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Connecting Pets and People

pets catmanHarold “Catman” Sims grew up in a household full of dogs.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 14:37

Jellybean loses sight, finds new home

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pets jellybeanJellybean is a 31-year-old blind miniature horse. Not being able to see her surroundings may seem like an insurmountable obstacle, but Star Ranch in Haywood County has made it possible for Jellybean to have a second chance to find a family.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 14:40

To eat or not to eat, that is the question

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pets hertzogCherished family member, societal parasite, or dinner?

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 14:45

PAWS director passionate about placing pets

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pets swainBeth Cline has rescued animals since she was a young child. Her father would scold her every time she brought home another box of kittens, but she just couldn’t leave them sitting on the side of the road and would always find them a good home.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 14:48


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pets resourcesHere is a list of pet adoption and advocacy groups — and veterinarians — in the four western counties of Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain and the Cherokee reservation.

pets showSeveral hundred purebred dogs converged at the Haywood County Fairgrounds last weekend to walk the proverbial red carpet in the Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association spring trials.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 14:59

$1 million pledged for new Haywood facility

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pets shelterIn a perfect world, an animal shelter is just a temporary stopover for pets in search of a new owner.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 15:01

Connecting displaced cats with FUR-ever families

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pets FURJamie Powell has a special talent. She can not only tell the 100 cats living at FUR’s feline sanctuary apart, but can even remember their names — despite the revolving door of cats being continually rescued and adopted out.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 15:04

Macon animal rescue struggling to hold on

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pets maconAppalachian Animal Rescue was bustling with activity Monday morning. Staff members were getting the shelter back in order following an adoption event and several families searched for a furry companion to take home. 

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 15:07

Saving Preacher

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pets preacherIt was a chilly pre-spring day when Olivia Hickman ventured to the Waynesville Recreation Park, looking for nothing more than an hour or so of play with her 2-year-old son on the wooden jungle gym. But a dog lying on the outskirts of the area soon became the center of attention.