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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?

Cats, Cats, Cats, We Need Cats

No, no, wait ­ that’s wrong ­ the Wake County Animal Center doesn’t need any cats. We have lots and lots of cats at the shelter and in foster homes.

We have big cats…

Zia (ID: 133559)
Zia (ID: 133559)


We have little cats…

Abby (ID: 133459)


We have girl cats…

Pixie (ID: 131944)


We have boy cats…

Henry (ID: 124534)


We have old cats…

Shtanley Cavendish (ID: 131669)


We have kittens…

Olive (ID: 133183) & Harry (ID: 133048)


We have itty-bitty hissy-spitty kittens…

Gabriella, along with her brothers Gus & Gentry,  are in foster until they get a little older.


We have bonded sisters that must always be adopted together…

Saffie  & Maggie have been rescued.
Saffie & Maggie have been rescued.

Why do I bring this up, you ask? It’s because June is Adopt-­a-­Shelter Cat and you need a cat.

Why do you need a cat?

Cats are cute.

Dominic James (ID: 132595)


Cats are cool.

Justice (ID: 132579)


Cats are evil aliens from outer space.

My Tic Tac #wcacalum
My Tic Tac #wcacalum


Cats provide a focus for a meditative state.

Star (ID: 132357)


Cats are cuddly… with pointy edges.

Asiago (ID: 120848)
Asiago (ID: 120848)


Cats are just particularly peculiar dogs.

Bagel (ID: 132365)

Please check out all the cats and kittens looking for their furever homes at click on WCAC and filter for cats.

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.

A Foster Warm Fuzzy

Fostering for your local shelter is hard and lately our Facebook foster support group has had to lift each other up quite a bit. So when the photo I posted last Wednesday came through, I just had to share it because of the emotion it exuded.

BK took Momma and her kitten home for the night. They were covered in fleas and she had to bathe them several times. Once everyone was clean and flea free, Momma zonked out in her cozy bed. Her baby was milk drunk when the pic was taken.

Momma helping with the bathing.
Momma helping with the bathing.

That is why we foster: It makes our hearts full when we see what comfort we have brought to those that were thrown away.



You to can be a part of this family, please click on the following link –WCAC Foster Program – and fill out the foster application in its entirety. Once she’s had a chance to review your app, JD will be in touch to set up an orientation.

As always, you can learn more about all the sweeties needing homes by going to the WCAC Adoption Gallery web page and browsing all those adorable mugs. You’ll find out particulars and some insights in their bios.

The WCAC is open seven days a week from noon to 6:00 PM. Stop by and find the love of your life.

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)


A Little Extra Help

I really thought that I would only be stepping outside of my comfort zone last week, but JD asked me to help with pics for dogs, and kittens, that needed to find a foster or rescue to take them in. A couple of hording cases had filled up the back rooms.

Luna (ID: 118986)

An elderbull, this sweet girl is a nine-year-old owner surrender. She has some masses on her body and needs socialization. The kennel atmosphere is not good for her as she spends her days shaking from all the crazy barking around her.

Chase (ID: 118989)

Chase is a four-year-old Terrier mix who needs to find rescue because he is very nervous and protective of his space.

Update: Chase’s freedom ride to foster care!

Thanks PRB for fostering!
Thanks PRB for fostering!

Moseyin Posey (ID: 119119) & Zero (ID: 119121)

These two adorable little Beagles are looking for foster or rescue to have someplace to heal from their skin issues. Posey is a six-year-old female, while Zero is a four-year-old male.

Update: Zero has gone in to foster care. Woot!

Zero's freedom ride to PRB's.
Zero’s freedom ride to PRB’s.

Ninja Nancy (ID: 119019)

Nancy is a 10-year-old Lhasa Apso mix who needs a rescue because of dental disease. She was quite the cutie begging treats and looking for attention.

Samari Steve (ID: 119020)

Nancy’s friend Steve is an eight-year-old Shih Tzu mix. He has dental disease and could use a spa day as well. He also needs someone who can work with him on being handled and put on a leash – time, treats, and patience.

Ryder (ID: 119148)

He just wanted to cuddle up in JD’s arms. He’s a two-year-old Yorkshire Terrier mix who needs some time to heal from some skin issues. Okay, and maybe a spa day or two.

Santana (ID: 118968)

He has some beautiful markings and just needs someplace to land to let some of his skin issues heal. Oh, right, he’s a four-year-old Boxer mix.

Veronica (ID: 119122)

OMG, what an adorable pup! She’s a six-month-old AmStaff mix who got a booboo on her face during the ride to the shelter. She just needs a place to recover and lots of snuggle time. And a little training would be good for her too.

Tracy (ID: 119128)

The night I met her was her first night at the shelter. She was so frightened and stressed out. She has gone in to foster. You can tell from just this one pic how much happier this one-year-old Border Collie mix is.

Update: Tracy looking happy in her new foster home.

Thanks LD for fostering this girl!
Thanks LD for fostering this girl!

Take Action

Now let’s talk serious.

The Wake County Animal Center’s strong foster program, but more fosters are always needed. If you’d like to become a part of this family, and it is a family, please click on the following link – WCAC Foster Program – and fill out the foster application in its entirety. Once she’s had a chance to review your app, JD will be in touch to set up an orientation.



As always, you can learn more about all the sweeties needing homes by going to the WCAC Adoption Gallery web page and browsing all those adorable mugs. You’ll find out 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.

Welcome to Caterazzi

Sometimes when you’ve been out of the game for a while you feel, well, off your game. So, I decided to change my game.

Kitten season is in full swing. They’re coming in by the box full, but we’ve also been getting in lots of adult cats. Just check out this FB post from last week.

WCAC Cat Crisis

Batman (ID: 117128)

He’s a seven-year-old male. His fur is velvety and he just wants to rub his head in your hand.

Momo (ID: 117586)

Doesn’t this eight-year-old boy have a regal look to him? He needs a home with a throne.

Sancer (ID: 117903)

Just a slip of a girl. Probably around a year old. I just love her white whiskers!

Rhonda-Lucious (ID: 117995)

Love how this six pound, three-year-old female Main Coon fluffs up.

Chance (ID: 118173)

Is it too cheesy to say “Give this 15-year-old sweet girl a soft place to land in her elder years”? BTW: I would have never guessed she was that old as I played with her for her photo shoot.

Cinnamon (ID: 118231)

She’s nine years old and doesn’t she look just beautiful?

Brody (ID: 118292)

This eight-year-old boy has that “been around the world” look and is ready to just be home with family.

Brian (ID: 118294)

Like his brother, they’ve traveled the world and just want a home now. Brian is eight years old as well.

Penelope (ID: 118364)

A little girl who, at a year old, still has a whole lot of kitten fun left in her.

Handsome Hendricks (ID: 118365)

Such a pretty boy. He’s three years old and looking for a lady to love.

Gretta (ID: 118374)

She’s eight years old and only weighs six pounds. Such a sweet thing needs sweet love and good food, from you.

Albert (ID: 118379)

Big and fluffy. He’s eight and looking for a furever place to crash.

Donovan (ID: 118381)

This is Donovan. He’s three years old and weighs 11 pounds. He doesn’t look too pleased ’cause I woke him from his post-dinner nap.

Trouble (ID: 118417)

At just five pounds and a year old, Trouble is just too big of a name for this sweetie. Besides, look at his innocent look.

Gary (ID: 118637)

I know you’re looking for a distinct looking cat. Who ever thought you could find that in a common black cat, but Gary is all that. BTW: He’s three years old and weighs about 12 pounds.

Stewie (ID: 118642) & Brian (ID: 118643)

I’d say they’re bonded and need to find a home together. I know they’re giving me the evil eye, but I just love how they are standing together for each other. Both are just nine months of age.

Marley (ID: 118655)

Marley would also have preferred I just let him take his after dinner nap. He’s seven years old.

Mulligan (ID: 118656)

He’s got some handsome coloring. He’s seven years old and needs a nice home where he can get love and healing.

Lorena (ID: 118664)

I didn’t get a chance to look at this two-year-old’s paw pads, but I’m thinking she looks like a Bombay to me.

Shanon (ID: 118691)

A sweet five-year-old boy, but man, it’s that distinctive face that you just fall for.

Karson (ID: 118723)

A big boy, fourteen pounds, and at eight years old you can see the world in his look. I love his look!

Crinkles (ID: 118757)

Such a sweet nine-month-old boy looking for love.

Tyrell (ID: 118765)

He was eating dinner when I stopped by for his photo shoot. I don’t think he was too pleased with me. LOL. He’s three years old and eight pounds.

I can’t believe I finally have all these sweeties posted. Really people. Take responsibility for your pets. Spay and neuter. And if you’re looking for a new family member stop by the Wake County Animal Center and adopt one of our wonderful babies today!

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.

Me & My Dog #TogetherAgainstRabies

I was 10 years old when Irene married Dutch and we moved to the farm. Dutch had his toy poodle, Lisa, but we soon got a farm dog, Cindy the Collie. Dutch taught me many things, one of which was the importance of caring for your companion animals. Each year he loaded up the farm dog and took it to the vet in the next town over to make sure it was up to date on all its shots.

Sunday, September 28th has been designated as World Rabies Day for 2014. The Global Alliance for Rabies Control’s vision is a world free of human rabies. Their mission: to prevent human deaths from rabies and relieve the burden of rabies in other animal populations, especially dogs.

The information on their website about the rabies epidemic in undeveloped countries might lead one to believe that we American city dwellers don’t have as much to worry about.


This news alert from a couple of weeks ago concerns a neighborhood not far from mine.

Some quick rabies facts:

  • It is transmitted via saliva in bites from dogs, bats, raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, and even cats.
  • It attacks the central nervous system.
  • It is fatal in humans unless immediately treated.
  • It is found on every continent but Antarctica.
  • It is well controlled in most developed countries through ongoing public health measures.

North Carolina (like many states) requires all dogs, cats, and ferrets over the age of four months to be vaccinated and for boosters to be administered every three years. Wake County Animal Control and the Wake County Animal Center support this requirement through education and $5.00 rabies clinics. The next clinic is October 4, 2014 at the Southern Regional Center in Fuquay-Varina. Check the WCAC events schedule often because new clinics are always being added. BTW: These are also $10.00 microchip clinics – a terrific way to make sure you don’t lose your precious family member.

Share your pics with the Global Alliance for Rabies Control to celebrate the bond between people and their companion animals by posting to the GARC Facebook page or on Twitter using #TogetherAgainstRabies.


And make sure to spread the word about the importance of rabies prevention.