Pooch of the Month: Bacardi
Meet Bacardi, a sweet 10 month old female chocolate Lab/mix with the strength and endurance to set records in Canine 5K races! Bacardi arrived at the Shelter with a weakened right hind leg. We don't know what caused her injury, but our vet recommended exercise.
Working with her personal trainers (some very fit volunteers), Bacardi began a rigorous exercise program... first walking around Hillcrest Park, then jogging a loop or two, then running while wearing a weighted Outward Hound backpack!
However, every athlete knows that cross-training is necessary for maximum conditioning! Doesn't anyone teach Canine Pilates? Yoga for Pooches? And let's not forget that all important ten minute cool down? What about Shiatsu Massage for Dogs???
If you're looking for a running partner, stop in and visit this sweetie! She'll match you, step for step, and then cuddle with you while you stretch! (Here Bacardi is out for a run with Volunteer David Toporek)
Kitty of the Month: Our Crown Jewel
Last summer, Moore Humane Society received a call from a lady about a group of cats who had taken up residence on her property. Since she was concerned about preventing future litters, we developed a plan to Trap, Neuter, and Release the cats back to the property.
The plan worked almost perfectly... although one female cat was particularly adept at outwitting us. After several attempts, we finally managed to bring her in to the Shelter, and scheduled her spay appointment for the next day. Imagine the surprise of staff, arriving in the morning, only to be greeted by "Frances" and her six kittens, delivered during the night!
For several weeks, Frances, a loving mother, nursed and cared for her kittens until they were old enough to be weaned. One by one, each kitten joined a family... all except one... our precious Jewel! Jewel is a gorgeous eight month old Tortoiseshell, as sweet as any cat could be! She adores people and gets along beautifully with all of the other kitties in the kitten room! And of the six kittens in her litter, she was the only one to warm up to the camera!
If you're looking for a real treasure, come meet this precious Jewel in feline disguise!
Cinco de Mayo Costume Pooch Parade
Save the Date! Join us Saturday, May 5th, from 3:00 - 5:00 PM, for the Moore Humane Society's Cinco de Mayo Costume Pooch Parade, in Southern Pines' downtown park! Dress up your pooch (and yourself!) for a chance to win the Best Costume, Best Owner/Dog Duo, or Best Canine Duo (if you have two dogs) contest! You can also enter your best four legged friend in the Best Trick Contest!
We'll have a 50/50 raffle, Dog Games, Children's Art Contest, music, and pet service vendors! Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd places and Honorable Mention.
Registration forms will be available starting April 1 (no, that's not a joke!) at Cared-For Canine and Cat in Cam Square, Southern Pines, and A Dog's Life in Olmsted Village, Pinehurst. You can also print the registration form from our website, www.moorehumane.org
Thundershirts for Moore Humane Pooches
Taska is modeling one of the Thundershirts recently donated to Moore Humane Society! Designed to help reduce anxiety due to loud noises (thunder, fireworks, vehicles backfiring), separation, travel, etc, the Thundershirt applies gentle pressure on a dog's torso, which has a calming effect. The concept is similar to swaddling a newborn infant.
How is it working for Taska? She's been taking longer walks with her good buddy, Ed, around Hillcrest Park... at a leisurely pace, of course! As far as Taska's concerned, there's no reason to rush and there's always time to sniff the bushes!
To donate a Thundershirt for one of our pooches, visit our website www.moorehumane.org
Alumni Photo Gallery
We're always interested in hearing from folks who have adopted our pooches and kitties, providing them with "fur-ever" homes! We'd like to make this a regular feature of the e-newsletter, posting a few photos each month, so keep those updates coming! (If you'd like us to post the story of your adopted furry family member, please send your photo as a jpeg file to firstname.lastname@example.org .)
Abe (L) and his new sister Sadie enjoy a sunny afternoon.
Abe was adopted in the Fall of 2011. His owner tells us that he immediately claimed the most comfortable chair in the house (a leather couch) as his own. He was very helpful in removing Christmas ornaments from the tree... it's too bad that he couldn't wait until after the holiday!
Cherry, our rescued pitbull, was adopted in late October, 2011.
She has settled into family life without a single glance backwards! We love seeing photos of her progress, knowing that her life just keeps getting better! From all of us, we wish you and your family a great life!
This is Wasabi... and her owners' simply comment says it all:
"WE LOVE OUR CAT!"
Meet Abby, A Lead Volunteer and Certified Dog Trainer
Abby Ganin-Toporek is a Lead Volunteer, our Certified Dog Trainer, and owner of Sandhills Dog Training LLC. Over the past year, she has led several Adult Dog and Puppy Training classes for our pooches, with volunteers as handler/trainers. Abby is a firm believer in positive reinforcement as a training philosophy, incorporating rewards, praise and affection. She is shown here rewarding GiGi, who is sitting, making eye contact, and waiting for her treat. Such good manners, GiGi!
With the arrival of great spring weather, we'll be scheduling more training classes for our pooches... stay tuned!
Want to join our volunteers? The first step is to attend the Volunteer Orientation. Please visit our website at www.moorehumane.org and click on the Volunteer tab. Register to attend and we'll be in touch!
If you would like to help out as a Volunteer Kennel Attendant, please contact Diane Lisevick, our Volunteer Coordinator, at email@example.com .
Kids Saving Moore Animals
Kadin, a friend of Moore Humane Society, emptied out her pink and purple piggy bank, donating $29.74 and a bag of Purina Plus Dog food to the Shelter! We are grateful for the thoughtfulness of our youngest friends, and congratulate their parents for instilling a sense of compassion and generosity in their children.
Do you have a child who would like to help animals in need? Several youngsters have opted to forgo presents at their birthday parties, asking their guests to bring food and other items for cats and dogs instead. If this is of interest, please see the Wish List below.
A Wish List for St. Patrick's Day
With clipboard in paw, Smokin' Joe Frazier made the rounds of the kennels, polling the pooches. With the onset of Spring and rising temperatures, the dogs have packed away their winter sweaters. Even Taska, after much fuss and ado, sent her pink argyle off to the dry cleaners. "So sad," she fretted, "that particular shade of dusty rose was so becoming!"
But with St Patrick's Day, everyone is in agreement: snazzy green bandannas are de rigueur! (See Frazier, at right, sporting his green neckerchief!)
And so handy for wiping off after a long cool slurp from the water trough...or...an impromptu swim! (Photo below: That's our first Tigger in the tub, relaxing after a puppy training session.)
- Advantage flea treatment for dogs
- Pet Food: Purina Pro Plan
- Stainless steel puppy bowls
- Canned puppy food (ground, not chunky please)
- Canned dog food
- Shampoo for puppies
- Gently used pillow cases, towels, and blankets
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