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Adoption Events – March 4th & 5th

Another week, another bunch of adoption events! As usual, our cat adoption team will be at the Petcos in Wake Forest and Knightdale . Our dog team will be at Petco and Petsmart in Wake Forest .

Two Times The Fun

This week, both our cat and dog teams will also be back out to Petco Wake Forest on to give you even more opportunities to meet our foster animals and fall in love! Please stop by to see our wonderful dogs and cats who are eagerly looking for their loving forever families. You can also check out our other dogs and cats for adoption right here on our site!

Saturday, March 4th

Petco — Wake Forest ()

Petco Dogs Saturday
  • 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
  • Buck: 6 – 8 yr old senior bulldog mix; 45lbs; low energy – enjoys the laid back lifestyle; kid, cat & dog friendly; doesn’t like other dogs getting in his face
  • Chase: 1 yr old Catahoula Leopard Dog mix; 40 lbs; very sweet boy, but shy when meeting new people – once he knows you he is quick to give kisses and snuggles; good with other dogs but needs a slow intro; prefers females or submissive males; would love a fenced yard to run & play in; house trained & crate trained
  • Chi-Chi: A sweet senior Maltese/Cairn Terrier mix; she loves to give kisses and romp and play in the yard; potty trained; prefers to be the only dog since she has some food/resource-guarding behaviors, but can live with other dogs if they give her space; needs an adult only home or a home with older/teen children who can understand her fears and treat her accordingly – specifically, she doesn’t like her face or nose touched Read her story.
  • George Clooney: 8 yr old senior Treeing Walker Coonhound. Great with dogs … no cats! He just wants food, love and a warm, safe bed.
  • 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
  • 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

Petsmart — Wake Forest ()

Paws For Life Animal Rescue - Adoptable Dogs Petsmart March 4th
  • Dougie: Hound/Shepherd; 68 lbs; loves his people; specializes in giving big sloppy kisses; good with kids & female dogs
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 ♥ ♥ ♥

Sunday, March 4th

Petco — Wake Forest ()

Paws For Life Animal Rescue, Adoptable Dogs Petco - Sunday March 5th
  • Chase: 1 yr old Catahoula Leopard Dog mix; 40 lbs; very sweet boy, but shy when meeting new people – once he knows you he is quick to give kisses and snuggles; good with other dogs but needs a slow intro; prefers females or submissive males; would love a fenced yard to run & play in; 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
  • Murphy: 3 year old hound mix; extremely laid back; good with kids cats other dogs; loves ear scratches belly rubs and giving kisses
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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Sugar and Cookie… Everything Sweet

A Sweet Foster's Story

My son and I started fostering kittens for Franklin County Humane Society of NC in . We had assorted kitties come through our home and stay from one week to maybe three weeks at the most before finding their forever homes.

This past February we welcomed to our home sibling kittens with classic Turkish Van markings and the softest bunny like fur. These kittens were sweetest most gentle kittens and they were very bonded. They did everything together, walking in unison and hooking their tails while they slept. We named them Sugar and Cookie.

Sugar was adopted in early April to a wonderful family who fell in love with her and just had to have her. I tried to have them adopt Cookie too, but they couldn't adopt two at that time. Poor Cookie cried all the way home he missed his sister so much. Cookie had three adoption applications that fell through, it just wasn't meant to be. May and June passed and he was growing into a very handsome young cat and we just couldn't understand why no one was interested in him, everyone who saw him said he was beautiful and gentle but no takers.

On July 12th I received a heartbreaking email from a couple Marco and Ludmila who were interested in Cookie, their beloved cat Pierro passed away. He was 16 and had a bone marrow disease. They were devastated and Marco was looking on Petfinders and was amazed to see Cookie, who was Pierro's double! and they wanted him. Through many phone calls and emails his adoption was finalized in a few days. The only obstacle was his new family was in Boston MA. So Ludmila his new mom made arrangements to fly down to Raleigh NC early Saturday morning. My son John and I meet her at the airport with Cookie too and it was like we were already best friends. She is such a loving wonderful lady, smart, beautiful and generous. WE spent the day together going to the vet and getting Cookies health records and certificate visiting our home in Knightdale and meeting the other FCHS foster families at Petco. That afternoon Cookie flew home on the plane! He had his own ticket, no cargo for our special boy. Saying goodbye at the airport was bittersweet, we were missing Cookie already but we knew he found his most perfect forever home where he was meant to be.

We receive weekly updates from Cookie and we are friends on Facebook with his wonderful new family. Cookie helps Marco give piano lessons and is pretty much head of the household.

This past summer Marco and Ludmila traveled to the Czech Republic and of course Cookie had a first class seat right next to them. I posted on Facebook how Cookie has become a world traveler. Much to my surprise my sister Linda wrote that she met Cookie on the plane. She and her family were traveling from France to the Czech Republic and they met Cookie on the plane! Such a small world made better with a kitty!

~ Barbara Coe
Philippians 4:8

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

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Adoption Events – Feb 26th 2017

Our cat adoption team will be at the Petcos in Wake Forest and Knightdale . Also, our dog team will be at Petco Knightdale and Petsmart Wake Forest . Please stop by to see our wonderful dogs and cats who are eagerly looking for their loving forever families. You can also check out our other dogs and cats for adoption here on our site!.

Cupcakes to the Rescue

This week we will also have "Cupcakes to the Rescue." Purchase some cupcakes to show your ♥ and share a little sweetness for animals in need at our dog adoption events. It's only $1 for 1 or $5 for 6.

 Petco Dogs
Petco Dogs
Petco — Knightdale

  • 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
  • Murphy: 3 year old hound mix; extremely laid back; good with kids cats other dogs; loves ear scratches belly rubs and giving kisses
  • Trooper: 12 year old Doberman mix; very sweet old man who just wants a human to hang out with and take long naps in his bed or the couch; limited in his vision and hearing; doesn't mind cats but doesn't like another dog in his face
  • Buck: 6 – 8 yr old senior bulldog mix; 45lbs; low energy – enjoys the laid back lifestyle; kid, cat & dog friendly; doesn’t like other dogs getting in his face

 Petsmart Dogs
Petsmart Dogs
Petsmart — Wake Forest

  • Chi-Chi: A sweet senior Maltese/Cairn Terrier mix; she loves to give kisses and romp and play in the yard; potty trained; prefers to be the only dog since she has some food/resource-guarding behaviors, but can live with other dogs if they give her space; needs an adult only home or a home with older/teen children who can understand her fears and treat her accordingly – specifically, she doesn’t like her face or nose touched Read her story.
  • 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
  • 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. Read her story.
  • 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;
  • 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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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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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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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!

 Petco Dogs
Petco Dogs
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 Dogs
Petsmart Dogs
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
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