Happy Mutt Benefit Party - Tryon, Nov. 10

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Join Foothills Humane Society at the "Happy Mutt Benefit Party" on Saturday, November 10, 11 AM to 3 PM, at Tryon Depot, 22 Depot Street, Tryon, NC

• Hot and cold buffet includes oil and vinegar delights
• Music by Daniel Keller, jazz guitarist/music teacher
• Music by Dr. Iain Fitch, DVM, CVC, Native American flutes
• Happy mutts to pet and adopt with assurance at an event fee special of only $10 from the Foothills Humane Society
• Goin’ to the Dogs silent auction and “raffle”
• 15% discount at the store, Saturday 11/10, to celebrate Jessica’s birthday

*Advance tickets needed! Buy now at A Taste of Olives
& Grapes, 10 N. Trade St.,Tryon, NC • 828-859-0212


Vaccine Clinic - Greenville, SC, Nov. 3

Screen Shot 2018-01-19 at 4.16.20 PMGreenville Humane Society holds a monthly vaccine clinic the first Saturday of the month. In February, the clinic will be held on Saturday, November 3 from 9 AM to 12 PM. All dogs must be leashed and all cats must be in carriers.

No appointment is necessary. Get all of your animal's shots starting at just $9, with no additional fees. All fees go directly back to care for the animals they serve. They also offer heartworm testing, rabies vaccines, ear cleaning, microchipping and much more. Be sure to get your pet's flea/tick/heartworm preventative while you're at the clinic!

Greenville Humane Society's facility is located at 305 Airport Road in Greenville, SC. For more information, including a detailed list of vaccination prices, go to: https://www.greenvillehumane.com/vaccine-clinic/


Halloween and Your Dog

Dog-714861_1920Halloween may be a fun holiday for humans, but it can be pretty scary, and sometimes dangerous, for dogs. Here are some valuable Halloween safety tips from the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center:

Lock Candy Away
Kids love to stash candy in their rooms, but a dog’s keen sense of smell will lead him to even the most cleverly hidden treasure. Contact a veterinary professional right away if your pet does get into Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or is sugar-free and contains xylitol.

Ditto the Glow Sticks
Glow sticks are used to help keep kids safe while they are out in the dark. Pets (especially cats) find these glow sticks to be a lot of fun and often puncture them. While most of the sticks are labeled as non-toxic, they do have an extremely bitter taste and pets who bite into them may begin drooling and racing around the house. A little treat or sip of milk will usually stop the taste reaction.

Have Pets Identified and Visible
There are a lot of extra people on the streets at Halloween, and that combined with strange costumes can spook pets and cause them to bolt. If you take your pet out after dark, make sure he or she wears a reflective collar and is securely leashed. And make sure your pet has proper identification on the collar.

Keep Pets Calm
Even pets who are kept indoors may experience intense anxiety over the large number of strangely dressed visitors. Keeping your pet away from trick-or-treaters may do the trick, but if you think more will be needed be sure and speak with your vet well in advance about options to help calm your pet.

Check Those Costumes
Costumes can be fun for the whole family. However, if you are planning on dressing up your best bud, ensure that the costume fits well and isn’t going to slip and tangle the pet or cause a choking hazard if chewed on. And never leave a costumed pet unattended.

 


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Nov. 4

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, November 4. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 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.


Tour the Animal Care Campus - Asheville, Oct. 27

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Did you know the Animal Care Campus in Asheville is one of the country's leading examples of a private-public partnership in animal welfare? Asheville Humane Society and Buncombe County work in close collaboration to take in, care for, re-home, and adopt out thousands of domestic animals each year. Their collective goal is to save every adoptable animal's life and make each animal's life worth living.

Now you have the opportunity to see first-hand why the Animal Care Campus is a national model. Asheville Humane Society is hosting a guided behind-the-scenes tour of the society's Adoption Center (14 Forever Friend Lane) and the Buncombe County Animal Shelter (16 Forever Friend Lane) on Saturday, October 27, from 1:30 to 3:00 PM. The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation required.

The Animal Care Campus is located on Forever Friend Lane, off Pond Road and Brevard Road, near the WNC Farmers Market. For more information, call (828) 761-2001.


$5 Adoptions Through October 31 in Asheville

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Asheville Humane's "Hocus Pocus" Adoption Event has been EXTENDED! Now through October 31, adopt any animal over 6 months old at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center. The Adoption Center is full of adorable adoptables -- plus there are plenty more cuties in the Buncombe County Animal Shelter just waiting to come over to the Adoption Center to get their chance to find forever homes! It's a great time to adopt. 

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

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


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Oct. 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, Oct. 28. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 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.


Apartment Living with Your Dog

Dog-house-3183373_1920The lack of affordable housing in some areas can be a problem for pet owners, whose only alternative is renting an apartment. Apartment living with a cat is one thing, but it can be challenging with a dog.

ApartmentList.com has put together a handy resource called "The Ultimate Guide to Apartment Living with a Pet." It includes:

  • a comprehensive list that covers everything from policies to common pet fees to the difference between service and emotional support animals.
  • a checklist of 9 tips for moving with your pet that will guide you through everything you need to know to keep your travel smooth, your pet happy, and yourself sane.
  • good suggestions for ways to convince a landlord that having your pet live with you won’t be a problem.
  • a list of the top 10 apartment-friendly dog breeds.
  • and more.

Check out this helpful resource here: https://www.apartmentlist.com/rentonomics/the-ultimate-guide-to-apartment-living-with-a-pet/


WLOS Pet Project - Arden, Oct. 19

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Come to Camp Bow Wow for the News 13 Pet Project on Friday, October 19 from 9 AM to 6 PM! 

Asheville channel WLOS News 13 is partnering with seven local humane societies/rescue groups, including Asheville Humane Society, to help animals in our area find forever homes. There will be animals available for adoption and a drive to collect pet food/supplies, cleaning supplies and monetary donations for all of the local rescues that day.

This is a great opportunity to help local humane societies and rescue groups -- and maybe adopt the love of your life!

Camp Bow Wow is located at 5 Airport Road, Arden, NC 28704.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Oct. 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, Oct. 21. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 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.


How to Make Your Office Pet-Friendly

Dog-2871914_1920About 20 percent of U.S. companies are pet-friendly, not including co-working spaces that may allow pets. Before dogs are welcome into an office environment, though, a pet-friendly office policy has to be in place. Squarefoot.com has put together a very informative guide to creating a pet-friendly office policy that covers:

  • the difference between "pet-friendly" and support/therapy animals
  • six advantages of a pet-friendly office, including happiness, creativity and productivity and employee retention
  • five key considerations before establishing pet-friendly office policies
  • finding pet-friendly office space
  • how to implement a pet-friendly policy.

This is great information for business owners, as well as for employees who would like to convince their employers to make their offices pet-friendly.

Check it out here: https://www.squarefoot.com/blog/office-pets/ 


Pilates with Puppies - Asheville, Nov. 3

Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 3.04.01 PMOn Saturday, November 3, Cisco Pilates will hold a "Pilates with Puppies" class from 4:30 to 5:30 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, Oct. 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, Oct. 14. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 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.


Taste of Compassion Fundraiser - Oct. 13, Asheville

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This year marks the 15th Anniversary of Asheville Humane Society’s Taste of Compassion Auction & Gala!

This elegant affair will be held in a new location at the spacious A-B Tech Conference Center, 16 Fernihurst Drive, Asheville, on Saturday, October 13 from 6 to 9 PM. For guests who want the red carpet treatment, VIP Ticket holders will have access to the VIP Pre-Gala Reception from 5:30 to 6:30 PM where they will enjoy specially prepared cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.​ 

Join fellow animal lovers for a fun-filled night complete with local cuisine and libations, silent and live auctions, and dancing to the musical stylings of DJ P-LO! (Patrick Lopez is a 5-star rated DJ who uses his trumpet, piano and vocals to provide the ultimate musical package.) 

All proceeds will benefit local animals in need. 

Buy tickets here: https://501auctions.com/ashevillehumanecelebration/tickets


PickMe! Adoption Event - South Carolina, Oct. 5 - 7

Screen Shot 2018-09-30 at 9.24.29 AMFor the first time in history, animal shelters and rescues across South Carolina are coming together to hold an awe-inspiring statewide adoption event October 5 – 7, 2018.  PickMe! SC is sponsored by Petco Foundation and is being organized by No Kill South Carolina. Whether you live in the Upstate, the Pee Dee, the Midlands or the Lowcountry, wonderful animals will be available for adoptions and incredible deals are being offered.

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 this historic Pick Me! SC weekend so incredible. The goal is to save 1,500 lives — will you help make that goal by adopting? Remember that some area Petco stores are also offering adoptable animals as part of Pick Me! SC.

Find Upstate participating shelters here: http://pickmesc.com/upstate/


The Four Key Lessons of Dog Adoption

Guest Post by John Woods

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

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

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

1. Be Informed and Knowledgeable

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

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

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

2. An Existing Dog in Your Household

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

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

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

3. Are You Responsible?

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

Responsible in the sense that:

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

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

4. Supporting Adoption

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

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

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

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

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

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


Adopt a Shelter Dog in October

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Image: Stuart Miles, Freedigitalphotos.net

 


Low-cost Shot Clinic - Candler, Sept. 29

Praisaeng-freedigOn Saturday, Sept. 29 from  12 - 3pm, there is will be a low-cost rabies and shot clinic with James Boatwright, DVM in Candler, NC. 

This clinic is located at Candler Feed & Seed, 1275 Smokey Park Highway, Candler, NC and will be held the last Saturday of every month. For more information, call 828-553-5792.

Pricing is as follows:

$15 / 1 year rabies

$20 / 3 year rabies  (Dogs or cats with rabies paper certificate)

$20 / DHPP combo for dogs

$10 / Lepto

$20 / Bordetella (dogs)

$25 / FVRCP/FELV combo for cats

Image: Praisaeng, freedigitalphotos.net


Rockin' for Rescue - Mills River, NC, Sept. 29

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Join BMW of Asheville  on Saturday, September 29 from 2 PM to 10 PM for Rockin' for Rescue, a charity benefit for Asheville Humane Society. The event will be held at Bold Rock Cider, 72 School House Road, Mills River, NC 28759.

Rockin' Rescue will feature The Notch, The Breakout Band, The Analog Playback and The Remainders. These bands have given their time to make sure more pets can be saved.Donations of cash and pet food/supplies will be accepted at the event. Please give from your heart.


Doggie Ice Cream Social - West Asheville, Sept. 27

Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 9.33.58 AMGreg, who owns The Hop, doesn't just make fabulous ice cream, he's also a confirmed dog lover who does a lot for local humane efforts. Come on out and say thanks to Greg -- and enjoy some human and doggie ice cream at a special Doggie Ice Cream Social at The Hop Ice Creamery, 167 Haywood Road, West Asheville.

The Doggie Ice Cream Social will be held on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 3 to 9 PM. Drop in any time. Greg will be opening up the outdoor space at The Ice Creamery to any and all leashed dogs (and their owners) who would like to join in. Happy Tails Doggie Ice Cream as well as ice cream of the human variety will be on the menu. (Note: This location is different from The Hop West ice cream cafe.) A portion of the proceeds will benefit Asheville Humane Society.