No Fee Adoptions Through July 17 - Asheville

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To make much-needed space and find loving homes for the animals in their care, Asheville Humane Society is offering fee-waived adoptions to approved adopters for all cats, dogs, and small pets, NOW through Saturday, July 17! If you can't adopt, please spread the word!
 
Each adoption includes spay/neuter, all up-to-date vaccines, initial flea/heartworm preventive, microchip, and a free starter bag of food. The adoption process remains the same during promotions, and all potential adopters will meet one-on-one with trained adoption counselors to ensure the best matches for pets  and their new families!
 
 

Can You Give Your Dog Benadryl?

Editor's Note: Be sure to consult your veterinarian before following any advice about medicating your dog.

Screen Shot 2021-07-05 at 4.41.03 PMTwo veterinarians have written a comprehensive article for PetPlace.com about the pros and cons of giving your dog Benadryl -- the brand name for diphenhydramine. The article covers the following areas:

  • What is Benadryl?
  • Uses of diphenhydramine for dogs
  • Precautions and side effects
  • Drug interactions with Benadryl
  • Benadryl dosing for dogs
  • Overdose of Benadryl for dogs
  • FAQs about Benadryl in dogs

The article's authors indicate that Benadryl/diphenhydramine "can be safe and effective for dogs" when prescribed by a veterinarian. It is used primarily to treat chronic allergic symptoms but can also be used for other purposes, such as the treatment of motion sickness and to reduce adverse reactions to vaccines.

Read the entire article here: https://www.petplace.com/article/drug-library/drug-library/library/diphenhydramine-benadryl-for-dogs/?


How Your Dog can Take a Hike

Ryan-stone-cL5THZBD5YQ-unsplashA new hiking company in Asheville can give your dog an experience he won't soon forget. Appawlachian Hiking Company offers several services geared toward active dogs, including:

Nature Hike - Appawlachian will pick up your dog and drive to a nearby trail for 2 to 3 hours of leashed fun, socialization and exploration. All summer hikes are held near water.

Urban Hike - Appawlachian will take your dog on a 2-hour adventure in the city or your neighborhood, discovering parks, rivers, hills and more.

Trail Run - Appawlachian will give your dog a 45-minute workout on a nearby trail.

Trail Match - Appawlachian will make customized recommendations for dog hikes or vacation excursions in Western North Carolina, including tips and directions, with an emphasis on dog-friendly spots.

Transpetation - Appawlachian will take your dog to and from doggie daycare, vet appointments, etc.

Human hikers have over a decade of Appalachian hiking experience and are pet first aid certified. Check out more about this unique new company here: https://www.appawlachian.com/

Photo by Ryan Stone on Unsplash


How to Help Your Aging Pet

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An organization called HandicappedPets.com provides "Walkin' Pets," products, a broad range of dog wheelchairs, dog harnesses/slings and other items specially designed for dogs with mobility issues. Very often, older dogs suffer from arthritis or other chronic conditions that make it painful to walk or even move.

The organization has also published "How to Help Your Aging Pet," a very informative eBook that includes:

  • Six signs of aging in senior dogs
  • How to spot early signs of mobility loss
  • What can I do if my dog has DM (Degenerative Myelopathy)
  • How can I help my dog with IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease)
  • How can I help my dog with Hip Dysplasia
  • Improving indoor mobility
  • Life with a disabled pet

Download a free copy (PDF) of this booklet below.

Download How to Help Your Aging Pet eBook


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.


Free Pet Food - Hendersonville, July

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In July, there will be a new schedule for free pet food giveaways for the Hendersonville, NC area. Mark the dates and locations changes:

1st Tuesday of the Month: 3pm-6pm, 802 S. Grove St., Hendersonville
4th Saturday of the Month: 10am-1pm, Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County, 1304 Ashe St., Hendersonville 
 
Partner Giveaways:
MANNA Community Market: 3rd Wednesday of the Month, 12pm-2pm, Henderson County Health Department, 1200 Spartanburg Highway, Hendersonville
Interfaith Assistance Ministry (IAM): 4th Tuesday of the Month, 3pm-5:30pm, 310 Freeman St., Hendersonville 
 
If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled giveaways, check Blue Ridge Humane Society's list of partner food pantries with pet food from BRHS here or call or text the helpline at (828) 393-5832.
 
Are you interested in helping support our Pet Food program? Dry cat and dog food is always needed, as well as pet supplies and toys. Donations can be dropped off during operating hours at the BRHS Adoption Center or Thrift Store.

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.
 

ReTail Scene: The Nose Knows

Screen Shot 2021-04-23 at 11.26.37 AMDid you know each dog's nose is as unique as a human fingerprint? That got the folks at dog food company IAMS thinking about the ten million pets in the U.S. that go missing each year. The result is NOSEiD, a new app available for iPhones and Android phones.

According to the company, NOSEiD makes "it quicker and easier for owners to report them as missing, and for other dog lovers to help find them." The company worked with dog owners and shelters to create the app.

The good news is the app is free. The bad news is NOSEiD is in beta trials in Nashville (not Asheville). If all works out, however, IAMS will roll out NOSEiD to other areas of the country. Stay tuned.

Learn more about NOSEiD here: https://iamsnoseid.com/

Image: IAMS NOSEiD


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


Free Pet Food - Hendersonville, June 26

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Blue Ridge Humane Society is offering free pet food on Saturday, June 26 from 10 AM to 1:00 PM at the Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County, 1304 Ashe Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792.
 
Cat and dog food will be distributed first come, first serve, as supplies last to those in need or affected by COVID-19. Social distancing and protective measures will be taken by all staff and we ask the public to do the same during the drive-thru pick-up. Masks are required to be worn during pick-up. Food will be distributed car-side, so all you need to do is pull up and the Humane Society will direct you from there! Staff will get your info (zipcode, number and type of pet), and place the food in your car trunk.
 
If a pet owner is in need of food but unable to attend the pick-up, please call or text the BRHS helpline at 828-393-5832.

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.


Dog-friendly Bars and Breweries in Asheville

Screen Shot 2021-06-15 at 9.54.56 AMOur friends at AVL TODAY have published a great list of dog-friendly bars and breweries in Asheville. Here's the intro...

"Sometimes, you just want to go out on the town to wet your whistle. But if you have dogs at home, leaving them alone can be pawsitively pitifulThe good news that won’t make those sad puppy dog eyes turn your way? Asheville is a doggone dog-friendly place, with a plethora of watering holes where you can bring your pooch. We suggest bookmarking this page so you’ll know where your four-legged friends are welcome when it’s time for you to hit the town for an adult beverage."

Find the whole list here: https://avltoday.6amcity.com/dog-friendly-bars-breweries-asheville-nc/?

Image by Sektkellerei Inführ from Pixabay


Your Dog and Fiber

Kabo-gikJaHkQ3yA-unsplashMost humans are aware that a certain amount of fiber can maintain and even improve our health. It turns out that fiber may be a good thing for your dog too. While most commercial dog foods provide adequate fiber for your pet, supplemental fiber may be recommended by your vet for certain conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, or digestive irregularity.

The proper amount of fiber in your dog's diet can promote healthy digestion, maintain a good weight and help regulate blood sugar. Common, safe foods that can be used to increase a dog's fiber intake include pumpkin, sweet potato and brown rice. Check out the helpful article about fiber in PetPlace.

It is essential to discuss the need for fiber with your vet before deciding whether or not to increase your dog's fiber intake beyond what he or she gets from dog food.

Photo by Kabo on Unsplash


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.


$5 Adoptions - Asheville, June 10 - 12, Plus Original Pet Paintings!

Pick Your Picasso at Asheville Humane!

Screen Shot 2021-06-09 at 2.18.15 PMCome meet the "adoptable artists" and purchase a painting that one of them has created! The pets at Asheville Humane have been getting crafty, and they can't wait for you to see their masterpieces! 

This Thursday through Saturday, June 10 through 12, Asheville Humane hosts an art show and adoption special. With a donation of your choice, you can take home a one-of-a-kind pet painting, and for a $5 adoption fee, you can take home the furry artist too!

Adoption fees are just $5 for every animal 6 months and older from June 10 through 12.

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. The dog and cat rooms are closed daily for naptime from 1 to 2 PM, giving animals a much-needed break.


The Many Benefits of Dog Ownership

Tamara-bellis-n00UuCMzVgM-unsplashIf you read this blog, you are surely a dog lover -- and you are more than likely to know there are many benefits of owning a dog. According to HonestPaws.com, there are at least 95 of them! Here are just a few of the intriguing ones:

  • A dog’s gaze (think of those puppy eyes!) induces a release of oxytocin, “the love hormone,” which is linked to a strengthened emotional bond between mothers and babies.
  • Babies exposed to dogs are less likely to develop common allergies.
  • Kids who grow up around dogs have a more positive youth development versus kids who don’t grow up around dogs. 
  • Dog owners have a 24% lower risk of death from any cause than non-dog owners. 
  • Owning a pet, including dogs, reduces the harmful effects of stress for senior citizens.
  • Petting dogs for as little as 10 minutes reduces cortisol levels, “the stress hormone.”
  • Fifty-five percent of Americans would rather quarantine with their dog than their significant other.

Check out lots more fun facts here: https://www.honestpaws.com/blog/benefits-of-having-a-dog/

Photo by Tamara Bellis on Unsplash 


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