ADDITIONS AND ADOPTIONS

Time to catch you up on some SOAR comings and goings of the last week or two…

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and BENTLEYBentley0322162headed on down that old dusty road to their brand new homes, while we welcomed in…

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and BROWNIE.Brownie041916

See our Cats and Dogs pages for more on Tilley and Brownie.

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Greeter Alert!, Part 2

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Good news!  Puddin’ continues to take the lead in resurrecting the parking lot greeter function.  Here she is (background), exactly one week after her solo performance (“Greeter Alert!”, April 16), heading back to her office porch post after successfully luring Tabby Boy out of retirement.  At this rate the team should be back to full strength by Mother’s Day.

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SHE’S BACK!

Miss Dixie is back at SOAR today after completing her one week class at Canine Academy.Sparkie-Dixie Promo13It was a nice break for Dixie – a little vacation of sorts.  As for us, we got some good ideas for practices for our volunteers to consistently follow in their daily interactions with her. Most importantly, though, Dixie was evaluated to have the attributes to be a fine adoption candidate.

So now our search continues for a good adoptive parent candidate for Miss Dixie.  I have re-posted here our promotional piece on Dixie from April 17.  The assessment coming out of her week at Canine Academy is that she is fine with all dogs – large breed; small breed; in between – contrary to that part of the stipulation in the piece regarding “small animals.”  Take a look at the promo…take another look at her Canine Academy videos (April 21, “School Days”).  Give us a call @ 457-6340…

Have you met SOAR’s PET OF THE MONTH??

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Everyone, please say hello to Dixie, one beautiful girl who would like nothing more than to find a home of her very own.  It’s difficult to believe that this energetic sweetheart is 9 years old, but trust us – even though she has mellowed some and enjoys laying in her “hammock” a lot more than she once did, she still has plenty of life left in her.  Dixie is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier/Pit Bull Terrier mix who is very people affectionate: one of her favorite pastimes is to sit in your lap to get brushed; another is doggie massages; and her most favorite is giving lots of kisses!

There are some things, or stipulations, that her future owner must understand.  Most important is that Dixie cannot be around small animals (cats or small dogs, rabbits, birds, or guinea pigs).  Dixie has interacted with other dogs at the rescue and will probably be OK with another large breed dog and she’d need to have some trial time with them first, of course, but this girl would be most happy just being the one and only fur baby in her fur-ever home.

Dixie is a strong girl and because of this she would most likely be best suited for a young or middle aged single person or middle aged couple with no small children.  She walks well on a leash , but when she sees a cat, squirrel, etc., she is still quick and powerful and prone to want to chase.  A fenced in yard would be perfect for Dixie – but a comfy sofa is a requirement!

Her adoptive person/couple must agree to attend a training session that will be instructed by a professional trainer and provided by SOAR.

Dixie is a sweetheart, and despite a few “snags” in her past, she is a great dog who really just needs the right person to give her the love, attention, patience and understanding that she deserves to know.

Call Cathy @ 910-457-6340 today if you would like to schedule a time to meet this wonderful girl!

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ZEETLEGOO’S 04/23

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MOXY,                                                                            Zeetlegoo's0423165

BRANDY,                                                                       Zeetlegoo's0423166

ELVIS, SYDNEY and NINI.                                     Zeetlegoo's0423167

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Maybe we’ll see you again back at SOAR, or even maybe at the big Adoptathon weekend April 30-May 1 at the Shallotte Petsense store.  Happy Days!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            cat-paw-brown2                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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RED & SYDNEY

Sydney used to run around with Amy (“Amy & Sydney Followup” – March 5, 2016). Then Amy left us for greener pastures leaving Sydney with nobody to play with.  And then along came Red, and the world is right again…Red&Sidney Video041916

Now Red could play about as good as Sydney, but Sydney had one up on Red when it came to matters of self-assurance and overall doggie skills development, so Petra and I put Sydney to work as Red’s mentor in important developmental areas like being willing to hop into strange spaces…And…Voila!Red&Sydney041916

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TWIN ANGELS

Twins Donation0416162Happy Birthday Number 6 to Ava and Jonah!  Their big day is our big day too as you can see by the bounty of cat and dog goodies behind them.  For the last couple of years the twins have honored us on their day by collecting donations from their pals and adding some of their own with their birthday bucks.  What a terrific thing to do you kids!  See you for Number 7?

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SCHOOL DAYS

I caught up with our girl Dixie at Canine Academy today…

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There was an impressive exercise involving Dixie under control with the cherished tennis ball, followed by some leash training and social time that I caught on video…

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SOAR @ Petsense Adoptathon

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Come out and see us at the Petsense Spring Adoptathon event Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1.

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We will be there with some of our cats and dogs available for adoption as will several other local rescue groups.  The Shallotte Petsense store is just across the way from Belk.  We look forward to seeing you.

Also, don’t forget to stop by at Zeetlegoo’s Pet & People Store in Southport this Saturday (04/23) for our regular monthly adoption event there.  Meet and greet some of our cats and dogs.  Elvis will be making the trip from his foster home to be on hand.

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First Day Of Class

There’s our student…

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At 11:00 this morning, Dixie reported for the first of seven days of training at Canine Academy.  No, we don’t have an adoptive parent lined up already but we thought we’d go ahead and get some professional training for her now in the hope of bettering our chances of attracting a good candidate who would then join Dixie in another training session later. Things got off to a nice start with an unrestrained Dixie, in an unfamiliar place, engaging a resident Rottweiler mix boy in some very friendly play. Stay tuned for further reports.

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DIXIE

Have you met SOAR’s PET OF THE MONTH??

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Everyone, please say hello to Dixie, one beautiful girl who would like nothing more than to find a home of her very own.  It’s difficult to believe that this energetic sweetheart is 9 years old, but trust us – even though she has mellowed some and enjoys laying in her “hammock” a lot more than she once did, she still has plenty of life left in her.  Dixie is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier/Pit Bull Terrier mix who is very people affectionate: one of her favorite pastimes is to sit in your lap to get brushed; another is doggie massages; and her most favorite is giving lots of kisses!

There are some things, or stipulations, that her future owner must understand.  Most important is that Dixie cannot be around small animals (cats or small dogs, rabbits, birds, or guinea pigs).  Dixie has interacted with other dogs at the rescue and will probably be OK with another large breed dog and she’d need to have some trial time with them first, of course, but this girl would be most happy just being the one and only fur baby in her fur-ever home.

Dixie is a strong girl and because of this she would most likely be best suited for a young or middle aged single person or middle aged couple with no small children.  She walks well on a leash , but when she sees a cat, squirrel, etc., she is still quick and powerful and prone to want to chase.  A fenced in yard would be perfect for Dixie – but a comfy sofa is a requirement!

Her adoptive person/couple must agree to attend a training session that will be instructed by a professional trainer and provided by SOAR.

Dixie is a sweetheart, and despite a few “snags” in her past, she is a great dog who really just needs the right person to give her the love, attention, patience and understanding that she deserves to know.

Call Cathy @ 910-457-6340 today if you would like to schedule a time to meet this wonderful girl!

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Greeter Alert!

As some may have noticed, the SOAR parking lot greeter operation has been shut down since lead greeter “Little Kid” got promoted to the next world on February 10.  I am delighted to report that yesterday I saw evidence of possible new life stirring in that dormant function…

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Yes, that is our parking lot, and that is our sweet Puddin’ attaching herself to Paula’s right hand just as she gets out of her car to start work in the cattery.  That Puddin’ made the long trek from her usual station on the office house deck suggests that she could well be serious about leading Big Kid, Tabby Boy and Tortie Girl in a greeter revival.  Let’s hope.  It’s been long enough…

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ZOEY UPDATE

We’ve heard from Nancy and Ron on recent grad Zoey (February 2016)…Zoey021916…”Miss Perpetual Motion,”aided and abetted by a conveniently located lake to thrash around in, and a willing playmate in Samson, has not exactly reformed…Zoey Update2…but she has discovered the restorative powers of cushy household furnishings…Zoey Update

Thanks for checking in with us girl.  It’s just not the same anymore at the play yard swimming hole.

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Elvis & Nini Chronicles

Elvis has grown quite comfortable with the foster home lifestyle…Elvis Foster9…Hanging out with Sarah and Josh, Thomas the cat, and canine cousins Gracie, Angel and Sweetie, though exhausting at times, definitely suits him.  He dropped by SOAR for a visit last week and was looking very good.  There are almost daily postings on all things Elvis at Sarah and Josh’s Elvis Soar Facebook page.  Be sure to check them out.  Please call SOAR Director Cathy Robbins-Fitzgerald @ 457-6340 if you would like to meet with the boy.

Meanwhile, back at the shelter, sweet Nini awaits her big break.  We had been looking for something that would inspire her to burn some calories when we discovered that fetching the frisbee was just the ticket…Nini040516…Besides frisbee retrieval, Nini loves belly rubs.  She is excellent on the lead and great with commands.  We think she would thrive in a relatively quiet home.  A resident cat would be okay, but no other dogs in the home would probably be best for her.  Nini is a lovely girl – please consider her in your search for a companion animal.

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Joey Checking In

This has been quite the “Old Home Week” for us.  First, it was Roxy (“April Birthdays” Post) saying hello after 14 years, and now we have 2002 classmate Joey following suit.Joey UpdateJoey Update2Gwenda adopted the ageless Joey when he was two years old, so if my math is right…           She tells us that Joey is as sociable today as he was back then, when he was touted as an excellent “greeter dog.”  Here’s looking at you Joey boy…sorry I didn’t get to know you. Thanks to you Gwenda for shining your light on Joey.

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LADY BIRD

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Pretty Miss Lady Bird left our world behind last Friday.  She was a long time member of our FIV gang.  Lady Bird had liver failure.  See you some sunny day girl.

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Tickets On Sale

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Get your tickets for our 2016 Party Furr The Paws.  See our Events Page.

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April Birthdays

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First off, a very special birthday is being celebrated today.  We at SOAR send happy 14th birthday wishes to Roxy, SOAR class of 2002.Roxy Update2Roxy UpdateOn an October day of that year Betsy and her family visited SOAR – just one day after a very young Husky girl who we dubbed Lizzy Taylor showed up at our entrance, probably seeking shelter from a storm.  Well, almost before anyone (Jeannine?, John?, Anne Marie maybe?) could say “Lizzy T”, off she went with the family as Roxy – this time for just a little longer than a single night’s stay.  Right place, right time.  Congratulations birthday girl.  Cupcakes forever!  Thanks Betsy for the wonderful update.

And now for the rest of the happy birthdays…Zeetlegoo's0227168LOUIE (9)Zeetlegoo's0227169OLIVER (3)Nini0126162NINI (9)SammieZeetlegoos1226152SAMMIE (10)Sam0922152SAM (7)Midnight20828152MIDNIGHT II (5)Saki073115SAKI (7)

  

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CHECKING IN

This week we welcomed a brand new resident and heard from a distinguished alumnus. Milo arrived the other day…Milo040116.1…This super friendly 6 month old boy is profiled on our Cats page.  And, all the way from the great state of Kentucky our pal Kita says hi on the first anniversary of his adoption…Kita UpdateKita Update2…Lisa tells us that “Kita The Keets” is having the time of his life down on the farm.  Next to sending our kids off to great homes, hearing back from them is the best.  Thanks Lisa, and many more happy days to you and the boy.  Remember this?…Kita Adoption

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FOOLing Around

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“Hey, it’s never quite as simple as black and white…there ARE different degrees you know!”

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“Have yourself a ball with your cleanup…I’m going bowling!”

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Kids Helping Kids

Kids Donate032916SusieKids Donate0329162    …Louie and Tommy and the rest of the SOAR gang owe these young philanthropists big time for exchanging their Easter money for dog and cat gold.  You are special people, and we thank you.

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“GONE HOME”

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Bear Farewell BEAR

Amy and Oliver have been recently adopted by local families, while Bear has just hopped a ride to Florida to live with our founder Jeannine.  All came from Brunswick County Sheriffs Animal Protective Services.  Bear had the longest SOAR tenure of the three, having been our unpaid office assistant since his arrival last October.  A vision in white, the lovable Great Pyrenees will be especially missed.  Happy days all.

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ZEETLEGOO’s 03/26

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It was dog’s day out at the Zeetlegoo’s adoption event last Saturday with Elvis presiding over pals Charlie and Susie…Zeetlegoo's032616They had lots of admirers, but no takers this time around.  ”Thanks, Sarah and Dave.  We enjoyed it.”

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Just Arrived

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LEXI

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BENTLEY

These two kids are making their debut at SOAR.  See their profiles on our Dogs page.

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YAY QUEENIE!

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Recently, Miss Queenie went to stay with our volunteer Jill and her husband as their guest and evidently did nothing to wear out her welcome.  So, she is now officially a member of the family.  Good for you kid!  That closes the books on the Buttercup-Jo Jo-Queenie gang – all safe and sound in new homes.  Thanks for giving Queenie her second chance folks.  Happy days girl.

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INTRODUCING RED!

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This guy is a beauty.  See his profile on our Dogs page, and see him in action in this short video.  IMG_4003 Red Video

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