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Tails n Trails 5K - Swannanoa, Oct. 8

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 2.30.15 PMThe 9th Annual Tails & Trails 5K will be held at Charles D. Owen Park, 875 Warren Wilson Road in Swannanoa on Saturday, October 8 from 9:00 to 10:30 AM. The timed 5K Run will start at 9 AM and is open to adults, children, and dogs. Dogs need to remains on leash. Water will be provided.

The registration fee is $20 per adult and $10 per child. A donation of 2 cans of dog food is requested for each dog participating in the race. This dog food will be donated to Asheville Humane Society, who will distribute it through the Pet Food Assistance Program to needy dog owners in Buncombe County. Online registration for the race is available through Thursday, October 6. Registration is also available on-site beginning at 8 AM. 

To register online, go to: http://tinyurl.com/hxttsbp

This event is presented by Buncombe County Recreation Services in partnership with Asheville Humane Society.


Low Cost Vaccinations and Microchips - Woodfin, Sept. 24

Screen Shot 2016-01-06 at 10.58.02 AMAsheville Humane Society offers pet owners access to low cost vaccinations, microchips and ID tagging.

Come to a low cost vaccination clinic on Saturday, September 24 from 11 AM to 2 PM at Woodfin Community Center, 11 Community Street, Woodfin, NC. No appointment is necessary.

Services provided:

Rabies 1 year - (Dogs or cats over 4 months)  - $11.00
Rabies 3 year - (Dogs or cats over 4 months with rabies certificate to prove current on rabies) - $11.00  
Bordetella - Kennel cough - (Dogs over 2 months)  - $15.00
DAPP - Distemper, Adenoxirus Type 2, Parainfluenza and Parvo - (Dogs over 2 months)  - $15.00
FVRCP/FELV - Rhinotracheitis, Calici, Panleukopenia and Leukemia - (Cats over 2 months) - $20.00
Microchip - (Dogs or cats over 2 months)  - $10.00 

Please note: Cash is the only accepted form of payment.

Tips for the Dog Park

ID-100280356Dog parks have good intentions -- but they aren't the ideal environment for every dog. The concept of letting dogs run free and unleashed together generally works well; however, dog owners who ignore warning signs from their own dogs or others can be asking for trouble.

PetPlace offers some wise "rules for dog park etiquette," including the following:

  • Recognize the signs of aggressive behavior and be ready to remove your dog from a dangerous situation.
  • Dog owners who use a dog park to exercise their dogs after they have been inside for long periods of time could be asking for trouble. Take your dog for a walk to release some energy before visiting a dog park. 
  • Don't leave harnesses, prong collars, or choke collars on a dog at the dog park. These can cause injuries during play.

You can find other helpful tips here.

As for local dog parks, here are a few in the area:

Azalea Dog Park, Asheville, NC

Cleveland Park, Greenville, SC

Dogwood Park, Knoxville, TN

Fletcher Community Park Dog Park, Fletcher, NC

French Broad River Dog Park, Asheville, NC

Jackson Park Dog Park, Hendersonville, NC

River Walk Park Dog Park, Black Mountain, NC

Six Wags of Greer, Greer, SC

Waynesville Dog Park, Waynesville, NC

 Image: Holohololand, freedigitalphotos.net

Furry Friends Benefit Bash - Waynesville, Oct. 6

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 1.35.56 PMMark your calendar and plan to attend Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation’s 8th Annual Furry Friends Benefit Bash, to be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6. It promises to be an evening of fun, food, music and lively live and silent auctions. 

The event is returning to the elegant main dining room of the Laurel Ridge Country Club, which was a big hit with guests and supporters last year.

Before the dinner, guests may visit the silent auction area containing many dining, golf and spa packages, as well as unique items for people and their pets. The live auction will include vacation packages, special dinners and other special items.

The event will be a sit-down dinner with two entrées from which to choose—Sirloin & Chicken Marsala combo or a Vegetarian option. There will be a cash bar.

For more information and tickets, visit http://www.sargeanimals.org/furry-friends/