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Holiday Pet Food Drive
Holiday Party Pics
Holiday Cheer for Foster Children
Video of Charlie
Holiday Pet Safety
Gifts and Gratitude
Pet Spotlight - Jose


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AHNA December
2010 Newsletter 
Happy Holidays!

Holiday Group
There are many ways in which to give during the holidays. At AHNA we have always supported our local animal welfare organizations. Many of these organizations are in need of donations. For instance, our friends at Asheville Humane Society have done a wonderful job of building a new adoption center for the homeless animals of Buncombe County, but it costs a great deal to run the shelter on a daily basis; they are still in need of donations.

StrykerWe have tried to make it easy for pet-lovers to donate this holiday season by holding a Holiday Pet Food Drive (read more about this in the section below.)

If you are looking for a gift to give a pet-lover in your life, AHNA now has gift certificates available. You may purchase a certificate at the hospital or pay over the phone and we will mail it to you. 

Warmest wishes to you and yours!
The Staff at Animal Hospital of North Asheville

AHNA Holiday Pet Food DriveHat

We are holding a Holiday Pet Food Drive to benefit three wonderful local animal welfare organizations: Asheville Humane Society, Animal Compassion Network, and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.

If you are interested in helping out, just drop canned or dry food, blankets, pet toys and/or monetary donations off at Animal Hospital of North Asheville. We will distribute the donations.

Please pass this information along to your friends. Help us to spread the word so that we can help as many homeless animals as possible - Thank You!
AHNA Holiday Party & Holiday Closings
Nan and Dr. Riggle
Nan & Dr. Riggle wore festive attire!
Our wonderful clients, Teri and Greg Siegel, allowed us to have our holiday party at their restaurant, Avenue M, and it was fun! We had 58 people there and we all greatly enjoyed the delicious food! 

CLICK HERE to view pictures from our recent Holiday Party. We hope they make you laugh!
The average length of employment for the staff at AHNA is over 10 years!  This means tremendous experience and skill for the care of your pet, and it also means that these people have been to a lot of our holiday parties over the years! Some were there for the very first one in 1978!
To view more fun pictures of our Holiday Party and to learn about our Holiday Closings, please CLICK HERE.
Holiday Cheer for Foster Children
Staff and presents Along with activities such as our Pet Food Drive which collects food and treats for needy pets, each year the staff at Animal Hospital of North Asheville sponsor several of Buncombe County's foster children at Christmas. Our Client Care Team Supervisor, Cathy, contacts Buncombe County Foster Care Association and gets the names, ages, sizes of each child and a list of - To read more CLICK HERE.
Charlie is all smiles!
Charlie smiling
Click this picture of little Charlie to watch a video of his BIG smile!

Cold Weather &Pyth
Holiday Pet Safety
The holidays and cold weather pose special challenges to pet owners. A little preparation and precaution can ensure that you and your pet have a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season.

Some of the more common winter and holiday hazards include:

WillowbyAge-Specific Concerns

Puppies are not as hardy as adult dogs and they do not tolerate the cold as well. Puppies may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. If your puppy is sensitive to the weather, you may opt to paper-train him inside. If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type, take him outdoors only to relieve himself.


Antifreeze is a lethal - CLICK HERE to learn more.
Gifts & GratitudeGinger cat
For almost 30 years, a wonderful box appears at AHNA filled with amazing gingerbread cats that are hand-decorated. It is a wonderful gift from the Edsall family. Everyone on staff thoroughly enjoys these cookies, although they are so cute that it is sometimes difficult to take that first bite!

We are overwhelmed every year by the kindness of you, our clients, who shower us with food, cards and other thoughtful gifts. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts -and our stomachs!
Pet Spotlight - Josť
By Jennifer Deuel, AHNA Certified Veterinary Techinician
Jen and Jose
This is Jen with Josť and Hala. Hala is Jose's best buddy and partner in crime. She insisted on being in the photo!
My dog Josť is a great dog with an interesting story. Five years ago this Thanksgiving my roommate, Nan (who now works at AHNA), was working at REACH Emergency Hospital. She called and told me she was bringing home a surprise for me, and what a surprise it was - an 80-pound German Shepherd mix! Nan knew that I had been looking for a German Shepherd to adopt.
Jose at Halloween
was brought in to REACH by a good Samaritan who found him curled up in her front bushes terrified and bleeding from multiple places. This amazing woman was nice enough to pay for his care at REACH, and once some x-rays were taken it was discovered that he had been shot multiple times with birdshot. The lady that brought Josť in recognized him as her neighbor's dog. The owners were contacted and they said that they no longer wanted Josť. They signed him over to Nan, his wounds were cleaned up, he was neutered, and then she brought him home to me. 
Jose hawaiin
He was pretty shy at first and was constantly trying to run away - CLICK HERE to read how Josť's story turned out!
By embracing new knowledge and state-of-the-art technology, our mission at AHNA is to provide the highest level of medical, dental and surgical care possible; to deliver it with integrity and compassion for our clients, but most importantly, to constantly see ourselves through the eyes of our voiceless patients who understand only that we are gentle and kind; to have as our first priority, relief of their pain and discomfort and to strive to minimize separation from the people they love.