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A beautiful day it was yesterday for our adoption event at Zeetlegoo’s featuring Libby, Lyla, Ryan, Keyo and Missy…

Libby gets right to the point…Zeetlegoo's07251513…Mary checks her grip on Lyla…Zeetlegoo's0725154…and Dan tries the coy approach to handing out treats to Ryan…Zeetlegoo's0725155…while Keyo and Missy…                                                Zeetlegoo's07251510 Zeetlegoo's0725159…   go into their “pretty kitty” routine.  Owner Rae Keane has Libby and Lyla’s undivided attention…Zeetlegoo's0725152…and I am enthralled by some amazing cat tales being told by this little cutie from BSL.Zeetlegoo's07251514      It was great to see Libby again.Zeetlegoo's0725157 Thank you Sarah and Josh for taking such good care of her.

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SOAR In The News

StarNews reporter Tom Grady writes a regular Saturday column called Animal Tales. Tom highlighted our “Rescue The Rescue” campaign in his column today.  If you do not get the StarNews or missed his piece, I have attached a reprint below.  Thanks, Tom for making your readership aware of this very important effort on SOAR’s part.

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This guy went home with our volunteer Nancy (R) on Wednesday…                                                                                                      OliverDog Adoption…He’s the Oliver who joined us with Bentley and Maddie back in May.  Happy days, bud.  Make sure your Mom brings you by for a visit every now and then.  Now, there’s the Oliver who joined us with Jed earlier this month…See him on our Dogs page.

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Our sweet little Noir (Noire) left the FIV House last Saturday to start the next phase of her life with Robin and cat Snaggletooth.

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Noir and her kittens Othello, Onyx and Oliver – the “O’Boys” – joined us just over two years ago.  Noir tested positive for FIV but her kids did not.  Othello was adopted in early 2014. Early this year Onyx was adopted by a Vet Tech at Southport Animal Hospital as part of an exchange in which we received Frankie (who was since adopted).  Now Mom has found a home, leaving Oliver as the last of the clan members to be placed.  Happy days, Noir.  We’ll be taking good care of Oliver until his special day arrives.

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More Alumni Updates

Eric and family report that for Baxter, Benji Update2 whom they adopted from us as Benji back in March, the good times keep on rolling.

Ron and Susan just sent us these pics of Bentley Bentley Update     Bentley Update2 getting all the love he can handle in his first month with them.

Thanks for the updates everyone.  Party on Baxter and Bentley!

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Meet Mr. Ryan


This good looking Lab boy made his SOAR debut on Tuesday.  See his profile on our Dogs page.

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Now that Gus has moved to Florida, Sarah and Josh have taken Libby into their foster care. Libby052315 And just yesterday, Jim and Susan picked up Maddie to begin a fostering arrangement with her. Maddie Foster2 We are very grateful to our friends who are willing to foster.  They help us immensely in preparing our rescues to successfully begin or resume life as beloved pets.  Please call us (457-6340) if you would like to be a foster parent for one of our kids.

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Lola Update

Long after Lyla, but just a bit before Layla, we had Lola.  Lola was adopted by Erica at the end of last year, just a couple of weeks after arriving from Animal Protective Services.                                                                   Lola Adoption2 That’s Lola to the right with Erica and Gracie on adoption day.  Erica, Gracie and Lola have since moved to Pennsylvania.  Lola has gained about 20 healthy pounds.  She enjoys going on hikes, and loves those tennis balls. We love those alumni updates.  Thanks Erica.  Hey, Lola.                                                 Lola Post-Adoption  Lola Post-Adoption2

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You Go, Gussie!

Gus AdoptionAs I tap out this post, our lovable Coonhound Gus should be sniffing about his new Tampa, FL home.  He left SOAR yesterday with parents Andy and Marlowe.  The desired outcome in the ‘business’ of animal rescue is adoption, but it really isn’t businesslike at all. This is especially true in cases like Gus’s.  Gus leaves us well over 5 years after he was rescued with Libby as a stray.  Some of us have been around here since that beginning. Strong bonds are formed making it hard to say goodbye.  Yesterday was difficult for me and some sadness definitely lingers today.  I salute you Gussie.  Go with the wind!

Thank you Josh and Sarah for all you have done for Gus.  Thank you Andy and Marlowe for adopting.  Gus, Libby says goodbye and don’t forget.

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Jed & The Hosers


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New guy Jed wasn’t especially amused with Layla “putting on her little girlie show” (those were his words, not mine) the other day (“Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days Of Layla“).  He picked today to lash back with a little impromptu performance of his own.  That’s our Kennelmaster and part-time session man John Hollis accompanying on the ‘Bass Hose.’ You should come out to see our talented gang at SOAR.  The entertainment is always free.

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Little Minion


This is little 9-week old Minion who’s luck turned from very bad to very good thanks to one Good Samaritan.  Read Minion’s story on our Kittens page.

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Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days Of Layla


“Ahhh, this is the life”…


                  “The pause that refreshes”…


                “MY pool!”…


“Oh just a little longer – pleeez


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                       JED                                            OLIVER

Say hello to the newest boys on the kennels block…More about Jed and Oliver (No. 2) on our Dogs page.

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Thank You Adena Volleyball!

For the third year the visiting Adena, OH volleyball team ladies rolled up their sleeves for SOAR.  Following their tournament in hot and muggy Myrtle Beach they somehow had enough left in the tank to “man” the hoses, scrub brushes and pruning shears under the hot Southport sun.

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Thanks everyone…

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You are good friends.  We look forward to seeing you next year.


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These kids have joined us at SOAR this month…

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                             IZZY                                                      SHILOH


                                                            KEYO & MISSY

 …See their profiles on our Cats and Kittens pages.                                                                                                      

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Hooray For Bentley Too!

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Well I almost forgot…Madison wasn’t our only kid to ‘leave the nest’ on Friday!  Bentley moved to a new Southport address as well, with Ron and Susan.  He (as “Dierks”) had moved in from Animal Protective Services in May along with Maddie and Oliver.  Bentley’s papers were signed by the end of the month, but he was on a delayed departure.  His placement through SOAR as an Animal Protective Services transfer makes him number 33 in that category since the beginning of 2013.  Bentley could care less about that of course, but it makes us happy.

Go with the wind boy, and keep in touch.

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We had a very pleasant time at Zeetlegoo’s yesterday, in spite of the heat.  A steady stream of admirers passed by our setup.  Louie was classic Louie – steadfastly blase about the whole affair… Zeetlegoo's06272…Little Shiloh acted like a kitten…Zeetlegoo's06273 Zeetlegoo's06276…and Maddie and Oliver were ever on the lookout for the next wave of treat toting dog lovers…Zeetlegoo's0627 Maddie even got in some play time behind the store with a visiting English Retriever named Spanky.  I guess it wore her out.  See if you can find her in this group picture…Zeetlegoo's06275

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Hooray For Madison!

Our sweet Maddy went to a new Southport address yesterday.

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We have had the pleasure of her company from the time she joined us in October of 2013, following the passing of her owner and long time SOAR volunteer, Pat Krueger.  She has been a big favorite among the volunteers and will be missed.  Happy days, girl.

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Sadie Update

Sadie’s mom, Judy, just checked in with us.  Going on about 3 1/2 months now, the living is still easy on Oak Island for the girl.  Sadie062515  Thanks for the update Judy, and thanks for adopting.  Go Sadie!

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Where In The World Is Baby?

Has anyone seen this girl?   Baby Adoption  Her kennel – the same one she has called home for well over 4 years now – has been empty since last Friday and some of us are starting to worry.  And what is she doing in the back of that strange vehicle anyway?  Well could it be?…What?…It is true!  Baby has finally found a real home, in Calabash, with Barbara and Mike.  Baby Adoption3 Whoa, this is a biggie in the annals of SOAR!  We don’t know why it took Baby so long, but that’s the way it goes sometimes with us.  In the end, we all got our big reward.

It was a joy to have known and taken care of Baby, and that joy we will surely miss.  Rock on, girl!  How about a visit every now and then?  Thanks for giving Baby her big break, Barbara and Mike.  Happy days with the girl.

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Sonny Update

All is well with our boy Sonny, who made his getaway back on May 1 (May Archives…”Sonny Goes Home”).  Yes, the Illinois life seems to be suiting him just fine, his parents report.  In a nod to his roots, Sonny’s new name is “Beaches.”

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Thanks for the update folks.  We look forward to the next one.

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“We HAD Kittens!” – UPDATE

The remaining two boys from the abandoned litter of 4 were adopted late this week. Thanks go to our rescuer and to the adoptive parents; speaking of which, here’s a picture of kitten no. 4 with his adoptive mom on departure day…

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Check out our Facebook page for more nice pics and some comments from Mom.

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Please Help Rescue S.O.A.R.

Southport/Oak Island Animal Rescue (S.O.A.R.) DESPERATELY needs your help! Please donate to our GoFundMe campaign for S.O.A.R. to Purchase S.O.A.R.

S.O.A.R. has always been a privately owned rescue and receives no funding from the county or state. We are trying to purchase the land where our rescue currently operates! We have until October 31st, 2015 to raise $100,000.00 or the property will go on the market. We have tried to get a loan – but with us being a non-profit – we show no profits – which makes it difficult to qualify for a loan. We have applied for grants – but for now – that’s just a “wait and see” process!

S.O.A.R. does so many wonderful things for abandoned and forgotten animals! We provide shelter, healthy food, medicines if needed and most of all LOVE! We have one paid full-time employee and 1 paid part-time employee – everything else is done by our dedicated and faithful volunteers!

Dogs and cats offer such unconditional love – but so many times they are seen as “disposable”. But we can give them a 2nd chance! We can help them to find a new “furr”ever home! And we have done just that for thousands of cats and dogs over the past 20 years and with your help we can do the same for thousands more over the next 20 years.

Please donate if you can and share this post and GoFundMe page with as many people as you can. Thank you for your kindness!

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SOAR Coverage On WECT Tonight!

Petsense0531152 WECT News will air a feature story on SOAR during tonight’s 6:00 PM broadcast.

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Kentucky Kita – UPDATE

Lisa has just reported in on our good buddy “Kita The Keets”, whom she adopted back on March 31 (see April Archives).  Kita1 Seems he is having the time of his life, “down on the farm.”  Please visit our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SOARanimalrescue), where you can read Lisa’s report and see some nice Kita pics.

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