Kittie of the Month: Dewey's Rescue
Dewey’s story was written by Courtney, a young girl living in Village Acres, Pinehurst.
“On November 22, 2012, we were in our house playing when our friend Abby looked out the window and said, "A cat!" We ran outside and saw what we thought was a Siamese tabby mix (grey and white). We named her Hazel but changed the name to Dewey when we discovered that it was a male kitten. That night the temperature was around 30-40 degrees, and we decided that we couldn't leave the kitten on his own. We put together a sleeping box for Dewey with a blanket, food, water, and litter box (which we were surprised he could use). We put holes all over the box so that light would come through from the Christmas trees on our front porch.
The next day was Thanksgiving. We were very worried when we noticed the box was open. We bolted outside hoping he didn't run away. When we looked inside, he was fast sleep. Once we gave Dewey shelter, food and water, he wouldn't leave us, even when we left him outside. We played with him a lot.
One day my sister Megan let him roam around to see if he would go back home. That evening we were outside. Dewey was sitting by the curb when a car came and spooked him. He ran into the road, and the car hit him. Dewey ran around in circles and bolted across the road. We looked all over for him but could not find him. Megan suggested that we under a house where the crawl space was open. We got a flashlight, looked in, and we were delighted when two beady eyes looked back at us! It was Dewey, but he had a broken leg!
With the help of Moore Humane Society, my mother took him to the vet who recommended that we look after him until he recuperated. Since we already have two dogs, we could not keep him forever. When my father returned from a tour in Afghanistan, we took a fully-healed Dewey to Moore Humane Society, where he is waiting to be adopted by a loving family."
Pooch of the Month: Hunter is Hunting for a Home
Hunter was found wandering in Carthage this fall by a hunter (hence his name!) who brought him to the Shelter. He appears to be a young adult male Shepherd mix with adorable pointed ears and sweet looking eyes. Weighing in at only 43 pounds, Hunter is just the right size...not too big, not too small! He is very energetic and playful when outside with his yard mate Sicily, but in the Shelter, he is calm and quiet.
Hunter is a favorite among our Volunteer dog walkers, walking well on a leash. One Volunteer describes him as "an absolute sweetheart! He's very affectionate and loves to go for walks. He'll be a wonderful companion for someone with lots of love to give."
Moore Humane Society's Super Bowl FUNdraiser at Beefeaters!
It's Game Time, folks! Join us at Beefeaters in Southern Pines on Sunday, February 3rd for a super Super Bowl FUNdraiser, kicking off a great year for Moore Humane Society!
Tickets are $500/couple, which includes appetizers, dinner, dessert, and open bar…. PLUS... four chances to win BIG in a drawing at the end of each quarter! (And we do mean BIG: the drawing amount is $5,000 for each quarter!) Put on your game face! Don't wait for the two minute warning! For more information and to reserve your (possibly) winning number, call Beefeaters (692-5550) or Richard Frye (315-1800). With four drawings and numbers from 1 to 120... well, let's just say the odds are far better than the lottery!
Updates on Our Fostered Animals
Many folks continue to ask about Lovie, the injured cat who was removed from a car's engine. We are happy to report that she is making excellent progress, and is well cared for by her foster family under Dr. Broadhurst's guidance. Her foster family reports: "Lovie sees Dr. Broadhurst every week. At each visit her stitches are removed, then put back in as her skin stretches. Lovie is remarkable in that she endures this, and is as sweet and gentle as ever. She is truly amazing."
Tammy and Fanny, who were two weeks old when placed in a foster home, are growing by leaps and bounds. Here's the report from their foster family: "The puppies are doing great! They had their first set of shots and were weighed, one at 6 lbs, the other at 7 lbs. My husband, Jeff, just deployed so the kids all have puppy duty assignments. The kids love them so much and the pups return that affection. They love to sleep/snuggle with us, although Tammy (below right) likes to burrow under pillows and Fanny (below left) likes her head propped up high! They are climbing up and down stairs, and Fanny has even pawed the front door, letting us know she had to go potty. They are in the teething stage, so we are constantly directing them to a nylabone rather than our slippers! Zeus, our Shepherd, is the puppy leader...they follow him everywhere when we bring them outside! We bathe the pups, have clipped their nails, and have taken them for short car rides. My goal was to keep the puppies safe and to socialize them with the kids and Zeus so they would be well adjusted, ready to go to any type of family. I think we have accomplished this! I cannot say enough about these puppies. They have given so much joy to our family."
If you would like to join our Foster Care Program, please call the Shelter at 910-947-2631 and ask to speak with a Manager.
'Tis the Season... To Say Thank You!
Many animal lovers and businesses remembered our hungry dogs and cats, kittens and puppies this holiday season! We are grateful for your generosity!
Many thanks to Susan Baer, a Moore Humane Society Volunteer and Art Teacher at Sandhills Classical Christian School, and her art students for decorating two Moore Humane Society donation bins. We are grateful to Lowe's Food Store in Olmsted Plaza, Pinehurst and Cared 4 Canine and Cat in Cam Square, Southern Pines for allowing us to place the bins in very visible locations, collecting donations from generous store customers.
And speaking of donations... Moore Humane Society was a beneficiary of the Gimme 5 Canned Food Drive, sponsored by the folks at FCIG in Southern Pines. Every can donated was matched, up to a total of 25,000 cans!
Members of the Pooch Park in the Pines delivered dog and cat food, blankets, toys, leashes and harnesses, cat beds, cat towers, and much much more!
Fur-Baby Pantry stopped by one afternoon and presented our pooches with their home baked treats!
A special thank you to Bill Russell and Angela Marshall for participating in the Santa Photo Opportunity Day at PetSmart, an event which benefited Moore Humane Society! Not only did they ring bells, reminding patrons of Santa's presence, but they called out greetings to every dog who walked by... and some clearly recognized Santa... I wonder how that was possible!
And finally, to our staff and Volunteers, to our fostering families, to everyone who welcomed one of our animals as a permanent family member, and to all who contributed to our fundraisers, enabling us to keep our doors open, we thank each and every one of you. You know the difference you have made in the lives of our cats and dogs, puppies and kittens.
We wish you all happy and healthy New Year!
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.)
Navajo was adopted after his family saw him at SpringFest 2013 in Southern Pines. They stopped by to visit the Moore Humane Society booth at HollyFest this past fall, and sent this photo. Such a handsome fellow... and not even a year old!
Kittens Gizmo and her sibling Cloudy were placed in a foster home shortly after arriving at the Shelter. They quickly settled in, made friends with the family's 100 lb Great Pyrnees, and grew into gorgeous felines! Gizmo (now called Gabriella) has stayed with her foster family while Cloudy was quickly adopted by another family. This is Gizmo, who looks like she's waiting for Santa to pay a visit!
Holly certainly disproves the myth that cats and dogs can't get along! Her owner reports that from Day One, she has been calm and gentle around the family felines. Good girl, Holly!
"Merry Christmas to you! Cherry is doing great. She is a happy, playful girl. She loves racing around the yard chasing squirrels. She is quite the snuggly dog. She likes to sit in the chair or on the couch with us. Sometimes she sleeps on the bed, right between my husband and me! We love her so much, she brings us so much joy, and we can't imagine our family without her." Here's Cherry surrounded by her good buddies, Pepper and Posey!
"We adopted Dreamer in April 2008. We renamed him Koda since this name is a Native American term for "friend" and we thought that was a perfect fit. Not only has he become a friend but a true member of our family. We always joke that we didn't pick Koda but rather he picked us. As we were deciding upon a dog, the staff brought him in and he immediately came up to us, licked us, and gave us a hug. We knew within seconds that he was the dog for us and we were right. Over the past 4.5 yrs he has cultivated some hobbies; some of his favorites are: looking out the window, patrolling the yard for squirrels and cats, taking walks, sleeping on the couch, playing with his Kong, ripping up cardboard, and giving hugs."
"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
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 (usually the second Saturday of each month, unless we have an event conflict). Please visit our website at www.moorehumane.org and click on the Volunteer tab. Register to attend and we'll be in touch!
Many Volunteers walk and socialize our dogs and puppies. Here, Volunteer Keith and Hunter take time out from their walk for some male bonding... Hunter is waiting for his "fur-ever" family... (See the article above for more information about this sweet dog!)
Volunteers working in the Cat and Kitten Rooms at the Shelter help socialize and care for the animals. Here Volunteer Melissa bathes a kitten. "They don't hate it as much as people think," she explained to onlookers! If you love kitties, this is a great opportunity to share that love!
Twice a year, our felines are in residence in the PetSmart Cat Room for an entire month. Volunteers and Moore Humane Society staff are available during store hours to care for the cats and kittens, play with them, and introduce them to interested store customers.
Many of our Volunteers participate in the various adoption events held throughout the year. The Moore Humane Society booth always draws a lot of attention at AutumnFest, HollyFest and SpringFest... people can't resist the opportunity to stop by and greet our gorgeous animals! We also participate in various Moore County parades... you'll see our Volunteers walking dogs, holding the banner, and toting signs at the St. Patrick's Day, July 4th, and Christmas Parades. And let's not forget events like the Cinco de Mayo Costume Pooch Parade...so many opportunities to help Moore Humane Society Save Moore Animals!
During the 2012 July 4th Parade in Pinehurst Village, our Volunteers and pooches marched in formation, appropriately decked out in red, white and blue!
At the January PetSmart Adoption Event, a Volunteer introduced a store customer to kittens Thunder and Lightning. One weekend each month, Moore Humane Society staff transports some of our animals to the store, and volunteers are essential to the success of the event. We've been told by many store customers that our pooches are very well behaved, calm, and well groomed! (And sometimes they are in costume!)
If these activities sound like fun, join us! Whichever activity or event appeals to you, Lead Volunteers are available to show you the ropes and get you started!
If you would like to help out as a Volunteer Kennel Attendant, please contact a Shelter Manager at email@example.com or call 910-947-2631 .
Pistol's Short List... of Necessities for the Cats (and Dogs)
When it comes to identifying what needs to be done, Pistol is a fast talker who doesn't mince words! "Ya wanna know what we need most? We need food. We get to a point where things are lookin' good, the cupboards are full, and then poof! It's all gone! Now I'm not pointin' paws, and I'm not sayin' that someone's eatin' more than she needs to... but when I hear grumbling about winter weight gain, I just roll my eyes. Maybe I should ask for a treadmill..."
- 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/pups
- Tall cat trees
- Washable toys for cats, Kong toys for 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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