Category Archives: Long Timer Spotlight

And Here It Is – 2017

Yep, yep, yep – the new year has come. I look at all that I let fall to the wayside last year. I look at the political landscape and the world in general. My response to both is “Oh my!” and not in the cool George Takei way. But we stand tall, shoulders straight, and we step forward to do what each of us can to make this world a better place.


Lost and discarded pets fill my Facebook news feed and I turn my attention back to where my education and advocacy began – the Wake County Animal Center (WCAC). I need to get back to my roots – taking pictures of pups to replace their crazy scared intake photos. Be sure and check back to see the sweeties looking for their furever homes in 2017.


In the meantime, let’s take a look at a couple of long timers who are looking for their perfect family.

Lady Bell* (113184)

Lady Bell
Lady Bell

Yes, she’s chilling out in a great foster home, but she’s been in the system since June 2015 and she really just wants a family to call her very own. Lady Bell is no slouch and is looking for a home where she’ll get lots of training and exercise. Her foster momma says some of Lady Bell’s favorite things are “playing with other dogs, running, wrestling with other dogs, playing in the water, belly rubs, treats and chew toys.” Here are few pics of her enjoying life.



She does need a house rather than an apartment, and a good fence as she loves to jump. Also, small children and feisty cats are not a good match for her active, curious ways. So, if you’re looking for someone to do things with – agility, walks, runs, dock diving – contact Lady Bell’s foster momma at


Junior* (124955)


Being a Staffy fan, I just can’t resist this face. Junior is a 4-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier who has been in the shelter system since November 2015. He’s currently in foster care getting lots of love and heartworm treatment.

He has what I consider classic Pittie traits, loves lots of human attention and just being a couch potato until you bring out his tennis ball or dinner bowl. He can be shy, so he needs slow proper introductions with both humans and dogs and would probably do best in a quiet home.

Email the shelter to talk with her foster family and get all the great details.

Remember, when you’re looking for that new family member, check out your local rescues and shelters. The WCAC is open seven days a week from noon until 6 PM. You can start your search by checking out the gallery here

*click on a pup’s name to go straight to their page on the WCAC website

Did you forget about us?

A couple of weeks ago this nice lady came to the shelter and took our picture. She was funny the way she kept opening the door and then quickly shutting it when we stuck our noses out. She was very gentle and never pinched any of our noses in the door.

We hijacked her blog this week ‘cause … well … we’re still here at the shelter … and damnit, we want to find our forever families!

Batman (ID: 228239)

I’m Batman! I am one cool dude and am looking for my crime fighting partner. I’ve been around for over seven years, so yes, I’ve been through some ups and downs. I’m not soft, but my fur is luxurious – an awesome feature for pets and cuddles. Hey, someone has to be there for the Batman … and I’m thinking that someone is you!

Chance (ID: 118173)

“If you change your mind, I’m the first in line … Honey I’m still free … Take a chance on me…” Too cheesy? I’m willing to give it a try if the melodies will take me into your heart. This ol’ girl has been around the block a few times in her 15 years, but I’m all love. Please stop by the WCAC and give me a cuddle. I just know you’ll see me for the lovely lady I am.

Cinnamon (ID: 118231)

Everyone talks about being spicy. Well, I’m Cinnamon and I’m that subtle spice that just makes the dish better without being all up in your face. I’m a little over five years old – a good age for just being your companion without a whole lot of demands. Let me be that little something that makes your life better.

Cinnamon (WCAC ID: 118231)
Cinnamon (WCAC ID: 118231)

Brody (ID: 118292) & Brian (118294)

Dudes! Us bros need some love, man. We’re eight years old, but I wouldn’t call us grumpy old men. We’re just a little more refined and sophisticated than your average off-the-wall kittens. We’d like to go home together, but would love being your one and only. Hubba-hubba, baby.

Donovan (ID: 118381)

Ladies, ladies … ignore those old coots. I’m three years old so you know I still got lots of fun in me. I know how to keep you warm on those cold winter nights … and trust me, they will be back and you want me there. I’m a modern man who knows how to listen and I’m here to do just that.

Trouble (ID: 118417)

My name is Trouble, but I am anything but trouble. I am a sweet one-year-old kitty who loves people. I am easy to pick up and hold and have a great purr. I previously lived in a home with children ages 2, 3, and 5 and we all got along great. I am very affectionate and playful. When it comes to bedtime, I like to sleep with you.  If you are looking for an all-around great kitty, please come meet me and give me a chance to win your heart.

When we go to our new homes, we will be spayed/neutered, have all our vaccinations, a microchip and tested for FIV/FLV.

So, that’s who we are. We’re here waiting for you. They open the doors every day of the week at noon so please stop by and get to know us.

Wake County Animal Center, 820 Beacon Lake Drive, Raleigh, NC 27610  919-212-PETS (7387)


Clyde Davis

WCAC ID: 106689

Happy Halloween! Sweet Clyde Davis has a lobster love for you and he wants you to know that he’s worth it.

Clyde Davis (WCAC ID: 106689)
Clyde Davis (WCAC ID: 106689)

Clyde is almost three years old and has been in the shelter since July. He’s a beautiful black and white American Staffordshire Terrier.

“I am a fun, out-going guy looking for a great family to give me a great life! I’m a guy who loves to go on walks and because I AM GOOD ON LEASH, we can go on lots of them in a park or around the lake. I like to play in a yard so let’s have fun as you teach me how to fetch! I KNOW SIT and because I am treat-motivated, I’m sure to learn more! I APPEAR HOUSETRAINED TOO! If you are looking for a good boy who’s just looking to give love and get love back and make a family very happy, then I’m your boy!”

Clyde Davis is a volunteer favorite. Stop by the WCAC today and visit him. I’m sure they’ll be someone there to tell you even more great stuff about this sweet sweet boy.

The WCAC is always full of great animals looking for their furever homes. They are located at 820 Beacon Lake Drive and open daily from noon to 6:00 p.m. You can also check out the adoption gallery to look for your new love.


WCAC ID: 106788

This sweet girl has been sitting in the shelter since July. It’s time for her furever family to come forward!.

Elena (WCAC ID: 106788)
Elena (WCAC ID: 106788)

“Hello, my name is Elena and I’m longing for an active family who will cherish me for all eternity!

“I’m a very sweet, energetic girl who has a lot of love to give as long as you promise to give me lots of love, cudldles, and belly rubs in return! The nice volunteers here think I’m so pretty and they say I’ll make the perfect pet! I know SIT, DOWN and I WALK WELL ON A LEASH! I appear HOUSE-TRAINED too! I love to get a yummy treat after a nice walk or just for being a good girl!

“I seem to like other dogs, but adjustment time and proper introductions are a must for me when I’m meeting new dogs for the first time. A volunteer took me on a nice walk around Lake Lynn and I had a great time. I rode well in the car and politely waited my turn to get out. I loved all the people and dogs I met. I listened well and tried really hard to walk nicely on leash. With a little training and practice I won’t pull at all. I was friendly when I approached all the other dogs, but I may be an active player. I actually prefer the attention of people to dogs!

“My adoption fee includes my spay surgery, vaccinations, microchip and more. ADOPT ME TODAY and let’s live a life of elegance together, forever!

Elena (WCAC ID: 106788)
Elena (WCAC ID: 106788)

“Ecstatically, Elena”

Elena is terrific. Stop by the WCAC today and ask to see her in the back yard where she really shines.

The WCAC is always full of great animals looking for their furever homes. They are located at 820 Beacon Lake Drive and open daily from noon to 6:00 p.m. You can also check out the adoption gallery to look for your new love.


WCAC ID: 104287

Such a cool looking one year old Am Staff. These pictures show just a hint of the personality you know is hidden behind those eyes.

I’d write more, but his foster mom says it so well in his bio.

“My name is Beanie and someone once described me as a “big ball of happy”. My foster mom completely agrees with this description. She says walking with me is like walking with a movie star. Not only am I a stunning boy, I also remind people of the dog Petey from the Little Rascals.

“I love being with my people, and will be there to assist with any household chores that need done. Well, I may not be a big help, but I will stay by your side and give you snuggles as you work. I have been a great companion to all of the foster dogs in my foster family. My foster mom will show you how to properly introduce me to new friends if you already have a dog in the family.

“I am a big guy, so I will probably do best with older children; although, I have been a sweetheart to the children I have met on walks. Speaking of being a big boy, I have to admit that I pull on the leash during walks. I am fully housetrained, and I am good about going in my crate at night to sleep. I haven’t ever met a cat, but I am a squirrel chaser, so I may be a cat chaser, as well.

“My foster mom has spent a lot of time making sure that I have grown up to be a good boy and that my skin is healthy. If you have the time to devote to continuing my training, please contact my foster mom at”

The WCAC is always full of great animals looking for their furever homes. They are located at 820 Beacon Lake Drive and open daily from noon to 6:00 p.m. You can also check out the adoption gallery to look for your new love.

Happy (belated) Pit Bull Appreciation Day

I’m a list/process queen. I use project management software to keep my personal life organized and I’m composing this post in my notebook where I keep shorter lists to remind me of my daily tasks. Why do I do all this? Because if I don’t, I get it in my head that National Pit Bull Awareness Day is October 28th when it’s really October 25th. D’oh!

I hope you have all celebrated appropriately. I am spending the day on the couch with my own sweet Pibble.

I also need to catch you up on a few available pups at the Wake County Animal Center (WCAC), as I did miss a couple of days during this month of Pibbles.


WCAC ID: 105253

Tiger was surrendered in late June with her harness embedded in her skin, which caused her skin to get infected. She’s about two years old and still is full of puppiness. Her foster family is teaching her all sorts of cool things like playing appropriately with her foster fur family, good leash manners, and crate training.

“With the good life in my sights, we should meet up because I am spayed and ready to go home with you today!!!”


WCAC ID: 105673

This little Am Staff is only eight months old and came in with a horrible case of Demodex. Look at the amazing progress she’s made with her foster family in the last 114 days.


WCAC ID: 106628

She’s a beautiful blue and white Am Staff who is a shy “little” thing at two years old and 80 lbs.

She walks well on a leash and will give you a little nudge for affection. She loves the solace of sitting in the grass with you and being petted.


WCAC ID: 106648

This sweet little Am Staff has something to say.

“Hi there! Welcome to my world! My name is Katie and as you can see I’m a fairly small brindle female and I’ve been told that I’m cute as a button! I’m already 2 years old so I won’t get any bigger either. My Foster parents love me because I’m small and super friendly.

“I’m typically quiet in my kennel and wait patiently to go out for my daily walks. I am heart-worn positive and will need treatment when adopted, but my heart is as big as they come. I want nothing more than to lay in your lap and soak up all the loving you can dish out.

“I am a dream on a leash and am great with my foster brother and my kitten sister , but proper introductions to new animals are a must, as with any dog. I am a LOVE BUG! I consider myself to be happy-go-lucky as I’m easy going and get along with most everyone. I love being around people and can’t wait to be adopted by a nice family. Please visit me today and see how loving I am!

“Lots of love – Katie”

The WCAC is always full of great animals looking for their furever homes. They are located at 820 Beacon Lake Drive and open daily from noon to 6:00 p.m. You can also check out the adoption gallery to look for your new love.


WCAC ID: 100115

Leia (WCAC ID: 100115)
Leia (WCAC ID: 100115)

“Dear Forever Family,

“I can NOT wait to meet YOU!!! After being at the shelter since April I finally got to go to a HOME with my foster family. I LOVE HOME. My foster mom says I was meant to have my very own because I am a special girl. I can’t wait to get one.

Leia (WCAC ID: 100115)
Leia (WCAC ID: 100115)

“Here at my foster home, I get to sleep in my own crate. My bed is so cushy I really like to be on it in my crate. I don’t cry or bark when I am in there, but I did chew on my bed just a little (I wanted to see what made it so cushy) so my foster mom wrapped a sheet around it and she lets me take keep a stuffed toy to chew on instead. I have a BONE too. And a basket full of toys. I like to take the toys out of the basket one at a time and put them in my crate.

Leia (WCAC ID: 100115)
Leia (WCAC ID: 100115)

“Every morning when my foster mom comes to get me she says “good morning Leia” and I smile so big my eyes look like they are closed. It makes her laugh. She says my face gets all wrinkled and I look like I have “billy bob teeth”. I don’t know what that means, but it makes her smile and rub me so it must be OK.

“She says I am a smart girl because I am already learning to sit when she asks me to, and because when she gives me treats I take them gently from her. She said I should tell you that I am sweet and affectionate and that I have been nice to every person I have met. I wag my tail like a helicopter when people talk to me. My foster family has 3 boys with lots of friends so I have gotten to meet lots of new people. It was the boys that decided to call me Leia after a PRINCESS in a movie…something about my ears looking like her hair.

Leia (WCAC ID: 100115)
Leia (WCAC ID: 100115)

“Sometimes when I get very excited I like to put my mouth on your arm or your hand (I don’t think I am supposed to do that because my foster mom squirted me with a water bottle when I did…I didn’t like that so I am trying to remember not to do that anymore). I have already figured out if I go to the door someone will let me out in the yard and since that is where I go potty I just go to the door if I want to potty. I also go to the door if I want to go out and play with my foster brother. I like to run and make him chase me… we wrestle and play tug of war and go for walks together. He can play pretty rough but I don’t mind.

Leia (WCAC ID: 100115)
Leia (WCAC ID: 100115)

“Before I came to my Foster home I had some other fur friends too, but I am pretty picky about my fur friends, I don’t like every one. So if you already have a dog we should probably meet before you decide if your home can be my home too. I don’t have any cats at my foster house so I am not sure how I feel about them. Maybe I will get a chance to meet one and you can ask my foster mom how I did.

“If you are looking for a happy, smart, pretty, perfect size princess movie star…then I am your girl. Please call or email my foster mom Michele at 919-414-8838 or and she will tell you ALL about me.

Leia (WCAC ID: 100115)
Leia (WCAC ID: 100115)

“Love, Leia”

The WCAC is always full of great animals looking for their furever homes. They are located at 820 Beacon Lake Drive and open daily from noon to 6:00 p.m. You can also check out the adoption gallery to look for your new love.


And no, we’re not talking about the month …

WCAC ID: 60405

“Hi I am November (#60405), a 3 year old spayed love bug, and I am in a foster home waiting for my forever family.

November (WCAC ID: 60405)
November (WCAC ID: 60405)

“I live with a 2 and 3 year old, and boy do I love them! They give great belly rubs and lots of treats, which I like. And that will also be a good thing for training me – and while I don’t want to brag, I am already house trained (I sit at the door when I want to go out), crate trained, sleep quietly through the night, know sit, lie down, we’re working on drop it – and I don’t get on furniture unless I am asked. I also am pretty good on a leash once I get all my sniffing out (which is a vital part of any dog walk – there’s all that pee-mail they have to check).

“I listen very well to gentle corrections, so I think you’ll find it easy to help me learn how to be the perfect dog for you! I am very attentive to my people, love my daily walks and just hanging around with the family. I’ve also enjoyed walks in the park with other dogs, but slow introductions with new dogs are always important.

“My foster family thinks I’m pretty great, and bets you will think so too!

“Love bug November, signing off for now – until you come meet me and maybe find I’m the right new dog for your family! Contact my foster family directly at

The WCAC is always full of great animals looking for their furever homes. They are located at 820 Beacon Lake Drive and open daily from noon to 6:00 p.m. You can also check out the adoption gallery to look for your new love.


WCAC ID: 104743

Are you blue? I know just what can fix you up … a blue Am Staff Terrier!

Cents is a sweet girl who is almost three and a half years old. While at the shelter, volunteers found her to be one of the gentlest dogs there. She is currently living the good life in foster care, but is really looking for a family of her own to bond with.

“I look forward to meeting you! You will see we make a lot of sense together. Get it, sense, cents. Hee, hee, hee.”

If you are interested in learning more about Cents or to arrange a meet and greet, please email and we will put you in touch with her foster family.

The WCAC is always full of great animals looking for their furever homes. They are located at 820 Beacon Lake Drive and open daily from noon to 6:00 p.m. You can also check out the adoption gallery to look for your new love.