~ Kaitlyn Tickle
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!
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.
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???
Third Times a Charm
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
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.
What Are ♥Heartworms
♥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.
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!
Petco — Wake Forest
- 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
Petsmart — 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
- 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