Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Feb. 17

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 with the Hiking Hounds group is Sunday, Feb. 17. Start time is 10 AM for repeat hikers and 9:30 AM for new hikers. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 12:30 to 1 PM. 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 served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Preventing Fleas, Ticks, and Worms: A Comparison Chart

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Fleas, ticks and worms are more than a nuisance to your dog -- they can also adversely affect your dog's health if they are not treated properly. Thankfully, treatments are available for all three of these parasites. Some are topical and others are taken internally.

The problem is there are many treatments on the market to choose from -- and that's where a handy chart from PetBucket.com, an online seller of pet products, comes in. This comparison chart offers a quick overview of the most popular treatments, the active ingredients, how they're administered and how often, and which parasites they treat. Take a look at this chart and it will quickly demystify treatments for fleas, ticks and worms. You'll find it here:

https://www.petbucket.com/c/4585062/1/comparing-flea-tick-worming-treatment-for-dogs-and-cats.html


$10 Dog Adoption Fees, Asheville, Feb. 2

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

Although the love of a pet is priceless, all of the following are still included when you adopt! Each adoption fee includes spay/neuter, all up-to-date vaccines, behavioral training when appropriate, microchip and free 1-year registration, a free starter bag of food, and a free wellness visit with a participating veterinarian. 

To see available animals, visit www.ashevillehumane.org. The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). It is open from 10 AM to 6 PM. The dog and cat rooms are closed daily for naptime from 1 to 2 PM, giving animals a much-needed break. The lobby remains open where you can speak with staff, enjoy refreshments, read or watch videos!


Free Pet Food for Government Employees Who were Furloughed - Feb. 2

StuartMilesAre you a government employee who has been furloughed during the partial government shut-down? Are you still waiting on your check and struggling to make ends meet? This Saturday, February 2 from 11 am-1 pm, Asheville Humane Society will be partnering with Asheville Cat Weirdos and Open Door Veterinary Care to provide free dog and cat food to furloughed government employees. No appointment is necessary. Please be prepared to show your government ID.

Location: Open Door Veterinary Care, 1419 Patton Ave, Asheville NC 28806

Image: Stuart Miles, freedigitalphotos.net


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Feb. 10

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 with the Hiking Hounds group is Sunday, Feb. 10. Start time is 10 AM for repeat hikers and 9:30 AM for new hikers. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 12:30 to 1 PM. 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 served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Low Cost Spay/Neuter in Henderson County, NC

SpayneuterWith support from the City of Hendersonville and with support and collaboration from Henderson County, Blue Ridge Humane Society is able to offer low cost spay-neuter as part of the Spay-Neuter Incentive Program or SNIP. Pet owners must be residents of Henderson County in order to get their animals spayed or neutered through SNIP.

To begin the appointment process visit Henderson County Animal Services Center located at 828 Stoney Mountain Road Monday through Friday 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  

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 when scheduling your appointment.

Surgeries can be scheduled for Tuesday or Thursday with pick up being the following day. The $10 (non-refundable) 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
  • 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 10:30 AM and 11:30 AM 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. 

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact 828-698-4481 or snip@blueridgehumane.org.


"Finding Rover" Now Being Used in Asheville

Screen Shot 2019-01-14 at 3.37.29 PM"Finding Rover" is a new technology that uses facial recognition technology to help reunite lost dogs and cats with their families, allowing anyone with computer access to be a superhero.

If you FIND a stray dog or cat, all you need to do is click ‘I Found a Pet’, snap a picture on your phone, and upload to www.findingrover.com. From there the magic of Finding Rover will match that photo with photos of pets that have been reported missing.

If you have LOST a dog or cat, click ‘I Lost a Pet’, upload your pet’s picture, and Finding Rover will search found reports which will include animals in our care. A partnership with Asheville Humane Society, who operate the Buncombe County Animal Shelter, automatically updates all of the pets at the shelter on Asheville Humane's Finding Rover page!

Wondering why you should use this new technology? Here are the top five reasons:
1. It’s easy! Anyone with a smartphone or computer can upload a lost or found dog or cat instantly.
2. It’s FREE! Although millions of dollars have been invested into this technology, it doesn’t cost you a penny.
3. It helps find pets homes! It’s not just about helping lost pets. Dogs and cats that are Available for Adoption are also on Finding Rover!
4. It’s not just for dogs! Dogs aren’t the only pets that get out. Finding Rover is optimized to work for feline friends as well.
5. It saves lives! At your shelter the number one goal is to keep pets safe before they even reach your doors. Using this tool, we can all become superheroes and help keep our shelter empty.

For more information or to upload a photo of your pet, visit: https://www.findingrover.com/


Low Cost Vaccinations - Candler, Jan. 26

Praisaeng-freedigOn the last Saturday of every month, veterinarian Dr. James Boatwright offers low-cost vaccinations at Candler Feed & Seed, 1275 Smoky Park Highway, Candler, NC. Vaccinations are administered from noon to 3 PM. Proof of previous rabies vaccine, if any, should be brought along, and cats should be in carriers. The next vaccination clinic will be on Saturday, January 26. For additional details call (828) 553-5792.

Image: Praisaeng, Freedigitalphotos.net


10 Reasons Dogs and Cats can Get Along

Guest Post by Ron Wolff

Friends-1149841_1920Cats and dogs may seem like natural enemies, but it doesn’t have to be that way. A lot of times, you can have both pets living together in the same house and have almost no problems. If you are apprehensive that adding a new pet to your family might cause trouble, then here are some reasons to lay your fears to rest.

  1. They Can Be Best Friends

Cats and dogs really can get along and look out for each other and even be buddy-buddy. They don’t even have to grow up together. Just living in the same house and having similar temperaments can make them best buddies. Many times, you won’t even have to work at making them like each other. They will just naturally gravitate toward the companionship the other offers, and you will find yourself with two very close pets who hardly ever fight.

  1. They Can Sleep Together

There are few things more adorable than a dog and a cat cuddling up together on the floor. They may cuddle in the dog’s sleeping area or the cat’s, but two pets that are friendly with one another will often lie right next to each other for warmth and comfort. They find the company of one another soothing, so don’t be surprised to see them in bed with each other.

  1. They Share the Same Food

Many times, dogs and cats will eat some of the same food. Now, we know that some animals can be very selfish when it comes to mealtime, but others will actually share what they have. You might see your dog waiting patiently for the cat to finish its food before the dog jumps in and eats the leftovers. This kind of behavior is wonderful to see and not as rare as you might think.

  1. They Watch Out for One Another

Dogs and cats can both be protective of each other. If you have a young dog and an older cat, the older cat may be protective of the dog and make sure it doesn’t get into trouble. Large dogs can protect smaller cats as well, chasing away strange cats or dogs to protect their friend.

  1. They Can Go to the Vet Together

A trip to the vet can be quite scary for your pet. However, if they have their friend along, it won’t be quite so traumatic. They can provide comfort and friendship for one another to make the visit more pleasant.

  1. They Can Get into Trouble Together

Dogs and cats that get along will do all sorts of things together. They may even make a mess of your home together! They can dig in the flower garden, knock over the trash can and get into other mischief as partners in crime. You may not like the mess they made, but you will love that they are teaming up as pals and getting along with each other.

  1. They Can Both Look to You for Attention

As their owner, you hold a special place in the hearts of your pets. Because both your cat and dog will adore you, they will often get along for your sake, putting aside petty bickering to show you affection, come when you call and play with you together.

  1. They Can Chase Animals Together

As your pets pal around together, they will get involved in some of the same activities. If a bird, squirrel or other small animal gets into the yard, your dog and cat may both go chasing after it. This is true whether your dog and cat are roughly the same size or the dog is far bigger than the cat. It’s hilarious to see them both go bounding after their prey and then watch them both look sad when it gets away.

  1. They Provide Warmth for Each Other

If the weather gets cold, cats and dogs may snuggle against one another for warmth. The dog may not get much warmth from the cat, but it’s enough to make a difference, and the dog may not mind providing a shield against the cold for its feline friend.

  1. They Can Love You Together

Cats and dogs may actually compete for your affection and work together to show you how much they love you. If your cat sees the dog getting attention from you, it may join in and purr as it rubs up against your leg. The dog may feel left out when you are holding the cat and want some of that loving as well.

These are just a few of the many reasons why cats and dogs do not have to be enemies. Your dog and cat can get along just like this and in so many other wonderful ways.

Ron Wolff is the content editor at pupjunkies.com – a site for happy, healthy, and adventurous dogs who are fueled by nature.


Karaoke Fund Raiser for Sarge's - Waynesville, Jan. 26

Screen Shot 2019-01-10 at 1.26.12 PMOn Saturday, January 26 from 6 to 10 PM, Sarge's Karaoke Night will be held at The Gem Bar, downstairs at Boojum Brewing Tap Room located at 50 N. Main Street in Waynesville, NC. Funds raised will go to Sarge’s “WuzBug Fund for Special Needs," which allows Sarge’s Animal Rescue to help animals with injuries, disorders, and diseases who require medical treatment outside of the routine.

Enjoy food, karaoke, and fun at this amazing local brewery!

Sorry but no dogs or children will be able to attend this event.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets can also be ordered by phone at 828-246-9050 or purchased in person at the Adoption Center, 256 Industrial Park Drive in Waynesville, during regular office hours, 12 Noon to 5 PM, Tuesday-Friday, 10 AM to 3 PM on Saturday.


Pilates with Puppies - Asheville, Feb. 2

Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 3.04.01 PMOn Saturday, February 2, Cisco Pilates will hold a "Pilates with Puppies" class from 4 to 5 PM at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads near the WNC Farmers Market).

Pilates with Puppies will be a basic Pilates class, with puppies provided by Asheville Humane Society. Please bring your own yoga or Pilates mat and a small towel. Please do not bring your own puppy! The cost is $15, which is a donation to Asheville Humane Society on behalf of Buncombe County animals.

Pre-registration is required and these classes are very popular. Early registration is suggested as space is limited and this event is expected to sell out! Visit https://www.ciscopilates.com/pricing/ to sign up. Questions? Email alexis@ciscopilates.com

Image: Cisco Pilates


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Jan. 20

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 with the Hiking Hounds group is Sunday, January 20. Start time is 10 AM for repeat hikers and 9:30 AM for new hikers. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 11:30 AM to 12 PM. 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 served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Five Winter Safety Tips for Your Dog

Guest Post by Jennifer Scott

Screen Shot 2018-12-18 at 12.56.18 PMWinter is a magical time, but it can produce quite a few potential dangers for our dogs. From exposure to the cold to toxic chocolate treats, there is much to be vigilant against. Here are five tips to keep your pooch safe during the winter months.

1. Warning Signs

 Even in winter, your dog needs to be taken outside. One way to protect them is by being attentive to any physical and behavioral warning signs. Are they shivering or showing that they’re upset by barking or whimpering? Behaviors like these could be interpreted differently during the warmer months, but they can be indicators of distress in winter. Check their ears to see if they are cold, and watch out for lethargy. Your dog may just be discouraged by the cold, but reduced energy could suggest more serious issues. This is a time to be observant, as your dog will let you know if they are in trouble.

2. Paws

The cold takes a toll on our dog's paws. There are hazards concealed by snow, and ice can form between their toes, especially when nails are long. While you could avoid snowy areas, even sidewalks and roads have their own dangers due to increased chemical use. Salt and other deicers are toxic to dogs, and your neighbors may be unaware of that. Take precautions after each outing by wiping your pup's paws with warm water to remove salt and ice buildup. Your best option may be to buy booties, as they are comfortable and can keep them safe from harm and dry skin. This alone can keep their winter fun and free of ill-health.

3. Accessories

Even when they grow a heavier coat for winter, dogs can still feel the cold. This can make heading out onerous for them, yet they need to remain active for their own well-being. You can help keep your canines stay warm in dropping temperatures by adding a sweater to their natural buffer. What materials you choose will depend on the size of your pet and the thickness of their fur. Dog clothing can also be modified to deal with darker days. Your walks may happen in poor visibility, so consider attachable safety lights and high-visibility gear to give you peace of mind.

4. Hazards

Winter is a festive time, but cold weather foods can be harmful to dogs. Many wintery foods contain chocolate, but these treats can cause severe toxic reactions when ingested by our canines. Rich “people foods” can also cause problems, so avoid indulging your furry friends, as their health is more important than allowing occasional tableside begging. Especially dangerous in the garage is antifreeze which can poison pooches. Dogs are curious, but it's essential that you stop them from investigating anything that could be dangerous.

5. Keep Dogs Indoors

Bring your pooch inside during cold weather. Outdoor kennels are not safe places in winter, so don't rely on them. Your pooch may already have a special place to sleep when indoors. If not, choose an area for their bed away from cold flooring, like hardwood or tile, or anywhere that is drafty. Ideally, it should be well-heated, but you can supplement this with a hot water bottle or electric bed. However, take care that they do not become overheated, as this could cause restlessness. Aside from walks, keep your dog's outings to a minimum. That includes washing them indoors. It may sound messy, but a wet coat can be a recipe for hypothermia.

Our dogs deserve nothing but safety. Plan out how you can protect your canine from outdoor hazards and cooler temperatures, and be aware of physical warning signs. Winter should be a time to frolic, so make this season a happy one for your pooch.

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 http://spiritfinder.org/

Image courtesy of Pexels


Annual Checklist for Your Dog's Health

ID-10018659Here is an annual checklist for your dog's health from PetPlace.com that should be helpful in planning for the entire year.

Dog Owner’s Annual Health Checklist

  • Annual Physical — Just like you, your dog should have an annual health exam where your veterinarian will check your dog from nose to tail. This is good preventative healthcare and it’s the best way to catch any problems early on. Be sure to discuss any concerns you may have with your veterinarian.
  • Vaccinations — Vaccines help to protect your dog from a variety of diseases, so it’s important to make sure that all your dog’s vaccinations are up to date. The core vaccines that are recommended for all dogs include rabies, distemper, canine adenovirus-2 and canine parvovirus-2. Your dog may also need noncore vaccines if he is at high risk for a certain disease. Your veterinarian will determine what vaccines are right for your dog.

  • Heartworm — If a dog has heartworm disease, his heart and pulmonary vessels are infected with parasites called heartworms. All dogs should be tested annually for heartworm infection. This can help to identify the condition and treat it early.

  • Intestinal Parasite Control — Using a year-round heartworm preventative/intestinal parasite combination product reduces your pet’s risk of parasites. If your dog is on a year-round preventative, have a fecal test performed once or twice a year. If your dog is not on a year-round preventative, have a fecal test performed 2 to 4 times per year.  You should also treat for fleas and ticks.

  • Dental Care — Don’t forget about your dog’s teeth. Good dental care is important for your dog, just as it is for you. Regular dental cleanings can help to prevent tooth loss and gum disease in dogs.

Be sure to visit PetPlace.com for lots more helpful information.

Image: Maggie Smith, Freedigitalphotos.net


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Jan. 13

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 with the Hiking Hounds group is Sunday, January 13. Start time is 10 AM for repeat hikers and 9:30 AM for new hikers. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 11:30 AM to 12 PM. 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 served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Petco Pet Vaccination Clinics

Screen Shot 2018-11-26 at 4.42.55 PMDid you know local Petco stores offer vaccination clinics? Services include: 

  • Comprehensive vaccine packages or individual vaccines such as; rabies, Bordetella, distemper, parvo, and lepto for dogs and FVRCP and FeLv for cats
  • Heartworm testing and medication
  • Lyme disease testing and vaccines
  • Flea and tick medications
  • Kitten and puppy vaccination packages
  • Microchip ID placement
  • Deworming services
  • Convenient evening and weekend hours

Check with your local Petco store for schedules. Some select dates and times in this area:

Petco Wellness Center, 964 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville: Vaccination Clinic on Sat., Dec. 29, 12 - 3 PM

Petco, 825 Brevard Road, Asheville: Vaccination Clinic on Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 10 - 11:30 AM

 

 


Adopt Now and Pay No Fee Through Dec. 29!

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

Although the love of a pet is priceless, all of the following are still included when you adopt! Each adoption fee includes spay/neuter, all up-to-date vaccines, behavioral training when appropriate, microchip and free 1-year registration, a free starter bag of food, and a free wellness visit with a participating veterinarian. 

To see available animals, visit www.ashevillehumane.org. The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM (Tuesdays until 7 PM). The dog and cat rooms are closed daily for naptime from 1 to 2 PM, giving animals a much-needed break. The lobby remains open where you can speak with staff, enjoy refreshments, read or watch videos!