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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.


WCAC ID: 97804

He’s listed as Hulkamania in the Wake County Animal Center (WCAC) database, but he’s more often called hunkamania. ‘Cause he’s such a hunka hunka burnin’ love!

Hulk is a brindle-black Am Staff who has been in the shelter system since late December 2013. What a way to spend Christmas. Since then Hulk has gone into foster. You can watch him and his sister Zoey playing in this video.

He’s about two and a half years old. He’s a real people lover and appears to do well with other dogs. He’s treat motivated, which is great for training. He’s already knows SIT and is great on a leash.

Hulk & Friends
Hulk & Friends

But best of all, he loves belly rubs wherever and whenever!

Hulkamania (WCAC ID: 97804)
Hulkamania (WCAC ID: 97804)

If you’d like to learn more about Mr. Hulkamania or to set up a meeting with his foster family, 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.


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!


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.

Moo Finds a Home

The pitter-patter of crazy little kitten paws is gone.  Moo got better and we took her back to the Wake County Animal Center (WCAC). You can tell she’s gone because of Tic Tac’s self-satisfied lounging around the house and Ruby’s concerned-pleading look.

I knew Moo was feeling better because she was much livelier than before and seemed to always be running through the house and skidding out of control as only a kitten can. Success! We had nursed this little girl back to health and made her a lover tolerant of dogs.

She made me cry as I drove her to the shelter that day – mostly because she was meowing plaintively (she never liked riding in cars) and peed on herself. I reminded myself that she would get more exposure to potential adopters at the WCAC than in Suze’s Diva Den.

Sure enough, she was adopted within a couple of hours of me dropping her off. Yea! It’s easy to understand as she’s a total cutie and purrs like a motorboat when let out of confinement – like a shelter kennel.

Mooseta (WCAC ID: 105003)
Mooseta (WCAC ID: 105003)

Wishing you a wonderful life with your furever family, Moo!

Never fear, there are lots and lots of cats, kittens, dogs and puppies still looking for you, their furever home. Please visit the WCAC daily between noon and 6 p.m. or check out the website by clicking here.

Cubby’s Journey

In yesterday’s post you read Cubby’s (WCAC ID: 103142) biography. But there is more to this two-year-old Am Staff/Lab mix’s story and part of that is the importance of the Wake County Animal Center (WCAC) foster program and the dedication of the WCAC staff.

I met Cubby back in May after he recovered from that nasty tick bite. You can see what a happy guy he was.

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

Life at the shelter began to wear on this pup and he was acting out in frustration. One role of a WCAC foster family is to get pups like Cubby out of the shelter and into a home environment where he can feel love and some stability.

When Cubby needed this all our foster spots were full, and that’s the thing: whether you’re into dogs, cats, or rodents we always have a need for more fosters. Please click here and consider filling out an application to join our little family of fosters families.

But Cubby’s story doesn’t end there, for a very good reason, and something I’ve known for a very long time. Staff at the WCAC have a deep love of animals and go to great personal lengths to help these lost souls. Ricci, the volunteer coordinator, had taken to Cubby’s good nature and, knowing he had had some good office play dates with Ricci’s own dogs, Ricci took Cubby into foster, where he is thriving.

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

To help Cubby find his furever home, Ricci brings him to work each day. Cubby happily greets all the volunteers as they come and go. I have really enjoyed his welcoming “block head” and inquisitive looks as to what I’m doing.

And when all that gets to be too much, he knows how to relax and recharge those cuteness batteries.


To learn more about Cubby and arrange to meet him, email his foster papa at Ricci.Kearney@WakeGov.com

Teasers …

Check back later this week to see what made Cubby so tired this past Tuesday morning and whether or not Mooseta (WCAC ID: 105003) has a clean bill of health.


In Defense of His Pack

Working with the likes of Christie and Robin at Teamworks Dog Training, LLC has really piqued my interest in dog behaviors, especially how they interact and communicate with each other. I admit to not knowing as much about cat behavior.

Mooseta (WCAC ID: 105003)
Mooseta (WCAC ID: 105003)

When we brought Moo Shoo home, our cat, Tic Tac, was interested but kept his distance. After just a couple of days I was able to let Moo Shoo have the run of the house. He and Tic Tac would cross each other’s paths, but not really interact with each other. A few days after that, Tic Tac started grooming Moo Shoo. First it was just a couple of licks on the head here and there and then a little more extended licking. At times, I swear Moo Shoo would look at me and roll her eyes as if to say “Really? He has to do that?” It also got to the point where the two of them would sleep next to each other.

Mooseta (105003), Tic Tac, & Ruby
Mooseta (105003), Tic Tac, & Ruby

Last night that all changed. I think I know the incident when it turned, but since then Tic Tac has been very rough with the kitten and I’ve seen him bite her a couple of different times.

I was on the phone and getting dinner ready. The dogs had been fed and Ruby was doing her normal behavior of “chasing off” Tic Tac from her eating area. Moo Shoo had stepped away from the water bowl (I think I might have been close to stepping on her) and Ruby came bouncing in to clear the kitchen. Moo Shoo does not react well to being startled by dogs and this time she went off, like really went off. I shooed Ruby off and Moo Shoo walked away. Tic Tac came to see what all the fuss was about and that seems to be the moment it changed.

If Tic Tac were a dog I’d say he took offense to the way Moo Shoo went off on Ruby, and that he was defending his pack, but I don’t know that it works with cats that way. After all, as Christie says, they are aliens, evil aliens.

Time to start learning some new behavior stuff. Years ago I happened on a hysterical book in the bookstore and had to buy it: “Hiss and Tell” by Pam Johnson-Bennett. Looking at her website and list of other books, I think I see some good reading in my future.


A Fair Trade

C bought a new lawnmower last week, so I told him I was bringing home a foster kitten. Seemed a perfectly reasonable negotiation to me.

Foster Family Photo
Foster Family Photo

Okay, so prior to this C and I had discussed that I’d like to help out with crazy kitten season at the shelter and perhaps foster a couple of bottle feeders or something else small that could be kept in the bathtub. And, well, all the bottle feeders were taken by the time I was ready, but J asked if I would take home a four-month-old kitten with a cold. Isn’t that the way of it, always just a little more than you had planned on taking on? Oh well, apparently “Mooseta” was a real love bug with a monster purr motor.

Moo-Shoo (105003)_2014-06-30 20.51.54

Yes, her official shelter name is Mooseta (WCAC ID: 105003). Apparently she was named Moose before they realized she had girl parts and some felt that she needed a feminine name. We call her Moo Shoo ‘cause I was never going to remember how to say her shelter name without getting all tongue tied.

As I sat with her that first afternoon and she licked my face, a new name became apparent: Kissy Kitty. I haven’t had that good of an exfoliation treatment in a couple of years. And with the biscuit-making and soft kitten head-butts, I came up with the brilliant idea of kitten spa treatments … after all, they have those fish that nibble on your feet for a kinky pedicure.

One drawback: a kissy kitty with a cold means you will be sneezed on, in the face. Thank goodness she can’t give her cold to me.

Also, she HATED being sequestered in the bathroom. I began to think I had been sent home with a puppy. She mewed and carried on like we were torturing her. She climbed up on the sink and then the towel bar so she could rattle the door and screamew! We finally just let her roam the house. She follows us around some, but also has that independent catitude and will be gone for long periods of time.

I have found most of her hiding places.

There will be more stories to tell, but I will stop with this little introduction for now. We are fostering her and as soon as she gets over her cold she will be available for adoption through the Wake County Animal Center (WCAC). In the meantime, check out all the great dogs, cats, rodents, etc. looking for their furever homes by clicking on this link.

Also, you too can help by becoming a WCAC foster family. Click here for more information and to fill out an application.