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Annual Holiday Pet Food Drive
Petition for a Dog Park in North Asheville
Video of Pets Asking for Donations
Our Patient Care Team is Second to None!
Pet Trick-or-Treating at AHNA
Gift Ideas for Your Pet
Two Free Pet Behavior Sessions in December
Do Dogs Experience Love?
Seasonal Links
Animal Welfare Community Calendar


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AHNA November 2013 Newsletter 
 Annual Pet Food Drive -
Help us feed pets in need!

Last year with your help, we donated 10,000 pounds (5 tons!!!) of pet food to local animal welfare organizations. Thank you for your astounding support - now let's do it again! Maybe we can even raise 11,000 pounds this year!

There are so many hungry dogs and cats and we want to do everything we can to help them. There is nothing you can do for us that will make us happier during the holidays than supporting this annual food drive! Once we receive the first 8,000 pounds, Animal Hospital of North Asheville will be thrilled to donate another ton! That's our challenge: Bring in 8,000 pounds of food and we will happily donate another 2,000 pounds.

Click Here to read more about our Pet Food Drive 


Click Here to watch our video of pets asking for your donations! 

Do You Want a Dog Park in North Asheville?
We need a show of support for a dog park in North Asheville! Although a site still has to be found, we are seeking signatures on a petition to the Mayor, City Council and Parks and Recreation Officials of Asheville that simply states the following:

We want an Attractive, Enclosed and Eco-friendly Off-leash Dog Park in North Asheville

Friends of North Asheville Dog Park are committed to raising money for a dog park that will make Asheville proud! Our dogs deserve a place where they can legally run and sniff and play with their friends off leash. The park will be an asset to the community, enhance property values, and most important, help decrease the behavior problems that can develop when dogs do not regularly run free with their own species. Please spread the word that we need signatures. Please forward this email to your friends, and most importantly, CLICK HERE now and sign the petition
Video! Pets Want YOU to Donate to Our Pet Food Drive!

The AHNA staff and clients teamed up with pets from Asheville Humane Society, Brother Wolf, and Meals on Wheels to make this video asking you to donate to our Holiday Pet Food Drive. Don't disappoint these pets! Watch their video and donate to our drive!
Click on the photo to watch the video!

Our Patient Care Team is Second to None!




Last month we celebrated National Veterinary Technician  Week and honored our Patient Care Team members for their dedication to our patients and their families. Their compassion and integrity is second to none!


Animal Hospital of North Asheville is so lucky to have twenty-four gentle, kind and conscientious people on our Patient Care Team. We honor and greatly appreciate each and every one of them! We thank them for their tireless efforts to provide the very best medical and surgical care. We also thank them for the constant acts of kindness to relieve stress and worry in our patients and for always doing whatever will make our patients more comfortable. Click Here to read more about our amazing team! 

Pet Trick-or-Treating at AHNA!
We had an absolute blast at Howl-o-ween Trick-or-Treating last month! Lost of costumed canines showed up for healthy treats and socialization. Check out the photos from this fun evening by clicking here, or on any of the photos below.
S.T.E.P.S. - Gift Ideas for Your Beloved Pet
With the Holidays fast approaching and shopping season in full swing, we asked our staff members and local certified pet behavior trainers from the Dog Door Canine Services and Pet Behavior Aid for their top recommendations for holiday gifts. 


For our Feline Friends, there are many things to help enrich their environments.


Scratching Posts

Scratching is a normal part of a cat's behavior. Scratching serves many functions: scent and visual marking, an outlet for stretching, and conditioning of the claws by removing the worn outer, frayed ones and exposing new sharper ones. Most cats - Click Here to read more!
Two Free Pet Behavior Help Sessions in December!

We are very fortunate to have two Free Behavior Help Sessions offered at Animal Hospital of North Asheville in December!    


Understanding Your Dog's Body Language When Playing will be given on December 10th  at 7:00 PM in the AHNA Education Room by  Jenny White, Certified Professional Dog Trainer of Dog-Ed. Reading a dog's body language is an important skill for any dog owner to have so your dog stays safe and has positive interactions with other canines at dog parks, day care, and other social situations. Get these questions and more answered at this people-only help session: Does mounting really mean dominance?  Does your dog get targeted by other dogs? Is your dog a bully or the play police? Should small dogs play with larger dogs? When should you step in to help your dog - to read about both sessions, Click Here.  
Do Dogs Experience Love?
(of course they do!)

From: the New York Times

By: Gregory Berns, Published Oct. 5, 2013


For the past two years, my colleagues and I have been training dogs to go in an M.R.I. scanner - completely awake and unrestrained. Our goal has been to determine how dogs' brains work and, even more important, what they think of us humans. 


Now, after training and scanning a dozen dogs, my one inescapable conclusion is this: dogs are people, too. Click Here to read more. 

Testimonial: AHNA's Only Client
Would you like your pet to be featured on our website in the testimonial section? Just email your testimonial and a photo of your pet to: info@ahna.net - thank you!
I am the sole client and my pets are the only patients! Well, that's how I feel whenever I enter the Animal Hospital of North Asheville. After a whole-hearted greeting from the staff, I eventually become aware that there are several other pets with their humans there as well. As others arrive, they too are warmly welcomed by members of the Client Care Team. AHNA makes you feel very special and the staff exceeds the highest level of thoughtfulness by phone, or in person.

Soon, a member of the Patient Care Team, also known as a Vet Tech, appears, and then approaches, not me, but my pet...as it should be. The tech is so comforting that my pet is less nervous to be at the veterinary office.

The Management Team (keeping that fabulous hospital humming), Client Care Team, Patient Care Team, and of course, the remarkable Veterinarians all make AHNA "a keeper!"  Thank you for such wonderful care for close to 20 years!                                                    - Sue Jensen

Click Here for more testimonials.  
Seasonal Links 
Helpful links to help you care for your pets! 

Prevent Holiday Hazards
Pet Behavior Aid    
Animal Welfare 
Community Calendar 
There are many ways that you can help our local animal welfare groups. One way is to attend the fundraising and adoption events that each group hosts. For the complete calendar of upcoming events, Click Here.  
Donation Needs
Asheville Humane Society    
  • Rope toys     
  • Rawhides      

ChainFree Asheville    

  • Quick-drying concrete 
  • Dog toys

 Brother Wolf Animal Rescue  

  • Pillowcases 
  • Metal t-posts 
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.