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Cat Adoption Story – Patience

[text-blocks id=”polaroid” classes=”happy-tail-photo” src=”/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Patience-225×300.jpg” width=”225″ height=”300″ text=”A Patient Fairy Tail” plain=”1″]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

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  • 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 ♥ ♥ ♥

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  • 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

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  • 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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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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Romulus – A Paws In Need Rescue

A Ruff Start

Romulus, this handsome big-headed boy, spent nearly a year in our foster program. In the summer of 2015, Romulus was picked up by Franklin County Animal Control at the request of his owner. He had spent the first years of his young life tied to a tree but that didn’t keep his tail from wagging. Eventually, he was adopted from the shelter… but his new owner gave him up after she learned he was heartworm positive. Then, he found temporary refuge with a wonderful, dog-loving family, but couldn’t stay there because his main caregiver was suffering from severe arthritis.

Woeful Times

I was in contact with the family and eventually began to foster this big baby in December 2015. Early on this sweet boy didn’t get much attention at events or online. I spent lots of time helping socialize Romulus and teaching him house manners. During the summertime of 2016, Romulus got his first chance. Unfortunately, he broke out of his crate and “rearranged” and destroyed some things in his adopter’s home. He was returned to the rescue. Then, during the fall, he had his second chance. However, the potential adopter’s dog was not too fond of having a new dog in the house. They said Romulus was not able to be himself so again, he was returned. They say third time is a charm, right???

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Well, this sweet story proves this to be true! Romulus met a nice family at an adoption event in Knightdale and they loved his calm demeanor. When Romulus went on his third home trial, I said if it didn’t work out this time I was planning to adopt him myself! I warned the new family that Romulus is an escape artist and recommended they use zip ties for his crate. A few days in to the home trial, pictures were sent of Romulus’ interior decorating skills. I was worried this was going to lead to him being returned again. The family said it was okay and he is still a good dog. They purchased zip ties following the incident.

A few days later, I received a wonderful e-mail saying Romulus did great with their young nephew and with their elderly parents and that they wanted him to stay forever. It was a Christmas miracle for Romulus! Now he has two human siblings, one fur sister and two parents to call his own. Happy life, sweet Romulus, and thank you to all the wonderful people who took part in helping save this big-headed baby from the shelter!

~ Laura Honeycutt

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Have a Heart, Save a Heart

Paws For Life ♥HEARTworm Valentine’s Fundraiser

A Better Valentine

Don’t give into the commercial Valentine hype! Forget about flowers, forget about chocolate (especially if you are buying a gift for your dog). We’re ok if, perhaps, you want to adopt a puppy… but the best way you can help this Valentine’s Day is by saving a ♥heart. Show your special-someone you love them by gifting them a ♥heart… help us save ♥heartworm positive dogs by donating in their name. Read on to learn more, or click here to save a heart, by donating now!

Paws In Need

Our newest program here at Paws For Life is called “Paws In Need“. It’s designed to allow us to rescue more animals that have medical conditions that would typically prevent them from being rescued. The most noteworthy, and most common – yet treatable – medical condition we see is ♥heartworm.

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♥Heartworms are transmitted through tick or mosquito bites, and they find their way to the ♥heart to lay their eggs. Once hatching, the worms can limit the function of the ♥heart. Therefore, if not treated, can cause permanent life-threatening damage to the ♥heart muscles. Strays and surrendered animals typically aren’t given the monthly preventative care they need to ward off the worms. As a result, ♥heartworm positive dogs are a very common problem at shelters. We’ve decided that this sad happen-stance isn’t fair to them, so we’re working hard to change their fate.

De-worming a ♥heartworm positive dog is an involved process which requires various tests to gauge the extent of the infection (read more about the process on WebMD’s de-worming dogs page). So, even with the reduced prices given to us by many of our vet sponsors, it typically runs us about $500 for a treatment.

What You’ll Get

Last year we were able to save nearly 40 dog’s lives! However this year, with your help, we’re looking to save even more! When you donate as part of our fundraiser, we’ll send your loved one a personalized card. It’ll feature a picture of a dog they are helping save, along with a message of your choosing that we’ll hand write on the back. It’s a gift that is much more personal than either chocolate or flowers. It’s got all the feels… definitely will warm your significant other’s ♥heart.

Donate Now

Click the donate button below and fill out the form. Choose an amount to donate, and a message you’d like us to write in the card… and let us know who to send it to. Then, click the “submit” button to donate through PayPal. Every dollar helps and we really appreciate your donation. At $500 per ♥heartworm treatment, we’ve got lots to raise to meet our goal, so please also consider sharing with your friends!

Save A Heart, Donate Now!

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Balto and “Da Bear”

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Balto has found his forever home with ex-NFL Chicago Bears 🐻 player Kyle Woestmann!

Balto caught the eye of many, but needed a strong handler who could provide a stable environment for him. We are certain his new dad can do just that! Kyle has had many large breed dogs growing up, and found himself wanting to adopt a malamute. Balto went home with him last week and has been doing great ever since. He will have a catahoula/kelpie mix little brother to play with. (We heard they are getting along great!) They will be living in Chicago ❄ where Balto will get to enjoy cold weather, and runs in the park with dad. We couldn’t be happier for our Malamute boy and his new family! 🤗

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Thanks to our Volunteers

Open letter to volunteers!

I meant to get this out earlier, but it seems like I blinked and it was February already! Before things get busier, as the Paws for Life/FCHS Volunteer Coordinator, I wanted to take a quick minute to thank all of our volunteers for your support to this organization.

It doesn’t matter if you are cat team or dog team; foster or general volunteer; or 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 to 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.

I have been a volunteer with this organization for about a year and a half now and assumed my current role in May of last year. Since that time I have seen the organization grow and change as we are continuously infused with new volunteers, fresh ideas, renewed energy and valuable skill sets. My role has given me insight into how busy we are as an organization and how everyone’s contributions intertwine to bring the successes we have. As I look to this new year and the things already planned or underway, I think the challenge is going to be in continuing to harness all of the energy and wonderful ideas of an ever-growing organization in a way that keeps us collectively working in unison towards our common goals … without burning out. Teamwork, unity, effective communication, and organization at every level will be invaluable in this pursuit for sure.

My Volunteer Coordinator “goals” for this year include implementing volunteer training; dabbling in a few smaller community outreach activities; and kicking off quarterly volunteer socials. Also, with a focus on organization, I’m hoping to up my game on keeping the volunteer calendar updated with info on all meetings, adoption events, supply drives, community outreach events, fundraisers, etc., to make it easier for everyone in the group to plan and organize their specialized team events. It will also help everyone to “see” how busy we are as a whole organization.

Thank you all for all that you do!

~ Carla

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Adoption Events – Feb 4th 2017

We’ll be at Petco Wake Forest and Petsmart Wake Forest tomorrow (Saturday) from 1 PM to 4 PM. Come out and see the latest lineup!

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  • Alex: 1 yr old Boxer mix; 45 lbs; confident, playful guy; loves kids & other dogs; loves toys, treats, and play; needs a fenced yard to get his energy out; would love a doggie sibling
  • 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
  • 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; since she is shy she is slowly being introduced at events and will only be out between 1:30 and 2:30 if you would like to meet her
  • Penguin: 5 month old Hound/Bulldog mix; currently 22 lbs; LOVES to play with kids; good with other dogs and cats; new to program and is still learning crate training, potty training, and basic good manners; he’s a fast learner
  • 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
  • Snickers: 3 yr old Pug/Beagle mix; 18 lbs; big sweetheart ♥; loves kids and being around her people

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  • 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
  • Buster: 3 -4 yr old Lab/Border Collie mix; 60 lbs; huge love bug; good with kids & dogs… cats unknown; do not leave unattended outdoors as he likes to practice his fence climbing skills; heartworm positive, but is being treated by Paws for Life through our Paws In Need program.
  • Coco: 3 yr old Pug mix; loves toys, playtime & giving kisses; loves other dogs
  • Duncan: 1 yr old Lab/Border Collie mix; 65 lbs; sweet boy with lots of energy; house-trained & crate-trained; loves his people and other dogs… loves to chase cats!; favorite toys are Kongs and squeaky toys
  • 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
  • Sage: Lab/Chow mix; very sweet, adorable girl who is crate trained & house trained; LOVES going for walks; loves people & other dogs, but chases cats; stuffed squeaky toys and cow hooves are her favorite indoor activities
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Super Bowl Sunday – Pawty Time!

Watch out what you feed your pets!

It’s that time of year again! Gearing up for a great weekend of football and food with friends! Whether you’ll be watching professionals play or you’ll be watching the rookies duke it out at the Puppy Bowl, we’re sure you’ll be eating great food. Therefore, please keep in mind that there are many foods that should be kept away from your pets! People Magazine has compiled a great list of munchies to watch out for. So we definitely recommend reading the article over to make sure to keep your pets stay safe this weekend! Have a great one!