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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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Adoption Events – Jan 28th 2017

Paws for Life Animal Rescue (an FCHS program) will be at Petco Knightdale and Petsmart Wake Forest tomorrow (Saturday) from 1 PM to 4 PM. Please stop by to see our wonderful dogs.

 Petco Dogs
Petco Dogs
Petco — Knightdale

  • 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

 Petsmart Dogs
Petsmart Dogs
Petsmart — Wake Forest

  • Dougie: Hound; 68 lbs; loves his people; specializes in giving big sloppy kisses; good with kids & dogs
  • George Clooney: 8 yr old senior Treeing Walker Coonhound. Great with dogs … no cats! He just wants food, love and a warm, safe bed.
  • Lucy: Beagle/Lab mix; new to program …
  • Murphy: 3 year old hound mix; extremely laid back; good with kids cats other dogs; loves ear scratches belly rubs and giving kisses
  • 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
  • Pete: Lab/French Bulldog mix; new to program …
  • Pumpkin: Carolina Dog/Shar Pei mix; 45 lbs; very affectionate girl who loves her people; great house manners – no accidents & no jumping on people; great with kids; needs to be an only dog; NO CATS!
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Shout out to Petco

 Thank you Petco
Thank you Petco

As you may know, the Petco store at Triangle Planation has closed and they donated a used kitty condo to Paws For Life which we'll be using in our Kitty Quarantine Shed.

We appreciate this so much, because comfortable cages are very expensive to purchase. This condo will help many kitties along the way to finding their forever homes. Petco does so many things to support our work. Thank you Petco!

We would also like to thank volunteers Frankie Bonett and Terry Deuger for disassembling, moving, and putting it back together again. It was big job! Thanks for giving of your time and skills to help the animals.

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Joelle – A last minute rescue

 Joelle - Before & After
Joelle - Before & After
This afternoon we got a call of desperation to our foster families by our wonderful team member Megan, who works closely with the Franklin County Animal Shelter. With minutes to spare before euthanasia, Megan had managed to find a volunteer to drive out and transport this scared, yet beautiful, dog to another volunteer's home for fostering.

Everyday I am blown away by the amazing team of volunteers we have here at Paws For Life! They inspire me to be a better person — to do more and to ask for less.

These sorts of things happen almost daily at Paws For Life, and seeing the difference we made for Joelle in a few hours time is extraordinary! See for yourself, these pictures were taken before and after being rescued by our group.

If you are interested in getting involved apply to be a volunteer, and do whatever you can help us, no matter what your skills or time allows you'd be surprised what effect you can have on these animal's lives!

~ Nikk Become A Volunteer
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