Beer City Behavior for Dogs, Fletcher, June 20

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Asheville Humane Society will be holding a free "Beer City Behavior" talk on Tuesday, June 20 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at Blue Ghost Brewing Company, 125 Underwood Road, Fletcher, NC.

The topic is Dog Body Language. This talk with focus on some common canine behaviors that are either misunderstood, or often missed completely. You will gain a whole new appreciation for how much your dog is trying to tell you and you will be able to grow your relationship and enhance your training exercises!

**Please note, if your dog does not like to be around large groups of people and dogs, please leave them at home where they will be more comfortable. The trainer will be happy to give you some tips and tricks of things you can do in your home to help with any behavior problems.**


Low Cost Vaccinations - Marshall, June 17

VaccineA low-cost rabies vaccination and microchip clinic will be held by Friends of Madison County Animals on Saturday, June 17 from 10 AM to 12 PM at the Center Community Center, 1300 Grapevine Road, Marshall, NC.

Pricing - Subject to change.

Rabies Vaccine: 1 year  $10.00,  3 year $13.00  (Bring current rabies certificate to get 3-year booster) 

DHPP $15.00 Dogs only

DHLPP, $20.00 Dogs only, this is 5-way vaccine.

Bordetella, $16.00 Dogs only.

FVRCP-Felv, $25.00 Cats only. This is a feline leukemia combo.

Microchipping, $20.00 Both dogs and cats.

There is no need to pre-register. Dogs should be brought on leash and cats should be brought in a carrier.

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Adopt a Senior Pet for Just $5 Through June 17

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It's Senior Prom at Asheville Humane Society from Thursday through Saturday, June 15 - 17 -- and it's a celebration with $5 adoption fees for all animals age 5 and up! The senior doggies and kitties have donned their finest prom attire and are ready to pose for their "Going Home" prom photos with you at Asheville Humane Society's sparkly photo booth. Don't worry about bringing a corsage or a boutonniere... these pets just want a forever home!

The "Senior Prom" is not only celebrating senior pets, but the wonderful seniors of our community. This is your opportunity to adopt a senior pet for yourself or your favorite senior!

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, 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 11 AM to 7 PM. The dog and cat rooms are closed daily for naptime from 1-2pm, giving animals a much-needed break. The lobby remains open where you can speak with staff, enjoy refreshments, read or watch videos!


Beer City Behavior for Dogs, Asheville, June 17

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Asheville Humane Society will be holding a free "Beer City Behavior" talk on Saturday, June 17 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM at Pour Taproom, 2 Hendersonville Rd., Asheville, NC.

The topic is Dog Body Language. This talk with focus on some common canine behaviors that are either misunderstood, or often missed completely. You will gain a whole new appreciation for how much your dog is trying to tell you and you will be able to grow your relationship and enhance your training exercises!

**Please note, if your dog does not like to be around large groups of people and dogs, please leave them at home where they will be more comfortable. The trainer will be happy to give you some tips and tricks of things you can do in your home to help with any behavior problems.**


What Do You Really Know About Dog Food?

ID-100114357The number of dog food brands and options is overwhelming, and food for dogs has become big business for the pet industry. To keep ahead of the brand "pack," Reviews.com did extensive research into dog food to come up with a very selective list of the best dog food brands. The Reviews.com team invested over 1,400 hours into research, which included surveying experts and dog owners and reviewing the ingredients of more than 100 brands.

The results of this study are both troubling and informative. You will learn quite a bit about what is and isn't in dog foods, and you're also likely to discover that some of what you think about certain brands may not be correct.

The Reviews.com study covers what to look for and what to avoid in dog foods, pros and cons regarding types of dog food, the best dog food formulas, and the best dog food products. There is also some helpful information about dog food recalls.

Check out the complete study here: http://www.reviews.com/dog-food/

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Guide to Dog Ownership Costs

ID-100329003When it comes to owning a dog, you certainly can't put a price on the love and companionship a dog brings to your family. But just as with a human family member, there are costs involved in owning a pet.

TheSimpleDollar.com has put together a helpful, comprehensive and current guide to pet ownership costs. The guide covers the lifetime costs of a pet, including acquisition, medical, grooming, food, equipment, and training costs. The guide also discusses specific costs related to owning a dog, such as most and least expensive dog breeds, typical costs for health-related items including vaccines, flea treatments, and heartworm preventative, emergency medical care, pet insurance, tips for reducing the cost of pet ownership, and more.

Included with the guide is a handy free cost calculator so you can estimate dog ownership costs yourself.

Check out the guide here: http://www.thesimpledollar.com/pet-cost-calculator/

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"Howl In" at Full Moon Farm, Black Mountain, June 10

Screen Shot 2017-03-04 at 11.01.54 AMFull Moon Farm is an organization dedicated to the well being of the wolfdog (wolf hybrid). Situated on 17 beautiful mountain acres in Black Mountain, NC, the sanctuary operates as a not-for-profit organization for abused and refused wolfdogs who find themselves in need of love, shelter, and care through no fault of their own. Full Moon Farm provides a safe haven for animals that cannot be placed into homes for the rest of their lives. 

You have the opportunity to visit this unique farm during the Full Moon Farm "Howl-In" on Saturday, June 10. Gates open at 3 PM and tours of the Farm begin at 3:15 PM.  Potluck supper begins at 5:00 PM.  A $5 donation includes main dish and water/soft drinks. Bring a side dish and join the fun! Visit the Gift Den for handcrafted jewelry and artwork.

For information and directions, call (828) 664-9818 or email info@fullmoonfarm.org (Please note: On the day of the event, it is best to call, as the email account will be unmonitored). 

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Brew Dogs - Arden, NC, June 7

Screen Shot 2017-06-01 at 1.57.29 PMBMW of Asheville invites you and your 4-legged friends to #BrewDogs at Mills River Brewery, 330 Rockwood Road, #103, Arden, NC on Wednesday, June 7 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Enjoy some brews and some fun!

Get a raffle door prize ticket with a $5 donation per person. Proceeds benefit Asheville Humane Society.

Prize Sponsors Include: Island Top Design, Pet Smart, Casa Torres, Tamarind, Woof In The Woods, Interational Auto Works, Circle B BBQ, BMW of Asheville, Hue Thairapy and Woofgang Bakery.


Beer City Behavior for Dogs, Brevard, June 7

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Asheville Humane Society will present a free "Beer City Behavior" talk on Wednesday, June 7 from 
6:00 to 8:00 PM at Oskar Blues Brewery, 342 Mountain Industrial Dr, Brevard.

The topic is training puppies. This talk will focus on the stages puppies go through, how their brains and behavior are developing, and what can be done to help them become well socialized adult dogs. A certified dog behaviorist will go over some common socialization misconceptions and helpful training techniques to make the adolescent months more bearable. If there are several puppies of similar ages, we might even be able to have a puppy social!

Admission is free but donations to Asheville Humane Society are welcome.

*If you decide to bring your puppy, please be sure they are up to date on vaccines and de-wormings.*


Mutt Strut - Polk County, June 17

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On Saturday, June 17, celebrate the kick-off of the 2017 Summer Reading Program at Polk County Public Libraries by participating in the 2nd Annual PCPL Mutt Strut 5k! The event begins at 9 AM at Polk County Middle School, 321 Wolverine Trail, Mill Spring, NC.

This is a free event and participants are encouraged to bring along their own dogs or volunteer to walk or run with dogs from Foothills Humane Society. 

Registration is now open at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VYDQY53. If you are interested in walking a dog from the Foothills Humane Society, you must fill out an additional application, available at the Columbus Library, and attend a briefing on race morning.

All participants registered for this event will receive a race packet. The packet will include your bib number for the race, information about the Summer Reading Program, and swag from race sponsors. Packet pick-up will be available on race day. Prizes will be given to the top category winners. The age groups are youth up to 12, teens 13-19, adults 20-29, adults 30-49, and adults 50 and older. There will also be raffles for goodies such as a Blue Ridge Barkway Pet Grooming Salon & Boutique grooming gift certificate.

Information booths from Polk County Public Libraries, Foothills Humane Society, Purrrfect Bark, Landrum Veterinary Hospital, and other participating organizations will be present on race morning. A photo booth and caricature artist will also be available to capture "finish-line worthy" pictures of you and your furry companion. New this year is a dog toy station! Race participants will be able to visit this hands-on station and make a dog toy from recycled materials.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, June 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, June 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 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.


How to Keep Your Older Dog Healthy

Dominik QN-unsplash.comJust like people, dogs are living longer. Older dogs can continue to be wonderful companion pets, but they will benefit with some extra care. As the owner of an older dog, you can take certain steps to help ensure your pet's later years can be productive and your dog can remain healthy.

Deb Hipp, writing for NextAvenue.org, offers ten great ways to keep your older dog healthy and happy. Here are three of the tips:

  1. Watch your dog's weight. Dogs can quickly put on weight as they age and become more sedentary. It can make it harder for dogs to get up and lead to arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses.
  2. Use joint supplements. For older dogs, glucosamine supplements can ease inflamed joints, which can be painful for dogs.
  3. Consider a good harness. Special harnesses are available that help stabilize older dogs. Some of them even have handles you can use to help your dog get up.

Read more about the above ideas, as well as seven more helpful suggestions in the complete article here:

http://www.nextavenue.org/make-old-dog-healthy-happy/

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$10 Adoptions - Dogs Over 25 lbs. - Asheville, May 26, 27

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On Friday and Saturday, May 26 and 27, dogs over 25 pounds are just $10 at the Asheville Humane Society 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, 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 11 AM to 7 PM. The dog and cat rooms are closed daily for naptime from 1-2pm, giving animals a much-needed break. The lobby remains open where you can speak with staff, enjoy refreshments, read or watch videos!


AKC Dog Agility Trials - Fletcher, May 26 - 29

ID-100182977The Blue Ridge Agility Club (BRAC) will hosts AKC dog agility trials at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher, NC on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, May 26 - 29.

Spectators are welcome at all of the trials and admission is always free.  Competition begins each day at 8:00 a.m. and continues throughout the day until approximately 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.  For your pets comfort, please leave him/her at home.


All trials have a food vendor present as well as various vendors selling dog related items such as treats, leashes, beds, T-shirts and agility equipment.  There is plenty of seating available to watch the action in both rings, and all are held in covered arenas.  There is no set time table and individual dog breeds do not run at a particular time, they run by dog height, so if you are looking to see an individual breed, we cannot provide a specific time to come.

For more information, visit: http://www.blueridgeagility.com/upcoming-events.html

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Beer City Behavior for Dogs, Hendersonville, May 27

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Asheville Humane Society will present a free "Beer City Behavior" talk on Saturday, May 27 from 
1:00 to 2:30 PM at Sanctuary Brewing, 147 1st Ave. E., Hendersonville, NC.

The topic is "Training Multiple Dogs." One of the biggest challenges that many dog owners face is how to train multiple dogs in their home at the same time. It can be hard to juggle reinforcing one dog, while not reinforcing another and making sure everyone’s understanding what’s going on. This talk will cover how to implement training programs when you have multiple dogs, and discuss some common roadblocks to success. Bring your dogs and your questions and we’ll work through some of these challenges!

**Please note, if your dog does not like to be around large groups of people and dogs, please leave them at home where they will be more comfortable. The trainer will be happy to give you some tips and tricks of things you can do in your home to help with any behavior problems.**


Tour the Animal Care Campus - May 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, May 27, from 1:30 to 2:30 PM. The tour is free and open to the public.

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.


New Book Focuses on Disaster Preparedness for Pet Owners

Screen Shot 2017-04-25 at 3.25.24 PMWhether the wind blows, the ground shakes, the flames rise or snow and water fall from the skies, you must be prepared for your pet’s sake!” says Denise Fleck aka The Pet Safety Crusader™. “Disasters aren’t always on a regional scale. Power could go out on just your street or in only your building.  A tree could fall on your roof or a water pipe could break in your home alone.  Even without your neighbors being affected, your household of two-legged, four-legged, feathered, finned or scaled family members could be in distress.”

In her just released 9th book, “The Pet Safety Crusader’s My Pet & Me Guide to Disaster PAWparedness,” Fleck, who has personally instructed more than 12,000 humans in animal life-saving skills and millions more on national TV segments, lays out the steps your pets need you to know to be READY, REACT and then RECOVER.  “Training, supplies, a positive mental attitude and a plan can make all the difference,” she says.  In addition to preparedness tips for humans and their animal companions, the author provides templates for your family's emergency plan, what to have on hand and skills to possess, suggestions for specific disasters ranging from earthquakes, hurricanes and chemical disasters to tsunamis, power outages and civil unrest. The book concludes with a comprehensive manual covering basic first-aid – should the worst happen – for those who walk on two-legs, four paws or hooves, fly, swim or crawl.

Order the book below:


Barq in the Parq - Flat Rock, May 20

Screen Shot 2017-05-17 at 1.39.18 PMThe annual "Barq in the Parq" will be held on Saturday, May 20 from 10 AM to 5 PM at the Mountain Lodge and Conference Center on Upward Road in Flat Rock.

Barq in the Parq is a community event for dog lovers and dog adopters to benefit Charlie’s Angels, Brother Wolf and Blue Ridge Humane Society. Entry fee is only $5 and over 40 vendors from Asheville to Greenville will participate with you and your dog’s health in mind. The day will be filled with dogs, music, food and more.

Organizers at WTZQ Radio and Mountain Lodge and Conference Center are proud to have as presenting sponsors: BMW of Asheville and Animals R Us. For additional information call WTZQ at 828-692-1600.


Low Cost Vaccines - Mars Hill, May 20

Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 1.36.41 PMA low cost vaccination and microchip clinic will be held on Saturday, May 20 from 2 to 4 PM at the Mars Hill Fire Department, Auxiliary Building, 65 Ivy Street, in Mars Hill, NC. Rabies and other vaccinations will be available, along with microchips.

If you want a 3-year rabies vaccination, please bring proof of current rabies shot. Dogs should be leashed and cats should be crated. The clinic is sponsored by Friends of Madison County Animals. For more information visit their website, www.fomca.org, or call (828) 649-9798.