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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
Visit tinyurl.com/y5gvr32t for more information and to
‘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
pureyogaavl.com/events. Please bring your own yoga
mat. AHS will provide the kitties! Space is limited. Email
questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 ciscopilates.com 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 bit.ly/2vjj3LK. $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.
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For more information or to register online, visit the
Facebook event page at tiny.cc/70cm5y.
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 bit.ly/2JqvsYf.
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 haywoodspayneuter.org. 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.
IN THIS ISSUE
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
ON THE COVER
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 email@example.com.
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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,
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Point of View
Success! Cruel Beagle
Fungicide Test Ends at
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
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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ELI (R) & APOLLO (L)
are Haflinger geldings. Eli is
8-years old and Apollo is 16.
Eli is 15 hands, 1100 lbs.
and has no health issues.
He is playful and curious,
but can be pushy without a
strong leader. He is easily
excited around new horses
and situations, so he must
have an experienced rider who
can help him navigate becoming
a more stable mount. Eli really
enjoys stealing buckets from the barn and playing with them! Apollo is a very intelligent and
curious boy who is really eager to please, but needs an advanced rider to finish his education
under saddle. His nickname is Houdini, as he has been known to unlock barn doors and gates,
and will steal items from your pocket. He also loves attention and will pull on your clothing until
acknowledged! He is in perfect health. Eli and Apollo are nephew/uncle. They are extremely
bonded and must be adopted together. They need a true horseperson with the expertise
and ability to kindly and firmly continue their education.
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BELLE (L) and LILLY (R) are sweet, adorable 7-week old tabby sisters
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has the same sweet personality as Lilly and likes action. Lilly has dark
tiger stripes throughout and a very beautiful face.
WENDELL is only 5-weeks old and is very
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like he does, fluffy and either gray and white or
almost black and white. They are all friendly and
outgoing ... and cuter than you can imagine!
MARYPAWS Animal Adoptions is a rescue organization dedicated to helping unwanted felines find loving and permanent homes. Through
our adoption program, we have helped hundreds of abandoned cats and kittens avoid homelessness. Please help us by spaying/neutering your
pets, making a donation if you can, or by offering one of our adoptable animals a place in your heart and your home. If you’re looking for a
pair of felines, call us! We have many siblings who are available and ready to be adopted together.
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Adopt a homeless pet
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LILAH is a sweet 8-year old, female tabby in
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Adopt a pet from any local shelter or rescue organization
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• Loaning traps • Trapping • Education/Assistance
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one of our loving Clumber Spaniels
Clumbers in Need have several dogs available
for adoption. Call us for more information or
to meet one of these very special canines.
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HOURS: Tues. - Fri. 10 am-5 pm • Saturday 10 am-3 pm • Closed Sunday and Monday
ARE YOU READY TO BE A PART OF THE NEXT STEP?
NOW'S YOUR CHANCE!
We are working hard to FURTHER reduce euthanasia rates in Madison County.
To that effort, we're developing a foster team to help us continue our mission of reducing
the number of animals euthanized each year due to over-crowding. We need:
• Short-term foster homes for animals that are awaiting transfer to a rescue group
or animals too young to be adopted
• Longer term foster care for harder to adopt animals or pregnant animals, neonatal foster parents
for bottle feeding puppies and kittens, etc.
We will provide food, necessary vaccinations, de-worming treatments, facilitate fundraising for
emergency care, and anything else we can do to help support you while you're helping us.
Applications for fostering can be picked up or emailed. You will be able to choose what type of foster
will work best for you and your home. To pick up an application and for additional information,
please call 828-649-3190 or email SGUICE@MADISONCOUNTYNC.GOV.
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TO ADOPT, call 828-649-3190 / TO FOSTER, call 828-768-3050.
TO RESCUE, email email@example.com. Our shelter is very small, so time is critical.
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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.
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.
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
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
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
Animal Poison Control Center’s plant database online at
ONE out of THREE pets will get lost. Without ID, 90% will never get home.
PLEASE BE SURE YOUR PET
ALWAYS WEARS AN ID TAG
WITH CURRENT INFORMATION!
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CRITTER MAGAZINE • MAY 2019 • PAGE 9
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
bit.ly/2WOxCma 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
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was so frightened he
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homes for cats & kittens since 2002
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FoothillsHumaneSociety.org • 828-863-4444
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
with older children.
PICADILLY is a soft,
cuddly 3-year old who
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SCAMPY (L) is a handsome 2-3 year old,
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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
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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: email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
www.taag.petfinder.com. 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.
SATURDAY - MAY 4
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 pureyogaavl.com/events.
At 4 pm, join a ’Pilates with Puppies’ class with Cisco Pilates. $15.
Register at ciscopilates.com. (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.)
SUNDAY - MAY 5
The Asheville Vegan Society will hold their monthly vegan potluck
at 6 pm at Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Rd. in Asheville.
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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.)
MONDAY - MAY 6
Brother Wolf will hold an adoption from 11 am-2 pm at Second
Gear, 444 Haywood Rd. in Asheville.
FRIDAY - MAY 10
‘Brews & Bears’ is back at the WNC Nature Center tonight from
5:30-8:30 pm. (See Critter Notes, p. 2.)
SATURDAY - MAY 11
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, violetowlwellness.com.
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 blueridgehumane.org.
SATURDAY - MAY 18
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,
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 phoenixlanding.org/events.html 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.
SATURDAY - MAY 25
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
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
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
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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 www.alleycat.org/Kittens 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
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 www.alleycat.org/HelpShelters.
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.
CRITTER MAGAZINE • MAY 2019 • PAGE 17
Saving Haywood County’s Adoptable Pets
PO Box 854 Waynesville, NC 28786 ph: 828-246-9050
E-mail: email@example.com www.sargeanimals.org
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
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 • www.ashevillehumane.org
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 pureyogaavl.com/events for kitty class and ciscopilates.com for puppy class.
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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.
BLUE RIDGE HUMANE SOCIETY
ANIMAL ADOPTION RESCUE CENTER
88 Centipede Lane Hendersonville, NC 28792 • 828-685-7107 • www.blueridgehumane.org
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
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.
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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
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.
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.
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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
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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 • www.boxerbuttsandothermutts.org
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Foster homes give great dogs time to find homes.
If you have room in your heart and your home for a temporary
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For a dog who runs out of time, it means the world.
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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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HENDERSON COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES
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
PHOENIX LANDING, HELPING PARROTS
EDUCATION, ADOPTION, WELFARE, REFUGE
FOSTER HELP NEEDED FOR BIG BIRDS
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 MyReadingPets.com,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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