MAY 2019

VOL. 21 NO. 3

animal adoption, rescue and education in asheville and surrounding communities


‘Run For Their Lives’ Benefits Animal Haven

‘Run For Their Lives,’ a 5k Walk/Run will be held on

Saturday, May 4 beginning at 9 am at Patton Park in


The event is a non-timed, walk/run 5K for people of

all ages. The goal is to raise money for Animal Haven

of Asheville as part of a senior project by Francesca

Jones, a high school student in Hendersonville who is the


There will be food and drinks before and after the race,

water stops on the trail, and a t-shirt will be given to

participants before the run/walk begins. There will be

volunteers on the course, as well as bagels and coffee

before the run and water stops throughout the event.

Sign in when you arrive to get your t-shirt. The 5K will take

place rain or shine. Parking is available at Patton Park.

All proceeds benefit Animal Haven of Asheville. So

get off your couch, bring your dog, have fun and support

Animal Haven!

Visit for more information and to

sign up.

‘Yoga with Kitties’ & ‘Pilates

with Puppies’ Benefits AHS

Join Pure Yoga Asheville for a purrfectly fun event

to benefit the Asheville Humane Society on Saturday,

May 4 at 9 am for ‘Yoga with Kitties.’ The class is led

by Pure Yoga Asheville and held at the Asheville

Humane Society Adoption Center, 14 Forever Friend

Lane. $15 and pre-registration required with sign up at Please bring your own yoga

mat. AHS will provide the kitties! Space is limited. Email

questions to

And if yoga’s not for you, try Pilates on Saturday, afternoon,

May 4. Cisco Pilates Asheville will host a benefit for

Asheville Humane Society, ‘Pilates with Puppies’ - a

basic Pilates class that takes place at the Adoption Center

from 4-5 pm. Tickets are $15 and pre-registration is

required. Visit to sign up. Limited space.

Brews & Bears Returns to the Nature Center

It’s happy hour at the WNC Nature Center! Join in for

the always popular Brews & Bears after-hours party on

Friday, May 10 from 5:30-8:30 pm. The event features

beer, cider & food available for purchase, music, and an

up close view of an awesome bear enrichment activity

with the black bears, Uno and Ursa.

Tickets sell out quickly and can be purchased in

advance online at $10 non-members/$8

members. Children ages 2 and under get in free, all other

children are regular ticket price. Please bring valid photo

ID to purchase alcoholic beverages.

The WNC Nature Center is located at 75 Gashes

Creek Rd. in Asheville.

Tricross Event Benefit for Brother Wolf

A TriCross fundraiser event to benefit Brother Wolf

Animal Rescue will be held on Saturday, May

11 beginning at 7 am at Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Rd. in


This is a run, bike, row event, but was created as a fun,

safe triathlon that is accessible to anyone of any fitness

level but also can test fitness and be raced for time. For

the rowing and biking stages, participants use Concept2

stationary Rower and Bike Ergs.


For more information or to register online, visit the

Facebook event page at

Orphaned Bottle Baby Kitten Workshop

Join Brother Wolf for a comprehensive workshop

about caring for Orphaned Bottle Baby Kittens, taught

by Andee Bingham, the Grants Manager and high-volume

bottle baby foster at BW. The class will be held on

Saturday, May 18 from 3-5 pm at Lenoir Rhyne University

in Asheville, 36 Montford Ave., Room 315.

Last year alone, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue cared

for 1,127 kittens! They also care for nearly 200 orphaned

newborn kittens each year, who need specialized fosters

to bottle feed them every 2-4 hours around the clock.

The event is free and open to the public. Additional

information can be found on the Brother Wolf Facebook

Event Page at

Urge Your Legislators to Support the PACT Act

The PACT Act (Preventing Animal Cruelty and

Torture Act) would make animal cruelty a felony

throughout the United States. Two members of the U.S.

House of Representatives re-introduced the legislation

that would make malicious acts of animal cruelty a felony

nationwide. A person convicted of the crime could face a

fine or up to seven years in prison, or both. The bill is

co-sponsored by Democrat Ted Deutch and Republican

Vern Buchanan. PACT would criminalize "crushing,

burning, drowning, suffocating and impaling animals." The

measure would also address bestiality and other attempts

to sexually exploit animals. Deutch tweeted, "We will

get this done. It's bipartisan, common-sense policy that

will protect our animals." His congressional colleague,

Buchanan, also said that protecting animals from cruelty

is a "top priority" for him. In North Carolina call Mark

Meadows at 202-225-6401; Thom Tillis at 202-224-6342;

and Richard Burr at 202-224-3154.

SAVE THE DATE! Haywood Spay/Neuter

Celebrates 43 Years of Animal Welfare June 7

Haywood Spay/Neuter is proud to present their

second annual Yappy Hour fundraiser on Friday, June 7 at

5:30 pm at the Maggie Valley Club and Resort. Friends of

dogs and cats will gather to support the important work

of Haywood Spay/Neuter while enjoying exquisite hors

d’oeuvres, a wine pull, a live auction with original art work

by Margaret Roberts and a silent auction for “experiences”

- such as dinner parties, hikes and other fun adventures.

Haywood Spay/Neuter began in the 1950’s but was

officially incorporated in 1986. Since 2003 over 25,000

dogs and cats have been spayed through Haywood Spay/

Neuter’s core program of low cost spay/neuter services

enabling every pet owner in Haywood County access to

spay and neuter services. HS/N also provides low cost

flea and tick medicines, feeds several cat colonies and

provides an urgent care fund through a local veterinarian.

Tickets for the event are available now at their

office located at 182 Richland St., Unit 1 in Waynesville or

online at Individual and business

sponsorships are also available and range from $250 to

$1000. Each sponsorship comes with the appropriate

number of tickets and level of recognition. Wine donations

accepted through June 1.

For more information about Haywood Spay/Neuter or

the event, contact Scarlette Heatherly at 828-452-1329 or

stop by their office Tuesday through Friday 10:30 - 4:30.


MAY 2019

Critter Notes ............................................................... 2

Angus & Phil .............................................................. 3

Point of View ............................................................... 4

Cruel Beagle Fungicide Test Ends at Corteva

Non-Toxic Houseplants That Are Safe for Pets ....... 9

House Finch or Purple Finch? ................................. 10

Critter Calendar ......................................................... 14

Animal & Nature Stuff to Do and See

Critter Kids’ Page ...................................................... 15

Love a Pet!

Shelter Pets Are Ohio’s New State Animal ............. 16

5 Tips to Help Kittens This Spring .......................... 17

The Six Bear Wise Basics ........................................ 22


Our cover girl GERRI, is a sweet little 3½-year old pup who loves

to play with her humans, stuffed animals and certain other dogs.

Gerri would do best in a home with no cats and older children. She

is house-trained, loves to cuddle near her people and take nice

long walks! Gerri is in foster care through Mountain Pet Rescue.

To meet this angel, email

Be Kind to

Animals Week

May 6-12, 2019

Sponsored by American Humane

Celebrating over 100 years!

Critter Magazine is an animal adoption publication dedicated to

improving the quality of life for animals through education, support of spay/

neuter efforts and encouraging responsible pet ownership, as well as helping

to find loving homes for animals in need. Although the majority of the animals

profiled are dogs and cats, we will feature any animal that is in need

of adoption. We publish each month and distribute throughout Asheville,

Buncombe, Madison, Haywood, Henderson, Transylvania and Yancey

counties. Advertising and editorial deadline is the 15 th of the month for the

following month’s issue. We welcome letters to the editor, comments and

suggestions, as well as informative articles and stories which are relevant to

our goals.

Subscriptions are available for $24 per year.

Critter Magazine cannot screen either potential adopters or animals for health or

temperament. We urge all parties to act responsibly in these matters. All animals

adopted through Critter Magazine must be spayed or neutered prior to adoption.

Critter Magazine is a publication of Critter Communications, LLC.

Publisher and Editor - Elaine Lite

P.O. Box 8052

Asheville, NC 28814


(828) 255-0516

If you are interested in publishing a Critter Magazine in your area,

contact Elaine Lite at or call 828-255-0516.

Visit us on the web at

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Point of View

Success! Cruel Beagle

Fungicide Test Ends at

Corteva Agriscience

By Laura Goldman

Less than a week after the Humane Society of the

United States (HSUS) released the disturbing report

that 36 beagles were being force-fed a fungicide in a test

commissioned by Coreteva Agriscience, a division of Dow

DuPont, the company announced it will end this terrible


An undercover HSUS investigator at Charles River

Laboratories in Michigan discovered that the beagles

were being fed Adavelt, a new Coreteva Agriscience

fungicide, in gelatin capsules for a year. According to the

report released March 12, some of these dogs “were being

subjected to very high doses – so high that up to four

capsules had to be shoved down their throats.”

All the surviving beagles were scheduled to be

euthanized in July. Their organs would then be removed

and examined for any damage from the fungicide.

This study is horrible for many reasons. For one thing, it

does not replicate how Adavelt would be ingested by

humans. Even worse, the United States government hasn’t

even required this test for over 10 years, ever since

scientists realized it provides no worthwhile information.

Corteva Agriscience said it had to conduct the

test — which it admitted was unnecessary — to meet

a Brazilian regulatory requirement. However, Brazil’s

pesticide authority, ANVISA, told the HSUS it will waive

the test for companies that don’t want to conduct it.

Be kind to


that lives ...

- Native American Proverb

At Corteva Agriscience’s request, ANVISA sent a

formal, written version of this policy to the entire Brazilian

pesticide industry. But Conteva Agriculture refused to stop

the test until the industry received confirmation that it was

no longer required. If that confirmation took longer than

four months, those beagles would die in July.

The HSUS and Humane Society International (HSI)

have been working for months to make Corteva

Agriscience end its cruel fungicide test and release the

beagles, so they can find loving homes. More than

122,000 people signed HSUS’ petition on Care2 making

this demand.

On March 18, just six days after the HSUS released its

report, Corteva Agriscience announced it had secured a

waiver from ANVISA and had immediately ended the

test. The company promised it would make “every effort” to

re-home the beagles.

“We applaud Corteva for making the right decision,”

Kitty Block, HSUS president and CEO, wrote on her blog.

“The company has been a valuable partner to us in the

past on important measures to decrease animal testing

and we hope that we can work with them on a happy

ending for these dogs.”

The surviving beagles owe their lives to the efforts of

the HSUS and HSI, as well as everyone around the world

who urged Corteva Agriscience to stop the test. Here’s

hoping the HSUS is successful again in finding loving

homes for every one of these survivors.

GOOD NEWS UPDATE: Thanks to the HSUS, HSI and

hundreds of thousands of outraged people around the

world—these three dozen dogs are on their way to

the Michigan Humane Society and will hopefully soon be

adopted into the loving forever homes they deserve.

“This is the exact outcome we have been working

toward for many months now, since our undercover

investigator found these beagles being used for the

test. We are grateful to Dow AgroSciences (Corteva

Agriscience) for making the right decision for the dogs,”

HSUS President and CEO Kitty Block wrote on her blog.

Fortunately, those beagles will never have to be

tortured inside cages again. Like many of us, Block wrote

that she is excited about the outcome and the future for

these rescued dogs, who were all born at the lab and have

never known life outside of a cage.

“They deserve the best futures they can possibly get,

and we are thrilled for the role we have played in saving

their lives and making this outcome happen for them,”

Block continued. Hear, hear. We agree!



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6 Non-Toxic House Plants

That Won’t Harm Your Pets

By Lia Ryerson

We often praise house plants for their benefits: they’re

beautiful, they brighten up even the most dreary of spaces,

and they’re great air purifiers. Unfortunately, not all house

plants are pet-friendly, which means that if you’re in the

market for a new house plant, it’s crucial to make sure

you’re buying a non-toxic variety that won’t harm your furry


Whether you pride yourself on your green thumb or have

never cared for a plant in your life, there are plenty of

gorgeous options to choose from. Here are six of my

favorite house plants that are non-toxic to your pets.


If you’re in the market for a succulent that resembles

aloe—which is toxic both to pets and to children,

unfortunately—consider buying a Haworthia plant, also

known as the zebra plant. Small and low growing, the

succulents do best under bright light, and you should avoid

over-watering them by letting them dry almost completely

out between watering for best results.

Areca Palm

You’ve probably seen an areca palm—also known as

the yellow palm, the golden cane palm, and the butterfly

palm—while browsing lush and bright living room interiors

on Pinterest; the feathery plants with arching fronds are

bold, bright, and make a statement. You’ll want to choose a

relatively large container for them in which to grow, and

make sure it gets filtered light.

Spider Plants

If you’re new to being a plant parent, consider the spider

plant. Durable and adaptable, spider plants—which are also

known as airplane plants, spider ivy, ribbon plants, and

St. Bernard’s lily—need to be watered only once every

10 to 14 days, and while they prefer to bath in bright

sunlight, they’ll still be fine in lower light conditions.

Purple Waffle (Red Ivy)

Colorful and low growing, purple waffle plants—also

known as red ivy—can grow under both medium and bright

lights, although they may lose some of their vibrancy in

lower-light settings. As long as you keep its soil constantly

moist, it should do just fine, and its variegated coloring and

pretty purple hue make for attractive, purifying additions to

any home.

Baby’s Tears

What’s in a name? That which we call Baby’s Tears—or

“mind-you-own-business”, one of its other monikers. No

matter what you call it, this plant has tiny, oval leaves that

cascade down its stems like miniature green waterfalls, and

even better—they won’t harm your pets. Baby’s tears require

a high level of humidity, so they do best when kept in

a terrarium.

Boston Fern

While many ferns are actually highly toxic to pets,

the Boston fern—also known as the sword fern—is one of

the few species that won’t harm your animal friends.

Boston ferns do best in cool settings with high humidity and

indirect light, so it’s a good idea to mist your fern once or

twice a week to ensure it’s getting enough moisture during

dry months. Additionally, be sure to always keep its soil

damp—dry soil will kill your fern.

For a full list of toxic and non-toxic house plants, visit the

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House Finch or Purple

Finch? Here's How to

Tell Them Apart

By Noah Strycker, Audubon

Some clues to help distinguish between

these two often-confused finches.

Purple Finches aren’t purple, and House Finches don’t

stick to houses. But that’s only the start of the confusion

around these two doppelgangers. A red and brown bird at

your feeder might be either one throughout much of the

United States. So how can we tell them apart?

Purple Finch (male)

House Finch (male)

First, consult a map. House Finches are common and

widespread across most of North America, including

Hawaii. Meanwhile, Purple Finches nest in Canada, along

the Pacific, and in the Northeast. In winter they migrate

as far south as Florida, but they don't typically visit

the Interior West at any time of year. To see each

bird's range, download the free Audubon Bird ID app at

Even experts get flummoxed by finches, but don’t

despair. With a little practice, you can learn the

clearest field marks for each of these species. Visit then scroll down to the pictures. Click or

tap on the dots on the photos and let them guide you.

A few more notes: Color is helpful, but it varies among

individuals, so use caution. Females and young males of

both species are simply brown and white, and can be

especially tricky. Female Purple Finches have a welldefined

white mark above each eye and are more crisply

patterned. As always, structure and behavior are also


Gradually, it will become easier to identify these

finches — but don’t get overconfident. Separating

them requires care; you need to depend on multiple

characteristics to confirm each ID.

One last caveat: In the Interior West, the

Cassin’s Finch—a third look-alike—is also thrown into the

mix. It generally doesn't overlap with the Purple Finch,

which is fortunate because the two are remarkably similar.

(Cassin’s has a longer, straighter beak and a noticeable

eye ring.) But there are a few places where it's possible to

see any of the three red finches! Among high-elevation

conifer forests in western Montana to northwestern New

Mexico and Nevada, Cassin’s is the most likely of the trio.

The good news is that all three of these finches

love sunflower seeds. Even on the coldest days, they

will stick around, brightening up the yard with animated

flashes of color. So as long as you have a feeder, you'll

have plenty of opportunities to study up.

Cassin’s Finch (male)


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May is ‘International Respect for Chickens’ month!

Celebrate chickens throughout the world. Protest

the bleakness of their lives in farming operations.

Visit our rescued chickens at the sanctuary

Tuesday - Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm

The chickens would love to see you, especially if you are

kind enough to bring them one of their favorite treats:

watermelon, tomatoes, grapes, apples, or peaches.

‘RUN FOR THEIR LIVES’ - 5k Walk/Run · Sat. May 4

9 am · Patton Park in Hendersonville. All proceeds benefit

Animal Haven of Asheville. (See Critter Notes, page 2 for info.)

$5 bag day is back every Wednesday at our Thrift Shop!

Animal Haven Thrift and Gift Shop

65 Lower Grassy Branch Rd. just off Tunnel Rd. near the VA Hospital. Tues - Sat 11 am - 5 pm. All donations are tax-deductible.

"Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet." ― Colette

PIG was a terrified boy

in a county shelter who

was saved by TAAG. He

was so frightened he

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rescued him. He is such

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Seeking volunteer dog walkers & dog/cat fosters.

STAN (R) is an adorable Feist Terrier

mix who’s 6-8 years old. He is up-to-date

on vaccinations, neutered and has a

microchip. Stan is very sweet, walks well

on a leash and knows ‘sit’ and ‘shake.’

He would do well in a home

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PICADILLY is a soft,

cuddly 3-year old who

is also very curious.

She’d make a wonderful

companion for a loving

person or family.


slightly shy, 2-year old

female with long silky

fur and beautiful eyes.

Come meet this lovely

girl today!

SCAMPY (L) is a handsome 2-3 year old,

Domestic Short Hair, green-eyed, brown

tiger who is current on his shots, neutered,

ear-tipped and micro-chipped. Scampy loves

to be petted and loved, and needs to be an

indoor-only cat.

Follow us on Facebook and check our ‘Events’ to see

where our adoptions will be held each week.

(828) 348-7198 • PO Box 1479 Enka, NC 28728

On Facebook at ‘Furever Friends Animal Rescue - Asheville’



Adoption Hours: Mon & Tue 11 am-5 pm

Thu-Sat 11 am-5 pm / Sun 1-5 pm

Overnight Boarding

Full Service Grooming

Do-It-Yourself Dog Wash

270 Depot St.


Best Friends

Pet Cemetery & Crematory

MARILYN is a lovely little girl in

the care of Asheville Humane

Society. She’s 2-years old, has

beautiful green eyes and is

sweet as can be! For more

information, call 828-761-2001.

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Available 24 hours a day for your pet.

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Onsite burial and cremation,

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We are proud to support Asheville Humane

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The Critter Calendar is a listing of animal/nature related happenings in and around Asheville, as well as other interesting

tidbits we discover in far-off places. Please send your event information by the 15 th of each month for publication the following month to:

Critter Magazine, P.O. Box 8052, Asheville, NC 28814 or e-mail: All area codes are 828 unless otherwise noted.


The “Outward Hounds Hiking Club” meets each Wed., Thur. and

Sun. at 9 am at Brother Wolf Adoption Center, 31 Glendale Ave.,

Asheville. Volunteers are paired up with a BWAR dog for walks on

local trails. E-mail

PAWS for Love, a local affiliate of the Alliance of Therapy Dogs,

conducts therapy dog testing the second Tuesday of each month,

starting at 7 pm at a Hendersonville nursing home. This is the first

part of a four-step process to become a registered team with

ATD. For information, call Linda at 696-2773 or Carla at 692-5641.

Furever Friends Animal Rescue cats are available to meet daily at

Pet Supermarket on Tunnel Rd. and Petco on Merrimon Ave. in

Asheville. Call 348-7198.

Brother Wolf holds adoptions at Petco, 825 Brevard Rd. every Wed.

from 4-7 pm and every Sat. from 11-3 pm.

Catman2 in Cullowhee is open every day from 9 am-5 pm for

adoptions. For information, call 293-0892.

Brother Wolf holds adoptions at PetSmart, 150 Bleachery Blvd.

every Wed. from 5-7 pm and every Sat. from noon-5 pm.

Mary Paws holds cat adoptions daily by appointment at their

shelter near Leicester. Call 622-3248.

Transylvania Animal Alliance Group (T.A.A.G.) adoption day

11 am-4 pm at PetSmart on Airport Rd. More adoptable pets at 966-3166. Every Sat.

A Pet Loss Support Group meets the third Wednesday of each

month from 6-7 pm at 258 N. Main Street, Suite A, in Waynesville.

For adults grieving or anticipating the loss of a pet. Love offering

accepted. Registration required. Call Susan Kimball, LCSW, at


Sarge’s Pet Adoption Day - Foster Pet Adoption at Sarge’s

Animal Rescue Foundation’s adoption center. 256B Industrial Park

Drive in Waynesville. Every Sat. 10 am-3 pm. 246-9050.

Clumbers in Need pet adoptions the 3rd Sat. of the month at

Pet Supermarket on Tunnel Rd. Call Kim at 230-2499.

Sanctuary Brewing hosts ‘Yoga with Pets’ every Saturday at

10 am. Located at 147 1st Ave E. in Hendersonville.


The Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society bird walk. First Sat. 9 am

at Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary, 1056 Merrimon Ave. Email for more


Join the Asheville Humane Society for ‘Yoga with Kitties’ at the

Adoption Center at 9 am. $15. Register at

At 4 pm, join a ’Pilates with Puppies’ class with Cisco Pilates. $15.

Register at (See Critter Notes, p. 2.)

A Furever Friends Adoption will be held today at Petco,

964 Merrimon Ave. from 2 - 6 pm. (Held again 5/11, 5/18 & 5/25.)

Blue Ridge Humane Society will hold an adoption from noon-3 pm

at PetSmart, 213 Greenville Hwy. in Hendersonville.

A 5K Walk/Run Benefit for Animal Haven of Asheville, ‘Run For

Their Lives,’ will be held beginning at 9 am at Patton Park in

Hendersonville. (See Critter Notes, p. 2.)


The Asheville Vegan Society will hold their monthly vegan potluck

at 6 pm at Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Rd. in Asheville.


Please bring a generous amount of vegan food or drink to share,

your own plate, cup or glass and utensils. $2/person suggested


A Furever Friends Adoption will be held at Pet Supermarket,

244 Tunnel Rd. from 2 - 6 pm. (Held again 5/12, 5/19, 5/26.)


Brother Wolf will hold an adoption from 11 am-2 pm at Second

Gear, 444 Haywood Rd. in Asheville.


‘Brews & Bears’ is back at the WNC Nature Center tonight from

5:30-8:30 pm. (See Critter Notes, p. 2.)


A Guided Bird Walk will be held the second Sat. of each month at

Jackson Park, 708 S. Grove St. in Hendersonville from 9-11 am.

Co-sponsored by ECO and Henderson County Bird Club. For info,


A TriCross Benefit for Brother Wolf will be held today at Carrier

Park in Asheville. (See Critter Notes, p. 2.)

A Caturday Yoga Class with sweet kitties from Forever Friends

will be held today at 1 pm at Violet Owl Wellness, 62 Wall St.

in downtown Asheville. For more info,

Blue Ridge Humane Society will hold a ’Kitten Shower’ from noon-

2 pm at Guidon Brewing, 415 8th Ave. E in Hendersonville. For

more information, visit


Greyhound Friends of NC holds a ‘Meet & Greet’ the 3rd Sat.

of the month at PetSmart in Arden from noon-2:30 pm. For info,

call 692-4986.

Brother Wolf will be at the Asheville Food Truck Showdown from

11 am-7 pm at the WNC AG Center, 761 Boylston Hwy. in Fletcher.

A Guided Bird Walk will be held the third Sat. of each month in

Swannanoa Valley from 9-11 am at Charles D. Owen Park,

875 Warren Wilson Rd. (meet in parking lot between the lagoons

behind the National Wiper Alliance building). Email for more info:

Join Brother Wolf for a comprehensive workshop about caring for

Orphaned Bottle Baby Kittens. (See Critter Notes, p. 2.)

Phoenix Landing presents ‘The Contented Companion’ today

from 10 am-noon at 31 Landing Pl. in Alexander. Looking for

techniques to keep your parrot happy and calm? Explore some ideas

for meeting our parrots’ many needs, including tips for keeping those

bird-brains thinking and engaged. Session will focus on the many

aspects of parrot care, including: optimizing the cage and play areas;

providing a nutritious and varied diet; providing clean air, sufficient

lighting and exercise; discovering ample socialization opportunities;

and finding techniques for mental stimulation. This class also

satisfies our adoption process requirement. For directions and info,

visit or call 866-749-5634.

Brother Wolf will be at the PetSmart National Adoption Event

from noon-5 pm at 150 Bleachery Blvd. in Asheville.


A Low-Cost Shot Clinic with James Boatwright, DVM will be held

the last Saturday of each month at Candler Feed & Seed,

1275 Smoky Park Hwy. from noon–3 pm. For info, call 553-5792.

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It’s Official! Shelter Pets Are

Ohio’s New State Animal

By Kelly Wang

Ohio State might just have gotten itself the best mascot


Ohio has named shelter pets its official state animal.

And while Ohio already has a state bird (the northern

cardinal), state mammal (the white-tailed deer) and

state insect (the ladybug), the passage of Senate Bill 86

is crucial to raising awareness of all those homeless

companion animals.

According to the ASPCA, around 6.5 million pets enter

shelters each year in the United States. This tends to be

split between 3.3 million dogs and 3.2 million cats. And

while these statistics seem horrifying, this is actually an

improvement. Back in 2011, shelter entry figures were as

high as 7.2 million annually.

Here are some more heartbreaking statistics. Only

710,000 of those animals are strays who get reunited with

their owners. And roughly 1.5 million of the animals

entering shelters are euthanized — possibly because their

ailments are too expensive or difficult to treat, they can’t

adapt to a shelter life or simply a lack of space.

One more tug on your heart strings, and we’ll stop!

Within those awful numbers, pit bulls tend to take three

times as long as other dog breeds to get adopted. These

beautiful dogs get a bad reputation for being vicious

because of all the horrible images we’ve created of

dogfighting. But most times, it is the owners who are

responsible for a dog’s behavior — the dogs aren’t just

inherently bad.

So why adopt a shelter animal? Aside from the obvious

importance of saving a life and getting an animal out of a

stressful shelter situation, the joy of pet ownership and

companionship is something unrivaled to boost your

mood. Having someone else to think of can make a huge

difference for our mental health, and dogs in particular are

a great way to get daily exercise. And shelter animals

have so much love to give because they know they are

getting a second chance in life.

One of the most glamorous forever-home stories about

a former shelter animal is that of Jonathan, a jet-setting

chihuahua who travels the world with his new parents.

Jonathan was due to be euthanized when Amanda

Klecker came across him in Connecticut. Jonathan had

been brought in from a kill shelter in Georgia on a “rescue

wagon” in the hope that someone would adopt him, and

Klecker fell in love. Now Jonathan is better traveled than a

lot of people.

Nova the German shepherd has quite a different story.

Nova was taken in by a Kansas animal shelter in an awful

state, thin enough so that every one of her ribs was visible

and with a horrific wound around her muzzle. The local

sheriffs department was looking for a shelter dog for

patrols and narcotics retrieval and fell in love with Nova on

sight. Nova is now a proud, patient member of Kansas law

enforcement in her second chance at life.

These are just two happy rescue dog stories, showing

the success of shelter adoptions. But there are thousands

more to make you smile — and to make you want to adopt

a shelter pet. It is why campaigns — such as The Shelter

Pet Project and the hashtag #adoptdontshop — are so


Ohio joins California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois and

Tennessee in having shelter pets as their state animals,

and Texas and Oregon might soon follow suit. Animal

advocates are thrilled by the news. “This designation will

help raise public awareness for shelter animals and the

many shelters throughout Ohio which are full of wonderful,

family-ready pets,” the Humane Society of the United

States said. “Animal shelters and rescues always have a

great selection of pets looking for new homes.”

If you are looking for a new companion animal for your

family, please take a look in your local shelters and

rescues. There is a bundle of love waiting there just for



5 Tips to Help

Kittens this Spring

By Alley Cat Allies

As springtime begins so does “kitten season” – when

babies are born to cats who have not yet been spayed or

neutered. People don’t always know the best way to help

these kittens. Sometimes taking home a kitten found

outdoors is the best way to help and sometimes it’s best to

leave them outdoors with mom – it all depends on the


“If you come across a kitten outdoors, you may be

tempted to bring her home with you, but that may not

be the best thing for the kitten,” said Becky Robinson,

president and founder of Alley Cat Allies. “Deciding

whether to take a kitten home with you or leave her where

she is should be carefully considered based on the

individual kitten’s situation and age.”

Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization

dedicated to the humane treatment of cats, offers five

easy ways people can help cats and kittens this spring.

Visit for a comprehensive guide

to caring for kittens.

1) Leave kittens with mom.

Like all babies, kittens are best left with their mothers

who instinctively know how to help their offspring grow up

to be strong and healthy cats. Neonatal kittens, four

weeks old or younger, need around the clock attention

and depend on mom for 100 percent of their care.

Kittens five to eight weeks old can begin to eat wet food

but are still being weaned. (To determine the age of a

kitten, use Alley Cat Allies’ Kitten Progression Guide


If you know the mother is present, it is best to leave

kittens with her. To determine whether the mother is

caring for the kittens, wait and observe for two to four

hours to see if the mother returns. She could just be out

looking for food. If she doesn’t return, the kittens could be

abandoned. A young kitten living outdoors who does not

have a mother present should be taken in and fostered.

If you are unsure, Alley Cat Allies has a number of

resources available to help. The Alley Cat Allies’ National

Cat Help Desk can provide advice and direction for a

number of situations. Another option is the Alley Cat

Allies’ Feral Friends Network – local individuals and

organizations that may be able to help with hands-on

advice, information about borrowing equipment, and

veterinarians or clinics that can spay and neuter feral

cats. To request a list of Feral Friends in your area, visit

2) Don’t bring neonatal kittens to an animal shelter.

Most shelters are not equipped or trained to provide

the necessary round-the-clock care for neonatal kittens. If

a kitten can’t eat on her own, she will likely be killed at the

shelter. Realistically, it’s never a good idea to take a cat to

a shelter, no matter the age or level of socialization. There

are some shelters who have lifesaving programs for cats,

but across the nation, more than 70 percent of cats who

enter shelters are killed. That number rises to virtually

100 percent for feral cats. Killing is never the answer—it

is inhumane and it fails to stabilize or reduce outdoor cat


3) Volunteer as a kitten foster parent for a

local rescue group.

There are kitten foster parent programs across the

country. Though it is an investment of time and requires

training, volunteering to foster young kittens is lifesaving

and rewarding. To learn the basics of kitten care, register

for Alley Cat Allies’ free “Help! I found a kitten!” webinar


4) Support and practice Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR).

TNR is the only effective and humane way of stabilizing

and reducing community cat populations. In a TNR

program, community cats are humanely trapped and

brought to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered,

vaccinated, and eartipped (the universal symbol that a

cat has been neutered and vaccinated) before being

returned to their outdoor homes. Learn more about TNR


Spaying and neutering community cats prevents new

litters, drastically reducing the impact of kitten season.

Cats as young as four months can have litters, so it is

important to spay and neuter kittens as soon as they are

ready. A good rule of thumb is the 2 Pound Spay/Neuter

Rule – kittens can be safely spayed or neutered at

two months of age or as soon as they weigh two

pounds. Learn more about pediatric spay and neuter


5) Advocate for policies and programs that

protect cats.

Contact your shelter and local officials and tell them

you support lifesaving policies for cats, including spay and

neuter funding and spay and neuter before adoption. Write

letters and call in support of community outreach and

education programs that spread awareness about spay

and neuter, community cats and TNR – you can make a

big difference. Learn how you can help your local shelter

save more cats’ lives at

Brother Wolf Offers

Orphaned Kitten Workshop

Join Brother Wolf for a comprehensive workshop

about caring for Orphaned Bottle Baby Kittens on

Saturday, May 18 from 3-5 pm at Lenoir Rhyne

University in Asheville, 36 Montford Ave., Room 315.

See Critter Notes on page 2 for more information.


Saving Haywood County’s Adoptable Pets

PO Box 854 Waynesville, NC 28786 ph: 828-246-9050


CAPRI is a beautiful dilute

Tortie with shades of gray and

peach. She’s had lots of TLC at

the county shelter and with her

foster mom, and is now ready to

find a new forever family. She

loves to nose bump and make

biscuits as she soaks up the love.

RUDY is a mixed breed male

about 2-years old. He loves

to play with other dogs in play

groups and is a favorite of the

volunteers. We're not sure

what breed mix he is, but

he weighs about 50 lbs.

and is super cute!

TOOTSIE is a sweet

9-month old kitty who’s

friendly to everyone, and

welcomes petting and

brushing. She'll be a great

family companion kitty.

Come meet this

angel today.

MOOCHIE is a mixed breed

boy about 9-years old and

weighing about 40 lbs. He has

settled in at the Adoption Center,

and has become a friendly, sweet

boy who loves to walk our trail

with volunteers. He's a sensitive

soul who wears his heart on

his sleeve - er, paw.

ADOPTIONS EVERY SATURDAY • 10 am-3 pm • 256B Industrial Park Dr.

Short-term Foster Homes Needed for Dogs! Call us if you can help.

14 Forever Friend Lane - Off Brevard Rd. (Rte. 191) & Pond Rd.

828-761-2001 •

ADOPTIONS: Tues. 10 am - 7 pm • Wed.-Sat. 10 am - 6 pm

Buncombe County Shelter • 16 Forever Friend Lane • 828-250-6430

SHELTER HOURS: Mon-Sat 9 am-6 pm • Closed Sun

TEIGEN is a 7-year-old Retriever mix

who’s been waiting for a home since last

May. Don't let her age fool you; Teigen

loves to go on hikes, and has lots of

energy for her age, but she knows how

to chill out too! Teigen prefers a home

with no kids or other pets. If you’d like

a sweet, bubbly companion, she’s it!

‘Yoga with Kitties’ • Saturday, 5/4 • 9 am & ‘Pilates with Puppies’ • Saturday, 5/4 • 4 pm

Tickets $15 for each class / Pre-registration required

Sign up at for kitty class and for puppy class.


ALFRED is a 4-year-old male

kitty who was found as a stray.

He may look rough and tough, but

he's the sweetest cat! Alfred loves

to be brushed, petted or talked to;

any interaction makes him happy!

If you're looking for a loving,

mellow boy, come meet Alfred!

PIXIE is a 7-year-old Pit/Boxer mix.

This lovely lady is a silly, endearing

goofball who loves to cuddle and play

with toys. Pixie can be a little picky

with dog friends, so we’re asking any

potential adopters to bring their

dogs in for a dog meet & greet. Pixie

would prefer a home without cats.

SAM is a 7-year-old, female

shepherd mix who is very quiet

and loves to lay by your side with

her toys. A great companion,

she calmly walks by your side

on a loose leash. Sam has

hypothyroidism, which is pretty

affordable to treat with daily meds.



88 Centipede Lane Hendersonville, NC 28792 • 828-685-7107 •

HOURS: Tues - Thu 10 am - 6 pm / Fri - Sun 10 am - 5 pm / Closed Mon

DAISY MAY is a big, goofy

1-year old gal who would love to

learn some tricks. And FYI ...

she will work for food! She

loves going for walks with our

volunteers and we think

she would be a great

hiking companion.

PACO is a L-O-V-E-R and a

total sweetheart! This sweet

roly-poly senior guy wants

nothing more than to be near

you—and get and give affection.

He doesn't seem to mind

other kitties either.

SASHA is bouncy, flouncy and

loves to roll around and run! This

sweet, medium-sized, 1-year old

gal loves to give out hugs and

kisses, so be prepared for a cuddle

queen. Sasha seems to be dog

friendly and is said to enjoy a

game of tag with other dogs.

GRAVY goes better on

everything, right? We don't

know much about Gravy—other

than he's amazing. So come

sample his demeanor at our

adoption center. Gravy seems

like he would be a purrfect

staple to have in your home.

962 Cane River School Road

Burnsville, NC • (828) 682-9510

Hours: Mon, Tues, Thu, Fri

noon-5 pm / Sat - noon-4 pm

Closed Wed and Sun


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Changing Animal Laws

· Advocacy · Education · Resources

NC Voters for Animal Welfare

LILY is on her way

to becoming a senior at

the tender age of about

8-years old. She was

adopted last year and

was wonderful in her

home until her human

sibling became allergic

to dogs. She would really

just like a quiet place to

live out her days. A nice

grass yard and some

sun on her back would

be a big plus. Come and

meet Lily soon!

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TRIXIE is 10-years old

but is still young at heart

and has TONS of love to

give! She enjoys her

alone time but she could

live with another dog, if

it's the right one. Trixie

enjoys going on hikes but

loves some down time on

the couch. She loves to

get her snuggle on and

spend time with anyone

who wants to hang out.

BUDDY is a special

5-year old kitty who

needs a special home.

He is a very nervous

guy who will need time

to get used to new

surroundings. In a quiet

home, he is a perfect

snuggle bug—soft

loving and fun! This

big boy would love a

patient home where

he can cuddle up with

his perfect human and

a nice soft blanket.

Uncompromised Compassion

CAP’N JACK gets along with

everyone - dogs, cats, and kids! is

Feline Leukemia positive (FeLV+),

which means he must be an indoor

only cat, an only cat unless the

other cat/s in the household are

also FeLV+, and he needs access

to routine and emergency veterinary

care. He would be a great cat to

add to your household if you already

have a dog, as the virus is not

transmissible across species.

31 Glendale Ave. Asheville • 505-3440

REAGAN is a sweet 9-year

old gentleman looking for a place

to live out his golden years. This

big boy is goofy, affectionate, and

hasn't met a person he doesn't

like! He could likely live with

children, another dog, or maybe

even a cool kitty friend. Come

visit and look into his smiling

face ... and try not to fall in love!

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With over 30 years of Subaru service experience, we are your

all-wheel drive headquarters and complete automotive

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Boxer, Butts and

Other Mutts, Inc.

Changing the lives of dogs one at a time.

BAILEY is a friendly girl

who’s about 3-years old who

does well with dogs of all

sizes. She is house and cratetrained

but will require a 6-foot

fenced in yard area to keep

her from escaping.

KEWPIE is a very petite,

2-year old boxer who is under

40 lbs. She is a very active dog

who will need a fenced in yard

to run. She does well with other

dogs her size or larger but

no small dogs or cats.


828-243-4148 •



They’re already trained with

no personality surprises for you …

and they need your love.

Won’t you consider

adopting a senior pet?

There was nothing wrong with me.


Foster homes give great dogs time to find homes.

If you have room in your heart and your home for a temporary

pet, please consider fostering. It costs you only time and love.

For a dog who runs out of time, it means the world.




The Six Bear Wise Basics

Intentionally feeding bears or allowing them to find anything that smells or tastes

like food teaches bears to approach homes and people looking for more. Bears will

defend themselves if a person gets too close, so don’t risk your safety and theirs!

Food and food odors attract bears, so don’t reward them with easily available

food, liquids or garbage.

Bird seed and grains have lots of calories, so they’re very attractive to bears.

Removing feeders is the best way to avoid creating conflicts with bears.

Feed pets indoors when possible. If you must feed pets outside, feed single

portions and remove food and bowls after feeding. Store pet food where

bears can’t see or smell it.

Clean grills after each use and make sure that all grease, fat and food particles

are removed. Store clean grills and smokers in a secure area that keeps bears out.

See bears in the area or evidence of bear activity?

Tell your neighbors and share information on how to

avoid bear conflicts. Bears have adapted to living near

people; now it’s up to us to adapt to living near bears.

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828 Stoney Mountain Rd. Hendersonville, NC 28791 • (828) 697-4723

GINNY is a lovely 10-year old,

lady looking for a loving home.

Her white paw markings look

like she’s wearing socks.

RANGER is a handsome 7-year old,

Hound/Great Dane mix who has already

been neutered. Is there room in your

home and heart for this sweet one?

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 10 am-4:30 pm

BEN is a sweet 13-year old senior

guy who wants nothing more than a

retirement home where he will be

loved and cared for ... is it yours?

Sat. 10 am-2 pm




MIRANDA is a blue and gold macaw. We

don't know her age or background, but she

was relinquished to an animal shelter and

then transferred to us. She is very interactive

and smart, likes playing games, dancing, and

flapping her wings for exercise. She also loves

toys with wood blocks that have grooves in

them for easy chipping. In her foster home, she

is currently going through the "Fundamentals

of Learning" class from,

and is learning colors and more.

As always, we have a long wait list for large birds -macaws,

cockatoos and Amazons - and many in our system come

back to us multiple times. If you have experience caring for

big birds and can help foster, even for a month, please let

us know. Start the process by completing an application on

our website or email

Fostering is a great way to learn if a big bird is right for

you. We also highly recommend one of our behavior

classes to help set everyone up for success!


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