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ASPCA's Holiday Survival Guide

ID-10034507The holiday season may be a wonderful time for getting together and celebrating family and friends but, sadly, it can also be a time when we overlook holiday hazards for our pets.

The ASPCA has published a brief "holiday survival guide" that outlines some of the primary hazards, including unsafe medications, holiday goodies that are "baddies" for pets, and holiday plants that can cause illness. Also included are the "Big 5 Holiday Dangers" according to the ASPCA Poison Control Center.

Keep all of your pets safe this holiday season. Download this handy one page survival guide below at the link below (PDF).

Download HolidaySurvivalGuide

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Adopt for the Holidays - No Fee! Asheville, Dec. 15, 16

Screen Shot 2017-12-07 at 4.12.17 PMThrough the generosity of the ASPCA and the Subaru "Share the Love" campaign, all animals will be available for adoption from Asheville Humane Society on Friday and Saturday, December 15 and 16 with no adoption fees!

Although the love of a pet is priceless, all of the following are still included when you adopt! Each adoption fee includes spay/neuter, all up-to-date vaccines, behavioral training when appropriate, microchip and free 1-year registration, a free starter bag of food, and a free wellness visit with a participating veterinarian. 

To see available animals, visit www.ashevillehumane.org. The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM (Tuesdays until 7 PM). The dog and cat rooms are closed daily for naptime from 1 to 2 PM, giving animals a much-needed break. The lobby remains open where you can speak with staff, enjoy refreshments, read or watch videos!

There will also be a special guest appearance by Miss Butterworth, Asheville Humane Society's canine celebrity from 11 AM to 1 PM on Saturday, Dec. 16. Read about Miss Butterworth here: https://ashevillehumane.org/butterworth

Walk-in Doggie Nail Trim or Bath - West Asheville, Dec. 16

Screen Shot 2017-11-06 at 11.52.25 AMOn Saturday, Dec. 16 from 9 AM to 5 PM, Pawsitivity Pet Spa, in association with Asheville Humane Society, will offer walk-in nail trims and bubble baths for dogs with no appointment necessary. Nail-trims are $7, nail trim and file is $14. Pricing for baths is based on coat type and size. Also offered will be a "spa on the go" package for $25, which includes:

Nail trim and file
Teeth brushing and breath freshener 
Light brushing
Ear cleaning
Paw pad check
Aromatherapy spritz and
A bandanna or bows.

Nail-trims and baths on Dec. 16 will be available on a walk-in basis. Just stop by and sign up on the list to have your dog pampered for a great cause. All bath dogs must be signed up by 4:00 PM in order to be finished by our closing time of 5:00 PM.

30% of all proceeds will be donated to the Asheville Humane Society! 

Proof of up-to-date rabies vaccines for any service, including walk-in nails, is required.

Pawsitivity Pet Spa is located at 2 Sulphur Springs Road, Suite B in West Asheville (off Lanvale Ave. near Haywood Road).

Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Dec. 17

Hiking houndsHiking Hounds is one of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities. Each month, volunteers take shelter dogs on hikes as part of the enrichment programming. You'll spend a few hours in Bent Creek hiking the trails with dogs who will love you for it.

The next hike with the Hiking Hounds group is Sunday, Dec. 17. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 12:30 to 1 PM. Note: New and repeat hikers alike are required to sign up in advance. If you'd like to sign up for this hike, email ahshikinghounds@outlook.com.

Hikers are signed up on a "first come-first served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.

New Canine Nutrition Resource

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The Pet Food Institute (PFI), whose members make 98 percent of all U.S. pet food and treat products, recently launched a new series of interactive infographics showing the ways the key nutrients found in a complete and balanced dog food recipe help our pets. The new web resource, 'Nutrition from Nose to Tail,' provides fast facts about the essential nutrition that fuels our dogs' growth and supports their body systems, as well as non-essential nutrients that can also serve important functions. 

 "PFI's new 'Nutrition from Nose to Tail' resource was designed to assist pet lovers in understanding how a carefully formulated recipe will help their dog," said Cathleen Enright, PhD, president and CEO of PFI. 'Nutrition from Nose to Tail' shows the ways that the essential nutrients support pet health, for example by providing energy or promoting vision or healthy joints, and also reviews other important non-essential but functional nutrients such as carbohydrates. 

Check out this free resource here: https://www.petfoodinstitute.org/pet-food-matters/nutrition-2/nutrition-nose-tail/