Did You Know: October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month!
And there are plenty of opportunities to do just that! Our beautiful puppies and adult dogs will be at HollyFest in Pinehurst Village on Saturday, October 20th... and if you can't make it to that event, meet up with us at PetSmart for our Adoption Event weekend, October 27th and 28th!
Meet Isaac, one of the dogs
rescued in the aftermath of
Hurricane Isaac. He was a
real crowd pleaser at Autumn
Fest a couple of weeks ago!
And this is Sicily, another of the Hurricane Isaac rescues! She was a bundle of energy when she arrived, but since being trained with a Gentle Leader collar and a snazzy backpack, she has become a very good walker! And does she love her walks! Sicily misses her good buddy and playmate, Marlow... see below for that story!
Operation Marlow: A New Leash on Life!
“Sit. Stay. Roll over.” Most days, these commands can be heard in the exercise yard at the Randolph Correctional Center in Asheboro. The prison participates in North Carolina’s “A New Leash on Life” program, an innovative partnership that gives selected inmates the opportunity to develop skills and serve the community by training dogs to be well-behaved pets.
Lead Volunteer Lynn Stickel researched the program, contacting the various parties involved. Through her efforts, Moore Humane Society’s very own Marlow, a big, young, yellow lab mix, was accepted and started the 8-week program on October 12th. Under the guidance of experienced staff from the Southern Tails School for Dogs, two inmates are sharing responsibility for Marlow’s care and training. He’s learning basic obedience skills, proper leash etiquette, and a few fun tricks, all taught using only positive reinforcement techniques.
Marlow, a high-energy stray who was found at Fort Bragg, was deemed an ideal candidate for the program because he needed a little extra help with his manners. The daily one-on-one attention from the trainers, coupled with some yummy high-value treats, are going a long way toward helping Marlow develop the skills and self-control he needs to find his ‘furever’ home. We are accepting adoption applications for Marlow, who will be ready for his new home after he graduates in December.
Just a few minutes after meeting Marlow, his new trainer began working with him, teaching him some new tricks... here he's learning to walk backwards on his hind legs! He also learned how to crawl on his belly after about 45 seconds of encouragement! We've heard from one of the program organizers that all of the folks at the prison have fallen in love with Marlow... how could they not???
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know how your best friend is doing and attach your photos as jpeg files.)
Pebbles and his owners stopped by the Moore Humane Society booth during AutumnFest in Southern Pines. We were excited to see that happy face and how he's grown into those paws! Such a handsome fellow!
Gizmo, now known as Gabriella, has settled in with her family. You may remember that she, and her sibling Cloudy, were fostered by this family and their Great Pyrenees, Hope. Gabriella keeps her mom company, napping on her own cushion, snuggling with her feather toys and a little mouse. We're told that Gabriella enjoys company, moving from one guest's lap to the next! And she is not above making Hope stand back and wait while she samples food from the dog bowl!
"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
Moore Humane Society participated in AutumnFest 2012 in Southern Pines. Not only did we showcase some of our adoptable kittens, puppies and adult dogs, but we also displayed bangles, baubles and beads for sale! Photo on the left, Volunteer Lynn is holding down the jewelry booth...
We love it when folks bring old friends by to say hello with a wag of a tail or a big wet kiss! Comrade, you are still one handsome dude!
Moore Buddies Volunteer at the Shelter
On Saturday, October 13th, several youngsters and their mentors from Moore Buddies spent three hours at the Shelter, volunteering their time to walk dogs, bathe puppies, and socialize with cats and kittens! We are so grateful for their hard work, patience and humor! Their respect and love for our animals was evident in the gentle and loving ways they treated each and every cat and dog, puppy and kitten they handled.
Sketch a Pet
Once again, New England artist ShawnaLee Kwashnak is 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 that cute face to the left for more details. This promotion began on October 1 and will be available for two months only. A sample of ShawnaLee's work can be viewed on her website, www.shawnalee.com or at Sandhills Dog Training facility; to make arrangements, contact owner Abby Ganin Toporek at 910-673-0074 .
Leading by Example: Angela Marshall
Whether she's running Orientations for new Volunteers, caring for our cats in residence at the PetSmart Cat Room, or socializing with our dogs and puppies, Lead Volunteer Angela Marshall is a whirlwind of animal loving energy! Angela has a passion for teaching, yet admits that if she were able to rewind the clock, she would change her career course to working with animals! "Volunteering at Moore Humane Society has helped me discover my passion! I have learned compassion, forgiveness and hope from these animals. It's an emotional and spiritual experience to sit with an animal, like Taska or Mickey. They empower me. I want so much for them."
Join Our Volunteers!
Looking for an enjoyable and rewarding activity to share with your kids? Do you have a soft spot for animals and would love to help them but can't adopt? Consider joining our Volunteers! The first step is to attend the Volunteer Orientation (the second Saturday of each month). 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 a Shelter Manager at www.moorehumane.org or call 910-947-2631 .
Cleo's List of Bare Necessities for the Cat Room
Just like her namesake, Cleo believes that a pampered existence is her due! "After all, cats were once considered royalty," she purrs, "and we have never forgotten!" Now that the days are cooler, we've noticed that the residents in the Cat and Kitten Rooms are more active...for cats, that is! "A leisurely stroll around the cat room is really all the exercise I need. I prefer to sit above all of the other Cat Room residents, perched at the top of my cat tree, surveying my realm... and the great outdoors. How I love seeing Suzanne, Denise and Martez drive into the parking lot... it's a signal that my spa treatments are about to begin... I simply cannot go more than a day without a gentle massage!"
- Topical Tick and Flea Treatment: Advantage for cats
(and Advantix for dogs)
- Friskies canned cat food (Turkey and Giblets)
- Purina Pro Plan dry food for cats/kittens
- Shampoo for kittens and puppies
- Pet Food: Purina Pro Plan dry food for dogs/puppies
- Tall cat trees
- Washable toys for cats and dogs
- Non clumping clay kitty litter
- Stainless steel puppy bowls
- Canned puppy food (ground, not chunky; non-gravy,
- Canned dog food (non-gravy, please)
- Harnesses for dogs, all sizes
- Gentle Leader collars for dogs, all sizes
- ThunderShirts, all sizes
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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!