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Fantastic Friends Feature: Judy S

 

Name: Judy S
Real Job: Retired
Volunteer Position(s): Fido Fitness, Unofficial FWCAC Spokeperson + Celeb, Fido Musical Therapy

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN VOLUNTEERING?

Four years ago, our son had recently adopted a dog from Wake County Animal Center and suggested that we volunteer at shelter.  My husband has two bad knees and I thought this was a way to get him out of house—to cuddle cats and I would walk dogs.

He couldn’t comfortably do it, but I‘ve continued to walk dogs.  Though, I was a bit intimidated at first, I was hooked after my first walk with Rocket.

WHY DID YOU MAKE THE DECISION TO VOLUNTEER?

The animals are there through no fault of their own and the care that volunteers provide helps them to be more adoptable.

In the case of dog walking, it’s great exercise. 

It’s the best way to experience total and unconditional love!  The pups are so appreciative of any attention – you can see it in their eyes.

WE ALL LOVE TO TALK ABOUT OUR PETS. YOU ADOPTED YOUR PUP, BRANDY, FROM THE WAKE COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER, BUT BRANDY WAS HEARTWORM POSITIVE. WERE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT ADOPTING A HEARTWORM POSITIVE DOG?

Brandy ‘s sweetness just touched my heart. The fact that she was Heartworm Positive didn’t bother me because I knew that treatment was possible. 

AND THE FRIENDS OF WAKE COUNTY ANIMAL CENTER HELPED TO SPONSOR BRANDY’S TREATMENT THROUGH THEIR HEAL A HEART PROGRAM, IS THAT CORRECT?

Their financial sponsorship was a great help to offset the cost of treatment.  They provided answers to all and any questions and helped ease my concerns.

WHAT HAVE YOU ENJOYED MOST ABOUT WORKING WITH THE FRIENDS OF WAKE COUNTY ANIMAL CENTER?

Great people, who are passionate about helping every animal that comes thru the front door at Wake County Animal Center. They are incredibly supportive of new volunteers sharing helpful tips on the volunteer Facebook page.

WANT TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER LIKE JUDY OR CONSIDER FOSTERING AN ANIMAL?

 

Dog Of The Month: August 2019: Yoshi

Meet Yoshi

ID NUMBER: #188307
AGE:
7 1/2 YRS OLD
BREED: AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER
SEX: MALE
WEIGHT: 44 LBS
LOCATION: IN FOSTER

My name is Yoshi and I am an adult neutered male American Staffordshire Terrier mix. My foster mommy says that I am the best dog she has ever fostered. I am very quiet, I have wonderful manners, I'm housetrained, I walk perfect on the leash, I love to cuddle on the couch and I'm a low key fella. I'm a wonderful dog but I'm very shy and I take time to warm up to people. So to help me find a great home my foster mommy asked me to make a list of what I want in my new home. Number 1: I really need a home with another dog. I'm specifically looking for a home with a friendly, social, outgoing, non dominant neutered male dog to be friends with. I get along with everyone but I really want a bro to be pals with. Since I'm so timid and shy I pull my confidence from the dogs around me which is why I need a friend. I've been to day camp and playgroups at the shelter and have done well with all sized dogs big to extra small. Number 2: A low key home where I am an inside pet and not left alone outside. I would do best in a home without small kids because noise and fast movements can really scare me. Number 3: A patient loving person who will understand it takes me a bit to get settled and come out of my shell. Foster mommy has worked with me a lot and says that routines help me feel more secure and confident. Number 4: A fenced in yard so my new pal and me can play together. I love to run outside and roll in the grass but don't worry in less than 10 minutes I'll be patiently waiting at the back door to come in. I have Heartworms but they are totally treatable and Friends of Wake County Animal Center have generously donated $350 towards my treatment. I'm a quirky little fella but once you become my friend I'm very loving and sweet. If you think you might be the right home for me please contact my foster mommy at muttstuffnc@hotmail.com. She will be happy to talk with you and set up a time to meet me.

Yoshi is Heartworm Positive, but has a generous sponsorship of $350 towards treatment from us here at the Friends Of Wake County Animal Center. Once treated, Yoshi will live a long, healthy life. Along with the sponsorship, our treatment coordinator will help guide you through treatment each step of the way, if needed. Learn more about our Heal A Heart Program here.

Yoshi 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.



Dog Of The Month: July 2019: Teardrop

Meet Teardrop

ID NUMBER: #133724
AGE:
3
BREED: LAB/TERRIER MIX
SEX: FEMALE
WEIGHT: 67 LBS
LOCATION: WAKE COUNTY ANIMAL CENTER

Hey there--I'm Teardrop. I know I drew you in with my gorgeous eyes and coloring, didn't I? It's true, I am a beautiful, three year old Lab/Terrier Mix. But, I have been told that I am also a very good girl. I walk perfectly on a leash, am treat motivated (I even know sit!), listen to corrections, and love to play with other male dogs here in playgroups. The staff and volunteers say I am one of their favorites--whatever that means. Honestly, I'm pretty low key. I like to chill and nap or go for a hike or walk--whatever my favorite person wants to do. I have been told I have this thing called Heartworms, but apparently, it's extremely easy to treat and the kind people from the Friends Of Wake County Animal Center have placed a $350 sponsorship on me towards treatment--don't let that deter you. So, won't you consider visiting me today and see how lovely, special I really am? Big hugs, Teardrop.

Teardrop is Heartworm Positive, but has a generous sponsorship of $350 towards treatment from us here at the Friends Of Wake County Animal Center. Once treated, Teardrop will live a long, healthy life. Along with the sponsorship, our treatment coordinator will help guide you through treatment each step of the way, if needed. Learn more about our Heal A Heart Program here.

Teardrop 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: Susan B

(Susan and her foster dog, Levi.)

Name: Susan B
Real Job: Registered Veterinary Technician (equivalent to an RN in human medicine)
Volunteer Position(s): Foster Mom Extraordinaire

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A FOSTER?

I’ve been fostering for four years. I started doing it to “brush up” on my dog skills when I went to school to be an Registered Veterinary Technician. We had four cats, but no dogs and I wanted to reacquaint myself with dog behavior, etc and thought I would do one or two and then quit, but after the first one I was hooked on fostering! And then it was kitten season and the SOS went out and I thought “How hard could that be??” Now, I tend to specialize in the animals needing some medical care like post-surgery nursing, bottle babies, or the inevitable ringworm kittens, but I will take in anything that needs me.  

TELL US YOUR FAVORITE MOMENT TO DATE AS A FOSTER?

Having had almost two hundred foster animals in our home in four years, they have all been special but two stand out: Our first was Max, painfully shy and afraid of everything and everyone. It broke my heart when people would overlook him for the more outgoing dogs and I feared he wouldn’t find his forever home. But one day a couple saw past Max’s fears and trembling and recognized that he was special. We still get to babysit for him when they go out of town and he has blossomed and is incredibly loved which makes me incredibly happy. And the other special dog was our most recent foster, Levi, who we had for over a year. Levi was seventy pounds of heart but too boisterous for many and he didn’t like many other dogs so it was hard to find his match. Thanks to training, he learned to control his exuberance and just found his new home with a young woman who adores him.

WHAT SAGE PIECE OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BECOME A FOSTER?

My advice to anyone considering fostering is that it will change you as much as you change that animal’s life and any doubts or fears you have are easily overcome with the help of the staff and fellow fosters – so just give it a try! You will become a passionate advocate for animals and you get to make a huge impact on an animal’s life, maybe even saving their life….. and it doesn’t get any better than that! 

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A FOSTER LIKE SUSAN?

YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT THE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM AT THE WAKE COUNTY ANIMAL CENTER OR FILL OUT AN APPLICATION BY VISITING THEIR WEBSITE.