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Please please please ... stop the backyard breeding of dogs! Allowing the mating of two dogs does not make you a professional or responsible "dog breeder." Yet I can't tell you how many people tell me, "I got my dog from a breeder." We are grateful for what our MCHS (now Appalachian Animal Rescue) and other organizations do to educate the public, rescue and re-home unwanted dogs but it does not solve the root problem. Licensing real dog breeders and penalizing those who make easy money selling litters of pups to the less informed, unsuspecting public might help, but is not likely to happen anytime soon. I am not looking for more laws, I just wonder why we can't be responsible adults, do the math, and think about the long term problem we create including financial burdens to communities and the sadness of stray, unwanted, neglected and abused dogs. The numbers are staggering.


The Board of Directors of the Appalachian Animal Rescue Center (AARC), aka The Macon County Humane Society, is very excited and pleased to announce the reopening of their Thrift Store. After three weeks of hard work revamping and reorganizing, we want to let all of Western North Carolina know that we are back in business with a brand new look and totally new management. As with the incoming of 2015, our motto is, "Out with the old and in with the new."

And with that, we invite you to come visit, shop and donate at our new store located at the same old location (1521 Old Murphy Rd., Franklin 828-369-3046). Everything is cleaner, brighter and in better condition. Along with our usual deals on clothing and shoes, household goods, furniture, knick knacks, books, videos and odds and ends we are now selling some high-end items such as quality antiques and jewelry. We also have a small clothing boutique with beautiful brand name and new dresses.


A rich man, a middle class man and a poor man walk into a bar. They sit at a table with 12 cookies. The rich man takes 11 cookies and then tells the middle class man that the poor man is trying to steal the last cookie. Such is the state of American political landscape at the beginning of the 21st century.

The Koch brothers are the rich man. They are going to raise and spend almost $1 billion on the next presidential campaign. They are going to tell the hard working middle class that the money given to the less fortunate in our society is being taken away from them.

They are going to spend more money in this election cycle than the whole of the Republican Party, or for that matter, the Democratic Party spent in 2012. And that was the most expensive campaign in history.


One of the best things a responsible pet owner can do for their cat or dog is have him or her spayed or neutered. By doing this, you are helping your pets to have a healthier life. In addition, pets who have been spayed or neutered are less likely to roam, meaning that they are less likely to get into fights with other animals, get hit by a car, or be abused by cruel people. Finally, pets who are spayed or neutered do not add to the heartbreaking tragedy of overpopulation.

Because “ it’s not just rabbits who multiply like rabbits “ The Appalachian Animal Rescue Center wants everyone to help be part of the solution. If you know a neighbor or a friend that needs a helping hand to have their pet spayed or neutered, volunteer to help them.


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