IT’S ADOPTION DAY!!!!!
Join SOAR at H.D. Dave’s Pet Store and Joanne’s Loving Touch Grooming 5008 East Oak Island Drive – THIS SATURDAY, April 19th from 11:00am – 2:00pm for ADOPTION DAY!!!!! It’s your chance to OPT TO ADOPT!!!!!! We will also have tickets available for the PARTY FURR THE PAWS FUNDRAISER!!! Not sure what it’s about?? You can look under the events tab or email Michelle at email@example.com. See you Saturday!!!!
Do you remember our beloved Captain Jack? Back in 2008 he was found shot and blind. He was dying but our great community and a wonderful foster mom brought him back to good health. But, he would be blind forever. A wonderful family in Salisbury, NC heard Jack’s story and wanted to adopt him. Never in a million years could Jack have found a better home. He gained loving parents as well as human and canine siblings.
We’re fortunate enough to get updates on Jack from time to time. Recently there was a scare as a huge lump on his body appeared. The doctors removed it and sent it for testing. It turned out to be benign and caused by a reaction to a recent vaccination. Yay! Jack had 13 stitches but they will come out soon.
A few months ago Jack’s mom sent me a video of him going swimming. You must see this and I will find it and post it. Thank you Kelly for keeping us in the loop on Jack’s life but mostly thanks for loving him.
The SOAR team spirit was never more evident than it was for yesterday’s “cleanup” event. Good food, great entertainment, lots of fellowship and good will, not to mention lots of good old fashioned sweat equity. Everyone deserves a pat or two on the back for their efforts. Thank you Cathy and Steve for making it all happen.
Our sweet friend Handsome Jack crossed the Rainbow Bridge last week. He was 9 years old and had lived with us almost 2 years. We had featured Handsome Jack in a post about our special needs cats this past December. Handsome Jack knew no enemies. Some sunny day, boy.
Many a volunteer may have noticed that this most beloved SOAR “yard cat” has not been around to greet them of late as they reported for duty. That’s because Blackjack is back where he started — in a nearby home with his brother and his human. You see, over 4 years after we had picked him up wandering in our direction down St. Charles Place, his owner very recently finds himself at SOAR only to rediscover the now 7-year old boy that he had long since given up for lost. Go figure! During his time with us, Blackjack served as one of our yard cats with great distinction – twice actually, as his service was interrupted last year by an extended stay in the cattery where he was convalescing following oral surgery. We will miss you good buddy. Stay safe.
By the looks of things , Lucky (now “Banjo”) really lucked out last week. That’s the happy boy to the right of his new playmate Kona. A good looking family, don’t you think! You know, by my count, in the 15 months since the beginning of 2013, we have taken in 22 canines at SOAR - including Lucky - from our county’s Animal Protective Services — many of them directly, and the rest through Oak Island Animal Control. Of those, 20 have been adopted out to date. We would be delighted to hear how these guys and girls are doing. Please consider sending us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a picture and story we can post to our Honor Grads page. Thanks to all who have adopted from us.
Kinda quiet at Zeetlegoo’s today. Just me and the cats. But no problem–they (well, at least one of them) managed to entertain themselves anyway…
Pssst, Pumpkin—Don’t look now, but Steve is coming over with a bag of Greenies treats.
Where, Cashmere? — I don’t see him.
Ha, Ha. Made ya look, made ya look!
Well, the SOAR sofa it seems has become quite the lucky charm of late. First Chipper, and now Romeo have been whisked away to new homes very soon after taking on their roles as office couch potatoes. Whatever works, we say. Thanks for stopping by, Romeo. All the best to you boy.
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.