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Bark in the Park – April 23rd

Looking for a family fun day, including Fido?

Come out to the Carolina Mudcats' Five County Stadium on at 2 PM and watch them battle it out against Buies Creek.

It’s a $7 entry for humans and $5 for dogs, with all dog ticket proceeds being donated to the Paws for Life Animal Rescue (an FCHS program).

In addition to enjoying the traditional ballpark fare, you’ll also have an opportunity to meet some of Paws for Life’s amazingly adorable dogs who are searching for their forever home!

So come on out, have some family fun, and support a good cause all at the same time. Now that’s a home run!

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Adoption Events – April 1st and 2nd 2017

Paws For Life Cat Team Adoption Events

The Paws For Life cat team will be at the Wake Forest and Knightdale Petcos . Come check out our cats!


Paws For Life Dog Team Adoption Events

The Paws For Life dog team will be at Petco Wake Forest and from 1 to 4PM.

Dogs Wake Forest Petco April 1st
  • Arizona: 7 month old Lab; good with kids, cats & dogs; loves snuggling and squeaky toys; house trained; working on crate training;
  • Faith: 3 year old Bulldog mix; 48 lbs; very shy, sweet girl who spent the last month learning how to be a pet and part of a loving family – every experience was a new one; now house trained & crate trained; good with kids & cats; will require a home with at least one other dog as they give her confidence and help her shine – she CANNOT be an only dog; she is good on leash but doesn't like to potty on leash – would prefer a yard to play in and to find her perfect (private) potty place; she is awaiting surgery for a loose kneecap; will be available in May to give her time to recover from surgery.
  • Duke: 3 year old Husky/Boxer mix; 68 lbs; a huge ball of love; good with kids & cats; LOVES other dogs — so much so that he will need a home with at least one other dog; walks well on leash; house trained & crate trained
  • 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 weighs (in the ballpark) of 30 lbs. Playing, eating, playing, sleeping, playing and more playing are my favorite things to do. Good with other dogs; will be out from 1:00 to 2:30
  • Sage:

Dogs Wake Forest April 2nd
  • Brownie: 2-4 year old male lab mix; shy at first meeting, but warms up quickly; good with kids & great with other dogs; LOVES back rubs and butt scratches; missing one ear and although it is an old injury, he is a little nervous about the area being touched; past the puppy stage, so his perfect day would be just lounging around with his foster mom & foster siblings
  • Cleo: 2year old Plott Hound mix; 18 lbs; LOVES people & to be held and to give kisses; ok with dogs as long as there is a proper introduction; she hasn't been cat-tested so unsure of how she would be; she is protective of her food so she is fed separately in her crate; house trained & crate trained, although she is a pro at escaping her crate; should not be left unsupervised in a fenced yard
  • Duke: 3 year old Husky/Boxer mix; 68 lbs; a huge ball of love; good with kids & cats; LOVES other dogs — so much so that he will need a home with at least one other dog; walks well on leash; house trained & crate trained
  • Duncan: 1 year 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.
  • Tito: 1 – 2 yr old Fox Hound; very affectionate and loves every dog and person he meets; loves to give kisses; good on leash; would do best with a fenced yard and another dog or an active family
  • Little Ricky: 1 yr old Boxer mix; loves his people & other dogs; a large fenced yard for him to run & play in would be good for his puppy energy; kid friendly, but may be too energetic and clumsy for young children
  • Faith: 3 year old Bulldog mix; 48 lbs; very shy, sweet girl who spent the last month learning how to be a pet and part of a loving family – every experience was a new one; now house trained & crate trained; good with kids & cats; will require a home with at least one other dog as they give her confidence and help her shine – she CANNOT be an only dog; she is good on leash but doesn't like to potty on leash – would prefer a yard to play in and to find her perfect (private) potty place; she is awaiting surgery for a loose kneecap; will be available in May to give her time to recover from surgery.
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Hadley Update

Hadley wants to say thank you to everyone who donated to and shared her fundraiser! We were able to meet our goal and Hadley had surgery to repair her leg on Wednesday, March 22nd. Sweet Hadley was the victim of a domestic violence situation in which her femur bone was broken at the growth plate. Hadley will be on crate rest for three weeks with very little activity. Even though she has to be crate-rested she is a very happy girl! She is doing very well with potty-training and very rarely uses the bathroom in her crate. She enjoys sitting with her foster parents and quietly chewing a bone, cuddling with her favorite stuffed toy or giving lots of sweet puppy kisses. Hadley is learning that cats can be her friend and when she’s all better, she will finally get to play with other doggies. Please keep Hadley in your thoughts as she continues to heal!

~ Kaitlyn Tickle
 Playtime
Playtime
 Stitches
Stitches
 Cuteness
Cuteness
 Yummy Bone!
Yummy Bone!
 Snuggles
Snuggles

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“You Don’t Have a Shelter?”

We Foster!

That’s a question I get all the time at adoption events. The public is often surprised that Paws For Life operates without a physical shelter for our animals. "You don’t send them back to animal control if they aren't adopted?" they ask.

I'm always pleased to respond that although most of the cats and dogs in our program are pulled from animal-control-operated shelters, we will never put them back there again. Our one-hundred percent volunteer-run organization ensures that each adoptable cat and dog in our program lives with a foster. Without a physical Paws For Life owned building, we solely rely on our fosters to care and house our animals. Each additional foster home we have means more cats and dogs can be rescued.

Do you have a space to temporarily home one of our adoptable pets? We provide all vetting and supplies for the animals and ask that you bring your foster to at least two adoption events per month so they can be seen by potential adopters. Your kindness and care is key to helping them transition from shelter life to forever homes.

For more information on how to help save more loving, sweet cats and dogs, discover how you can become a foster, or learn about other ways to get involved with Paws For Life.

~ Melissa Jeglinski
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Dog Golf Ball!

FOOORE! – Announcing Putt’n for Paws 2017

Our Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser

It is time for our annual Putt'n for Paws Golf Tournament. On , golfers will show their support for the animals at the River Golf Course in Louisburg. We expect over 100 golfers and hope to raise at least $15,000 for our foster and low-cost spay and neuter programs.

Please take a look at the sponsor letter and registration form, and help us make a difference in the lives of thousands of animals! Thanks!

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~ Kelly Larson
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Amazing Maise

Yesterday was a bittersweet day for me. As a foster people often ask you how are you able to give up your foster dogs. The answer is simple. As much as I love them my goal is to help them and make sure they get the best possible life to fit their needs. I'd rather get attached then know they died because I didn't help.

Maise came to us with dog aggression, somewhat people aggressive, heartworm positive, in heat, and abused. It was clear to say I jumped head first into rescuing her before I realized how much help she needed. The first day I brought her home I could barely touch her, she would stiffen and growl at me. In the crate if I showed her my hand she would try to eat me. This was not a normal dog our rescue would take, or any rescue for that matter. I actually cried the day after I got her thinking this may be the one I couldn't help. But I wasn't giving up on her that easy.

I took baby steps with her. Luckily she was very food motivated. We started desensitizing her with the crate and at feeding time. Then we went to Reactive Rover every Saturday thanks to Christie Fernandez at Training Your Best Friend LLC for letting us join her class! Over the last two months she was with me we started to see a whole new dog. She started to bond with me, and trusted me.💜

I'll never forget that day in class when we took a break and I sat down only to find her crawling in my lap. I knew at that moment we had saved her. Once I gained her trust she let me do almost anything. This dog is truly amazing. She went from an abused past to trusting again.

When I met the Creech family I was very excited. Maise had to be an only dog who could have her own space and they sounded perfect. After losing their last husky to diabetes and cushings disease they fell in love with Maise's picture and wanted to know more. Once I got to know them things became more clear that Maise could be perfect for them. I told them all of her flaws and how far we had come. When Maise met them she wasn't that standoff growly girl I had known from day one, but instead she joyfully walked in their house and rolled over for belly rubs. They opted to do a home trial with her at that point.

After the trial was over we got the good news that they were ready to make her part of the family! My heart was so happy. While I love this dog just like one of my own I sleep better at night knowing she will live a happy life getting all the attention and care she deserves. I wanted to share Maise's story in hopes that people can see what a little love, patience, structure, and positive reinforcement training can do.

Maise is such a special girl, and we are excited to hear of the new adventures she will have in her forever home. 🌞

~ Megan Adcock
 Love
Love
 Hugs
Hugs
 Graduation
Graduation

 Creech Meet
Creech Meet
 Creech Home
Creech Home

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Molly – The Jamberry Therapy Dog

Foster Failing, By Nerdy People

So, we foster dogs, and last June, we pulled a pit and her 8 puppies from the local shelter. She was skin and bones, heartworm positive, in bad shape (my husband had to carry her a few times because she was so weak), but very sweet and trusting. Because we're nerds, we named her Molly, and the puppies got Harry Potter names. It became apparent pretty quickly that Molly Weasley was going to become Molly Mercer.

We got her back to a normal weight, taught her basic manners, got her treated for her heartworm infection, got several tumors removed, and last month, she started a basic obedience class, because we thought she could be a therapy dog. The instructor agreed that she is an ideal dog for this, and is having Moo and a friend's dog (a rescued mastiff) skip to the next class because they're doing so great. So we're going to start level 2 on Tuesday, then it'll be on to Canine Good Citizen in June (she'll have to sit 20ft from me for a minute before I call her back 😳), and finally therapy dog certification class!

We are so so proud of our MooMoo! And #becauseofjamberry, I can pay for her classes without touching our budget. She even got a new antler and treats last night because she did do great. And the red mark on her head is lipstick. 😂

I think I'll treat her to a bath and nail trim this weekend, and then she'll get Jams on her nails, lol!

~ Cecile Mercer
 Molly - Before
Molly - Before
 Molly - After
Molly - After

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Geronimo!!!! Where’d Your Fur Go?

Fur can definitely cover how malnourished a dog is!

Geronimo was found as a stray. When no owners turned up he was posted on Craigslist for rehoming. Of course a few wonderful volunteers sent me the post and I sent them a message. Thankfully the finder wanted him to go on a rescue.

My wonderful friend Maria Verde volunteered to pick him up and bring him back to me at the end of last week. At first glance we noticed how dirty he appeared. When touching him you could feel how boney he was underneath all that fur, we also felt the matted fur underneath and knew it was more than we could handle.

The next morning we took him to get his rabies shot so he could be groomed. The vet noted he could hardly get the needle to the skin because of how badly matted he was. When we finally got to the groomers they said he needed to be shaved. As much as I am against shaving a husky there was really not much choice.

When he was picked up I almost cried seeing him without his fur and how skinny he appeared. They told me he has to have 3 baths, and was infested with fleas. 🙁

Despite being skinny and matted he appears healthy. He is neutered, up on date on shots, and on monthly preventatives now. I can only imagine how beautiful his fur will be once it grows back.

Geronimo is the sweetest boy and will be adopted quickly I'm sure! 😉

~ Megan Adcock
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Before
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Nadia’s Happy Tail

 Nadia Found a Home
Nadia Found a Home
Darling Nadia!

We are so happy to announce that our darling Nadia has been adopted! After a successful home trial she is a keeper! Nadia was found nearly dead, dehydrated, and eaten by maggots as a tiny orphaned kitten. A dedicated foster mom tenderly nursed her back to health. She turned out to be such a sweet soul and a beauty on top of it! Thank you to all of the foster team who helped Nadia along the way and happy life sweetheart!

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Lowes Foods of Knightdale Supply Drive – March 18th 11 AM to 2PM

 Banjo @ Lowes Foods
Banjo @ Lowes Foods
Come Help Us, And Meet Banjo!

Hello Folks!

My name is Banjo and I am one lucky dog! Why? Because I was chosen (mostly due to my good looks) to represent the wonderfully amazing Paws For Life Animal Rescue at their Knightdale Lowes Foods supply drive this weekend. Since I am a 100% bona-fide good old' local boy, isn't it wonderful that a store known for promoting the idea of "homegrown shopping" is hosting our drive? And yes ladies, I am available!

If you need to get a little grocery shopping in, please stop by the Knightdale Lowes Foods store on . The Paws For Life team will give you a hearty hello and let you know of any items we are in need of... in case you would like to make a donation!

Let me tell you a little more about me. I am a 3-4 year old Lab/Hound mix. I love my people and love to be babied and snuggle in blankets with you... and belly rubs are THE BEST! When it comes to other dogs, I don't like little dogs and I don't like other guys (the cramp my style), but I do love the ladies and wouldn't mind having one in my forever home. I like to go on walks, but I take my job as your protector very seriously and see it as my job to protect you from other dogs while out on walks. So, a fenced yard would be best for me... or some "sensitivity" training for me on how to walk like a gentleman.

Hope to see you there!

Lowes Foods of Knightdale
3001 Wide Waters Parkway
Wide Waters Commons Shopping Center
Knightdale, NC 27545
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