City Council of Hendersonville, NC, Passes New Limits on Dog Tethering

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To the City Council of Hendersonville, NC for increasing restrictions on dog-tethering within city limits.

Hendersonville, NC, is joining the list of towns in the United States that have passed restrictions on dogpuppy tethering. Keeping a dog on a chain for hours, days, and years at a time dramatically diminishes a dog’s psychological and physical welfare. Despite this, state laws seldom address the practice commonly known as “dog chaining” – leaving counties and cities to pass local ordinances to inhibit the harmful practice. In early July, city council members in Hendersonville, NC, which is home to about 13,500 people, unanimously voted to limit the amount of time a dog can be chained to no more than 2 hours in a 12-hour period. The minimum age for tethering puppies was also raised from 4 to 6 months.

Take action. Residents of Hendersonville, NC, contact your city council members and thank them for passing this important local law. Residents of other locales, contact your city council and county commission and urge them to place more restrictions on dog tethering in your area.

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Hotel Promotes Adoption of Rescue Dogs During Stay

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To Aloft Hotel in downtown Asheville, NC for partnering with local rescues to increase adoptions.

Photo credit Aloft Hotel Asheville Downtown Facebook

Photo credit Aloft Hotel Asheville Downtown Facebook

While most travelers are expecting a warm bed and cable TV while checking into a hotel for the evening, guests at the Aloft Hotel in downtown Asheville, NC are also greeted by a friendly adoptable dog at the front desk. Since Aloft Hotel began their parnership with Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue in July, 14 dogs have been adopted and rescue placements have doubled. Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue saves dogs from local shelters who are at risk for euthanasia.

Aloft Hotel has several dog-friendly areas designated throughout the hotel, and visitors can also spend some one-on-one time with the dog while exploring the downtown area. This also allows the dog for much-needed socialization and interaction with humans and the environment.

While more dogs have been placed in loving homes thanks to Aloft’s new program, the hotel has yet to receive one negative complaint regarding allergies, noise, or uncleanliness related to the dogs. It does seem, though, that visitors are rather fond of their warm welcome from a furry friend.

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