For all who attended the 15th Annual Taste of Compassion, it was a night of amazing local food and drink, fun music, and adorable animals looking for their forever homes. Local celebrities Joy the cat and Miss B (formerly known as Miss Buttersworth) the dog dressed in their best along with the partygoers. It was a great time, but most of all it was a night of compassion and generosity. Local businesses donated wonderful prizes, items, artworks, and adventures. Attendees bid during a live auction with all proceeds going to the Asheville Humane Society. $166,783 was raised!
This article originally appeared on Fear Free Happy Homes
Blah! Blah! It’s scary out there—all those pets dressed up as dinosaurs, lions, and spiders. And if you dress up your pet, you’re not alone, as more than 4.2 million dog-owning households and nearly two million cat caretakers will be treating their furry (and costumed) companions to ghoulish goodies and grisly toys this Halloween, according to the National Retail Federation.
October is known for fall, football and sweaters but did you know that it is also Pet Obesity Awareness Month? Each year Dr. Ernie Ward and the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) collects basic weight data from across the United States and compiles the results to estimate how prevalent pet obesity is in the U.S. There is no personal data collected; instead the study is data collected in terms of weight comparison from pet families and veterinarians. They also look at what diseases are prevalent in under and overweight pets.
Many of us want to protect our furry family member from any stress, fear or pain especially in new environments such as the veterinary hospital. As cat and dog parents, we feel that we can decrease their stress and make everything better. This is mostly true. Our pets do take comfort from us and we can reduce stress, fear and anxiety at a vet visit.
One thing I have noticed since starting at AHNA is that beer seems to be everywhere in Asheville, and there are countless breweries and beer enthusiasts around. For those of you that are brewing your own style of suds at home, we wanted to make you aware of a potential toxin for your canine companion: hops. Our favorite bittering agent might not have much appeal to us other than to flavor our IPAs, but it is sometimes interesting to our four legged friends. Ingestion of hops can lead to a malignant hyperthermia (high temperature), increased heart rate, and rapid breathing.
Join fellow animal lovers for the 15th Anniversary of Asheville Humane Society’s Taste of Compassion Auction & Gala! Dress in your most elegant attire (black tie optional) for a fun-filled night complete with amazing vegan/vegetarian cuisine and libations, silent and live auctions, and dancing to the musical stylings of five-star rated DJ P-LO!
We want to send a special "Thank You" to everyone who donated to Hurricane Florence. Jodi Casher, one of our amazing Registered Veterinarian Technicians, was able to join Brittany, another amazing technician, from REACH to deliver your generous supplies to families and animals who were affected by Hurricane Florence near Wilmington, NC.
Jodi and Brittany spent the week helping organize, deliver supplies, and checking on animals. They helped feed, water, assess, and love on over 300 animals including many cats and chickens, a few dogs, sheep, ducks, and 1 pig.