Pooch of the Month: Marlow
Marlow is an young adult male yellow Lab mix who was found wandering on Fort Bragg and brought to the Shelter as a stray. He's a big boy with a big personality...just look at that smile! A high energy dog who needed to learn his manners, we asked trainer Abby Ganin Toporek of Sandhills Dog Training to spend some time with him.
After one session, Abby had him hooked on hot dogs as his high value treat, rewarding his good behaviors! Several volunteers have scoured their refrigerators, and the word is that Marlow is partial to Oscar Mayer weiners!
Photo, below left: Abby Ganin Toporek rewarding Marlow with some loving after a successful first training session! Look at the eye contact Marlow is making! Below right: Volunteer Rico Washington works with Marlow using a Gentle Leader collar. Good boy, Marlow!
Kitty of the Month: Glorious Goldie
Goldie is a beautiful orange-and-white Manx mix who marches to the beat of her own drum. Born without a tail, Goldie hops like a bunny when she runs and makes chirping sounds instead of meowing! A constant source of amusement for our staff, Goldie is a spirited gal who loves to play and gets along well with the other cats at shelter.
Unfortunately, Goldie’s life wasn’t always so carefree. As a kitten she required four surgeries to fix a prolapsed rectum, and that experience has made her a bit apprehensive about being handled. She can be loving, and we’re confident that with time and patience Goldie will learn to enjoy being held and stroked. Do you have room in your home – and your heart – for this one-of-a-kind cat?
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 email us at email@example.com. Let us know how your best friend is doing and attach your photos as jpeg files.)
"We adopted Maggie on February 26, 2011. Maggie has been a joy to have and to love from the first moment she came home from Moore Humane. She is gregarious and loves everyone she meets. She is always happy, playful, and energetic. It is impossible to have a bad day when Maggie is around!
We did not change Maggie's name from the name you all gave her."
"This is an updated photo for Daisy, whom we renamed Penny! She is doing well and we love her so, so much!"
Given the number of cat toys in the photo, we know Penny has established the ground rules and has trained her family well!
Roscoe, formerly known as Spencer, was adopted six months ago. He enrolled in obedience school and then earned the coveted Canine Good Citizen designation from Sandhills Dog Training! His family thinks he may have a future as a therapy dog! Roscoe loves chasing squirrels in his backyard and meeting other canines at Martin Park. Life is good and, as you can see below, nap times are great!
Ozzie and Harriet. Lucy and Desi. And now…Mickey and Minnie (cats, not cartoon mice!). Formerly Nacho and Velveeta (another great combination), these pretty kitties met their ‘fur-ever’ family at PetSmart late last year. Born in August, Mickey and Minnie are almost all grown up and loving life.
Minnie (orange) is long and skinny and loves to sleep stretched w…a…y out wherever she can find a soft spot. Sensitive and smart, Minnie’s favorite pastimes are snuggling, playing with household objects in the middle of the night, and eating salmon and tuna anytime it’s on the menu.
Mickey (white) has learned to take charge after being kitten-napped from the shelter! Luckily animal abduction is a rare event for us, and the police were able to quickly rescue Nacho/Mickey and arrest his captors. Now days, Mickey spends his time bickering good-naturedly with Minnie, sleeping in odd positions, and biting his favorite stuffed lamb toy.
Mickey and Minnie’s human family feels lucky to have them…and we have a feeling that the cats feel the same way.
"The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Updates: The Fostered Kittens...
Last month, we brought three kittens to our Shelter from Animal Control. Too young to be left alone overnight, we sought a foster home where the three kittens could remain together. Gucci, Sherbet and Armani immediately settled in with a Volunteer family, and, as you can see, flourished! Here's how the family described life with the kittens:
"What fun having these kittens! Such different personalities! Gucci was the most inquisitive; Armani was naughty, always finding a way to escape their confined area, leading Gucci astray! Sherbet was a little lady, very calm."
... And Puppies...
You might remember that seven puppies were left in a bait cooler on the Shelter doorstep. One had already perished. We sent out an emergency plea for foster families, hoping to place the surviving six pups; within 48 hours, all six were enjoying a new home!
Two of the puppies have been adopted! Here you see Tellie, BooBoo, Divot, and Tasha on a hot afternoon! Some comments from their foster families...
Tellie and Divot were fostered together. Their Mom reported that they learned to climb steps early on. "When it was too hot to play outside, they made a beeline for the front door (no small feat, given how small they were), whined, and waited to be let in! Ahhhh, air conditioning!"
"Watching Tasha and Hope, our 116 lb Great Pyrenees, play bow was funny! Both bowed and jumped around, with Hope staying about two feet away, due to her size. They were like black and white jumping beans! Tasha is independent and a great love; she listens intently when you have a conversation with her, tilting her head left and right as if giving great thought to your words! At the end of the day she would cuddle up on Hope's tail and go to sleep!
"Loki misses his buddy, BooBoo! They slept in the same kennel and played together all the time! BooBoo's favorite game was pouncing on Loki and then taking cover under the sofa, waiting for a response! BooBoo loved the doggie door, and insisted on using it even when the door was open!"
...And More Kittens!
Gizmo and Cloudy are being fostered with Hope, the Great Pyrenees (see story about puppy Tasha, above)! Their Mom reports that the kittens have made the house their playground... hiding behind the washer/dryer unit and entertainment center! Apparently this is their version of Hide and Seek... from Mom! Hope has tried to interest them in "rope toss" games... but the kittens aren't interested in retrieving! Although both kittens were extremely underweight for their age, Gizmo now weighs 14.5 ounces and Cloudy tips the scales at 24 ounces! There's nothing like a good diet and lots of TLC to turn things around!
Photos below: Gizmo, on the left, looks like she's pounding out a good story, while Cloudy, on the right, is asleep on the job!
Community Presbyterian Church Youth Group Volunteers Time
Fifteen youths, ages 11 to 13, and two adults from the Community Presbyterian Church visited the Shelter earlier this month, volunteering their time and energy to work with our animals and to help around the facility! These animal lovers bathed puppies, socialized with kittens, cleaned the side yards, spread mulch, and folded laundry. We appreciate their enthusiasm and desire to give back to their community! Surely this concern for animals and awareness of their needs is a tribute to their families and Church!
Sketch a Pet
Once again, New England artist ShawnaLee W. Kwashnak will be sketching to benefit Moore Humane Society! Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping... it's not too early to think about gifts for the animal lovers on your list (and don't forget yourself)! When you email or snail mail her a photo of your pet (dog, cat, horse, hamster, bunny, goldfish... any and all critters are welcome) she will send you a hand rendered graphite portrait on 100% acid free paper with a neutral mat. Two sizes (11x14 or 14x18) are available. Please click on www.moorehumane.org for more details. This promotion begins on October 1 and will be available for two months only.
School's Out For Summer...
If you're looking for an enjoyable and rewarding summer activity to share with your kids... how about joining our Volunteers? The first step is to attend the Volunteer Orientation (August 18) . 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
A Puppy's Wish List for Those Dog Days of Summer
"I really don't understand all the fuss about these so called 'dog days'," says Darby. "I, for one, have no desire to lie around panting... like a dog! There's so much to explore in the side yards, pools for my friends and me to jump in, plus those Volunteers need their exercise... somebody's got to help them pick up the pace! There just aren't enough hours in the day! By the time the dinner hour rolls around, I'm ravenous! Thank heavens for Purina Pro Plan... it fills you up but doesn't fill you out!"
- Topical Tick and Flea Treatment: Advantix for dogs
(and Advantage for cats)
- Pet Food: Purina Pro Plan dry food for dogs/puppies
- Purina Pro Plan dry food for cats/kittens
- Stainless steel puppy bowls
- Canned puppy food (ground, not chunky; non-gravy,
- Canned dog food (non-gravy, please)
- Friskies canned cat food (Turkey and Giblets)
- Shampoo for puppies
- Harnesses for dogs, all sizes
- Gentle Leader collars for dogs, all sizes
- ThunderShirts, all sizes
- Rubber teething toys for puppies
- Non clumping clay kitty litter
Have You Seen the Cinco de Mayo Pooch Parade Slide Show?
Click on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjePVvPWv0g&feature=youtu.be to hear some great music, courtesy of graphic artist Nancy Schutt, and to see some of the cutest pooches around!
Are You Friends With Us on Facebook?
If you use Facebook, don't forget to LIKE the Moore Humane Society page! We now have over 1000 folks who like us, and we'd love to make it to 1,100!