Dogs and cats that are left out in the cold - 32* and below - can die from hypothermia. They can get frostbite which may necessitate amputation of legs or feet. Dogs and cats can develop lung and breathing problems when taking in frigid air night after night. Even if they survive being left in the cold, their immune systems are comprised and arthritis is a given for dogs left outside all winter.

Please be kind and responsible and take pets indoors in the winter, especially at night when it is below 32*.

Dog houses help - but they should be insulated and have straw or dry blankets and a flap or door covering. Also consider moving the dog house into a barn or another structure to provide more shelter from wind and snow.

Our pets and hunting dogs cannot tell us they are suffering, but according to area vets like Dr. Allen and others - they do feel the cold every minute they are left out in it.....literally.

For more information contact your vet, humane organizations in your community, local animal shelters. If you see a pet without any shelter, or proper winter shelter - call your local animal shelter or animal control immediately to report this.

Dog houses, straw, extra blankets may be available. Friends of Animals in Madison County often has dog houses and straw for pet owners.

Please keep your pets safe and warm this winter; do the right thing.

Friends of Madison County Animals 828-649-9798 or find us on Facebook.


Do You Want A Good Dog or a Better Dog?

Vega-Pulling-on-leash smallestNext round of dog training classes:  August 26, September 2, 9 and 16 - 4 classes - 4 consecutive Saturdays! Only $30.00 for all 4 classes. Call Cindy at 828-774-6127 to reserve your dogs place in the classes.   

The Friends of Madison County Animals is pleased to sponsor low cost dog training classes conveniently located on Blannahessett Island in Marshall.  Instructor Cindy Waselesk, of Good Dog Better Dog based in Weaverville, provides 15 years of experience using rewards based training to help pet owners understand that patience and consistency are the keys to developing a true bond with your dog.

 According to Cindy, dogs are 100% loyal and 100% forgiving, so most problems are nothing more than misunderstandings because the dog does not comprehend what their pet parents are saying. Working closely with Cindy helps dog parents relate to the dog's perspective. As communication grows, dogs quickly learn what's expected of them.

 Class participants in this beginner session will learn basic obedience including potty training, sit, lie down, leave it, and an off-leash recall. She will also teach the basics of encouraging good behavior at home and show how to discourage unwanted behaviors. For Cindy, watching her graduates play on the grass or in the water, and knowing that obedience training has allowed them the freedom to be as happy as they can possibly be, is the best experience a trainer can have. 

Cindy's basic obedience class offers a tremendous value and is only $30 for all four sessions.

If participants of the beginner class are interested in continuing, we also offer an advanced class which covers loose leash walking and greeting people and other dogs politely, as well as more advanced commands such as a down stay. The advanced class is designed as a smaller class so participants receive more individualized instruction.

 Pet and owner teams who complete both levels of training then have the option of taking the Canine Good Citizen exam at an additional cost. CGC certification allows dogs to participate in our Humane Education program, the Library Read to Me program and offer comfort and companionship at local nursing homes. Our classes not only strengthen your relationship with your dog, participants also connect with other pet owners in our community and have been known to continue meeting after the class is over for doggy play dates!

 Obedience Classes are held on consecutive Saturdays.  Contact Cindy to register at 828-774-6127 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Classes are filling up quickly! Dogs need to be spayed or neutered if they are 6 months or older and up to date on their rabies vaccinations to participate.

 Dog Training 2017   -    Basic Obedience Training Class:  August 26, September 2, 9 and 16 - 4 classes - 4 consecutive Saturdays!


New Services From FOMCA!!

PET BEHAVIOR HELPLINE - Lets make every adoption a success story!

We are excited to offer a new resource for Madison County animals and their owners! FOMCA's Pet Behavior Helpline is a free

Read more: New Services From FOMCA!!


Every other Wednesday is an opportunity for residents of Madison County to get low cost spay/neutering for their cats and dogs. Call 649-9798 for an appointment, and plan to spend fifteen minutes going through a registration process over the phone 828-649-9798.

Read more: Spay-Neuter

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Friends of Madison County Animals is a nonprofit 501c-3 organization.  All donations are tax-deductible.

With Your Support as of December 31, 2016

  • 788 cats & dogs were spayed & neutered
  • 18,629 lbs of cat & dog food was distributed to the needy & homebound 
  • 1,500 rabies vaccinations were given through Rabies Clinics plux approx. 30 per S/N Clinic
  • 8 Dog houses given to owners with dogs in need of shelter
  • 8 Fences givenn to owners with dogs on a chain.
  • 533 flea and tick prevention applications were distributed to pet owners
  • 83 Vetrinary Assistance Vouchers were given out to help owners with sick or injured pets.


Friends of Madison County Animals 

Contact us at:
P.O. Box 191
Marshall, NC 28753
Phone: 828-649-9798
Fax: 828-649-9798
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Visit our Outreach Center at 
115 Blannahassett Island - Studio 104  in Marshall 
Monday & Wednesday 
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Tuesday & Thursday 
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Closed on Friday

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