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guide to animal adoptions through local shelter and rescue organizations

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Letter from the Editors

Welcome to Jennifer Frazier


uly is a milestone for Triad Happy Tails Magazine. Our first magazine was published in July 2010, we can’t believe a whole year has gone by. It hasn’t been an easy year for any business and at times we questioned the sanity of starting a new magazine in the worse economic climate either of us has ever seen. They say print is dead, and new companies fail by the score, but still here we are. We had a dream of putting the homeless, helpless unwanted members of our society out there and giving them a voice. Hoping, just maybe, to improve their lives. We have helped a few, but thousands are out there asking for just one thing—a chance to live. Both of us are convinced there is no way to adopt our way out of this situation, spay/neuter is the answer in the long term. But in the interim, we want to give some of these forgotten members of our society a hope that they may find a forever home. We urge anyone out there who reads our magazine to open their

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homes and hearts to the most innocent and helpless members of our world and if you cannot adopt, try and volunteer at our local shelters. Offer a temporary home by fostering for one of our rescue groups. Help educate people to the importance of spay/ neuter. Together, we can make a difference. We are excited to have Animal Adoption & Rescue Foundation as our cover story this month. This organization aids homeless and helpless cats and dogs in the greater Winston-Salem area; providing rescue and adoption services, information, and education while encouraging the human/animal bond. A big thanks to our vets and professional trainers for the contribution of their highly informative montly articles. Lastly, thanks to all our advertisers who make this publication possible! You have stood by us and made this publication possible. We encourage our readers to use their goods and services whenever possible.

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Publishers / Editors Deb Printup Jennifer Frazier

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Zoe Zen Photography - Cover Ken Sykes


Teresa Davidson

Contributing Writers Jan Wilson Janice Freeman Kelley Gebhardt, DVM Marie Parker Mark Steed

Distribution Bob Slone Christi Banks Distributech Eileen Riley

Sales 336.456.1959 336.580.3964 Triad Happy Tails Magazine is a monthly publication and is published by Beverly Beck & Associates, Inc. We can not guarantee any products or services seen in this magazine, nor can we guarantee the health or temperament of any animal featured in this magazine.

in this issue. . . 8 Animal Adoption &

Rescue Foundation What in the World is AARF? 10 Calendar of Events 13 Ask the Vet Pet Insurance

Our Mission Statement:

14 Feral Cat Assistance Program

©2011 Beverly Beck & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in part or whole without written consent is strictly prohibited.


38 Training Tips Hands-Off Training

42 Success Story The Reinvention of Gypsy Shelterdog

Guilford & Forsyth Counties: Animal Shelters & Rescue Organizations 12 The Animal Rescue & Foster Program

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Upcoming July Events

Please call the individual shelters and rescue organizations to check on availability of a specific animal and to learn about their adoption process. Triad Happy Tails Magazine is focused on the plight of homeless animals and is dedicated to promoting adoptions from local animal shelters and rescue groups. We provide a pictorial and informational directory of animals that are ready to adopt from the shelters and rescue organizations in the greater Triad area.

37 Why I Rescue

16-17 Guilford County Animal Shelter

24 SPCA of the Triad 26 AARF (Winston-Salem) 28 Animal Control of Forsyth Cnty. 30 Forsyth Humane Society

18 Loving Pet Inn Adoptions

33 Sponsor’s Page (Forsyth & Guilford Cnty.)

20 NC Cat Adoption Team

35 Rescue Groups - Listing

22 Red Dog Farm Animal Rescue Network

32, 34 Breed Specific Rescue Groups & 36 & Various Local Rescue Groups

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Cover Story

What in the World is AARF? The Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation by Janice Freeman


ARF is a non-profit 501(c)3 founded in 1995. From the time the group was formed until 2004, all work was done from the homes of volunteers. Adoption fairs were held on Saturdays wherever a pet store allowed the group to set up. In June 2004, the organization moved into its present home, “The AARF House” at 311 Harvey Street in Winston-Salem’s Hanestown. The small white house with its bright red door serves as headquarters for all kinds of activities, from meetings to adoption fairs to fund-raisers. A few resident cats also call the AARF House home, but most of our adoptable animals are cared for by volunteers in their own residences. Volunteers are also responsible for animal rescues, adoption fairs, fund-raising,


cleaning the AARF House, and almost anything else that comes along. Our only paid employee is our part-time director, Rebecca Kennedy, who does an excellent job keeping our operation running. It has often been said that AARF stretches every dollar “like a rubber band”. With the help of many local veterinarians who volunteer their time to treat our foster animals, and through discounted fees for services, we are able to rescue many more animals. The vet community has been extremely supportive of our efforts. The animals that come into the AARF program come from a variety of situations. Some are surrendered by Right: Findley, an adoptable cat at AARF. Below: Scooter, an adoptable cat at AARF

Call 336-768-7387 to adopt either of these cats.

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Cover Story owners who can no longer care for their pets due to personal illness, financial woes, or a variety of reasons. Animals are often found abandoned in parking lots, vacated apartments and houses, or even city streets. Many are starving, neglected, sick, or abused. Some come to us from high-kill shelters, the police and sheriff departments (from spousal abuse cases, etc.), and a few from fire-damaged homes. When a dog or cat, kitten or puppy, comes into the AARF adoption program, an examination is provided by a vet, and age appropriate vaccinations are administered, as well as other medical tests. At the time when the animal is ready for adoption, the potential new owner is required to complete an adoption application and is counseled about the new pet and its requirements for care. In the case of dog adoptions, a home visit is made. In other words, every effort is made to ensure that the animals being adopted will be well cared for, and the home is a proper “fit” for both the new owner and the animal. It takes a lot of money for AARF to operate. Adoption fees ($100 for cats; $150 for dogs) do not even come close to covering all our costs. During the year a number of fund raisers are held, including a huge rummage sale, dog washes, rabies clinics, a doggy Easter egg hunt, “Friendly Feasts” (friends and neighbors are invited into homes where they enjoy a meal and make a donation), Bone Appetit, Lights for Loved Animals (held each year at Christmas), an AARF calendar, and several smaller events. We depend on volunteers and donations from the community. We care deeply about rescue and adoption, and we try to be the voice of those who cannot speak for themselves. Our work is sometimes heart-breaking, often difficult, but always rewarding. That lick on the face, a soft purr in the ear, or a warm-eyed look of appreciation can make it all worthwhile. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or donating to our cause, or if you just want more information about AARF, please visit our website at



ux knows all about life in a loving home. He used to live inside with his owner who adored him. . . until she became ill. Under doctor’s orders, she tried her best to find another home for him. But no one had “room in the inn” and she had no choice except to keep him outside. Tux was not happy with his new “outdoor life” and he continually cried at the door to come back in. A few days later, Tux’s owner made a short trip to the store and heard Tux cry out upon arriving. Tux jumped out from under the hood of the car, his side and back leg badly burned from the motor. She immediately took him to the vet, but because of her health, she was unable to keep him

inside and tend to his wounds. She was going to make the hard decision to euthanize him, but the vet asked her permission to treat Tux and look for a home for him. The vet then called AARF and asked if we could help. After spending several weeks at the vet’s, we picked him up and he was well on his way to recovery, but still had quite some time before the large wound would heal. He spent several months in a foster home receiving excellent care, and once his side healed, he came to live at the AARF house. Tux is a gem, a very gentle-natured, playful, loving cat looking for his forever home. If you would like to give Tux a loving home, please call AARF at 336-768-7387.

AARF Mission Statement AARF aids homeless and helpless cats and dogs in the greater Winston-Salem area, providing rescue and adoption services, information and education, while encouraging the human/animal bond.

To adopt any of the animals on pages 8 and 9, please contact AARF at 336-768-7387.

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Calendar of Events

Animal Adoption & Rescue Foundation (Winston-Salem)

Guilford County Animal Shelter

Adoption Fairs - Saturdays (dogs & cats) from 12-4pm, Tuesdays (cats) 4-7pm & Fridays (cats) 3-6pm - at 311 Harvey St., Winston-Salem. Visit our website, for more information.

Guilford County Animal Shelter April Events are below. Please call 297-5020 for more information.

Upcoming AARF Dog Washes: July 9 - Tractor Supply, Clemmons, 10-2 July 16 - Pets Supplies Plus, 10-2, see ad on page 43. July 23 - Tractor Supply, Yadkinville, 10-2 July 30 - J Butlers, Lewisville August 6 - Tractor Supply, Rural Hall, 10-2

The Animal Awareness Society Adoption Fairs - Saturdays from 11am-2pm at Petco on Wendover Avenue in Greensboro.

Animal Rescue & Foster Program Next Step Adoption Center, 705 Milner Dr., Greensboro. Open Saturdays 11am-3pm, Sundays 1-4pm, Wednesdays 5-8pm. Call 336.574.9600 for more information. Saturday, July 9th - 11am-2pm - Golden Antiques & Treasures, 4537 Hwy. 220 North, Summerfield, NC. Live music, food, puppies for adoption. Visit The Shabby Paw, Booth # 43.

 Adoption Fairs in Greensboro every Saturday - 12noon-3pm at Petsmart on Bridford Pkwy & every Sunday - 1-4pm at Petsmart on Lawndale. Saturday, July 2nd - Volunteer Orientation, 3:00-4:30 Saturday, July 16th - Rabies Clinic, 10:00-2:00 Wednesday, July 20th - Volunteer Orientation, 3:00-4:30

Humane Society of the Piedmont Planned Pethood Spay & Neuter Clinic - Offering financial assistance to qualified Guilford County applicants. 4527 West Wendover Avenue, Greensboro - Services available Monday through Friday by appointment only. Call 336-299-3999 for more details.

Humane Solution Spay/Neuter Program Saturday, July 9 - 11am-1pm - Rabies & Microchip Clinic at Pet Supplies Plus, 2812 Reynolda Rd., Winston-Salem. Rabies Vaccine $7 and Microchip $20. (All Rabies vaccinations will be ONE YEAR VACCINES unless proof of Rabies vaccination accompanies pet). Dogs must be on leash & cats in carrier. See ad on page 43.

Monday, July 25th - 7-9pm - Ask Adam w/Adam Witherspoon of Shiloh K9. Lindley Recreation Center, 2907 Springwood Dr, Greensboro. Adam will be answering questions on canine behavior issues. ***E-mail to bring your dog. Space is limited for dogs.

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Adoption Event - Pet Supplies Plus (Winston Salem location) on the third Saturday of every month from 11am-2pm.

Feral Cat Assistance Program For information on Spay Day Clinics, please call 336-378-0878, Line 1. Adoption fairs are held in Greensboro at PetSmart on Bridford Pkwy. each Saturday of the month from 12-4 and are sometimes held on Sunday afternoons. It’s best to call PetSmart at 218-8188 to confirm there is a Sunday adoption fair.

Adoption Fairs - PetSmart on Lawndale Drive, Saturdays from 11am-2pm.

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Finding Great Homes for Jack Russell Terriers Adoption Fairs on Saturdays and Sundays from 10-6pm at 1701 Pleasant Ridge Rd, Greensboro. Call Robin at 336-414-1373 to make an appmt.

Forsyth Humane Society Wednesday, July 6, - 5:30pm–7:30pm - Triad After Work Social at Old Staleys Grille & Ale to benefit Forsyth Humane Society, 2000 Reynolda Rd., Winston Salem. Chance to Win great prizes!!! Percentage of all sales will be donated to The Forsyth Humane Society. Meet new people, reconnect with other local professionals, or socialize with coworkers and friends. Saturday, July 16th, New Leash On Life Adoption Fair - 9am – 12pm. Location TBD. Come meet our doggies, and other FHS pets, at an adoption fair and all-round fun time. Maybe you’ll meet your new best friend.


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SPCA of the Triad Adoption Fairs in Greensboro every Saturday at PetSmart on Lawndale from 11-2 & every Sunday at Petco on Wendover from 12:30-3:30. Rabies Clinic held the first Saturday of each month at Pet Supplies Plus on High Point Rd. Cost is $5 for a 1-year rabies shot. See ad on page 43.

Tailless Cat Rescue Adoption Fairs - 3rd Saturday of every month - All Pets Considered, 2614 Battleground Ave. in Greensboro, from 10am-2pm. (Saturday, July 16). See ad on page 2.

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Camden. This little league



slugger is patiently waiting for her chance to hit a home run in the Major League. Can you make her dreams come true and give her a forever home? Camden is the “Angel” of the three. She is a little sweetheart who just wants to be loved on. Rub her behind the ears, and she will purr away. She loves to give kisses and likes to carry around her green little ball. She may be a bit more cautious than her brothers - but that’s because she’s the smartest one. Born April 1, Camden is a pretty gray and white female.

This little league slugger is patiently waiting for his chance to hit a home run in the Major League. Can you make his dreams come true and give him a forever home? Fenway is the “Royal” one. He wants to be everyone’s friend, including his foster brother - the dog. He would love to cuddle with his canine friends if only they would let him. He’s very creative and won’t be bored for long. He can make anything into a toy or a game. Born April 1, Fenway is mostly orange with some white.

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To adopt Fenway, call ARFP at 574-9600.

Dolly is one of five puppies that were rescued just in time! Their mother was chained out in the hot sun on those 95 degree days and all five puppies almost died from the heat. Born around 4/30/11 Dolly is now looking for her forever home. It is estimated that she will be a medium size dog, not too big and not too small. She is an easy puppy that is being crate trained and house trained. Call ARFP for more information.


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Looking for a companion that will never leave your side, offer you endless kisses, and always be happy to greet you? Then meet Mack. Mack had a rough start in life chained to a tree, but thanks to a Good Samaritan he was rescued. And he has quickly gotten used to being spoiled rotten. Mack is an amazing puppy. His sweet demeanor and charismatic personality make it easy to fall head over heels for this special little boy. Mack’s hobbies include playing outside with his foster family, getting belly rubs, and napping on the couch. This awesome Black Lab Mix was born on February 22nd. We are estimating he will be between 50 to 75 lbs when he is full grown. Call ARFP at 574-9600 if you would like to meet Mack. n

Wrigley. This little league slugger is patiently waiting for his chance to hit a home run in the Major League. Can you make his dreams come true and give him a forever home? Wrigley is constantly on the go. Willing to confront anything and anyone, Wrigley secretly wishes he was a fearless “Tiger”. He loves to play and is quite the acrobat as he darts around looking to get into more mischief. Born April 1, Wrigley may not have all his stripes, but he is a cute orange and white kitty. like to meet Wrigley.



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Meet Arlo! Is he ever full of personality and play! Arlo is a Chihuahua Terrier mix and he is everything you would think that combination would be, plus more. We should call him Animated Arlo! He is certainly the life of the party and he can be the life of your home! Arlo is crate trained and learning all about house training. He was born on 4/4/11 so he still has a lot to learn! Arlo loves other dogs and lives with a cat also. Come see this cutie today! Call ARFP at 574-9600 for more information. n

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Dr. Kelley Gebhardt graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. While in veterinary school, Dr. Gebhardt worked with cardiologists in researching feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, one of the most common heart conditions of young, male cats. Because of her interest in emergency medicine and alleviating pain in pets, she devoted extra time during veterinary school to studying with emergency/critical care specialists and pain management specialists at the NC State Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Since graduation, Dr. Gebhardt


has worked in both general practice and in emergency medicine. Her passion for emergency medicine inspired her and her family to open the Happy Tails Veterinary Emergency Clinic in February 2008. Dr. Gebhardt is happily married to her husband, Lee Allen (Clinic Director of HTVEC). They share their home with their five furry children – two dogs (Ruby and Nugget) and three cats (TJ Meow Meow, Uno, and Nimbus). In their limited spare time, Dr. Gebhardt and Lee enjoy hiking with their dogs, mountain biking, kayaking, and spending time outdoors.


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Is pet insurance accepted by all veterinarians? Yes. Since pet insurance is a reimbursement process, you will pay the veterinary bill first. You will then submit the proper paperwork to your pet insurance carrier for reimbursement. All that is required from your veterinarian is for them to take a few minutes to complete a short form. Your veterinarian can then return the form for you to submit, or your vet can fax it themselves to the insurance company.

How many companies offer pet insurance? There are currently 12 pet insurance carriers in the United States. As with any company, they will differ by the type of insurance offered and the quality of their service. So, you will need to do some research before deciding on the right insurance for your pet.


Is there a resource available to help me choose the right pet insurance? Yes. You can go to to have many of your questions answered. The website contains links to all the pet insurance companies in the United States. You will also be able to compare the types of coverage offered by each pet insurance company to narrow your options based upon you and your pet’s needs.


Is pet insurance affordable? Yes. The cost of your pet’s insurance policy will differ based upon what type of coverage you choose. Policies range from $4.50 per month for accident coverage to $77.00 per month for full comprehensive coverage. When is the best time to purchase pet insurance? The rule of thumb is to purchase insurance when your pet is young. Breed predispositions and pre-existing conditions are often excluded from coverage.

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Talullah, born in April 2011, was rescued from a situation of neglect, along with her 2 sisters (Twig and Twinkle). Her 3rd sibling had already died.  They had been eating scraps and strips of paper to try and survive.  Dehydrated and hungry, their chance of survival was slim. Talullah is full of love and purrs.  She purred and rubbed against her rescuer the whole time the tech drew her blood and cleaned her ears and vaccinated her.  Sweet is an understatement when describing this gorgeous little girl. She is spayed/microchipped/FeLV tested and will have age appropriate shots when she is adopted. Call 378-0878 to adopt Talullah.


Grasshopper. This is Grasshopper…he was in Triad Happy Tails before and we are really surprised that he hasn’t been adopted yet. Grasshopper is a very loving kitty. He loves attention and adores being petted. Grasshopper loves playing with his toys and is the sweetest boy. He would make a great pet for a first time cat adopter. Grasshopper is good with cat-friendly dogs and other cats. He is neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, and microchipped. Grasshopper’s adoption fee is $60 through the end of July. Call 378-0878 to give him the home he deserves. n


Twinkle. Here is Twinkle, sweet, little sister of Talullah and Twig. She is a very beautiful kitty and she knows it. Twinkle has a little spot of orange on top of her head, just like a little twinkling star. She is just as sweet as she can be, purring and begging to be held and rubbed. Twinkle is spayed, microchipped, FeLV negative and will have age-appropriate shots when she is adopted. Would you like to add a little twinkle to your life? Call 378-0878 if you would like to adopt Twinkle. n

Twig is the sister of Talullah and Twinkle and she was rescued just in the nick of time, from a pretty bad situation. She is the girl on the right getting ready to punce on her sister, Twinkle. Twig loves to be held and “makes biscuits” in the air the whole time. Purring away and enjoying the attention, she is a real sweetheart! Twig is spayed/microchipped/FeLV tested and will have age-appropriate shots, when she is adopted. Call 378-0878 if you would like to adopt Twig. n


Tuesday was found running through a parking lot when she was just 5 weeks old. She was starving and very frightened.  After she was rescued, she became very sick.  It turned out that she was so hungry, she had eaten a package of mayonaise and it was blocking her stomach.  Luckily she survived that experience and is a happy and healthy little girl. Tuesday is the adventurous type but also loves to be picked up and fussed over.  She will make someone a fun companion. Tuesday will be spayed and microchipped prior to adoption.  She has been tested and is negative for FeLV/FIV.  She will have age-appropriate shots when she is adopted.

Once Elmo gets over being shy he turns into one funny, energetic, playful little clown. He was rescued last summer from the campus of NCA&T and was born in April of 2009. He doesn’t do anything half-way - he’s one all-out fellow who loves to play with his pal Rosie or any of his other kitty friends. He doesn’t have much time to spend hanging around in a lap, but he does squeeze in a few minutes to be affectionate and lick the closest human nose. Elmo is up-to-date on vaccines, neutered, and microchipped.

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Elmo’s adoption fee is $110. Please call 378-0878 to adopt him. n


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Guilford County Animal Shelter Please call to adopt us!

Wiz is a little more laid back than some kittens, but still loves to get lots of love. One look into this little guy’s eyes and you will be hooked! Wiz is a young kitty, only 2 months old. He will be neutered before he goes home with you. Can you open up your home to this adorable little kitty? You can meet Wiz at the Guilford County Animal Shelter. Ask for him by ID 13175437. n




Curious and loving, Domino will fall for you! She’s a pretty little girl, only 2 months old. Domino will be spayed as part of her adoption fee. This girl will make a great addition to some lucky family. Will that be you? If you’d like to meet Domino, come visit her at the Guilford County Animal Shelter. Ask for her by ID 13175408. n

is a charming, mellow cat who loves to be petted. He is declawed on his front paws, so he needs to be an indoor boy. He is 3 years old, medium sized and has already been neutered so he can go home with you today. He is just a sweet boy looking for a place to call home.

Scooter. If you’re looking for a calm, relaxed feline, look no more! Here is Scooter. The cat for you - a purrfect match! She is 2 ½ years old and will be spayed before going to her new fur-ever home. Can you give Scooter a little love and a comfy place to rest her head?

If you would like to meet Bradley, come visit hime at the Guilford County Animal Shelter. Ask for him by ID 11991372. n

Come meet Scooter at the Guilford County Animal Shelter. Ask for her by ID 12543598. n

Snuggles is an adorable Spaniel mix who loves to be at your side to give you plenty of love and affection. He’s only 5 years old and this sweet guy would be a perfect indoor companion. He is already neutered as part of his adoption fee and waiting to meet his new family. Meet Snuggles at the Guilford County Animal Shelter. Ask for him by ID 08491703. n


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Monte is a sweet 1 year old Akita mix who just adores being outside with you. At only 1 year old, Monte loves to play and will do just about anything for your affection and a good belly rub! Monte will be neutered as a part of his adoption fee, so come out and see him today. Visit Monte at the Guilford County Animal Shelter. Ask for him by ID 13028600. n

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is an adorable, playful 6 month old pup. He is a gentle Retriever mix who is ready to be loved in a “Furever Home”, so come see him today. His sweet, gentle nature is sure to capture your heart. Sable will be neutered as part of his adoption fee.

You can visit Sable at the Guilford County Animal Shelter. Ask for him by ID 12803703. n


is a loveable 9 month old Shepherd mix who loves to run! Romauldo gets along well with other dogs and adores any affection thrown his way. He walks very well on a leash and loves to run with great stamina so he could make a great walking, jogging or running mate. Romauldo is looking for his “Furever Home”. Find out if that home is with you and visit with him today in our interaction area. Romauldo will be neutered as a part of his adoption fee. Meet Romauldo today at the Guilford County Animal Shelter. Ask for him by ID 12730564. n

Ramone is an affectionate Jack Russell Terrier mix and he loves to be with people. Ramone is gentle and small and he’s hoping to find his new forever home soon. Ramone could be “your next best friend” so come and spend some time with him in our interaction area. Ramone is already neutered so he can go home with you today. Visit Ramone at the Guilford County Animal Shelter. Ask for him by ID 12993847. n

Pebbles is a well mannered and lovable 6 ½ year old Terrier mix. Pebbles walks good on a leash and listens very well. She’s a gentle girl who likes to have a little fun too. Come spend some time with Pebbles and you’ll fall in love! Pebbles will be spayed as a part of her adoption fee. You can meet Pebbles at the Guilford County Animal Shelter. Ask for her by ID 00676055. n

Cassie is a beautiful 1½ year old Terrier mix who loves to make new friends. She is an affectionate girl who is sure to win your heart. She walks well on a leash and is very curious about her surroundings. Could Cassie be “your next best friend”? Come see her today and find out! Cassie will be spayed as a part of her adoption fee. Cassie is at the Guilford County Animal Shelter. Ask for her by ID 12950950 when you come to meet her. n


is a gorgeous 3 year old Jack Russell mix. This girl loves a good back scratching and she also enjoys exploring and going for walks. If you want a sweet girl to spend your days with, then come by and visit with Charlotte. She is already spayed so she can go home with you today. Charlotte is at the Guilford County Animal Shelter. Ask for her by ID 12738987 when you come to meet her. n July 2011


Loving Pet Inn Adoptions Please call to adopt us!

Betty Lou’s life could be a



country music song! She was found on the side of the road, very thin and covered in ticks. We were nervous as we approached her because we did not want her to run into traffic. She did not move an inch. I guess she was so happy to be saved. We put her on a lead and her tail wagged and wagged as we walked her to the car. The vet determined that she is spayed, senior aged and heartworm neg. Betty Lou was adopted quickly by an elderly couple who fell in love with her. Several months later, their health declined, so we took Betty Lou back into our program. She is a quiet, happy girl who is fine with all people and other dogs. Can you write the final chapter to her story?

Hi! My name is Daisy. I am the sweetest mini-daushund you will ever meet! I only weigh 9 lbs and I am about 4 years old. My owner fell on some hard times financially and had to give me up. I am great with all people and dogs. I love to snuggle and get attention. I do not bark much or cause any trouble. I do have a condition called dry eye that requires daily eye drops. If you are looking for the best little weiner dog ever, look no further!

Betty Lou’s adoption fee is $100. Call 393-0000 for details. n

Daisy’s adoption fee is $100. Call 393-0000 to find out more. n


Born in April of 2010, this precious Shi-poo needs an experienced pet owner to show her the ropes. Lana is a fun dog who loves to run and be chased by other dogs. She would benefit from more socialization since she tends to bark at new people. She is crate and house trained and would do best in a home without a lot of people coming and going. Lana has a beautiful blonde, non-shedding coat that will require regular grooming. Lana’s adoption fee is $100. Please call 393-0000 if you would like to meet her. n




This 4 year old chihuahua mix is a petite girl at 8 lbs. Minnie was rescued from a bad home where she was neglected and tormented by young children. She has thrived at our rescue facility and is no longer the terrified dog who was brought to us. Minnie will be spayed, fully vaccinated, microchipped and have her teeth cleaned before adoption. She would make a great dog for anyone. We think Minnie would do best in a home without small children, since she was abused by them before. Minnie does great with other dogs. Minnie’s adoption fee is $100. Call 393-0000 for details. n

Yogi is a cute little

What a cutie! Blaze had a great home and then his owner developed cancer and Blaze became an orphan. He is a senior citizen. We estimate him to be around 12 years old. He weighs 6 lbs and is a sweet little guy. Blaze has been in a foster home with many other dogs and does great with all of them. He is a quiet little dog who is looking for a nice soft lap!

guy who weighs 11 lbs. He is a senior dog who may be about 11 years old. Yogi is a spunky little guy who should have a few good years left. He is used to being with other dogs and should do well in any type of home. Yogi is an adaptable dog who is quiet and well behaved. Do you have room in your heart and home for a great boy?

Blaze’s adoption fee is $100. Call 393-0000 for details. n

Yogi’s adoption fee is $100. Call 393-0000 to find out how you can adopt Yogi. n

July 2011

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Colby is a handsome cat with soft green eyes and a long fur coat of orange and white. He is very mild, just like the cheese he was named after. If you rub his belly he will reward you with much purring. For a sweet, laid-back buddy, take Colby home! Please contact us at for more information or visit n


As the largest in her litter, Posie is always at the head of the group. When the kittens encounter a new buddy, she is ready to determine if they are friend or foe. Take this brave little girl home and she promises to be your protector forever! Please contact us at for more information or visit n

Dandy & Daffy.

Sugar & Spice and everything nice-that’s what little girl kittens are made of! Our little Sugar is a flame-point Siamese mix and is as beautiful as can be, with soft cream colored fur, apricot points and baby blue eyes. Sugar’s sister, little Spice girl is a real cutie! Very petite with a soft, plush tortoiseshell coat, she promises to grow up to be a real beauty. Right now, she is content to follow Sugar all around the house. For two that are twice as nice, take both home!

Dandy is a very polite, gentlemanly sort of little guy. He is always willing to let the others go first, and waits for his turn to ‘hunt’ the feather dancer. While he may not be the boldest kitten in his litter, he is one of the sweetest. If you are looking for your own Yankee Doodle Dandy, then search no more! Daffy is a smart boy, despite his silly name. He has already learned that a sweet little meow will be rewarded with petting and belly rubs from his foster mom and dad. He was the first in his large litter to learn to purr, at only a few weeks of age. He promises to say he loves you everyday--in kitten-speak of course!

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great name for this pretty little black and white girl. She flits all over when playing, going from toy to toy like a bee visiting flowers. Sprite and her little brother Sprout are always together wrestling, when they are not cuddled up for a nap. Sprout is a funny little white and black kitten. He is smaller than his sister Sprite, but he keeps up with her; no problem! He is the friendliest kitten around; he absolutely loves the big kitties in his foster home and ‘hangs’ with them as much as possible. An affectionate little purr-baby, Sprout loves to curl up around your neck at naptime. Sprout and Sprite—what a great pair for your home!

is a special kitty momma to us here at NC CAT. We pulled her and her kittens from a high-kill shelter when the babies were just a few days old. While she was near starvation, she managed to feed her own brood of six, and also adopted another orphaned baby girl. Now, all of the kittens are weaned and sweet Flora is ready to be the loveliest centerpiece in your bouquet!

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July 2011

Bradley. Adopted from the Guilford County Animal Shelter, October 2010.


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Red Dog Farm

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"Hunni”is a 4 month old Boer Goat. He was the 100th goat to enter our foster network, so we named him “Mr. 100” but we call him “Hunni”. He is very tame and will be adoptable as soon as he is vaccinated, castrated and dewormed. If you have questions, contact us for more details about Hunni. Also makes a great organic lawnmower! If you are interested in adopting Hunni visit n

Baby Ruth

Phantom came to Red Dog Farm after being found as a stray at a local apartment complex. Phantom is a gregarious and sweet boy who only wants to be wherever you are! Very handsome black and white coloring. He loves to explore and will happily follow you from room to room. Phantom does well with other cats and dogs. He is up-to-date on vaccines, neutered, dewormed, and microchipped. For information to adopt Phantom, visit! n

Gary was found

came to Red Dog Farm when her owners found out that they could no longer keep her. “Baby Ruth” is quite the looker as far as bunnies goes. She is extremely soft, sweet, and 100% lovable. Loves eating her fresh vegetables and chewing on her wood pieces to help keep her teeth filed and clean. Baby Ruth is a little shy around new people.  A happy and healthy girl who is looking for someone to call her very own. 

wandering the streets as a stray. He has now been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and is ready for adoption. Gary is still a puppy so he will need someone to help him refine his manners but he aims to please and is a fairly quick learner.  He is one super pup and would make a wonderful dog for any family, large or small. 

If you are interested in adopting Baby Ruth, please visit our website,! n

Please visit for more details or to inquire about adopting Gary.n

Rocky came to Red Dog Farm after he was the last of his unwanted litter. Rocky is still learning his basic manners.  He learns very quickly and aims to please his owners or really anyone who pays any attention to him.  He’ll need someone who is willing to continue working with him and teach him new things.  Rocky doesn’t appear to have ever met a stranger.  He has been vaccinated, dewormed, neutered, microchipped and is ready for adoption. 

came to us from the Guilford County prison farm, where he had been housed by the county because he had been abandoned. Pete was a stallion when abandoned but was gelded last August. He accepts being saddled and mounted absolutely fine. He’s a sweet horse and was very patient as we poked and prodded him trying to figure out exactly how much he knows. He’d be great to lead children on right now and with a tune up would be a nice trail horse.

If you are interested in adopting this sweet boy, please visit our website,! n

For more information on adopting this handsome horse please visit! n


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This handsome Great Dane/Boxer mix came into our program emaciated and very depressed. He was a wandering soul without a home. He is now at a healthy weight and constantly smiling! Boomer is patiently awaiting his forever family and will, no doubt, bring joy to someone’s life. He is crate trained and doing great with his house training. If you think Boomer is the dog for you, please call the SPCA today at 375-3222 for more information. n

Winston is the 6 month old puppy of Maggie, also pictured on this page. He is very playful and loves to cuddle with people of all ages. Winston is OK with other animals but would probably be happier as an only dog. He will make a great addition to some lucky family. Please call the SPCA at 375-3222 to find out more. n

Tulip. How sweet is this baby girl? She was found at a pool and brought in by some animal loving college students. She is very playful and inquisitive, and would love someone to cuddle with! Are you looking for a sweet girl to spend some time with? Call the SPCA at 375-3222 for more information.



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is a very sweet Rat Terrier mix looking for a second chance. She was surrendered with her puppy, Winston, because her owner could no longer care for them. Maggie is very playful and loves going on long walks. She loves people of all ages and is great with other dogs. She’ll make a great family member. Call the SPCA at 375-3222 for details. n

Nemo. Handsome Nemo was adopted from our organization years ago and was brought back due to some shedding issues. All he needed was a grooming schedule and all problems could have vanished! Unfortunately, the people did not want to trouble themselves with daily brushing. Nemo is very affectionate and really ready for his second chance at finding his forever family. Can you give Nemo the second chance he is looking for? Call the SPCA at 375-3222 for more information. n

Petal is a 4 month old little girl with tons of personality. She’ll keep you entertained as she plays with her toys and she also loves being around other animals. She would love to find her forever familycould that be you? Call the SPCA at 375-3222 if you would like to adopt Petal. n

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Animal Adoption & Rescue Foundation (W/S) Please call to adopt us!

Shiloah and her brother Silas were born about March 15. They were purchased off of Craig’s list. Shortly afterwards, one of the new owners was found to be severely allergic. The owners called AARF and stated that if we couldn’t find them homes, then they must go to Animal Control. These kittens are both extremely outgoing and crave human contact. Call 768-7387 if you would like to adopt Shiloah. n


My name is Andi. I am an adorable female orange kitten. I am quite the survivor. Some nice people from AARF spent several hours getting me out of the storm drain system in my neighborhood. I was weak and dehydrated when they finally got me, but I am fine now. I don’t know how I got separated from my family. I love affection and being held. I am also quite the play monster. I was probably born around the middle of April. Call 768-7387 to meet Andi. n


Bennett. “Girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice”... Bennett likes to prove that statement. She is a loveable little girl that adores attention and being held. She gives lots of kisses. At just 10 weeks old, she is doing very well in her training, although she has some learning left to do. Bennett is a Boxer mix and is likely going to be a large dog. Call 768-7387 for more information. n

Maddie is a 4 month old beagle mix pup. She’s a happygo-lucky little girl and a very typical beagle puppy. Maddie is very smart and learns easily. Her coat is a beautiful chocolate, tan, and white tri-color pattern, and her eyes are stunning. Maddie has been well socialized with children and other dogs and would make a great addition to almost any home! Please call 768-7387 if you would like to offer Maddie her forever home. n

Lexi is a 3 year old Boxer/ Mastiff mix, weighing in at about 80 lbs. Lexi is a sweet, happy girl who loves everyone she meets! She is friendly with other dogs and does well with dogs her size that she can wrestle and play with. She has also lived with young children and has great respect for people that are smaller than she is. Lexi is a great family dog and can’t wait to find one to call her own. Call 768-7387 if you think Lexi is the dog for you. n


July 2011

Ariel is patiently waiting for a lap to call her own. She will keep you company no matter what you’re doing, and really loves it when she can lie on the couch with you. Such a sweet and beautiful girl. Won’t you give her the family she’s been wishing for? Born July 2010, she’s spayed and up-to-date on shots. Call 768-7387 if you would like to adopt Ariel. n

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2008 at 336 Witt Street, owners Kim & Roger Vaughn pride themselves on having created an exceptional business plan and state-of-the-art facilities for premium canine care. No expense has been spared in the development and custom building of the two centers. Both locations boast the following… • Large separated indoor and outdoor play areas for tiny through big dogs • All outdoor playgrounds have premium artificial K9 Grass specifically developed for dogs • Fully trained staff to play with and care for your dogs around the clock (A pre-requisite for all staff is that they MUST LOVE DOGS) • LIVE webcams for you to login from home or the office and watch your dogs playing and having fun with staff and new friends! • Penthouse suites complete with flat screen TVs and individual webcams (Country Club Rd. location only) • Full range of services by professional and experienced groomers • Trained staff 24/7, 365 days • Slumber party style lodging • Certified dog trainer for basic or advanced manners training After just one visit, your canine family members will wiggle & wag with joy once they know they are coming back to Ruff Housing Doggie Daycare & Lodging! (Photos on left courtesy of Jacqueline Gardiner-Veal)

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Animal Control of Forsyth County Please call to adopt us!

Prissy is a three year old, domestic long hair cat. She is already spayed and very familiar with nap time. Prissy has a very calm demeanor and would do better in a home without dogs. As her name states she is quite the diva so be prepared to spend time on keeping her coat perfect but this little lady is worth the trouble. Call 703-3647 to find out how you can adopt Prissy! Ask for her by ID A237958. n

Lolly. Here we have Lolly, a two year old beagle mix with the southern belle heart. She likes long walks on the beach, candlelight dinners and listening to Frank Sinatra. She can even croon with the classics. Sound like your kind of gal?


Abby. This is Abby! She’s a two year old Labrador Retriever mix and just look at that merle coloring. With an affectionate temperament, Abby would be perfect for any home. All this little lady needs is a comfy lap and the occasional ear scratch and she’s yours. Call 703-3647 to find out how you can adopt Abby! Ask for her by ID A144503. n

Blue. You’re my

Then come down to the shelter and have a visit.

boy Blue! Blue is a three month old male and the last one of his littermates left. Come give this lonely boy a home. Blue likes it best when sitting on top of your shoulder and only sleeps upside down. He’s a quirky boy with lots of love to give and would be thrilled to find his furever home today.

Call 703-3647 to find out how you can adopt Lolly! Ask for her by ID A236521. n

Call 703-3647 to find out how you can take Blue home! Ask for him by ID A235776. n


Otto. And here’s Otto, the calmer half of the bouncy beagles. Otto likes to take in the more leisurely activities that life has to offer. Sleeping is his favorite followed closely by napping. Every once in a while when you throw a Frisbee in to the mix though, he shows his inner puppy.

Peewee. Here we have Peewee, a very cute five year old, rat terrier mix. He might be pint sized but this little frolicker has a huge heart. Peewee is accustomed to getting a belly rub on the hour so make sure you have plenty of time to devote to this little love bug.

Call 703-3647 if you would like to meet Otto. Ask for him by ID A235967. n

Call 703-3647 to find out how you can adopt Peewee! Ask for him by ID A232967. n

July 2011


The beauty of an animal is that their love is unconditional.


ARIA 8 Month old, spayed, beagle/ basset hound mix. She is quite an active puppy.

1 1/2 Year old beagle mix. Buckles is here at the shelter with his brother Otto. Why not adopt both?


COOKIE A 12 Year young Labrador mix. She likes to stick close when on walks and is very obedient.

Three month old, male, domestic short hair. Don’t let him fool you with his shy act...



2 Year old, female terrier mix. She loves to cuddle and will roll over in a snap to have her belly rubbed.

1 Year old Italian greyhound mix knows how to make you smile. He’s a “go home today” dog so come down to the shelter.

Visit FCAC website for these, and many other adoptable pets... Or stop by the Shelter and visit them in person...

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Bosley. Hi, I’m Bosley! I’m a one year old shepherd mix, surrendered because of financial reasons. I am shy at first because I was not around a lot of people growing up, but I have a big heart and lots of love to give! I hope my new family is patient and kind, and will open their home to me. If you are looking for a guy like me, I would love to meet you. Please call 721-1303 to learn all about me. n

Bijou. Hi, I’m Bijou. I’m a chow mix, only 4 ½ months old. I am a big ball of fluff that loves to get attention from people and dogs alike. I’m currently in foster care, working on housebreaking and crate training, so when I get adopted I’ll be hassle free! I love to run in the yard and lounge on the couch, so if I sound like a good fit for you, please pick me to adopt! If you would like to find out more about me, call 721-1303.




Macon- Spitz/ Chow Mix, 3 ½ months old. Hi, I’m Macon! My siblings and I were an unwanted litter, and were brought to FHS to find our forever homes. We are all fluffy, funny furballs and cannot wait to be in our new homes! It’s likely that we will grow to be medium size dogs, so ideally we will have a fenced yard to play in, and an owner who likes to take us out for walks or dog park trips. I am an outgoing little guy, and will follow my nose to whatever or whoever catches my interest! Please call 721-1303 to find out how you can adopt me. n


Hi I’m Shallotte! I’m a cute Spitz/ Chow Mix, only 3 ½ months old. My siblings and I were an unwanted litter, and were brought to Forsyth Humane Society to find our forever homes. We are all fluffy, funny furballs and cannot wait to be in our new homes! It’s likely that we will grow to be medium size dogs, so ideally we will have a fenced yard to play in, and an owner who likes to take us out for walks or dog park trips. I am very playful, so bring on the toys!! If you are looking for a cute pup to spend your days with, then look no more! Call 721-1303 to find out all about me! n


Hi, I’m Leonardo! I’m still young, only 2 ½ years old, and quite handsome if I must say so myself! I am a gentle cat with lots of love to give. I hope my new home will be with someone who will love me unconditionally. I have a long coat, so consistent grooming is essential to keep my coat looking shiny! I’m looking forward to my new home, where I can lounge in sunspots and cuddle on the couch.

Hi, I’m Iris! I’m a young girl, only 2 ½ months old. I am one of four kittens who were found when we were just 4 days old. We were taken in by a wonderful FHS volunteer who bottle-fed us and took care of us until we were ready to come here. So, here we are! I love to chase toys and always have a cuddle buddy to nap with. I’m ready to go to my forever home!

If you think you would like to offer me a new home, please call 721-1303 to find out more. n

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Tangerine & Clementine. We are Tangerine & Clementine. Yes, brother and sister. We are about 2 years old and were found abandoned and very afraid. We now live at Sheets Pet Clinic. We are very loving. My brother Tangerine is a bit shy at first, but once he knows you, he is ok. We need to be adopted together. We have been together since birth and my brother depends on me emotionally. We are just as beautiful inside as we are outside. Are you looking for a cute pair of siblings? Only 125.00 for our adoption fee and we are spayed, neutered, microchiped, tested and current on vaccines. Call Sheets Pet Clinic at 852-8488 if you think you would like to adopt us. Tangerine & Clementine are sponsored by WILD BIRDS UNLIMITED: We bring people and nature together! July 2011


Specific Breed Rescue Groups Please see contact information listed with each featured animal.

Max. My name is Max, as in “lovable to the Max!” I am nine years old, but you couldn’t prove it by me. I enjoy basking in the sun, singing the Basset blues, chewing bones, playing with toys, and acting like a puppy. I love to Carolina Basset Hound Rescue play with other dogs, and I even know how to play nicely with cats. I don’t mind hanging out or sleeping in my crate. Foster mom says I’m very expressive with my sighs and snorts, and I even sing sometimes! I’m ready for my forever home – is that you? If you’re interested in adopting me or one of the other bassets at CBHR, please contact n

Bernice. Say Cheese! This is Bernice aka BerBer. She is the light of her foster mama’s eye and the most perfect five year old Boxer girl you will ever meet. She is house and crate trained. Bernice is ready to be center of your universe (and couch). Bernice’s adoption fee is $250. If you are interested in adopting this sweet beautiful girl, please visit our website, and apply today! n Four Seasons Boxer Rescue

Keila & Ambrosia.

Aggie is very smart, well behaved, obedient and gentle. She’s around 5 years old and loves everyone she meets and adores giving smooches! She is mostly house trained but has a “dribbling” issue that she Boston Terrier Rescue of NC has seen a specialist for. Aggie remains a “diaper baby” while indoors but sleeps through the night without needing to go out. Aggie came to us with a chronic respiratory condition which is controlled with daily medication. She has a good appetite and does a happy dance at chow time. She likes other dogs and loves to go on walks. She will be a great addition to her forever home since she is such a gentle and loving companion. She will do best in a calmer home or apartment with adults and older children. Aggie’s adoption fee is $350. Call 339-4368 for more details. n

Willie is a Chihuahua mix around 2 years old with lots of kisses to give. He is great with the ladies and loves children. Foster parents are working on his fear of men because of his puppy mill upbringing. He is very quiet, gets along with other dogs, likes chewing on his toys, will spend time in a crate, stays close outside, is almost house broken and enjoys just sitting at your feet, but prefers a lap. He’s neutered and up-to-date on shots. His adoption donation is $200. A home visit will be required. Reference checks, adoption contract Chihuahua Rescue and adoption fee required. & Transport

Please read our adoption process, then fill out an application at before emailing if you are interested in adopting Willie. n

Magellen. My name is

Keila, 6, is mature and self controlled. She absolutely loves to be in the company of humans. One of her favorite things is to sit beside her human and gently lean against him. Ambrosia, 4, Doberman Rescue of the Triad is very much like her, not only in behavior but in good looks as well. Both love to be touched! (In fact, Ambrosia is such an attention hound that if she thinks Keila is getting more than her fair share, she will shoulder her way into position without the slightest twinge of conscience.) They both respond to a variety of commands, and of course they have that typical Dober desire to please their humans. They’re both good with children, other dogs and cats. Both are house-trained, spayed and microchipped.

Magellan. I am 3 years old and I love people. I am an active, outgoing field-bred boy, with a full tail. I am full of energy and have lots of personality. I am housetrained, very healthy, neutered and up to date on all vaccines and preventatives. I love to play, especially with children. I am told I would be English Springer Spaniel the best dock dog or therapy dog (because I am kind and gentle). I sleep well at night and I am NOT destructive! I would enjoy a canine companion to play with as well as a nice fenced yard or a dog park close by to play in.

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July 2011


Call 336-580-3964 or 336-456-1959 to sponsor an animal.

Mama. Mama

Bambi is a pretty little girl with a white spot on her chest and her tummy too. She is around a year old and will grow to be a medium size cat. Bambi loves to be petted and will come up to her cage door for attention whenever someone approaches her. Her foster family said she enjoys the company of other felines. She is already spayed and ready for her new home. Meet Bambi at Petsmart on Lawndale, or call the GCAS at 336-297-5020, ask for her by ID A10712163.

always walks up to the cage door when someone walks up. She wants to be petted, is very affectionate and purrs loudly. She is still quite active and playful and loves her feather toy. She gets along well and is very nurturing to her kennelmate and other cats. Momma Cat is only two years old, has been spayed and can go home with you today. She is at Petsmart on Lawndale, Contact Guilford County Animal Shelter, 336-297-5020. Ask for her by ID - 10408834.

Bambi is sponsored by Hairworks by Dianne. Please Adopt!

Mama is sponsored by someone who loves animals. Please adopt!

Jevin. Hi!

Whiskers is a four month old black and white male with a habit of playing hide and go seek. He tends to be shy around new people and likes to be cradled like a baby. Whiskers might take some time to open up to new people but becomes very attached. At the shelter, we like to let him follow us around while we clean and he never strays very far. He’d be a very loving addition to any family. Contact Forsyth County Animal Shelter, 336-703-3647. Please ask for him by ID A237887. Whiskers is sponsored by Edith in honor of her daughter Jennifer. Please adopt!

I’m Jevin. I’m a calm, laid-back guy searching for a place to live. If you give me half a chance, I know you will fall in love with me. I’m only 3 years old, somewhat independent, and realize life is good when you have a family to share some love with. I’ve been previously neutered so I can even go home with you today. Would you like to give me a

home? You can meet me at PetSmart on Lawndale-c/o Guilford County Animal Shelter, or you can call 336-297-5020. Please ask for me by ID 10816088. Jevin is sponsored in loving honor of my three sisters, Doris, Mary & Becky.

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Specific Breed Rescue Groups Please see contact information listed with each featured animal.

Lady was pulled from a shelter where

Reily is an almost

she had been dumped by her owners who had been using her for breeding. She was shaking and cringing with fear but never once threatened the volunteer. This poor 5 year old girl had not been taken care of, her nails were long, she was very thin, one tooth had broken off and she was heartworm positive, but the volunteer looked German Shepherd Rescue & Adoptions into her soulful amber eyes and knew she deserved a chance. She’s crate trained, house broken, good with dogs, cats and kids that can respect her special needs. A fenced yard and another friendly dog to show her the ropes would be good. With patience, time and a family willing to work to help her overcome her insecurities, she will grow to be a very loving and devoted companion.

9 year old female, weighing 68 pounds, who was an owner turn in because the family was moving into an apartment. She is a very lively, active, loving dog with a Triad Golden Retriever Rescue calm and friendly disposition. Reily is housebroken, loves tennis balls and belly rubs. She is not so fond of thunderstorms - prefers to be inside in a safe area. She is in good health and acts half her age. She would be good with a family with children who can give her lots of love. She just entered the program, so we will post an update as soon as we have one.

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My name is DLT Texas Waltz, but everybody calls me Tess. I am absolutely beautiful, soft, fast, and, of course, modest. I love being petted and running with my friends at the kennels. However, I also take a while to get used to new situations and new dogs. I am eight years old and very well-behaved, Greyhound Friends but need a home with no cats. of NC Wouldn’t you like a mature female to make your life more complete? For more information, call Blanche Fedor at 336-601-7810, or email or visit the Greyhound Friends of North Carolina website, n

Oscar wants to make friends with everyone he meets and gets along well with other dogs, especially off the leash. He has typical puppy energy, but after a game of fetch or a trip to the dog park he’ll curl up quietly in his bed or just sprawl out NC Lab Rescue and take a nap on the floor. Oscar is curious and still goes after the occasional forbidden item, but what he wants most is your attention and for you to rub his belly or scratch behind his ears. Oscar has a lot of attention and affection to give, and needs a family to give him a lot of attention and affection too. Oscar is 1 yr old. To adopt Oscar, visit for contact information. n


July 2011

Finding Great Homes for Jack Russell Terriers

Ripley. Meet Ripley, a young female Rat Terrier mix who arrived at our rescue Sun. June 5th from a high kill shelter in New Orleans, LA. She has been spayed, microchipped and is up to date on all of her shots. She is begging you to give her a great home! Ripley is small, weighs under 10 lbs and is a really nice little dog. She is crate, leash and house trained. Ripley is friendly, very smart and loves to be held. She needs to put some weight on as we find her very thin.

Ripley’s adoption fee is $250. To give Ripley a great home, contact Robin at 336-414-1373 or n

Bambi. Hi! My name is Bambi. S’cuse my eyes in my photo, my Foster Mom snuck up on me while I was sleeping and took my picture! She says I am adorable all curled up. I am a unique fawn color - unusual for a minpin! I am Friends of Penny Min Pin Rescue about 6 years old and I LOVE all people. I am ok with dogs too, when it’s just us dogs, but when I am in a lap and a dog walks by I growl, don’t hurt them, just growl. I want to make sure they don’t try to steal MY lap. So, ideally I’d like to be an only furkid. I can give you all the love you need, so you won’t need any more doggies! If you would like to learn more about me or meet me, contact my foster mom at: n

Animal Welfare & Rescue Groups Miracles at Work


A New Leash on Life

Finding Great Homes for Jack Russell Terriers

336.723-1303, ext. 104


336.294.3822 or 336.708.0343

Almost Home Dachshund Rescue Society

Forsyth Humane Society / 336-721-1303

NC Airedale Rescue Animal Adoption & Rescue Foundation

Four Seasons Boxer Rescue

NC Cat Adoption Team

Animal Control of Forsyth County

Friends in Need Animal Rescue

NC Schnauzer Rescue

Friends Forever Adoptions

Piedmont Wildlife Rehab, Inc. / 336.703.3647 Animal Rescue & Foster Program / 336.574.9600 / 336.855.1899

Friends of Penny Min Pin Rescue

Project Racing Home Greyhound Adoptions

Boston Terrier Rescue of NC

Flurry’s Hope / 336.674.5774

(A Second Chance for Blind Horses)

Pug Rescue of NC

German Shepherd Rescue Adoptions

Red Dog Farm

Animal Rescue of Stokes County / 336.339.4368 Basset Rescue Crew of the Southeast, Inc. / 803.658.8229

Carolina Basset Hound Rescue

Greyhound Friends of NC

Carolina Care Bullies

Guilford County Animal Shelter / 336.644.7807 Ruff Love Rescue / 336.643.0233 Safe Haven Equine Rescue & Retirement / 336.297.5020

Chihuahua Rescue & Transport

Happy Hills Animal Foundation / 336.622.3620 / 336.375.3222

Humane Society of Davie County

Tailless Cat Rescue

Coalition to Unchain Dogs

336-790-7142 /

Humane Society of the Piedmont

Doberman Rescue of the Triad / 336.299.3060 Planned Pethood Spay & Neuter Clinic /336.299.3999 English Springer Rescue America SPCA of the Triad United States Equine League

336-669-5553 Triad Golden Retriever Rescue

Lab Rescue of NC

Waldo’s Service Dogs

Feral Cat Assistance Program, Inc. Spay/Neuter: 336.378.0878, #1 Adoptions & donations: 336.378.0878, Line 3 or Info on feral cats: 336.378.0878, #2

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Loving Pet Inn Adoptions, Inc. / 336.393.0670

We Care Shepherd Rescue

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Specific Breed and Various Local Rescue Groups Please see contact information listed with each featured animal.

Huber is a lover, not a fighter, in every sense of the word! He loves his chew toys and plays tug-of-war with them. The water hose or sprinkler will entertain him for hours! After his exercise, Huber will curl up next to his human on the couch. He likes to play with other dogs, isn’t stingy with his food, Carolina Care Bullies and goes into his crate on command. Huber will keep you laughing with his goofy antics like rolling around on the floor and staring at you upside down! Email Amanda at for details. n

Gray Baby. I am a single kitty girl, 11 months old, with a soft silver tabby coat and magical green eyes... purring patiently while waiting to be discovered by a certified cat lover with a feline vacancy to fill! My name is Gray Baby and I am a true survivor. If you want to join my kitty extraordinaire mutual admiration society I am taking applications. If you would like a Friends Forever Adoptions delightful kitty who knows how to play, socialize and impress then I am your girl! Please stop by and visit me in my condo at All Pet’s Considered at 2614 Battleground Avenue. I love visitors! I an completely vetted and very healthy. For more information about adopting me, contact Friends Forever at 336-855-1899 or e-mail n

Roxy. I’m having a “senior moment”, my owner passed away and now instead of living the easy life I am in rescue looking for a forever home. I’m 10 years old but I have lots of life left in me. My foster mom says I rule the roost because I am the boss. I really just want to hang out on the couch or your lap. I’m spayed, up to date on shots and I even have had my teeth Pug Rescue of NC cleaned. I go outside to potty and am also leash trained. I do require a special food because I have food allergies. I would do best in a house without cats or large dogs. If you need a warm body to cuddle up with, I am your girl!

handsome 2 ½ -3 year old gaited gelding left abandoned for months without food, water or shelter. Blaze has good ground manners, stands for the farrier and the vet, and loves to be brushed. Safe Haven Equine Rescue & Retirement Blaze has not been under a saddle, but, has been ridden in the past. A very inquisitive guy with a touch of mischievousness, which makes him so personable to be around. Blaze has gained his weight back, been vaccinated, dewormed, has had his feet trimmed and did great with all. He truly will make someone a great companion.

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Basset Mix Pups.

Blaze is a very

Four little 11 week old male Basset mix puppies were abandoned. They have had their first shots and worming! Miracles at Work Rescue All would make great pets. With their big bright eyes and soft velvety ears, they are cute as a button. Just look at those little faces! The only thing they need is a loving home!

Austin is not tailless, but he has one of the best purrsonalities I’ve ever seen! About 4 years old, he’s only about 8 lbs. He loves everyone...cats, dogs, people. And everyone loves him, even cats that don’t like other cats will sniff noses with Austin and not growl or hiss. He loves to snuggle in bed with you at Tailless Cat Rescue night, and on the couch during the day. He does have chronically watery eyes, but aside from a couple of supplements that may help, he doesn’t need any vet care or medication for it. Austin is neutered, wormed, vaccinated, microchipped and FeLV/FIV negative, and has had his teeth cleaned.

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July 2011

Success Stories - Please send us your stories of successful adoptions

Why I Rescue

by Mark Steed



started to name this “Why We Rescue”. But, it occurred to me that I can’t speak for anyone else. I tend to be far too philosophical to be useful. So, I speak for myself in the belief that animal rescue people share some common motivations. Not saying that I know what those are. My wife became involved with N.C. Pug Rescue a long time ago. She loves pug dogs. I got caught in the undertow. I can’t remember the year exactly. It was before our first rescue adoption, Hardy. Maybe 1990-ish. Back then, if I had my way I would never have become involved in rescue. I’m glad I didn’t have my way. Good old Hardy..maybe his story can explain why I rescue. In the early nineties my wife’s friend told her about this man who had a pug that needed to find a home. The story, as I understand it, was that Hardy lived with a single man a few miles west of us. Apparently, some neighborhood kids thought it was good sport to repeatedly take Hardy from his fenced yard, down the street to their house, where he was thrown over their fence to face off with their pit bull. Hardy was overweight which only aggravated the damage done to his legs from the flights over the fence. Just like for us, the emotional damage would outlast the physical. It was late in the day that spring evening when we met Hardy for the first time. He was friendly, chubby, smelly and nervous. His owner didn’t want to give him up, but

just didn’t see that he had a choice. He loved Hardy. I will never forget the moment we backed out of the driveway. Hardy was sitting on my lap, losing fur like crazy, and feeling something this side of terror. I looked at the man who began to cry as he spun around, walked into his house and closed the door. Sometimes life doesn’t give us good options. When we got home it was dark. We walked Hardy in a harness that would barely fit his cube of a body. His little legs were functional, but between the bad joints and the extra weight, the walks were short those first few weeks. That first night we took him upstairs with us for bed time. We discovered that he didn’t like to be picked up. Go figure. We made him a bed in the floor but, he liked to move around during the night. He would sleep on my wife’s side of the bed for a couple of hours and then move to my side of the bed. During the many nights that he was part of our family we would come to find great comfort in hearing his slow walk. We nicknamed him “chunka chunka”. That’s what his walk sounded like. It was one of those simple pleasures. Throughout the night I would reach over the side of the bed and feel Hardy’s soft coat. He had what’s called a double coat. His fur was softer than Egyptian cotton. When I would reach over and pet him in the middle of the night he would purr and moan. It became the source of great comfort for me. He was such a peaceful spirit. I miss that. Over time Hardy trimmed down. His legs worked much better even if he never had full mobility. Hardy became a joyful, loving and mostly trusting dog over time. At feeding time he would smile, bark and bounce on his front legs. He, like every pug I’ve ever met, loved to eat. He was joyful and brought joy into his world. Watching this “learning to trust” is a wonderful thing. What happens during this process is that we become persons worthy of trust. As Hardy learned to lay down some of his baggage, I learned to soften my heart. I have discovered that as long as we’re alive, this is a continuing process. There is no perfection of a person, or a pug, or anything

on this planet. The object is simply learning to let go, learning to trust. As the years went by Hardy’s body began to fail in a thousand small ways, just like it happens to us, if we’re lucky enough to live that long. At the same time he became a deeply peaceful being. I started to say dog, which he was, but the connotations we attach to that word don’t seem to paint the true picture. We say dog, we think “dumb animal”, inanimate object, which Hardy was not. It’s these connotations, these concepts of reality, that go unchallenged, that create the need for rescue. We do the same thing to groups of people. But that’s an argument for another day. Physical life is tenuous. We look at the world around us and those we love and see impermanence. Impermanence can be scary. And yet it is where we live. The religion that was named after the Buddha exists because of the issue of suffering. In a nut shell, life is unsatisfactory, full of suffering. We must decide what we will do about that, on the inside and on the out. The decisions we make will create or soothe suffering. Failing to make a decision, is a decision. It’s interesting, I think what I have observed is that many of our efforts to find pleasure have actually created suffering and our efforts to alleviate the suffering of others has alleviated the suffering in ourselves. The dreaded day eventually came. Hardy had a neurological thing and he was going fast. We rushed him to the emergency vet. There was nothing that could be done. We said goodby. Our lives were changing again. Impermanence. The act of rescuing implies also being rescued, for we are products of what we have fed our minds and spirits. The kindness we show others is very much a kindness unto ourselves. We become from intention rather than by accident (especially as an adult). The responsibility rests in each of us for who we will be tomorrow. No one (no sentient being) exists in a vacuum. I rescue to make my world a better place, inside and out. God calls each of us to a different path. Right now mine is with animals. July 2011


Training Your Pet



ody blocking is a method to control your dog without a leash. It requires one to use their hands less and their body more. Dogs use their bodies to communicate and control each other. They do this by controlling the space around them. Herding breeds are adept at space management. A dog will use its body to herd sheep by pushing into them and racing back and forth to move the sheep forward. Humans can use their bodies to guide a dog’s behavior. Body blocking is simply moving into the space your dog is about to occupy. The use of your hands is not necessary and I would recommend crossing them over your chest. Concentrate on moving your entire torso and legs. Think of yourself as a goalie in a ball game. Some examples of behaviors to control are, jumping on humans and racing out the door. The method can also prevent a dog from rushing to a potentially dangerous item on the floor that could be hazardous. It is common for dogs to jump when greeting humans. If you can anticipate when your dog is about to jump, cross your arms in front of you and move into the space he is about to occupy. Most dogs will back up and try again. Continue this method until he keeps his paws on the ground. When he does, reward him! 38

It is impolite and dangerous for your dog to run out a door without permission. Move in front of your dog. Position yourself between the door and your dog. Tell him to wait. If he moves toward the door, occupy his space, (body block). Move into him if you need him to back up. He will scoot back. Continue the exercise until he is successfully waiting in front of you. It also can be dangerous for your dog to snatch an item off the floor that he is not allowed to possess. It can be helpful and sometimes safer to put your body between the item and your dog. This is a body block to prevent him from having access to the item. This is particularly helpful when you own more than one dog. The degree of your dog’s space you need to occupy varies greatly with the personality of your dog. More exuberant, pushy dogs will take a more skillful approach. It may take some time to convince them that you don’t plan on moving out of their way. Less confident dogs, and space sensitive dogs may only need you to lean towards them with your torso or take a step in their direction. It is important to remember, you don’t want to overwhelm your dog, but simply guide their movements. When your dog responds, remember always to praise him. When you are more aware of your

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body language and know what works well with your dog, you will better learn to communicate with him. Space management is a safe method that can be used within your home when a leash is not available. It can eliminate a lot of collar grabbing, which in some dogs can cause fear or aggression. If your dog does show any aggression while training, it is best to get the help of a professional.

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ypsy Shelterdog was not always her name. In the shelter she was known as Roxie, another one word named dog, waiting for someone to notice them at the overcrowded animal shelter. Roxie at least gave her an identity to the prospective families that came to look at her. People came and went at the Guilford County Animal Shelter. Sometimes they spoke at her as they passed. They were as indifferent as the gray concrete, and wire that enclosed her. One day which started like the others, with the feeding, barking and people walking by looking into her cage, something amazing happened. A lady named Annie, her husband, and her son had decided to come to the Guilford County Animal Shelter to adopt a dog. They had decided that they did not want a puppy; they wanted an adult dog, because it is harder for adult dogs to find homes. Something about Roxie made her different, even though at the time she thought they were just strang-


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