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Cat Of The Month: July 2019: Casey

Meet Casey

ID NUMBER: #184903

Yes, I am the most interesting kitty in the world.I also have some fluff to go with my looks and I don't mean just my fur. I'm a handsome chunker. I'll need a home that watches what I eat and makes sure that I get my exercise. I do like to play, but let's be honest, I rather just be lazy with you on the couch while watching TV, cuddling in bed, or keeping your feet warm while you're on the computer. I do get along with other cats, as long as they are nice to me. I will need to be an inside cat only as I don't have claws on my front paws. Don't mistake my age as being "old"—I'm anything but and will make a great addition to your home. For more information, contact my foster mom at Tejanachick16@gmail.com.

Casey is currently available for adoption through the Wake County Animal Center at 820 Beacon Lake Drive, Raleigh. The Center is open daily from 12 - 6 PM for meet and greets and adoptions. To inquire about an animal, please call 919 212 7387.

Cat Of The Month: June 2019: Sadie

Meet Sadie

ID NUMBER: #184903

Hello, everyone! May I have your attention please?!. I'm Sadie. I've been at the Center since September 9th, 2018. I don't know why I've been overlooked because I'm a sweet and friendly kitty. I'm fairly relaxed around children and cat friendly dogs. Now I realize I don't like other cats, but there must be some loving home without cats who would love for me to be queen of your castle. I'm a petite girl. I like ear scratches. I like to play with feather toys and scrunching sounding things. Check out my additional photos! I'm litter trained and current with all vaccinations. Adopt me and let's play!

Sadie is currently available for adoption through the Wake County Animal Center at 820 Beacon Lake Drive, Raleigh. The Center is open daily from 12 - 6 PM for meet and greets and adoptions. To inquire about an animal, please call 919 212 7387.

Fantastic Friends Feature: Shannon C

shannon cummings volunteer at the wake county animal center raleigh nc beerded lady bottle shop

Name: Shannon C

Volunteer Position(s): Fido Fitness, Adoption Counselor/Matchmaker, Playgroup Runner, Canine Cuddler, Feline Cuddler, Rabies and Microchip Clinic Scribe and Miscellaneous Transport

How long have you been a volunteer?

I have been volunteering at WCAC since November 2017.

What attracted you to volunteering at the Wake County Animal Center?

We adopted our first dog, Staniel, from WCAC in September 2011 and our second dog, Jet, in August 2012. Back then I was one of those people who said things like “oh I could never volunteer there, because I couldn’t deal with the heart break” or “I would want to take them all home”.

I left my full-time job in late 2014 to open my own business. During the next couple of years, I was swamped trying to get the business off the ground and helping to raise my 2 step-daughters.

Then in 2017, life finally started to settle down. We moved closer to our business, so I wasn’t having to spend the mornings dealing with carpool, and all of a sudden I found myself with spare time.

My natural state is lazy. I would get up at 5:30am with the family, the girls would catch the bus at 6:45, and Antares would leave for work at 7, and I would go back to bed with the dogs, get up a couple of hours later and head to the shop.

One day, while laying in the bed, I was talking to the dogs. I often like to ask them what their lives were like before we adopted them, if they remember their previous families, if they remember the day we met, the day we brought them home, etc. This particular day, I told Staniel how the kennel attendant said “he is so smart” as she brought him out from the back on his slip lead, and I told Jet how his kennel card bio said he was a volunteer favorite. I told them how lucky we were to find them and how lucky they were to have had people at WCAC to take care of them until we met. Then, I started thinking about this free time I had, and how I could be one of those people!

I really don’t know why it took so long for that seed to get planted, but once it did, it grew an entire garden. I have been very fortunate that our business is doing well, and so I am not required to be there as often, and so I try to give as much time as I can to the animals at WCAC. I just wish I would have started volunteering sooner!

What is your favorite breed or dog type (fluffy, small, big, chunky, etc)?

It will come as no surprise that I love all dogs, but I am especially drawn to bully breeds. My boys are 55lbs and 110lbs, so any bully breed that falls in that spectrum almost always gets a quick cuddle from me when they first get to WCAC if I have time after walking.

Tell us your favorite moment to date as a volunteer.

I honestly can’t narrow it down to one or even ten. Not a specific moment, but a recurring one that never gets old is when I meet a dog that is either terrified or on the verge of shutdown, and I get to spend time with them, either cuddling, walking, in playgroups, or ones in the back that get brought out to the yard and I get to see them open up, become more confident, and just enjoy being a dog. These are some of the moments that bring happy tears to my eyes and warms my heart. Just one of the many reasons I love volunteering.

Of course, most volunteers have their own pets. Tell us about them!

I have 4 fur babies! Staniel is a 55lb boxer/bulldog, and he is 8.5 yrs old. Jet is a 110lb plott hound/rottweiler/staffy mix, and he is 7 yrs old. They are both spoiled rotten, but Staniel thinks he is king. Jet is twice his size, but he gives Staniel anything he wants. All Staniel has to do is give him a look or a moan, and Jet will drop his toy or move from his spot. Silly boys! We also have 2 female silver tabbies. Clementine is 13yrs old, and Astra (aka Fatty) is 9yrs old. They are best friends. They spend their day cuddled together on Kaya’s bed or staring at birds out the window. We are very grateful that all of our pets are best friends and genuinely enjoy each other’s company.

What sage piece of advice would you give to people who want to become a volunteer?

Just do it! It seems like such a simple thing to say, but if it interests you, do it. For me, starting a business was a fun challenge. Helping to raise 2 loving, well-rounded, kind-hearted step-daughters has been beyond rewarding. However, volunteering at WCAC has changed my life. The ability to make a difference in the lives of animals when they needed it most is so gratifying. Giving your love, time and attention, and getting repaid in tail wags and sloppy kisses, there’s nothing quite like it. Being part of such a dedicated group of people who give so much of themselves unconditionally is the icing on the cake.

Interested in becoming a volunteer like Shannon?

You can learn more about the volunteer program at the Wake County Animal Center or fill out an application by visiting their website.

Cat Of The Month: April 2019: Gazpacho

Meet Gazpacho

ID NUMBER: #191526

Um...hello, I'm Gazpacho. You can call me Pacho, but only if we get to know each other first. You seem really nice, and I would like to get to know you better so we can hang out, but you'll need to be patient with me. If you pet me and rub my ears we'll definitely be friends soon! I don't like loud noises or children, but I might like to have a gentle feline friend who will cuddle with me. I may not play with you at first but as soon as you leave me to my own devices I like to explore. My foster mom has lots of shiny earrings I like to play with. 

If you have a lot of love and patience in your heart, I will love you, too. My fur is soft and I love being pet for as long as you want to pet me. Will you be my forever cuddle buddy and ear scratcher? Let my foster mom know at lindsaycarbonell@gmail.com.

To learn more about Gazapcho, please visit this link.