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Introducing Paws For Life Animal Rescue

Phasing out of Franklin County Humane Society (FCHS)

Over the years we've done some wonderful work under this name! But we've also had some problems with clarity on what exactly we do — particularly, confusion with other Franklin County animal organizations.

So, in the interest of making our mission clear, we've decided to start our Animal Rescue under a name that we’ve been using for our annual 5k event — Paws For Life Animal Rescue NC.

Franklin County Humane Society is still operational, we are just running programs under different names. 

We have our Working Cats Program, SNIF Program (Spay/Neuter In Franklin County) and now Paws For Life Animal Rescue!

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Mission Shed-Possible

Awesome Community Support

Paws For Life Animal Rescue is very fortunate to have a community that supports our efforts with donations of money and supplies. However, at times an abundance of supplies threatens to make access to our storage shed impossible.

Call In "The Shed Team"

The solution? Call in "The Shed Team" of course! Last week, five volunteers gave up their Sunday afternoon to move existing shelving and install new industrial strength shelving. This daunting task gave us space for the heavy crates, and allowed us to sort, stack and stow all the necessary inventory.

Organization... For The Win

As a result of this hard labor, our fantastic dog team, cat team, fundraising team, transport team, fosters, medical/microchip teams, and general volunteers can find the supplies they need! Organized and inventoried, and ready to more efficiently save lives! Seems like a lot, however, you'd be surprised at how quickly we can go through all of this inventory! We could always use more volunteers to help organize the next batch of donations!

~ Kathy Become A Volunteer
 Blankets/Collars & More
Blankets/Collars & More
 Beds & Cones & More
Beds & Cones & More
 Tubs of Food
Tubs of Food
 Cat Toys & More
Cat Toys & More
 Kitty Litter
Kitty Litter
 Meds & Cleaners
Meds & Cleaners

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February Volunteer Spotlight and Thank You

Paws for Life Animal Rescue has so many wonderful volunteers doing great things for our organization and the animals in our care. Here are just a few who regularly go above to help us achieve our goals.

Pete

Pete Mercer has been with our group for less than a year, but he has jumped in with both feet. He's a dog foster, a dog team captain, a recurring adoption event leader, and most recently joined the intake team. He is always offering to deliver/pick up food, supplies, medicines and even offers to pick up and drop off foster dogs other than his own to make sure they get to events. Pete is a total team player.

Susan

Susan Decker's energy, positive outlook, and friendliness are indescribable. She is the first to offer a hand to those who need help. Susan gets on board and supports others' ideas and efforts 100%. She is an integral member of our fundraising team and a great conduit for connecting people, purpose and positive energy. Everyone needs a Susan Decker their organization.

Barbara

When it comes to volunteering, Barbara Coe is a soft-spoken, friendly woman who delivers quite a punch … and she does it with flair! An active cat foster, our reigning supply-drive queen, and a fundraising team member extraordinaire, Barbara is always at the ready to lead a drive, donate a basket or offer support. She is the epitome of quiet strength.

Thanks All!

Thank you to all of our volunteers for everything you do each and every day! It doesn’t matter if you are cat team or dog team, foster or general volunteer, put your efforts towards fundraising, running events/programs, screening applications, checking voice mails, website management, grant writing, delivery/transports, cleaning condos/q-shed, or helping spread the word about what we do. We are all in this organization together to make a difference in the lives of homeless dogs and cats. Together, we DO make a difference and every year gets better and better with the number of animals we are able to rescue.

~ Carla Roshitsh Interested In Joining? Become A Volunteer
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Andie Needs A Home

 Andie Needs Love
Andie Needs Love
A Sweet Senior Lady, Looking For Snuggles

Andie is a sweet senior lady that has been waiting over a year for her home. She is looking for a special adopter. Andie loves to snuggle on the couch, get belly rubs, give kisses and follow her humans around. She is so eager to receive attention and affection from her loved ones that sometimes she can be pushy.

When Paws for Life rescued Andie from the shelter it was obvious she had been neglected and possibly abused for most her life. With time and patience Andie has come a very long way. She is super loving but needs time to gain trust, especially with men. Andie will need a home with a patient owner/family that will give her time to adjust and feel comfortable setting boundaries for her. Andie is good with dogs, cats and with older kids who are respectful and understanding of animals. She loves to play with her foster mom's eight-year-old niece and ten-year-old nephew.

Andie is very food motivated, which is great for training, but she sometimes accidentally nips your fingers when she thinks you have treats. It is best to feed her with an open palm. We know that the perfect person is out there looking for a special companion like this sweetie.

~ Laura Honeycutt
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Thank You Redd Waggin Pet Supply Co.!

 Redd Waggin Donation
Redd Waggin Donation
Your donation of food and supplies helps us save more lives!

Recently a volunteer made a request, "Can someone pick up a supply donation from Redd Waggin?"  Sure, that was something I could take care of on a sunny, beautiful, unusually warm February day.  Little did I know when I would arrive to pick up this food and supply delivery it would take 4 husky men and little 'ole me to fill up my car from top to bottom and from front to back! (By the way, there are as many different volunteer opportunities as there are interests you have or time you have available...are you interested in helping? Then find out more about volunteering at Paws For Life!)

Johnny Dotson, owner of Redd Waggin Pet Supply Co., donated 100's of pounds of cat and dog food as well as much needed kitty litter to Paws For Life.  As he states, "This is a truck worth chasing!" When we receive support in the way of food and supply donations from our community, it allows Paws For Life to allocate more money to medical treatment for the our rescues. Learn about donating here.

Thank you Johnny for showing such love right around Valentine's Day and throughout the year with your thoughtful and generous donations!  #wecantdoitalone #bethedifference

Make sure to check find out more about Redd Waggin at www.reddwaggin.com!

~ Susan Decker
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Supply Drive – Youngsville Tractor Supply

Stop by and help with our supplies today from 10am - 2pm!

We're holding a supply drive at Youngsville Tractor Supply today from 10am to 2pm! If you are out that way, we could really use your help stocking up our supplies! Dry Cat Food (Iams or 4Health Kitten preferred), Canned Cat Food (any kind), Kitty Litter (any brand), Toys (cat "spring" toys are $1.99, and we also need dog chew toys), Washable Pet Beds, Equine Pine Pellets (40 lb bag/$5.99... we use them for cat litter), Martingale Collars (medium and small), Leashes, Grain Free Dog Food, Metal Dog Crates (in need of medium and large), Puppy Training Pads, Tractor Supply Gift Cards!

Thanks so much for your support, we couldn't do what we do without the help of the community!

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Cat Adoption Story – Patience

 A Patient Fairy Tail
A Patient Fairy Tail
Once upon a time, a sweet, gentle, black-and-white kitten was dropped at a high-kill shelter. Luckily, she was spayed by a local group so once placed on the adoption floor, there she remained. For months. And months. We were finally able to rescue her and bring her into our program but by then the poor little girl was almost a year old and extremely fearful. We named her Patience, knowing it would take a patient adopter to win her over. Even in her new foster home she hid in her carrier, the litter box, the covered bed placed in her new room. Finally, she came out for wet food and then allowed her foster mama to pet her. She flourished under the healing power of human interaction. Within weeks she was roaming the entire house, making friends with the other cats...and craving attention. Then, within two days of being placed in an adoption condo, she won two more hearts. A couple wanted a shy cat to be friends with their other shy cat. Their home would be the perfect, loving, patient environment she needed. Truly, there is a home for every animal and a true reward for patience.

~ Melissa Jeglinski
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Adoption Events – Feb 11th & Feb 12th 2017

Good evening Wake Forest! We'll be at Petco Wake Forest and Petsmart Wake Forest tomorrow (Saturday) from 1 PM to 4 PM. Also, we will be back at Petco on Sunday from 1 PM to 4 PM this week! Please stop by to see our wonderful dogs.

On this Valentine weekend, they're looking for love in all of the right places. Will Cupid make a match?

Saturday – Feb 11th

 Petco Dogs
Petco Dogs
Petco — Wake Forest

  • Dougie: Hound/Shepherd; 68 lbs; loves his people; specializes in giving big sloppy kisses; good with kids & female dogs
  • Gypsy: 3 yr old Lab mix; sweet, stoic nature; she has two speeds: all out or couch potato; she would LOVE a large fenced yard to run & play in; loves children & can live with other dogs & cats; she finds crates insulting; you can confidently leave her with run of the house with no worries of destruction… she will pretty much be where you left her
  • Lucy: Beagle/Lab mix; 25 lbs; sweet, shy girl; dog & cat friendly; likes people but needs time to warm up to you; she is looking for a stable, quiet home and a desire to share your warm bed;
  • Shasta: Young lab mix; 45 lbs; LOVES her people & good with kids; her favorite place to be is your lap; crate trained & house trained; lots of energy so a fenced yard is a priority; she is a sensitive girl that is easily re-directed if needed
  • Xena: 2 yr old Boxer mix; shy but loving girl that LOVES attention & treats; great with other dogs & cats; loves to run and play; crate trained & house trained ♥ ♥ ♥

 Petco Dogs
Petco Dogs
Petsmart — Wake Forest

  • Joelle: 3 yr old Hound; a beautiful doe-eyed, long-legged girl who is very shy and scared girl; she needs slow introductions to people and also needs a calmer environment; she does well with kids, dogs & cats; house & crate trained
  • Murphy: 3 year old hound mix; extremely laid back; good with kids cats other dogs; loves ear scratches belly rubs and giving kisses
  • Sam: Hound; 45 lbs; VERY SWEET boy; crate trained, but can be left uncrated with no worries; house trained; good on leash, but needs occasional motivation to keep walking once started; GREAT with kids of all ages

Sunday – Feb 12th

 Petco Dogs
Petco Dogs
Petco — Wake Forest

  • Ash: 1.5 yr old Lab/Great Pyrenees mix or Weimaraner/Great Pryenees mix; 46 lbs; playful, confident, energetic guy; chases cats if they run; good with older kids (12 & up); loves other dogs and he THRIVES with canine companionship so it is highly suggested he goes to a home that has another dog; a large fenced yard and an active family to take him for regular walks/runs would be a big plus to help him exhaust his energy; prefers to be nearby, but not a lap dog; house trained and crate trained… but really would love to sleep in your bed at night
  • Dougie: Hound/Shepherd; 68 lbs; loves his people; specializes in giving big sloppy kisses; good with kids & female dogs
  • Gypsy: 3 yr old Lab mix; sweet, stoic nature; she has two speeds: all out or couch potato; she would LOVE a large fenced yard to run & play in; loves children & can live with other dogs & cats; she finds crates insulting; you can confidently leave her with run of the house with no worries of destruction… she will pretty much be where you left her
  • Jeanine: Chi-pit mix; currently weigh (in the ballpark) of 30 lbs. Playing, eating, playing, sleeping, playing and more playing are my favorite things to do. Good with other dogs
  • Shasta: Young lab mix; 45 lbs; LOVES her people & good with kids; her favorite place to be is your lap; crate trained & house trained; lots of energy so a fenced yard is a priority; she is a sensitive girl that is easily re-directed if needed
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Board of Directors Update – 2016 & Beyond

Biggest Year Ever

2016 was Franklin County Humane Society's best year ever. We have so many new volunteers coming to our group through referrals from other volunteers, animal hospitals and pet stores. Thanks to such wonderful people, were able to save 872 cats and dogs this year. We were awarded a grant from Petco Foundation allowing us to provide over 170 free spays and neuters to the community, as well as many more through SNIF, our low cost spay and neuter program. These surgeries have prevented thousands of unwanted litters and kept those animals out of the shelters.

All of these wonderful things without any funding from the county or the Humane Society of the US, without a facility or shelter, and without any paid employees. Every dollar we have raised has been through the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. Each animal saved has been taken care of by loving people who have selflessly opened their homes and hearts. Every volunteer should be proud of these accomplishments.

Summary of Our Efforts

Our fundraising efforts were greatly helped by three main volunteer-organized events. June brought us our annual Putt'n for Paws Golf Tournament which attracted over 100 golfers and raised over $10,000. In July, author David Rosenfelt paid us a second visit for a book signing and inspirational talk during a very elegant evening at The Boondocks. This event, featuring wonderful food and great silent auction items, raised over $14,000, and we were honored Mr. Rosenfelt visited us again. October saw our 14th annual Paws for Life 5k Road Race and One Mile Dog Walk. This was the first big fundraiser we ever held, and it has grown in popularity and participation each year. This event raised over $14,000 and was once again a beautiful day for the animals.

Additionally, we had other fundraising events throughout the year such as quarter frenzy auctions, Go Fund Me campaigns, t-shirt and sweatshirt sales and supply drives. The community really came together to help us help more animals than ever before.

A Name Change

The last big piece of news is the decision to change the name of our rescue program. We will remain the Franklin County Humane Society, but our rescue efforts will take place under the name Paws For Life. Changing this name should help us reach more people beyond Franklin County. It should also help with the confusion we sometimes face when people think we're associated with the county shelter or the Humane Society of the US.

Needless to say, 2016 was a wonderful year, and we are very excited to see what this amazing team can do in 2017!

~ Kelly Larson, President
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Buddy the Ballerina Guard Dog

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You Lookin' At My Tutu?
Formerly "Hershey"

This is Buddy. When he was with you, he was known as Hershey. I need you to know what an amazing dog he is. Not only does he let the kid do do damn near anything to them (most recently he was dressed up as a ballerina being dragged around on a sled in the backyard on a 70 degree day) but he also protected our house. Last week, someone opened our fence and was hiding in the shadows late at night. Buddy heard the fence open, literally flew down the stairs, and went nuts to get outside. He chased the guy out of the yard and kept him in the woods until the police arrived. Even they were impressed at his natural protection. I had no idea our gentle giant had it in him. We love this dog to pieces. I wanted to thank you and for you to know his story. ❤❤❤❤

~ Nicole
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