ALL ADOPTIONS -- NO FEE! Aug. 6 - 10 at Asheville Humane Society

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It's CLEAR THE SHELTER WEEK at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center!

From August 6 - 10, EVERY ANIMAL is available with NO ADOPTION FEE!

Help Asheville Humane Society clear out the Adoption Center which is full of dogs and cats!  There are MANY wonderful animals available right now! Even if you can't adopt, please spread the word.

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!

Note: Other local animal rescue organizations are participating in the CLEAR THE SHELTER promotion, but adoption fees may vary. Please contact the individual organization for details.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Aug. 11

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, August 11.  Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 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.

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.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Paws in the Park, Bakersville, NC, Aug. 24

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Join Mitchell County Animal Rescue for "Paws in the Park" on Saturday, August 24 on the Creek Walk in Bakersville to celebrate thirty-five years of serving animals in need.

This free "Thank You" event is for all the community support MCAR has received that made it possible to do what they do each and every day. There will be food, music, storytelling, a bouncy house, and a "Strut Your Mutt" dog walk event.
Get your family and friends to sponsor you and your pooch while you strut your stuff and help the pets at MCAR!

Fun family activities will include:

  • Strut Your Mutt” dog walk event  

  • Dog contests: longest ears, best howl, best costume, talent show

  • Dog party - with dog treats

  • Pet photo shoot

  • Food: Hot dogs, “Pupcorn,” and more

  • Music by Hot Duck Soup

  • Storytelling by Sherry Lovett

  • For kids - inflatable bouncy house 

  • For kids -  animal-themed art project/ art table, face painting

For more information visit https://www.mitchellcountyanimalrescue.org/paws-in-the-park


$ 3 Adoption Fees Through August 3 - Asheville

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$3 ADOPTION FEES through Saturday, August 3 on every animal 6 months and older at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center!

Help Asheville Humane Society clear out the Adoption Center which is full of dogs and cats!  There are MANY wonderful animals available right now! Even if you can't adopt, please spread the word.

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!


Pilates with Puppies - Asheville, Sept. 21

Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 3.04.01 PMOn Saturday, September 21, Cisco Pilates will hold a "Pilates with Puppies" class from 10 AM to 11 AM 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


No Adoption Fees Through July 31 - Asheville

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NO ADOPTION FEES!! Asheville Humane Society is offering dogs and cats over 6 months old with no adoption fees through Wednesday, July 31.

There are MANY wonderful animals available right now! Even if you can't adopt, please spread the word.

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!


Madison County - August Spay/Neuter and Vet Clinics

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Friends of Madison County Animals (https://www.fomca.org) makes low-cost spay/neuter and veterinary services available to Madison County residents each month. These are the August dates for FOMCA services:

Low Cost Spay/Neuter

Wed., Aug. 14 and Wed., Aug. 28
6:30 - 8 AM drop off
Call 828-649-9798 or visit https://www.fomca.org for cost and instructions.

French Broad Vet Clinic

Fri., Aug. 9 and Fri., Aug. 23
2 - 5 PM at the FOMCA Office in Marshall
Call 828-412-1181 for more information.
Walk-ins are welcome.


Sarge's 14th Annual Dog Walk - Waynesville, Aug. 3

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On Saturday, August 3, from 9 AM to 1 PM, Sarge's Animal Rescue will hold its 14th annual Downtown Dog Walk at the Waynesville Historic Courthouse, Waynesville, NC 28716.

The annual Downtown Dog Walk is Sarge's biggest fundraising event of the year and they need your support to continue this lifesaving mission. This year, Sarge's is 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, a bag full of goodies provided by sponsors and an event bandanna for your pup! If you can't make it, you could sign up as a Virtual Walker, so one of their volunteers will walk a Sarge’s dog in the Dog Walk!

For further details, visit https://www.sargeanimals.org/event/14th-annual-dog-walk/

Image: Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation


Hendersonville Strut Your Mutt, July 27

Screen Shot 2019-05-27 at 10.52.44 AMThe 2nd Annual Strut Your Mutt: A Casual 5K hosted by Blue Ridge Humane Society, WTZQ Radio and Historic Downtown Hendersonville, and presented by Hunter Subaru, will be held on Saturday, July 27 from 8 AM to 2 PM

Run or walk a section of the beautiful Oklawaha Greenway Trail starting and finishing at the Tails in Town vendor fair at the Historic Depot on Maple Street in Downtown Hendersonville’s 7th Avenue District.

Please bring $30 cash or check, fill out a short form and be ready to line up for an 8:00 AM Start.

Registration and Check In will be at the Historic Depot on Maple Street in the 7th Avenue District.

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

Register Now!
https://www.wtzq.com/strut-your-mutt/


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, July 28

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, July 28.  Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 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.

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.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Yappy Hour - Asheville, July 24

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Bring your doggie to an Asheville Humane Society Yappy Hour on Wednesday, July 24!

Come eat + drink with your best 4-legged buddy on Daphne at Twisted Laurel Downtown's patio to raise funds for the animals at Asheville Humane Society!

WHEN - Wednesday, July 24, 6-8pm
WHERE - Daphne at Twisted Laurel Downtown, 130 College Street, Asheville NC 28801
WHAT - 100% of your $10 donation goes to the Asheville Humane Society and as a thank you, they will brew a free TeaPet Herbal Tea for your dog!
Hooman food + drink specials available too.
And they have a Dogs of Daphne Menu!


NO Adoption Fees - Asheville, July 18 - 20

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NO ADOPTION FEES!!!! On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, July 18 through 20, Asheville Humane Society is offering dogs over 6 months old with no adoption fees. Cats over 6 months old are available with no adoption fees through July 31.

There are MANY wonderful animals available right now! Even if you can't adopt, please spread the word.

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!


Is CBD Good for Dogs?

Screen Shot 2019-06-15 at 2.03.37 PMAs a dog owner, you likely have your ears to the ground for the latest and greatest ways to treat your dog, from actual treats and food to enrichment toys and doggie daycare. If your dog’s health suffers at all, however, you may be looking for more serious options to improve their quality of life and wellbeing.

One such option is CBD. Short for cannabidiol, CBD is a cannabis compound that provides health benefits without the high of marijuana. Many dog owners are increasingly turning to CBD to treat a variety of canine conditions, from anxiety to arthritis.

CBD is legal in all 50 states and it is becoming widely available in Western North Carolina, but the research around its effects on dogs is still developing. However, a growing number of veterinarians are recommending it to their clients. While the research is not yet definitive, many believe CBD offers several therapeutic benefits to dogs.

The CBD Awareness Project has created a comprehensive guide that will help you evaluate CBD for dogs. You'll find it here: https://www.cbdoil.org/cbd-oil-for-dogs/


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, July 21

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, July 21.  Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 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.

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.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Pick Me! SC Adoption Weekend - July 12-14

Screen Shot 2019-07-01 at 4.23.04 PMAnimal shelters and rescues across South Carolina are coming together to hold an awe-inspiring statewide adoption event July 12-14, 2019. This massive lifesaving mission is sponsored by Petco Foundation and is being organized by No Kill South Carolina. Wonderful animals will be available for adoptions and incredible deals are being offered. 

You will find shelters and rescues across the Upstate participating in Pick Me! SC July 12-14. From the Greenville-Spartanburg metro area and beyond, you will have the chance to save a life on this special weekend. Everyone in the Upstate is so excited to showcase their adoptable animals for you! Almost a dozen rescues and shelters are opening their doors and offering great deals on adoptions to find as many new homes for animals as possible. Some shelters, like Anderson PAWS is opening its doors to offer space for two other shelters (Union County and Pickens County). It’s this spirit of teamwork that is going to make the Pick Me! SC weekend so incredible. The goal is to save 1,500 lives — will you help us make that goal by adopting? Remember that some area Petco stores are also offering adoptable animals as part of Pick Me! SC.The following Upstate shelters and rescues are participating:

  • Anderson County Paws
  • Greenville County Animal Care
  • Greenville Petco Pleasantburg Road
  • Greenville Petco Woodruff Road
  • Humane Society of Greenwood
  • Oconee County Humane Society
  • Pickens County Animal Shelter
  • Seneca Petco
  • Spartanburg Petco

For more information about each of these adoption sites, visit: http://pickmesc.com/upstate


What You Need to Know About Renting a Home with Your Dog

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When you look for a new rental home, you should consider a variety of factors to ensure your new home is suitable for your dog. While some cities are more pet-friendly than others, studies have shown 31 percent of pet owners have had trouble finding an apartment that allows pets at all, let alone an apartment that allows a larger animals or more “aggressive” breeds. The percentage in Asheville and surrounding areas may be even higher.

To help you find a great place faster and prepare for potential issues with their pet, The Zebra has created the ultimate pet guide for apartments and rental homes. Learn what to look for when house hunting, how to negotiate with your landlord, and what you need to know about renting with dogs vs. cats!

You can find this helpful guide here: https://www.thezebra.com/pet-rental-guide/


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, July 14

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, July 14.  Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 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.

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.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


July 5 and 6 Adoption Sale: No Adoption Fees for Dogs and Cats!

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Asheville Humane Society is FULL of wonderful animals waiting for adoption. On Friday and Saturday, July 5 and 6, every dog over 6 months old will be available with NO ADOPTION FEE! Cats over 6 months old are also FEE-FREE!

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!


Alert: Is Your Dog Food Linked to Canine Heart Disease?

Urgent alertThe latest scare regarding dog food concerns products that most dog owners think of as healthier: grain-free dog food.

A current investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is studying the effect of grain-free dog food on a condition called Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM). According to the FDA:

"In July 2018, the FDA announced that it had begun investigating reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs eating certain pet foods, many labeled as "grain-free," which contained a high proportion of peas, lentils, other legume seeds (pulses), and/or potatoes in various forms (whole, flour, protein, etc.) as main ingredients (listed within the first 10 ingredients in the ingredient list, before vitamins and minerals). Many of these case reports included breeds of dogs not previously known to have a genetic predisposition to the disease. The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and the Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN), a collaboration of government and veterinary diagnostic laboratories, continue to investigate this potential association. Based on the data collected and analyzed thus far, the agency believes that the potential association between diet and DCM in dogs is a complex scientific issue that may involve multiple factors.

"We understand the concern that pet owners have about these reports: the illnesses can be severe, even fatal, and many cases report eating “grain-free” labeled pet food. The FDA is using a range of science-based investigative tools as it strives to learn more about this emergence of DCM and its potential link to certain diets or ingredients."

Certain brands of grain-free dog food seem to be more suspect than others. There is a lot more information about this from the FDA here: https://www.fda.gov/animal-veterinary/news-events/fda-investigation-potential-link-between-certain-diets-and-canine-dilated-cardiomyopathy


Arthritis in Dogs

Guest Post by Alex Saunders

Belgian-shepherd-dog-435944_1920Affecting more than 20% of all dogs over one year old, arthritis is the most common joint disease in dogs. Much like in humans, arthritis can make life difficult for your dog. Due to the sometimes unbearable joint pain, you may find that your dog is unable to complete simple tasks such as regular walks.

Types of Arthritis

Dogs are affected by multiple types of arthritis, but osteoarthritis is the most common. This is a type of arthritis that affects multiple – or even all – of the joints in the body, and it has multiple causes.

In the case of osteoarthritis, your dog’s joints rubbed together abnormally. This led to the cartilage eventually disappearing, leaving the joints to rub together painfully. This can be worsened if your dog has experienced an injury in his lifetime, especially to one of the limbs. You may also find that arthritis is just another part of aging in your dog.

Signs and Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of arthritis in dogs are very similar to those in humans. Due to the stiffness and pain, your dog will be more reluctant to engage in physical activity such as walking, going up stairs, and playing. Colder weather, dampness, and long periods of stillness will worsen the associated pain and stiffness.

Since your dog won’t be able to get around as easily anymore, you’ll find them sleeping more often and just experiencing general lethargy. This can also lead to weight gain and irritability, especially when touched. In extremely severe cases, your dog may begin to have accidents around the house since he will be unable to make it outside every time. If your dog is displaying any of the signs, it’s important to speak to your veterinarian about getting an x-ray for a possible diagnosis.

Treatment

While curing arthritis isn’t possible, there are many things you can do to treat the associated signs and symptoms to help your dog enjoy life to the fullest.

Natural

Orthopedic Dog Bed

Sometimes, all your dog needs to feel better is a new bed. Most of the time, dogs sleep on the floor, furniture, or just a regular dog bed. This can put strain on the joints and pressure points, worsening the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. Thankfully, there are dozens of options at a variety of prices so that you can pick the absolute best orthopedic dog bed for your arthritic dog. These beds, unlike regular dog beds, are made out of special memory foam designed to support your dog perfectly. After a few nights of good rest on one of these beds, you may find that your dog is feeling better and even greeting you at the door again.

Acupuncture

Needles may seem like a painful option, but the ancient technique of acupuncture has surprising benefits. It can cause the body to completely relax while improving circulation, alleviating your dog’s symptoms of pain, stiffness, and muscle spasms. It can also cause the body to produce an increased amount of certain hormones that can aid in the healing process. While a single appointment won’t be enough to provide relief, multiple, regular appointments will allow your dog to experience lasting effects.

Pharmaceutical

Before considering any type of pharmaceutical treatment, it’s important to talk to your veterinarian. Each medicine, like your dog, is unique, and some pose more risks of side effects than others.

Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

You may know these as NSAIDs; these are medicines that, like in humans, reduce swelling and joint-related pain and stiffness. However, NSAIDs that are safe for humans aren’t necessarily safe for your dog. Make sure you speak to your veterinarian for a prescription.

Supplements

You may also find that supplements – such as omega-3 oils – can help your dog as well. In some cases, depending on the severity and progression of your dog’s arthritis, your veterinarian may be able to prescribe supplements that will not only help protect the existing cartilage and joints but can even help repair the cartilage. Supplements will also work to reduce swelling, which will, in turn, help with the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. 


Arthritis is one of the most common conditions in dogs, and, with a variety of causes and symptoms, it can be difficult to know exactly where to start when it comes to treatment. Whether you decide to take a natural route or let your veterinarian help you with a pharmaceutical route, you will never completely heal your dog’s arthritis. However, you could find that your dog will eventually return to his old self, and that the pain associated with common tasks will no longer burden your dog, allowing him to continue doing what he loves: spending time with you.

Image: Pixabay.com 

Alex Saunders writes for DoggieApproved.com a website that provides dog owners helpful tips to be a better dog parent. You can read their most recent review of the best orthopedic dog beds for dogs struggling with arthritis.