Free Puppy Social & Dog Training Classes


Free Puppy Social

Have your recently brought home a puppy or are thinking about adding one to your family? Come to Friends of Madison County Animals FREE PUPPY SOCIAL to get your puppy off to a great start!


-how to properly socialize, successfully house train, and encourage good behaviors in your puppy while discouraging unwanted ones.

-about free and low cost programs in Madison County that can help you get your puppy on the right track when it come to their health and wellness.

-Ask questions, meet other puppy parents and get information on what to expect as your puppy grows with you and your family.

Puppies must be healthy, have proof of at least 2 sets of vaccinations (rabies required over 16 weeks of age) and be at least 9 weeks old to attend.

The first puppy social of the year will be held on April 25th in Marshall. Future socials to be determined. Please call Pia at (828) 447-3243 to reserve your free spot or to inquire about future dates.

FOMCA's Dog Training Classes

Friends of Madison County Animals has been providing low cost dog training classes conveniently located in Madison County for over a year, offering classes year round including indoor classes in the winter. Instructor Cindy Waselesk, of Good Dog Better Dog based in Weaverville, provides years of experience using rewards based training to help pet owners get off on the right foot with their new dog, learn basic obedience to strengthen their relationship with their existing dog and offers expert advice on behavior problems pet owners may be experiencing. Cindy is also an evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen program.

Our beginner session of 4 classes teaches pet parents the basics of encouraging good behavior at home while discouraging unwanted behaviors, how to participate in your dogs daily exercise in many fun and different ways, as well as covering the commands sit, lay down, leave it, settle, touch and many more. The beginner class costs $25 for four classes.

If participants of the beginner class are interested in continuing, we offer an advanced class which covers loose leash walking, greeting people and other dogs politely, as well as more advanced commands such as a down stay. The advanced class is a smaller class with more individualized instruction and costs $50 for the four classes.

Pet and owner teams who complete both levels of classes 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!

Classes are held on Saturdays and our next class begins April 18th. Call Pia Cash at (828) 447-3243 to register, the word is out and classes are filling up quickly! Dogs need to be spayed or neutered and up to date on their vaccinations to participate.

Beginner and Advanced Dog Training Schedule 2015:

Session Two: April 18, May 2, 9 and 16

Session Three: June 20, 27, July 4, and 11

Session Four: August 15, 22, 29 and Sept 5

Session Five : October 10, 17, 24, and 31

Session Six : Nov/Dec dates TBD

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.

Read more: Spay-Neuter

Chain Free Madison


Friends of Madison County Animals is starting a new program - we will begin to build fences for dog owners who would like to give their pets some elbow room and play room and get their dogs out of a permanent chaining situation.

Read more: Chain Free Madison


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

With Your Support as of December 31, 2013

  • 987 cats & dogs were spayed & neutered
  • 22,000 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


Friends of Madison County Animals 

Contact us at:
P.O. Box 191
Marshall, NC 28753
Phone: 828-649-9798
Fax: 828-649-9798
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Visit our Outreach Center at 
115 Blannahassett Island - Studio 104  in Marshall 
OPEN Mon. - Thurs. 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday 8:00AM to 11:00 AM

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