“Love Will Find A Way”

It’s unlikely that Pablo Cruise got the inspiration for their 1978 hit recording from a couple of lovelorn shelter canines, but what can we say…


Lyla&Owen0916142 …seeing is believing.  Lyla (R) and Owen turned today’s workout into a lovefest right before our very eyes.  This is the stuff that makes us glad to be a part of SOAR.  If you are looking for a companion – canine or feline – consider adoption, and consider SOAR.  We are open Monday to Wednesday and Friday, 8:00-12:00, and Saturday, 10:00-2:00.  See you when you get here.

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Shout out to the Adams Family who adopted Indie Girl (formerly Roxy) in December 2012.  She is now having the time of her life living in Wrightsville Beach, hanging out in the boat with her two best buds – her human bros!  Her “Mom” tells us that Indie Girl is super smart and a “gem”!!!  We love to hear these wonderful stories!  Thank you Adams Family for opting to adopt!

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Introducing Owen

Owen0912142 All you big dog lovers, do we have the boy for you!  His name is Owen, and he’s a beauty!  Get the scoop on Owen by visiting our Dogs page.

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Join SOAR and AGELESS YOGA of Oak Island for BEACH YOGA at Sunset!  You don’t have to be an expert!  This class is open to ANYONE – all ages, all sizes, women AND MEN!!  Check out all the info!  50% of class revenue goes to benefit SOAR!  Classes will run for approximately six weeks – come to one class – come to every class!!

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What a great time we had at Cornelia’s Animal Jam on Sunday, September 7th!  If you were not able to come . . . you missed a wonderful celebration for a wonderful woman!  We want to thank everyone that donated to SOAR!

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Prince made his debut there and everybody just fell in love with him!  Of course – what is there NOT to love!  He’s an awesome boy!


There was food, music and more!  We are so grateful that Cornelia cared enough about SOAR and about our furry friends, to include us in this awesome remembrance/fundraiser!


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We were so honored to have been asked by the Southport Lions Club to give a presentation on SOAR!  Not only did they give us the opportunity to tell everyone about what we do – but they also gave us a very gracious donation!   Two great organizations coming together!  AWESOME!

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Stella It was nearly four and one half years ago that this terminally pretty girl showed up out of nowhere at our gates.  Nobody could understand then how she could have been let go, and ever since, nobody has been able to figure how she could still be around.  Well, the wait is finally over for Stella – and for us. Stella was adopted this past Saturday — one of our “Fab Five” (Saki, Sam, Oakie and Louie being the others) who joined us between 4 and 5 years ago.  Hooray for you, girl!  Happy days.

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Remember any of these guys and gals?

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 ANNIE                                           BAYLEE

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BLIZZARD                                    CASHMERE

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 FRESCA                                                           HOPE

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JASPA                                                  LUCKY

Mango Max3

MANGO                                                           MAX

Merlin061414 mia

MERLIN                                       MIA

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WINSTON                                                       ZION (ZOEY)

Maybe they are now a part of your loving family and have brand new names, or maybe you had the pleasure of their company as you gave your time to them as shelter volunteers. Most definitely, all 14 of them were adopted from us in the 12-month period between August 2013 and August 2014.  Perhaps a greater distinction they share, and a source of pride to us at SOAR, is that they were first “adopted” by us (we paid the applicable adoption fees) from our county shelter in Supply.  This is in keeping with our commitment to work with our partners at Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services as much as we can to give homeless cats and dogs another chance (they’re on their own when it comes to the horses, chickens and ducks).

Since January 2013, we have seen a total of 21 adoptions of Animal Protective Services transfers here at SOAR.  We wish we could do more, especially with the cats, but unrelenting cat homelessness numbers are putting an enormous strain on the capabilities of us and of all the area shelters and rescue groups as they struggle to keep pace. Meanwhile, we are still looking to find homes for a number of our former Animal Protective Services dogs (Fonzie, Kita, and new arrival Clancy) and cats (Taz, April, and Caesar and Prince).  Some of our friends can tend to be with us for a while.  We guarantee them safekeeping, good health care benefits, and lots of affection for the short or the long haul.

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Cat Quarters Upgrade

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Our FIV positive cats are the beneficiaries of some recently completed repairs and upgrades to their screened porch.  They got new framing and rails, heavy duty screening, new perches at the front corners, a new bench, and a new door.  Thanks to your generosity, these kinds of undertakings at SOAR are made possible.  Your donations in fact just helped us to replace our worn out washer and dryer and will soon be applied toward repairs to an aging SOAR van that sees heavy use in picking up supplies and donated items, and in transporting our animals to and from local veterinary hospitals and adoption events.  We are equally appreciative of all of the non-cash contributions we receive week in and week out.  On behalf of all of our pals who cannot speak for themselves (clever website postings notwithstanding), we say THANK YOU!

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Goodbye And Hello

Goodbye, Ridley…

Well now, Ridley was just too irresistible for this vacationing family from Virginia.  A few of us were lucky enough to be on hand yesterday to say our goodbyes to this terrific guy and wish all a safe journey.

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Ridley and I had actually said our goodbyes on Friday.


Gonna miss you boy — run with the wind.

…and Hello, Clancy…


…who has just joined us after a short stay at Brunswick County Sheriffs Office Animal Protective Services.  Learn more about this good looking boy on our Dogs page.


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Had to go it alone with Sadie and those irrepressible kittens of Angela’s today…

Zeetlegoo's083014…but we had ourselves a fine time meeting and greeting, right gang?  That’s right, Steve…let’s do it again real soon!  Gotta love ‘em, eh?

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cornelia's animal jam

Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to honor the life of a great lady AND help support local animal rescues!  Cornelia Rogers not only loved animals but also loved to help them.  And now, even in her passing, she is doing good for those furry friends she cared so much about!  Join SOAR, along with other local animal rescues, on Sunday, September 7th from 4pm – 7pm at the Southport Community Building for the 2014 Cornelia’s Animal Jam “Party to Support Animal Rescues”.

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Bye Bye Baylee

Baylee was adopted two weeks ago after a two-month stay with us.  There was no lack of interest in her over that time span.  She is pictured here with her new human sister, Ella. Unless my eyes deceive me, Baylee is quite pleased with the turn of events.  Happy days, girls.

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Sadie0805143This is Miss Sadie, a real sweetie.  She joined us last week on the heels of Baylee’s adoption. See her story on our Dogs page.

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While They’re Young

One half of Angela’s recent litter remains with us at SOAR (two whites and a grey pictured with mom in the background prior to her adoption).  Not a day goes by that they are not heard clamoring for a permanent home.  They are now about 14 weeks old and ready to brighten somebody’s life.  How about yours?  Come on out to see them.



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“Baloo” Needs Surgery

Baloo is the adopted Labrador Retriever of a local couple.  They need help with paying for Baloo’s knee surgery and are asking for SOAR’s help in raising awareness of their plight in the local community.  We are doing just that as an organization for whom animal welfare is obviously a core concern, and in support of those who adopt from local shelters and rescue groups and who practice responsible pet ownership.  Please see the Courtesy Listings on our Animals page for additional information.



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Think you got the cutest pet around???  Well, let us see!!!!!!

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Get your cute pics in now for your pets chance to be in the SOAR 2nd Annual Cutest Pet Calendar Contest!!!!  Click on the events tab for more information and to print out the rules and entry forms!!!!!  This contest is NOT limited to just the Oak Island/Southport area!  So tell all your friends and family EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!

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Angela’s Kittens

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Hey, Angela…Two more of your kids have found homes.  There’s Domino and Jet in the cattery with their new human sister, Maggie.  That’s 3 adopted now, 3 still with us.  Hope you are having fun at your new home.  If you see Blackjack, tell him we said hi.

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A Black Anniversary

marshaJuly 2 was the 10th anniversary of the darkest day in SOAR history. Volunteers arriving early in the morning to care for the animals were met by a sight that they did not expect and hope to never, ever see again. There were dead cats everywhere and they had died a most brutal death. And in the main cattery were two blood covered, sleeping, pit bull dogs. Somehow during the night they had gotten access to SOAR property and went on a cat killing spree. After they had killed all of the outside cats that they could catch they went into the main cattery and continued the carnage. Only when there were no more cats within their reach did they stop. They slaughtered 15 cats.

Many law enforcement officials came as did the news media. Papers and national TV aired the story. While the owner of the dogs was quickly identified it was never determined just how the dogs gained access to what we thought were secure areas.  Obviously, they were not secure enough.

The volunteers were devastated.  They fed them, cleaned their cages, and played with and petted them every day.  They loved these cats very much.

The ashes of Dusty, Big Boy, Pete, Ashby, Sebastian, Oreo, Wyndie, Tigger, Friendly, Sasha, Arby, Trixie, Heath, Toola, and Holly were scattered in the SOAR cemetery and a monument to their memory put in place. If you come to SOAR please stop by the cemetery and pay your respects.

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Angela And Merlin Find Homes

It has been one of the best weeks in quite some time for our furry friends — Cashmere and Whinnie, then Chomper, and now Angela…

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and Merlin…

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have found homes.

A kind friend who adopted from us in the past had rescued Angela and her 6 babies in Kure Beach.  After a short stay with us, she is off to live with the friend of the young man who not very long ago reclaimed Blackjack from us after he went missing four years earlier (see “Full Circle” post from April 2014).  That leaves us with 5 happy and healthy youngsters (one was adopted last week), now about 10 weeks old.  Merlin had an equally short stay with us after coming in from Animal Protective Services.  The easy going Chow should have no difficulty integrating into his new family, which includes a Border Collie/Chow mix of the same age.  Happy days, all.

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Cody And Will Return

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Back in April 2010, these two guys came to us as rambunctious little cuties, rescued from the wilds of nearby South Harbor along with their mother.  By that August, they were adopted.  Cody and Will they were then; now they are back as Caesar and Prince.  They must have missed our hospitality.  Read more about them on our Cats page.

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mr davesChomper Adoption071214Chomper was just too charming for new mom Linda at today’s HD Dave’s Pet Store/Joanne’s Loving Touch Pet Grooming adoption event, so off he went with her.  Enjoy, Chomper and Linda!

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mr davesJoin SOAR tomorrow (Saturday, July 11th) at HD Dave’s Pet Store and Joanne’s Loving Touch Pet Grooming – 5008 East Oak Island Drive – from 11am – 1pm for ADOPTION DAY!!!!!

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Whinnie&Cashmere051614Cashmere (L) and Whinnie will be continuing the friendship they cultivated while with us at SOAR with a new family in a new state.  Maybe it’s because I had very recently updated their profiles, or maybe they simply had put in their quota of appearances at Zeetlegoo’s Adoption Days–we’ll never know.  All we can say is that it couldn’t have happened to a sweeter pair of felines.

Whinnie had joined us in October 2013 via one of a number of exchanges we have completed over time with our friends at Adopt-An-Angel.  She had come to them via New Hanover County Animal Services.  Cashmere joined us with her newborns last July via Gary and Tammy from Oak Island Animal Control (Brunswick County Animal Protective Services).  I will especially miss her, as I with many other volunteers watched her blossom from a very tentative young mom to quite the self assured center of the social scene in the cattery.  Happy Days, girls!

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Irresistible Ridley

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This Chesapeake Bay Retriever is an absolute gem.  Catch up with Ridley on our Dogs page.

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