Animal Causes

"Barkyard Parties" for Blue Ridge Humane Society, Sept. 17-19

This information is from Blue Ridge Humane Society in Hendersonville, NC:
 
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Join us in celebrating animal rescue, a second chance, and saving lives!

You can be a part of this year’s "Barkyard Parties" by hosting a private event with friends, attending a public gathering at one of our partner businesses, or donating in lieu of attending an event to help the animals we care for in so many ways at Blue Ridge Humane Society!

Learn how you can support our work and find an event to attend online at 
www.blueridgehumane.org or by calling Laresa Griffin at (828) 692-2639 ext 304.

Our weekend of Barkyard Parties keeps growing! In addition to private parties we have a car show, gatherings at Dry Falls Brewing Co. special shopping days at Wild Birds Unlimited and Raymond's Garden Center, and more coming soon!
 
Find out how you can make a difference or get involved here: www.blueridgehumane.org/barkyard/

$5 Adoption Fees - Blue Ridge Humane Society

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Right now at Blue Ridge Humane Society, all dogs and cats can be adopted for just $5 each!

In addition to the low fee, Blue Ridge Humane Society always offers pet owner support and follow-ups from staff, an adjustment plan to get to know your new pet and help them settle in, up-to-date vaccinations, microchip and spay/neuter.

Meet the available animals and schedule your meet and greet at: https://www.blueridgehumane.org/adopt/


Hike with Deserving Dogs on Mondays and Wednesdays

Screen Shot 2021-04-21 at 2.30.17 PMNothing could be finer than a hike in Carolina in the morning... especially with dogs! If you're looking to enjoy the beautiful outdoors with some deserving dogs and animal lovers, consider becoming a volunteer hiker for Asheville Humane Society's "Mountain Mutts." The more hikers, the more dogs that get some quality time outside of the animal shelter.

Mountain Mutts convenes in the parking lot at Asheville Humane Society (Forever Friend Lane, off Pond and Brevard Roads near the WNC Farmers Market) every Monday and Wednesday morning beginning at 8:30 AM. The Monday hike is about 4 to 5 miles, while the Wednesday hike is slightly easier at 3 to 4 miles on flatter trails.

New hikers are encouraged to join Mountain Mutts, but you must first register as a volunteer and go through some basic training. If you have an interest, please contact the Asheville Humane volunteer coordinator, Kelly Paul by email: volunteer@ashevillehumane.org or by phone: (828) 761-2001 ext. 307.

Image: Asheville Humane Society Mountain Mutts


New Location for Asheville Humane Thrift Store

Screen Shot 2021-08-11 at 2.23.10 PMThe Asheville Humane Thrift Store has moved!
Asheville Humane Society recently moved its Thrift Store into a larger retail space in the River Ridge Marketplace shopping center that will allow them to help even MORE pets in need! The new address is:
800 Fairview Road, Suite EE
(store entrance to the right, donation drop-off door to the left).
 
Thrift Store Hours:
SHOPPING - Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM
DONATION DROP OFF - Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM. Please drop donations at the door to the left of the main store entrance. Ring the bell inside of the donation drop-off area for assistance.
 
Detailed Information on Donations from Asheville Humane Society

General Store Supplies:

We love to have these items donated regularly for general store use: paper or cloth shopping bags, department store-type plastic bags (please no grocery store plastic bags), zippered plastic linen bags (the kind that new linens come in), cleaning supplies like Windex, Pledge, or Lysol,  price tags (stickers or hang tags), jewelry boxes/cloth bags, and snack-size zip-top baggies.  Please see our Amazon wish list HERE!

Baby/Children’s Items:

We love to receive in-season children’s clothing, toys in very good condition, and games with all pieces. 
We cannot accept cribs or car seats. 

Clothing, Accessories, Jewelry, and Linens:

We love to receive in-season clothing, accessories, costume jewelry, and linens in great condition. We love to receive fine jewelry in any condition!

Electronics and Appliances:

We love to receive most electronics and appliances that are in good working condition. 
We cannot accept gas appliances, built-in microwaves, VHS players, tube TVs, computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, air purifiers or humidifiers.

Exercise Equipment:

We love to receive newer exercise equipment, and sporting goods in working condition. 

Furniture, Housewares, Home Decor, and Kitchen:

We love to receive almost anything that is not broken or does not have rips, tears or stains. 
We cannot accept large/deep entertainment centers, particle board furniture, very large desks, mattresses, box springs or anything that is too large for us to handle due to limited space. 

Lawn and Garden:

We love to receive outdoor furniture, lawn equipment, and garden items in good non-rusty condition.  

Media:

We love to receive books, DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, and video games that are in good condition. 
We cannot accept magazines, VHS tapes, cassettes, encyclopedias, textbooks, books that have a musty smell, homemade or copied CDs or DVDs.

Pet Supplies:

We love to receive pet supplies that are in good condition. 
We cannot accept rusted metal pet items, tie-out stakes or shock collars.

Seasonal:

We love to receive seasonally-appropriate décor in good condition. 
We cannot accept items that are out of season due to our limited storage space.

Vintage/Antique Items:

We love to receive antique, vintage and collectible items in good condition. 

Vehicles:

We are able to sell a limited number of vehicles through the shop each year and we love to receive vehicles in great working condition!  If you are interested in donating your vehicle to be sold at the shop, please email thrift@ashevillehumane.org and include a photo of the vehicle (if possible), the year, make, model, and mileage. If you're unable to email, please call the shop at (828)761-2002 or stop by at 1425 Patton Ave.

If we are unable to sell your vehicle at our shop, you can still donate the proceeds to Asheville Humane!  Please see the "Car Donations" section of our website HERE for more information!


Asheville Humane Gets Grant to Help Senior Dogs

Screen Shot 2021-08-11 at 2.31.57 PMSenior dogs have something to wag about this summer!

Asheville Humane Society is honored to be one of 77 animal welfare groups chosen from 266 applicants to receive a generous grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization! The $10,000 grant will provide community vet assistance and adoption care packages for senior pets. These funds will help senior dogs get extra support to find loving new homes in their golden years. No one is more grateful than an old dog, and seniors have so much love to offer. Asheville Humane is grateful to The Grey Muzzle Organization for helping give senior sweethearts the life they deserve… a life worth living!

Visit the Adoption Center to see all the wonderful animals available for adoption. Open Tues. through Sat. from 10 AM to 6 PM at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Pond and Brevard Roads near the WNC Farmers Market). No appointment needed!


Party in the Park - Mills River, NC, August 8

Screen Shot 2021-07-26 at 12.09.23 PMThe Annual Party In the Park event is scheduled for Sunday, August 8 from 4- 6 pm at Mills River Park, 124 Town Center Drive, Mills River, NC 28759.

This year’s in-person event will include FREE school supplies, food, child haircuts, inflatables, concessions, DJ, strolling magician, bubble man, and more. The event is hosted by Mills River United Methodist  Church.

Blue Ridge Humane Society will be on site to answer your pet questions and more!


Sarge's Annual Dog Walk - Waynesville, Aug. 7

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SARGE'S is holding its 16th Annual Dog Walk on Saturday, August 7 at 9 AM. The event will be held starting at the Waynesville Historic Courthouse in Waynesville, NC. 

The following information is from SARGE'S:

With the help of our generous donors and volunteers, SARGE’S continues to save and place lost and abandoned animals of Western North Carolina. and WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT to continue this lifesaving mission.

We are fortunate to live in a county with a shelter where a no-kill status has been achieved, and we at Sarge’s are working hard to keep it that way. There is so much yet to be done to save more dogs and cats. Please help us continue this important mission in our community and join us for this fun event.

Dog Walkers

This year, we’re offering a simplified pricing structure! For only $30 per person, you get your admission to the Dog Walk, admission for as many dogs as you want to walk and an event bandanna for your pup!

You could also sign up as a Virtual Walker, so one of our volunteers to walk a Sarge’s dog in the Dog Walk!

Additional event shirts can also be purchased; Adult sizes for $15 and Youth Large for $10!

For more information and to register: https://sarges.org/event/16th-annual-dog-walk/?

Image: SARGE'S


Sundays in August: Hiking Hounds

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 in August starting at 9 AM.

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

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

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

Note: New and repeat hikers alike are required to sign up in advance. If you'd like to sign up for this hike, email ahshikinghounds@outlook.com. Hikers are signed up on a "first come-first serve basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. If you don’t get an email from Hiking Hounds, assume they didn’t get yours!

Please be sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

Start time is 9 AM. Hikes are typically 3-5 miles at a brisk pace with elevation changes and provide vigorous exercise for our volunteer hikers as well. They do not cancel hikes because of rain, as our pups don’t mind getting wet. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 11:30 AM to 12 PM.

Hiking Hounds operates with the following updated protocol: PLEASE READ 

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

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

 For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Mondays and Wednesdays - Mountain Mutts Hikes

Screen Shot 2021-04-21 at 2.30.17 PMNothing could be finer than a hike in Carolina in the morning... especially with dogs! If you're looking to enjoy the beautiful outdoors with some deserving dogs and animal lovers, consider becoming a volunteer hiker for Asheville Humane Society's "Mountain Mutts." The more hikers, the more dogs that get some quality time outside of the animal shelter.

Mountain Mutts convenes in the parking lot at Asheville Humane Society (Forever Friend Lane, off Pond and Brevard Roads near the WNC Farmers Market) every Monday and Wednesday morning beginning at 8:30 AM. The Monday hike is about 4 to 5 miles, while the Wednesday hike is slightly easier at 3 to 4 miles on flatter trails.

New hikers are encouraged to join Mountain Mutts, but you must first register as a volunteer and go through some basic training. If you have an interest, please contact the Asheville Humane volunteer coordinator, Kelly Paul by email: volunteer@ashevillehumane.org or by phone: (828) 761-2001 ext. 307.

Image: Asheville Humane Society Mountain Mutts


Sundays in July: Hiking Hounds

Screen Shot 2021-01-03 at 2.45.08 PMHiking Hounds is one of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities. Each month, volunteers take shelter dogs on hikes as part of the enrichment programming. You'll spend a few hours in Bent Creek hiking the trails with dogs who will love you for it.

Hiking Hounds takes place on Sunday, July 11, 18 and 25 starting at 9 AM.

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

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

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

Note: New and repeat hikers alike are required to sign up in advance. If you'd like to sign up for this hike, email ahshikinghounds@outlook.com. Hikers are signed up on a "first come-first serve basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. If you don’t get an email from Hiking Hounds, assume they didn’t get yours!

Please be sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

Start time is 9 AM. Hikes are typically 3-5 miles at a brisk pace with elevation changes and provide vigorous exercise for our volunteer hikers as well. They do not cancel hikes because of rain, as our pups don’t mind getting wet. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 11:30 AM to 12 PM.

Hiking Hounds operates with the following updated protocol: PLEASE READ 

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

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

 For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Pet-Friendly Housing Ideas

This information is presented as a public service from Blue Ridge Humane Society

 
Many animals are surrendered to shelters each year because their owners have difficulty finding rental properties that allow pets.
 
We strongly encourage open communication and honesty between rental management and pet-owning tenants. Use the tips below to promote your pet and yourself as a responsible pet parent:
 
  • Create a pet resume that includes a photo, lists of training classes, your pet’s favorite activities, a letter of reference from a recent landlord, and current medical records.
  • Invite landlords to meet your pet.
  • Even if management advertises “no pets” or has breed/size restrictions, some make exceptions.
  • Be prepared to pay a refundable pet deposit.
  • Ensure that the lease you actually sign allows pets. Never sign a lease that says “no pets.”
  • Contracts like leases cannot be changed without both sides agreeing. Pet deposits or monthly fees should be specified in writing in the lease.
 
If rental management and pet owners work together, they can create a mutually beneficial pet-friendly environment, keeping the pet’s family intact and ensuring the protection of management’s properties.
 

Hike with Mountain Mutts - Mondays and Wednesdays

Screen Shot 2021-04-21 at 2.30.17 PMNothing could be finer than a hike in Carolina in the morning... especially with dogs! If you're looking to enjoy the beautiful outdoors with some deserving dogs and animal lovers, consider becoming a volunteer hiker for Asheville Humane Society's "Mountain Mutts." The more hikers, the more dogs that get some quality time outside of the animal shelter.

Mountain Mutts convenes in the parking lot at Asheville Humane Society (Forever Friend Lane, off Pond and Brevard Roads near the WNC Farmers Market) every Monday and Wednesday morning beginning at 8:30 AM. The Monday hike is about 4 to 5 miles, while the Wednesday hike is slightly easier at 3 to 4 miles on flatter trails.

New hikers are encouraged to join Mountain Mutts, but you must first register as a volunteer and go through some basic training. If you have an interest, please contact the Asheville Humane volunteer coordinator, Kelly Paul by email: volunteer@ashevillehumane.org or by phone: (828) 761-2001 ext. 307.

Image: Asheville Humane Society Mountain Mutts


Puppy Kindergarten - Asheville, July 24

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This six week course, taught by Pia Silvani, Behavior Director at Asheville Humane Society, focuses on proper socialization, bite inhibition, house training, manners and much more!

Your goal as a puppy parent is to give your pup the best possible start in life. Puppies learn more between 3 and 16 weeks of age than they will in their entire lifetime! Laying a positive foundation during this time is critical for puppies to grow into behaviorally healthy dogs.

This six week course focuses on proper socialization, bite inhibition, house training, manners and much more! The class is limited to 10 puppies who are 8 to 16 weeks old when the course begins (if your dog is over 16 weeks of age, please sign up for the Canine Manners class).

* All puppies must have started their puppy vaccine series (distemper, parvo and bordetella) at least one week prior to the first class. Owners are expected to commit to continuing this vaccine series during the six week course. The course is held at the Asheville Humane Society Community Center, 1425 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28806.

The cost of this course ($175) includes six classes, held one hour per week for six Saturdays, beginning on July 24 from 1 to 2 PM. Course dates are: 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21, and 8/28 from 1-2 PM unless otherwise arranged by the trainer.

For more information or to register, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/puppy-kindergarten-tickets-156699328911?aff=ebdsoporgprofile


Hiking Hounds with Asheville Humane 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 ahshikinghounds@outlook.com. Hikers are signed up on a "first come-first serve basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. If you don’t get an email from Hiking Hounds, assume they didn’t get yours!

Please be sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

Start time is 9 AM. Hikes are typically 3-5 miles at a brisk pace with elevation changes and provide vigorous exercise for our volunteer hikers as well. They do not cancel hikes because of rain, as our pups don’t mind getting wet. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 11:30 AM to 12 PM.

Hiking Hounds operates with the following updated protocol: PLEASE READ 

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

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

 For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Asheville Humane Hiking Hounds Every Sunday

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 ahshikinghounds@outlook.com. Hikers are signed up on a "first come-first serve basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. If you don’t get an email from Hiking Hounds, assume they didn’t get yours!

Please be sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

Start time is 9 AM. Hikes are typically 3-5 miles at a brisk pace with elevation changes and provide vigorous exercise for our volunteer hikers as well. They do not cancel hikes because of rain, as our pups don’t mind getting wet. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 11:30 AM to 12 PM.

Hiking Hounds operates with the following updated protocol: PLEASE READ 

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

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

 For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Join Mountain Mutts Every Monday and Wednesday

Screen Shot 2021-04-21 at 2.30.17 PMNothing could be finer than a hike in Carolina in the morning... especially with dogs! If you're looking to enjoy the beautiful outdoors with some deserving dogs and animal lovers, consider becoming a volunteer hiker for Asheville Humane Society's "Mountain Mutts." The more hikers, the more dogs that get some quality time outside of the animal shelter.

Mountain Mutts convenes in the parking lot at Asheville Humane Society (Forever Friend Lane, off Pond and Brevard Roads near the WNC Farmers Market) every Monday and Wednesday morning beginning at 8:30 AM. The Monday hike is about 4 to 5 miles, while the Wednesday hike is slightly easier at 3 to 4 miles on flatter trails.

New hikers are encouraged to join Mountain Mutts, but you must first register as a volunteer and go through some basic training. If you have an interest, please contact the Asheville Humane volunteer coordinator, Kelly Paul by email: volunteer@ashevillehumane.org or by phone: (828) 761-2001 ext. 307.

Image: Asheville Humane Society Mountain Mutts


Strut Your Mutt - Fletcher, NC, June 26

Screen Shot 2021-05-05 at 10.11.14 AMRun, walk, or scurry with your dog at our dog-friendly 5k and 1 mile event on Saturday, June 26, at Bill Moore Community Park in Fletcher!
 
Register now for either an in-person or a virtual edition! Register by June 6 and guarantee your comfy race t-shirt! All participants receive a goodie bag with extra treats for the furry runners, too!
 
Strut Your Mutt is presented by friends of Blue Ridge Humane Society at Hunter Subaru. Sponsored by Roost Home ManagementBlue Ridge Orthodontics, and WTZQ Radio.
 
 
Image: Blue Ridge Humane Society

Canine Manners Course - Asheville, June 26

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This 6 week course, taught by Pia Silvani, Behavior Director at Asheville Humane Society, will teach you how to bridge the communication gap and teach your dog basic manners using reward-based training methods!

Have you ever wondered why your dog pulls on leash, jumps up to greet people and won’t do as you ask? Have you ever said “she has a mind of her own?” The Canine Manners Course may just be the class you need!

This course will teach you how to effectively communicate with your dog. You will learn the skills necessary to teach your dog basic manners using reward-based training methods. We will build reliable behaviors such as sit, down, stay, wait, come, leave it, tug and much more! The class is limited to 8 dogs, age 16 weeks or over when the course begins (if your dog is under 16 weeks of age, please sign up for the Puppy Kindergarten class).

* All dogs must be current on the following vaccines distemper, parvo, bordetella and rabies to participate in this course.

The cost of this course ($175) includes six classes, held one hour per week for six Saturdays on the following dates, June 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31, and August 7 (please note that there will not be a class on the 4th of July weekend) from 9-10 A.M. unless otherwise arranged by the trainer. The course is held at the Asheville Humane Society Community Center, 1425 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28806.

**Important - If your dog is reactive on leash to other dogs, please contact Pia at www.piasilvani.com before signing up.

For additional information and tickets, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/canine-manners-course-tickets-151872682281?aff=ebdsoporgprofile


ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center

Did you know that Weaverville, NC is home to the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center? The state-of-the-art facility can house up to 65 dogs at a time. It includes a dormitory and several teaching spaces where shelter professionals can learn behavior modification techniques, to further help behaviorally challenged dogs across the country become suitable for adoption.

Homeless dogs of all ages and backgrounds are eligible for the program, as long as they are physically healthy and meet the behavioral inclusion criteria. Only dogs whose fear is so severe that it compromises their quality of life and makes adoption challenging or impossible are accepted.

The Weaverville facility has individual kennels, along with “real-life rooms,” designed to help dogs get used to life in home environments, outdoor play areas, and a large indoor training area where our behaviorists and trainers work with dogs in the program. On average, rehabilitation requires 13 weeks of treatment. However, that timing depends heavily on the severity of each dog’s behavior problems and how responsive he or she is to treatment. Once the dogs have completed the program, the transformed graduates are placed within the ASPCA's network of partner shelters and rescue groups to be made available for adoption. 

Screen Shot 2021-04-10 at 1.15.15 PMYou can watch a free film about the project here: https://secondchancedogsfilm.com/

The Center is seeking foster homes for dogs, as well as volunteers. For more information visit:
https://www.aspca.org/animal-placement/behavioral-rehabilitation-center

 


Asheville Humane Hiking Hounds - May 30

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.

The next hike is Sunday, May 30.

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

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

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

Note: New and repeat hikers alike are required to sign up in advance. If you'd like to sign up for this hike, email ahshikinghounds@outlook.com. Hikers are signed up on a "first come-first serve basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. If you don’t get an email from Hiking Hounds, assume they didn’t get yours! Please be sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

Start time is 9 AM. Hikes are typically 3-5 miles at a brisk pace with elevation changes and provide vigorous exercise for our volunteer hikers as well. They do not cancel hikes because of rain, as our pups don’t mind getting wet. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 11:30 AM to 12 PM.

Hiking Hounds 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.  Please bring a mask with you as the Arboretum requests wearing a mask in common areas.

 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.