Skagway pet owners took advantage Feb. 17 of a new opportunity to keep their furry friends safe and healthy throughout the year, courtesy of Paws and Claws Animal Shelter. People brought in 33 dogs, three cats and three guinea pigs for a free weighing and nail trim at the non- profit facility behind the public safety building. “We hope to make this a monthly thing. We will post when we have next month’s dates,”

Keeping an animal’s nails trimmed is im

portant but can be stressful for both the animal and owner. In Skagway, dogs risk catching overgrown nails on the boardwalk and injuring themselves.

Paws and Claws said on its Facebook page. While the event was free, Paws and Claws accepted donations and raised $339.

In the past, Paws and Claws has worked to bring in veterinarians to perform spay and neuter clinics. As an animal shelter, it also has handled pet adoptions, included a recent litter of Alaskan Husky pups from Angoon.

The Paws and Claws Animal Shelter can be reached via its Facebook page.