - To Shop: Mon. - Sat., 10am - 6pm, To Donate Items: Tues. - Sat., 10am - 5pm.

Community Solutions - Pet Resources and Assistance:

Drive-through clinics are being held to serve our community. Other resources and services may be available for Buncombe County residents experiencing financial hardship or other crisis. For more information or to request resources or assistance for your pet, please call the Safety Net Helpline at (828)-761-2008.

 

 


Free Pet Food - Hendersonville, Nov. 9

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Blue Ridge Humane Society is holding a free pet food giveaway on Monday, November 9 from 9 am - 1 pm at the BRHS Adoption Center at 88 Centipede Lane, Hendersonville, NC. 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 do the same (contact free, wear a mask, and keep a 6 foot distance).

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 (zip code, number and type of pets), and place the food in your car trunk.


Strut Your Mutt 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Scurry - Hendersonville, Oct. 31

Screen Shot 2020-10-21 at 11.32.28 AMThe 3rd Annual Strut Your Mutt: A Casual 5K hosted by Blue Ridge Humane Society, and WTZQ Radio  is a human and pet friendly 5K and 1 Mile walk benefiting Blue Ridge Humane Society.

Presented by: Hunter Subaru

Strut Your Mutt goes virtual! 

The entire course for the 5K and 1 Mile will be marked for you to run or walk starting on Saturday, October 31 and will remain marked until November 8, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful scenery and routes. You’ll also have the option of completing your 5K or 1 mile on any route you choose and submitting your time. At the end of the submission period our overall winners will be announced and receive their prizes, as well as some extra fun things that will be announced closer to the event! Parking will be available at the courthouse overflow lots located at the corner of North Pine Street and 4th Avenue.Complete information is at the link below. All participants receive a pet-friendly swag bag.

Online registration will close Friday, October 30. Sign up here:
https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Hendersonville/BlueRidgeHumaneStrutYourMutt5k

 


Sarge's Furry Friends Online FunRaiser Through Oct. 25

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In this upside-down year, Sarge’s reimagined the annual Furry Friends Benefit Bash, a fall tradition. Since a large gathering for a sit-down dinner with auctions is not safe right now, the event will be held as an online auction through October 25 on Facebook.

“When we realized we couldn’t have Sarge’s Furry Friends Benefit Bash, we still wanted to have some fun,” said Paula Gatens, Sarge’s board member and auction committee leader. “Many small businesses in Haywood County stepped up to help us with this effort. We are thankful for their continuing support. We have more than 150 items for the auction.”

Returning to the auction will be the ever-popular rights to have your pet pictured on the 2021 Sarge’s Dog Walk T-shirt. New this year will be the rights to have your pet featured as Pet of the Month on Sarge’s website.

Auction items include dog and cat items, collectibles, golf certificates, plus area store, restaurant, and brewery gift cards. New items include a stay in a Waynesville Main Street apartment, five days of dog camp, pet laser therapy sessions, a salt room experience, personal training sessions, and handmade beaded ornaments.

“As the holidays approach, the gift cards in Sarge’s auction will make great gifts, and are easy to mail for those who are gifting this holiday season,” said Fred Strohm, Sarge’s administrator.

Sarge’s will use the services of Helping PAWS, Inc. to administer the auction. Helping PAWS is a group of dedicated animal lovers who run online auctions, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to rescue groups and animals in need.

Visit the Sarge’s FunRaiser event at: www.facebook.com/events/246139396749503; the auction will be active Oct. 21 – 25.

Sarge’s is grateful to Haywood County businesses, local artists and Sarge’s volunteers for donating items for the auction.


Virtual Mutt Strut for Greenville Humane Society

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The 2020 Mutt Strut presented by Papa John’s has gone virtual! Register online to support the homeless pets of the Greenville Humane Society! All registrations include a free large one-topping pizza from our presenting sponsor Papa John’s, this year’s awesome t-shirt, a race bib, finisher medal and more! Packets will be mailed in mid-October. Be sure to check out the virtual Mutt Market and visit the awesome sponsors whose support makes the Mutt Strut possible year after year! 

Competitors can complete the 2-mile walk/run any time between Sunday, November 1st and Sunday, November 8th. If you aren’t competing you can strut when you want with (or without) your pup, in the place of your choosing, for as long as you want or not at all! The proceeds of your registration will still help Greenville’s most vulnerable pets! 

Looking to compete? Race Director, Scott Bagwell, will send instructions on how to be timed and submit your results to all participants the week before the event. There are prize categories for race winners and for fundraising! Winners for each of the categories will be mailed trophies and be announced on social media on November 9th! Be sure to share photos of your strut with the #2020MuttStrut to be featured on our Facebook and Instagram!

For complete details including registration for the Greenville, SC Mutt Strut, visit http://www.ghsmuttstrut.com/ 


Senior Dogs are the Best -- Here's Proof!

Nothing can match the love, dedication and laid back nature of a senior dog. See for yourself in the wonderful "dogumentary" called SENIORS. Here is what the creators have to say about it:

SENIORS is a feature-length documentary full of love, hope, and second chances.  It focuses on three interwoven stories about senior dogs.  There’s Chaser, the smartest dog in the world.  Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, a retirement home for dogs in Tennessee.  And famed photographer, Jane Sobel Klonsky, who has devoted much of her talents towards capturing the bond between elderly dogs and their owners.

Unlike most animal documentaries, our goal is to highlight the positive.  No abuse will be shown in SENIORS.  This film will celebrate senior dogs and many of the seniors who love them.  It will show how vibrant they are, and how much they can offer to the world.  This will be the animal welfare film everyone can watch, leaving viewers grinning from ear-to-ear, and showing how old dogs really can teach us new tricks.

SENIORS, a dogumentary, is now available on Amazon Prime video and other streaming platforms. Watch the trailer below.

And by the way, senior dogs make great pets for older adults, too! Check out this informative article, "How Pets Can Benefit Older People's Mental and Physical Health."

 

 


Watauga Humane Society Virtual Adoption Event, Oct. 16-18

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If you’ve been thinking about a four-legged hiking partner or a furry running buddy, then don’t miss the “Outward Hounds” virtual adoption event October 16-18

The Watauga Humane Society (WHS, Boone, NC), Modern Subaru, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) are joining forces to help you find the perfect  “Outward Hounds” to join you on all your outdoor adventures.

“Many of the dogs that come to us are larger and very energetic,” said Ashlee Yepez, WHS Director of Operations “They make great hiking, camping, boating buddies and we call them our “Outward Hounds.” This partnership with Subaru is just a natural fit for helping them find the best people for them.”

October is “Adopt-a-Dog” month and WHS has a target of helping 15 dogs find their forever home during this three day virtual adoption event.

The first 15 dogs that get adopted during the event will receive a reduced adoption fee, a harness and car restraint strap, and an ID chip and name tag. All dogs adopted during the event will be eligible to win several prizes including no adoption fee, a year’s membership to the WHS Dog Park, and goodie bags full of gifts for the dog and their people.

To see animals available for adoption and learn more about the event, visit https://wataugahumane.org/

Image: Watauga Humane Society


Free Pet Food - Hendersonville, Oct. 12

Jornada-produtora-6_gJm1FjaFg-unsplashFor Henderson County residents who cannot afford food for their pets, Blue Ridge Humane Society will be holding a free pet food giveaway on Monday, October 12, from 9 AM to 1 PM. It will take place at:

Blue Ridge Humane Society
88 Centipede Lane
Hendersonville, NC

Also... October is a great month to adopt from Blue Ridge Humane Society! This month, Hunter Subaru will make a $100 donation to BRHS for every animal adoption (up to 31 adoptions). To see available animals, visit: https://www.blueridgehumane.org/

Photo by Jornada Produtora on Unsplash


Strut Your Mutt - Hendersonville, Oct. 31

Screen Shot 2020-09-16 at 10.37.52 AMThe 3rd Annual Strut Your Mutt: A Casual 5K hosted by Blue Ridge Humane Society, and WTZQ Radio  is a human and pet friendly 5K and 1 Mile walk benefiting Blue Ridge Humane Society.

Presented by: Hunter Subaru

Strut Your Mutt goes virtual! The entire course for the 5K and 1 Mile will be marked for you to run or walk starting on Saturday, October 31 and will remain marked until November 8, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful scenery and routes. You’ll also have the option of completing your 5K or 1 mile on any route you choose and submitting your time. At the end of the submission period overall winners will be announced and receive their prizes, as well as some extra fun things that will be announced closer to the event!

All participants receive a pet-friendly swag bag. Registration deadline for guaranteed race t-shirt is October 4 , 2020. Online registration will close Friday, October 30.

Parking will be available at the courthouse overflow lots located at the corner of North Pine Street and 4th Avenue.

Register here: https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Hendersonville/BlueRidgeHumaneStrutYourMutt5k


Blessing of the Pets - Mills River, Sept. 26

People-309479_1280The 12th Annual Blessing of the Pets at Mills River Presbyterian Church, 10 Presbyterian Church Road, Mills River, NC 28759, will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2020, with a  “drive thru” ceremony that offers a safe, socially-distant blessing for their pets.

From 10 am to noon, Rev. Merri Alexander and members of Mills River Presbyterian Church will offer pet readings and blessings as vehicles drive through the one-way pet blessing.

Vehicles coming through the Drive-Thru Pet Blessing will meet with church elders for prayers and readings, get a doggie bag of treats, and then continue through the planned route to receive personalized blessings from Rev. Alexander. At the final stop, people are invited to donate unopened bags and cans of pet foods to representatives of Blue Ridge Humane Society (BRHS). The collected items will be used to fill the Pet Pantry at BRHS that supports the needs of area residents who cannot afford food for their pets.

Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay


Asheville Adoption Center Now Open - Dog Adoptions Just $10

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This is from Asheville Humane Society:
 
To better serve the animals in our care, while keeping the safety of our staff and visitors a priority, we are discontinuing appointment-only adoptions and opening our doors to a limited number of walk-ins at a time to meet our adoptable pets! 
 
With over 370 cats and kittens currently in our care (in our Shelter, Adoption Center and foster homes) we are still OVERFLOWING with felines in need!!! To help make space and save lives, we are also *EXTENDING* our fee-waived promotion for all felines through September 30th!!
 
Adoption fees for all canines will be $10!
 
If you can't adopt, please spread the word!
 
NEW ADOPTION PROCEDURE:
 
A set number of customers will be welcomed inside to adopt on a first come, first served basis. Safety protocols such as masks required, contactless temperature readings and social distancing within the building will remain the same. If the building reaches our set capacity, potential adopters will have socially distant options available to wait until the next spot opens.
 
Our hours of operation are Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm, with animal naptime each day from 1-2 pm.
 
We humbly ask in advance for your patience and understanding, as facilitating adoptions during COVID-19 times is an ongoing learning experience for everyone! We are trying to find the balance between helping the animals who rely on us, while ensuring the continued safety and health of Asheville Humane Society's adopters, volunteers and staff.
 
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).
 
Image: Asheville Humane Society