PawPrints Magazine September 2023

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Priceless September 2023 Adopt ♥ Rescue ♥ Donate ♥ Foster ♥ Volunteer TM Expanding Families One Pet at a Time

Hi, everyone! I’m Marley, a Morkie mix puppy, and this is my feline friend, Knox. We’re inviting you to attend the 15th Wilmington Fur Ball! This joyful and fun evening benefits rescue animals (like us) from New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender Counties. You’ll come together with other animal lovers while enjoying lavish hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, champagne, a live band, and the opportunity to bid on many live and silent auction items. The event will be held on November 4, 2023, from 6:30pm to 10:30pm at The Plaza On Princess. Tickets are $150 each and are available online now at So dust off your dancing shoes and prepare for a night of great entertainment. It’s an event you won’t want to miss! Please see the ad on page 12.

Both Knox and I are up for adoption at Pender County Humane Society. I’m a friendly, playful darling, just 3-months-old. Knox and his sister Ginger are a bonded pair, just 1-year-old, and as loving as can be. Please call 910-259-7022 to meet me or them!

Thank you to Cathy from Wiggle Butts Photography for giving us this chance to shine and be adopted!

Photo by: Wiggle Butts Photography

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Hi, my name is Anna ( from the movie Frozen). I am a 3-year-old Pit mix girl! I have been a part of C.A.R.E. for about 4-months now while going through heartworm treatment and I am FINALLY almost ready for adoption! I LOVE people, ignore cats, and will require a proper introduction to new dogs! Once I finish recovering from heartworm treatment I hope to start puppy play and get rid of all of this built-up energy! My friends at Atlantic Animal Hospital describe me as the most perfect wild child! I can not wait to be in my forever home! Please reach out if you are interested in adopting me by calling 910-256-2624 or emailing

Hi, my name is Coco. People say I'm a bully breed, but I'm not a bully at all. I'm kinda a mush but don't tell anyone. I'm about 5-years-old but you would never know it! My life didn’t start out so well but now I am with my foster Mama and she's taking great care of me. I went to the doggy doctor and got neutered and vaccinated. They told me I had those wormy things in my heart (I think they call it heartworm) but not to worry, the rescue who is helping us said they would take care of everything! How cool is that? Anyways, I got a little microchip so if I get lost, people can help me get back home (I hope I have my very own soon). I did really great at a recent event with lots of people and other pups. I made a couple of furry friends so I'm really excited. I really think I would be just fine being by myself with my humans (I love belly rubs) or with a really cool fur sister. Like my buddy, Wallen (on page 22), I'm kinda a ladies man. If you would like to meet me, please let my people know. Call Freedom Bridge Animal Rescue NC at 843-614-0231 or email

I am sponsored by Cape Fear Spay/Neuter Clinic.

I am sponsored by Atlantic Animal Hospital who supports Coastal Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.).

My name is Viper I was rescued from an overcrowded shelter. There are SOOOO many homeless animals right now. It is pitiful. It is very hard to compete for a home. I am just 3-months-old, sweet, loving and playful and I am hoping I catch someone's eye. I am a pretty girl who has seen some things in my short life. Will you come adopt me, love me and keep me safe forever? Meet me at Petco at 324 S. College Road near Market Street or text Melinda at 910-471-6909. For more info, updates and upcoming adoption events, visit us online at or on Facebook at

I am sponsored in honor of all the wonderful foster mommies and daddies who care for homeless animals.

My name is River and as a puppy, I was abandoned. For over a year, I lived by the trailer where I’d been left. Today, I am 20-months-old and weigh 70 pounds. I’m such a good boy and I’m hoping to find a forever family. Since my former humans let me down, I thrive with lots of positive reinforcement. A quiet home with a secure fenced yard and two-leggeds who have German Shepherd experience would be a dream come true for me.

Because of past trauma, I prefer women and I’m leery of large men. I have been a real joy in my foster home. I love my foster mommy and, with time, I’ve come to love my foster daddy, too. I love to have a good time and I like toys and playing fetch. I’m intelligent, love training time and have quickly learned basic commands. I’ve also learned to walk nicely on a leash and how to get in and out of cars. I’ve done well meeting new people and I’m good with cats and some dogs. If you’d like to adopt a total love bug who will follow you everywhere, I pray you will consider me. I am neutered, vaccinated, and on heartworm prevention. Call or text Coastal Canine Rescue at 910-470-5554 or email

I am sponsored in loving memory of Nolan, a compassionate dog lover.

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PawPrints Magazine is dedicated to saving the lives of homeless animals by promoting shelter adoptions. We provide an up to date pictorial directory of shelters, humane societies and rescue organizations in the Cape Fear area. Deadline for submissions is before the 15th of each month. Please call to verify date.

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In This Issue

Volume 22 - Number 6
8-9 11 13 15 17 19 21 27 29 31 33 35 37 39 41 45 Animal Shelters & Organizations: Adoption Options............................................................. New Hanover Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Unit.......... Pender County Humane Society....................................... Thundering Paws Pet Adoption…….................................. All 4 Cats........................................................................... Paws Place........................................................................ Cat Adoption Team...... Feline Urgent Rescue and Rehab..................................... Roseys Rescue................................................................. Onslow County Animal Services…......…….……………... Hamilton’s Healing Hearts.…………...……………………. Cat Tails............................................................................ Adopt-An-ANGEL........ Pender County Animal Shelter............……....……..…….. New Hanover Humane Society......................................... Fresh Start Rescue…………………...…………………….. Please Recycle
Features: Adoption Celebration...........................................................................46 15th Wilmington Fur Ball.................................................................12 Meet Our Adoptable September Cover Models: Marley & Knox…..2 Happy Tails: Where Is She Now?…………..……………………......28 September 2023 7 19 15 9 10 26 31

Adoption Options

We are all from different Animal Rescues. Please read our stories!


Hi, I am George. I am an 8 to 9-week-old kitten who was rescued from running in-between cars on a busy road. I have had my initial vaccines and I am looking for a forever home where I can live my best life indoors. I am shy at first but once I trust you, I am a playful ball of energy. If you would like more info, please fill out an application at You may also call 910-352-5150. ♥


My name is Patty and I’m a sweet 15-month-old girl who is looking for a forever home. I love attention and will follow you around and meow at you to let you know I’d like to be petted. I’m fine with female cats however I do not get along with male cats and I’ve never been around dogs. I would do better with older kids and in a quiet home. I’m fully vetted, spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. To adopt me, call Operation Topcat at 910-200-0612 or send an email to


My friends call me Sweet Pea and I certainly live up to my name! I love to rub all over you and I’m very playful. I am dog tolerant, but would do very well in a house with other cats. I’m up to date on vaccines and spayed so I’m ready for my forever home. My only request is that you please have balls for play time!

Please call 919-710-3872 or email if you’d like to visit with me. ♥


My name is Hebrew and I’m a 1-year-old Hound mix. I have a very sweet temperament and I’m great around other dogs. I love my toys, I walk well on a leash and I’m eager to learn my obediencetraining. I’m crate-trained, current on shots, heartworm negative, neutered and microchipped. I don’t try to dig out or jump a fence but I’m looking for a home with a fenced yard and an adventure loving family. To meet me, email or call 910-470-5554.


I am Roxy, a beautiful medium-sized girl with the most beautiful eyes. I am a sweet, adorable girl with a gentle soul who would love to show a new family just how much love I have to give. I am very friendly and do well with kids, and other dogs, and I’ve been around cats, also. I enjoy walks and adventures just as much as laying on the couch and cuddling. I am very treat-motivated, eager to please and ready to learn more exciting tricks. I am crate-trained and very well-behaved. If you are ready for a big mush of a baby, then I’m your girl! To apply, please go to and start the application process. For more info, call 910-375-3105. ♥


Darling Kitten Alert! I’m just relaxing in this cozy bed and wondering why all my siblings have been adopted and I’m still here? I’m thinking it’s because the best is always saved for last! I’m a 5-month-old boy, extremely handsome, cuddly and loveable. I don’t yet have a name, but I’m sure you’ll think up a great one for me! Won’t you come to SOAR and watch me play with my toys? You can even pick me up for a nice cuddle or two. The shelter is open for adoptions on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 8am to Noon. You can also call 910-457-6340 with questions.

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Adoption Options

We are all from different Animal Rescues. Please read our stories!


My name is Mike and I was pulled from the county shelter more than 3-months-ago. I had a wonderful home waiting for me, but something came up and they were not able to welcome me. Now I am stuck in kennel boarding with only my toys to keep me company. I am getting very stressed - I NEED A NEW HOME ASAP! I am a great boy who loves snuggles, belly rubs, walks and of course, I love toys. I am neutered, vaccinated and on heartworm preventative. Help me get out of this cage by calling or texting Sean at 910-918-5118 or Silvia at 910-876-0539. Remember no one will ever love you like a dog who was once abandoned. ♥


My name is Ariel, like the Little Mermaid! I love adventure just like she does, but that’s because I’m only 5-months-old. I’m also just 40 pounds now, but I’m a Poodle/Pyrenees mix so I’m gonna be a big girl. I’m part of the ‘Deep Sea Dogs’ group and am learning all the manners I need to be a great family pet. Fill out an adoption application on You can also call 732-693-8462 or email with any questions. I am one of five dogs, so if I’m not your type, check out the others on the website too! ♥


Hi there! I’m a very sweet Orange Tabby boy named Ludwig. You may remember me from past issues. I had found a home, but my pet parent developed a medical condition that prevented her from continuing to care for me. So, which one of you reading this will adopt me and take me back into the home environment I so love? I’m a fun and feisty guy who will do well in a single cat household with adults only. I enjoy plenty of play time and am one of the handsomest cats around, if I do say so myself. Email or call 910-256-2624 and let’s plan a time to get together! ♥


I’m Abel, a 10-year-old Chihuahua who weighs 14 pounds. I love with my whole heart and I love all other dogs. I have a heart murmur and I take a daily maintenance drug to stay healthy. I would like a home with a woman who likes to snuggle. I am nervous with men but get used to them with time. Once I settle in with you, I promise to be loyal and stay by your side. To adopt, call 910-579-0407 or fill out an application at

Hi, I’m Barney and I’m an 8 to 10-year-old boy who weighs 30 pounds. I’m a Basset Hound and Wire-Haired Terrier mix. I am heartworm negative, vaccinated and neutered. I am deaf and have poor vision but my heart is fully capable of showering you with love. I’m really sweet and I get along with all other dogs but will sometimes bump into them. I am ready to spend my days wandering around your home. I do get used to my surroundings and get comfortable very quickly.

To adopt me, please call 910-579-0407. You may also fill out an adoption application at

My name is Annie and I’m a 5-year-old mixed breed girl. I weigh 57 pounds, I am heartworm negative and I’m spayed and vaccinated. I am moderately active but would like a fenced in yard with regular neighborhood walks. I really love people and will roll over to get belly rubs. I can be picky about my dog friends so I would do best in a home with no other animals. If you are an experienced big dog parent, I would love to meet you. To adopt me, please call 910-579-0407. You may also fill out an adoption application at

September 2023 9
Photo by: Michael Cline Photography

Six Things that Make Fear Free Vet Visits Different:

■ Calming Environment with Pheromone Diffusers

■ Calming Music to Promote Relaxation

■ Reduction of Stressful Noises

■ Variety of Treats Available

■ Calming Meds Prescribed as Needed

■ Possibly delaying or postponing appointments when pets show excessive signs of fear, anxiety or stress.

I’m Checkers, a beautiful 6-year-old female Calico. I am already spayed and vaccinated. You can often find me getting cozy under a blanket. I’m friendly but it takes me a little time to explore new people and places before getting completely comfortable. Once I’m familiar with my new surroundings, I’m the sweetest girl who loves being the center of attention.

910-313-3326 6005

We're Happy To Welcome You Back In To Our Newly Renovated Hospital!

I’ve been around other cats, but a quiet home with no small children would be best for me. For more information, please call Carolina Animal Protection Society (CAPS) at 910-455-9682, send an email to or visit us online at

I am sponsored by Greenwood Pet Camp in memory of Duke.

I hope this striking pose pulls at your heartstrings because I’m so ready to be part of a forever family! My name is Beau (A466789) and I’m a 4-year-old Hound boy who is totally loveable! I enjoy all types of toys and am very social. The staff say I’m an absolute goofball and lots of fun to be around. I’m already neutered so you don’t have to worry about that. Oh, if you have another dog at home already, please bring him or her over to meet me! I’m at New Hanover Sheriff's Office Animal Services Unit and adoption hours are Monday through Friday from 11am to 3:30pm and on Saturday from 8am to 11:30am. For more information, please call 910-798-7500.

I am sponsored by Christy Lee. Thank you!

10 September 2023 Dineen Animal Hospital 1132 Floral Parkway - Wilmington, NC 28403 JEFF J. DINEEN, D.V.M. EVE MILLS, D.V.M. (910) 799-3400 Cats ~ Dogs
Dr. Christian Bolz Dr. Debbie Bolz
Dr. Rebecca Cozart Dr. Daniel Houlihan Dr. Colleen Peat
Carolina Beach Road (1 mile south of Monkey Junction across from Harris Teeter Fuel Station)

◄I’m a very beautiful black and white girl who is looking for a loving family and a cozy spot to lay my head. At just 5-years of age, I’m already spayed and ready to go! I enjoy cat nip and like the cat toys that have cat nip in them (naturally!) My ID number is A471387 but I deserve a much better name than that. Even Oreo will do! Come on over and get to know me. ♥

►I’m Ryder (A464474), a goofy, silly fellow who will keep you entertained! I love to romp and play with toys in the yard but if you have a treat handy I’ll sit right down for it. In fact, the volunteer trainer bragged on me and said she could tell I’ve already been trained! At 3-years-old, I’m a neutered Pit Bull mix boy. If you have another dog, bring him or her out to the shelter for a meeting! ♥

◄I’m a Boxer boy who would love to belong to a real forever family! Won’t you come visit and get to know me? I adore treats and will be happy to go in the play yard with you for a snack and a ball toss or two. You see, I also love games and toys and am active and playful. I even like to chase water from the water hose! I’m 5-years-old and my ID number is A471184. I’ll keep my eye out for you! ♥

►I’m a gorgeous Pit Bull boy who the shelter staff very affectionately calls an “absolute goofball”. They say I have an outgoing personality and I love to play and engage with people and toys. Like all youngsters (I’m just 1-yearold) I could benefit from basic training to bring out my full potential. If you have another dog, please bring him or her over to meet me. My ID number is A471240. See you soon! ♥

◄Just look at me chillin’ in my cat cage here at the shelter… wouldn’t I look even better on a comfy cat bed or blanket at your house? I’m a 2-year-old orange and white Tabby boy who enjoys my cat nip treats and cat nip toys. I’d also enjoy receiving a new name, as currently my moniker is ID number A471139. Think of something more catchy on your way over, okay? ♥

I’m a total cutie-pie and the name is Dwight (A472523)!

I’m 2-yearsold and sweet as can be. I love to play with cat toys, I enjoy my catnip and all sorts of treats, and I love to get attention from nice folks like you! I’m neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and ready to be your best boy! ♥

September 2023 11 New Hanover Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Unit Call 910-798-7500 or visit to adopt! 180 Division Dr. Wilmington, NC 28401

Pender County Humane Society

◄Hi! I’m Piper, a 10½-month-old shorthaired Tabby girl. I’m a very observant kitty. I like watching you, and then when I’m comfortable, I’ll come over to greet you. I am spayed, up to date on vaccinations, litterbox-trained and microchipped. Won’t you please come get to know me? I’m looking for a kind and gentle cat-lover who will enjoy watching me blossom. ♥

►When will it be my turn to go home? Hi, my name is Maggie and I’m a beautiful striped Tabby girl who’s been waiting for a family since 2021. At just 1½-years of age, I’ve got a lot of time ahead to make my new family very happy.

I’m friendly with other cats and wouldn’t mind a dog as long as he’s friendly to me. I have a sweet, toy-loving personality and am spayed, vaccinated and litterbox-trained. Let’s go! ♥

◄Hey there, I’m a darling, friendly girl named Riley! I celebrated my first birthday on November 25, 2022. Poor me, I’ve been bounced around in four different places in my first year of life, and I’m ready to settle down in my forever home!

I am a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, black and white in color, and I’m already spayed and up to date on vaccines. Please come and make me your newest family member! ♥

◄Terrific Tabby Alert! Hi everyone, I’m sweet Cora, a 10½-month-old Tabby girl with the most beautiful fur markings. I enjoy playing with toys and would love to entertain you with my antics in my new home. I am so happy to greet people in the playroom and I enjoy purring while you pet me. I am vaccinated, spayed, microchipped and litterbox-trained. I’ll be waiting for you, so hurry over today! ♥

◄I’m Skeeter, a sweet boy with creamy orange fur, so buttery soft. I enjoy meeting new people and I also get along well with other cats. I’m a playful fellow, too, and have been known to chase the laser light all around the room! My sister and I came to the shelter many months ago. She has found her forever home and I am more than ready to find mine. At 1-year-old, I’m neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and litterbox-trained. Come scoop me up in your arms! ♥

◄I’M THE CAT COVER MODEL! Remember me, Knox, from the cover? I’m pictured here with my best friend Ginger (the Calico girl on the left), and we are back at the shelter through no fault of our own! We were adopted in October 2022 but sadly a human house member had allergies to cats, so we’re once again searching for a home. We lived with two dogs, so if you have a cat-friendly dog, that’s ok with us! We just turned 1-year-old and are fixed, vaccinated, litterbox-trained and microchipped. We have friendly, loving, engaging personalities and we hope to stay together. ♥

September 2023 13 P. O. Box 626, Burgaw NC 28425
To adopt, call 910-259-7022 or apply online at
Photo by Michael Cline Photography Photo by Michael Cline Photography

I’m a very sweet Shepherd mix boy named Rhino (A450157), and I’ve captured the hearts of all the shelter staff. My previous owner abandoned me and I was very underweight, but my new friends have been taking care of me and now I’m looking and feeling great! I’m around 5 to 8-years-old, very food motivated, already neutered, and I absolutely LOVE to be brushed. I enjoy being around other laid-back dogs. If you have another dog, feel free to bring him or her to the shelter to meet me! I’m at New Hanover Sheriff's Office Animal Services Unit in Wilmington. Adoption hours are Monday - Friday from 11am to 3:30pm and on Saturday from 8am to 11:30am. For info, call 910-798-7500.

I am sponsored by Pawville. Thank you!

I’m Mango, a bright orange 1-year-old Tabby cat boy who was born to a feral mom in someone's yard. I was being fed outside but all I wanted was to come inside and be petted. Finally, I have my wish! I am affectionate, social and sweet and I love to be petted. I am smart and learned how to use the litter box immediately. I’m a playful cat and love to chase balls that make noise as they roll. I really enjoy the company of other cats so I’m looking for a home where I can be a companion to another feline or more. Please call or text Cat Adoption Team at 910-599-2755 to meet me! You can also send an email to, or message my friends on Facebook @CatAdoptionTeamNC.

I am sponsored by Danny and Lisa Merritt in memory of all their fur babies waiting at the Rainbow Bridge.


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◄▲We are an adorable duo who were born 3/18/23 and we are searching for our forever homes. My name is Luna and I’m a pretty black and white girl. I’m adventurous, playful and very affectionate. I’m a social butterfly who is good with other cats. I’m the sweetest furball who loves to be petted. My sister, Socks, is a gentle mediumhaired tuxedo girl who loves to play with other cats and chase toys. She is cuddly and loves to be held and that means she’s ready to bring you lots of love. We are current on vaccinations, tested negative for Feline Leukemia/FIV and are spayed. ♥

◄We are two adorable brothers who are 4-months-old. My name is Smoky and I’m super friendly and affectionate.

I love toys, playing, running, climbing and being a total goofball of energy. I’m quite fun and I have small tufts of white on my chest and belly. My brother, Stripes, is a super-cute and playful orange Tabby. He enjoys attention, cuddles and neck scratches. Since we are bonded to each other, it would be meowtastic if we could go to a furever home together. ♥

►I’m a spayed 10-month-old girl named Gigi. I get along with kids, cats and dogs and love to be around humans! I’m a very happy and affectionate cat who loves to play pickle ball. I am spayed and vaccinated and looking for a loving home! ♥

►I’m really tired of being overlooked so I’m wearing this Zorro mustache and Indiana Jones hat to try and get your attention. Did it work? I sure the heck hope so. I’m Clyde and I was born in September 2022. I may have been the smallest of my siblings but I am the loudest talker. I enjoy the simple pleasures in life: cardboard boxes and cuddles. I can make biscuits anywhere! I purr super loud when you pet or hold me. I get along very well with cats of all ages and love to hang out with cat buddies. I’m already fixed, microchipped, vaccinated, and tested FIV/FeLV negative. I’m ready to bring lots of fun to my forever home! ♥

◄Hi, I am a very handsome long-haired boy named Simba. I am neutered, 3-years-old, tested negative for FIV/FeLV, and tested negative for heartworms. I got all my shots and treatment for an ear infection. I will go back for booster shots and another checkup soon. I am very gentle and have a kind personality, but get spooked by loud noises.

I’d love to find a quieter home and I get along with cats and small breed dogs. ♥

◄I'm Dora and I love to explore! I get along with young children and cats. I’m the most adventurous of my litter and also enjoy my quiet love time with humans. Fuego is my littermate and he’s really handsome. He has beautiful blue gray eyes! He is playful, loves to be held and gets along with cats and children. Our mom was rescued and we are now in foster care and ready for our homes. We are 3-months-old and had two rounds of vaccinations. Our mom tested negative for Feline Leukemia/ FIV and we have only been indoors since we were born. We are super-loving and affectionate. ♥

September 2023 15 For information, please visit Please call 910-224-6068 or email to adopt!
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My name is Fish! I am a wonderful young dog who is about 3-years of age. I am a 50 pound Pit Bull mix and I need someone familiar with my breed. I do great with dogs, kids and everyone I meet. I am house-trained, I’ve had some obedience-training and I am learning good manners from my foster mom. You should see her walk me with five other dogs at the same time. She says I am a real character. I recently went to a fundraiser at a local brewery and I stole the show! Everyone loved me and I loved everyone. If you would like to adopt me, call Sam with Adopt-An-ANGEL at 910-443-7507 or visit

I am sponsored by Oasis Massage Therapy.

Can you tell how comfortable I am in front of the camera?

That’s because I’m a social, friendly and relaxed boy who enjoys hanging out with humans and being their best friend! My name is Frankie and I’m just the sweetest little fellow who loves to be held. My favorite place to be is in your arms or on your shoulder while I purr and purr away! At 1-year of age, I’m neutered, up to date on vaccines and litterbox-trained. I was born to be someone's dearest companion, so I hope you'll do yourself a big favor and come meet me today! I’m at Pender County Humane Society in Burgaw. The shelter is open six days a week, so give them a call at 910-259-7022 for visiting hours!

I am sponsored by the Furry Friends Re-sale Shop in honor and memory of all the animals who've passed through the doors of Pender County Humane Society.

Photo by Michael Cline Photography

◄My name is Lucky Lady but I haven’t had much luck at adoption fairs. I’m not sure why because everyone tells me how beautiful and sweet I am. Is it because I have black fur?

I’m 1-year-old and my favorite things in life are belly rubs, Temptations treats, and butt scratches - I looooove those. Aside from people, I get along well with other cats and would make a good companion cat for another animal. I’ve been told I have mesmerizing eyes, so you should come look into them to see the love I could have for you! Come meet me and submit an application today. ♥

Adoption Fairs EVERY Saturday from 11am - 3pm at Pet Supplies Plus in Porters Neck or call 910-707-4372 to meet by appointment.

►My name is Pecan Pie and I am a sweet, special needs kitty. I love to talk and chirp for attention. I get along very well with other cats and would be ideal as a companion for your existing cat. I’m very curious and must inspect everything thoroughly, for safety of course. My new favorite hobby is watching the fish tank - I’ll stare all day. I’m also a big fan of ear scratches and string toys. Early in life, I suffered an injury to my backside, which severed many nerve endings and made me mildly incontinent. I don’t have many accidents at all, maybe only once every few weeks. I do try to make it by the litterbox, so my condition is manageable. I also don’t do the best with very young children. I’ve been looking for a forever home for over a year now. Will you adopt me? ♥

► Hello! My name is Lilleigh and my owner recently passed away. It was an extremely difficult time for me, but I’m ready to move forward with a new family. I am 13-years-old and was declawed by my previous owner. I am a professional Lap Cat and want nothing more than to sit with you and purr the day away. I tolerate being held, but only by people I trust, so children under 5 wouldn’t be the best fit. I get along great with other animals though. If you have a spot for me in your home, please reach out to us to meet me. ♥

►My name is Stitches and I may be blind, but I will always find you for endless head bonks. I am 100% blind due to illness as a kitten. You’d never know it because I am the social butterfly of the house and I play like crazy. I get along very well with other animals and I love cuddling, grooming, and playing with other cats. I am inquisitive and navigate well using my other senses, but loud noises do scare the bejeesus out of me and I sometimes bump into things. As such, my home needs to be safeguarded. My ideal home is a calm and safe environment, preferably with other cats. If you think I fit into your family, please let me know. I don’t go to adoption events, so message us so you can meet me in my foster home.♥

◄I’m Kanu, a quintessential goofball. I am 7-years-old and more loving than you can imagine. I use my tongue a lot - either it’s sticking out like in this picture, it’s grooming other cats, or it’s licking your forehead. I like to sit right on top of my foster dad’s head and either sleep or groom. I love to play and I do great with other cats, but my favorite thing to do is cuddle with you. I would not do great with toddlers and infants as I can get so excited with attention that I get overstimulated. I had been surviving on the streets for a long time and when I was rescued, I was completely emaciated and had a broken front tooth. My tooth has been removed, the other teeth cleaned, and I have gained back all my weight...and then some. If you are looking for a best buddy, look no further! ♥

►Hello Cat Lovers! My name is Miss Snickers and I am 13-years-old. My owner passed away recently, and it made me really sad, but I’m ready to find the new love of my life. I am an unbelievably sweet girl and there’s not much I love more than cuddlingmaybe naps now that I think about it. I was declawed by my previous owner and I get along well with cats and dogs. If you’re interested in meeting me, please let us know.

September 2023 17 Please visit us at & Adoptions by appointment. Call / text 910-707-4372 or email! All
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We are a bonded brother and sister pair who would love to be adopted together. At 4-months-old, we are curious, friendly, playful and full of love. Come cuddle us at Southport Oak Island Animal Rescue (SOAR), and call 910-457-6340 with any questions. Hope to see you soon!

Sponsored in loving memory of Roxy.

◄Hi! I am Ken! You know, like that handsome, blonde hunk in that new movie. My sister Barbie and I traveled a long way to get here! We got on this big thing they call a plane and flew from St. Croix to Paws Place! That’s a big adventure for a 10 pound, 2-month-old pup like me! I like to think it makes me more worldly, don’t ya think? I mean, who doesn’t love a traveling island boy? I am exactly what you’ve been looking for, so I’ll see you when you get here! ♥

◄Hi, I am Harry Potter! Can you guess why they call me Harry Potter? If you guessed that I have a scar above my eye… you’re right! I’m told it just adds to my cuteness! As you can see, I’m just a pup at 5½-months-old. I have 8 siblings here with me at Paws Place and we are all curious, friendly and playful. We are ready to find our forever homes or ‘HOUSES’, if you’d rather. As much as I’d love to be assorted in a respected Gryffindor house, I won’t be picky. Hufflepuffs are okay, too! ♥

◄Hi y’all! I am Margot! You know, like that Australian actress! I have a bubbly personality and great hair, just like her! I mean, look at these ears! I am just a little over a year old so I am still full of energy. I am looking for a forever family who will take me on all of the adventures! If you are looking for a loveable cuddle bug, I am your girl! I am 45 pounds of cuddles! I am new at the shelter and the humans are taking such good care of me, but I’m really ready to be adopted and make someone so very happy! ♥

◄Hey, I am Gouda!

As you can see, I am a very handsome Hound mix boy. At 3-years of age, I’m also an energetic and bubbly social butterfly who loves to play! I am looking for a super-fun family to go on all kinds of adventures with! I absolutely love the outdoors! If you are looking for a hiking, beach or walking partner…I am your guy! The best thing about me is that after a long day of adventure I am 60 pounds of pure cuddle bug! I just can’t wait to meet you! ♥

►Hi, I am Smudge! I am 37 pounds of pure goof ball! I am a busy, busy little guy! It is a miracle that they were able to get such a clear photo of me...I must be a model. I mean, look how handsome I am. Now I must tell you that I did test positive for those things called heartworms, so even though I’m a super-active boy, I really should be taking it easy. If you are looking for a very fun, cute and unique pup, I am your guy! Can’t wait to see you soon! ♥

◄Hi friends, my name is Neo! I am one of two tri-pawds here at Paws Place! Yeah, you read that right. I am a sweet, three-legged, 53-pound, 3-year-old boy who is looking for a loving home. I am a bit shy, but also full of energy. I am still getting used to this whole three-legged lifestyle, but I love going on walks so it’s helping me get familiar with it. I know how to sit but only when the humans have those cookies shaped like bones. I am looking for my forever family, one who is loving, patient and kind. Does that describe you? Please come visit me soon! ♥

September 2023 19 Paws Place 242 George II Hwy, Winnabow, NC 28479 Send inquiries for adoption to or call 910-845-7297.

Cheeto is my name and investigating is my game! I’m a curious 2 or 3-year-old boy who loves to take in all the sights and sounds this world has to offer! I take my investigating skills very seriously and work to hone them every day. Nothing gets past me. No siree! My interests include bird-watching, nap-taking and play-wrestling with toys or a kitty friend. I am a handsome fellow and an independent gentleman who wants chin scratches and forehead kisses when I greet you at the door. I will follow you around and tell you all about my adventures - so much happened while you were gone! If you are after a cat who is playful, loving and curious, come and see about me! To meet me or to ask any questions, please call my friends at 910-262-8890.

I am sponsored by The Ruffian Foundation. Thank you!

My name is Copper, and I’m a bit like the grumpy but loveable Oscar Madison of “The Odd Couple.” I’m a sweet, older guy who is calm and submissive around other dogs, but I get a little irritated if someone bothers me while I’m sleeping. I’m a 15-year-old boy and came to CBHR with fellow Basset Lily. We were together a long time, but she unexpectedly crossed the Rainbow Bridge in late February 2022. So now I’m alone. As a mature dude, I find change a little difficult and need time to feel comfortable in a new situation - but I am not aggressive. I am showing a lot of improvement and I’m well-mannered and affectionate. It’s best to approach me slowly if you want to pet me, but I really do like those rubs. I get along with my foster family’s young grandchildren, but as with most dogs, I should be watched around children. I like to sleep on my dog bed and my mobility is pretty good for an older guy. I also like to play, I have a good appetite, and I don’t jump on the furniture because I’m a low-rider dog and prefer the floor. I know I’m no puppy, but I still have a lot of love left to give. To adopt me or another Basset, call Carolina Basset Hound Rescue at 888-909-2387 or visit

I am sponsored by

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◄I’m Winter, a sweet and happy little boy, despite a rough start in life being abandoned in a box at a Walmart. I love to run and play with toys and with the other kittens, even though I only see with one eye. My other eye was destroyed by infection. I don’t even mind the big old dogs at my foster home. Don’t me and my twin Wally (who is pictured next to me) make the cutest pair of kittens you’ve ever seen? Call or text 910-599-2755! ♥

►I’m Tortellini, a gorgeous long haired patch Tabby with white on my face, chest, belly and feet. I’m a good-natured and social girl who loves to sleep with my human. I respond to my name and come when called. Almost two years ago I was rescued as a kitten, along with my siblings, by a hunter who found us abandoned in a field. I’m the perfect age for adopting as my personality just shines and I’ll be so thankful for my own forever home. Call or text 910-599-2755 to meet me! ♥

◄I’m Little Bit, a sweet, loving girl with a big purr. I turned 11 in April 2023. An indoor cat, I unfortunately found myself homeless and outside, when my owner passed away two months earlier. I used to spend time with my elderly owner, sitting faithfully next to her and watching TV together. I am a flexible, friendly cat, who immediately responded to everyone when I was rescued and let everyone pet me. And I’m just beautiful with a long black/brown coat and stunning green olive eyes. I am so deserving of a second chance and a new person who will fall in love with my gentle personality. To meet me, please call or text Cat Adoption Team at 910-599-2755. ♥

◄I’m Wally and I was left with my littermates in a carboard box by Walmart. A kind visitor from out of town spotted the box and called Cat Adoption Team. Of the five kittens in my litter, I’m the only one with perfectly healthy eyes. I’m a 3-month-old brown/black Tabby boy and I’m the sweetest little kitten ever! 910-599-2755 is the number to call! ♥

◄I’m Phoenix, a grateful young adult girl who was rescued from the street as I was giving birth to four adorable kittens. My life was saved weeks later when I was rushed to the hospital with acute mastitis and sepsis. Slowly recovering, I have turned out to be a sweet, affectionate cat, who, to everyone’s surprise, is very playful! I love to bat my toys around and chase them down the hall. I get along well with other cats and love to hang out near my humans. To meet me, call or text 910-599-2755. ♥

▲We’re Grits and Milky and we were left in a bucket on the side of the road in the July heat along with three other siblings. We would not have survived had we not been rescued by a student. Now, at 3-months-old, we are happy little fuzz balls who zoom around like white streaks during our games of chase. We love to be held and purr as soon as you snuggle with us. Call or text 910-599-2755 to adopt!

September 2023 21 For more information, visit To adopt, please email or text/call 910-599-2755.
: Cat Adoption Team
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If you would like more information, please call Feline Urgent Rescue and Rehab at 864-483-2444 or send an email to

Terry is our personal assistant and she’ll be happy to answer any questions and arrange a time for us to meet.

Could we crash at your place for awhile?

If you have a spare room or bathroom, please consider fostering a kitty or two. You will be the bridge between what was and what can be. A pathway to a new life. Fostering is a very rewarding experience for a family or an individual. You will get to enjoy the company of us lovely kitties and feel like a hero. Because you will be to us!

Wilmington to Hampstead location required.

Hi everyone, my name is Wallen I am only about 4-years-old and 70 pounds of cuteness (well that's what my foster parents say). I wasn't in a very good situation but now I'm so excited to start my new life. You see, I really didn't have a lot of time with my humans and I had really itchy skin all the time! I was kinda miserable but then these really nice people said they could help me and off I went to the doggy doctor. I'm ALL better now. I’m heartworm negative and my very handsome fur is all back.

I'm a pretty attractive boy, if I do say so myself. I am fully vaccinated and will be neutered soon. I like other pups, if they are ladies. I think I might be ok with boys (if introduced slowly) but hey, I really think I'm more of a ladies man! I would really love my own fenced yard for my zoomies. My foster parents are helping me learn my all kinds of commands and manners. To meet a fun guy like me, please call Freedom Bridge Animal Rescue NC at 843-614-0231 or email

I am sponsored by Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar in Carolina Beach and in loving memory of Bess and beach dogs everywhere.

My name is Mufasa


I am the happiest boy, just 4-years-old and a Lab/Chow mix. Some folks think I look like a white bear! I’ve never met a stranger, so hurry over! I’m at Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services and you can call 910-253-1738 with any questions.

My name is Jace (A104493)

Wouldn’t a sweet, mature Lab like myself make you very happy? At 5-years-old I’ve got a great personality and a lot of love to give!

I’m a darling boy who will capture your heart! Meet me at Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services and call 910-253-1738 with questions.

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We two puppy sisters are ready to love you, entertain you and melt your heart! We do not have to be adopted together, so come on over, watch us play and pick your perfect match! At just 6-months-old, we enjoy all kinds of toys and love being with people. If you have another dog, bring him or her over to meet us! We are already spayed and our ID numbers are A471761 and A471762. You’ll find us at New Hanover Sheriff's Office Animal Services Unit in Wilmington. Adoption hours are Monday - Friday from 11am to 3:30pm and on Saturday from 8am to 11:30am. For more info, call 910-798-7500.

We are sponsored by Fuzzy Peach (Monkey Junction). ♥ FREE pup cups to any pet that visits! ♥ Fuzzy Peach loves pets.

Lucy Tuna ADOPT: All of our cats are anxiously waiting to be adopted! Whether you want a mellow Lap Cat or a bundle of energy, we will help you choose the cat who is right for you!


Hello, my name is Ashton and I’m sitting in the middle of the food tray saying, “Me first!” Around here I'm known as Miss Personality Plus. I really LOVE to talk about anything and everything. I'm very happy when I get visitors so I hope you’ll come out to meet me. My coloring is gorgeous because I am a Bengal-looking Tabby and Tortie blend. Very beautiful and very unique. I would LOVE to be an only cat, but if you already have a cat and introduce us slowly, other cats grow on me. Everyone loves me at Feline Urgent Rescue and Rehab so I know you will, too! See videos of me at

DONATE: Covering medical costs, pet supplies and food are every day expenses for FURR. We accept monetary and non-monetary donations which are tax-deductible to the extent of the law!


My friends here at Feline Urgent Rescue and Rehab call me Blue Marlin. I'm just the sweetest, gentlest boy who is a teensy bit shy. My fur is so incredibly soft and I really love to be petted! I get along great with all the other kitties here and it should come as no surprise but everyone at FURR loves me. I have a brother named Perch and we look just alike. Although, he’s a little pudgy and loves a good belly rub. You can adopt both of us together if you’d like or you can just adopt me. What's more beautiful than a silvery smooth Russian Blue mix? Not much! Check out videos of me at

VOLUNTEER: There are lots of ways to help our cause, from raising awareness about spaying/neutering, to helping with fundraisers or simply volunteering time to care for the kitties!


I’ve had it rough in life and even had a litter of kittens in the woods all by myself. As I was a starving stray, I could not feed or save them. Despite my hardships and heartbreak, I am very grateful to Feline Urgent Rescue and Rehab for saving me. My name is Mama Hoover and I am the sweetest little kitty ever! I really love to be picked up and held and brushed and just any gentle contact is genuinely appreciated. I was so lonely for so long and I'm just trying to make up for lost time! Please come out and visit with me. You'll be so glad you did! To watch videos of me, visit


Happy Tails: Where Is She Now?

Penne, re-named Willow Grace, September 2016 Cover Model

Editors’ Note: A few months back, while dropping off the latest issues of PawPrints Magazine at Whole Pet Veterinary Hospital, Jo Davis, a receptionist there, happened to mention that she had adopted a kitten who appeared on the cover many years ago. When asked to describe the photo, she recalled that the kitten appeared to be walking through the door of a doll house. We knew instantly which issue she was referring to as that particular cover is etched in our memory as the last one taken by long-time photographer Dick Parrott before his passing in October 2016. For more than fourteen years, Dick photographed over 170 cats and dogs for PawPrints Magazine. Little Penne, the kitten featured on September 2016’s cover, was the final pet to receive his patient instructions under the studio lights. Dick was unwavering in his dedication to helping abandoned animals find homes, and he would be thrilled to know that his last cover photograph resulted in a happy adoption that has endured for years and years. Thank you, Dick!

Below, Jo tells the story of Penne’s adoption, and the joy that she (and Penne’s sisters!) have brought to her life:

“She was so very tiny on the cover, and I loved her little face. I renamed her Willow Grace because of course we must have a middle and first name which must be called together as she is a southern lady cat. I also remember thinking her coat resembled the colors of a Willow tree. Her middle name came from Gracie who was the matriarch of the house. We actually lost our sweet Gracie to lymphoma a few months prior to adopting Willow Grace and her sisters. In

fact, I was not aware that Willow Grace also had two other sisters named after pasta noodles until I went to Petsmart to adopt her. I could not leave her sisters so I adopted them, too! I recall one was named Fettuccini but I can not remember the other noodle name. The sisters were renamed Anna Belle and Charlie Faye.

Willow Grace fit right in when she arrived. Of course, she stayed close to her sisters, and they are still close today. They will all curl up together, groom each other and nap. However, she is very independent as well. She has always been confident and super outgoing. She loves to play, she loves wand toys and will jump higher than anyone else to try to get the toy. She will walk around the house with the toy in her mouth meowing, almost like she is announcing that she caught her prey. She is a talker! She will have a conversation with you and of course she asks for pets.

Willow Grace has brought endless laughter, so much love, and I could not imagine my life without her in it!”

Love Connection 28 September 2023
Penne (front left), re-named Willow Grace, naps with sisters Charlie Faye and Anna Belle shortly after their adoptions in 2016. The sisters are much bigger now, but they still love sleeping together in one big pile. Willow Grace snoozes on the left. “She is so loving and can be a little mischievous as well,” says Jo of Willow Grace, pictured above doing her best impression of a Christmas ornament.

►BOOP! My name is Hope and I am a sweet girl who loves to give hugs. I was a hunting dog before I came to rescue and I still get a little excited when I hear hunters nearby. I have an amazing voice and I love to hear myselfespecially when I want to eat. I know my name and I always go to my foster mom when she calls me. I'm pretty good walking on a leash, I don't tear things up but I do like to drag my blankies out of my bed and lay on them. Running and playing with other dogs are my absolute favorite. I need someone to make me a part of their family. I'm already spayed, vaccinated, microchipped and about 2-years-old. I'm a Treeing Walker Hound and I’d love to be your gal. ♥

►My name is Grace and I am a Malamute, Husky, Gray Wolf (17%), and German Shepherd mix. I am estimated to be around 3-years-old, and I am big (weighing close to 90 pounds), so the family who wants me should have plenty of space. I need a family who is experienced with Malamutes and Wolfdogs. I am vaccinated, microchipped, spayed, crate-trained, leash-trained, house-trained, and heartworm negative. I love my swimming pool and I love to play fetch but my favorite thing is riding in the car! I will need to be your only pet as I’m not good with cats or dogs. I do love kids of ALL ages. My home must have a 6-foot, securely fenced-in yard, as I will jump over anything smaller. I am a very affectionate gal and would love to run around and cuddle with you on the couch. Due to hybrid laws, I am not able to live in certain counties, so Roseys Rescue will have to look into your county laws before you adopt me. ♥

►▼Hi, Chaco here, pictured on the right. I want to tell you a little about me and my brother, Wolfie. We are 4-years-old and we are Husky/Lab/ Shepherd mixes. I’m the gorgeous copper colored one and Wolfie looks like a Husky with his black and cream colored markings.

We are neutered and vaccinated and have microchips. My brother and I do everything together. We go potty together, we eat together and we sleep together. We don't mind being in a crate but we are mature enough to not tear things up like puppies do so you don’t need to crate us. Whoever wants to adopt us has to accept us both. I can't live without my best pal.

Why don't you come and meet us? ♥

September 2023 29 Roseys Rescue Please visit us at or on Facebook at Roseys Rescue. To adopt, please email or call / text 910-547-0998.

Hi, my name is Bobbie! I was once a stray who was turned in to a shelter with a severe tail injury and my 3 babies! The shelter staff reached out to CARE, a medicalneeds rescue, to see if I was a candidate and luckily I was! After some TLC, a tail amputation and some vaccinations, I am now ready to find a home I am sweet, adventurous and full of spunk. I thoroughly enjoy playing on my 3-level cat tree and lounging on a heating pad. I will quickly become your shadow and make a great addition to your home. I am also spayed, microchipped, litterbox-trained and negative for FIV and Feline Leukemia. I think I would love to have siblings of my own...dogs or cats with the understanding that it will take a little bit of time for me to adjust. Thank you for taking the time to read about me. I can't wait to find my new family to love and cuddle with! Call CARE at 910-256-2624 or send an email to and let’s meet soon!

I am sponsored by Atlantic Animal Hospital who supports Coastal Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.).

My name is Rue and I’m an 8-year-old female Yellow Lab. Do not let my age fool you, I have type A+ personality. I get along with most dogs but can be a bit much for some due to my energy level. I thrive in a lively home, especially with teenagers or active adults to run and play with. My previous family had a very small child and it wasn’t a good fit. That said, I am extremely sweet and loving and smart. I will do just about anything for a treat or a ball. Just imagine the possibilities! After playtime, I will lay next to you while you are working or watching TV. I am spayed, housetrained, and vaccinated. I am the complete companion, ready to move in and begin our life together. To learn more about me and how we can meet, call or text Sean with A Shelter Friend at 910-918-5118.

I am sponsored by Cindy Meyers in loving memory of Harley, Murphy and Sophie.

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►Check out the eyes on me - I’m Harvey! At 2-years-old, I’m a gorgeous pup, but also gentle and wellbehaved. I’m easygoing, I walk well on a leash (no jumping or pulling) and I’m very friendly. Of course, like all Huskies, I will do best in a home that can provide lots of exercise and enrichment to keep me engaged, with a person who will be able to keep up with proper grooming. I also enjoy singing the song of my people! Experienced Husky owners (who are familiar with the artistic stylings of the Husky) are always a plus! I have tested positive for heartworms and will need treatment for a healthy heart, but our non-profit partner Paws 4 Purpose is happy to assist adopters with the cost of treatment, so please don't let that keep you from adopting me! Adoption hours are 12:30 - 5:00 Tuesday through Friday and 10:30 to 4:00 Saturdays. Call 910-937-1164 to schedule an appointment or for staff assistance. ♥

12:30 to 5:00


Shelter Life is Hard for Me!

- Friday 10:30 to 4:00


I’m Luther, a 3-year-old boy who first arrived at the shelter in the spring. I was adopted, but soon returned when my adopters realized they did not have time to give me the attention I deserve. I’m an active Hound who likes to run in the yard, follow my nose and play. I’m not the kind of dog who will do well in an apartment or with being left crated for long periods of time. I’d be an excellent companion for an active family, and a best friend to join you on life’s adventures! I’ve done well with other dogs at the shelter, but a meet and greet is recommended if you have another dog. I’m handsome, affectionate and vibrant, yet no one has come to meet me in the month I’ve been back. The shelter environment is hard on every animal, for some more than others. Sadly for me, life at the shelter is especially hard. I very much enjoy walks and playtime with volunteers, but day after day, each time people pass by, I run to the front of my kennel, jump up, prop my paws on the door, hoping that they’ve come to let me out for the last time. I hear my shelter pals say they worry I’m becoming stressed and that soon I may simply shut down. I’m a good boy. I know how to sit, take treats gently and walk well on a leash. I’ve even learned some tricks. I know my perfect family is out there, but it’s unknown how much more time I can spend in a shelter kennel. My friends are reaching out to any potential adopter or rescue that can help. If you’re interested in meeting me, please call 910-937-1164. If you’re a rescue interested in pulling me, email If you can’t adopt, please share and help find my forever family! ♥

►Hi everyone, my name is Siren! I’m a 3-year-old Pit mix and a high-energy, playful girl. I enjoy toy time, running the yard and I absolutely LOVE the water! Surprisingly, me and my brindle beauty have been at the shelter for nearly two months and no one has taken notice. If you are looking for a fun and active pup to join your family on adventures, be sure to come on over and ask for me! You just may find me outside having a lot of fun with the water hose. ♥

September 2023 31 Onslow County Animal Services P. O. Box 626, Burgaw NC 28425 244 Georgetown Rd., Jacksonville, NC Call 910-937-1164 or 910-455-0182 or email to adopt!
►I’m Sweet Leia and I was adopted from the shelter as a kitten with my brother Luke, but both of us were returned a year later when the family couldn't keep us. Luke has since been adopted, but I’m still waiting! I’m a curious and playful cat who would likely do well in a home with other cats, as I am missing my brother. Everyone just loves my big saucer eyes and sweet little face. I am such a pretty cat, but it can be hard to get noticed when you are surrounded by kittens. I’m ready to go home with you today! The shelter is located at 244 Georgetown Road in Jacksonville and is open for adoptions on Tuesday through Saturday. ♥ Tuesday

I’m the goofiest goober around and that’s my name, too, Goober! I’m a Boxer/Dogue de Bordeaux mix with the sweetest face and the greatest personality. At 2-years-old and 55 pounds, I am playful, energetic and will keep you smiling from ear to ear! I’m looking for an active family with a fenced-in yard. Like all young pups, basic obedience training and patient reinforcement at home are essential for me to reach my full potential. I'm a smart boy, so I’ll catch on quickly! I’d prefer to be the only dog in the household and am neutered, vaccinated and current on heartworm and flea/tick prevention. If you think I’d be a match for you, please come meet me at the New Hanover Humane Society. Adoption hours are Monday - Friday from 10am to 2pm. You can also call 910-763-6692 with questions.

I am sponsored in honor of Artie and Shirley Singleton, who have given their sweet adopted pup Bunny the best life.

Hi, I'm Brie! My brother Gouda and I are the longest residents at Paws Place and have been here for over 7 months without one visitor. (You can see my brother on page 19.) I am heartbroken that no one can see my potential and all the love I have to offer. I wonder when my special day will be? I am very nervous in my kennel, so please don’t judge me when you walk by, just ask the volunteers to see me outside on a leash. I am very playful, I enjoy sniffing out adventure, and I’ll even give you big sloppy kisses of appreciation when you spend time with me. I love to play fetch, too, so if you have a fenced backyard, that’s a bonus! I’d love a human who can give me structure and help burn off my young 5-year-old gal energy. I hope to find a confident leader who will help me master my leash manners and teach me more basic commands. At 58 pounds, I already know ‘sit’. I am such a good girl and have so much potential. I’m ready to be your co-pilot, so please come meet me at Paws Place! We’re open Tuesday - Saturday from 10am to 2pm, and no appointment is necessary. You may call 910-845-7297 or email to find out more.

I am sponsored by Pawville. Thank you!

◄My name is Brinkley and I’m a small German Shepherd mix who is around 4-years-old. I’m housetrained and love taking long walks when it’s cool out. I get along well with other dogs, cats and kids and I play well with toys and my friends. I’m not a huge fan of loud noises or people that are too pushy. I prefer a quiet home and I’m a pretty low-key dog who just wants a couch to chill on. My past has been hard and it has taken me a long time to trust people so I need patience and treats get you a long way with me. If you will give me time to adjust, I’ll be your loyal girl. I’m current on vaccines and have been spayed. Out of all the dogs here, they tell me I’m the one who really deserves a home. I’ve won all their hearts and I know I can win yours, too. ♥

◄For the past 1½years I have been waiting for you to adopt me. My name is Callie and I love car rides and other big dogs. I’m super sweet, heartworm negative, spayed and vaccinated. I’m high energy and would do well with an active family in a cat-free home. I’m a Pit Bull mix who is around 3-years-old. Would you give me the chance to love you? ♥

►My name is Oreo and I’m 1-year-old. I came to Hamilton’s Healing Hearts as a very skinny puppy with a severe case of mange. I had been living in my own feces outside in a pen. I’m now fully recovered! I do well with cats, kids and all the dogs at the rescue. I am heartworm negative, spayed, vaccinated and microchipped. I’m the sweetest girl and am ready to enjoy life with you. ♥

►My name is Buddy and I’m a 10-year-old Chihuahua mix who is neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, crate-trained, and house-trained. I do well with cats but would do best in a home with no other dogs or small kids because I’d like all of your attention. I have a lot of spunk and don’t act my age at all. I love with my whole heart and will follow you everywhere. Won’t you please come out to meet me? ♥

◄Hi, my name is Felicity and I’m a super sweet 2-year-old kitty. I love other cats but I’m not a fan of dogs. I’m current on vaccinations, I’ve already been spayed and I even have a microchip. I have been looking for a home for awhile now so I hope you’ll come for me soon. Please call, send an email or visit our website today! ♥

◄What’s up dog lovers?

My name is Chevy and I’m a sweet, 22 pound Miniature Pinscher mix. I’m house-trained and crate-trained and with a proper introduction, I do well with other dogs. I am currently being fostered with six other dogs and do great (although I prefer to eat solo). I’m great with cats as well. I am 6-years-old, heartworm negative, neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. I love to sleep in bed and curl up with you at night and watch TV. ♥

►I’m Mr. Wilson and I am deaf but that does not stop me. I am very affectionate, love car rides and meeting new people. I do great with dogs but not cats as I like to chase them. I recently began a 6-week professional obedience course and have been learning all kinds of things. I have a willingness to learn and to adapt to my deafness and I’m learning new training skills. I’m very active and would do well with an active family. I’m 2½-years-old, neutered, vaccinated, and heartworm negative. ♥

September 2023 33 To adopt, call 910-271-5170 or email For more info, visit or find us on Facebook! Hamilton’s Healing Hearts

Hi there! I am Mumford! I am a young 6-yearold handsome boy who loves to play, snuggle, go on adventures, nap and show off my skills: ‘sit’ and ‘paw’. I love walks and walk well on leashes! I have come a long way since my arrival here at Paws Place. I like to think I’m a small, petite dog at a whopping 74 pounds, so if you have children, I would prefer them to be older since I can be described as a Bull in a China Shop when I play. I am truly a friendly Mastiff giant looking for a loving, fun family to come meet me. I have so much love and doggy kisses to share. So if you are looking for a big ole lap dog to go on adventures with, come say hi to me at Paws Place. The shelter is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 2pm and no appointment is necessary. You can also call 910-845-7297 or email for adoption information.

I am sponsored by Tony and Peggy Durso. Thank you!

The shelter staff say I am such a Love Bug! You’ll never lack for affection when I’m around. I’ll be a great companion for some lucky person or family. At just 1-year-old, I’m already neutered and ready to go home. I love to play and really enjoy the type of toys that make noise and can be tossed around. Like all young pups, basic training would be beneficial and I’m food motivated, so that should make it pretty easy! If you have another dog, bring him or her out to the shelter so we can say hello and get to know each other. My ID number is A471378 and you can find me at New Hanover Sheriff's Office Animal Services Unit in Wilmington. Adoption hours are Monday - Friday from 11am to 3:30pm and on Saturday from 8am to 11:30am. For more info, call 910-798-7500.

I am sponsored by the Hufstedler family in loving memory of their past loved fur babies: Ella, Rex, Misty, Buddy, Dottie and Houston.

HI! My name is Stevie Cheezit. I am supercute and I love to purr, get belly rubs and play with crinkle toys. As you can see, I really cannot. At least, not very well.

Due to severe infection when I arrived to CARE, I had to have one of my eyes removed and the other will also be gone before I am sent to a loving home. I am not too worried, though, because I can hear great and I heard I am named after a very famous person who cannot see either. If you think you have a place in your home for me, reach out to CARE at or call 910-256-2624. My friends would love to tell you all about me.

I am sponsored by Atlantic Animal Hospital who supports Coastal Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.).

▲We are the “K” Litter. I am Kiwi, the only girl, and these are my brothers: Kashew , Koko and Kudos. None of us look the same but we’re all playful and happy kittens. We were born in a junkyard and saved by people who live nearby. Now we’re 4-months-old and think it’s time to find forever families. How about your home? ♥

►I’m Nellie, a 5-monthold Tortie. I was found on the side of the road. This is my best friend, Nemo, and he is a 4-month-old black and white kitten. He was found in a car engine and came to Cat Tails as a single kitten, just like me. Now we’re like brother and sister. If we could just get adopted together, we could be best friends forever! ♥

►My birthday is April Fool’s Day! And to top that off, I was born on the roof of a house! I’m a gorgeous Calico with one leg that is all orange stripes. I have been bottle-fed since I was rescued at 1-day-old. I love attention from people, but not dogs! My name is Jane. ♥

►I’m Wild Willy! I was so wild that nobody could touch me until I got a nasty cut on my tail and found myself living in a cone. That created a situation where I needed someone to scratch my ears and wash my face and then let me run around without the cone sometimes. I am a 5-month-old brown Tabby and not so wild anymore, but everyone still thinks the name is cute so I’m keeping it. ♥

◄I was adopted as a kitten, but returned recently. I am an extremely friendly and sweet, 3-year-old Tortie and Maine Coon mix named Sylvie But I absolutely need to be an only cat. I have a litter pan issue. I use the litter pan but refuse to share. Public restrooms are gross. As long as I am the only cat, everything goes well. I’m really anxious to have a home and a family again! I’m already vaccinated and spayed so I’m ready to move in today! ♥

▲►We’re 3 brothers who are 5-months-old. We haven’t been at Cat Tails for very long and we probably won’t stay much longer –we’re just too cute to hang around. I’m Hawkeye, the orange Tabby on the top left. and my brothers are Hudson, the longhaired buff kitten and Hunter, the Siamese mix. We were raised in a foster home so we’re extra sweet! ♥

September 2023 35 6622 Beach Drive SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469 Wednesdays: 11am - 1pm Saturdays: 11am - 3pm Sundays: 11am - 3pm Please call 910-253-1375 or email to adopt us!
Cat Tails

To adopt, please stop by an adoption fair or call the number listed in our bios.

◄My name is Margaret and I am a sweet, loving and very playful teenage kitten. I am not shy at all and like to be held. I was a stray, but someone rescued me and thought I would be purr-fect for YOU! I will provide you with tons of kitty antics to enjoy and I will make you smile. I seem to do well with older kids and other animals. Come meet me at Petco at 324 S. College Road near Market Street or text Melinda at 910-471-6909. ♥



My name is Jenny and I am an 8-year-old Golden/ Chow mix. I am a sweet, playful dog who's afraid of cats. My owner is going into long term care and can't take me along. I would like a new, loving home with a yard. I am the perfect middle-aged dog. I am easy, laid-back and well-mannered. If you are interested in meeting me, call Sherry at 910-523-1254 or come see me at Petco Saturdays from 11:30am to 4pm. ♥

►Hi, I’m Sasha I am a sweet girl who is almost 2-years-old. I still have a lot of puppy in me and I love an adventure. On the other hand, I will also lay on the couch with you all day. I have never met a person I didn’t like and I love people of all ages. I love my people and I always wants to be near them when I am home. I will wait to be invited onto furniture but will hop right up once told I am allowed. Although I love all people, I am not good with cats because of my high prey drive. I would also prefer a home without another dog, so I would most likely be best as an only pet. I love stuffed toys, bones, balls, and all toys! I occupy myself very well while playing with them. I have had some training, I am fully house-trained, and I usually go out to potty every 5 or so hours. I know a few commands like sit, down, shake, come, and stay (wait). I am also crate-trained and will go in the crate with the command “in your crate” and a treat. I can sleep in one at night and can be crated when you leave the house. If you are interested in me, call Jill at 910-620-3783 or Sherry at 910-523-1254. ♥

►My name is Reese! At around 1-year-old, I am a young Australian Kelpie mix but I could pass for a Chocolate Lab. I am still a puppy and definitely have the energy and personality to show it. I do great with people of all ages and I love kids. I would love a family of my own with a couple kids to run and play with. I love other dogs and I love to play with them. I think I would love a doggie playmate. I do have a high prey drive so I would prefer a home without cats. I am house-trained and will not potty in the house. I am also crate-trained and do not mind being in one overnight. I know sit and I am working on a few other tricks! I am food motivated so I learn fast. Please call Sherry at 910-523-1254 or come see me every Saturday at Petco if you want to meet me in person. ♥

◄I am Mali and I am an amazing 4½-year-old girl. I am so sweet and would love to relax beside my forever person all day if allowed. I do great with people of all ages - from babies to adults. I just want to give everyone kisses! I would love to be a family dog and I would be fantastic at it if given the chance because of my sweet and calm demeanor. I am great with all dogs, and have even wanted to play with a few I’ve met! Even though I am good with other dogs, I am a bit too interested in cats because of my prey drive, so I would need a home without them. I am house-trained and crate-trained. I also know sit and lay down, and I’m working on shake. I am smart and I learn fast! If you would like to meet me, call Sherry at 910-523-1254 or come see me at Petco on weekends. ♥

◄I'm a loving and loyal companion with a sprinkle of “catitude.” I love treats and having my head scratched. My hobby is swishing my tail. I was a wonderful mother cat

and now that my kittens have been adopted, I'm ready for a wonderful home of my own. My name is Maria and I have shiny, soft, black fur. Please come out and meet me at Pet Supermarket (3908 Oleander Drive in Wilmington) or call Jill at 910-620-3783 for more info. ♥

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P.O. Box 15095, Wilmington, NC 28408

Hello friends, I’m Larry! I’m a tri-pod full of snuggles who absolutely adores belly rubs. I spend my days snoozing in my cat bed or frolicking with my toys, when I’m not in the arms of one of the employees. I would thrive in a laid-back home full of cuddles and kisses. A Good Samaritan found me on the side of the road where it’s assumed I was either thrown, hit by, or fell from a car! I had no use of my left front leg, so that’s why I'm now a three-legged kitty. At an adorable 4 to 5-months of age, I am neutered, vaccinated, litterboxtrained and microchipped. To learn more about me, call 910-256-2624 or email

I am sponsored by Atlantic Animal Hospital who supports Coastal Animal Rescue Effort (C.A.R.E.).

EarthWorks Mobile Veterinary Services

Specializing in Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, and Chiropractic care for your small animal and equine family members.

Amy White, DVM, CVA, CVC 910-408-5096

My friends at the shelter say I am, and I quote, an “absolutely loveable boy”. That’s so good to hear! Life has been a little rough but with friends like these, I know it’s getting better! You see, I came to the shelter after being hit by a car, but my wounds have healed and I’ve finished all of my medications. You might notice something on my head that looks like a leaf - it’s actually a sore that is looking so much better. I’m a 3-year-old neutered Pit mix boy and my ID number is A471136. I’m very sweet and am active, but I can also be lazy, too! I love to give kisses and am gentle with my mouth when taking things out of your hands. Don’t I sound like a true lover-boy? Well, why not come meet me? I’m at New Hanover Sheriff's Office Animal Services Unit in Wilmington. Adoption hours are Monday through Friday from 11am to 3:30pm and on Saturday from 8am to 11:30am. For more information, call 910-798-7500.

I am sponsored by Adam's Folly Pet Boarding, Bolivia, NC. Thank you!

38 September 2023

◄I’m Clifford (A051817)

and I’m the big red dog at the shelter but I’m also just a big sweet baby! I love belly rubs and soak up all the attention I can get! At 2-years of age, I am friendly with other dogs and am positive for heartworms, but that’s very treatable. THERE IS NO COST TO ADOPT ME! ♥

►Buster (A051932) is my name and I’m an adorable Walker Hound mix boy, just 3-years-old. Yes, I’m already neutered and I have tested positive for heartworms but that is totally treatable and THERE IS NO COST TO ADOPT ME! Won’t you come to the shelter and ask for me? I’m such a sweetheart and I’ll be your best bud! ♥

Open Monday through Friday: 8am to Noon and 1pm to 5pm


◄What a pretty 5-month-old girl I am with my Tortoiseshell coloring and Tabby stripes! I arrived at the shelter on July 10 and have been waiting all summer for a family to pick me. I’m such a sweet and friendly girl and I’ve tested negative for FIV/FeLV, which is great news! Please hurry over to the shelter and let’s get acquainted. My ID # is A052033. ♥

◄Calling All Beagle Lovers!

I’m a happy, wiggly, friendly boy who will greet you at my kennel door. I just love people and will be your best friend! I’m 3-years-old and have tested positive for heartworms but the good news is THERE IS NO COST TO ADOPT ME! Come and ask for me, my ID # is A052206. ♥

◄I’m a very handsome Black Lab mix boy who lost my home due to my family having economic problems and they were so sad to lose me! My ID number is A049387, I am 4-years-old and neutered. I am heartworm positive and had been started on slow-kill treatment. THERE IS NO COST TO ADOPT ME! ♥

◄I’ve been at the shelter since April! Won’t you please come get to know me? I love to play and have enjoyed playing with a girl Hound in the yard. I’m also friendly with the staff. At just 5-years-old, I’m a neutered tri-color Treeing Walker Coonhound and my ID # is A050378. I need a name and I need you, so come on over! THERE IS NO COST TO ADOPT ME! ♥

September 2023 39 Pender County Animal Shelter Call 910-259-1484 Option 7 or email to adopt! 3280 New Savannah Rd., Burgaw, NC Visit us at
Open Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 4pm


My name is Texas and I am a chunky lowrider! I am a really smart girl and even though I’m 7-years-old, I still have a lot of energy. I am super-sweet and do get along with most dogs. I’m looking for a home without cats, chickens or young children. I know sit, stay and wait, and I’m house-trained. I love going on walks and I love to give kisses! A home with a fenced yard where I can run and play would be ideal for me. I have my bags packed and I am waiting and ready for my forever family! If you would like more info, fill out an application at You may also call RescueConnect at 910-352-5150 or 910-302-7290.

I am sponsored in loving memory of Sprout, KC, Babe, Grace, Beauty, Frodo, Sassy, Max, Twinkle, Casper, Coach, Flower, Nell, Duffy, Melody, Whisper, Dolly, and Raspberry.


This pretty smile could be the first thing you see every morning if only you’ll adopt me! At just 1½-years-old, I’m a Pit Bull girl with a funloving, goofy personality. I enjoy getting attention from the staff and am very sweet with them. I like to run and play in the shelter’s fenced-in yard and would love to be part of an active family. I absolutely adore my treats and dental chews! Oh, if you have another dog, please bring him or her out to meet me! My ID # is A468858 and I’m spayed, up to date on vaccines and ready to be yours! Visit me at New Hanover Sheriff's Office Animal Services Unit. Adoption hours are Monday through Friday from 11am to 3:30pm and on Saturday from 8am to 11:30am. For more information, call 910-798-7500.

Instruction for People… Training for Dogs
PUPPY PRE-SCHOOL THROUGH COMPETITION OBEDIENCE Private Instruction Available 3101 N. Kerr Ave. Wilmington, NC Less than 3 miles off I-140 and convenient from many locations Spacious 4,000 sq. feet Indoor/Outdoor Training Areas NEW Day-Training Program * * *
Hours: 9-6pm Tues-Sat Classes: 9-9pm Tues-Thurs 9-6pm Fri-Sat
I am sponsored by Robyn Davis in loving memory of Lou.

◄Hi, I’m Ariel, a 13-month-old mixed-breed girl who weighs in at around 40 pounds. I’m a sweet young pup, a little on the shy side, but I warm up nicely to people once I am around them a bit. I’m spayed, up to date on vaccines, heartworm negative and on heartworm and flea/tick prevention. I hope my stay at the shelter will be a short layover and that soon I’ll find myself relaxing at home with you! ♥

◄I’m a handsome boy named Sylvester and everyone tells me my black and white coat is so beautiful with an interesting colorationyou must come see for yourself! At just 1-year of age, I am ready to find myself in a loving home. I had been in a foster setting for a while and did very well there. I’m not quite as relaxed at the shelter, so I’m most eager to find my real forever home. I’m neutered, vaccinated, litterbox-trained and waiting to meet you! ♥

◄Prue is my name and I’m a puppy who is ready to be the love of your life! At just 6½-months-old, I’m a Boxer mix girl who is friendly, energetic and engaged with people. I just love running and playing in the shelter’s fenced-in yard! I am 45 pounds currently, already spayed and vaccinated and on heartworm and tick/ flea preventative. I’m microchipped, too! Come meet me! ♥

The shelter is currently open Monday through Friday from 10am to 2pm and closed on Saturday and Sunday.

If you have questions, please call 910-763-6692.

►I’m a precious little black kitten named Cowboy and I’m ready to throw my lasso around a new family and herd us home! At a mere 5-months-old I’m already neutered, vaccinated, litterbox-trained and on flea preventative. I’d love to meet you here in the playroom and show you what a good fellow I am. No doubt we’ll be riding off into the sunset together! ♥

▲This hot pink collar looks so pretty with my jet black fur! Wouldn’t a dazzling beauty like myself brighten up your life? My name is Ashley and I’m a 4-month-old girl who is ready to be part of your family! I’m spayed, vaccinated, litterbox-trained and on flea prevention. Let’s go today! ♥

◄Hi there, my name is Monty and I’m told I’m quite a handsome boy! At just 3-years-old, I’m a Boxer mix weighing in at 60 pounds. I really enjoy getting outside to run and play. I’d love for my foever home to have a fenced yard and an active family who will include me in most everything! I am up to date on vaccinations, neutered, on flea/tick and heartworm prevention and microchipped. Let’s meet soon! ♥

September 2023 41 Please call 910-763-6692 or email to adopt us! New Hanover Humane Society 2405 North 23rd St., Wilmington, NC 28401

Hi! Everyone calls me Beautiful

Luna but my name is really just Luna. I am an ample long-haired black kitty girl with sea-glass green eyes. I am 6-yearsyoung and very healthy. I was rescued from a sad life, struggling to survive at a broken down abandoned gas station in Holly Ridge where someone dumped me. I was cold and hungry and scared, hiding on the roof to find safety. Operation Top Cat rescued me. I was fostered for a time by a lovely person who showed me love again! I adore people, love a warm lap, I like small dogs and of all things, I love guinea pigs! I will sleep with you and fill up your lap with purring happiness! Won’t you give me a forever home? Right now, I am living at The Ruffian Foundation Cat Sanctuary. They are nice but I want my own people and my own home. Please call 910-262-8890 to ask about making me your kitty.

I am sponsored by The Ruffian Foundation. Thank you!

Bonded Besties/Small Dogs Alert! Are you lost without your best friend? Well, that’s how I feel about my dearest buddy, Chacho I’m Papi and we are Chihuahua mix boys who are very sweet and bonded. When we first arrived at the shelter, we were a little scared of all the new sights and sounds. Since then we’ve relaxed a lot, but I do rely on Chacho for moral support. Could you please adopt us together and have double the love and fun? We are house-trained, neutered, up to date on our vaccines and heartworm negative. Come spend a little time with us at Pender County Humane Society or go to and submit an adoption application. If you have any questions, please call 910-259-7022. We can’t wait to meet you!

Sponsored In Loving Memory of Our Precious

Boys Milo and Rocco who have gone over the Rainbow Bridge. Mommy and Daddy love and miss you every day!!!

Looking for love? I’ve got lots to give! My name is Vader and I’m a 3½year-old German Shepherd mix boy who is friendly and extremely handsome! I am just so loveable and love to be with someone. I’m also house-trained! At 64 pounds, I’d enjoy a home with a fenced-in yard, so I can run and exercise safely. I’m neutered, current on vaccinations, current on heartworm and flea/tick prevention and microchipped. Wow, I’m all ready to find a family and head on home! Oh, if you have another dog, please bring him or her to the shelter for a meet-and-greet. I’m at the New Hanover Humane Society, and adoption hours are Monday through Friday from 10am to 2pm. You can also call 910-763-6692 with any questions.

Papi I am sponsored by Jackie Houser of Flexner Houser Injury Law because she can’t adopt us all!
Coastal Engraving Full color pictures of pets or other photos on mugs, mouse pads, coasters, refrigerator magnets and more. Pet ID Tags Trophies Plaques Signs Pet Memorials Rubber Stamps Name Badges 910-392-5340 South Kerr Business Center 118-A South Kerr Avenue Wilmington, NC The Pet Friendly People Friendly Print Shop Come See Us! We’ll Make it Easier for You! 763-8476 110 Dock St. Downtown Wilmington Free Off-Street Parking Open Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm Closed on Mondays Convenience for you Comfort for your pet Ali’s K9 Clips Pet Salon 910-470-6010 3600-B South College Road - Wilmington Around the corner from Aunt Kerry’s Pet Stop at the intersection of 17th Street and College Road Providing complete grooming services for your pet 5 days a week. Your pet will be groomed in a clean, comfortable, relaxing environment.

My name is Hogan. I am 4-years-old and weigh 60 pounds. I am good with other dogs and I don't pay much attention to cats. I came from a rural shelter where I was very thin, heartworm positive and needed a miracle. I am now healthy, up to date on vaccines and house-trained. I also went to a boot camp for 8-weeks where I learned many commands. I am a big old goofball with long legs and with encouragement to show off my skills, I know the commands: sit, down, place, and come. However, I occasionally have selective hearing. So, I am looking for a home that will continue to reinforce the training I received. I need a home with no young children and a strong leader. I would love a home with a fenced yard and other dogs to play with. If you are interested and would like more info, please fill out an application at You may also call RescueConnect at 910-352-5150 or 910-302-7290.

I am sponsored by Pawville. Thank you!

Hi friends! My name is Molly and I’m a 2-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound. I’m searching for a loving family who enjoys play-time and taking walks, but who also enjoys relaxing together for cuddles and closeness. I do so love to sit beside you while you scratch my ears! I’m a sweet and friendly girl who, like all young pups, could benefit from basic training. I am spayed, vaccinated and on heartworm prevention. I’ll be such a great companion to some lucky person or family, so please come meet me at Southport Oak Island Animal Rescue (SOAR). Got questions? Call 910-457-6340.

I am sponsored by SOAR in loving memory of all their wonderful, furry friends who made it safely to the Rainbow Bridge.

Hey there! I’m Gavin! If you are looking for an active, extremely handsome 40-pound good boy, I am your guy! I love to run run run! So I would love to have an active family who is ready to go on all of the adventures! The humans here say I am a very smart 1-year-old Shepherd mix, and I even know how to sit! I am learning how to walk on a harness and leash and am still unsure about them. I prefer a yard that allows me to run freely while I continue to learn about those leash things. The humans here at Paws Place do not think the world was kind to me as a puppy. So when you come to meet me, please know I am a little nervous in my kennel. Once I am out of my kennel, I am just a big ole goof ball! Loud noises and fast movements also tend to scare me, so I’d really like to be in an adultonly home. I truly am a handsome, fun, good boy who is just looking for the perfect family. I would love to hang out and learn all about you, so please come meet me at Paws Place! The shelter is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10am to 2pm, and no appointment is necessary. You can also call 910-845-7297 or email

I am sponsored by The Tree House Gang at Saltscapes Landscaping. Thank you!

◄My name is Biscuit and I’m a male Crested Gecko with a full tail. I am about 3-years-old and healthy. I eat well and I can be a little jumpy with handling. For an extra fee, you can adopt me with a glass enclosure. ♥

►My name is Squirt and I’m the cutest little turtle! I’ve been at the rescue for several years and kids love to see me when they come for classes. I love to come out and bask but usually dive back in when you come near. I’m a good eater and enjoy having my Pleco fish as company. I have never really enjoyed chasing fish and eating them. I prefer them as roommates, but I have eaten some minnows in the past - if they aren't difficult to catch. ♥

►Hi, I’m Splotch and I’m a small Ball Python who came to Fresh Start from one of the local animal control departments. Unfortunately, my age and sex is unknown and there is no history on me. I never turn down a meal and handle well. ♥

►What’s up turtle lovers! My name is Chip and I was originally a lost pet who ended up here at Fresh Start. I’ve been here for about a year. I arrived with a chip in my shell, behind my head, and I have made it worse by trying to dig under everything! I’m going to need an extremely secure enclosure where I cannot dig my way out or be kept inside. ♥

▲I’m Zilla, an adult, probably male, Savannah Monitor. My exact age is unknown but I’m on the younger side. I am not happy at the moment and will not take food from humans yet, however I will hunt insects when left alone. I do not allow handling but my friends here are working on that. This picture makes me look fat but I’m not. I will need a large enclosure. ♥

◄I’m Tony, a male Bearded Dragon who was found running wild in Brunswick County. I was pretty big and have a gorgeous red color. I hate all other animals and will black beard at them. I eat well and enjoy salad and insects. ♥

▲I’m Bipity Boop and I came to Fresh Start when my owner went off to college. My actual age is unknown but I’m at least 3-years-old. I eat great and I’m a little shy. For an extra fee, the rescue is happy to set up a 40g top-opening enclosure for you - all you have to do is buy the lighting! ♥

◄My name is Orion and I came in with little to no info. I was abandoned in a home along with some other animals. I’m not sexed, I’m a little shy but handle well, and I’m happily eating frozen small rats. ♥

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