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ARF gets twitter feed

ARF’s customers and clients can now receive our Twitter updates to get instant notification of delays, cancellations, events, specials,and featured pets. Follow us @arfpets to get all our recent news.

Adopt Cassidy

Now spayed and healthy, this active, happy 2-3 year old chocolate beagle/ dachshund mix female is eager for a new home. She’s good with all other dogs, loves food and treets, and loves adults and children. All ARF Pets are fixed, up to date on shots, heartworm or leukemia tested, on wormer and prevention as appropriate,and flea and tick free!

Cat Spay Neuter Trip: Return Postponed

Spay Neuter Return Trip delayed!

Spay neuter truck

Spay neuter truck

The cat spay neuter trip scheduled to return from Asheville on Tuesday, January 28 around noon has been halted by the weather. The return trip has now been rescheduled for Thursday, January 30 at 1 p.m. at the ARF site.

Call 877-273-5262 if you have questions or follow us on Twitter @arfjchs

Cullowhee Spay Neuter Grant funded for a second year

Cullowhee dog grant funded for a second year

Cullowhee grant poster

Cullowhee grant poster

Humane Society of Jackson County (ARF), which is located at 50 Railroad Ave., Sylva, N.C., is offering 340 free dog sterilizations over two years for any dog living in the Cullowhee, N.C. area, thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities®.

The sterilizations will be performed by Asheville Humane Alliance, which sends a van on scheduled Mondays to pick up pets. After signing up, owners can bring pets to the 50 Railroad Ave. site between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on the scheduled Monday. Volunteers will help them to label and crate their pet for transport. They can pick up pets around noon the following day. Residents living in Cullowhee can call 877-ARF-JCNC (877-273-5262) for more information. They can also sign up in person on Saturdays between 1 and 3 PM to make an appointment for one of the free sterilizations. Dogs and puppies between two months and eight years are eligible for the free surgeries. If needed, free rabies vaccines will be provided for any dog that receives the surgery.

This year, interested dog owners can also sign up at Catman2 in Cullowhee, which is running a PetSmart Charities grant for Sylva area cats.

“This is a really good offer and one that will end when the grant monies run out,” says Veronica Nicholas, President of the Humane Society of Jackson County. “We really want to see pet owners in Cullowhee take advantage of these free spay/neuter surgeries to help reduce the pet population in Jackson County.” Spaying/ neutering means fewer pets euthanized at shelters, fewer health problems, and better-behaved pets. It also helps the county save on animal control costs.

ARF is particularly interested in reaching owners with large-breed dogs and puppies, since these animals have big litters, and they don’t usually get adopted when they are turned into shelters. “Large breed dogs are much more likely to end up at shelters and get euthanized,” said Mary Adams, Vice President of ARF. “Our residents love their hounds, pit bulls, labs, and shepherds, but these are the dogs least likely to make it out of the shelter. It’s heartbreaking.”

The Humane Society of Jackson is a 501(c)3 organization that relies on grant funding and donations to offer free to low-cost sterilization services for pet owners in the community. For more information, call 877-273-5262 (877-ARF-JCNC). Or call Catman2 in Cullowhee at 828-293-0892.

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About Humane Society of Jackson County (ARF)

The Humane Society of Jackson County (ARF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides foster care, adoption, and free and low-cost spay/neuter services for dogs and cats in Jackson County, working with local vets and with Asheville Humane Alliance, which sterilizes more than 22,000 pets annually. Humane Society of Jackson County (ARF) relies solely on community support and grant funding to operate their spay/neuter program. They need volunteers to help them make this spay/neuter program a success.

About PetSmart Charities®

Established in 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that creates and supports programs that save the lives of homeless pets, raise awareness of companion animal welfare issues and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. The largest funder of animal-welfare efforts in North America, PetSmart Charities has provided more than $165 million in grants and programs benefiting animal-welfare organizations and has helped save the lives of more than 5 million pets through its in-store adoption program. To learn more about how PetSmart Charities is working toward its vision of a lifelong, loving home for every pet, visit petsmartcharities.org or call 1-800-423-PETS (7387).

First annual “Woofstock” a Howling Success

Sylva, N.C. May 6, 2013—The first annual Humane Society of Jackson County (ARF) Woofstock took place on May 4, 2013 in downtown Sylva, starting with its Barbecue Cook-off contest at the Sylva Bridge Park and progressing to Soul Infusion for a winetasting and multi-band musical event. Dogs and owners braved threatening weather for this community driven fundraiser.

Julie Sylvester and Emily Elders of Pinnacle events, the organizers of the event, were thrilled with volunteer and community turnout, especially considering the weather. While bands such as Rick Balliot and the Blue Experience, Blues Mountain, The Sylva Jazz Band, PMA. Local and Porch 40 entertained the crowds, dogs and children took turns being photographed, playing with hula hoops and taking in the wonderful sounds and smells by volunteer chefs from Al’s BBQ and More, Mainstreet Bakery, Soul Infusion, City Lights Cafe, Dillsboro Smokehouse, WNC Pediatrics, Lil Harvey’s and Sundog Places. Cook-off contestants’ offerings included ribs, barbecued pork, beef and chicken, and even some vegan options. The cook-off event also benefited from volunteer efforts and donations from Catman2, Wal-mart.

When the rain started to come down, it was time for the next phase of the day: a wine, cheese and chocolate tasting at Soul Infusion, featuring wonderful cheeses, hand-selected chocolates and dog-themed wineries. Dark Cove Pottery and Farm, Yellow Branch Farm, Dillsboro Chocolate Factory, Jack the Dipper, The Sylva Herald, Soul Infusion and Kelly Jewel-Timco were among Woofstock’s other donors and day sponsors.

All proceeds were generously donated to the Humane Society of Jackson County (ARF), which has served the region for more than thirty years, providing rescue and adoption services, transporting dogs to no-kill adoption partners in New England, and providing low-cost spay and neuter services. Currently, ARF has a $20,000 PetSmart Charities grant to provide free spay/neuter and rabies vaccinations for residents of Cullowhee, including Tuckaseege and Little Canada areas. Since 2007, ARF has helped 3057 animals through its spay/neuter program, transported 758 animals to its northern adoption partners, and placed 630 dogs and 318 cats through local adoption. “Few people realize how much it costs to rescue, spay, or transport a single dog or cat,” explained Veronica Nicholas, the group’s co-founder and president. “Until we can develop sensible spay/neuter policies in this county, far too many animals will need our help. We couldn’t do it without the generous help of our community supporters and friends.”

ARF would like to congratulate the winners of this year’s cook-off contest:

  • 1st Place Pork: WNC Pediatrics
  • 1st Place Chicken: Soul Infusion
  • 1st Place Veggie: City Lights Cafe
  • 1st Place Sauce: WNC Pediatrics
  • 2nd Place Pork: Soul Infusion
  • 2nd Place Chicken: Al’s BBQ & More
  • 2nd Place: Veggie: Sundog Places and Lil Harvey’s Cakes & Catering
  • 2nd Place Sauce: Al’s BBQ and More
  • 3rd Place Pork: Dillsboro Smokehouse
  • 3rd Place Chicken: Sundog Places and Lil Harvey’s Cakes & Catering
  • 3rd Place Veggie: Al’s BBQ and More
  • 3rd Place Sauce: Mainstreet Bakery

Volunteers are already looking forward to next year’s Woofstock, which promises to become a tradition in Jackson County.

For more information about volunteer opportunities, spay/neuter services, dog training or pet adoption, please call 877-ARF-JCNC (877-273-5262), or visit www.a-r-f.org. You can also “like” ARF by finding its facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/arf.pets.

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