Nacho's Not So Great Adventure
This is a story that is difficult to write, but I promise, there is a happy ending.
Nacho, a young kitten, recently arrived at the Shelter with his brother Velveeta. Few people can resist the sweetness of kittens; their adorable faces, their playfulness, their cuddly furry bodies pull on our heartstrings. Most people go about adding a pet to their family through proper, humane channels. And this is where Nacho's story goes awry.
Earlier this week, a couple came to the Shelter, looking for a kitten. They spent some time in the Kitten Room, and left in a hurry. One of the Shelter Managers felt that they had been acting peculiar; it was nothing that she could put her finger on exactly, but something didn't seem right.
As they were driving away, she noticed that Nacho was missing. A quick call was made to the Carthage Police Department, and through the efforts of several members of the police force, the nightmare ended. By late evening, the couple had been located and arrested; Nacho was rescued and reunited with his kitten pals at the Shelter.
All of us affiliated with Moore Humane Society tip our hats to the fine work of the Carthage Police Department. We are so thankful that this story ended with the safe return of this beautiful kitten. Nacho is back in our care... awaiting a family who will love him and treat him properly.
We would also like to congratulate the Shelter staff on their quick response to this appalling situation. Good instincts and quick thinking set the rescue in motion!
And just to prove that every gray cloud has a silver lining...
Corporal Flowers adopted Roscoe, one of our favorite pooches! He reports that Roscoe has adapted well, enjoys romping in the backyard with the family's pig, and is learning not to chase the chickens!
Photo above on the left: Nacho in the Kitten Room.
Photo on the right: Corporal Flowers, an officer with the Canine Unit of the Carthage Police Department, holding Nacho, soon after his return to Moore Humane Society.
Photo on the left: Corporal Flowers with his new buddy, Roscoe!
Mickey Has a Nose Like a Bloodhound
Mickey was found wandering Southern Pines and was brought to Moore Humane in poor health. He is a declawed and neutered adult male cat, black and white bi-color with medium to long hair. Mickey is a loveable cat with an incredible hunting instinct... at least that's what we call it! Mickey is on a special diet because he can't digest dry cat food. (Anyone who is familiar with food allergies and gluten free diets can probably relate to poor Mickey's dilemma... the foods you're not allowed to eat are the ones you want the most!) And that is Mickey's problem... while he does love his canned turkey and giblets fare, he craves what he can't have... plain old kibble! Shelter staff report that if even one small piece of kibble drops on the floor and rolls away, he focuses on that tasty morsel, watching where it rolled, and becomes a contortionist, stretching under cages to snag it before it can be swept away. Come in and meet him; you're bound to laugh at his antics!
Porsche arrived at Moore Humane in July 2010. Because she was experiencing seizures, she was treated with various medicines and was placed in a foster family where her health and medications could be closely monitored. We're happy to report that her seizures are under control and she has been officially adopted by her family! This sweet kitty is enjoying life and love, which is what we wish for all of our animals!
In our August e-newsletter, we reported on several rescues over the summer months which involved cats and kittens. Here are some updates!
A mother cat and her three kittens were rescued from FirstHealth property. Summer, the mom, is being fostered by a FirstHealth employee. Stormy, the most elusive of the three kittens, was displayed with other Moore Humane Society kittens and cats at PetSmart, and was quickly adopted in July. Barnabas was adopted in August (and has a best buddy... the family's male pitbull!), and Zeus was fostered and then adopted by his family! Another success story!
(Photo on left is Stormy while at PetSmart.)
Frances, a feral mother cat who gave birth to six kittens at the shelter, was spayed and vaccinated, and released back to the property where she is being cared for by the owner. Five of her six kittens have been adopted... Jewels, a female tortoise shell mix, is still at the shelter, awaiting a new family to love. (That cute kitten on the right is Jewels.)
Keanu, a rescued kitten from Providence Place Retirement Community, was the friendliest of all the kittens rescued this past summer... he is still at the Shelter, awaiting his perfect family.
Butterbean and Wendy and Kodiak were brought to the Shelter by a lady from Vass. Butterbean and Wendy were friendly enough to go meet our other kittens at PetSmart; Kodiak needed more time to overcome his shyness. All three have been adopted!
A Night Out at Sly Fox
Join us on Thursday, October 27th from 7:00 PM until closing at the Sly Fox in Southern Pines. Moore Humane Society will provide Guest Bartenders and all bar tips will go to Moore Humane Society! Come out and enjoy dinner or just hang out at the bar!
A Holiday Wish List
After consulting with all of the other cats and kittens, Gypsy and Gipper made their list:
- Purina One Beyond dry cat food (chicken or salmon flavors)
- Canned cat food (non-gravy, please)
- Non-clumping cat litter
- Cat toys and beds.
(Photo on the left: Gipper, shortly after his surgery! He's fully recovered now and races around with the best of the kittens!)
Taska and Cherry put their heads together, and came up with their wish list:
- Pedigree or Purina dry dog food
- Canned dog food (non-gravy, please)
- Dog toys, especially squeaking ones
(Photo on the right: Taska, going for a ride in the car
with Volunteers Seth and Dawn)
The staff and volunteers are hoping for:
- Hand sanitizer, paper towels, toilet paper, liquid laundry detergent
- Trash bags (13 and 30 gallon sizes)
- Office supplies, notebook binders
- AA batteries
- Gently used towels and blankets
- Gift cards to Food Lion
Results of The Doggie Forum Giveaway
There was a flurry of last minute voting during the four day voting period last month. At stake was a cash prize of $1000, with second and third place finishers taking away $250 checks each. Voting ended at midnight on September 15th, with Pugs Rescue of Houston beating out Moore Humane Society for first place honors by 18 votes!
Canine themed puns were flying back and forth, as MHS staff exhorted Friends to get out the vote. "We may be the underdog, but we can win this!" "Doggone it! They're ahead..." "Sorry to hound you, but did you ask your mother to vote?" "We need to take a dogged approach on this..."
We congratulate those Pugs on their hotly contested victory but also extend a warning... just wait until next year!
Thank you to everyone who helped us bring home a $250 check!
Adult Dog Training Class Begins in October
Building on the success of the summer's Puppy Training Class, the Adult version is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 17th at the Shelter. Volunteer and Certified Dog Trainer Abby Ganin-Toporek will again lead the Volunteer Handlers and their charges through loose leash walking (without pulling!) and basic commands. Four classes, 45 minutes in length, are scheduled. The class size is limited to six adult dogs. We'll follow the same format as the Puppy Class... four classes, 45 minutes in length, meeting once a week at the Shelter. If you're interested in participating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org