Letters, We Get Letters…

…Pictures too.  You know, nothing gives us more pleasure than getting great news about an adopted friend.  Here’s the latest on 2014 SOAR grad Ridley, courtesy of his mom and dad.  Thank you for giving Ridley the home he deserves, Shirley and Chip.  We really look forward to a return visit this summer.  The hose will definitely be at the ready!

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                                                                                      TUCKER (L) & RIDLEY (R)

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Crawl For Paws Benefits SOAR

Crawl for Paws is a Carolina Beach pub crawl designed to raise funds for the Carolina Beach Police Department K9 unit and for area animal welfare organizations.  SOAR was selected to be a beneficiary of the recently held event.  Wayne Rouse, Carolina Beach real estate agent and event organizer stopped by this week to give SOAR Director Cathy Robbins Fitzgerald a check for $1,000 as a portion of the Crawl for Paws proceeds.  Wayne absolutely made our day by bringing along canine companion Annie.  Yes, that’s the same Annie who had a short stay with us back in the Fall of 2013 before joining the ranks of SOAR’s graduate class of 2013 thanks to Wayne.  Double thanks, Wayne.  Great to see you again Annie.

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NEW PAGE FOR SOAR CATS

We have a new page under construction…Cats – FeLV And FIV.

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Find it under the ‘parent’ Animals page on our homepage menu.

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Lyla And Dixie – January 2015

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                LYLA                                       DIXIE

These two vivacious girls are our co-featured pets this month.  They are ready to take their places in your homes (Please note: Humans pictured are not included).  See their profiles on our Dogs page, and enjoy their videos on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SOARanimalrescue).

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2014 Recap – Revised

In our 2014 “Seasons Greetings” Newsletter, we reviewed some of our major accomplishments for the year, in which we of course included some noteworthy adoptions, or SUCCESS STORIES.  Here is the (as far as we know) complete list of 2014 SOAR adoptions.  We look forward to many more successes in 2015.

Canine Friends:

Rocky, Boo-Boo, Lola,

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Baby Bear,

Duke, Ollie, Remi, Ripley,

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Owen                  and                     Max,

Clancy, Ridley, Chipper,

Baylee

Baylee,

Romeo, Chomper, Lucky, Merlin,

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King (Scratch),

Barbara, Buddy, and Candy (Lemon Drop).

Feline Friends:

Alee, Sammie, Stella, Solo,

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Cashmere,

Whinnie, Angela (and her 6 kids),

Fresca

      Fresca,

Elsa, Pumpkin, Blackjack, Blair,

Katty

 Katty,

Othello, Betty, Max,

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Cassie                 and                  Mickey

A total of 46 adoptions in 2014 (24 cats, 22 dogs).

There were some setbacks for us however.  We remember these friends that we lost in 2014:

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Gale Hess

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Stripes                                       Toes

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Handsome Jack                                                     Cami

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Fancy

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BOO BOO UPDATE

Check out the pic and email we received from Boo Boo’s new family!  We are so happy for him!

Hi all:  Boo-Boo has been doing great.  He looks so much better and is feeling much better too.  He’s been to the vet a few times and is on medication.  His feet are almost back to normal.  He has adjusted to his new fur ever home extremely well.  He is sure a “chow hound”!  And loves his walks twice a day.  He is such a good boy.  So glad we adopted him.  We love him so much.

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CAT CAPERS

SOAR’s open cattery rooms give our cats a chance to do cat stuff like climb and play and flash their predator skills.  Of course, with this freedom comes closeness and thus the opportunity for skirmishes, but they rarely amount to much and invariably are taken way more seriously by the human bystanders than they are by the ‘combatants’.  Alas, some of our more reticent cats quickly recognize that the extra space plays to their elusive tendencies, frustrating those who would attempt to dish out pets, or to administer meds, or to snatch them up for a trip to the vet or to an adoption event.  Still, many of our more introverted types will drop their guards often enough to be just regular cats, as were Harper, Rambo, Louie and Sam on a recent morning in the large back room…

Crazy Cats2 Stalking, sniffing – on the hunt.  But Harper is just a bit distracted…

Crazy Cats Can you tell what’s caught her eye while Rambo, Sam and Louie keep their eye on the prize?

Crazy Cats3 Well right you are!  The “prize” is a little red dot dancing across the floor…and it’s produced by a laser beam generated by Harper’s silly little mouse friend.

If you have the room, betcha your home could easily be host to any of these guys doing what they like to do.  Stop by for a visit anytime.  Bring your laser mouse.

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LOLA ADOPTION

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After a mere two-week stay with us, Lola has been adopted.  She is pictured here on departure day with her new adoptive mom and her new sister Gracie on the left.  Run with the wind, girl.

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ALEE ADOPTION

After a three year residency with us, Alee has been reunited with her human mom and is heading back to her old Holden Beach home.

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Mom spotted Alee as one of our featured pets in the new issue of PawPrints magazine.  She was sure Alee was the same long-haired beauty who just happened to…yes, that’s right…disappear on her some three years ago.  Out she came to the shelter, and Alee’s reaction upon seeing her left no doubt.  Isn’t that something!  Alee had quite a presence around the cattery.  It won’t be the same place without her.  Good luck, girl.  Drop us a line now and then.

POSTSCRIPT: Click on “Jamie on ALEE ADOPTION” under Recent Comments.  

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ZEETLEGOO’S 12/27

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Nicole (L) and Sandy shared the spotlight at Zeetlegoo’s today.

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We had a nice time in the newly expanded area of the store.  No adoptions, but you never know…somebody out there may be thinking about it.

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New Arrivals, Pt. II

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Rocky (L) and Addison are the newest happy camper canines at SOAR.  See their profiles on our Dogs page.

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SEASONS GREETINGS!

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On behalf of all her feline and canine friends at SOAR, our very own Sandy wishes all of you a most Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  And for all furry friends past and present, we echo this “Christmas Morning” wish, author unknown, with thanks to Gisela and Jeannine…

ON CHRISTMAS MORNING…

I wish,                                                                                                                                               For every dog searching trash cans for breakfast,                                                           a filled bowl with his name printed in bright letters.

For every dog who slept fitfully last night, chained in a frozen yard,                     a soft, warm bed                                                                                                                           with a person snoring gently nearby.

For every shelter dog, spending Christmas morning in a soiled run,                     a forever home,                                                                                                                             filled with sounds and smells of family.

For every “Christmas” puppy given today,                                                                         a tolerant, caring owner who won’t abandon you                                                           as you grow into a real dog.

For every ailing pet,                                                                                                                   enough money for your owner to pay the bills                                                               to make you well.

For every lost dog,                                                                                                                       a clear, safe road, and well marked path,                                                                           to lead you home.

For every old and tired friend,                                                                                                 a warm fire, and a soft bed,                                                                                                     to ease your aches and pains.

And for every Heart Dog at the Bridge,                                                                               a moment when you know that you are remembered today,                                       missed again, and loved forever.

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Baby Bear and Boo-Boo Find Homes

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BABY BEAR                       AND                BOO-BOO

Baby Bear and Boo-Boo have headed off to separate Wilmington homes with their adoptive moms.

We are extremely happy for Baby Bear, as she has worked hard with us in making the transformation from the cowering Border Collie mix of a year and a half ago to the happy, adoptable young lady of today.  We are really going to miss her spirit and her boundless energy.  Many of her kennel neighbors, past and most recent, are all the better for having had Baby Bear as a dedicated playmate.

Many of you might not recognize Boo-Boo, as the Shih Tzu mix has never graced our Dogs page.  The little guy came to SOAR about two months ago suffering from eye, yeast and urinary tract infections.  Medication, veterinary care, and lots of love have gotten him into good enough condition to be made available for adoption.  Like with his recent “office house resident” predecessors Chipper, Romeo, Chomper and Owen, his wait would be short.

Happy trails to you two “underdogs.”  Go with the wind.

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New Arrivals

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Two-year old Benji and one-year old Lola made their debuts at SOAR this week.  They come to us from Brunswick County Sheriffs Animal Protective Services.  See their profiles on our Dogs page.

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THANK YOU MINI CHRISTMAS ANGELS

We had a visit from the Oak Island Presbyterian Daycare on Monday and these mini Christmas Angels brought all kinds of food and toys for the cats and dogs!

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They got to hang out with the cats and dogs for awhile.  Caesar had the girls fascinated with his crazy cat antics!  And Lyla had hearts in her eyes for this cutie!  He looks pretty smitten with her too!

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It was so much fun to have them with us!  And THANK YOU for your donation to SOAR and for your work with these sweet children and teaching them about loving and caring for animals!

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Partners In Animal Welfare

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SOAR Director Cathy Robbins Fitzgerald (center) accepts a check from Paws-Ability board member Mercy McCurdy (L) and Paws-Ability President Janie Withers.  The check covers costs we recently incurred for non-routine medical care for one of our dogs and for state mandated upgrades to the dog kennels.  Paws-Ability is a 501(C)(3) organization that provides funds to assist area animal shelters and rescue groups in meeting extraordinary expenses such as those we recently incurred.  To learn more about the important work they do or to become a Paws-Ability member, visit their website at www.paws-ability.org.

Thank you Paws-Ability for helping us help our furry friends in need.

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ADOPTIONS

Brothers Casper and Blizzard and then Duke were adopted in the last 10 days.

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Congratulations boys.  We hope you enjoyed your stay with us as much as we did.

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Cami Joins Toes

Our sweet tortie girl Cami followed Toes across the Rainbow Bridge today.

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Cami ~ F ~ 1/1/1999 ~ Declawed

“Cami the Cams” was about 16 years old – second oldest to Toes among the SOAR cats.  She was with us almost two years, having been abandoned in the beginning of 2013 at the doorstep of Four Paws Veterinary Hospital.  Ironically, Cami’s final stop in her life’s journey was to be at Four Paws.  We took good care of her – lots of brushes, “Greenies” treats, and freedom to roam the cattery.  She paid us back by letting us be her friend.  Now she has her ultimate freedom.  See you with Toes, girl–some sunny day.

 

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Goodbye Old Friend

Our dear friend Toes had to leave us this past Monday.  She was about 17 years old.  Toes, as cats will do, had been hinting of late at it being “her time.”

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 To the end, the often contrary Toes loved being held.

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The sun shined brightly on Toes in her final days.

Toes came to SOAR in 1998.  She had 7 kittens, all of whom, like her, were polydactyl (having extra toes).  She spent many years as a yard cat, followed by a ‘stretch’ in the old office area of the cattery, and then finally a couple of years in the cattery itself.  She got lost under structures and behind walls and endured thyroid surgery.  She dined on the finest of wet foods.  Toes was not afraid to use her toes.  What she most wanted I think was to be left alone, but if  you were quick enough and had just the right technique, you could hoist her up against your shoulder with minimal fuss.

I believe this is the first time for anything Toes on our website.  Toes being Toes, she would be the last to be bothered by such things.  Besides, in her 16 years with us she was known and loved by more than any other.  We will surely miss her.  Some sunny day, girl.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Last year it was SOAR dog Jaspa who did the honors.  This year, honors fall to three of our distinguished “yard cats” – members of our highly skilled team of parking lot greeters

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- to give thanks to their friends and caretakers at SOAR, and to all of you SOAR supporters.  We hope you have much to be thankful for too.

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Shoes for SOAR

Check out the information about our shoe collection for $$ on the events page!!!!

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SAMMIE THE BOY IS ADOPTED!

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Our boy Sammie is seen here in a recent photo assuming his favorite position as lord of one of the cattery’s back rooms (ladies in waiting April and Anderson are in the background).  The girls are now interviewing new candidates for top cat honors as Sammie has officially abdicated and as of last Saturday has a new home and some nice humans as his devoted subjects.  The then 6-year old Sammie came to us from Cary, NC with housemate Cassie back in April 2012 (Cassie was adopted this past January).  To be sure, Sammie has lived a pampered life at SOAR – maybe a little too pampered as evidenced by the distinct sag in his mattress in the photo.  Perhaps the change in scenery will inspire him to lay off of the treats.  Congratulations boy.  We’ll miss you!

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THEY ARE FINALLY HERE!!!!!

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THE CALENDARS THAT IS!!!  Here is a sneak peak at our cover models for the 2015 Cutest Pet Contest Calendar!  And just let me tell you – the competition was fierce this year!  The judging panel had an extremely difficult time deciding on the featured pets!  Here are just a few of the competitors!  Get your calendar now to see all of the entries as well as the chosen monthly pets!

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Calendars are available NOW at SOAR as well as Grape & Ale - 8521 East Oak Island Drive.  After Friday, November 21st, they will also be available at Joannes Loving Touch Pet Grooming 5008 East Oak Island Drive.  Calendars are $15.00 each and all proceeds go to benefit SOAR!  They make awesome Christmas presents for the pet lovers in your life!  So get one today!!!!!!

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SOAR Dogs Get A Break

Our dogs will be toastier this Winter in their new K-9 Kondos seen below.

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 New Dog House

SOAR’s Board of Directors approved the purchase of 12 “kondos”, and they are now ready for occupancy – just in time for this November chill.  They feature zinc-plated steel exterior walls and a 3/4″ layer of foam insulation in the steel floors and in the interior walls.  The ceilings get a full one inch of insulation, which is where it is needed the most.  The kondos are “chew-proof”, cannot rot or rust, and are easy to clean and disinfect.  Accessory wall-mounted heaters can be added should we one day add a power source to the kennel area.

The bottom line cost to us, after applying our animal rescue discount, was $4,665.00.  The money for the kondos plus some new tarps for the kennel perimeter fencing came out of our “kennel fund.”  The Board agreed that providing these accessories for our dogs was completely in line with the fund’s overall objective of bringing them added comfort via the eventual “all-weather” conversion of the outdoor kennels.  The conversion initiative is alive and well, and the kennel fund balance, post expenditure, remains a very healthy $46K thanks to all of you who have supported us with your contributions in recent years. We look forward to your continued support, and to the day when we have enough money in the fund to commence construction activity.

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SOMEBODY NEEDED A HUG!

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Lyla was happy to have her buddy Duke back to play with and showed him how much with a great big hug!  Unfortunately Duke is back at the rescue with us – not because he was bad (he’s a sweetheart and an awesome snuggler), or not because the person that adopted him didn’t adore him!  It was because the landlord didn’t want a big dog in the rental house!  Well – sometimes things happen!  But we gladly took Duke back until we can find him his new “furr-ever” home!  Until then Lyla will keep handing out hugs!

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