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Asheville Humane Society: Project Yellow

Asheville Humane Society: Project Yellow

Project Yellow: Giving Dogs Extra Space on Walks

Asheville Humane Society and Buncombe County Animal Shelter have launched Project Yellow to help the public recognize when dogs need extra space on walks. They are giving out free yellow ribbons for pet owners to tie to their dog’s leash. While on a walk, the ribbon will alert passersby that they should use caution or ask permission before approaching the dog.

“Project Yellow is a wonderful education campaign for dogs in our community,” said Katy Mahaley, Behavior Department Coordinator at Asheville Humane Society. “I see many dogs who are a little shy or just need extra space, and owners struggle with communicating that to people who love dogs and want to interact. A simple yellow ribbon takes the pressure off of the owner and gently asks the public to give the dog the space they need to remain confident and feel safe.” 

The yellow ribbon does not necessarily signify that the dog is aggressive. Perhaps the dog gets overly excited, anxious or fearful around other people or pets. The yellow ribbon could also indicate that the dog has a medical condition and needs to be approached in a special way. Using the yellow ribbon will help our community become more aware of pet safety. It is a good reminder that we should never approach an unfamiliar pet without the owner’s consent. Stop by the Adoption and Education Center or the Buncombe County Animal Shelter and ask the front desk for your free Project Yellow ribbon! Find out more at ashevillehumane.org.

Who:  Asheville Humane Society 

What:  Project Yellow

Where:  Adoption and Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane

Buncombe County Animal Shelter, 16 Forever Friend Lane

(just off Brevard Road, south of the WNC Farmers Market)

When:  Now

Why:  To pick up a free yellow ribbon for dogs who need extra space

About Asheville Humane Society

For over 30 years Asheville Humane Society has been saving homeless Buncombe County animals. Today we operate both our own state-of-the-art Adoption and Education Center and the County's only open door shelter where no local animal is ever turned away. We rescue, reunite, rehabilitate and re-home abandoned, abused, injured and lost animals. We provide education, training and support to keep pets in their homes. Asheville Humane Society has earned the highest rating of Four Stars from Charity Navigator, a designation achieved by only 25% of all charities nationwide. Our nationally recognized innovative programs and partnerships are steadily moving Buncombe County toward a no-kill community.