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I’m done with why. Why did this animal end up at the Wake County Animal Center (WCAC)? Why did their owner surrender this sweetheart? I’m done with it because the stories/reasons/excuses are either going to tear out my heart or make me want to punch someone in the throat.

Monday night I spent a little time with each of these darlings – falling in love with each.

Gladys (136850) – she gave me the Ruby look so I had to take her picture. She’s got a deposit – woo hoo! She’s super skinny and despite having just arrived that day she was all wiggles. She wasn’t looking for pets, just someone to be with her – and get a bite – and sit next to you – and get a drink – and come back to sit next to me.

Socks (136504) – a distinguished gentleman of 13 years looking to be your one and only fur baby.

Nesquick (136588) – a cute little girl just two years old looking for fun in all the best places.

Oh, my, gosh, Scrappy (136601) broke my heart when she pressed herself in the corner and would not come out. She’d gone from living in a back yard with her doggy sister to being alone in this weird smelling, loud place. She’s become a volunteer fav and is coming out of her shell.

UPDATE: Scrappy has gone to rescue!

Dusty (136527) – a lady of 13 years. Won’t you make her life whole again with a fureverfamily?

Sebastian (136855) – too much of a gorgeous boy to be a stray.

And Clinton (136390) is just your typical happy gentle-treat-taking Pittie. And such a handsome boy!

Okay, I will ask “Why?” Why are you still looking at these pics and not on your way to the WCAC to meet your new best friend?

Do Something

I get into ruts, whether it’s eating, exercising, or volunteering at the Wake County Animal Center (WCAC). I go to bed telling myself that tomorrow I’m going to do something.

Last night after work I went to the WCAC to take pictures of some of the newer arrivals. It’s what I can do. Sometimes, especially when you see all that others are doing, it can feel like you’re being a real slacker. You need to ignore that voice because the combined effort of all our little works will make this world a better place. So do something – anything – even that small thing of sharing this blog post to promote these precious ones looking for their furever homes.

Ebony is an adorable smallish dog who was surrendered yesterday because her owners felt they could no longer take proper care of her. She’s six and a half years old. She’s a bit standoffish, but I can see sweetness and cuddles just below the surface waiting to spring forward when she finds that furever family she can trust again.

Sis is just three months old. She and her Bro came in as strays so it will be a few days before they’re officially available for adoption. Such a sweet little thing, just looking for that furever person who will love and train her.

Such a happy girl! Pixie is two years old and a perfect sized Pittie mix. And who doesn’t love a redhead? You know, every picture I took of this girl was fabulous, except the ones where she was a blur happiness.

Bebop’s kennel card says “I Heart Treats.” She does. A five-year-old girl with a lot of bounce who loves treats. Just imagine all the cool tricks she can learn being so treat motivated.

I have a friend who loves an underbite, so of course I had to take a photo op with Kiera. She’s seven years old and heartworm positive. She needs her furever family. I didn’t get a picture of her tail, but it just adds to her look of being part piggy.

Looking for a cat, but don’t like cats? Asiago is the boy for you, ‘cause he don’t want no stinkin’ cats in his furever family either. He’s six years old, but still a total ham.

Saffie and Megan didn’t have much to say to me. Then again, if I was a cat who was surrendered just a couple of days ago at 14 years of age I don’t think I’d be greeting every big head that came up to my cozy little cubby either.

And I ended with an oddity, a kitten who didn’t have an adoption pending sign on his kennel card. It’s rather curious. He is a super cutie and was very intrigued by the feather toy I used to play with him. Jimmy is just eight weeks old and has the coolest whiskers and eyebrows!

Share my post. Go down to the WCAC. They’re open daily from noon until 6 PM. Click HERE and become a volunteer – somebody had to cuddle these sweeties. Like the Friends of Wake County Animal Center Facebook page to hear about all the little (and big) things you can do to be part of the solution.

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)


Who Needs You?

Chica (WCAC ID: 113177)

She is a beautiful little pup who’s about 8 months old. Chica loves to play with people and other dogs. Please stop by and visit her – she’s ready for love, a soft bed, and great training.

Shonda (WCAC ID: 113928)

Shonda is a sweet puppy who has gone through some rough times in the first 8 months of her life. She needs someone that will help her grow into the beautiful girl she is. She deserves a gentle touch and lots of love.

Wasabi (WCAC ID: 113967)

At a year old this little girl has a whole lot of puppy antics. She was so cute with the way she was bouncing around that I had to take a little video.

Mickey (WCAC ID: 114026)

If you’re looking for a little boy, this is your guy. He’s a year old and a charmer with those ears. I’d like to talk more about him, we had a very good time during his photo shoot, but I am distracted by those ears – I LOVE THEM!


You can learn more about these sweeties by going to the WCAC Adoption Gallery web page and looking up their ID number. You’ll find out all the particulars and some insights in their bios.

The WCAC is open seven days a week from noon to 6:00 PM. Stop by and see who needs you and who you need.


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 iammom3b@gmail.com 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.


WCAC ID: 101250

My name is Tyson and I am … A Big Teddy Bear!

Tyson (WCAC ID: 101250)
Tyson (WCAC ID: 101250)

I was in the shelter for 30 days and I was heartbroken that I didn’t have a home. I stopped eating and lost weight and got depressed. But I got a foster home and I like it here a lot. I love my walks and all the neighbors in my neighborhood think I am awesome. I like everyone – adults, kids and dogs. My foster family has a little Chihuahua who did not like the last dog that they found and brought home, but she likes me. I can sit, I take treats gently, and I am good on a leash.

Tyson (WCAC ID: 101250)
Tyson (WCAC ID: 101250)

Best of all I do not get on the furniture or steal food even when I could very easily get it off the kitchen table. I am very polite that way. I have showed no interest in toys but I love a peanut butter Kong every day! I am a very low energy guy who loves to lie out on the deck at my foster parents’ house while they are outside. If they go inside I have to go too. I like to be with people and because I lost my home I keep a close eye on my foster family. I cry when I can’t see my foster mom, but I think the longer I stay with her I will become more secure and know that she is coming back for me.

Tyson (WCAC ID: 101250)
Tyson (WCAC ID: 101250)

My foster family really loves me. What’s not to love — I am a love bug! I love to have my belly rubbed and give sloppy wet kisses. I would love a forever home where someone is home most of the day. Remember I am great with other dogs and all people! Last thing you should know about me is that I am heartworm positive. But please consider me anyway because it is not my fault that I have heartworms, and there are treatment options.

Do you know the song “Me and My Broken Heart” by Rixton? The song reminds me of myself: “All I need’s a little love in my life.” I have lots of love to give to you. Will you be the one to love me and give me the forever home I am so deserving of?

Tyson (WCAC ID: 101250)
Tyson (WCAC ID: 101250)


Tyson is a big (91 pounds) black Am Staff/Mastiff mix who has been in the WCAC system for almost 200 days. It is time for him to be with his furever family. If you would like to know more about this beautiful boy or to set up a meet and greet, please email afureverfamily@yahoo.com.


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: 91772

Dominic (WCAC ID: 91772)
Dominic (WCAC ID: 91772)

Dominic is a big (85 lbs.) beautiful black Lab/Am Staff mix who is a little over three years old. He came to the shelter as a stray, so his past is a mystery.

“They tell me I look like a Labrador mixed with an American Pit Bull Terrier. I really don’t know, so I’ll say SURE!”

Dominic is a very shy guy who seems to like other dogs that let him shadow their confidence. He is a little uncertain of people (I know how you feel buddy), most likely because he was never socialized with them when he was little. In his foster home, Dominic is learning to trust, gaining confidence, learning about walking on a leash, and hanging out with the girl dog in the house.

“I would like to come to live with you if you have another dog that would be my best friend.”

If you would like more information about Dominic or want to set up a meet and greet with his foster family, please email me at afureverfamily@yahoo.com.

Are you aware October is adopt a shelter pit month?

October is really my favorite month now that I know it’s Pit Bull Awareness Month and Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.

My first dog came from a puppy farm (before I really understood what that meant) ‘cause I had fallen in love with a picture of a Chow Chow puppy. Once I got to Raleigh I stared adopting shelter dogs, which has filled my life with wonderful experiences, even the tough ones. I was Labradored, fell in love with bully breeds, and found pups that needed me as much as I needed them.

These cuties are still looking for their furever homes.

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The Wake County Animal Center (WCAC) is open seven days a week from noon until 6 p.m. Stop by and find your soul mate. To meet one of these pups pictured here, go to the WCAC Adoption Gallery for a bio and contact information to get in touch with their foster parents.

National Pit Bull Awareness Day was extended to the entire month of October in 2011. It has increased the time for education and promotion of those that have touched our hearts.

Currently there are some good bully breed mixes at the WCAC that have been patiently waiting for their furever families for a very long time. We will highlight one each day in October so stop by daily.

What ya’ doin’ this weekend?

A new series where I showcase the pups I photographed during the week and highlight local shelter events.

Bitsy (WCAC ID: 96248)

Bitsy is a 10 month old Chi mix with an incredibly adorable under-bite. She is full of puppy energy and high squeaky barks, but she calms right down if you pick her up. A little training and she’s gonna be a real show stopper.

Sergeant Pickles (WCAC ID: 108372)

Another puppy who needs some training and you will have people stopping you in the streets to pet him. He’s just seven months old, but did well during his photo shoot. And look at that nub tail – OMG. And his coat is so luxurious you just can’t resist a snuggle.

Voile (WCAC ID: 109016)

They don’t get any sweeter than this new mom, Voile. At just three year’s old she is the perfect age to be past some of the crazy puppy stuff and still young enough to run and play for hours.

Stormy (WCAC ID: 109116)

Stormy is just 10 months old and ALL puppy. He is so sweet and needs a family who is going to take him on long walks (and even runs), do training (he’d be a good agility pup) and just play with him.

Romeo (WCAC ID: 109119)

Romeo oh Romeo where are ya babe? He’s just two years old and has a wonderfully big blocky head. He as lots of energy, but wasn’t rude about it during our photo shoot. He really just wants to lean up against your legs and get some affection.

Maya (WCAC ID: 109145)

I love Maya. Who could resist that face? She’s just your average Carolina Shelter Dog breed and so very very sweet.

Lady (WCAC ID: 109155)

This one year old is breaking my heart with these pics. She was surrendered just a couple of days ago and is super stressed at the shelter. She needs to find her foster family or a furever home where someone will take their time and show her what love is.

Martin (WCAC ID: 109186)

Martin also needs someone who will understand his skittishness (mostly to noises) and help him gain confidence. A two year old Shepherd mix who was surrendered last wee, he’s still getting use to life in a noisy shelter.

Harley (WCAC ID: 109401)

And finally, Harley. I can’t tell you much about this 10 year old sweetie as he was surrendered just minutes before I started my pawparazzi shift and they didn’t leave an info sheet on him. He seemed very sweet and accepting of me climbing in the kennel with him. And he absolutely LOVED the butt scratch I gave him – got that tongue flicking like nobody’s business.

So there you go, what are you waiting for? Put that coffee in a to-go cup, run those errands this morning and stop by the Wake County Animal Center anytime after noon today to meet these pups and so many many more.

You can check out my Flickr Pawparazzi gallery and the WCAC adoption gallery to see all the available animals. I hear there is even a red tailed boa going in to foster today.

Event Round-up:

Tomorrow is World Rabies Day and the Rottweiler Hearts Rescue is having a low cost clinic at the new Phydeux’ in Cary today.