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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.

Mary Puppins

WCAC ID: 94437

Mary Puppins (WCAC ID: 94437)
Mary Puppins (WCAC ID: 94437)

Mary Puppins is about to celebrate her one year anniversary in the shelter system. Luckily she’ll be celebrating with her foster family, but it’s her heart’s desire not to celebrate it at all. Hint. Hint.

Mary is a grey and white Am Staff who is almost five years old and weighs about 60 lbs. I think she would like to tell you all about herself.

“’Ello! My foster parents say there is only one word to describe me: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Even though I have been waiting a while for my forever home, don’t let that worry you. I’ve just been patiently waiting for the perfect family. Is that you!?

“I am a SUPER SWEET girl with a nice MEDIUM ENERGY. I’ve heard my foster parents say that I am “PRACTICALLY PERFECT” on a LEASH. It only took them a couple days to train me how to walk right beside them. I love long walks and even enjoy jogging too! I am a fast learner and I know SIT, LAY DOWN, and LEAVE IT on command and I am already HOUSEBROKEN and CRATE TRAINED. Sometimes my foster parents leave me out in their guest room though, and I have yet to bother any of their stuff.

“I thrive in a household that challenges me with proper rules and boundaries and am looking for my new pack leader. I really enjoy interacting with people and am FRIENDLY to everyone I meet. I am even GOOD WITH KIDS and very patient with them. Some of my favorite activities to do with people are play tug, go for car rides, play tag in the back yard, and cuddle up for a nice butt scratch.

“I would do best as the only dog in a home, as I am still working on proper etiquette when interacting with other dogs. However, I am making great progress in my training and I usually walk by other dogs with little to no correction.

“No cats either please, I am way too interested!

Mary Puppins (WCAC ID: 94437)
Mary Puppins (WCAC ID: 94437)

“If you want to hear even MORE wonderful things about me OR would like to meet me in person, please email my foster mum at megsmith838@gmail.com. Everyday day could be a ‘Jolly Holiday’ with me!”


WCAC ID: 91444

Roman (WCAC ID: 91444)
Roman (WCAC ID: 91444)

Roman is Charo’s favorite playmate and with him being such a handsome boy you can’t blame her. He is a brown Am Staff who is a little over two years old and has been in the shelter system since late August, 2013! I think we’ll let Roman speak for himself.

“I am a friendly, handsome boy who loves to run and play. I love playing with other dogs too, especially the ladies. My foster sister, Charo, is so much fun!! We have a blast romping around the yard together. I am okay with my foster mom’s lazy, dog-avoiding kitty while being supervised, but not sure how I’d be with cats that hiss, swat or get sassy with me.

“I know SIT and my foster mom is teaching me to walk calmly on my leash. She says I’m doing very well when it’s just us, but still need work on walking in public. (I admit I just can’t help myself. I get so happy and want to say hi to everyone.) I will do just about anything for a piece of hotdog or cheese, so that’s what she’s using to train me. After a good play session where I get all my happy out, I enjoy settling down for a good rope toy as I drape myself over my foster mom’s legs.

“I’m used to being in a crate while nobody is home and haven’t had any accidents in the house. I don’t do well in the kennel environment, so if you want to meet me or have questions, please email my foster at wcacfoster@outlook.com. I am already neutered, microchipped, UTD on vaccinations and ready for my forever home.”

Be sure to check out the video of Roman and Charo having a BLAST!



WCAC ID: 73381

Lovey (WCAC ID: 73381)
Lovey (WCAC ID: 73381)

Lovey is a sweet girl who, at over seven years old, still loves to play and would do best in a family with another playful dog like herself. She’s currently with a wonderful foster family but has been in the shelter system since mid-June 2012! This brown and white brindle Boxer mix loves to play tug-of-war, fetch, monkey-in-the-middle, and wall-ball. (Click each game to find out more.) Once tuckered out, she’s happy to snuggle with you on the couch and watch a movie or if that’s not allowed just lie at your feet.

Lovey’s profile also says she loves people, car rides, chasing squirrels, and giving kisses. Her leash skills are good once she’s had the chance to check all the neighborhood pee-mail or if there’s a squirrel – who can blame a girl for that? Lovey is good with kids, but her exuberance and protective nature make her better suited to older kids. And despite her larger than life pics, she’s actually a perfect size at around 40 pounds.

Lovey (WCAC ID: 73381)
Lovey (WCAC ID: 73381)

Looking for love? Lovey has a ton of love to give if you give her that same love. For more information or to get in touch with her 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.



Cubby, Introduce Yourself

Hello world!

Cubby (WCAC ID: 103142)
Cubby (WCAC ID: 103142)

My name is Cubby and trust me when I tell you I am the dog that you are looking for!

Let’s get the important stuff out of the way. When I came into the center, I couldn’t even walk! Yet with the team at the center, and some antibiotics, I am now bouncing, jumping, and running like the normal dog! They believed I had temporary paralysis caused by a tick but I am better now!

I know SIT, STAY, LAY DOWN, and a special trick that my foster dad taught me! I am HOUSETRAINED and CRATE TRAINED. I also sleep through the night and I am pretty relaxed inside the house. I also LISTEN and RESPOND to correction very well. I am GREAT WITH KIDS and I currently live with a female and male Boxer. My female foster sister has taught me how to RESPECT the Alpha dog and my male foster brother has taught me what it means to PLAY with other dogs again! I do well with most dogs, no matter the breed or size, and I am very GENTLE with toys and treats.

Please contact my foster dad at RICCI.KEARNEY@WAKEGOV.COM to set up a meeting with me, your pets, and your family! Now excuse me, my foster dad and I are about to watch wrestling and there is a special spot beside him just for me. See ya!

A Whole Week of Cubby

It started as a jest, but Mr. Ricci is garnering a lot of attention for his foster pup Cubby (WCAC: ID: 103142). Visit here daily to learn more about this great little guy looking for his furever home.

Cubby (WCAC ID: 103142)
Cubby (WCAC ID: 103142)


Mooseta (105003) Update: She’s not just feeling more at home here, she’s feeling much better. I think someone is going to be ready for a furever home soon!

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These sweeties and others are available through the Wake County Animal Center (WCAC). Click here too see them all.