Pooch of the Month: Zack
Zack, an adult Labrador Retriever, has been neutered and is current on vaccinations. His owners brought him to Moore Humane Society because of family members' health issues. This is how they described him:
"Zack is an amazing dog, very smart, and a loving addition to the family. He is pretty much the perfect dog. Our family just can't keep him anymore; my wife has been suffering with migraines, sinus problems, and had surgery before we found out her problems were due to a severe pet allergy. She now receives shots and carries an Epi-Pen. My daughter is also showing signs of allergy. We have had to re-home our cats and now are trying to re-home Zack. He really is a great pet, very smart, very loving, and obedient."
You can tell that surrendering Zack was a difficult and painful decision for the family. Our dog walking Volunteers affirm that Zack is a great dog... don't let this sweet guy linger at the Shelter.
Kitties of the Month: A Musical Family
Cats are not usually known for their musical abilities, but we have a family of kitties who knows how to play in tune. Harmony was selected from Animal Control along with her three kittens: Symphony, Melody, and Maestro. All four were placed with a foster family until the kittens were weaned. About a week later, another very young kitten was brought to the shelter as an orphan. Viola still needed a mother’s care, so she joined Harmony’s brood. Viola was immediately accepted and seems to enjoy being snuggled up with the others in one big pile. Soon after, another young orphan kitten was brought to the shelter. When Cello arrived at the foster home, Harmony responded by cleaning his face and welcoming him to the family.
Harmony is a wonderful mother, and the approximately four week old kittens are still with her in foster care. When they’re ready, all five kittens and Harmony will move to the shelter and settle in to wait for their forever homes. Don’t let them wait too long! Cats, like music, were meant to be treasured and enjoyed.
Second Annual Cinco de Mayo Costume Pooch Parade!
Mark your calendars: Moore Humane Society's Second Annual Cinco de Mayo Costume Pooch Parade will be held on Saturday, May 4th from 3:00 - 5:00 in the downtown park on Broad Street, Southern Pines. Enter your pooch in the Best Costume Contest! Dress yourself up and enter the Best Owner/Dog Costume Contest! You have two dogs? No problem! Plunk a sombrero on each head and enter them both in the Best Doggie Duo Contest! Teach your dog some tricks and challenge Bazil, last year's winner in the Best Trick Contest!
Other activities include Doggie Games led by Abby Ganin Toporek of Sandhills Dog Training, a demonstration by the Southern Pines K9 Unit, a display of Childrens' Artwork... and... the 50/50 Raffle! The winning ticket will be pulled at the end of the event and the lucky winner will be called! And of course some of Moore Humane Society's most charismatic pooches, available for adoption, will participate in the parade!
Registration Forms are available at Dogs' Best Friend, Cared for Canine and Cat, and A Dog's Life...and online! Tickets for the 50/50 Raffle can be purchased prior to the event at Dogs' Best Friend, Fur-Baby Pantry, and Southern Pines Yoga Co.; they will also be sold at the event.
Need inspiration? Click on Pedro (on the left) to watch a video clip of the 2012 event! Ready to enter your dog? Click on Blondie (on the right) for the Registration Form!
Sicily Completes Pooch Obedience 101
Abby Ganin Toporek of Sandhills Dog Training continues to make space in each of her Basic Obedience classes for a lucky Moore Humane Society pooch! Sicily, an adult female retriever/mix, successfully completed the March/April class and has received her Certificate! These weekly outings enriched her life and broadened her experiences as she socialized with non-shelter dogs, visited several local parks for loose leash walking, and stretched out in the backseat of an air conditioned car listening to public radio talk shows while being chauffeured by two volunteers!
Sicily's final report card had these comments: "Sicily is outgoing, very sweet and smart. She is a quick learner and has excellent focus, making great eye contact with her handler. She is not fearful, and likes people and other dogs. She would be easy to train in a home environment where family members can work with her consistently."
Two for One Canned Food Drive
A friend of Moore Humane Society has made a very generous offer! Starting April 20 thru the end of the year, all cans of dog and cat food donated to Moore Humane Society will be matched, two for one! Donations of canned food can be dropped off at the Shelter or at Dogs' Best Friend on Pinehurst Road in Southern Pines. We are asking for donations of specific brands/types of food to avoid "disgestive distress". Our cats enjoy Friskies Turkey and Giblets canned food (non-gravy type). Our puppies need a non-gravy canned puppy food that is ground, not chunky. Our adult dogs also need a non-gravy type. Please help us fill our pantry! Many thanks from Mickey, Suri, Lazarus and Snuggles!
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 want to share some news about Maddie. She is very sweet with us and Garfield (our first cat). The first meeting was a little bit delicate, Garlfield was very jealous, but now, they are playing and watching the birds together. Maddie got familiar with the home and found her place between us. She sleeps with us in the bedroom. She is very calm and loving, and is part of the family! She is scratching the cat tree now, we hope she will continue…"
We were thrilled to see several Moore Humane Society "alumni" at Canines and Cottontails, an event held at Dogs' Best Friend last month! These pooches all lined up for the photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny, took advantage of the free nail clipping, and then spent a minute or two with Dr. Tony Ioppollo for the microchip procedure! If you and your pooch weren't there, we hope to see you next year!
This is adorable Tinkerbelle, on the left; handsome Comrade, below left; and cute as a button Little Bit, below right!
"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 our dogs and pups at Hillcrest Park and socialize with them in our side yards. Volunteers also serve as dog handlers during our Adult Dog/Puppy Training classes! Here Volunteer David rests after a jog through the park on a summer's day!
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! Here is Lead Volunteer Lynn, our multi-tasker...carrying our banner and walking a dog!
Volunteer Madison helps showcase our felines at a PetSmart Adoption Event. One weekend each month, Moore Humane Society staff transport 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 animals are the best looking and best behaved! (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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 910-947-2631 .
Sasha's Short List... of Necessities for the Cats (and Dogs)
Sasha has her eyes on the Cat/Kitten Room Wish List... and is hoping someone can find a really really tall cat tree. If it's just tall enough, she can perch on the top, watching the action outside... squirrels searching for buried acorns, birds flitting from branch to branch, dogs walking over to the park, and favorite volunteers pulling into the parking lot... let the good times begin!
- 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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