No Adoption Fees in Asheville on Dec. 15 and 16!

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Through the generosity of the ASPCA and the Subaru "Share the Love" campaign, all animals will be available for adoption from Asheville Humane Society on Friday and Saturday, December 15 and 16 with no adoption fees!

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!

There will also be a special guest appearance by Miss Butterworth, Asheville Humane Society's canine celebrity from 11 AM to 1 PM. Read about Miss Butterworth here: https://ashevillehumane.org/butterworth


Sarge's Holiday Pet Photography Contest

Screen Shot 2017-11-02 at 4.34.06 PMSarge's Animal Rescue in Waynesville, NC is sponsoring a holiday pet photography contest. Contest rules:

  1. You may enter as many photographs as you wish, but a separate registration form and a $15.00 fee per photo must accompany each. Check should be payable to Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation or SARF.
  2. Content of the photo should have a fall/winter Holiday theme (background, props, etc.)
  3. Photo prints should be unframed, not matted, and printed on photography paper 4” x 6” to 8” x 10.” Photos must be original work done by an amateur photographer and will not be returned. Electronic submissions (emailed photos) or obvious electronic manipulations to photos cannot be accepted.
  4. Entrant agrees to release the photograph to Sarge’s for promotional or other purposes.
  5. Mail photograph, entry form(s) and check to: SARF, PO Box 854, Waynesville, NC 28786, or deliver to Sarge’s Adoption Center: Tuesday-Friday noon-5:00pm and Saturday, 10:00am-3:00pm, 256 Industrial Park Drive in Waynesville. Deadline: January 13, 2018.
  6. Find the entry form here: http://www.sargeanimals.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/PhotoContestEntryForm2018.pdf

Prizes will be awarded for the best pix in 6 categories: Dog, Puppy, Cat, Kitten, Sarge Adoption and Super Shooter (someone who has previously won 1st place in a prior Sarge’s contest).

According to Sarge's, "When judging the photos for Sarge’s Pet Photo Contest, we look for how creative the photographer was in capturing the unique and often fun or crazy qualities of the pet. We also look for originality in composition of the image and quality in the final print."


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Dec. 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, Dec. 10. 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 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.


Holiday Party for Charlie's Angels Animal Rescue - Asheville, Dec. 2

ID-100485856On Saturday, Dec. 2 from 5 to 7 PM, the Aloft Hotel on Biltmore Avenue in Asheville will hold a holiday party to benefit Charlie's Angels Animal Rescue. Bring your four-legged friend and get a picture with Santa for a $20 donation. Enjoy refreshments and get to meet dogs available for adoption.

Proceeds benefit Charlie's Angels Animal Rescue (Fletcher, NC).

Image: Pitrasyu, freedigitalphotos.net


Celebrate the Season with $10 Adoptions, Asheville, Nov. 30 - Dec. 2

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Start celebrating the season right now by adopting any animal 6 months or older for just $10 from November 30 through December 2 at Asheville Humane Society's Adoption Center.

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, Dec. 3

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, Dec. 3. 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 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.


ReTail Scene: "The Goody Pet" Website Reviews Doggie Products

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Looking for the best chew toys for puppies? Or how about the best dog shampoos and conditioners for dogs? You might even want to find the best boots for your doggie to wear this winter.

Now a website reviews all sorts of doggie products so you don't have to. "The Goody Pet" is a pet product review site that buys products at full retail prices and does not accept sponsored items. Pet lovers research the products, often by speaking with veterinarians and pet owners. Then they summarize their findings for other pet lovers and post reviews on the site.

Whether it's the best hands-free dog leash, the best vacuums for pet hair, or the best pet odor eliminators, The Goody Pet covers a wide variety of pet products, compares and contrasts product features and prices, and makes objective recommendations.

Check it out: https://www.thegoodypet.com/


Adoption SOS - Columbus, NC, Dec. 9

StuartmilesfdpOn Saturday, December 9 from 11 AM to 5 PM, Foothills Humane Society will be holding an "Adoption SOS" event at 989 Little Mountain Road, Columbus, NC. The first 10 adopters that day will receive a bonus "goodie bag," a professional trainer will be onsite to answer questions, and refreshments will be provided.

Between now and December 9, Foothills Humane has put out an adoption and foster SOS because at least 40 cats and 20 dogs need to find homes. So many strayed, rescued, and surrendered animals have come into the shelter that they are now doubled up. Foothills Humane Society is a private, no-kill shelter that will not euthanize for space. Their only option is sending out an SOS for folks to adopt or foster ASAP.

For more information, visit https://www.foothillshumanesociety.org/ or the society's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FoothillsHumaneSocietyPolkCountyNc/

Image: Stuart Miles, Freedigitalphotos.net


Everything You Need to Know About Pet Insurance

More pet parents today than ever before are showing interest in pet insurance due to the rising cost of pet care. The first pet to be insured in the USA was a female Rough Collie dog and TV star Lassie, back in 1982. As the number of pet owners increase, there has been a huge upsurge in the number of companies offering pet insurance, particularly in North America.
 
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An APPA (American Pet Products Association) study estimates that in 2017, veterinary care in the US cost $16.62 billion to pet owners, and they paid $14.93 billion for over-the-counter medicine for their cats and dogs. Today,an estimated 1.8 million pets are insured in the United States with annual premiums averaging between $163 per pet to $496 per pet, depending on the insurance plan.
 
Pet insurance can be very helpful in saving money on routine check-ups, medicine and vitamins, and surgical bills. But the problem many pet owners face is the abundance of choices, with different rules and regulations, and every company’s plan being slightly different. So do you pick a pet insurance plan that’s right for you and your four-legged companion? 
 
It all comes down to asking the right questions and comparing the most important aspects of each pet insurance policy. TopDogTips.com magazine has put together an infographic with a large list of pet insurance tips and sample questions you can ask your future insurance provider that will help you narrow down the best choices.
 
You'll find this helpful resource here: https://topdogtips.com/pet-health-insurance-tips/ 

Walk-in Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic - Greenville, SC

Screen Shot 2017-11-02 at 4.44.26 PMGreenville Humane Society operates a walk-in vaccine clinic at their new medical facility, 305 Airport Road in Greenville, SC. The clinic is open from 9 AM to 12 PM Monday through Friday and from 9 AM to 12 PM the first Saturday of each month. No appointment is needed. Call (864) 263-5611 for information. The clinic offers the following low-cost services:

Vaccine Price
1-Year Rabies Vaccine $9
3-Year Rabies Vaccine $25
1-Year Canine/Puppy Distemper/Parvo-DHPP $9
3-Year Canine Distemper/Parvo-DHPP $25
Canine Kennel Cough-Bordatella $15
Heartworm Antigen Test (dogs) $25
Feline Distemper Vaccine $9
Feline Leukemia (FeLV) Vaccine $15
Feline Leukemia/FIV Combo Test $26

Nov. Special: No Adoption Fees, 6 Years and Older!

StuartmilesfdpDuring the month of November, in honor of Adopt a Senior Pet Month, Asheville Humane Society is waiving the adoption fee for any animal 6 years and older. Lots of great pets are awaiting their forever homes -- and senior pets make the best pets!

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!

Image: Stuart Miles, Freedigitalphotos.net


Adopt a Senior Pet Month

Kate-unsplash.comNovember is "Adopt a Senior Pet Month." Here are just a few reasons why senior pets deserve your consideration. According to the ASPCA:

"While small kittens and puppies may be adorable, older pets are just as loving and loyal as their younger counterparts. Not to mention, adopting a senior animal companion comes with some cool advantages:

  • Grown-up pets don’t require the constant monitoring and training that puppies and kittens do.
  • Many are already housetrained.
  • Since senior pets are fully grown, you’ll be immediately aware of important information like personality type and grooming requirements, making it easier to choose the perfect pet for your family."

This is a perfect time to add a pet to your family. When you adopt an animal from your local shelter, humane society, or animal welfare organization, consider a senior pet!

Image: Kate, unsplash.com

 


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Nov. 19

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, Nov. 19. 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 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.


Helpful Etiquette Tips When You Travel with Your Dog

Screen Shot 2017-10-25 at 1.15.50 PMIt's always a challenge to take a trip with your dog if it involves an overnight stay. The good news is more hotels now accommodate dogs, and you can even find private vacation rentals that allow pets as well.

AllTheRooms.com, the largest and most complete accommodation search engine, offers several helpful "pet etiquette tips" when you travel with your dog. Recommendations include doing research beforehand on dog-friendly accommodations, monitoring behavior, cleaning up after your pet, and more. Read the article here: https://www.alltherooms.com/w/2017/10/guests-pets-travel-pet-etiquette-tips/

In addition, if you or anyone you know is planning a trip to the Westminster Dog Show, held in New York City in February 2018, AllTheRooms offers a handy listing of dog-friendly accommodations, including hotels and private rentals, near the show: www.alltherooms.com/westminster-club-dog-show 

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$8 Adoptions for 8 Days - Asheville, Nov. 9 through Nov. 18

AHS logoAdoption fees for all dogs and cats age 6 months and up have been reduced to $8 each during the 8 day period, Nov. 9 through Nov. 18 at Asheville Humane Society's Adoption Center.

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!


News 13 Pet Project Adoptathon - Arden, Nov. 10

StuartmilesfdpJoin News 13 at Camp Bow Wow at 5 Airport Road in Arden, NC  for the first ever News 13 Pet Project Adoptathon on Friday, November 10 from 2:30 to 7 pm! News 13 is partnering with seven local humane societies/rescue groups to help animals in this area find a forever home! Animal shelters/rescues need funding to pay for medical bills, food, supplies and labor to care for each of the animals as they become healthy or old enough for adoption. Adoption is the best option because it provides homes for animals who would otherwise have nowhere else to go and makes room for more animals coming through shelter doors every day. By adopting, you are saving a life and enabling animal welfare groups to continue helping the lost and homeless animals of our community.
 
 The animals up for adoption will be there from 2:30 to 6:30 pm. You can come meet them and start the pre-adoption process. News 13 will also be collecting pet food, pet supplies, cleaning supplies and monetary donations for all of the local rescues that day. So mark your calendar to come help local animals in need or adopt a new family member. Dog Tag Art will also be there supporting the event and showing you how to get your new pet or current pet an awesome collar or tag.
 
 Local rescue groups involved:
-Asheville Humane Society
-Blue Ridge Humane Society
-Brother Wolf Animal Rescue
-Foothills Humane Society
-Rusty’s Legacy
-Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation
-Yancey Humane Society
 
Image: Stuart Miles, freedigitalphotos.net

Pilates with Puppies - Asheville, Dec. 12

Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 3.04.01 PMThe first "Pilates with Puppies" in October was a sell-out smash hit, so reserve your place early for this next one! On Tuesday, December 12 from 6 to 7 PM, Cisco Pilates will hold "Pilates with Puppies" 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 $10, which is a donation to Asheville Humane Society on behalf of Buncombe County animals.

Pre-registration is required. 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

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Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Nov. 12

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, Nov. 12. 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 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.


5 Parasites and Diseases to Watch Out For

Guest Post by Allivet

Let's say you're going canine cruising (aka "on a dog-friendly road trip"). Whether you're heading to Lake James State Park or Mt. Mitchell, your best friend will have a blast--and perhaps come home with a muddy, wet coat.

Before you take your dog on the adventure of a lifetime, learn about some of the microscopic dangers that await in the Carolina mountains. (They could be more dangerous than bears!)

Here are five scary diseases and parasites to look out for--and what you can do to stop them from infecting your four-legged pal.

1. Leptospirosis

A common waterborne disease, leptospirosis is caused by the bacteria leptospira. It's found within lakes, streams and wet soil in the Carolinas. It's spread through animal urine.

The dangers of leptospirosis can be severe. As Katie Gibson, DVM, writes, "leptospirosis can enter your pet's body through the eyes, nose, mouth or cuts on the skin," and it can be life-threatening if left untreated. Most often, dogs recover well with antibiotics and supportive care.

Symptoms are vague, but can include diarrhea, fever, vomiting, decreased appetite and general weakness. As an owner, be aware of the risk of leptospirosis, and act immediately if you suspect your dog has been infected. Dogs can infect humans with this.

2. Blue-Green Algae

Although the name sounds cool, blue-green algae (aka cyanobacteria) can be very dangerous to come into contact with. It's dangerous when a blue-green algae harmful algal bloom occurs, which are over-growths that can produce harmful toxins in lakes and other bodies of water. This typically happens during times of bright sunlight (summer) and when the water isn't moving much.

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the "algae can cause skin irritation or respiratory irritation" and "some blooms of blue-green algae can produce chemicals that are toxic to animals and people who drink the untreated water." So, symptoms range from rashes and skin irritation to respiratory failure and death.

Look for blue-green algae before letting your dog go play in the water. It can look reddish-brown or even bright-green (or just blue-green, as the name suggests).

3. Giardiasis

The Mayo Clinic states that giardia infection is "one of the most common causes of waterborne disease in the United States," as the "parasites are found in backcountry streams and lakes."

If you head into the wilderness with your dog, giardia is something to be aware of. Your dog can ingest it by drinking from a puddle or stream. All it takes is a contaminated water source.

Symptoms include diarrhea and dehydration. The good news is that giardia isn't as serious as some of the other parasites and diseases on this list. Typically, antibiotics and a dewormer are enough to cure it.

4. Cryptosporidiosis

The parasite and disease are both commonly called "crypto" among experts. In simple terms, cryptosporidiosis is a disease caused by parasites of the genus cryptosporidium. The primary symptom is diarrhea, which will be easy to notice.

The issue is that infection can be hard to stop. As the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services notes, "crypto may be found in soil, food, water or surfaces that have been contaminated with the feces from infected humans or animals."

Beyond diarrhea, symptoms your dog may also experience when infected include fever, vomiting and dehydration. Generally speaking, with proper treatment, your dog won't be sick for more than a week or two with cryptosporidiosis.

5. Campylobacteriosis

Caused by campylobacter, campylobacteriosis is the reason for common food poisoning. 

When out in nature, dogs will drink water contaminated with the bacteria. Although it usually affects puppies that are six months or younger, you should still look out for it if your dog is older. Symptoms include diarrhea, high fever and loss of appetite.

What's reassuring to know is that, for the vast majority of cases, your dog can get better with antibiotics or naturally expel the bacteria. To find out if your dog is infected with campylobacter, a stool test is done.

How to Prevent and Kill These Parasites and Diseases

In a perfect world, there would be a method for preventing your dog from getting sick from these parasites and diseases. Unfortunately, there's not. But you can take preventive measures and prepare yourself. This way, you not only greatly reduce the chance of your dog getting infected, you also reduce the likelihood of a negative outcome if infected.

In short, here's what you can do:

  • Get the right vaccines: For instance, a DHLPP distemper vaccine includes protection against leptospirosis (note the 'L' in the name of the vaccine). There is also a vaccine for giardia.
  • Look into at-home treatments: Heartgard Plus prevents canine heartworms in dogs by eliminating the tissue stage of heartworm larvae for a month.
  • Know the water: In general, it's not common for a dog to get ill after swimming in a stream or lake in North Carolina, but it does happen. A good rule is, if you wouldn't swim in it, don't let your dog swim in it.
  • Recognize symptoms: If your dog is ill after being out in the wilderness, get to a vet immediately.
  • Know where the closest vets are: Before you go on a trip, look up where the closest veterinarians are.

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