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Low-Cost Rabies and Shot Clinic July 28

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – A low-cost rabies and shot clinic will be held the last Saturday of each month.

$10/1 and 3-year rabies shot

$15/DHLPP combo for dogs

$15 Bordetella (dogs)

$20/FVRCP/FELV combo for cats

Locations: Tractor Supply Old Brevard Rd Asheville 9 am-noon

Tractor Supply Monticello Rd Weaverville 1-3 pm

For more information call (828)553-5792


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.

Grandfather Mountain Hosts Birthday Party for Animal Habitats, June 15

Monday, June 13th, 2011

BLOWING ROCK, NC – On June 15 Grandfather Mountain will host a birthday celebration for all of the animals in the park. Grandfather’s habitat staff has prepared a fun-filled day for guests as well as programming to honor and treat its furry inhabitants.

“The Animal Birthday Party gives us an opportunity to celebrate all of their birthdays at the same time because they all deserve a special day,” said Habitats Manager Christie Tipton.

2011 Birthday Party Schedule

10:00 am – 2:00 pm “Test Your Animal Knowledge” contest and make the animals a birthday card. Nature
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Behind the Scenes tour! We are offering a special birthday celebration price of $20 per person. Call 828-733-8715 to book in advance or go to the museum gift shop to sign up. Spaces are limited!
11:00 am Come play The Thicket Game! Meet at the Let it Rain picnic shelter.
1:00 pm Owl Encounter! Meet our Naturalists in front of the Fudge Shop.
1:30 pm Come play Quick Frozen Critters! Meet at the Let it Rain picnic shelter.
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Visit the Fudge Shop for a free slice of birthday cake (limited one slice per person).
2:15 pm “Test Your Animal Knowledge” Contest drawing: winners names will be announced and prizes will be awarded at the Nature Museum. Immediately afterwards, follow our habitat staff to the deer, otter, cougar and bear overlooks to watch a special Birthday Enrichment!
2:30 pm Special Birthday Enrichment for the deer, otters, cougars and bears! At the animal habitat.

Paws 4 Kids Kicks-off April 30th

Monday, April 18th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Dozens of children, adults, and dogs will be walking at Biltmore Park in front of the YMCA on Saturday, April 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. The walk is to increase awareness and encourage involvement in protecting children and animals as Child Abuse Prevention Month comes to a close.

There will be music, blue bandannas for dogs, blue ribbons for kids, face painting (blue ribbon or blue heart), Ident-A-Kid (two identity cards for $10), a magician, clowns, contests, a raffle, and awards for children and dogs. The Blue Ribbon Award for Extraordinary Contribution to Child Abuse Prevention will be presented to a community member.

This year Child Abuse Prevention Services, Inc. is tying in child and animal abuse and partnering with the Asheville Humane Society.

Sheriff Van Duncan, assisted by Paul Howey and Jelly from Paws with a Purpose, Lynn Kieffer, Chair of CAPS, Katherine McGowan Shenar of Asheville Humane Society, and the Child Protection Team of Buncombe County will cut a gigantic Blue Ribbon to start the event.

For more information, visit www.childabusepreventionservices.org.

People and Dogs Race for a Good Cause

Monday, October 18th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Come with your canine athlete to the Buncombe County Sports Park on November 20 and join the 4th Annual Tails and Trails 5K Race. Proceeds benefit The Asheville Humane Society and Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Services.

Two 5K Races are Scheduled

  • 8:30 a.m. – 5K Run for human runners only
  • 10 a.m. – 5K Run/Walk where dogs are encouraged to run with their people

Register online! Get a discount for registering early – register before November 10 for only $20 per race. After the tenth and on the day of the races, the registration fee is $25. Registration includes a Tails and Trails T-shirt.

Both races are timed and medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Note to Dog Owners

We ask that dogs be leashed and licensed and have their rabies vaccinations be up-to-date. Strollers for dogs are allowed and/or you may run with more than one dog in the 5K Run/Walk held at 10 a.m.

For more information, please call Jessica Stevermer at 250-4260 or email her at [email protected].

Animal Care Campus Grand Opening TODAY!

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Buncombe County Government and Asheville Humane Society announce the grand opening of the new Animal Care Campus, located at 14 & 16 Forever Friend Lane. The celebration will begin on Tuesday, September 14 at 11a.m. with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce.

County Commission Chairman David Gantt, AHS Board Chair Rick Clark, Sheriff Van Duncan and AB Tech President Dr. Hank Dunn will give remarks. This will be followed by an open house with public tours of the Animal Care Campus which includes the Buncombe County Animal Shelter, Buncombe County Animal Control, A-B Tech Veterinary Medical Technology Program and the Asheville Humane Society Adoption & Education Center. The event is free and open to the public – tours will be available from noon until 8 p.m.

The campus is located at Interstate 26 and Brevard Road, off Pond Road and behind Deal Motor Cars.

Important Numbers for You to Know:

–  Buncombe County Animal Shelter: 250-6430

–  AHS Adoption & Education Center: 761-2001

For additional information, contact Hans Wohlgefahrt, Asheville Humane Society Community Outreach Coordinator at 606-8428, or visit www.ashevillehumane.org.

Butterflies return to WNC Nature Center on Saturday

Friday, June 25th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The summer will see the WNC Nature Center hosting more than 20 species of butterflies and moths for the center’s highly-anticipated Beauty of the Butterfly exhibit. The exhibit opens on Saturday, June 26 as part of the center’s Nectar Collector Day and will run through August 24.

The popular exhibit allows WNC Nature Center visitors to wander through a hoop-house, coming in close contact with blooming flowers and several hundred butterflies. This is the 7th year the exhibit has appeared at the center, and an estimated 30,000 people visit each season, says Eli Strull, the center’s Education Specialist.

Butterflies on display in the exhibit come from actual butterfly farmers in other parts of the county, mostly in Texas and Florida. While the WNC Nature Center is permitted to keep the specimens in the display area, it is not allowed to release them into the wild.

This will be the last year the exhibit takes place in the temporary hoop-house, as next summer will see the opening of a permanent exhibit area at the center. The new exhibit area is made possible by a $45,000 donation by the Friends of the WNC Nature Center, and will be located above the turtle pond that is currently under construction.

The new, larger exhibit will allow visitors to wander a loop trail and spend more time with the butterflies, and will open in the summer of 2011. While the butterflies will still appear seasonally, the trail itself will be home to many plants that attract the flying insects.

The June 26 opening of this year’s exhibit will coincide with Nectar Collector Day, which will celebrate the importance on nectar collecting animals as well as provide fun activities, crafts, games and food.

“We’ll talk about the life cycle of the butterfly, why pollination is so important and what we can do to help,” Strull said.

For information on this and other exhibits and events at the WNC Nature Center, call (828) 298-5600 or visit http://www.ashevillenc.gov/departments/ParksRCA/default.aspx?id=13314.

The WNC Nature Center’s mission is to increase public awareness and understanding of the natural environment of Western North Carolina. Featuring over 150 animals including otters, black bear and red wolf, the Center is open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.

Center is operated by the City of Asheville and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

New Otter Debuts at the Western North Carolina Nature Center

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Nature Center’s resident otter, Olive, now has a new companion! On Tuesday March 9th, a new male otter (yet to be named) was introduced into the Nature Center’s “Otter Falls” exhibit for the first time. After some quick sniffing, scratching and chattering, the two quickly took to running around the exhibit and in and out of the water, allowing the Center’s animal care staff to breathe a huge sign of relief. “It’s never easy to introduce a new animal into an exhibit” notes the Center’s animal curator Allison Ballentine. “Our staff has been watching the signs that the two were ready to be introduced and we needed to plan a time when a lot of staff was present to help with the introduction.”

The new male otter arrived in Asheville in mid February from the Pittsburgh Zoo. Before any introductions could occur though, he needed to spend a period of time in the Center’s animal health building, separated from other animals in the collection. This quarantine period is necessary to ensure that he is not carrying any kind of illness that could be introduced into the Center’s existing collection.

Once he received a clean bill of health from the animal care team, he was transported to the otter exhibit backup building where he could first meet Olive through a special “howdy” door. The door allowed the pair to see, hear and smell each other without being able to bite or injure one another. Once the animal care team saw signs that the two were not going to be aggressive, the decision was made to try the introduction. “We spent a great deal of time researching information from other zoos that have otters so we knew exactly what to look for” explains Ballentine. “Since we are a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), we can call on experts from around the country for advice. This sharing of information helps us avoid a lot of potential problems,” said Ballentine.

The two otters will now be on exhibit together most days.

For more information, contact Chris Gentile, Director of the Western North Carolina Nature Center, at 828-298-5600.