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Asheville Affiliates to Host “Fur Ball” Fundraiser for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – Non-profit fundraising organization The Asheville Affiliates will be hosting a benefit for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue on September 10th, 2009 at Decades Bar and Grill, from 6:30-9:30 PM. Cover price to include heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and entertainment by Firecracker Jazz Band.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, with all proceeds to benefit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Raffle and silent auction will be held, with prizes including vacation rentals, spa treatments, local art, and sports and hotel packages at The Grove Park Inn. Join us for an afterparty by Decades – cash bar available.

HomeTrust Bank will be providing free parking across the street. Please leave pets at home – this is a party FOR pets, not with them! This event, along with all Affiliates events, is open to the public.,/p>

RSVP on Facebook, or for more information e-mail [email protected] or call 828-458-7778.

Although No Pets Allowed, Bele Chere Offers Pet-Sitting Service

Friday, July 24th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – It is important to note that dogs and animals are not permitted with the Bele Chere festival boundaries. This rule will be strictly enforced. Please make arrangements to leave pets at home or to drop them off at the Chain Free Asheville Doggy Jail where they will have a cool and relaxing stay while you stroll around the festival.

Bele Chere is partnering with local non profit, Chain Free Asheville, to provide a dog sitting service for a nominal fee during the festival hours. The “Doggy Jail” will be located between City Hall and the Court House at 70 Court Plaza, right outside of the festival footprint.

Humane Society Hosts ‘Yappy Hour’ at Earthfare

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Humane Society will be hosting its next Yappy Hour will on July 16th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Earthfare Westgate (66 Westgate Parkway).

Bring your favorite doggie companion(s) and enjoy arf d’oevres, doggie daiquiris, vegetarian appetizers, beer, wine and soda!

Doggy treats are being donated by Three Dog Bakery and the beer will be sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company.

Music will be provided by Casey Parker and James O’Neil.

Tickets cost $10 and all proceeds will go to the Asheville Humane Society.

nova Restaurant Gives Back to the Asheville Humaine Society in July

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Nova Asheville

ASHEVILLE, NC – At nova restaurant on 109 Broadway in downtown Asheville, every Tuesday night is "Community Night." The restaurant donates 10% of their sales for the evening to a local not-for-profit. Each month, a different not-for-profit is featured. During the month of July, Asheville Humane Society is the featured non-profit.

Owner Eric Backer is a pet lover. He currently has 2 rescued dogs, but has had many others. "From a foundation of love, the Asheville Humane Society provides a service that is so necessary – taking in neglected animals, finding homes and educating – all of the responsibilities of an aware community. We are proud to be affiliated with AHS and look forward to other opportunities to support their mission."

For reservations, call 828-505-2152, or visit nova on the web at, www.nova-asheville.com/

WNC Nature Center Hosts ‘Reptile Beauty Pagent’

Monday, July 6th, 2009

WNC Nature Center

ASHEVILLE, NC – Bring your beautiful, scaly, colorful and talented pet reptile(s) to the WNC Nature Center, 75 Gashes Creek Road, for our annual Reptile Beauty Pageant being held Saturday July 18th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Center has expanded our categories to include all reptiles; snakes, lizards and turtles (non-venomous, please). All reptiles will compete for the Silver Scale Award, where owners stand before the audience and state why their reptile should be "crowned" the Best Reptile in show. Festivities include reptile and amphibian exhibits with the Southern Appalachian Herpetological Society, live animal programs and reptilian presentations, arts/crafts, fun reptile fact games and of course, the Reptile Beauty Pageant at 2:00pm to conclude the day.

Pre-registration is required for your pet reptile by calling (828) 298-5600, extension 305. Keith Mastin, the Education Curator, will give you dimensions for the educational display and any other requirements. Free admission is provided for all entrants. Regular admission rates apply to all others.

Although often unnoticed, reptiles play a major role as both prey and predators in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Aquatic turtles begin life as herbivores and then, become omnivores as they mature. They, in turn, become prey for raccoons and other small mammals. On land, lizards and skinks consume lots of insects, bird eggs and baby snakes. Snakes, in turn, are fearsome predators of small rodents in fields and around farms, while garter snakes, green snakes and northern brown snakes eat a lot of worms and insects. These snakes, in turn, are preyed upon by hawks, raccoons and foxes.

The Nature Center’s mission is to educate the public about the flora and fauna of Western North Carolina and foster an interest in the conservation of native plants and animals. The Nature Center serves 27 counties in western North Carolina and each year welcomes 100,000 visitors through its doors. It is operated by the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department of the City of Asheville. The Friends of the WNC Nature Center was incorporated in 1974 and since that time, has privately raised over $1 million to enhance the programs and facilities of the Nature Center. The Friends has over 2500 members who support its activities on behalf of the Nature Center. For more information on the Friends, contact Sarah Oram, Director, at (828) 298-5600 ext. 308.

Asheville Tourists Host ‘Doggies on the Diamond Day’ This Sunday at McCormick Field

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Asheville Tourists

ASHEVILLE, NC – Animal Compassion Network joins the Asheville Tourists for Doggies on the Diamond Day starting at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Bring your dog to McCormick Field and enjoy various activities during the day. Happy Tails ice cream made just for dogs by The Hop will be available at ACN’s booth while supplies last.

The afternoon will also feature dogs available for adoption, raffles and giveaways. Those donating a bag of dog or cat food will receive a 2-for-1 voucher good for a future game.

To learn more About ACN, call (828) 274-3647, visit www.animalcompassionnetwork.org or drop by the Pet Harmony store at 803 Fairview St., off Hendersonville Road, behind Province 620, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday or noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Asheville Makes Top 10 List for Being Dog Friendly

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

ASHEVILLE, NC – DogFriendly.com released its Top 10 dog-friendly resort regions in the United States for 2009. Asheville came in at 9th place and was noted for the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Biltmore Estate.

The rankings are determined by the DogFriendly.com staff and take into account the quality of dog-friendly accommodations, things to do with your dog, beaches, parks and dog-friendly patio dining.

Below is the complete list;

1. Carmel / Monterey, CA – Many pet-friendly accommodations. Off-leash
Carmel City Beach. Many walking and hiking options. Shop and dine in

2. Bar Harbor / Acadia, ME – Pet-friendly Acadia National Park. Shop in the
historic downtown. Take a ferry or boat cruise.

3. Black Hills, SD – Lots of dog-friendly attractions and campgrounds. Mt
Rushmore worth visiting with a dog. See Badlands National Park.

4. St Augustine, FL – See the historic downtown. Lots of dog-friendly
shopping and dining. Take a harbor boat cruise and a ghost tour.

5. Cape Cod, MA – Visit Cape Cod National Seashore. Many cruises and
ferries. Also take in Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.

6. Key West, FL – Quaint B&B’s and outdoor dining. Dog-friendly
attractions, boating and stores. See the Southernmost Point Monument.

7. Charlottesville, VA – Visit estates of Thomas Jefferson and Patrick
Henry. Shop at the downtown mall. Visit dog-friendly Shenandoah Park

8. Mendocino, CA – Stay in a pet-friendly B&B or resort. Walk the
seaside town. Go to the beach and dine outdoors.

9. Asheville / Blue Ridge, NC – Tour the Blue Ridge Parkway. Visit the
Biltmore Estate grounds and shop at Biltmore Village.

10. Amarillo, TX – Visit the famous Cadillac Ranch. Spend a day or camp at
Palo Duro Canyon. Stay at the Big Texan Steak Ranch Motel.

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue Announces Pawsfest ‘09

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue

ASHEVILLE, NC – Join Brother Wolf Animal Rescue in celebrating North Carolina Week for the Animals! On May 9th, pets (and their people) are invited to Pawsfest ’09, held on the grounds of Wags to Riches Thrift Store at 66 Long Shoals Road in Arden – just 15 minutes south of Asheville near Lake Julian.

Visit with Joey the miniature horse, a couple of friendly ferrets, and some rescued parrots, while enjoying food, music, games, pet photos, animal friendly groups and vendors to keep you and your furry pal busy. And if you come without a buddy, you might just leave with one! Dogs and puppies, kittens and cats of all shapes and sizes will be up for adoption, and low-cost microchipping will be offered to help owners keep their own pets safe for life.

For more information, please check the Brother Wolf website, www.bwar.org.

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is an Asheville 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to ending euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals through aggressive spay/ neuter, education, and foster care.

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue Sponsors Fundraiser

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Brother Wolf Canine Rescue

ASHEVILLE, NC – Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is sponsoring a fund-raising yard sale 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at 49 Peachtree Road in South Asheville, next to the old Wal-Mart shopping center.

All money raised benefits Brother Wolf, which rescues dogs and cats helps them find permanent homes. Furniture, clothes, jewelry, baby items and more will be for sale. Call (828) 458-7778 or visit www.bwar.org for more information.

Woodfin to Offer Free Spay and Neuter Program

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Dog & Cat

WOODFIN, NC – The Town of Woodfin is looking to take a bite out of animal overpopulation with a free spay/neuter program aimed at reducing the number of homeless animals in our area. The spay/neuter pilot program was launched by the Board of Aldermen earlier this year been offering the service to the public over the last few months.

The program offers free spay or neuter service for cats and dogs that reside within the corporate limits of the Town, rabies vaccination is also offered through this program. "This service is available to Town residents without regard to income or other status. It’s our intent to try to get people to take advantage of this important service," commented Woodfin Mayor Jerry VeHaun.

One dog or cat can be responsible for hundred of additional animals over the course of a lifetime. Many of these animals are unwanted and many of these wind up abandoned or being put to sleep. "The aim of this program is to make sure that the people of Woodfin recognize the problem of pet overpopulation and take steps to reduce it, with the service being offered free of charge, it’s impossible to have an excuse for not getting your animal fixed," added VeHaun.

The program has limited funding and is being offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the current year’s funding is exhausted the success or failure of the project will be determined and passed on to the Aldermen for review to consider funding for next year. Verification of the owner’s address and potential confirmation of the animal’s place of residence are required. Applications are available at Town Hall. Interested persons should contact Code Enforcement Officer James Eller to set up an appointment at (828) 253-4887 or via e-mail at [email protected].