What a perfect day it was today to get out and to be seen! Lyla showed her appreciation with a nuzzle for Kim while Stripes (L) and Nicole (R) were near mesmerized by the sights and the sounds of life beyond the cattery walls. Good show, gang!
Meet Lucky (left) and Romeo, two new faces at SOAR. They join us after a short stay with our good friends at Brunswick County Sheriffs Office Animal Protective Services. Read more about them on our Dogs page.
I dropped in at the new Katty (now “Gracie”) and Othello (one of our three young “O” Boys, now “BoJo” – short for Bojangles) residence yesterday, exactly one week since their adoption. The transition from SOAR has been a work in progress – no surprise, particularly in Gracie’s case. I worked with their Mom to close off some hiding places and am told today that the move has already produced good results. Keep up the good work, you two.
We have resurrected yet another old Honor Grads story that had mysteriously disappeared. This one chronicles the long lives of L.T., Wilma, Fred and Darlin’, lives that were spent quite close to their entirety with us at SOAR. It is a story of rescue, love and care, joy, and inevitable sadness — a story of SOAR in its essence. As we acknowledged in our January post, “SOAR 2014″, many of our cats and dogs can be with us a long time, awaiting adoption. A few have been destined to spend their whole life with us through no real fault of their own. These would be impossibly harsh realities for us to deal with if we were to let them overshadow the day-to-day pleasure we derive in having them as our friends and in knowing we are doing our very best to make their lives better than they might have been.
To access this story, click on Honor Grads in the menu bar and scroll down past “Presto’s Legacy.” Enjoy!
We laced up our walking shoes last Saturday for the Oak Island “Mardi Gras By The Sea” parade.
Here’s Michelle and King in their finery, pausing for the cameras as they make their way down to Middleton Park. There, we met up with King’s kennel mate Gus, and our cats Blair and Madison, our director, and a host of SOAR volunteers. A good time was had by all.
The Society of Brunswick Shaggers held its benefit dance for SOAR last night. Thanks to the generosity of those in attendance, we and our cats and dogs were the beneficiaries of $275.00 in cash donations and about 124 lbs of food. Thank you one and all for supporting us.
Candy left us for her new home yesterday. Here she is with her Dad, checking out her ride. Have a great life, girl. Your friend Baby Bear is going to miss romping around with you in the kennel yard.
We have been busy of late searching for old Honor Grads stories that had gone missing. These are important stories as they in their different ways provide an insight into SOAR’s founding philosophy – a philosophy that underscores how we operate today, over 21 years after we started. One story we were able to “rescue” is of a German Shepard named “Presto” who served in the British Army in the 1940′s, and upon his retirement, eventually came to live out his life of 14 years with a family from Northern Ireland. Presto died in 1952, and although he never lived with us at SOAR, he has lived on in the heart of one Jeannine Friday Bicknell, our founder, who just happened to be one of the 6 kids in the family that Presto lived with way back when. Forty years hence, inspired by her love for Presto, Jeannine started Southport/Oak Island Animal Rescue. We invite you to enjoy the complete story of “Presto’s Legacy” by clicking on the Honor Grads page link on our menu. You will find it right after the opening story entitled “Thor, The Hero.” We will keep you posted as we recover other important stories from our archives. And please, remember to email us your stories of SOAR Honor Grads.
Finally..some nice weather favored us for our Saturday Zeetlegoo’s Adoption Day.
Midnight gets a nice rub. Cashmere waits her turn-sort of.
Cheryl & Didi on cat duty. Lynn & Pam with Libby & Gus.
Who loves you, Baby…Sue does! SOAR’s new Gallery of Stars.
The Society of Brunswick Shaggers (SOBS) is having a “Support SOAR’” dance on February 28 at the Moose Lodge at 4329 Long Beach Road SE. The dance is from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM. Entertainment will be provided by DJ Lynn “Redbone” King. Admission is $3 for SOBS members and $6 for guests. Attendees are asked to make cash/check donations or to bring donations of cat and dog accessories and supplies. We look forward to a big turnout!
SOAR People–that’s the title of a new page we have created with a corresponding link positioned on our homepage menu right next to “Honor Grads.” For more than 20 years, SOAR staff and volunteers have been committed to giving the best care possible to the cats and dogs that enter our gates, and to placing them in new homes of their own. Our four-legged friends are appropriately the face of SOAR, but the SOAR story is just as much a story of the humans that speak for them in everything they do in their behalf, day after day, year after year. We will soon be bringing many of those stories to you. Stay tuned to the website for announcements of SOAR People publications.
Chipper and his adoptive mom share a tender moment on his beloved sofa in the SOAR office. Only last week we were posting his picture from Zeetlegoo’s, and now this one, moments before his departure for his new home. Enjoy Chipper! A big thank you goes out to our volunteer Marylee for being Chipper’s foster mom.
Barely two months after his arrival from Brunswick County Sheriffs Office Animal Protective Services, young Max left us last week for his new home on Oak Island. Max was quite the favorite among the volunteers here and at Animal Protective Services. All the best, Max. Stop by for a visit anytime.
(Class of 2010)
After a period of absence – we’re really not sure how long – we are happy to announce the return of the Honor Grads tab. It’s right there after Contact Us on our menu of website pages. We really love hearing about all those cats and dogs who wormed their way into our hearts while once calling SOAR their home. Many of you have brought smiles to our faces, and yes, in certain cases, tears to our eyes, with the mere mention of a familiar name as we cross paths on a Saturday at Zeetlegoo’s, or through a comment left on our website. Let us share your news or your story with the staff and volunteers and with others out there who may have or may have had SOAR alumni of their own, or who might be considering adoption. Send us an email at email@example.com. Tell us your pet’s adopted name and its age, and if you can remember, when you adopted, and his or her name at the time of adoption. Include a digital photo if you can. The rest of it is pretty much up to you. We will happily post your submission to the Honor Grads page. Thank you for adopting.
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Today’s cold rain forced us inside–no complaints from guests of honor Madison, Lily, and little Chipper. That’s Chipper’s new pal “Gilligan” Keane reviewing the house rules with him.
A very Happy Birthday to our distinguished alum Oliver (SOAR Class of 2010) who turned 11 years old today. Our roving photographer caught up with the boy at his current home where we’re told he spends most of his time these days gnawing on pine cones and watching the deer feast on the azaleas. It’s a tough life, eh bud.
Despite their protests, off went Lily, Rambo, Libby, and Max into the Southport deep freeze yesterday morning for some face time with the public at Zeetlegoo’s. The Zeetlegoo’s beat reporter captured these pics and comments from our intrepid pals…
Rambo: “I got a news flash for you kid…they brought us here so people could see us“
Max: “Pam, we should get back in the van…there’s a pack of wild Dachshunds approaching”
Libby: “You can laugh all you want, Dave, but I’m sorry–those Dachshunds just do not look friendly”