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All Hill’s food orders must be placed before 4 PM on Monday December 17 (for pick-up on Dec 20th). Hill’s will be closed for Christmas and New Years and we will not be getting a delivery during those two weeks. Next available order date will be Monday January 7th and the delivery date will be Thursday January 10th. Please call us if you have any questions: 610.488.0166 We will keep some extra food in stock for emergencies.


Hillside SPCA
“URGENT! The Hillside SPCA finds itself at a crisis point. We are on overload with animals and desperately seek adoptions, especially of large dogs. It has become critical that we find homes for our buddies, many of whom have been waiting a really long time, in order to make room for the dogs that we will get in tomorrow. Hillside has worked diligently to keep an open door policy whereby no animal from the county is turned away because experience has shown that those animals often meet with a horrible fate; thrown out, abandoned, tied to a tree, left to starve, attacked by wild animals… or worse. But the ability to have an open door and no kill facility depends heavily on adoptions outpacing — or at least keep up with — intakes… something the Hillside was always blessed with due to the wonderful supporters and adopters who embraced the shelter and policies. With the Hillside bearing the burden of being the only area shelter taking in dogs at this time (Ruth Steinert is taking no dogs and a very limited number of cats, the Danville, PA SPCA is not taking any animals, not even ones originally adopted from there) we are overwhelmed with needy animals and NEED ADOPTIONS NOW! The hard reality is there is only so much space. We have been up against this before and YOU have rallied to help. If you can adopt, foster or help in any way, Please help out now. One way is to share, share, SHARE this post. The more who know, the more who can help.” for more information, go to:  


We are very excited to welcome Betsy Gallagher from Hill’s Pet Nutrition. Betsy’s workshop is titled: How to Read a Pet Food Label (feel free to bring your labels with you!) Monday, December 3rd. 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Bernville Veterinary Clinic, 7135 Bernville Road, Bernville, PA 19506 The workshop is FREE, but space is limited, so please RSVP to or 610-488-0166

HILLSIDE SPCA Home Visit “FOLLOW UP” Volunteers Needed!

There is an urgent need for volunteers to help the Hillside SPCA do home checks on adopted dogs, both locally and across the state (and some out-of-state areas, too). Their staff is swamped with work due to their current situation of overcrowding, plus investigating cruelty and neglect cases, making phone check-ups on adoptees, making trips to the vets, etc. It is very important that home follow-ups are done on adoptions. They recently had to remove 5 dogs from an adoptive home when, upon follow-up, it was determined that they were living in sub-standard conditions. To learn more about how you can help, go to  


For the second year in a row, a Wire Fox Terrier won the National Dog Show Presented by Purina during the annual Kennel Club of Philadelphia cluster at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. GCH Afterall Painting the Sky, was selected by Best In Show Judge Vicki Abbott from among more than 1,500 canines. “Sky” won the Terrier Group and then bested an Affenpinscher, an American Foxhound, a Great Dane, a Tibetan Spaniel, a Bearded Collie and a Field Spaniel during Best In Show. It is the first time that the same breed has won Best In Show at a major competition since an English Springer Spaniel won Westminster in 1971 and 1972. Handler Gabriel Rangel of Rialto, Calif., has now won the National Dog Show three of the last four years with the Scottish Terrier, Sadie, in 2009, and the two Wire Fox Terriers – Eira in 2011, and now Sky. To see more pictures and videos, go to:


Below is a helpful checklist for your flight: BEFORE YOU GO TO THE AIRPORT ❏ BOOK YOUR PET on your flight by speaking directly with a person at the airline. No U.S. domestic carrier allows online booking of pets. Clarify whether your pet will be flying in-cabin with you or as checked baggage/cargo. ❏ CAREFULLY INSPECT THE CARRIER/CRATE. Check all zippers, seams, locks, screws and connections. If there are any structural problems, purchase a new crate or carrier before flying. IF YOUR PET WILL BE FLYING AS CHECKED BAGGAGE OR CARGO ❏ FLY NON-STOP TO YOUR DESTINATION, if at all possible. ❏ PURCHASE ZIP TIES online or at your local hardware store (approximately $5.00 US for 100). Pack them so they will be readily accessible at the airport. ❏ DRILL HOLES at the top, bottom and both sides around the door of the crate. This will allow you to add the zip ties. AFTER the Transportation Security Administration’s inspection of the crate. ❏ POST YOUR CELL PHONE NUMBER ON ALL SIDES OF THE CRATE, with instructions (in English and Spanish) to contact you immediately if needed for the handling of your pet. ❏ Post a sign that says “DO NOT OPEN EXCEPT IN EMERGENCY & ONLY IN AN ENCLOSED ROOM” on top of the crate, above the door. (Include Spanish translation as well.) AT THE AIRPORT – CHECKING IN ❏ REQUIRE THAT TSA SCREENING BE DONE INSIDE A SECURE ENCLOSED ROOM. When checking in, have the ticket agent call a TSA agent over or ask where to take the crate to a TSA security station for inspection to be done before handing your pet over to the airline for travel. ❏ After TSA inspects the crate they will place a Homeland Security tag on the carrier or crate. IF YOUR PET WILL BE FLYING AS CHECKED BAGGAGE OR CARGO ❏ APPLY ZIP TIES to the door and sides of the crate to further secure your pet after the TSA inspection. ❏ ASK THE AIRLINE PERSONNEL TO IMMEDIATELY NOTIFY YOU if any additional security checks are needed. ❏ ASK where your pet will be kept until loaded. AT THE AIRPORT – AT THE GATE ❏ If your pet is travelling in the cabin, KEEP THE CARRIER SECURELY CLOSED. Do not risk losing your pet now! IF YOUR PET WILL BE FLYING AS CHECKED BAGGAGE OR CARGO ❏ GO TO YOUR GATE AND WATCH THE CRATE BEING LOADED. USDA regulations state that pets are last to load and first off the plane. ❏ TELL THE GATE AGENT YOU ARE WAITING for your pet to be loaded before you board the plane. ❏ KEEP YOUR CELL PHONE ON until the very last minute. AT THE DESTINATION AIRPORT ❏ UPON ARRIVAL, MAKE SURE YOUR PET’S CRATE was taken off the plane. ❏ DO NOT REMOVE YOUR PET FROM THE CARRIER until you are in a secure location HAVE A GREAT TRIP!

Please join us! The next part of our FREE seminar series is on Monday night Dec. 3rd

We are very excited to welcome Betsy Gallagher from Hill’s Pet Nutrition. Betsy’s workshop is titled: How to Read a Pet Food Label (feel free to bring your labels with you!) Betsy Gallagher RD, LDN Betsy is a licensed, Registered Dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She holds her bachelor’s degree in nutrition and food science and her master’s degree in nutrition education. In 2000, Betsy was recognized in the “Top Docs for Women” issue of the “Philadelphia Magazine.” The same year Betsy decided to focus her expertise in companion animal nutrition and began working for Hills Pet Nutrition. With her background in the science of nutrition, Betsy’s goal is to help pet parents make educated choices when choosing a food for their pets. She feels that there is an overwhelming amount of misinformation that marketing firms are using to sell pet food products. Betsy believes that by focusing on the facts, and looking for the science to support health and marketing claims, we can better care for our pets’ nutritional needs. Betsy enjoys spending time with Mitzi, her (awesome) adopted Jack Russell terrier. She also enjoys horseback riding on her ranch and playing tennis with her husband and two children. All sessions take place Monday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Bernville Veterinary Clinic, 7135 Bernville Road, Bernville, PA 19506 The workshops are FREE, but space is limited, so please RSVP to or 610-488-0166

As You Start Planning for Thanksgiving, Beware!

Pets and turkey skin
TURKEY SKIN. Seems harmless enough, right? It’s just the skin, right? Well not really. High-fat foods, such as turkey skin, can be hazardous to your pet. Since the skin is hard to digest, it can lead to pancreatitis in dogs (symptoms are vomiting, extreme depression, reluctance to move and abdominal pain). It can also cause diarrhea in cats. The skin isn’t good for you either (but that’s a conversation for a different day)!


We understand that there many homes in our community still without power! Being that the temperature is dropping and we are expecting another storm, we will offer free boarding for pets from homes which have lost power. This offer is only for pets from homes without power and we will extend this offer through this Friday night November the 9th. Dogs and cats from all members of the community without power are welcome so please help us share this information. Please call before coming in to confirm that we have enough space. 610.488.0166.