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!
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!
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!!!!!!
Our dogs will be toastier this Winter in their new K-9 Kondos seen below.
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.
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!
Just in time for Christmas! Superior Portraits will be at Sand2Suds Pet Grooming on Oak Island, Monday November 10th from 12-8pm. Go by and sign up for a time. There is a $15.00 session fee due when you sign up. At that time you will be given a certificate for a free 8×10 of your choice. They will be offering several different settings incl. Christmas and fall. Also offering different packages to choose from incl. Christmas cards. And the best part…. all proceeds made by Sand2Suds for the session fees WILL BE DONATED TO S.O.A.R! So go on in and get some great pictures made and help our local no kill shelter! Please call with any questions you may have. — at Sand2Suds Pet Grooming. 910.278.1111
…And in recognition of this important day, we are spotlighting young brothers Casper and Blizzard.
These two cuties are almost 6 months old. They have been with us since they were little babies. Their mother, Angela, and four other brothers and sisters joined us in May of this year. We have been chronicling the family’s journey to adoption over these recent months (07/14 – “Angela And Merlin Find Homes”; 07/18 – “Angela’s Kittens”; 08/06 – “While They’re Young”), and now it has come down to Casper and Blizzard. We hope it will soon be their time. See more about them on our Cats page.
For many of us at SOAR the 2014 Major League Baseball playoffs and World Series aren’t our only source of ball playing entertainment these days. When it comes to that, we have a couple of girls who can put on just as good a show right here in our exercise yard…and they can do it any time of the year! They are 6-year old Baby and 8-year old Dixie, two SOAR veterans (Baby is closing in on 5 years with us; Dixie on 6) who obviously have plenty of life left in those lookalike bodies. Each of them on their own would make a fine addition to at least a moderately active family. And the two together….well, that would be doubling your fun…
Dixie (L) and Baby queue up for the ceremonial first toss.
The girls report back for more (and more) duty, completing many fetch-and-return runs. Our throwing arms usually give out before the girls can reach their running limits.
Energy spent, Baby proudly displays the tools of her trade…
Poor Lyla — she’s going to have to get a new boyfriend (09/16/14 Post – “Love Will Find A Way”), as the dashing Mr. Owen has found himself a nice new home. Owen dropped by the shelter today with his adoptive dad…
…to brag on his exciting new lifestyle as a beach boy. Awesome, dude! Just don’t forget your friends back at the shelter. Stay in touch.
Meet Bonne Nuit (aka BK – Blind Kitty) – she has been chosen as the 2015 Peoples Choice Winner in the SOAR Cutest Pet Calendar Contest. You can see her on the front cover of the calendars which are now available for pre-order for $14.00 each plus shipping (1-4 calendars $3 or 5-10 calendars $5). You can order by sending your information and check to SOAR or by paypal or credit card on the website (just click on the donate button – be sure to put “calendar order” and the number of calendars in the “message” box). Don’t forget to include your name, address and phone number.
Thank You to everyone that entered your pet. And Thank You to all our local businesses that placed an ad in the calendar! There is no way that we could have a successful fundraiser without your support!
SOAR, and the world, lost a great woman this past Saturday. Louise Burevitch died. She was 97. She was an animal lover and great philanthropist. She gave so generously to so many organizations and causes and a lot of them were animal related. She was one of SOAR’s greatest benefactors; second only to the person who founded SOAR, Jeannine Bicknell. We will miss her. Please read her obituary and you will get a sense of the wonderful person that she was. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/rockymounttelegram/obituary.aspx?n=louise-oriole-burevitch&pid=172543276
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…
…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.
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!