“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

River’s Story – Goodness Flows

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Never grow tired of doing good. Recently while visiting family in Kentucky, we stopped at an antique store in historic Bardstown and a sweet boxer dog named River greeted us. Her dad Buddy told us she is his new dog, she was a rescue. He told us her story, just three months ago someone had thrown her off a bridge into a river and her left leg had to be amputated from the injuries she sustained from the fall.

My sister-in-law said she couldn’t believe how evil people can be; to do this horrible act to an innocent animal. We were talking and we both agreed that goodness can and does outweigh evil. With River there was one evil person who threw her off that bridge on a cold January morning. However, the goodness started with the man fishing under the bridge. He jumped into the freezing cold river to save her, he rushed her to the vet. The vet stabilized her and reached out to a boxer rescue who paid for her bills, recovery and her surgery. She was fostered and then adopted by Buddy who just adores her.

Animal rescue can be heartbreaking, but the goodness they do far outweighs the cruelty. To all the wonderful people who help in animal rescue thank you and never grow tired of doing good.

~ Barbara Coe

Sid The Senior

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Nancy finally made it official and adopted Sid! She was so nice to step up and foster this sweet boy when we did not have a foster for him. Her daughter Emily is also a valued volunteer and I think she knew all along there was a plan :). Sid came to us as a return as a lady no longer wanted to care for him (both she and he were seniors). Sid had a big fatty tumor that we removed just to help him feel and look a bit better. We updated his shots and worked to find someone looking for a smaller senior. We love to take in seniors but the adopter pool is certainly smaller.

Emily mentioned “He’ll be living his senior years in Wake Forest right near Joyner Park, his favorite place to take walks. I knew they would be a good fit! The bonding just took a little time. Thanks to everyone who had a part in Sid’s happy tail!”

Thank you Nancy, Emily (for your forward thinking vision 🙂 ), and the fosters who helped him find his forever home!

Volunteer Meeting – Monday March 13th

Come Join Our Team!

Paws For Life Animal Rescue will have a meeting for our volunteers on , at the Forks Cafeteria in Wake Forest (339 S. Brooks Street). Newcomers are very welcome! The meeting starts at 6:30 but come earlier if you want to eat. We will give updates on our various projects. Also, we’ll discuss opportunities for you to use your talents to help animals in need. Hope to see you there!

Two Down, Eight To Go!

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A few weeks back a litter of 10 Australian Shepherd lab mix puppies were being given away. That’s when I had undercover volunteers step in to get the puppies out of harm’s way. They were given up at 5wks old because owner wanted them gone. They were covered in fleas, and had a belly full of worms. When they came to me they would only eat canned food. We made sure they got the vetting, love and attention needed to grow strong. Now they will all be headed off to bright futures.

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Rosemary was the first to be adopted out of the litter of 10! She will enjoy life with her new family in Greensboro. What a lucky girl to have 4 kids to keep her company and a puppy pikenese sister to grow up with! She will be one busy, but happy girl!


Poppy went home just an hour later to join her new mom and dad in Wake Forest. Her new parents had recently lost their furbaby and really missed having one around. When we took Poppy over to her new home tonight they had already bought her lots of goodies to enjoy. We know they will enjoy raising another beautiful girl to have by their side!

🐶🐶= Double Adoption Night!

~ Megan Adcock

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

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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 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 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.


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? Volunteer!

Thank You Redd Waggin Pet Supply Co.!

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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

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