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Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound

Improving human and pet health and the lives of homeless animals

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Join a new fitness program, Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound, which helps dogs and their human companions get fit together. No dog? No problem. Homeless residents of the Aiken County Animal Shelter have volunteered to be exercised, loved and petted.

The 10-week program, coordinated by veterinarian Sybil Davis, promotes the health of humans and their pets. Participants are encouraged to walk their dogs or pair up with a shelter dog from the Wire Road facility near the SPCA. No registration fee is required, but a $20 donation to Friends of the Animal Shelter in Aiken is appreciated. The group promotes spay and neuter programs, helps pets find suitable homes and raises money for shelter improvements.  

Folks who enroll in the Walk A Hound, Lose A Pound are encouraged to exercise their temporary pets at least once a week at the shelter for the duration of the program. Leashes and dog treats are provided. Just bring your walking shoes, said Dr. Davis, who owns Aiken Pet Fitness and Rehabilitation. She recommends that participants walk with their own dog for 15-minute intervals as often as possible and exercise their temporary shelter pets at least once a week for the duration of the program.

Research proves that dog owners are healthier, happier and live longer, Dr. Davis said. But the fitness program benefits overweight people and sheltered dogs, too. Training homeless dogs to walk on a leash and teaching social skills makes them more likely to get adopted, she said. Not to mention walking’s effect on human health, including burning fat, losing weight and fighting arthritis, diabetes and heart disease. 

Participants of Walk a Hound, Lose a Pound will receive weekly health facts and fitness tips, and points will be tracked. Prizes will be awarded at the end of 10 weeks.

For more information, call Aiken Pet Fitness and Rehab.


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What our clients say ...

Quinn and I visited Dr. Sybil Davis at Aiken Pet Fitness and Rehabilitation this morning. I am so impressed. What a positive experience. The facility, the staff and Dr. Davis are great at what they do. I highly recommend them for any fitness or rehab needs. Thanks for fitting us in.

  — Nancy Webster, Quinn's owner

Snoopy and I love Sybil and Maggie (and Annette too, although we don't see her as often). Snoopy has recovered almost completely from her torn ACL with no surgery.

  — Mary Lou Seymour, Snoopy's owner
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