Home for the Holidays
Every once in a while, you meet an animal that teaches you so much about resilience, about trust and hope. Many of you have heard the story of Cherry, the pit bull rescued by the Humane Society of the United States from a dog fighting location outside of Cincinnati. She arrived at Moore Humane Society about a year ago. Her first weeks were all about discovering an environment that was secure, as staff and Volunteers worked to gain her trust. She truly began to come out of her shell when she made friends with Cheerio and Apache, her yard mates. Over the course of the year, both of these great dogs were adopted, and it was evident that Cherry missed them terribly. Cherry is a dog that thrives in the companionship of other dogs.
In October, a wonderful couple, having heard her story, came to visit Cherry at the Shelter. They spent time with her in the yard, taking the time to get to know her. Eventually, they brought their two dogs to the Shelter, introducing them to Cherry. About three weeks ago, Cherry went home with her new family, where she is living in a house (for the first time), where she has a fenced in yard to play with her two siblings, where she has the love, attention, and patient leadership of people who understand her.
Cherry, discovering that she can see out of a front window!
This is truly an ending to rival any fairy tale… where our heroine lives happily ever after!
Meet Volunteer Tristen Maysami
Tristen Maysami , a student at Sandhills Community College, loves to cook and aspires to be a chef. He’s been accepted for the Fall 2012 semester at the Charlotte campus of Johnson and Wales, where he will study Culinary Arts. “My passion is cooking but I love caring for animals as well. When my mom started volunteering at Moore Humane Society, she included me in her visits to the Shelter. I was sixteen. At the time, my family didn’t have a pet, so the idea of interacting with the animals interested me.”
Now 18 years of age, Tristen volunteers both at the Shelter and at off-site events; we count him as a regular at PetSmart Adoption weekends as well as at the annual Southern Pines and Pinehurst Fests. “I volunteer to help the animals because they need extra attention and care. The staff can’t do everything, which is why it’s so important for volunteers to help.” Socializing with the animals is a major focus of the Moore Humane Society Volunteer Program. The more contact animals have with different people, the more confident they become, and the more relaxed they are when meeting visitors to the Shelter. A confident and calm animal has a greater chance for adoption. “Knowing that I can help an animal become adopted is what motivates me.”
As a teenaged volunteer, Tristen encourages other young people to become involved with the Shelter. “When you work with an animal, you see tangible results. You can see the progress from one visit to the next.”
What lies ahead for Tristen? “Five years from now, I hope to be a chef, and of course, to continue helping animals in any way I can, wherever I am. “ (Photo above: Tristen working his magic on Maxie at the November PetSmart Adoption event)
Howl-o-ween was a Doggone Good Time!
Saturday, October 29th was the "purr-fect" day for kids to go beggin' for the animals! Many thanks to all of the youngsters who participated, to the adults who chaperoned (some even dressed up in their own terrific costumes), to The Clothes Horse and Traveling Chic Boutique, who allowed us to set up in front of their stores, and of course, to all who donated to this great cause!
Thank you all for caring about animals!
Over the past several weeks, raffle tickets were sold to benefit Moore Humane Society. We thank the various businesses for their generous gifts, and the many people who purchased the tickets, vying for the great prizes! Congratulations to those whose tickets were pulled!
And the winners are:
Sterling Silver Convertible Bracelet courtesy of The Gemma Gallery: David Watts
$100 Gift Certificate courtesy of The Faded Rose: George McNally
Dinner for Two courtesy of Chef Warrens in Southern Pines: Trish Athans
30 Minute Massage courtesy of Body Harmony Salon: Mike Arrington
Personal Training Session Gift Certificates courtesy of The Fitness Studio: Sara Harrower, Paula Brown, and Wenona Rowland
Little Owl Necklace courtesy of Twice Loved by Maggie B: Jeff Hutchens
Big Owl Necklace courtesy of Twice Loved by Maggie B: Angela Flanders
A Holiday Wish List
After consulting with all of the other cats and kittens, Gypsy and Maximus (photo left) made their list for the Cat and Kitten Rooms. Taska (photo below) and Spencer put their heads together and added the items every good looking dog requires! Then the staff made some final notes... and this is the list, express mailed to the North Pole:
- Advantage flea treatment for cats and dogs
- Small and medium sweaters/comfy coats for dogs
- Pet Food: Purina Pro Plan
- Stainless steel litter boxes(available at PetSmart)
- Stainless steel puppy bowls
- Canned puppy food (ground, not chunky please)
- Canned dog food
- Friskies Canned Turkey and Giblets (pate) for cats
- Shampoo for puppies and kittens
- Paper towels
- Ink cartridges for printer (Lexmark 32 black and 33
- Antibacterial dish detergent
- AA batteries
- Ink pens and sticky notes
- 3 ring binders
- Gently used pillow cases, towels, and blankets
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October Adult Dog Training Class at the Shelter
The adult version of this summer's Puppy Training Class began in mid October, meeting once a week for four weeks. Certified Dog Trainer Abby Ganin-Toporek (a Volunteer and owner of Sandhills Dog Training LLC) led the Volunteer handlers working with Taska, Cherry, Taffy, Dixie, Cocomo, Maxie, Mindy, Spencer, Abe and Hercules. Check out the graduation photo... Class of 2011!
Volunteer Alexa with Mindy on a perfect sit! Graduating Class of 2011: Hercules, Mindy,
So attentive, Mindy... good girl! Maxie, Taska, Spencer and Abe... with their
More Adult Dog Classes at Pooch Park in the Pines
If you missed the classes last month, join us for Round 2 of Adult Dog Training Classes at the Pooch Park! Two sessions are scheduled: Saturday, November 19 at 4:00 PM and Wednesday, November 30 at 11:00 AM. These classes are a great opportunity to socialize your dog, work on some training, and learn some new skills! Abby Ganin-Toporek is our instructor, and she is donating a portion of the registration fee to Moore Humane Society! To register for the classes, visit www.sandhillsdogtraining.com and click on the Contact Us section.
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