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Help to Keep Your Pet

Friday, June 26th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Asheville Humane Society has created a program to help when those unplanned life hardships come your way. Their safety net program can help with your pet-related needs.

Asheville Humane found that when people experienced difficult situations, many times they had no recourse but to surrender their pets to the shelter.  To prevent this heartbreaking separation, they have formed a safety-net program to help people get the help they need.

The program includes help in financial hardship; pet food assistance; temporary re-homing; pet behavior help and more.  See the flyers below for more details about assistance and the sites of the food pantries.

To learn more about all the safety net programs, contact Emily Gelb, Safety New Coordinator at 828-250-6429 or [email protected].

They want to help you make surrendering your pet to the shelter a last resort.


Buncombe County Low Cost Rabies Clinic

Monday, August 20th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – Low cost rabies clinic August 25.

Saturday, August 25
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Fairview Elementary School
1355 Charlotte Hwy/US 74
Fairview (8 miles South I-240)

Only $10 for 1 or 3 year rabies vaccinations!

Please help us keep the animals of Buncombe County safe from rabies and other preventable diseases by getting your pets vaccinated at Buncombe County’s rabies clinic.

Rabies Vaccinations
1 or 3 year – $10 each

Combo Vaccinations (Dogs)
DAPP – $15
DALPP – $15

Combo Vaccinations (Cats)
FVRCP – $20
FELV – $20

Asheville Humane Society will offer FREE ID tags and collars & $10 microchipping for dogs & cats. Please make sure to bring your cats in a carrier! For more information on this clinic, call 250-6430.

Thank you to our friends at Appalachian Animal Hospital for providing the vaccination services.

Keep Your Pet Cool This Summer with Safety Tips

Monday, June 18th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger, warn ASPCA experts. Take these simple precautions, provided by the ASPCA, to help prevent your pet from overheating. And if you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke, get help from your veterinarian immediately.Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

Know the Warning Signs

Symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.

No Parking!

Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. “On a hot day, a parked car can become a furnace in no time – even with the windows open – which could lead to fatal heat stroke,” says Dr. Louise Murray, Director of Medicine at ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital. Also, leaving pets unattended in cars in extreme weather is illegal in several states.

Summer Style

Giving your dog a lightweight summer haircut helps prevent overheating. Shave down to a one-inch length, never to the skin, so your dog still has some protection from the sun. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. As far as skin care, be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.

Street Smarts

When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close the ground, your pooch’s body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.

These Seniors Need Your Help

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Are you looking for a special friend? If so, there are lots of reasons to adopt a mature cat. The joys of owning a senior pet are often overlooked as tiny kittens or jumping puppies usually grab everyone’s attention at the shelter. But keep in mind that the companionship of a quiet, older pet can be very satisfying.

It’s  adopt a senior cat month, so let’s celebrate by talking about Keep in mind that the companionship of a quiet, older pet can be very satisfying.why they’re so great!

Adult cats have their destructive kitten years behind them and are calm companions for children and seniors. With a lifespan of 15 to 20 or more years they will be a cherished member of your family for a long time. And, best of all, you will truly be saving a valued life!

Check out the top ten reasons for adopting a senior cat. Can you add more reasons to this list? Leave us a comment on Facebook if you can think of some more great reasons to add an older kitty to the household!

  1. When they are adopted, they seem to understand that they’ve been rescued, and are all the more thankful for it.
  2. A senior cat’s personality has already developed, so you’ll know if he or she is a good fit for your family.
  3. You can teach an old cat new tricks: Senior cats have an attention span and impulse control that makes them easier to train than their youthful counterparts.
  4. They usually already know basic household etiquette (like not attacking your feet at night)!
  5. They are often already litter trained and are less likely to “forget” where the box is.
  6. They won’t grow any larger, so you’ll know exactly how much cat you’re getting.
  7. Senior cats are often content to just relax in your company, unlike younger cats, who may get into mischief because they’re bored.
  8. They make great napping buddies.
  9. Senior cats often know that scratching posts (not furniture) are for scratching and toys (not hands or feet) are for biting.
  10. Senior cats are some of the hardest to find homes for, so when you adopt a senior cat, you’re truly saving a life.

Please consider giving one of our seniors (or any of our other cats) a loving home. Any adult cat one year or older can be adopted for only $35!

The cats at our shelter have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated, tested for FIV and FeLV and are already house trained.

Upcoming Petco adoption days:

Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sundays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Petco is located at 825 Brevard Road in Asheville (across from the Biltmore Square Mall).

The volunteers can’t transport all of animals to the adoption event every week, so if you see a pet on the Furever Friends website that you’d like to meet, let us know. Just call (828) 670-6723 or email [email protected] ahead of time to make sure that your potential pal will be there.

Animals may also be seen by special appointment.

Asheville City Takes Steps to Improve Efficiency in Dog Licensing Program

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – In an effort to increase efficiency in the licensing and re-licensing of dogs that live within the city limits, the City of Asheville has partnered with animal license registration provider, PetData Inc.  Beginning Nov. 14, all pet licensing and re-licensing will be handled online at http://www.petdata.com/ or by US Mail.  Dog tags will no longer be available for sale at City Hall.

Asheville City Ordinance requires all dogs at least 6 months of age or older to be licensed annually.  The annual license fee is $10 and is due Jan. 1 of each year.

To use the online service, the pet owner will enter his or her zip code under the “License Now” tab.  Multiple pets can be licensed at the same time and all required documents can be easily uploaded to the website.  All major credit cards are accepted.  A small convenience fee will apply per transaction.

To license by mail, a copy of the pet’s current rabies certificate, along with a check, should be mailed to Asheville Animal Licensing, C/O PetData, PO Box 141929, Irving, TX 75014.

“Purchasing a license and attaching it to your pet’s collar is one of the most important things you can do as a responsible pet owner,” said Brenda Sears, animal services supervisor with the Asheville police department.  “Displaying a current license tag on your pet’s collar makes it easy for animal control officers and shelter employees to quickly locate a lost pet’s owner.”

Beginning Nov. 14, more information on dog licensing in the city of Asheville will be available at http://www.petdata.com/for-pet-owners/ash%20or%20call%20toll-free%201-855-223-1680.

Keep Your Pets Safe this Halloween

Monday, October 31st, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Halloween can be a traumatic and even dangerous time for your pets. It can pose unexpected dangers to pets – from chocolate candies which can be toxic to dogs, to pumpkins with lit candles that curious kittens might knock If you dress up your dog, make sure the costume isn't constricting, annoying or unsafe. over. The ASPCA would like to offer some common-sense tips to help you protect them:

  • Don’t leave your pets out in the yard on Halloween: there are plenty of stories of vicious pranksters who have teased, injured, stolen, even killed pets on this night.
  • Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets: chocolate is poisonous to a lot of animals, and tin foil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed.
  • Be careful of pets around a lit pumpkin: pets may knock it over and cause a fire. Curious kittens especially run the risk of getting burned.
  • Don’t dress the dog in costume unless you know he loves it. Otherwise, it puts a lot of stress on the animal.
  • If you do dress up your dog, make sure the costume isn’t constricting, annoying or unsafe.
  • Be careful not to obstruct his or her vision; even the sweetest dogs can get snappy when they can’t see what’s going on around them.
  • All but the most social dogs should be kept in a separate room during trick-or-treat visiting hours; too many strangers in strange garb can be scary for a dog.
  • Be careful your cat or dog doesn’t dart out through an open door.

While this can be a fun time for people and pets alike, remember that your pets are depending on you to keep them safe from the more dangerous goblins and ghouls that this holiday brings.

Courtesy of:

424 East 92nd St.
New York, NY 10128-6804
(212) 876-7700

How Fur Helps You Live Longer

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Wearing fur? A definite fashion “don’t” in most animal lovers’ books. But cuddling with a living, breathing furry friend? It may be the key to a happier, healthier, longer life.

Three concurrent studies recently revealed that pet owners tend to have lots of physical and emotional advantages, including better self-esteem, better physical conditioning, and better health and happiness compared with It turns out a pet is quite a good friend indeed.people in pet-free households.

Friends with Benefits

While it has long been known that pets can help people overcome major life-stressors (think therapy dogs), scientists wanted to determine whether pets were beneficial to people in everyday life. And it turns out a pet is quite a good friend indeed.

In one study, surveys of pet owners and non-owners revealed that pet people exercised more, felt less lonely and more extroverted, had greater self-esteem, and were just healthier and happier overall compared with people who didn’t own pets.

A second study revealed that the more social interaction people had with their dogs, the happier and better adjusted the people were. And finally, the third study showed that focusing on their pets helped people deal better with negative emotions. (Related: Visit the RealAge Healthy Pets Center to find all you need to know about keeping your furry friend healthy.)

Good Dog (& Cat)

So how could a four-legged critter without opposable thumbs be so darn helpful? Well, for one, pets help people get off the couch for regular neighborhood walks or games of backyard fetch, upping calorie burn. Pets also provide their very own unique brand of social support for their human companions. All of which may result in better physical and emotional well-being for pet owners. (Related: Doggy troubles? Dig up solutions to common behavior problems here.)

Friends with benefits: on the positive consequences of pet ownership. McConnell, A. R. et al., Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 2011 Jul 4.

Source: RealAge.com

Find out more information about pets in Asheville.

Buncombe County Rabies Clinic July 30 and August 27

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Division and the Animal Coalition of Buncombe County will be offering low cost summer vaccination clinics to allow you to keep your pet‘s vaccinations current. Protect Your Pet from Rabies!No appointment is needed.

Shots offered:

  • 1 & 3 year rabies vaccines – $10 each
  • DAPP & DALPP vaccines (combo vaccine for dogs) – $15 each
  • FVRCP/FELV vaccines (combo vaccine for cats) – $20 each
  •  $10 Microchipping for dogs & cats

Owner must have written proof of a previous rabies tag to receive
a 3 year vaccine. Keep in mind that the rabies tag your pet wears around its neck does not include a date and cannot be used to verify prior vaccination. Please make sure to bring restraints for all your pets.

Clinics will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at all locations: 

  • July 30:  Candler Sports Park
  • August 27:  Lake Julian Park (shelter 1)

Dogs & cats welcome! For more information, contact Buncombe County Animal Services at 253-1195.

Adopt an Adult Cat for Only $35

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – FurEver Friends is having a Special on adult cat adoptions. Adopt any adult cat (defined as a cat 1 year or older) for only $35 – this is less than half the normal adoption fee!

Come and look at all of the wonderful cats just waiting for homes. Some of them have been in the shelter or in foster homes for over a year.

Upcoming Petco Adoption Days:

Sundays from 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursdays from 5 – 8 p.m.

Petco is located at 825 Brevard Road in Asheville (across from the Biltmore Square Mall).

All of the cats have been:

  • spayed or neutered
  • vaccinated
  • tested for FIV and FeLV
  • house trained

If you have any questions, call (828)-670-6723 or email [email protected].

Visit the FurEver Friends website to see some of the animals available for adoption.

Camp Unleashed Comes to Asheville May 12-15th

Friday, May 6th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Camp Unleashed presents retreats for people and their dogs to deepen their relationship through education and organized play in an experience designed to be transformational for both species.

In 2004, Annie Brody founded Camp Unleashed on the premise that dogs need a vacation from the human world — a place where they can be off leash, safe, and in a pack with other dogs in their own natural environment.

The first Camp Unleashed started with 10 people. Today camps are limited to 50 people to keep the dog pack and the human group personal and manageable. In 2010, Camp Unleashed expanded from the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts to include a camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. In 2011, Camp Unleashed added a new location on the West Coast with Camp Sequoia Lake in the Sierra Mountains, adjacent to Sequoia National Park.

Each Camp Unleashed session offers dogs and their people a 4-day weekend retreat organized to be fun, satisfying, relaxing, and educational.  The daily schedule is planned to keep the dogs active and participatory.  Presentations and workshops teach campers how to take the best care of their dog.  Sports and athletic activities led by experts engage the dogs and help campers understand how to maximize their dog’s abilities. Participation in activities is optional, and some campers may choose to simply relax by the lake with their dogs.

Over the years, feedback from campers has been extremely positive, and word of mouth has created the momentum for Camp Unleashed to grow. Campers say that being with their dog in nature in a pack, with the freedom to be off the leash is a transformative experience for both the dogs and their people. The Camp Unleashed philosophy, presenters, staff and programs build trust, deepen respect, improve skills, and reduce stress for both species.  Some people even say it’s the best vacation they’ve ever had!

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