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Tux (September 2019)
Tux (September 2019)

Sometimes you just know you need to add a special someone to the family. We realized that suddenly one night as we watched Tux playing with another litter of kittens. Tux has raised many kittens in our home. He is one of the best kitty teachers, babysitters, big brother, and cat confidant we've ever known. He's always been a friend to all since the day he began to trust. So, even though "we didn't need another cat," we realized we needed to adopt Tux to help us along with the fostering journey. Being born to a feral mom himself; he "gets it," every life matters. CARE's been so awesome to Tux!
Ollie gets a new home (August 2019)
Ollie gets a new home (August 2019)

I was looking for a second dog and am so glad we found Ollie. It has been a wonderful year. I first noticed Ollie on the CARE website. The picture from CARE was so cute! We then were able to meet Ollie at an event hosted by Phydeaux in Chapel Hill. After completing the screening process, Laura helped us introduce our dog to Ollie. Laura made it an easy transition, graciously sharing her knowledge and expertise as well as a folder of helpful materials from CARE. Ollie has been a wonderful addition to our household. Our two dogs have lots energy and play well together bringing a smile to all who know them. Thanks so much to Laura and CARE for all the work you do helping people and dogs find each other.
Sunny (August 2019)
Sunny (August 2019)

I first saw Sunny on the Care Adoption page, and fell in love with her sweet face. We met her at the next Care gathering, and brought her home several weeks later. She is a busy little girl, and although we are still working on some puppy issues, we love her dearly. She is a terrific addition to our family and best of all, she loves and is loved by our granddaughters!
Obie (August 2019)
Obie (August 2019)

Hi, my name is Obie and sometimes my moms call me Obidiah, so silly huh? I have been with my forever family since May 23, but I've been on so many exciting adventures that I haven't had time to write. Guess what? I have 4 fur siblings, 2 dogs just like me, and 2 Black cats! It is so fun around here playing chase all day and wrestling with my sibs. We get lots of praise and treats, and my moms hold me whenever I want them to! Do you know my moms have a house that is on wheels and they take us to many great places where we get to go on walks and smell so so many different smells. I just love to walk on a leash and my moms say I'm really good at it too! When we do what they call camping we also get to play with other dog friends and next week I am going to meet 2 new friends that live in a place called the mountains. I couldn't be more happy than I am now in my forever home. Thank you Laura and Jessie for raising me to be a good puppy and teaching me how to love and be loved. ❤️Obie
Logan (July 2019)
Logan (July 2019)

Little Mr Logan has brought a bouncing bundle of happiness to my household. He's reminded me how much I love having more than one dog and he's taught my Chi-Weenie, Mila (adopted from CARE 2 years ago), how to play again. He's working very hard to train me and I'm doing pretty good, but I still have a long way to go to get it right ! Thanks to the loving expertise of CARE fosters, Laura and Jesse, Logan is adjusting nicely to his new home.
May (Ava) settles in! (July 2019)
May (Ava) settles in! (July 2019)

We welcomed precious May ("Ava") to our family on May 18th! She has become fast friends with our Shih Tzu, Annie, has made a few trips to the beach (& loves it) and found a place right in the middle of our hearts.' Her wiggles and cuddles are the absolute best.
Relaxin Jaxon (June 2019)
Relaxin Jaxon (June 2019)

For such a short pup, Jaxon, once known as Shrek, is really living large and loving life in Pittsboro, NC.
With a great big fenced-in yard to explore and a willing fur-brother named Harley to romp with,
Jaxon is actually having too much fun. But, as the photo shows, he can relax with the best of them.
Many thanks to Robin and Bill for fostering this little guy.
Callie (June 2019)
Callie (June 2019)

Today is the 4th anniversary of the adoption of our sweet Kallie (Moonlight during her CARE time). She quickly became part of the family and we love every day with her! She loves walks and especially going to the dog park to chase balls and other dogs! She is usually the fastest dog around. She's such a loving girl and we sure are glad we found each other!! Thanks CARE ❤
Boots (June 2019)
Boots (June 2019)

his sweet girl is the best addition to our family. She is so sweet and playful. Her favorite thing is to cuddle with her new owners on the couch or in the bed. It's only been a few days but she is fitting in great. Can't wait to see how this family grows.
Taco - Supreme!!! (May 2019)
Taco - Supreme!!! (May 2019)

My fiancé and I adopted Taco after seeing him online. We instantly fell in love! He's such a good boy, and loves going on walks and playing as much as he loves cuddling up at the end of a long day. We could not be happier with him and the work CARE put into keeping him healthy and happy until we finally found him! Thank you CARE! Taco has made our life so much better!
Pacino Decided Indoors is Best! (April 2019)
Pacino Decided Indoors is Best! (April 2019)

We learned about Pacino, a feral cat that lived outside the shelter, from a volunteer during an adoption event. We were looking for a barn cat to help control the mouse population on our farmette. However, Pacino had other plans for us. Even though he was supposedly feral, he quickly decided that a life on the couch, in our arms, was the right place for him. We don't have our mouser yet, but we do have another family member to love. Thank you CARE for a wonderful match.
Sierra (April 2019)
Sierra (April 2019)

As we were walking through the kennel,(Chatham County Animal Shelter) all of the dogs were jumping up and barking as if to say "pick me". Except for Sierra, she was huddled up against the door and was the only dog not barking. Immediately we fell in love! This lovely princess is the queen of her castle! Although she has dietary restrictions now, she still gets all the organic cookies she can have! You would never guess that she is eight this year, as she still looks and acts like a puppy!
Shadow (April 2019)
Shadow (April 2019)

My husband Chadd and I adopted our dog Shadow a few weeks ago through the CARE system. He is a six year old (or so we think) lab mix and we are SO happy that he has become part of our family. His previous family was no longer able to support him as needed and we saw him on the CARE website as being up for adoption. We are so thankful that CARE was generous enough to list him on the website as needing to find a home. My husband and I have known for a long that we wanted to rescue a dog but we weren't seriously looking until about 2 months ago. I had heard about CARE through a friend and was on the website one night and came across Shadow. I decided to contact CARE and Shadow's previous family about adoption. We were able to set up a meeting to have a meet and greet. Chadd and I decided to sleep on it to see how we felt in the morning. The next day, we could feel that it was absolutely the right decision to adopt Shadow. The remainder of the adoption process was seamless and we so very thankful. Shadow is a great blessing in our lives and we look forward to learning more about life through Shadow.


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Pretty Acari (April 2019)
Pretty Acari (April 2019)

Her name was Marni in the shelter, but I decided to rename her Acari, as she reminded me of a tiger who shared that name.

It's been an adventure trying to make sure she's healthy, but I'm happy to say that the eye that made it so difficult for her to get adopted is not causing her any discomfort. It still looks pretty pink some days, but the vet and I are doing our best to make sure she can see and is as comfy as possible.

I can easily say that Acari and I have made each other's lives significantly brighter. She has a seemingly boundless capacity for love and affection, and absolutely loves kisses. There are times when she will press her nose to mine, and just sit there, and purr. She's also a huge fan of my desk, and especially my keyboard. She likes to 'help' while I play video games.

I'm so glad the good folks at CARE took care of her long enough for me to find her. My life is better for having this little one in it, and I plan to make sure the same can always be said the other way around.
Lionel (March 2019)
Lionel (March 2019)

We decided to try adopting a senior dog knowing that they typically do not get adopted as easily. We are very happy that Lionel has come to be part of our family recently. At eight years old he is super sweet and loving! He has never had an accident in the house, rarely ever barks and really appreciates his warm, loving home after a difficult and neglectful earlier phase of his life. He is the easiest dog we have ever brought into our home and we are grateful for his companionship! We also are grateful for Olivia his foster parent that rescued Lionel and nursed him back to health. She was amazing with Lionel and with the introduction and handover to our home which was flawless. We are grateful to CARE and foster parents like Olivia for all they are doing to help animals in Chatham County. If you are looking for a well-mannered, appreciative and loving companion we would highly recommend adopting a senior dog from CARE.
Tater Tot (March 2019)
Tater Tot (March 2019)

Tater Tot!! He's such a wonderful pup with a sweet temperament, playful, and is such a lovebug. He has 'adopted' the red chair as his cozy spot to spend his time until he is ready for play or going for a walk or 'oh my gosh'....a car ride! As soon as one of us sits in the red chair, he is in it too, cuddling so happily. We had been looking for 'just the right dog' for our family for almost a year. Serendipitously, we were in Pittsboro for a street fair and saw the table with C.A.R.E. representatives. They told us of an adoption fair a couple of miles away, so off we went. There was Tater, sitting still and calm in the middle of an outdoor fair full of so much activity--dogs and people milling about. With his adorable pup face and calm temperament, we had found our furry friend! I can't say enough about C.A.R.E. and their loving and professional foster families. The C.A.R.E. acronym says it all. Laura ushered us through meeting Tater and the whole process of adoption. She trained us as new dog owners with as much care and attention as she had trained Tater! We are so appreciative of her patience and effort, with many, many long phone calls full of advice to help us with the transition. Our experience with C.A.R.E. was more than amazing--as is Tater Tot. We feel so lucky. Don't hesitate to contact them!
Bea the Beagle - now BB (February 2019)
Bea the Beagle - now BB (February 2019)

We saw Beatrice (now called B.B.) at an adoption event at Phydeaux Cary back in September 2018. We were there to look at another dog and did not think she would be there. It was a pleasant surprise to see her and we both just fell in love with her cute face, big ears and bigger personality. Tammy was the foster mom that took great care of B.B. She was also very honest about the challenges of having a beagle mix dog. Tammy and Laura helped us transition B.B. in with a home already with 2 dogs (Roxy and Sydney both adopted from CARE as well). She fits in well with her 2 bigger sisters despite her being the smallest. She loves chasing Sydney around and snuggle right next to Roxy. We could not ask for a better addition to our lil fur family!
Emmie (February 2019)
Emmie (February 2019)

Emmie is a wonderful pup that has been such a great addition to our home. She loves wrestling and holding her own against her big brother Dash, a 75 lb black lab rescue. When they're laying around, Emmie can always be found curled up inside Dash's big frame. Once a week our dogs get a play day with my Mom's CARE rescue, Addie. Emmie had a rough start to life with some leg injuries but nothing holds her back now, evidenced by her tearing around the dog park. She's been super sweet with our toddler and loves giving her little licks. We saw a picture of Emmie's brother Crispin for the first time recently and it made us so happy to see he's also in a good home with a big older sibling : )
Roscoe (February 2019)
Roscoe (February 2019)

Roscoe is a show stopper, everywhere we go people want to talk and play with him. His spirit is amazing. He seems to love everyone but especially kids and other dogs. Roscoe never seems to have a down moment. He's full of energy and compassion and he makes sure everyone around him feels it. Roscoe's perfect and the CARE team really did their part to make this process as smooth as possible for me. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to give Roscoe a home and If you're thinking about adopting from CARE, you won't regret it. They made sure that everything that needed to be done for Roscoe before coming home was done, all shots were taken care of and he was fixed. Roscoe's foster parents were great as well, they worked with me during the weeks proceeding the finalization of Roscoe's adoption responding to emails with haste and arranging visits for me as we awaited the time of his neutering. This process was seamless and I couldn't be happier with the outcome.
Olive (aka) Lady (February 2019)
Olive (aka) Lady (February 2019)

Such a sweet girl! She isn't quite sure how tall she is so she likes to try to squeeze under things that are just a little too short - like the lamp in the photo, or houseplants. She's a super playful girl who loves pouncing on anything on the floor, especially socks. She's also a big fan of carrying toys around the house in her mouth. Once she's done playing or careening around the house she loves curling up for a nap on whoever's lap is closest. She also loves getting her head scratched, and is very generous with her purrs. We're so happy to have Olive be a part of our family (and for helping us appreciate how hard it is to take pictures of black kitties), and we're so grateful to CARE and Olive's foster mama, Patti, for all their hard work!
Darla and Tess - Both adopted from CARE (February 2019)
Darla and Tess - Both adopted from CARE (February 2019)

Darla and Tess are doing great! Tess is a major highlight of our lives, an indispensable family member who shares every adventure with us. She and Darla are side-by-side throughout the day, only separating at night and only because Darla prefers her dog bed whereas Tess chooses to share people beds (frequently hogging the pillow!). She wakes us every morning with showers of kisses to say "ok people, time to get up and go potty!" She remains queen of the squeakies and is often surrounded by 6 or 7 of them, sometimes hugging one while she sleeps. Her favorite one is of course whichever one Darla happens to be playing with, but Darla is a good sport, she gives them up with a look of "ok whatever..." Our girls are just a joy to have and we can't imagine life without them. Thank you so much for getting them off to such a great start. Have a terrific 2019, and best of luck in your work for the animals.
Crispin and new best friend (February 2019)
Crispin and new best friend (February 2019)

Crispin is a crazy, playful and energetic pup. He has gone through several surgeries on his hind leg. But that didn't stop him. He is jumping on the beds and couches, running in the grass and playing with his new sister Cassie. He had another sister, Emily. He is a lovey and sweet boy. He has found a forever home in NC.
Callahan (January 2019)
Callahan (January 2019)

Not sure who rescued who? Olivia was Callahan's foster mom who made the connection so easy and was helpful throughout the entire process of ensuring Callahan had a permanent home that was a perfect fit for him.( He was purchased from a breeder and then dumped off at a kill shelter.)

Callahan is a healthy well socialized puppy and was potty trained. Not to mention all the required shots/records along with neutering and microchipping were all provided by C.A.R.E.

We were very fortunate to have Callahan join our family at 6 months old. He is thriving in his loving home not to mention being spoiled everyday! We enjoy taking him for walks at The Biltmore House and socializing at all the local breweries.

Callahan has been enrolled in training classes and he is the over achiever along with the "teachers pet". He loves learning new tricks and has graduated from the Canine Good Citizen Program. We are so happy with Callahan.

We could not have asked for a better dog. He is a loving and patience puppy. We are so grateful for finding C.A.R.E. and Olivia for all they do to provide homes for animals that have been discarded in local shelters.
Mickey - Now Mr. McFluff (December 2018)
Mickey - Now Mr. McFluff (December 2018)

I adopted Mickey (aka Mr. McFluff) in November 2018 at the age of 16.5yrs. He made himself at home immediately and is already friends with my other two senior cats. He is smart, sweet, fiesty, and still has a little kitten inside of him. He follows me everywhere and prefers to sleep either on me or next to me. He is a total love! I highly recommend adopting a senior animal who needs a new home!
Nitro (November 2018)
Nitro (November 2018)

So thankful to have Nitro as a part of our family now. He is loved so much and spoiled rotten. Robin did a great job training him as he is very well behaved, potty trained and listens well. Not much of an adjustment for him because he is still living in the same house he was being fostered at, so he is as comfortable as ever. My girlfriend went with Robin to go rescue Nitro and she fell in love with him the second she held him. We just knew he had to be a part of our forever family. He loves to play with other puppies and dogs and gets along great with my girlfriends kitty. They love to chase each other around the house and they take turns chasing the lazer pointer. Nitro has such a great personality and is as charming as ever. He loves to play with toys that squeak and will definately let you know when he's in the same room as you. Now that it's cold outside he loves to wear his little sweater around and cuddle under blankets. ❤
Sophie is on the Go (November 2018)
Sophie is on the Go (November 2018)

Sophie- she is a major part of our family. She is still very energetic but growing up fast. Knows all major commands and can walk off leash even. Loves to spend time at our cabin. Still loves every body and every thing.
Izzy and her new bedmate (October 2018)
Izzy and her new bedmate (October 2018)

Turley and I are so happy to have welcomed little Izzy to our family! Izzy is the perfect example of why older dogs should never be overlooked. She is cuddly, playful, and loves our walks together. Love this little girl!
Duncan and Jesse (July 2018)
Duncan and Jesse (July 2018)

Our family is so fortunate to have found Duncan and Jesse. They are so loving and friendly and bring us absolute joy! Duncan is a softy and let Jesse run all over him and she adores Duncan. Thank you so much, Laura, for our pups.
Peaches (July 2018)
Peaches (July 2018)

Peaches new parents: We were so fortunate to adopt Peaches. She is such a funny, sweet little kitty. Peaches has finally accepted she is an indoor lady of leisure and has a brother who adores her.

Peaches: I got off to a rocky start in my new home. I really missed my family! My new mom would sleep with me when I cried at night. I have a new brother. I didn't like him at first but now we play chase everyday after breakfast. I really wasn't sure about this whole indoor cat thing but they have plants and bought me window seats and I have my own bedroom with lots of toys. I really like the nightly laser tag competitions with my new brother. We even sleep together at night. It's great to be spoiled!
Birdie X2 (June 2018)
Birdie X2 (June 2018)

This is my second happy ending story here--an update, 1.5 years later! My name is Birdie, and my mommy adopted me to fill a hole in her heart and in her home. We are best friends now...we go to museums and restaurants and parks and friends' homes together, and we also go to DOGGY PARKS and trails for HIKING! I have lots of friends, but my mommy is my best friend. She taught me tricks, and she gives me lots of treats, and she lets me snuggle in bed with her, and I have TWO toy boxes, and I have a doggy door so I can go in my big fenced yard to chase squirrels. I love my new life!
Milo (June 2018)
Milo (June 2018)

Milo has been such a blessing to my life. I always knew I wanted to be a dog mom. But was waiting for it to be right. Milo is the perfect furbaby. He's brought joy into my life. I truly believe that I was always supposed to be Milo's second mom. I'm still in contact with Milo's first mom and continue to share photos.
Happy Hippo (June 2018)
Happy Hippo (June 2018)

I adopted Hippo 3 days after my last pup passed. He was the perfect comfort dog. He was everything I needed. Hippo has been a wonderful addition to my family.
Sophie and Rudy (April 2018)
Sophie and Rudy (April 2018)

This is Madison, now Sophie, who we feel is pretty fabulous. She is loving our rescue dog, Rudy.
Phoebe, now Febe (April 2018)
Phoebe, now Febe (April 2018)

My name is Phoebe, now spelled Febe and here is my story. I heard that my mom and I were found on the side of the road when I was a very little baby. I was taken to a shelter and scooped up by Chatham Area Rescue (CARE) a very short while later. My foster mom, Laura is the greatest foster mom ever. She fixed me up with a pretty bow and took my picture for everyone to see. My foster mom spent time walking me on a leash, teaching me to potty outside, and to play well with others no matter if they were big or small or another dog or a cat. She also fed me really good food and great treats for the things I did right. She even had me fixed so I couldn't get in trouble with the boys. Then one day she took me to a park and I met two little boys, Baxter and Pnut. We had a really fun time and walked a long time so I could get to know them. Then a few weeks later we went to visit my new friends. It was fantastic, the yard is like a park and we ran and ran and played for such a long time that I ended up living with them. I now have all kinds of friends, two cats, Max and BeBe and sometimes other dogs visit, but my brothers are the best. I am so thankful for CARE and my foster mother, Laura. Laura takes a lot of time and care to make sure each one of her foster fur babies get the best life ever. There are not enough words to say how wonderful she is. If the opportunity arises for someone looking for a fur baby, we would highly recommend CARE and Foster mom Laura. Thank you Laura for our new addition to our family!
Buffy - A Happy Beginning (April 2018)
Buffy - A Happy Beginning (April 2018)

Hi! I'm Buffy, and until a couple of weeks ago I was living with a bunch of my friends in a house in the forest with a man named Steve. It was a nice place for a cat. Then some new people came, and we went on a long ride to a new place. I was a little scared, but at least there was another cat. I was pretty nervous, but I found a big box that had blankets in it and smelled like other cats. So I kind of hid in there at first. The man stayed in the room with me and talked to me and scratched my ears. He seemed nice enough, so I decided to come out and see what this place was. We were in a room that was up high where I could see a long way. I could see woods like at Steve's, but not as many trees. I spent a couple of days in there while the other cat got used to me being there. Now I have the whole house to roam around in -- and the yard and the deck too! There's lots of places for naps here, which is one of my best things and a fireplace, that' ll be handy next winter. And I finally met the other cat, Snickerdoodle. I still miss my old friends, but I love my new friends and my new forever home. So I call it "A Happy Beginning"!
Sugar (April 2018)
Sugar (April 2018)

Sugar has made our lives so much sweeter! She's the perfect mix of silly, playfulness & a cuddling snuggler. It's been so rewarding to see such a nervous little girl more relaxed & at home every day. Thank you Laura for making her transition smooth with all the tips & tricks to move Sugar from her foster home into ours. You do an amazing job Laura making SO many lives so much better-for pooches & people! We can't thank you enough for bringing our sweet Sugar into our lives!!
Pretty Luna and her Buddy Hank (April 2018)
Pretty Luna and her Buddy Hank (April 2018)

We are all thoroughly smitten. Luna (was Kipling) is a delight. The picture shows Luna in the foreground cuddling Hank.
Buck - a loving companion (April 2018)
Buck - a loving companion (April 2018)

Buck lives the life of luxury on our small farm in Siler. He is my partner in crime and goes hiking with me as much as he can, although later in life he enjoys just lazing on my bed and jumping on the couch when he shouldnt be. Buck is the best friend a person could ask for and by far my favorite animal in the world. I've had buck for almost 8 years now and he makes me so happy!
Aurora and Osiris (March 2018)
Aurora and Osiris (March 2018)

Aurora joined our home a little over a month ago, and has already brought a tremendous amount of joy and fun! When she's not busy playing with Osiris, she's cuddled up next to us.
Jasmine (March 2018)
Jasmine (March 2018)

Today is the one-year anniversary of adopting Jasmine from C.A.R.E. and the wonderful Laura. Laura saved Jasmine's life and brought her to health from a serious illness. Jasmine is the sweetest dog, a great companion for our older dog, and a wonderful light in our life. Thank you C.A.R.E. and Laura!
Buddy and his buddy (February 2018)
Buddy and his buddy (February 2018)

Who knew when we walked into Phydeaux that we were going to meet Buddy (the dog formerly known as Jackson!) and fall head over paws in love with him!? Our kids and our older dog love having this sweet guy as a part of our family. He fills our days with laughs and licks, plenty of snuggles, and never-ending playtime. What an amazing support Laura was through the transition to a two dog home! Thank you, CARE, for helping Buddy have a stable and loving home for his early puppy-hood to launch him into being such a sweet adolescent dog.
Marvin Grey (February 2018)
Marvin Grey (February 2018)

We adopted Marvin Grey (formerly known as Waldo) in early October. He is a complete joy & has settled in with the rest of our animals quite well. He is such a sweet gentle cat & we feel honored to have him in our lives.
Bodhi (January 2018)
Bodhi (January 2018)

Bodie joined us on 12/28/17 and we were thrilled to welcome him! He has settled in beautifully and has even somehow managed to find ways to "play" with his 13 year old doggie step-brother. The folks at CARE did a wonderful job of preparing us for his arrival and adoption. Thanks to Laura for all her care and followup.
Cool Dog Gus (January 2018)
Cool Dog Gus (January 2018)

Gus joined me, and his new bulldog sister, Mabel, in late December, 2017. The process for adoption through CARE was thorough and seamless. We worked closely with the foster mom (who is absolutely wonderful, by the way), to make sure he would be a good fit for us. She checked in frequently and has been available even after the adoption was complete for assistance/advice with any questions I have had. Gus is doing great! He is a sweet, happy boy who has added immensely to our lives.
Scarlette - a Decade of Love! (January 2018)
Scarlette - a Decade of Love! (January 2018)

It recently occurred to me that with Scarlette (now Coco) nearing her 10th birthday (and 9th anniversary of her adoption) you may enjoy seeing an updated pic of her. It's hard to believe how the years have flown. She is still doing quite well, loves her tower that we bought for her the day we adopted her, and tolerates our other cat, Teddy, and our newest rescue, Olive (as seen in the picture). :) Thank you again for all that you do
Marcus (January 2018)
Marcus (January 2018)

Marcus is doing great! He's such a playful and sweet boy. Everyone adores him. He has lots of friends and lots of love and fun. For Christmas, I received his DNA analysis. He is 25% chihuahua, 25% Mini poodle, 12.5 % fox terrier, 12.5 % Russell terrier and 25% unknown mixed. All of that makes for a wonderful, affection, energetic and intelligent guy. He's just perfect.
Best Friends! (January 2018)
Best Friends! (January 2018)

Zachary (Ernie) and LucyAnn (Nina) are enjoying life - and staying warm!! We all wish you a Happy 2018!
Miles and Abby (January 2018)
Miles and Abby (January 2018)

As you can see...Miles and Abby are getting along great! Abby treats Miles like her baby, licking his head and nuzzling him. And Miles loves to snuggle with Abby and take naps with her. If we could clone this dog I would have at least 4 families who'd just take him immediately...and one is a cat lover!
I have told everyone how we adopted Miles and about CARE. Adopting through your organization insures that you get the right animal for you. We couldn't be happier with our precious little boy!
Betty's Blossomm (December 2017)
Betty's Blossomm (December 2017)

Blossom is one of the brightest "blossoms" in my garden of flowers. I am living alone now in a town home and her companionship means so much. She is adored by many residents at Cambridge Assisted Living, and although not trained to be a therapy dog, she certainly acts like one. She is a bright star in my night sky. She adores her kitty, Sweet Pea, and also doesn't let her scratch on my furniture. My neighbor says that in his next life he wants to come back as my dog.
Thank you for bringing her into my life.
Pretty Maybelline (December 2017)
Pretty Maybelline (December 2017)

We met Maybelline at an adoption event in October and immediately fell in love. She was such a sweet girl and had been through so much. The adoption with CARE was amazing. May had recently had puppies and was near starvation when she was found in a field and her foster mother had lovingly brought her back to health and taught her great indoor manners. So the transition into our family was really easy. At first, May mainly bonded with the adults in our home but now she is completely devoted to the kids, who are her favorite playmates for tug o'war and fetch. We never thought we could love a pup as much as our previous dog who passed last year at age 17, but May has been a perfect addition to our family and we will love her forever!
Lincoln is Loved! (December 2017)
Lincoln is Loved! (December 2017)

Lincoln is now 8 years old. I look at him, and always I feel in awe, that he is my Heart. He is a happy little guy, and a joy to have in my/his home. He's always been a kind ,gentle loving little Soul. He loves our other Rescue here--Katie. Thank You for helping me---- to have him. Merry Christmas and Blessings to all of you.
Lexi (November 2017)
Lexi (November 2017)

Almost 11 years ago we adopted our Lexi (previously known as Matilda) who has been the most perfect addition to our family. She grew up tiring the kids out running back and forth in the backyard, eating one too many treats they would sneak her, and being their pillow at night. Now they are grown, and have kids of their own who she is so gentle and patient with. Lexi is incredible silly, playful still at 11 years, and so very intelligent and i can't imagine our last 11 years without her. In our household we will forever be thankful to CARE for giving us our precious girl!
Appreciation of Ellie! (October 2017)
Appreciation of Ellie! (October 2017)

I feel like God was watching over our family recently. Our cat Ellie (5 years old, adopted from CARE 2 years ago) was not feeling well which prompted me to take her to the vet. After some scary initial prognoses, it turns out Ellie is prone to inflammation, but she is going to be OK!! We already knew how much we adored our Ellie, but the recent scare made us appreciate and love her more than ever! Ellie's CARE family was there to support us throughout our emotional rollercoaster. Thank you to Sue, Patti, and everyone at CARE for saving and supporting our Ellie and so many other precious cats and dogs! The thought of what you do on a regular basis makes our hearts feel warm. Our lives would not be the same without our Ellie! My 18 year old son has said 1,000 times, "Thank God Ellie is OK. I love her SO much." We all do!!
Mila (October 2017)
Mila (October 2017)

Mila joined me in March 2017, 6 months after I had to say good bye to my first CARE dog. She can never replace "Leo" but she has brought tremendous joy to this house. She is a happy , peppy little girl who loves to cuddle and ride in cars. She adapts to any situation with enthusiasm and a wild tail wag. Thank you to CARE for all you do to find forever homes.
Rikku Comfy with her New Family (October 2017)
Rikku Comfy with her New Family (October 2017)

Our experience with CARE has been amazing and we ended up with best gift we could have ever asked for! Our new baby girl Rikku! We love her dearly and we are so happy that even her big brother accepted her so quickly. Thank you so much for everything! Our family is so happy and complete.
John Boy becomes 'JB' (September 2017)
John Boy becomes "JB" (September 2017)

The middle of August I adopted John Boy from CARE. Up until that time, Patti had been raising him and he was just about 4 months old, 4 pound, little buff colored kitten. When I first got him he would stretch out across my chest when I was in the recliner watching TV. Now, a month and a week later he is 8 pounds and prefers to watch TV from my lap, or just sits down in front of the TV to watch the action; of course that is when there are no rabbits or squirrels outside the window to watch. Since I just moved to NC in August I have needed somethings from Amazon and John Boy (or JB as I call him) makes sure I didn't miss anything in the box... JB is always happy to see me when I get home from work but he does have a problem sharing the bathroom... he likes to hog the sink!
Gidget gets a fur brother (August 2017)
Gidget gets a fur brother (August 2017)

We absolutely LOVE Gidget! She's doing great, loves her new fur brother. They play all the time! She's a great cuddler and is very submissive (she listens). Laura was very thorough at investigating us to make sure Gidget went to a good safe home. If we are in the market for another fur child, we will definitely work with CARE.
Bindi  goes hiking with her family (August 2017)
Bindi goes hiking with her family (August 2017)

Here is a picture of Bindi and her family at Hanging Rock. Not a day has gone by during the last year that we have not been so glad to have this sweet, energetic and funny pup in our family! We thank CARE for all that you do to give dogs love and good lives.
Hailey (August 2017)
Hailey (August 2017)

Adopting a rescue dog from CARE was such a wonderful decision. She was taken excellent care of, examined by them and a vet, spayed, given all her vaccinations, and was ready for a forever home. We have never adopted a rescue dog, and we didn't know what a great dog we were to get. Hailey made herself right at home and loves everybody. I needed someone to cuddle with, and she is it! Still has some puppy habits like running around with our previous dog's toys and stealing shoes, but is house-broken and just a delight!
Parker (August 2017)
Parker (August 2017)

We had an excellent experience with adopting Parker from CARE. Parker's foster mother Laura gave tons of great information prior to the placement and was supportive during the entire process! We are very happy to have Parker a permanent part of our family and love him to pieces!
Pretty tabbies! (August 2017)
Pretty tabbies! (August 2017)

Here's an update on two cats that we adopted through you late last year. Pony (formerly Emma) is on the left; she was a Chatham County Shelter adoption through CARE. Winnie (formerly Agnetha) is on the right; she was part of the Abba quartet of kittens fostered by CARE. They both have the rule of the house and we love having them here. We're so happy that we could give them a good home and are very thankful for everything that CARE does to give these animals a better life.
Penny goes to California! (August 2017)
Penny goes to California! (August 2017)

We adopted Penny (formerly Katie) back in 2011. We have since moved to California. We were told back then that she has a sister named Millie, who was also adopted. Penny is happy and healthy; here she is enjoying a ride in the car. She is quite smart, she knows how to roll down the window by herself.
Speedy gets a home and a friend (August 2017)
Speedy gets a home and a friend (August 2017)

This spring, my family was really excited to get Speedy, a 4 year old, orange tabby from CARE. Speedy was very shy and nervous. We loved him so much we asked CARE for a kitty companion for Speedy, and Jena, a 14 week Tuxedo and bundle of energy joined our family in July. Jena is super friendly and playful and has helped Speedy to be more outgoing. Our four year old son, Jason is learning responsibility for taking care of his kitty siblings and the fun and joy of playing with them.
Jagger (July 2017)
Jagger (July 2017)

I first noticed Jagger last December at Pet Smart, when he put his paw on the glass. He looked so friendly, plus he was grown and settled-exactly what I was looking for! He had had a rough life that past year, after getting lost from his family. but CARE nursed him back to health and fate put us together. He is such a good kitty-he doesn't even get on my new white sofas! Sweet, clean, well behaved-perfect for me in my life as a widow.
Adele and Emily (July 2017)
Adele and Emily (July 2017)

This is a Happy Ending story of two dogs who came to CARE with serious medical issues and are now living happy lives with their adoptive families.Adele and Emily were adopted by the same extended family and are shown running and playing on the beach.

The bottom left picture shows Adele when she came to CARE with serious skin problems and the bottom right photo shows Emily in splints, after she came to CARE with both front legs broken.

Thanks to CARE, the medical care they received from Dr. Tysor and the life that their adoptive families are providing, the girls are living wonderful lives after difficult starts.
Keira and Hercules (July 2017)
Keira and Hercules (July 2017)

Keira and Hercules - it is a perfect match!
Indy in his new home (July 2017)
Indy in his new home (July 2017)

We have adopted Dallas renamed "Indy" for independence day. He is happily adjusting so well.He is eating and arching that little back and batting a paw at a 70 lb Weimaraner and joyfully running away. His cat companion has calmed down and is getting curious about him. His precocious personality is adorable and so fun. Lap cuddles and purring are the order of the day. Thank you C.A.R.E.
Yoko - One Happy Girl! (June 2017)
Yoko - One Happy Girl! (June 2017)

After adopting Yoko, our lives were instantly better. Our family was shocked to see how her personality changed after adopting her. She went from a very calm, and relaxed dog to an active, hyper and happy puppy. We love every second we have with her and we hope that other dogs in the shelter are able to find amazing families!
Please note, Yoko was adopted from Chatham County Animal Services.
Arya and her new Family (May 2017)
Arya and her new Family (May 2017)

We already can't imagine life without our sweet Arya (originally Rumor). We are so grateful to Linda and to C.A.R.E. for taking care of her before she found her way into our family!
Brother and Sister get new loving home (May 2017)
Brother and Sister get new loving home (May 2017)

Lucy (Tulu) is still a tad but skittish but she socializes well when she wants to. She even hangs out with the grandkids in the same room. She lets me pick her up. I do it to help her get more comfortable, and just hold her for a moment.

Charlie (Freddy) has exceeded what I thought. He loves to be petted and often purrs. He gets along well with my husband who often plays with the fishing rod. Charlie gets so exhausted playing that he pants like a dog.
Loving addition to our family (April 2017)
Loving addition to our family (April 2017)

We are happy to report, thanks to her great start from Robin & Bill, Maggie (aka Opal) is adjusting wonderfully to her new home. We are all in love.
Buzz (February 2017)
Buzz (February 2017)

Our family adopted our cat Buzz, the former Hershel 6 years ago. He continues to do well and has an unmarched personality. He is a constant source of affection and entertainment. We are thankful you allowed us the opportunity to have him in our home.
Francesca (January 2017)
Francesca (January 2017)

Francesca came into the CARE foster program from a colony of cats and kittens and owners who provided no veterinary care and left them to reproduce, resulting in over 20 felines on site. CARE stepped in to rescue all the kittens and tnr the female adults and one adult male. Francesca (Frannie) found a wonderful home and is living the life of comfort she deserves! This is what Francesca's adopter has to say:

I have been meaning to send you some pictures of our beautiful Frannie. We love her so much. She is the most affectionate kitty I have ever had.
Birdie (January 2017)
Birdie (January 2017)

I am a young widow of 6 years; I then spent the next 5 caring for my best friend who died in May. I also lost my 2 elderly canine companions over the past year. I've been very lonely! When I saw Birdie's picture and heard her story, I KNEW she was meant for me. We've been together for three weeks, but it feels like we've been companions for a lifetime. We are both celebrating new life now, with tons of snuggles and puppy playtime and more laughter than I remembered was possible. She entertains me with her comical exploits, including burying bones under sofa pillows with so much exuberance that she rolls off the sofa! She loves me with enthusiastic, jump-into-my-arms hugs. She loves to practice her commands and now offers me a "shake" every time she wants a treat! We go to restaurants and music venues and visit friends and watch movies and play ball, we are starting agility work together (just for fun!), and we will together learn to be a therapy team to work with patients who need some puppy love. I am so grateful for this little creature who has saved my life--and grateful to CARE for rescuing her for me!
George and Geoffrey (January 2017)
George and Geoffrey (January 2017)

The boys have been here about a month now, but in the first week they were settled into their new home. They are lovely cats and their easy adjustment to new surroundings is why I love the CARE program. They were in a great foster environment and it shows in their temperament. Here they are checking out their new cat tree, minutes after I got it assembled. George helped build it while Geoff supervised.
Chloe (December 2016)
Chloe (December 2016)

Chloe (previously Teannie) is doing great!! She is the perfect pet. She is so smart! She knows our routine...when we get ready to go somewhere she will go get in her bed without us telling her to. We love her so much, she is our perfect princess.
What a Smile, Lucy! (December 2016)
What a Smile, Lucy! (December 2016)

Lucy is an absolute dream of a dog. She's a spoiled princess in the best possible way. For all the love we throw at her, she gives it right back and then some. One of her favorite things to do is walk up to us and lean in for a hug, which melts our hearts. Other times she will flip on her back, groaning and wriggling like a nut. She has really fit in well with Eli as well. He absolutely loves her and they are virtually inseparable. Eli frequently goes up to her and starts nibbling her neck which she embraces by falling on her back and nibbling his ear in return. Lucy is a complete ham, a real talker, and incredibly sweet. When it comes to playing, she gives it right back to Eli as rough he can dish it. Sometimes it's like WWE in our living room and it's an absolute blast to watch. That aside, she is also a great housemate, being very respectful and never touching anything she isn't supposed to. She's growing up nicely and Chris and I continue to fall in love with her every day. We are so grateful we reached out to you when we did and had the opportunity to meet this lovely girl. She has changed all of our lives for the better.
Mason and Bruiser (December 2016)
Mason and Bruiser (December 2016)

Mason and Bruiser are doing great! We are so fortunate to have them both.
Mason (the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier) is 8 yrs old now (2 when we adopted
him from you) and Bruiser (the Bichon) is 10 yrs old (5 when we adopted him
from you). Mason is finally starting to mellow... but just a little. He is
the sweetest and most loyal family dog we have ever seen. Bruiser still acts
like a puppy and has more energy now than when we first got him. He is also
very mischievous and we have to watch him like a human toddler all the
time... but he's very cute so he always gets away with it! I take them for
4 walks a day (about 15 min each) during the week and 5 walks per day on the
weekends.
Heidi (December 2016)
Heidi (December 2016)

Heidi is doing well spunky and loving, we live in Texas and she has a back yard fenced in she loves to go out and play. However she is still my snuggler.
Emma gets loved! (December 2016)
Emma gets loved! (December 2016)

Emma is doing very well. We've actually moved to another county. Emma has adjusted well to that change. She's made several four-legged friends who she sees regularly and still has the puppy spirit to play even as she is clearly a more mature dog in being trained and controlled around smaller dogs and people.
Victor (December 2016)
Victor (December 2016)

Victor continues to be the apple of our eye and every single person he meets. We simply cannot imagine our lives without our Perfect Peke Prince! He is pure love, true joy and the most devastatingly handsome little man ever. I never get sick of his cute face and it still makes me squeal with delight how precious he is.
Thank you for all you do and for being a part of Victor's life all those years ago. Little man will be 14 this January, he still acts like a puppy though. :)
Kasie and Emma (December 2016)
Kasie and Emma (December 2016)

Kasie is doing great! She and Emma are still best buddies and they are a delight to see together.
Kasie has taken on the responsibility of removing all of the stuffing for each and every soft squeaky toy we give her. :)

She will spend days on end working on a toy until she gets the squeaker out as well as all of the stuffing...then it's on to the next one.
Emma is also doing very well. She just loves playing with us on the floor and snuggling up! Who could ask for more?

We thoroughly enjoy the love and companionship of both Emma and Kasie.
A Rose by Any Other Name... (December 2016)
A Rose by Any Other Name... (December 2016)

Rose is doing so great...the sweetest, funniest critter in the world! Attached is a photo. She is healthy and happy.
Ellie and her family (December 2016)
Ellie and her family (December 2016)

Ellie doing great! Thank for rescuing this sweet soul! Ellie is still a tad nervous and timid around strangers and still scares easily. Not to worry though she is quickly reassured that all is well in her world.

Our first rescue pup was know as Munchkin through CARE but we changed her name to Annabelle. She is spoiled rotten!! They are both such a joy!!!

I have attached a pic of Ellie (bottom) Annabelle (middle) with their brother Tinker (top).
Kai is loved!!! (November 2016)
Kai is loved!!! (November 2016)

Kai (formerly "Bear") has made our family more complete than we ever expected. He is our son's best friend, makes us laugh every day, and hasn't met a person or animal that he doesn't love (he plays so gently with our 14 pound Boston Terrier). He has run in races with us with thousands of people without flinching and has been an incredible ambassador for large breed/mixed breed dogs. We are so incredibly grateful to CARE for allowing us to be this amazing dog's forever home. He is so so loved.
Tatiana's the Queen! (November 2016)
Tatiana's the Queen! (November 2016)

This is Ms Tatiana as of, September 25, 2016. She is 15 years old. She isn't as active as she used to be, but she is a spoiled Queen of the house !! She sleeps on the couch most of the time & just goes outside to potty & comes right back in !!! In Tati's younger years, her whole muzzle was black. Now we say she looks like a opossum !!!! She is still beautiful to us !! We are grateful for whatever time the good Lord will allow us to have with her !!! Hope you enjoy the pictures & update !! Keep up the good work.
Tango - Dancing with Sadie (October 2016)
Tango - Dancing with Sadie (October 2016)

I love Tango SO much!
He brings me an endless supply of laughs and daily kisses and cuddles. He's having a wonderful time jumping and splashing in the kiddie pool, wrestling, and racing through the yard with his new best friend, Sadie, who absolutely adores him. I'm thrilled that he's joined my family.
Thank you so much C.A.R.E.
Living the good life! (September 2016)
Living the good life! (September 2016)

I adopted Emma (previously named Demi) from CARE almost 6 years ago. She is a spunky, active, loving girl who has been my sidekick from the start. Emma has recently adapted to a beach-living lifestyle and loves to walk on the beach and chase ghost crabs and seagulls. I can't thank CARE and Emma's foster mom Linda enough for choosing me as her mom!
Sweet Shelby Gets a New Family (July 2016)
Sweet Shelby Gets a New Family (July 2016)

Thanks again for all your help. Just wanted to send you a quick picture to share with the others at the shelter. Shelby "Ladybug" Motz (We are calling her Shelby) has already made several calm and inquisitive laps around the downstairs, including a visit to the screened in porch. She's been talking the whole way and stopping for plenty of pets from us. We are happy to have her home!
Sugar and Sweetness (June 2016)
Sugar and Sweetness (June 2016)

Sugar is just the sweetest dog ever! She has made such a recovery from when she first came to CARE and was fostered by Laura. She is quiet, cute, and funny. Everyone loves her goofy grin. Older dogs such as Sugar are wonderful since they are already housebroken and past the crazy puppy stage. Couldn't ask for a better dog!!!
Tonto Oreo (June 2016)
Tonto Oreo (June 2016)

Tonto Oreo is settling in well. He's been the perfect little gentleman, eating, using his litter box, using his scratching post and he loves to play - morning and night... Tonto Oreo has discovered that one of his favorite past-times is watching over our backyard from the screened in porch. His favorite activity is playing soccer with a little rubber ball. Oreo is definitely the most talented soccer player in the family! One of these pictures show 6 year old Charlie counting all of his money to pay the adoption fee all by himself. The day after Oreo came to live with us Charlie painted this awesome picture of his new best friend.

Thank you to Joan, Patti and all the other amazing volunteers from CARE that helped us find our new little pal!
Dog cousins and Human cousins have a sleepover (June 2016)
Dog cousins and Human cousins have a sleepover (June 2016)

Winston and his sister Pumpkin (Both CARE adoptions) are enjoying an evening with their nieces during a recent sleepover.
Stuart Little (June 2016)
Stuart Little (June 2016)

"Stuart Little", the terrier, not the mouse is a most special creature. I'm really happy that he came to live at my house. If if wasn't for the wonderful care and recovery that he received through CARE he might not even be here at all. BUT, I am amazed at the journey that his life has taken and I am thankful that our paths crossed. Once I saw him on the website, I immediately inquired about him. It took a while to hear back, but it was worth the wait. He's my best bud. I can't imagine life without him now! When people talk about rescue dogs, I always say, I didn't rescue him, He rescued me!
Lola Lolls (June 2016)
Lola Lolls (June 2016)

We adopted Lola, a CARE puppy, on 1 Jan 2016. Six months later, we could not be happier. CARE did a wonderful job caring for the pup and screening to ensure the pup aligned with the future home. Adopting a CARE pup may take a little time, but it is well worth the wait.
Enjoying a New Life (June 2016)
Enjoying a New Life (June 2016)

Liam joined our family at just the right time! He was but a little pup when he jumped out of the car and laid eyes on my son - it was love at first sight for them both! Liam has been protector, playmate, therapist, and constant companion to my son since that day.
Maverick - One Happy Guy (March 2016)
Maverick - One Happy Guy (March 2016)

Maverick (formerly known as Boogie) has been a delightful addition to our family. He loves playing with our other dog, Shiloh, chasing a ball or Frisbee, and going on adventures in the car. He has begun competing in the sport of Barn Hunt. At the end of the day he is a cuddle hog and loves nothing more than curling up next to one of us, chin on an arm or shoulder. Maverick has nosed his way into the hearts of our family.
Fishy has a family! (January 2016)
Fishy has a family! (January 2016)

We fell in love with Fishy as soon as we saw her online and she's everything we hoped she would be. Snuggly, sweet, loving, good with the kids, good with the dog, a great friend and wonderful lap cat. We loved the experience of adopting an older cat who had been in foster care. All her quirks and preferences have been discovered and communicated to us so we knew what to expect. And since she was older, we didn't have to worry about her shredding papers, chewing wires, and other playful (but destructive) kitten antics. The foster mom from CARE was wonderful to work with and we feel great about giving Fishy the forever home she deserves.
Stuart LOVES children (January 2016)
Stuart LOVES children (January 2016)

FUN is an understatement, we have had a fantastic time with Stuart!! We are SO in love with him. What an amazing cat!!!

He's been pretty spoiled rotten haha! I don't notice any problems with him being an only kitty, but I think that's because the kids play with him SO much! The kids got a Play Teepee and Fort Building kit for Christmas and so he has been having a blast either playing in those, or taking really long naps inside them!! It's SO adorable!!
Sammie (December 2015)
Sammie (December 2015)

We adopted Sammi in July and since the day she arrived in our home, she has brought nothing but joy to us and her adopted brother Oscar. Sammi has grown into a beautiful, smart pup that was valedictorian of her recent training class! She had a super start with her CARE foster mom Laura, who did a fabulous job with Sammi in the short time she was with her.
CARE is a great organization that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to others interested in adoption.
Ollie gets a family and Tika (December 2015)
Ollie gets a family and Tika (December 2015)

We adopted Tika as a four month old pup from CARE back in 2011, I think it was, and now we have added another CARE friend to our little family. As you can see in the photos ... We all love Ollie! He is calm and steady and such a beautiful cat. When Tika is busy in another room, he plays wild games with dangling feathers, paper bags and my apron strings. Tika is still learning how to be gentle with Ollie, so she has not yet played these cat games. I think really this is the tale of a Happy Beginning. We thank foster moms, Patti with Ollie, and Frances with Tika, for their kind and loving care!
Calvin's Best Friend (November 2015)
Calvin's Best Friend (November 2015)

We are so grateful to CARE for rescuing our beloved Calvin and allowing us to adopt him into our family! He's so sweet and playful, and he loves everyone. We love having him cuddle up in our laps and watching him wrestle with our other dog, Cosmo. He's a magnet in the neighborhood - everyone wants to pet him! We feel very fortunate.
Mo's New Life! (November 2015)
Mo's New Life! (November 2015)

I just wanted to say how thrilled we are to have Mo (who was Lucy) as part of our family! She is a total doll and we feel like we won the dog lottery! So thank you for bringing Mo into our lives, and for all you do to help animals find homes. And for what it's worth, I really appreciate how thorough and clear the adoption process was. You guys have a great system in place!
Winston - A Home for Life (November 2015)
Winston - A Home for Life (November 2015)

Winston (was Winkie) has found his forever home with us and our pack. Win was found as a stray in the street twice in his 13 years. At 3.2 pounds it is amazing that he has survived. He is incredibly good-natured, given the hardships that he has endured. He is now in our home with other rescued buddies and enjoying every day. The picture shows Winston with his friend Chloe.
Mighty Ben (November 2015)
Mighty Ben (November 2015)

Ben (Bennett) is so smart! He learned how to use the doggie door and he loves playing outside in his fenced yard. When I got him we thought that he was part German Shepard but it turns out that he is actually a Belgian Shepard. Ben has learned all of his basic commands easily and we are now working on hard stuff, like putting his toys away and staying still for a longer time. Ben is very happy and healthy and is my best friend.
ThunderBear (November 2015)
ThunderBear (November 2015)

ThunderBear recently join us and is a wonderful addition to our family. He loves his Izzy Bee Weimaraner (age 8) and they play and share like they were raised together. He has a wonderful, loving spirit. We feel that we are blessed to be able to provide his Furever Home. Thank you for rescuing him and providing such wonderful care for him until he could come to us.
Marcus gets a home and a girlfriend! (November 2015)
Marcus gets a home and a girlfriend! (November 2015)

I just wanted to update you on how Marcus is doing and share some pictures. We are absolutely delighted that Marcus is part of our family. He is the sweetest boy ever and everyone adores him. He fits perfectly with our lifestyle and goes and has fun with everything we do.
He is enjoying life! He does great with Cookie and other cats he has met as well. He makes friends easily and even got to stay with one of his best friends when we went to Shakori grassroots music festival. Our friends said they would welcome him back anytime!
We completed the training class, and he did great! He enjoys getting out and about and meeting other dogs. Thanks to Laura for being his foster mom. She really did great with him.
Having a Baxter kind of day! (October 2015)
Having a Baxter kind of day! (October 2015)

My husband and I had been thinking about getting another cat for quite awhile but were very hesitant as we have a 17 yr old tabby who is very timid and had never had a positive experience with other cats. I met Nash (now Baxter), a tuxedo kitten, at PetsMart and not only did he love humans, he enjoyed being around other cats as well. Jill, a wonderful PetsMart volunteer was fostering this very special little boy. She put a lot of extra time helping us with the adoption. We now cannot imagine life without this sweet, playful, confident, loving and funny little guy. We have a new saying in our house "have a Baxter day" which means be nice to everyone and live life in a joyful manner. Thank so much to the caring people at CARE and PetsMart!
Love at First Sight - Ellie (October 2015)
Love at First Sight - Ellie (October 2015)

I was buying food for my four cats a few weeks ago at the PetSmart in Apex. I saw a 3 year old cat who just melted my heart. I took my two children back the next day, and although Jill from CARE was on her way out, she stayed and let us meet Ellie. Ellie's foster mom, Patti, went out of her way to meet us at PetSmart the next day so that we could bring her home as soon as possible. CARE volunteers/fosters are such special people! Because of them, Ellie has found a home where she is loved and our family has been blessed with a cat who was destined for us! Animals impact our lives so greatly, and people like Jill and Patti are the angels who help to make it happen! :)
Ruby has a friend! (October 2015)
Ruby has a friend! (October 2015)

Ruby came to us in September & completed our family. We already had a 20month old,Boxer,Stanley & Ruby is now his new & much loved little sister! The 2 of them love nothing more than a great game of wrestle & chase with or without a ball! We all love her,she is sweet,funny & a bundle of energy-she fits right in here.
Sweet Sterling (September 2015)
Sweet Sterling (September 2015)

Sterling is settling right in his new home...we are so happy to have him as part of our family. He is so sweet, loving, curious...just perfect
Isa-belly (September 2015)
Isa-belly (September 2015)

Isabel has been a huge burst of sunshine in our lives. Not only is she the best frisbee partner, but the best cuddle/nuzzle partner that we could have asked for. Because of Izzy, we've developed more laugh lines over the last several weeks than the last several years...and for that we are forever grateful to CARE.
Jolene (September 2015)
Jolene (September 2015)

We adopted Jolene at Petsmart in Apex about six weeks ago and she's the best kitty ever! So smart, affectionate and playful. I always wanted a lap kitty, ans she's perfect! Everyone in our family loves her, including our dog. A special thank you to volunteer, Patti, for staying late that day to make the adoption possible. JoJo is the best!
Lots of Loving for Lily (September 2015)
Lots of Loving for Lily (September 2015)

Lily made fast friends with Kobe, our 5-year-old pug, when she became part of our family. She loves to hang out with Kobe, Trixie (our 11-year-old lab mix) and Hal (our 4-year-old cat) in the kitchen when mommy is cooking. She also hangs out on mommy's office couch when mommy is working. Long walks with mommy and daddy are her favorite. Lily settled into the family as if she was always meant to be with us. She's looking forward to a couple of trips to the beach this fall, pictures of which will surely be added to her own photo album on mommy's Facebook page.
Willow on Watch (September 2015)
Willow on Watch (September 2015)

Willow is doing great and is very curious. We close her in at night and if we are gone but other than that she has the run of the house. She saw the vet yesterday and everyone fell in love with her. The ears were totally clear and the vet was happy with her health. She weighed 5 pounds.
She does love to play and has explored every inch of this house. She loves the jingle balls and a long thick shoestring. My daughter has been over and they've done great together. I am sitting here this morning just laughing at her. She is so playful and inquisitive. She even jumped up in my lap on her own for the first time this morning and purred up a storm. Last night I couldn't find her before I went to bed so decided to see if she did ok left out. She came into our room sometime during the night and slept with us. She really enjoys play time with my husband when he gets up.
We think we got a pretty special little girl!
Kasie gets a Family and a Friend (September 2015)
Kasie gets a Family and a Friend (September 2015)

In March, 2014 we adopted Emma from CARE. Olivia had done a wonderful job of fostering her and Emma fit right into our home. Emma was the only pet in our house and she flourished. She is a loving pet. After a year and a half and having had such a great experience with Emma, we thought about adopting another dog. Our main reservation was that Emma's has had some socialization issues with other dogs.

Recently we were casually looking at the CARE website and saw Kasie up for adoption. One of the qualities that CARE was hoping for was a home with another dog. The application was immediately completed and within a very short time we were called by Laura, Kasie's foster mom. The socialization issue was discussed and we decided to go ahead and let the two dogs meet and see how they got along.

Laura spent several hours with us, letting the two dogs get to know one another, little by little. At the end of our get together we all agreed to move forward and Laura dropped Kasie off a day or so later for a 2 week trial period to ensure that there were no significant issues or regrets. Laura called a number of times during that period to answer any question or give advice. This was very much appreciated and underscored how much love Laura and CARE have for their animals.

Within the two short weeks, Emma and Kasie have become like sisters. We now leave them to roam the house freely when we're out and there have not been any problems. There have been no fights and they are very tolerant of each other. They share toys and favorite napping spots.

While I'm certain there are many quality animal rescue organizations, we know that CARE and it's staff represent the best there is and is why when looking for another dog, we looked no farther than CARE.
Steve and Olive - siblings = love (August 2015)
Steve and Olive - siblings = love (August 2015)

We adopted twin tuxedo kittens, Steve and Olive and they have been such a wonderful addition to our family!
They are so much fun. They are always playful and so affectionate. We all love them so much.
Charlotte (August 2015)
Charlotte (August 2015)

We adopted our sweet Charlotte, who we have dubbed "Princess Charlotte," in July 2015. She is the cutest pup that has completely made herself at home with us. She gives the best kisses and loves to snuggle on the couch and watch us cook. She's made many other doggy friends and loves the neighborhood kids. Her foster mom, Laura, did an amazing job with her! She knows many commands and is bell trained. We are so pleased with Laura and CARE -- it is evident how much they love these animals. We couldn't have asked for a better first dog and look forward to many years of love and fun with our fur-baby!
Chester (August 2015)
Chester (August 2015)

Coming home and having Chester there waiting for me is such a wonderful feeling. I saw the old man (8 years old!) sitting in the window one day at Petsmart and instantly knew he needed a good home. Now he has a warm bed, plenty of food, and a cozy lap to curl up in when I'm reading. Adding Chester to my family was the best decision I've made, and had made my life all the better.
Xena (August 2015)
Xena (August 2015)

: My name is Xena, but all my friends at CARE probably remember me as Mona. I came to live with my new family 2 months ago, and I'm having a BLAST! I joined a family with three other dogs and one kitty. I have three sisters, Shelby, Zoe, and Val (my kitty!), and one brother, Rodger. Everyone thought this was a retirement home until I arrived and added some action to this place! My brother Rodger likes to play tug with me, and my sister Zoe even gets in on the fun every once in a while. Val makes a good playmate too, especially when these older pups are taking their afternoon naps. I really like this place. I have lots of toys, a baby pool outside, I get to go on walks, and I've been on a few vacations to the beach already. The ocean was a little scary at first, but my brother said I would be alright. Once I got used to it, I enjoyed chasing the birds and digging for crabs!
Snacks. Mmmmmm. I really love the snacks. Kongs are my favorite, especially when they are filled with peanut butter. Ooooooh, ice cubes. I'll steal them if you aren't looking. Better watch your cup!
I'm still working on my manners, so my moms are taking me to puppy class. Thanks to my foster mom Laura, I already know how to sit, lay down, and go to my crate. That's making things a lot easier at class. They give me lots of snacks in class. Did I mention that I.LOVE.SNACKS???
My moms and my trainer say that I'm a little too smart for my own good. Apparently that's the Aussie way. I'm very good at problem solving, and enjoy playing with treat puzzles. I'm learning so much that I'm already signed up for my next class! Class keeps me very busy on Saturdays, and usually ends with a nice walk in the park. It's my special time with my mommies.
I'm so glad that CARE took me from the shelter, and that Laura took such great care of me. Without her I don't know what would have happened to me. Laura helped to find me the perfect home. Thanks so much CARE volunteers, I hope we can visit soon!
Lucy Lou Lounges (August 2015)
Lucy Lou Lounges (August 2015)

After adopting a rescue 2 and a half years ago, my wife and I felt the time was right for another in our home, and we both felt strongly that another rescue was the only choice. We've been so happy with our first and wanted to get this wonderful boy a friend of his own. We took the time to evaluate 5 amazing CARE dogs and choosing just one was incredibly difficult. After hours of honest deliberation, we narrowed our selection down to Lucy Lou. Her energy, personality and smarts all fit what we were looking for and our boy Eli took a liking to her right away.

Now it's been a month and Lucy Lou has far exceeded our hopes. She is the sweetest, most loving dog and she adores her big brother Eli. These two play constantly and we catch Eli giving her love nibbles when Lucy doesn't want to play. It's just been an absolute joy having her and all the work her foster mom Laura put into her has really showed.

Our next step is dog training classes and frequent appearances at Yappy Hour too. Thank you Laura and CARE for connecting us to this wonderful creature who has already left a lasting impression on all of us. We think the picture we provided shows exactly how Lucy Lou feels about her new home.
Sweet Claire and her new sister, Chicory (June 2015)
Sweet Claire and her new sister, Chicory (June 2015)

We adopted Claire, a white English Bulldog who is the sweetest and gentlest dog we have ever met. She joined our home after our English Bulldog passed after 12 years. Our French Bulldog, Chicory, became our sole focus but we are a two dog family and we wanted to bring another dog home. We knew the new dog needed to be the right match for Chicory and for us. Enter Olivia, the foster mom who talked to us about Claire and then met all three of us - we were instantly enamored with Claire. She rode on the back seat looking out the front window happy and loving up on both of us as we headed to our new home together. Today Claire is settling in and loving the walks by the river, the back yard, and nibbling on our noses! She loves to watch the courtyard and to snuggle on the couch. Adopting Claire brought joy and new life into our home and we could not be happier.
Bubba - His name says it all! (June 2015)
Bubba - His name says it all! (June 2015)

Bubba, formerly known as Franklin, has brought us so much joy! He is the sweetest pup we've ever met with the best puppy manners. His foster mom, Laura, did an excellent job taking care of him and teaching him. We love the CARE adoption process and we were confident that he would be a great fit for our family. We feel so lucky to have this boy and we can't thank them enough for the opportunity to love him!
Pretty Penny (May 2015)
Pretty Penny (May 2015)

This is our Penny. We adopted her soon after we moved here from California. I was concerned it was too soon as we had only been in our new house for about a month. But we had promised our little girl. She was six and sad about moving and leaving her friends. Just a couple of weeks after we got Penny, we unexpectedly lost our beloved German Shepherd puppy. We were all devastated, he was only eight months old. Penny has been a double blessing for our family. She is incredibly sweet. When our daughter was sick, Penny stayed right with her. We have done our best to spoil her. She loves her kitty climber and canned food. We're so happy she came to live with us!
Scooter Gets a New Family (April 2015)
Scooter Gets a New Family (April 2015)

Thom and I adopted Scooter 3 weeks ago. We have another dog that we adopted from C.A.R.E. a few years ago (Dottie) and a 16 year old (Thelma Lou). Thanks to Laura Miller and all the folks at C.A.R.E., this new addition to our family has gone as seamless as possible. We all adore Scooter! He is a sweet, funny boy and an excellent addition to our family!
Minnie (March 2015)
Minnie (March 2015)

YourMessage: We had been thinking about a second dog for a couple of years, but were worried with how our only dog (9 years old) would take it. I was helping a friend find a dog on petfinder when I came across Minnie's profile. I knew immediately from Laura's description of Minnie's personality that she would be the perfect fit for our family. Working with Laura through the application process was wonderful. I can't say enough how exciting it was to be treated with respect and care during the adoption process. I never felt my privacy was invaded and always knew Laura was looking for the BEST home for Minnie.

Bruiser (our first dog, Min Pin) and Minnie have become fast friends. She has brought the puppy out in Bruiser while Bruiser has taught her how to potty outside and ride in a bike basket.

My husband and I could not be more happy with the adoption process and with the addition of Minnie to our home. She is excited to greet us every morning (loves to snuggle in bed at night) and brings happiness wherever she goes.

Thank you for helping us find our perfect fit!
Mocha is good medicine (March 2015)
Mocha is good medicine (March 2015)

Both my husband and daughter had been wanting a puppy, and I was the holdout. My daughter, Maddie was diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder in 2012, and having a really difficult time. I thought that a puppy would be good therapy for her. On a whim one Friday afternoon, I discovered the CARE website and learned there was an adoption event the next day. When we met Mocha in March 2013, she was 4 months old and very scared and shy, but immediately connected with Maddie. Then we learned that Mocha was born on the same day that Maddie had surgery the previous November, and we knew we had to adopt her. Talk about karma! Mocha was delivered to us two years ago today (March 17th) by Linda Vollmoeller, who we are forever indebted to for introducing Mocha to our family. Mocha is so sweet and gentle, as well as very protective of us, and quickly became part of the family. When Maddie isn't feeling well, Mocha seems to know it and always gives her love to lift her spirits. Mocha has also been a constant companion for my husband who has had two knee replacements this past year. She has definitely made his recovery easier. And I have discovered how Mocha can turn a crummy day into a happy one just by greeting me when I come home. It's amazing what unconditional love from a dog can do for us humans. Who rescued who?!
Tabitha (March 2015)
Tabitha (March 2015)

Tabitha and I were united by CARE in North Carolina eleven years ago yesterday; we celebrated her unofficial 13th birthday last night. When I adopted her, I was told that she came in with a litter of kittens, took care of them until they were adopted, and then raised another litter of kittens from a different mom. All of those kittens were adopted but Tabitha remained in foster care for some time. She was adopted before I took her home but returned to your organization a short time after. I'm not sure why she was returned but I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to take her home. Tabitha and I had a rocky start, but once I learned who was boss our relationship began to blossom, I couldn't imagine not having her in my life. We left North Carolina two years after Tabitha and I met, since then, she's lived in four states, flown on an airplane, and had many road trips under her belt including a cross country trip to California. She's grown immensely, purrs regularly, and has been voted "best cat ever" by my friends and of course myself. Tabitha was diagnosed with cancer in November, it was an incidental finding but now our days are numbered. We're not sure how much time is left but the love that's grown between us will live on beyond when our physical relationship ends. I wanted to say thank you for having such a wonderful organization that allows pets to be united with owners and especially keeps older pets available for adoption. If it wasn't for your organization I wouldn't have found such an awesome sidekick for the last 11 years of life, thank you for such a wonderful gift.
Katie up at Tree! (March 2015)
Katie up at Tree! (March 2015)

Katie has been a real delight and fits in well with our family---including our Yorkie! The thing that made all the difference in her blooming personality is the dedicated foster parents that she had. It was invaluable for her to be so well-socialized at such a young age. I can't thank them enough! :)
Playful Penny (March 2015)
Playful Penny (March 2015)

Penny is doing as great as ever. She now has a new "little" brother, who is a crazy bouncing ball and absolutely loves everyone! He definitely gets Penny to play on a daily basis. We weren't sure how Pen would react to having a new buddy, but they completely love each other - all on her terms of course!
Richmond is a great outdoors city, and the pups enjoy regular hikes by the river and even in the mountains! Recently, we ran a 5k race with them and they got medals! Here is a picture from our VA adventures. Thank you, CARE, for rescuing Penny and allowing us to find our girl.
Emma is Adored! (February 2015)
Emma is Adored! (February 2015)

Looking for someone to make our family complete, we found everything we were looking for in Emma. She is a sweet, wonderful, intelligent girl who has filled our home with love. CARE walked us through the entire process, and we loved that their absolute highest priority was making sure this sweet girl got a loving, caring home. We cannot imagine what we would do without her today, and we are forever grateful that CARE brought such joy into our lives.
Mona and Dexi prove cats are as loveable as dogs (January 2015)
Mona and Dexi prove cats are as loveable as dogs (January 2015)

Mona and Dexi are happily settled in at their new home. They both love to keep track of the birds in the yard, chase each other up the stairs and climb into the cat combo. They have turned our family of dog lovers into cat lovers too.
Stella is a Star! (January 2015)
Stella is a Star! (January 2015)

We were looking for a dog to add to our family and we were browsing petfinder.com. I came across this awesome looking puppy, who also happened to be great with cats. She's better than great at everything else too! And the cat loves her, as they play every day. Her foster mom, Laura did a really great job with her! Stella was even bell trained to ring when she needs to use the potty. What a great dog! If we ever add another member to the family, it will be through CARE.
Brother and Sister = Lots of love! (January 2015)
Brother and Sister = Lots of love! (January 2015)

We are so grateful to CARE for their excellent service to community cats! If it wasn't for you, Leo and Antonella would not have had the opportunity to be with us now. They have enriched our lives so much. Their daily antics make us laugh and their constant affection touches our hearts. Leo and Antonella are a quite a pair and we wouldn't trade them for anything. Thank you again to everyone at CARE.
Audrey (January 2015)
Audrey (January 2015)

We are so very happy that we rescued Audrey..She is a very sweet loving, playful girl..She likes to play bite. She is so gentle. We have a new kitty bed and scratching post on its way. She is so good with my kids. Thank you SO VERY MUCH! We love our new addition.
Skye Scores with Santa (December 2014)
Skye Scores with Santa (December 2014)

This little girl is Skye who has been in her forever home for 2 years now (12/16/2012) and I am her proud and very grateful forever Mom.
I saw her picture on the CARE web site and just knew that I had to meet her. Linda graciously scheduled a meeting with her at PetSmart. I went up with a friend and waited anxiously at the front doors. When Skye came bounding through the doors and jumped into my arms I knew that we were meant to be together forever. I was so happy when Linda and her husband brought Skye to my house the next day that I explained to Skye that she was now in her forever home and I would make sure that I would take very good care of her and spoil her in the way that she deserved.
This precious little being is my true gift and I show her off to everyone in the neighborhood when we take our walks. I cannot thank Linda and CARE enough for this wonderful little kindred spirit and yes she is getting everything she asked for this Christmas :)
New home for Abby (December 2014)
New home for Abby (December 2014)

Thank you Foster Mom Laura for beautiful Carolina dog Abby!! We have 3 cats, 3 dogs all rescues. Abby is our favorite shhhhh dont tell the other pets! She is the sweetest and smartest dog we are fortunate to have in our furry growing family!
Thanks again and Thank Goodness for you Laura. You are saving all these animal lives. You are contributing something that really counts to our humane planet!
Addie (December 2014)
Addie (December 2014)

Thank you to Linda and CARE for connecting my husband and I with our baby, Addie! She is a beagle/lab mix and has brought so much joy to our house. We first met Addie back in September, when she was only a few months old. We then had to wait a month to bring her home so that she could get spayed, but Linda was so helpful and even let us come visit Addie one time in between! It made the wait to bring her home so much better. Now about five and a half months old, Addie loves to socialize, run, and play hide and seek with her toys. She is a bundle of energy, and we can't imagine life without her! We definitely recommend CARE to anyone looking to adopt a new pup.
Buddy (was Dobby) (October 2014)
Buddy (was Dobby) (October 2014)

Buddy is doing great!! He and Dolly are best buddies, as you can see in the photo. This summer, Buddy completed obedience school and passed his Canine Good Citizenship. He traveled to the beach several times and had a blast playing in the sand. More recently, curiosity drove our family to use the Wisdom Panel DNA Kit to identify the breeds of Buddy's parents. It seems he is half Cocker/King Charles Spaniel, and half Shih Tzu. He has been such a great addition to our family, and Dolly especially loves her little brother!
Thank you for all that you do!

The Fords
Olive (October 2014)
Olive (October 2014)

We adopted our first "child" from you back in 2001. She turns 13 today. Thank you for the best dog in the world and to Frances for fostering her...then Luna...when she was a pup. Olive now has 3 human little sisters and is the most affectionate and patient dog. We are so happy she found us 13 years ago!

The Luongo Family
Spencer (October 2014)
Spencer (October 2014)

Spencer is a devoted, loving, sociable, obedient (most of the time) dog who loves to follow you from room to room, thinks sleeping on your bed is his right, he is bright and clever, but he definitely likes to do thing his way! He misses the companionship of other dogs so he really enjoys the dog park. He loves his toys and to play 'try to get this from me.' Spencer is a great cuddler (as long as your rubbing his tummy) We are so thankful to have Spencer in our family! Thank you Olivia for bringing us together.
Riley (August 2014)
Riley (August 2014)

10 year old Riley came to live with me in Fearrington Village about a month ago and has settled in for sure. He knows all the dogs that walk the path and has shown himself to be quite the gentleman. He's even become a therapy dog -- he goes to visit a woman in the Village that I visit from time to time and has endeared himself to her as well. He and Cobi, his cat sister, are doing well -- mostly they just look at each other but no hissing or spitting or growling or chasing or any of the other stuff that could have occurred. He is simply a love -- so laid back and easy going. I am so grateful to C.A.R.E. for making this love connection possible. And a special thinks to Lynn, Riley's foster mom, for taking such good care of him and for letting him come to live with me. There's nothing like adopting a senior dog!!! Try it...you'll like it.
Isaac (August 2014)
Isaac (August 2014)

After years of wanting a dog, but needing to wait until the timing was right, we adopted Isaac in March of 2014. Six months in, it's hard to remember what life was like without Isaac. He plays sweetly with his kitty roomate, and has graduated from Beginners and Intermediate Family Dog trainings at Paw in Hand. Isaac has set his sites on earning his Canine Good Citizen award, but we are encouraging him to enjoy "just being a dog" and focusing less on his academics for now. :0p Isaac is a frequent attendee at K9 Kindercare where he gets to run and play with other dogs. He loves practicing his obedience training, playing with other dogs, taking long walks, playing water fetch, and getting to be whereever we are. We are so grateful to CARE and Isaac's 'foster mom' for the love, care, and training she provided him in his first six months. He has been a perfect match for our family.
Bridget (July 2014)
Bridget (July 2014)

Thanks to CARE for bringing Bridget into our lives! This is Bridget's one-year anniversary with us and she's been wonderful. Our vet told Bridget that she had won the dog lottery!

Thanks for helping dogs and giving them a second chance.
Sugar Bear (April 2014)
Sugar Bear (April 2014)

From Sugar's parents: Sugar has brought more love and joy into our lives than we could have imagined! He has been thoroughly spoiled. He sleeps next to his mom every night on "his" king sized bed. He has gained 5 pounds and looks fantastic.
>From Sugar Bear: It's been a good year. Christmas was great with my new family. Mom said she would give me the best life a kitty could ever have. I'm thoroughly spoiled, safe and happy. I get brushed daily, have plenty to eat and my mom tells me I'm the most handsome little boy in the world!

DJ Murphy
Yama gets engaged (April 2014)
Yama gets engaged (April 2014)

Ten years ago today, I adopted Yama (then known as Candace) from C.A.R.E. She is healthy, happy, and loved more than words. Several years after adopting her, we met the man to whom I am now married. I wouldn't have thought it possible, but the bond between them is even stronger than mine to her! In fact, when my husband proposed, it wasn't to me, but he had a gold dog tag made for Yama. She wagged "yes," and, well, now we are BOTH incredibly grateful to C.A.R.E. for giving this wonderful dog a second chance. She has a Great Pyrenees "little brother," and she is adored by many human and canine friends. We can't imagine our lives without our Yama! Thanks for all you do!

Rose Stremlau and Stephen Herbster
Princess Emma (April 2014)
Princess Emma (April 2014)

We adopted Emma on March 1st, 2014 and have enjoyed every minute with her since. She has adjusted very well and is a wonderful, loving companion for us. She just loves being cuddled, having her tummy rubbed, and playing with her toys, especially soft, squeaky ones. When we're out she is free to roam the house and has not disappointed us with any bad behavior while we were not home. We were a bit concerned that she might not like being around children. Those concerns vanished when our granddaughters (ages 6 & 8) came to visit and Emma had a ball playing with them. She took a long, well deserved nap after they left.

Thank you Olivia for fostering Emma and CARE for the great work you all do.

Gale & Bob
Lady Sierra (April 2014)
Lady Sierra (April 2014)

We are the Walker's. We had promised my youngest child (13) a dog. We looked at many dogs when my youngest said "Mommy, Mommy, this is the one." There she was a medium-sized fluffy black dog who was totally calm and quiet. We were allowed to take her into the play area (at the CCAS). She was so sweet and beautiful. I asked my youngest what we were to name her and she said, "Lady Sierra." I asked her why and she said "See the way she crosses her paws when she lays down? She reminds me of a proper lady."

After she had been checked by the vet and had all her shots, she became my youngest daughter's sleeping partner. Now my daughter and Sierra have an unbreakable bond. We all love her.

The Walker's.
Julep the Joyful cat (April 2014)
Julep the Joyful cat (April 2014)

I adopted little Julep about two months ago and she's kept me entertained every day since. She's very active and curious but loves to nap and snuggle with me. She never wants to leave my side, even if that means going for a walk in the park, or sitting on the edge of the tub while I shower. In fact, she's quite the little water lover. She's constantly playing in the sink and doesn't mind getting wet! Julep is just too cute, no matter what she gets into and she always ready to pose for my camera. I am very grateful to Jill and CARE for recognizing an instant match.

Vanessa Flinn
Charlie (April 2014)
Charlie (April 2014)

Charlie the cat came to our home recently. This has been the easiest transition ever. He just fits right in. He finished playtime this morning and then received his morning brush. He has long, beautiful fur. After that, he knows its time for a treat which he speaks for a with a little, "caw." Charlie likes to look out the window, loves to be held, and enjoys nap time. The staff was so wonderful in helping us find just the right cat. We couldn't be happier. Jeff and Jan Brown
Victory for Victor (April 2014)
Victory for Victor (April 2014)

Homecoming went very well. We all love Victor soooo much! Tristan is always asking "hey, where is MY cat?" It has been so much fun, and it is as though Victor has always been here. He has found his forever home and we have found our forever Victor.

Thank you again, Brenda and the crew!
Lucky Duncan (December 2013)
Lucky Duncan (December 2013)

Here is Duncan on our bed, where he sleeps every night and does so well, though he can be a bit of a bed hog. The picture of Duncan on the bed is after a day at K9 Kabana, where he goes once a week to play all day with his friends. He loves it but comes home pretty tired. Good time to trim his nails!
This week we added pumpkin to his Greek yogurt treat and he loved it. He has a gorgeous shiny black coat and hardly sheds at all He is a very sweet boy and we love him to pieces. How lucky are we!

Love, The Tart Family
Amazing Athena! (December 2013)
Amazing Athena! (December 2013)

My husband and I adopted "Thing 1" back in April, and we renamed her after the beautiful Goddess Athena. She truly is a beauty. She has grown and has become such a part of our lives. Having her to come home to after work when my husband was away made me feel so warm and fuzzy inside instead of dreading coming home to an empty house. I unfortunately had to move 900 miles away due to some unforeseen circumstances, but longed for the day I became reunited with my baby girl. A week ago, my baby got loose and ran away without wearing her tags, and I became so distraught knowing how beautiful of a dog she was there was no way anyone would return her. I posted a few ads on craigslist praying someone would see and return her. Something better happened. One of the staff of the rescue shelter came across my ad a few days later and contacted me. My husband will be bringing my little girl in just a few days, but my lord, am I so thankful to have Athena in my life. She is my light in the day, and my dreams at night. Thank you so much CARE for giving me one of the best things I've ever had in my life, Athena and I are so very happy!!!!!!
~Samantha Neumann
Jake & Abby Welcome Fall! (November 2013)
Jake & Abby Welcome Fall! (November 2013)

We adopted Jake (on the right) and Abby (who is a parvo survivor) from CARE. We built them a pile of leaves which they love hiding/playing in! We wanted you to see they are happy and loved in our home. Thank You for taking care of them until my family could adopt them!
~ Tammy Hundley
The Right Pups at the Right Time: Jasper & Fergus! (October 2013)
The Right Pups at the Right Time: Jasper & Fergus! (October 2013)

We adopted Jasper (now 6 years old) as a companion to our first CARE dog Stoli. When Stoli passed away last year, Jasper was heartbroken and so were we. We knew we needed a friend for Jasper and another CARE pup to fill the hole left behind in our home.

At the right time, the right pup came into Frances' foster home, and Fergus (now 7 months) became a part of our family. Jasper has taken his role as big brother very seriously, and Fergus is the most cheerful pup we have ever known. Their very favorite activity is going to visit the horse farm to run and play together.

We are so thankful to Frances and CARE for our wonderful dogs, and are especially grateful for the care, love, and training they received while in foster care.

~ Rose Verhoeven
Cody Comes Home for His Golden Years! (October 2013)
Cody Comes Home for His Golden Years! (October 2013)

I originally rescued Cody from the Chatham County Animal Shelter in July 2003, when I fostered him with CARE. This past year, after losing three of my senior dogs within a little over a year, I 'by fate' looked at the CARE website and there was Cody (his ex-owner had named him Kumar). I reached out to CARE and made arrangements to meet him, now 10 years later. And the rest is history...Cody is doing fantastic. Cody does not stop wagging his tail, he smiles, he sleeps in my bedroom every night in his own bed. Cody and his canine pack Cane & Cassie have very nice dog beds very very close to my bed. I have a huge fenced in backyard but don't let them stay outside for long (I am very overprotective). They live in my home at all times and enjoy the a/c in the heat and heater in the cold. Cody loves his food, never gets in his crate, jumps, plays, talks and is back to the puppy I rescued so many years ago. I cannot express how much I love him and want to thank CARE so much! I believe in fate and it was meant for me to look on your website when I did. Cody is having a blast. We love him dearly.

Stay in touch -- I am a huge supporter of CARE!
~ Gil-Ann Wilder
International Adventurers: Spock & Sally! (August 2013)
International Adventurers: Spock & Sally! (August 2013)

Just a quick update on Spock (now 2 years old) and Sally (now 11 years old), and the rest of the Andersons! We made it from NC to CA and throughout the long cross-country road trip, our fuzzy friends got even closer!

Now that our time in CA is coming to an end and we are ramping up for our next adventure -- two years in SERBIA! I"m sure that as long as we're all together, we'll make it through any assignment!

As you can see, Spock (now named Mad Cat), Sally, and DAD are still as close as ever. We will forever be grateful that CARE rescued our fuzzy friends and matched us forming our purrrfect little family.

Thank you! - Caryn and Mike Anderson
Lincoln the Charmer! (May 2013)
Lincoln the Charmer! (May 2013)

Lincoln has blossomed into a great dog. He loves being the life of the party here. He has gained a lot of confidence in himself--all the while endearing himself to EVERYONE he meets. He is a gift--in so many ways. Life without him would not be 1/10th the fun and happiness that he brings to all of us, in this community--he is the most popular dog here--everyone loves his sweet, funny ways! Melissa unleashed a powerful force in helping me adopt this little Charmer--one that I can never repay! Thank You for all that you did for him, and thank you for helping me find this little treasure!! God smiled on me the day I took this little dog home! Thank you all, for saving these precious dogs and cats!
~ Sincerely Judy Christofferson
Contessa Undercover (May 2013)
Contessa Undercover (May 2013)

Our second anniversary was coming up, which traditionally is cotton for a gift. I had asked my husband several times if we could get a cat, it's sort of like cotton right? Soft, fluffy, maybe white? I originally wanted an adult cat as I knew that they are harder to adopt out as most people want kittens. Little did I realize that my husband had never had a pet growing up, so I guess I could understand his rationale for wanting kittens. At first he only wanted one kitten, but CARE suggested that with no other pets in the house that two kittens may get into a little less trouble than one. Also, they would have a companion. I would beg to differ on getting into less trouble, because those two are still rather mischievous several years later! It keeps the house entertaining that's for sure! I wouldn't have it any other way!

Norman was our first pick of kittens. My husband didn't go to visit him at his foster home, he knew that he wanted him just from the image and description. So I headed over to the foster home. They had both been upstairs sleeping in a backroom and once the door was opened, they came romping down the stairs. Norman and his brother were absolutely adorable and so playful! We had wanted to adopt his brother, but someone had come the day prior and already claimed him for their own. The foster mom was devastated as she really wanted them to go together. We were then on a mission to find another kitten, so that Norman would have a playmate. We searched on CARE's website and found out that kittens were going to be at our local Petsmart that weekend. We walked up to the wire cages sitting out and saw sweet little Contessa sleeping in the litter box. We asked if we could hold her and they took us to the back room. Even with all of the commotion going on she was as playful and sweet as ever. We fell in love and knew she was ours. We had asked CARE if they could hold onto the kitties for two more weeks since we were going on vacation. They said absolutely! Norman and Contessa were in different homes and willingly they put them in the same house to get to know each other. I think it was instant friendship between the two. Today Norman and Contessa are still the best of friends. They cuddle when it's cold out, share a bench to sleep on, and even bathe each other once in awhile. Don't get me wrong, Norman will chase her around and she's quick to slide under the couch to end the chase. That's what I call brotherly and sisterly love.

We can't thank CARE enough for giving my us these wonderful additions to our family. They are both very special and we couldn't imagine life without them.
~ Amanda English
Sleepy Sweet Norman! (May 2013)
Sleepy Sweet Norman! (May 2013)

Our second anniversary was coming up, which traditionally is cotton for a gift. I had asked my husband several times if we could get a cat, it's sort of like cotton right? Soft, fluffy, maybe white? I originally wanted an adult cat as I knew that they are harder to adopt out as most people want kittens. Little did I realize that my husband had never had a pet growing up, so I guess I could understand his rationale for wanting kittens. At first he only wanted one kitten, but CARE suggested that with no other pets in the house that two kittens may get into a little less trouble than one. Also, they would have a companion. I would beg to differ on getting into less trouble, because those two are still rather mischievous several years later! It keeps the house entertaining that's for sure! I wouldn't have it any other way!

Norman was our first pick of kittens. My husband didn't go to visit him at his foster home, he knew that he wanted him just from the image and description. So I headed over to the foster home. They had both been upstairs sleeping in a backroom and once the door was opened, they came romping down the stairs. Norman and his brother were absolutely adorable and so playful! We had wanted to adopt his brother, but someone had come the day prior and already claimed him for their own. The foster mom was devastated as she really wanted them to go together. We were then on a mission to find another kitten, so that Norman would have a playmate. We searched on CARE's website and found out that kittens were going to be at our local Petsmart that weekend. We walked up to the wire cages sitting out and saw sweet little Contessa sleeping in the litter box. We asked if we could hold her and they took us to the back room. Even with all of the commotion going on she was as playful and sweet as ever. We fell in love and knew she was ours. We had asked CARE if they could hold onto the kitties for two more weeks since we were going on vacation. They said absolutely! Norman and Contessa were in different homes and willingly they put them in the same house to get to know each other. I think it was instant friendship between the two. Today Norman and Contessa are still the best of friends. They cuddle when it's cold out, share a bench to sleep on, and even bathe each other once in awhile. Don't get me wrong, Norman will chase her around and she's quick to slide under the couch to end the chase. That's what I call brotherly and sisterly love.

We can't thank CARE enough for giving my us these wonderful additions to our family. They are both very special and we couldn't imagine life without them.
~ Amanda English
Lucy. Lu-Lu. Lawless Lamby. World's Best Mama. (May 2013)
Lucy. Lu-Lu. Lawless Lamby. World's Best Mama. (May 2013)

When Lucy first came to my home, she was a very pregnant foster pup who had been living on the lam and I had no intention of keeping her. Even with a fully distended tummy, she loved nothing more than having a good belly rub, ideally while lying in the sunshine. After she gave birth to 8 pups (!), her injured front leg was removed to spare her young life of daily medication and chronic pain. Now this little tripod most certainly sleeps well at day's end, but she also moves faster than many of her 4-legged brothers--at least when she wants to. Lucy is a rather amazing, happy, wiggle-worm of a dog, yet she also requires that people earn her love. In all the time she was my foster dog, there were less than a handful of homes willing to open for her and when I made the decision to adopt Lucy, the tipping point was imagining my home without her...not anything I wanted to do. Lucy has been with me for 4+ years now, and a permanent family member for the past 2. Honestly, I can't imagine either of our lives without one another, and certainly she rules the roost of boys as the only female pup in the house!
Marvin: Could We Love Him More Than We Do?! (May 2013)
Marvin: Could We Love Him More Than We Do?! (May 2013)

With the warm weather here, Marvin no longer wears his "JCrew" sweater, but he's still handsome as ever! And very well exercised...he gets his "country" time in for a few hours a day, at least 5 times a week, running, hunting, and hanging out with nature. But less you think he's not cultured, Marvin gets his social time in too, as we bring him everywhere with us. Everyone loves him, as he's such a happy, sweet boy! Can't believe it's almost 3 years now since he's made our house a home. Oh, and I finally broke down and ordered A Bark Box for the Marvin! https://barkbox.com/a-good-cause It is for a good cause and hey why not?! We're hoping to see some of his litter mates at Yappy Hour this spring -- such a beautiful brindle blur of wag and chew!
~ Michelle & Brandon
Meet Tess: Loving, Loyal, Smart, & Gentle! (May 2013)
Meet Tess: Loving, Loyal, Smart, & Gentle! (May 2013)

We adopted Tess about 2 months ago from CARE and she has quickly become a loving and loyal girl. She is very smart and always wants to please. She started training class at "Paw-in-Hand" and was the star pupil in her first class. My 10 year old Pug, LiLu has become her new friend and they love to play together. Tess is a large puppy but is so very gentle with LiLu. I think she knows that she is much larger and must be careful. I am so happy that we have given Tess her forever home. Thank you to all the fosters with CARE and please give whenever you can so that CARE can continue to find good homes for all these beautiful creatures that truly enrich our lives.
~ Antonella
King Leo Reigns With Love! (May 2013)
King Leo Reigns With Love! (May 2013)

"King" Leo truly reigns over the hearts of our household. Leo came into our lives in November after the loss of two beloved cats in two years. He has filled such a void from their loss, and it feels as though he has some of our lost kitties' spirits within him. When we met Leo (formerly known as Nougat), we had been looking for a new cat for sometime. Upon meeting him, we knew within three minutes that he was the one for us. Always affectionate with everyone, he spreads his love very equally--for example, he takes turns sleeping on everyone's beds. He is playful and inquisitive and will follow us around in the morning until someone has a little sit-down with him for his morning 'lovefest.' Our nine-year-old cat Bella has been rejuvenated in spirit and energy by Leo, and the two have become good friends, filling a lonely void for her as well. Our three girls all adore him, love to carry him around, and take turns feeding him. Leo enjoys the fresh air of the screened porch, and also keeps the house free of the random, intruding household insect, afterwards having a nap on a fleece blanket fit for a king. We could go on and on about our love for this sweet boy we adopted from CARE--he has filled our home and hearts with love and laughs and much cuddling.
~Heather Wagner
Eli the Fluffiest Fluffball! (May 2013)
Eli the Fluffiest Fluffball! (May 2013)

(This is Eli Hedrick who we adopted from Olivia through care last year.)
We first met Eli one week after losing our beloved 13-year-old Border Collie Abbey. While we had planned to get another dog eventually we felt we needed time to grieve before doing so. We walked by the CARE tent and saw a tiny fluff ball taking a nap. His foster mother told us he had a wonderful personality and loved to be held like a baby. After holding him we knew he was the one to join our family. Our other dog Hank had taken the loss of Abbey especially hard and when Eli came home to us he quickly filled the hole left in our hearts from the loss of Abbey. Hank had his moments of not being certain about no longer being the youngest, but Eli immediately decided his new brother Hank was the best thing in the entire world and always wanted to be next to him and doing whatever his brother was doing. To this day Eli is still Hank's biggest fan.The little fluff ball we met is now a 55-pound cutie who still loves to be held like a baby. We are so blessed to have Eli and cannot imagine our lives without him.
~ The Hedrick Family
Sweet, Smart, Brave Lexi! (May 2013)
Sweet, Smart, Brave Lexi! (May 2013)

We adopted Lexi from CARE right around a year ago and she has forever changed our lives. She is the sweetest, most thoughtful and smartest dog we've ever met and she instantly fit in perfectly in our home. However, don't tell her that she is sweet. She thinks she is really tough except when the hose is on, the patio umbrella is up or someone is on a step stool then she goes into what is pictured in the attached photo. We call this the "Give me all the clear" stance and she'll literally sit with her butt in the house and her head outside through the doggy door until those things go away! Or until her mom comes to get her. Then she is brave again!
~ Greg Behr
Parker: Poodle Mixed With 'Good' Crazy! (May 2013)
Parker: Poodle Mixed With 'Good' Crazy! (May 2013)

We met Parker (previously Barney) at the 2012 Bark in the Park. We had been looking for a dog for some time and something about him just clicked and we knew he was the one for us. At first, he was very timid and afraid of everything. He has slowly conquered his fears -- car rides, bridges, garden flags, etc and is living life to the fullest. He spends his days running around the back yard barking and chasing squirrels or keeping watch out the front window alerting us to any person or animal approaching the house. People ask what breed he is and my response is always -- Poodle mixed with crazy -- but it is a good crazy. He has been such a source of energy, happiness, and comic relief and is a joy to wake up to every morning. We are so thankful to Laura and CARE for bringing this little guy into our life.
~ Beth & John Courtney
Sydney Is a Perfect Addition! (April 2013)
Sydney Is a Perfect Addition! (April 2013)

We adopted Sydney (previously known as Bessie) back in August 2012. When we first saw her on the CARE website, we had a good feeling that she would be a great addition to our family (having adopted Roxy a few years earlier). She's a Boxer mix and definitely has the traits of a Boxer. The one funny thing she loves doing most is bird-watching. Roxy and Sydney get along so well and love playing tug of war together. She is a happy-go-lucky girl and she has the cutest wrinkles on her face!
~ Leechian Mayo
Lovable, Loyal, Friendly, & Sweet Roxie! (April 2013)
Lovable, Loyal, Friendly, & Sweet Roxie! (April 2013)

We adopted Roxy back in December 2009 and we could not ask for a better girl. She's extremely intelligent, loves her frisbee and walking time, extremely lovable, loyal, friendly and sweet. It's been more than 3 years since we had her and life is so much better with her around!
~ Leechian Mayo
Saffron the Heart Stealer! (April 2013)
Saffron the Heart Stealer! (April 2013)

I have always been a successful foster mom because I avoid getting attached to the kittens in my care. I will hold them for as long as it takes to find them perfect homes, which can be anywhere from a day to four years. I feed them, play with them, clean up after them, all the while thinking, "This will make a great kitty for someone." I thought that about the unusual orange girl I named Saffron, what a nice personality she had, how easygoing she was. At first, I was concerned about how she had lost part of her tail, and why she had trouble running or climbing for such a young cat, and why her hips looked like they had been broken off and set back on at an angle. No problem, once we got her fixed up, she would make a great pet for someone. One session of Tellington Touch with an expert brought about amazing results, and my broken looking foster kitten was able to run and climb, somewhat. Saffron was fine. The problem was that the people who applied for her did not meet my standards, and I could not bear the thought of my special foster being put outside to be killed by dogs or coyotes, or declawed, or given as a gift to a small child I had not personally met and approved. Also, no one wanted to take a chance on a cat with mobility issues. Would she need surgery? Would she suffer incontinence? Would she get arthritic when she got older? It always boiled down to not wanting to be inconvenienced by a kitty that could not help being damaged before her rescue. When Saffron's previous injuries to her spine and pelvis proved to have not just neurological but also digestive ramifications, the choice was made for me: I had to keep her. I researched the best way to handle her special dietary considerations without drugs, and so far she is doing well. I accept her the way she is, and she is all the more special for her fearlessness and determination. She stalks big dogs, wild terriers, and my car keys. She steals all of the leashes, and rolls around in the towels. She keeps us all laughing. Sure, she will make a great pet for someone: me!
Teddy the Lovebug! (March 2013)
Teddy the Lovebug! (March 2013)

Thought you might enjoy seeing an updated picture of Teddy (Josh) that exemplifies why we call him a "lovebug." He is pictured with our grandson, Jack.
~ Sherry Hill
Coltrane: My Favorite Thing (February 2013)
Coltrane: My Favorite Thing (February 2013)

It has been a long time. I just wanted to reach out and say hi on behalf of Coltrane. He is doing well - and has grown into an integral role in our family as we had all hoped. Still spends his day suspicious I will slip him a pill or try and cut one of his nails... but he is a great dog. ~ The Hepting Family
And the 'Best & Silliest' Award Goes to... (February 2013)
And the 'Best & Silliest' Award Goes to... (February 2013)

Neville joined our family last February and we know he's the best, silliest dog ever. He's always happy to chase a ball, go for a walk, learn a new trick, or take a trip to the dog park (boy, does he love the dog park). We simply can't imagine family life without him now.

I was reminded to share my gratitude with the CARE family a few nights ago after I had just tucked my son into bed for the night. He said, "Mom, I forgot to kiss Neville goodnight." Now that's a good dog!
Three Is Company! (February 2013)
Three Is Company! (February 2013)

In February of 2012 CARE directed us to Chatham County Animal Shelter to meet Hudson and Sawyer. Hudson instantly chose us and then a little tuxedo that was named "black and white female" decided that she wanted to stay with us too. We had a hard time deciding since Sawyer had been the suggestion; however I could not resist the little petite tuxedo who we named Annabelle within her first day in out home.

It has been about a year since these two have joined our family and we adore them. We have even made a window shelf for Hudson because the window sill is a bit narrow for him. Outside we took our cut Christmas tree and filled it full of bird and squirrel foods and now the kitties have a live show most of the day. We also adopted Posieden about 6 months ago, more for their entertainment and my lap kitty. Hudson although not a cuddler, makes sure he gets his evening rub after dinner and play time. Annabelle, although described to us as feral, has become a loving and trusting little girl under her own terms. All three play constantly and we have had no issues with any bad habits at all. They are a joy to have and have given me the calming moments to relax that we needed.
~ Heather & Jeffrey Poole
Sun Beams for Jilly Bean! (February 2013)
Sun Beams for Jilly Bean! (February 2013)

Jilly Bean loves the sun and moves around the livingroom to optimize exposure. She picked up on fetch insanely well and her favorite fetch toy is a tennis ball. Down, come, and heel are progressing but not as easily as those are no fun.

She sleeps in the bed (yes we are suckers) and groans in her sleep. We know she is awake because she yawns very loudly and with conviction in the mornings.

We LOVE LOVE LOVE her and I think she likes us pretty well too. She gets her wiggle butt on when we get the leash. She has chewed my glasses and Nerf darts and plenty of chew toys. We have tried quite a few and she definitely has her favorites. She still loves the red toy CARE sent home with her (it's even in the picture).

We just wanted to say hello, wish you a great New Year and let you know we wouldn't trade our Jilly Bean for anything.

Love,
Jilly & her humans
Move Over J Crew -- Marvin's in the House! (February 2013)
Move Over J Crew -- Marvin's in the House! (February 2013)

Marvin is great. Still, even in cold weather Brandon and Marvin go out to the country if not every day, at least 5 of the 7 days of the week - he gets running, hunting and hanging out with nature for a few hours a day. We take him to the UNC games at the cave where he is a big hit with his UNC bandanna of course. And Grandma, my mother in law, gave him a sweater for xmas this last year - at first he was not too keen on it so I said hey let's not make him wear it. People told us he just needs to get used to it. So we forgot about it for a bit, as we do not want him to wear or do something he does not want to do. Then just this last Saturday on the way out the door,I heard Brandon say to Marvin, "Hey buddy it is sort of cold out -- you want to try your sweater?" and he wore it all day, then all day yesterday and seems to love it. He looks very J Crew.

He is a big boy but vet says he is in great condition - due to all the exercise he gets. Nothing too exciting to report but that we love him so much every day.

~ Michelle and Brandon
Dixie's Day at the Beach (January 2013)
Dixie's Day at the Beach (January 2013)

Dear Frances & CARE, Happy New Year! We wanted to update you on our precious Dixie, who we adopted 7 months ago. She is growing so big and is reaching near 60 lbs! She enjoyed Christmas and is excited for the new year. Attached is a picture of her at the beach last summer -- she loves to swim.

Dixie and our cat, Tigger, play and it is so cute. Dixie has become more social with other people and dogs. She excelled in her puppy training class and is one of the most well-behaved puppies we have ever met and everyone who meets her feels the same. She is such a pleasure.

Stephanie & Greg
Scarlette & Teddy Bird Watching (December 2012)
Scarlette & Teddy Bird Watching (December 2012)

Joan, I am so glad I ran into you today at Petsmart. After I got back home, I snapped this picture of Scarlette (adopted 1/09) and her little brother Teddy doing a little bird watching. Thank you so much for the work you do and for bringing Scarlette into our lives.
Sincerely, Sara Deranek and family
The Maximum Fun With Maximus! (December 2012)
The Maximum Fun With Maximus! (December 2012)

HEY guys!! Its been a while since I have updated you with some pictures of "Jasper" now Maximus, adopted on 1/30/10. He is still a ball of energy, and the love of my life. I can not imagine one day without him!! I am so blessed that I found him and that CARE gave me a chance to be a puppy mommy!! I have attached a recent photo of him so you can see him today!

~Jayme Hayes
Riggins (Linus) Has A Happy Ending! (November 2012)
Riggins (Linus) Has A Happy Ending! (November 2012)

Riggins, formerly known as Linus, became part of our family in September. He has enriched all of our lives in different ways. In addition to Riggins, we have two adult Boxers, Smoltzy and Santana. Last year, Santana suffered a stroke. She had always been very active and rambunctious, but after the stroke she became more lethargic. She took to Riggins immediately and after a short while, they became best buddies. They play all day together, running around, and just having fun together. He has tremendously helped in her rehabilitation and we could not be more thankful for him. Our oldest boxer has become a mother figure to Riggins. He enjoys snuggling up and sleeping with her. They are three peas in a pod and we could not be more thankful and lucky to have made Riggins part of our family. Riggins just graduated from puppy training class and is now enrolled in the intermediate class. My husband and I have learned a lot of training techniques from Riggins' classes that we use to train all three dogs at home. It is funny because the new dog is teaching the old dogs a few new tricks. We credit a lot of his upbringing and success in class to his foster mother, Olivia. He has always been well behaved and potty trained since we adopted him. He just had to learn a few of the rules of our house and he adapted quickly. Thank you CARE for uniting us!

Thank you,
Dusti, Kevin, Smoltzy, Santana, and Riggins
Stitch Spreads the Love! (October 2012)
Stitch Spreads the Love! (October 2012)

Stitch aka "Boston Rob" is doing great!!!! Healthy, retired, thicker, and has a very chilled personality. Doesn't want to be around other dogs much and has learned his guard dog functions. Thanks for fostering him for us and spreading love into our lives.
Bandit Takes a Road Trip (September 2012)
Bandit Takes a Road Trip (September 2012)

Dear CARE,
You have no idea how happy we are to have "Bandit" in our lives.
He has traveled with us by car across the U.S. this summer. We stopped to visit family along the way. He has greeted dogs and people along the way with great enthusiasm and really seems to enjoy the adventure.

I celebrated his first birthday with him in Seattle by taking him to play with a friend's dog.

Also, here is a little blog excerpt from an artist who met him in the Northwest:

"We were visiting friends on Whidbey Island last week, and brought a couple of bottles of Out of Reach Muttitage wine. We all enjoyed dinner and wine on the deck, and their pup Bandit, wanted to be part of the action (and steal some snap peas as well.) We saw Bandit going after a pea, or was it the salami?, just "Out of Reach", and just HAD to capture these photos of him mimicking my painting on the bottle!"

He is such a joy. Thank you!

Mary Jane Rivers
Double the Fun! (September 2012)
Double the Fun! (September 2012)

We adopted Sydney (previously known as Bessie) more than a month ago and she has turned out to be a sweet addition to our family. She is now almost 6 months old and has been learning quickly on her basic commands and tricks. We had previously adopted a lab mix, Roxy (previously known as Mitzie), who is now 3 years old. Both of them were adopted from CARE -- precisely from Frances, who is an awesome foster mom.

Sydney and Roxy enjoy playing, running, sleeping and doing everything together. We could not find a better match for both of them. They get along so great! (Sydney on left, fawn, black, and white and Roxy on the right, black and white.)

Thank you so much, CARE for caring about all the homeless animals and matching them with good responsible owners.

Best regards,

Leechian + Scott
Marvin Hit the Jackpot! (September 2012)
Marvin Hit the Jackpot! (September 2012)

Marvin is great. Brandon did a bigger garden this year out at his mom's house - she lives on about 12 acres, a big pond in front and has 5 dogs. Brandon and Marvin went out every day this summer, and will keep doing till it is just too cold...which who knows when that will be! So each day he gets 2 to 3 hours of total running, romping, swimming, barking and hunting of squirrels done. He takes the protecting of the property from those vicious squirrels very seriously! He caught one this year...then he chills it at home, I get home from work and we go play with Lilly, one of his girlfriends in the neighborhood, and then just relax in the eve. He is a very active yet chilled out, laid back dude. Gets excited when sees other dogs, always wants to chase the kitties, but with very little restraint and direction, stops! He just saw his cousin Cooper for two days last week so that was cool, he said! He is a nice fella and we love him so. ~ Michelle & Brandon
Lucky, Lucky Levi! (September 2012)
Lucky, Lucky Levi! (September 2012)

Levi is still doing great! He went to the vet last Friday for his last shot and he did very good. We had the best time watching him and Lucy playing in the woods last weekend. They would play hard for 3 hours and then come in to eat and fall out in their crates for a nap -- then up and at it again. Lucy is still a little jealous but getting better. She just won't admit how much she loves Levi yet. Ronnie and I will admit we love him very much. He has learned to "sit," goes to the door when he needs to go out and he is walking on the leash much better. He is such a smart boy (he had good early training)! He also has the most adorable beagle howl, too. Ronnie will do anything to make him do it. They are so funny.

I know the 2 week period is not quite up, but I can assure you, we will not be sending Levi back. He is here to stay. When we leave and come back now -- Levi runs to us with his tail wagging and jumps up to love on us and let us love on him. He has adapted so well and I believe he feels like this is his home, too.

Thank you for taking Levi in and letting us bring him home with us. One dog was fun -- but having 2 dogs has been more fun than empty nest folks should be allowed to have:):) Thanks again. ~ Julie and Ronnie Higgins
Peggy Sue -- 10 Years Later We Still Love You!! (July 2012)
Peggy Sue -- 10 Years Later We Still Love You!! (July 2012)

It has been a long time since the last pictures of Peggy Sue, whom we adopted 10 years ago! Here is one taken today, just after she got back from her second cruise to New England. She remains very healthy, as Betsy has been very careful not to let her get fat. Of course, Peggy Sue wishes it were otherwise.

We never cease to be amazed at how often people stop us to say what a beautiful dog she is. She just had her 10th birthday, we think. She has brought much joy over the ten years we have had her as part of our family. Thanks so much for letting her come live with us.

With best regards,
Norman and Betsy Mason
Lovey Lovey Lincoln, Living, Loving, & Being Loved! (July 2012)
Lovey Lovey Lincoln, Living, Loving, & Being Loved! (July 2012)

Hi! My name is Lincoln, and I was adopted a little over a year ago. My mom said she would not take away the only thing I had, when I was adopted--my name! It is the same. I have been a unique, happy and loving companion to my family. The people here at my community just ADORE me, and you know--I deserve all that love--I give my own, so freely to my many friends here. I am sassy, funny and a real love magnet to anyone who needs a smile. I smile at my mom a lot, and I know she adores me, and she tells me she loves me--every day. Not only have I filled her heart with love for me, but I gave her and my cat, Katie, a lot of happiness! I am doing a great job, doing what comes natural to me--loving, and being loved! I have my true place on this earth, I am loved! May the many dogs and cats in all Rescues, find loving homes--just like me! ~ Lincoln (& Judy Christofferson)
Cooper: Best Dog In The World (May 2012)
Cooper: Best Dog In The World (May 2012)

We adopted Cooper in December 2011. From the moment we first spotted him on the web, we felt a special bond. He has changed our lives and is no doubt the most perfect dog in the world. He keeps us busy playing ball, going for walks, or just sharing his special love. He now has a toy box full of balls and various stuffed animals and he carries one of them with him at all times. We feel lucky to have discovered CARE and especially Cooper. Thank you for ALL that you do to make happy endings. ~ Gary Burris
Bed + Giraffe + Sadie = Doggy Heaven! (May 2012)
Bed + Giraffe + Sadie = Doggy Heaven! (May 2012)

Here is our beauty girl, Sadie! She loves her bed and her giraffe, and when you can stretch your long lean legs and combine the two, you are in doggie heaven! We love her to death, and hope you all do too!! ~ Monica and Pat Maginnis (and Sadie)
Luna: a Life-Changer in the Best Way Possible! (May 2012)
Luna: a Life-Changer in the Best Way Possible! (May 2012)

Having found ourselves with no pets (our beloved kitty cat died last summer), we decided to take the plunge and add a family member and companion to our 6 year old daughter. Luna fits the bill perfectly! Luna's foster mom was so influential in bringing us all together and she knew exactly what she was doing! Luna couldn't be a better fit for our family. She is an amazing companion for our daughter as well as me and my husband. She is such a sweet puppy and brings so much to our family. There was a small adjustment period, but we all got through it with flying colors and now we couldn't imagine life without Luna. Thank you Laura and CARE - you have changed our lives in the best way possible! ~ Lorrie Julian
Tasmanian Devils in Love! (May 2012)
Tasmanian Devils in Love! (May 2012)

Juniper (formerly Millie) and Sprocket are doing great! Sprocket is now head over heels -- she can do anything to him. They play all the time -- sound like little Tasmanian devils but they both love it. I've had to up his food because he burns so many more calories with her around. Thanks again, CARE and especially foster mom Frances for all you do. ~ Stephanie Monk
Chester is THAT dog!! (May 2012)
Chester is THAT dog!! (May 2012)

Before we met Chester (formerly Guinness) with our previous dog, we were THAT family in the neighborhood, the one with the dog-aggressive, people-shy St. Bernard that no one wanted to risk being near. Despite our best efforts, she never overcame the fears that she came to us with at just over a year. We loved her dearly, but after her death we were committed to rescuing a dog that could go with us everywhere. Enter Chester!!! Chester adores everyone and everyone adores him. He hasn't met a dog he doesn't like, either at the dog park or at doggie daycare, and he gets along well with our three cats. He is everything we ever dreamed a dog could be. CARE has given us an irreplaceable gift. Now we are THAT family, the one with the best dog on the block! ~ Jo Ellen Newhouse
Jessie Ann is a true hero & protector! (May 2012)
Jessie Ann is a true hero & protector! (May 2012)

We love Jessie Ann. She joined our family on Oct. 10th and we can't remember life without her. She has touched our lives in so many ways. Jessie Ann and my son Brenden are a pair; they go everywhere together. My daughter Tia takes Jessie for walks, rides in her car and to the park. I have a buddy to be with when the kids are at school and my husband gets more exercise chasing Jessie through the back yard. The most incredible thing Jessie Ann has given our family is her unconditional love, bravery and protection. Two months ago my husband was out of town and there was someone trying to break into the house; Jessie Ann alerted me with her low growl and we both raced down stairs to the back door. Without hesitation she was at the back door jumping and fierce; the stranger ran and she turned to me and sat in front of the door as if saying, "no one will ever hurt my family." That is exactly what we are, a family now that we have her. We love her very much. ~ The Keegan Family
Cody Bear Riding Shotgun With Grandma (May 2012)
Cody Bear Riding Shotgun With Grandma (May 2012)

We adopted Cody Bear two years ago and since then he has become a treasured member of the family. His "Grandma" recently got a golf cart for her birthday. Cody's new favorite activity is riding in the golf cart around the neighborhood. He gets quite indignant if he isn't invited to go. Here's a picture of Cody and Grandma taking a Memorial Day ride. Cody always calls "shotgun"! ~ Scotty Knight
Hannah Banana -- Her Gifts Are Many! (May 2012)
Hannah Banana -- Her Gifts Are Many! (May 2012)

This is our sweet dog Hannah (Banana). We adopted Hannah from CARE this past November and her big sister, the kitty, Lucy (aka Baba-Lou) was also adopted from CARE 9 years ago. We decided to go to CARE to find "our" dog because of the wonderful experience we had adopting Lucy from CARE in 2003. Lucy is the most loving and soulful creature we have ever encountered -- she is blind, but that doesn't stop her from anything, including mothering Hannah. Hannah looks most like the part of her that is yellow lab, but her personality and behavior is all cattle dog (the other part of her if you could see her cattle dog tail). We also have a grouchy kitty named Fred. Hannah has bestowed on Fred every toy in the house as an offering of friendship. Fred will have no part of it, and Hannah gets a bop on the nose from Fred often, but Hannah brings him things every day. Hannah and our 6 year old boy and girl twins run around together in the back yard to play ball. Its not long before Hannah has the ball, the twins and various other objects from the yard herded into a small area. Hannah will have a stick in her mouth while kicking a soccer ball around the yard with her paws. She is smart and loving and patient with the children (and the grouchy cat)especially in light of the fact that she suffers with hip dysplasia and has periods of pain. You would never know it by her enthusiasm to play. I just don't know how we got along without her, as she teaches the kids about love and sharing (us too) and we love her so. We feel so honored to be her family. We hope she feels the same. ~ Cindy & Steve Babits
Black-Tongue Boy. Lug-Head Lab. Thumper. Jumper. Jordan. (May 2012)
Black-Tongue Boy. Lug-Head Lab. Thumper. Jumper. Jordan. (May 2012)

Jordan, my fresh, handsome, agile, clever rescue boy. Jordan is one of seven dogs (and two kitties), and while I love all of my furry friends, he has an extra-special space in my heart. As a pup, he had a dreadful start until CARE took him and his litter-mates in. He was adopted out to a home for 10 months, and then returned, a fearful, growling dog who was afraid of everything and everyone. Valerie Broadway of Canine Coaching worked her magic and in two weeks' time he began his slow but steady process of building confidence, learning to trust, and experiencing all the joys the world has to offer. Now, some two and a half years later, Jordan is such a fabulous dog, who shares his fabulousness with all he encounters, canine and human alike. His tail constantly thumps, and he's always an instigator of play. He's also a most excellent cuddler and one of the sweetest dogs I've ever met. I am so, so lucky to have Jordan in my life -- thank you CARE for all that you do to give dogs like Jordan a real chance at a happy life! ~ Deborah
Dude Welcomes New Adventures & Collapsing Into My Arms (May 2012)
Dude Welcomes New Adventures & Collapsing Into My Arms (May 2012)

March 10th the Dude came into our lives. A shy and gentle guy, Dude was very nervous about the change. He has bloomed into a great companion and a smart and energetic puppy. Dude is now almost 6 months old. He is growing and has a never ending appetite. He has been on quite a few adventures this spring. The beach a few weeks ago and up to our land outside of Boone last weekend (picture taken there). He loves to play hard and then collapse into your arms. He has quite a few playmates in the neighborhood and enjoys the get togethers. Dude has been the perfect fit for myself and my wife. ~ Mark Abbott
Sweet, Sweet Georgia Loves Going for Rides! (May 2012)
Sweet, Sweet Georgia Loves Going for Rides! (May 2012)

I have a beautiful dog I adopted from CARE 7 years ago named Georgia, who was known as Nala as a puppy. Georgia is a healthy, active white shepherd mix who loves car rides, keeping "critters" out of the garden and playing with squeeky stuffed animals. She always "sings" when I get home by putting a stick from the yard in her mouth and "humming" in her chest. Our family loves sweet Georgia.

Thank you for fostering this sweet but shy puppy. She was the last in her litter to find a forever home and still is our "baby."

By the way, the driver did not take the photo... my daughter in the back seat did. ~ Rebecca Meacham
Jack Is a Real Joy! (May 2012)
Jack Is a Real Joy! (May 2012)

The attached photo is of Jack, whom I adopted through CARE. He was a very frightened and nervous dog when I met him, and now he is the most laid-back couch potato I know. He LOVES my 4-year old daughter and my cat. He's the best! ~ Angela Gilliam
Saunders & Rowen: Love at First Bite! (May 2012)
Saunders & Rowen: Love at First Bite! (May 2012)

We've been fortunate to adopt 2 wonderful boys from CARE. Saunders (formerly Tyler) was adopted in November 2011 and is such a sweetheart. We decided he needed his own 'pet' so we adopted Rowen (the terrier mix) in March 2012. Within an hour they had become the best of friends. This photo was taken on their 1st day of being brothers. They were utterly exhausted from playing. Clearly they bonded - that hug was just the 1st of many. We are so thankful to have found CARE and that these fellas have come into our lives. They keep us entertained every day!! Thanks so much to the wonderful foster parents at CARE - especially Laura who took great care of both of our boys. ~ Melissa Graham
Riley: the 100-lb Gentle Giant (May 2012)
Riley: the 100-lb Gentle Giant (May 2012)

I thought you might like to see how Riley is doing! He finally "maxed out" a little over 100lbs. He's definitely a big teddy bear. We moved into our new house back in October and he absolutely loves it--he has tons of space to run and play with his siblings. He is crazy about his 'little brother' AJ. AJ had to go in for knee surgery in December and then took two months to recover, but now he's up and running again and there is no end to the trouble he and Riley can get into. *smile*

We also have another new addition to our family...and this one is the furless variety. *wink* Adalyn was born on February 26th. Riley is fascinated by her and even more so by her toys! He loves laying by Adalyn's crib and comes to lay by her side when she is on her mat for tummy time. He truly is a sweet boy! I call him my gentle giant. ~ Alexis Pohlmeyer
Shmoo Blooms in a Home of Her Own! (April 2012)
Shmoo Blooms in a Home of Her Own! (April 2012)

I first met Shmoo at Petsmart where she wouldn't let most people come close, hissing and scratching if I reached into her cage. She was living in a foster home with multiple other cats and dogs and was hiding most of the time. I decided to foster her, away from the other cats and dogs to see if it would help bring her out. She started hiding in the pantry or behind the couch, but slowly she became accustomed to her new home and would sit on the couch with us while we played games and eventually she started playing with toys, which used to scare her. We have since fallen in love with Shmoo and finally adopted her a few months ago. She is now a part of our family, and has become a 9 lb, cuddly lap cat who just needed a home to herself. Thank you CARE for helping me find my best friend!
~ Carolyn Jorie
Jozy's Journey (April 2012)
Jozy's Journey (April 2012)

When I met Jozy at her foster family's home she quickly showed me the story of the wounds she had suffered before being rescued. She hissed and swatted at the sight of my hand--strange people and touch represented danger and hurt to her. Her foster mother aptly described her as "a work in progress," needing to be an only cat in a quiet home. Since my husband of 46 years had died the year before, I certainly had that to offer. I brought Jozy home that day. Letting her set the pace completely, I rubbed catnip on my socks and sat quietly. She alternated between sniffing my toes and retreating to her room, but after a day or two I was getting toe rubs! As much as she was loved and well taken care of in her foster home, I watched her relax into her new surroundings bit by bit as she recognized there would be no "ambushes" from other animals or people. She gradually decided I might be an acceptable housemate and her new situation might be somewhat attractive--especially the gourmet "appetizers" with which her dry food was laced. She adjusted to the routines of the house (and altered some of them to her taste). She now begins her day with a quick recon on the screen porch before sunrise, drapes herself over the back of my chair for crosswords and coffee, lets me play in her tunnel with her with her fishing pole and "madcap mouse," follows that with extensive birding outings on the screen porch (which entail "the staff" opening and closing the door on command), follows me around the house adding her gentle chirping commentary to our activities, jumps up on my lap and licks my fingers for petting and scratching, moves between several dedicated perches throughout the house--mostly on piles of toss pillows or blanket throws in colors she chooses to compliment her elegant markings--and sleeps in the crook of my arm at night.

Jozy and I have turned out to be a very well-matched pair. We're both independent, somewhat feisty ladies who enjoy a gentle pace and affection on our own terms, like to set our own schedules, and want to be in charge of our surroundings. I feel blessed to have found Jozy, and, if she could talk, I think she would agree that I am very lucky to have found her! ~ Mary Bratton
Odum -- Master of Tricks & Hearts! (April 2012)
Odum -- Master of Tricks & Hearts! (April 2012)

We're madly in love with Odum (formerly Hershal). We have not yet signed up for classes but we are working with him every day - he's becoming quite a good leash walker and seems to love learning tricks - which he does very happily even for Gwyneth. He's been on lots of adventures with us and is an extremely popular attraction at the weekly YMCA soccer games/practices for the girls. He went to our vet yesterday and was super happy to meet the vets and has a clean bill of health plus some new vaccinations.

I think now that we're more used to each other we have a better sense of what we want to get out of a class and are more ready to pick the right class. Here's a picture of Odum making himself right at home on our bed. ~ Emily Bernhar
Red, a True Testament to the Power of Love (April 2012)
Red, a True Testament to the Power of Love (April 2012)

Red has now passed on but during his 8 years with us he never met a person he didn't love. Even during his chemo treatments at the very end of his life, he was still wooing the vets and the other animal patients at the NC Vet School. This despite a very rough start in life. He was picked up by Chatham Animal Control at about a year old, severely underweight and living on his own on the streets. He was on his last day and they were frantically trying to place him because he was such a great guy. CARE stepped up and fostered him until he found his forever home with us. We didn't realize just how rough his early life had been until he got cancer and they took x-rays. At first they thought the images were bad and they re-took them. The entire side of his chest was full of birdshot where someone had shot him. I'll always wonder if that contributed to the cancer at a much too early age. But no matter what he'd been through he remained the most loving trusting dog ever. RIP Red. ~ Anne Tomins
And Macy makes three! (April 2012)
And Macy makes three! (April 2012)

Hi! I'm Macy. A little over a year ago, my mama and daddy adopted me from CARE. I'm three years old now. I love to travel (isn't vacationing great?!?), soak up the sun, and hide my bones in secret spots all around the house. I love to snuggle with my mama and my daddy, they even let me sleep in their big bed! Now that it is warmer out, my daddy and I go for runs together at the park, he is my best friend! ~ The Prentice Family
Head of the Class: Teddy & Tanner (April 2012)
Head of the Class: Teddy & Tanner (April 2012)

I know my mom has already sent you a couple of pictures but I wanted to show my friends at Care that my brother, Tanner and I are Graduates of Obedience School! We had a great time learning, so did Mom and Dad! Love, Teddy (formerly Josh)
Just one look and we fell for Otis! (April 2012)
Just one look and we fell for Otis! (April 2012)

When my son graduated from College and moved away from home, he missed his canine companions. Having adopted our previous CARE dog from Frances Haman, my husband starting looking on the website. I was at work one day when he emailed me a picture of "Otis." I didn't even open the email, because I want every dog I see on the website and we already have 2 dogs. Several nights later he said I have something to show you and not knowing what I was about to see I looked at his computer screen. It was love at first sight. I emailed Frances and we went and got Otis. Needless to say I fell in love and I now have 3 dogs. My son enjoys his "almost" dog when he comes home to visit! ~ Holly Rogers
Ben is the best -- and he's well-mannered too! (March 2012)
Ben is the best -- and he's well-mannered too! (March 2012)

Ben is such a sweet and wonderful dog. He has the best manners, and he loves his big brother! Thanks to CARE for making this possible and for all the fantastic work you do! We love our new family member! ~ Jeanna Bock
Siler City Homeless Kitty Living the Good Life Now! (March 2012)
Siler City Homeless Kitty Living the Good Life Now! (March 2012)

About 2 months ago, we adopted Corky. We renamed him Sam and he quickly became part of our family. Sam is so full of energy. It is amazing! Some days he seems to play the entire day without naps. He is SO affectionate and loves coming up to you to get some attention. He loves to get brushed and will drool on you as you brush him. He loves to play with my other two cats as well. My oldest cat is almost 18 and he seemed to have become less and less active as the years went on. But now since Sam is here he has become much more energized. He and Sam love to stalk each other and wrestle. Sam is hysterical to watch play - he is such a clown! We love him very much! Nancy
Teddy & Tanner Share Everything! (March 2012)
Teddy & Tanner Share Everything! (March 2012)

Teddy (Josh) recently went to Topsail Island with us for the first time since joining our family. He loved the beach house, beach walks, playing with Tanner on the beach, digging in the sand, dipping his feet into the ocean and even learning to play a little ball. Teddy is what was missing in our family, and we all had the best time ever! We love him dearly and feel so lucky to have found him. You may notice how closely behind Tanner he is standing. They share everything and are truly brothers! Thank you for your part in bringing Teddy into our lives! Sherry & Len Hill
Pogo & Mila Love Hanging by the Door (March 2012)
Pogo & Mila Love Hanging by the Door (March 2012)

We adopted our cats about two years ago and they are doing great!! The tabby is Pogo (formerly Keagan) and the gray one is Mila (formerly Cecile). They love to hang out by the back door and watch the birds. They have been such a great addition to our home! Katie Wistermayer
Shhhhhh....snuggles by the fire! (February 2012)
Shhhhhh....snuggles by the fire! (February 2012)

We just adopted 2 amazing dogs! Sweet-Pea and Finn! Sweet-Pea is a sleepy doggy and loves to lie on her bed, whereas Finn is a very energetic hound dog and loves running around and playing with Sweet-Pea. Finn and Sweet-pea are really getting along well and they have settled in fine at our brand new house! They both love chewing their bones and sleeping by the fire.

Thanks to Chatham Animal Rescue & Education for bringing these lovely dogs into our lives. The VanOlinda Family
Delilah gets her due! (February 2012)
Delilah gets her due! (February 2012)

Delilah is doing really great, getting the hang of sticking closer by off leash. She and Billie are having some kissing sessions and she is definitely a kid lover. It's really unbelievable how super-gentle she is with kids--she just seems to know how to behave with them and so she has developed quite a fan club! In fact I babysat an 8-mth-old the other day and she would not leave the baby's side. Brady and I had to go out of town this weekend and he cried so hard when he said goodbye to her...really sweet but a bit dramatic for 24 hrs! The hot dogs seemed to have cured her of her skittishness with the car. Now, if we could just get her to like baths we'd be all set! She is already a part of the family. I am attaching a pic of her getting snugly with Billie and Brady. We are so thankful to Frances and CARE, for the great home you gave her for the first year...she is such a great doggie. Thank you!!! Shauna
Molly & Moe = Special Valentines! (February 2012)
Molly & Moe = Special Valentines! (February 2012)

Sue Edwards helped us adopt Molly and Moe (formerly Molly and Madison) as kittens. They are completely at home now, playing with our two miniature poodles and enjoying a good snuggle. We thank everyone at CARE for socializing these fabulous pets, especially Sue. This photo is their Valentine. Jo
Anywhere with Rainbow skies are blue! (February 2012)
Anywhere with Rainbow skies are blue! (February 2012)

Our dog Rainbow was adopted from what was then called the Chatham Humane Society almost 15 years ago. We picked her up at a woman's home who lived in the country and had Rainbow and her siblings in a barn. We have since moved from NC to Iowa and still have Rainbow with us. She has slowed down quite a bit, however, can still run around the house like a puppy when she wants. She has been such a sweet dog from day one and we have done nothing but give her unconditional love. Our children were 5 and 7 when we got her. They are now 22 and 20! I wanted to let you know that she has had a good life and has given us such joy and love throughout these years. The VanDeCasteele Family
Schmoozing with Shmoo! (February 2012)
Schmoozing with Shmoo! (February 2012)

I recently adopted my own foster cat Shmoo! She was a quiet scaredy cat who for the first 2 weeks here hid at the bottom of the pantry. She still runs away if her toys move too fast, but comes back immediately for more! She's my lap/back/side/stomach or wherever-she-can-find-a-spot warmer most of the day and spends the rest of her time laying on the floor upside down : ) Thanks for finding me! Carolyn
Supersonic Buzz--the Best Present Under the Tree! (January 2012)
Supersonic Buzz--the Best Present Under the Tree! (January 2012)

We are so happy with our Buzz, the former Herschel. He is a constant source of entertainment, joy, affection. Wherever I am in the house, he is not far away. He has two speeds, supersonic & stop. Buzz has a sweet disposition, gorgeous eyes that are either lime green or lemon yellow depending on the light & his coat is the softest I've ever known. He is mischievous... Enjoys pushing full iced tea glasses off of my bedside table... smart... He can open a drawer to torment my earphones (he remembers where they are) & a great friend to all in our household, he's known to sleep with the guinea pig from time to time. He is one remarkable cat, we are so glad to have found him.
Birthday Boys Anticipate Doggy Yogurts (January 2012)
Birthday Boys Anticipate Doggy Yogurts (January 2012)

Today we officially adopted Josh, who we have been calling Teddy. He is the sweetest, most loving dog imaginable! We love him and so do all of our girls and their dogs who often come to visit. Tanner is so happy to have a brother and they play constantly! Even Oliver, the cat likes him. Teddy loves his walks at Shelley Lake and the dog park, where he makes numerous friends! We can't wait to start taking him to Topsail Island in the spring and fall and introducing him to our back yard pool this summer. Teddy and Tanner are enjoying some birthday doggy yogurt in this picture, on Tanner's first birthday (New Year's Day). This will also be Teddy's birthday since our vet placed him at one year old. Thank you so much for a wonderful pup who is already a beloved family member!
Hooray for Hector! (November 2011)
Hooray for Hector! (November 2011)

Sorry for the delay in pictures of Hector. He continues to be a sweet and lovable boy. Everyone who meets him just falls in love with him!

Janice
Kya's a Keeper!! (November 2011)
Kya's a Keeper!! (November 2011)

I adopted Kya (originally "Emily"... Eno/Drake's brother) in December 2010 and she has been the best thing to happen to me. She is sweet and loving yet playful and funny. I don't know what I would do without her.. thanks CARE!

Laura
Easy, Kind, & Gentle Tess (November 2011)
Easy, Kind, & Gentle Tess (November 2011)

According to her paperwork Tess is one year old this week! I wanted to send you a pic and an update. As you can see from the attached pic her right ear stayed floppy (and cute!). She is about 55 pounds now. She has turned out to be the greatest dog ever. She is easy and kind and gentle. She has tons of energy and enjoys her daily walks. She is also very smart and sensitive, so the rare "no" is always really taken to heart. At least once every few days we say to each other that we couldn't imagine our lives without Tess and she really couldn't be a better dog.
Thanks for helping her find her way to our home.
Kat Good
Bubba -- Who Rescued Whom? (October 2011)
Bubba -- Who Rescued Whom? (October 2011)

Bubba (formerly known as Reno) was rescued by CARE and then he rescued me! My niece found him online and knew he was just what I was looking for. He came into my life when there was a lot of emptiness and I needed focus. I am completely in love with my furry guy! Bubba is the most incredible puppy I have ever known. He is smart, trains easily, gets along with everybody (and their dogs) and has the most gentle disposition. Puppy classes were a cinch. I give a lot of the credit to the way he was cared for by his foster mom. He loves to play and investigate, but tries really hard to please. I'm so lucky to have found Bubba! He truly has to be one of CARE's best rescues!
Carolyn McCain
Happy Birthday, Pepper! (August 2011)
Happy Birthday, Pepper! (August 2011)

Today is Pepper's (previously known as Blizzard) 2nd birthday. He is doing great and we are so happy to have found him at your place. Hope all is well with you folks.

Take care,
Michelle
Niki found her purrfect home! (August 2011)
Niki found her purrfect home! (August 2011)

Dear Foster Momma Sue,

I wanted to let you know how I am doing, and to thank you for finding me my forever family. They taking good care of me and let me be my unique little self.

As much as I resisted in the beginning, I am learning to accept all of their attention. Much to my surprise, it feels really good to let them pet me-it even makes me purr! To show my appreciation, I like to bring them gifts in the middle of the night, like my special mouse or random items I find around the house. I leave them right in between the two big people in their comfy bed. Of course, I announce that I am there, and let them know I brought them a surprise. I think they really like my surprises!

The smaller person who lives with us is really great too. She has awesome toys in her playroom and sometimes I borrow them. I really like her stuffed animals-they are just the right size for me to carry around the house, and I definitely prefer them to my own toys! She likes to pet me and give me treats. I like to sit with her on the couch after school while she does her reading homework. She is really nice!
Misha found her forever match! (July 2011)
Misha found her forever match! (July 2011)

We just wanted to update you on how Misha is doing! She has been doing really great, and we love having her! She just graduated from her training class this week. She is such a smart little girl, and she knows so many tricks now. She knows sit, down, come here, stay, wait, shake, crawl, spin, drop it, leave it, and high five! I am so proud of her, and I love working with her. She is also a lot better about being in her crate, and we have even tested leaving her out in the apartment sometimes when we are not going to be gone very long. She has been really good about letting me get work done while I am at home. We have taken her to Umstead park a couple of times and she seems to really like that. She took a few weeks to warm up to meeting new people, but she is getting a lot better about that too! We just really love her and we thank you so much for everything! I have also attached to photos of her for you! I hope everything is going well!


Thanks again,

Joanne & Michael
Matilda, what dreams are made of! (July 2011)
Matilda, what dreams are made of! (July 2011)

Just wanted to give you an update on Matilda...she is doing wonderfully! She has grown A LOT since we brought her home, around 35 pounds now at 4 1/2 months! It's pretty amazing to look at the first pictures we took of her compared to now! She also lost her first tooth this week :) We are almost finished with puppy class where she is the star student! Matilda always volunteers to demonstrate the lesson of the day :) While she wasn't so sure of the car at first, she now likes her car harness and is content to see the sights.

Matilda has learned to walk nicely on the leash, and loves to greet and play with all the dogs in the neighborhood. Chris and I have met so many of our neighbors because of her. She loves sticks and can be quite ambitious, trying to drag along fallen tree limbs! We have started to take her to the dog park where she loves to check out all the dogs and mostly lick them to death! She is learning to play with them, but sometimes is more interested in the people...when she gets worn out, she flops down in front of any available person! Her favorite playmate is an Australian Shepherd who desperately tries to teach her to play instead of roll over on her back and his persistence usually pays off!

Matilda likes to surround herself with toys, picking them out of her toy box. Often she can't decide between two and carries one in her mouth while batting another around with her paws. In one of the photos, she has her favorite monkey, which had already been repaired several times! She is also a BIG fan of bully sticks...I swear she goes into a trance when we give her one! Her kong is also a favorite...she's not picky, a little peanut butter, cream cheese or mashed sweet potato and she's a very happy puppy!

She still has a bit of the crazies in the evening right before bedtime. Definitely like a tired child. It's pretty entertaining to watch her make loops around the house while she nips at her toys. She also likes to find her blankie and drag it around the house until she finds the perfect place to curl up for a nap.

It's hard to remember what it was like before Matilda's thumping tail and puppy kisses. She has definitely been a fun addition to our home. One of my favorite sights is her sweet sleepy face when she wakes up each morning.

Hope you enjoy the update! Please feel free to add this to the Happy Endings page. We have seen the update on Pearl...glad she is doing so well in her new home! If her owners would ever like to get the pups together, I'm sure Matilda would be happy to have a reunion! Here's hoping that Delilah gets a home soon too. We check the site often to check on her.

Enjoy the photos!

Danielle & Chris
Raleigh (aka Lucille) really knows her stuff! (June 2011)
Raleigh (aka Lucille) really knows her stuff! (June 2011)

In honor of Raleigh's 7-month birthday, here are more photos of her and a video as well (you'll see in the video that her agility skills are better than my camera skills)! My boyfriend, Matt, is the one in the video doing the agility with her - we take turns during class. Raleigh is so incredibly good at agility! She performs the obstacles much more consistently than any other puppy in our class, and I really think she could be a great agility dog! We will definitely be seeking out more classes when this one ends next week. One other think I have learned since I last talked to you is that Raleigh LOVES mud (which I'm sure you can see in a couple of photos). She literally was rolling around in a huge mud puddle for several minutes - getting her head and everything else involved - and I've never seen her so happy! Of course, we immediately went to get a bath, which wasn't so fun, but she looks really cute when wet! Hope everything is going well in North Carolina, and thank you again for such a wonderful puppy :)

~Katie
Sally has the life of a social butterfly! (June 2011)
Sally has the life of a social butterfly! (June 2011)

I thought you might like to see a new picture of Sally. This is her with her puppy buddy, Tchotchke, after a good round of puppy play. She is getting so big. We are all having a great time together. She is part of the family, and it seems like she has always been here. She happily spends a lot of time out in our yard. Keith takes her on lots of puppy playdates. She's helped us meet lots of our neighbors.


Bridget
Pearl, is Boodle (the cat's) best buddy! (June 2011)
Pearl, is Boodle (the cat's) best buddy! (June 2011)

Pearl is continuing to be wonderful. Just as you predicted she is getting more confident everyday. She is starting to enjoy short walks around the neighborhood and absolutely loves romping on trails in the woods. We took her to some trails the other day that go to a pond and she loved playing in the water and getting all muddy (she did not love the bath afterward, but she was a trooper). She is also having a great time making new doggie friends. She's had a few playdates so far and has done a great job with every dog she's met. On Tuesday she played with a friend's incredibly calm but huge malamute/akita mix and they got along famously. I attached a picture of her passed out on the kitchen floor after we got home. She was so wiped from playing that she wasn't even interested in her dinner until after she had slept for a while.

And Boodle is handling Pearl's presence with surprising grace. They are definitely not friends (though Pearl would like that), but they have been very respectful of each other so far. Boodle seems to be quite interested in Pearl when Pearl is napping and will often tentatively walk over to her and sniff her or stare at her from a few inches away. When Pearl is awake and wants to play, Boodle is understandably less friendly and usually retreats to a high place where she watches Pearl play and looks fascinated and horrified at the same time. I think that they eventually might be friends, but for now the respectful distance is working well for everyone.

In short, our life with Pearl is great. She's still not a fan of the car, but she's definitely less anti-car than on our first day with her. We've been giving her her favorite treats during every car ride and taking her to fun places, so I think that's been helping. She's such a fast learner!

I could go on about her forever, so I'm sure we'll send another update soon.

Best,
Laura and Hannah
Griffin and Starla, a pair of characters indeed! (May 2011)
Griffin and Starla, a pair of characters indeed! (May 2011)

In January of 2011, as "senior" newlyweds of just a couple of months, we complicated our blended family even more and brought Griffin home from an adoption event at Phydeaux in Chapel Hill. Little did we know we would double our fun when Starla, Griffin's mom, became adoptable three months later. They are so bright and funny, keeping us entertained for hours. Our home is full of energy and warmth thanks to these two loveable, little souls who are now the focus of our love and affection. Thanks to Deborah and CARE for giving us this opportunity. Adopt and save a life...or two. You won't regret it.
Romeo, a true love story! (May 2011)
Romeo, a true love story! (May 2011)

Romeo does indeed have a story of greater circumstances from whence he came, it is rather appropriate that he be added to the CARE website as a happy ending. Romeo was the previous "property" of a backyard breeder who maintained many Boston Terriers and dozens of cats in an abandoned home. There was no electricity or running water, all of the dogs were maintained in crates. They were never let outside, but left to dwell in a crate that was filthy. He was underweight, full of puncture wounds (which occurred from his short stent at the local shelter), and he had 3 broken toes on each of his hind feet when he entered his foster home. After several months of wearing splints on his hind legs, he recouperated and is readily using all 4 of his beautiful legs. The puncture wounds healed and he put on weight.

But the real change in Romeo has been in his behavior. Coming from an environment where he was seen as only as a means for profit, he was given little stimulation or socialization. It took quite a while before he figured out what a toy was to be used for, and even longer to build good potty habits. Throughout his recovery, he was handled quite a bit and I attribute his easy going nature to this day to be completely doted on during this process. He asks so very little of his forever family; love, nutrition, understanding, and medical care. In return, he offers the best reward possible; unconditional love. There is no doubt that he appreciates every moment of his new life, every stroke of his head and cuddle is cherished. Each and every night, he can be found cuddled up in his "daddy's" lap, soaking up the love and warmth that has become a part of his daily routine.


Romeo has become a never ending supply of antics. He is always the life of the party and he enjoys playing with other dogs (especially puppies), and traveling with us to new places. We recently went on our annual trip to the beach and Romeo loved every minute of it! We have attached a picture of him on the beach with his new Doggles on, very stylish! Thank you so much CARE, for your investment in Romeo. He has paid us back 10 fold every day that he is with us, and we look forward to spending many years to come enjoying his wonderful company. We promise to keep him happy and safe, and to continue to share all of the things in life that are worth experiencing, with him. We wouldn't have it any other way!
Mason and Bruiser, the pitter patter of pooches feet! (May 2011)
Mason and Bruiser, the pitter patter of pooches feet! (May 2011)

Last summer, after suddenly losing our wonderful 12 yr old dog, Maddy, (rescued as a pup) my wife, Chantelle, and I decided to adopt another dog from a rescue organization. Because I have allergies it was important to find a hypo-allergenic dog, which we thought would be difficult as most rescues are mixed breeds. As it turns out, it wasn't difficult at all. We found Mason (a 2yr old Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier) at the CARE website and both thought he looked so cute and goofy that we should definitely check into him. We went to an adoption event at the local Pet Smart, and immediately fell in love with his affectionate and silly personality. At that time Chantelle was working out of the home and she loved having Mason around to brighten her work days with all of his crazy antics. But this spring, she started a new job, which required her to work at the office and Mason was left all alone in the mudroom. We had recently come to the conclusion that, despite our efforts, children were probably not going to happen for us, so we decided to fill our home with the happy sounds of playful dogs. We immediately went to the CARE website and found a cute little 14 lb Bichon Frise, who we affectionately call Bruiser. He lives to be held and cuddled, which Chantelle adores, and Mason and Bruiser have bonded and become the best of friends. These little guys bring joy to our lives everyday and we cannot imagine our home without them.
Poppy, the ever-blooming flower! (May 2011)
Poppy, the ever-blooming flower! (May 2011)

Our family was so lucky to find Poppy in April 2011 and we knew she was special the moment we met her. Poppy loves to be outside and is always on squirrel patrol. Our curious puppy also loves to chase frogs on her evening walks. Poppy is our sweet girl and we are so happy to have her in our family. We cannot thank CARE enough for helping Poppy find our home and all the great work you do. We love her so much!
Patsy Cline never had such a good time! (May 2011)
Patsy Cline never had such a good time! (May 2011)

Her name is Patsy, Patsy Cline, because she is "Crazy" and has me "Walking After Midnight" (her original name was Fiona). Notice Patsy has a large white glob on her collar. That is a snowball. She had bounded through the drifts, the snow melted around her tags, and the result was a snowball. It captures her personality perfectly. Patsy had been adopted into a household that didn't think dogs should be allowed inside. As a tiny chihuahua-mix puppy, she was kept in the back yard, and she'd get out to follow people. The owners took her to the animal shelter because she "kept running away." The shelter folks recognized what a special girl she was, only 4 months old, and contacted C.A.R.E. Her foster mom, Deborah, realized immediately what a bright, affectionate, outgoing girl she was and wanted to wait for a really special home. I'm proud to say we were chosen. We'd just lost our last elderly dog, and our remaining chi mix was lonely. While walking around Shelley Lake in Raleigh, I met a couple whose daughter volunteered at C.A.R.E., and I told them I wanted a young female chi mix. They said their daughter would be on the lookout. In the meantime, I adopted another chi mix, a male, and when C.A.R.E. contacted me about Patsy, I said I couldn't take her because I'd just adopted a new dog. Six weeks later, however, I ran into the C.A.R.E. folks at Dog Days of Cary and casually asked about "Fiona," because I'd never seen her on the website. They told me her foster mom had been reluctant to let her go, but she was now on the website, available, and there right now! I had my two boy chi's with me and decided to have a meet & greet under a big tree. Patsy climbed in my lap, said, "I'm home!", said to her brothers, "How ya doin'? We'll have some good times!" and the rest is history. She is the most popular girl on the block, loves babies & kids, is fearless, loving, best friends with our cat Quincy as well as her brothers Jeter & Chico. Her snaggle-toothed grin is part of her charm. She is indeed a very special girl, and I am so blessed to have her in my life.
Nakita has the keys to our heart! (May 2011)
Nakita has the keys to our heart! (May 2011)

We adopted our second dog from C.A.R.E. after having said goodbye to Phoebe (also adopted from CARE) after only seven years. Nikita touched our hearts at the adoption at Phydeaux. When we met her in the store, an immediate bond was made. There so much noise at the pet fair, but this did not matter. Nikita found her way into my lap. She curled up in my coat on my lap and was soon snoring. We visited for a couple of hours. Nikita was asleep inside my jacket within the 1st 20 minutes. Nikita was brought to us a week later on January 30, 2011. The second day Nikita was with us, I was napping on the couch. Raising a puppy is tiring... She crawled up onto the couch and fell asleep on me. Nikita is such a great puppy to snuggle with! Even though her eyes are open in this picture, I was told we were both snoring... Nikita is a real photo bug. She loves to have her photo taken and loves to pose. She snuggles so much that her thing is to lay on back our neck like a blanket. She is real neck warmer. We will be forever grateful to C.A.R.E. for bringing Nikita into our lives and our hearts.
Sierra is a success story! (May 2011)
Sierra is a success story! (May 2011)

Sierra's Success Story, by Lauren Coleman, age 11.

Hi, I'm Lauren Coleman, age 11 from Cary, NC. I got the absolute world's best, sweetest, indescribable dog, Sierra Snowflake Coleman on September 30, 2006. Sierra was about one year old when we got her, now she is five years old. Sierra is a Mountain View Cur, a hunting dog from the mountains of Kentucky and Tennessee. Sierra has always been a perfect fit for our family. She is also a very loyal dog. Sierra always looks out for me and my sister. When I'm gone she lays in my room waiting for me by the door, even when I'm just in the shower for a few minutes. Whenever I'm bored I always have someone to play with. She will do whatever I want. She loves to please you. She can do some tricks and loves her Frisbee. She likes to go on walks at least once a day. When my Dad is home on a conference call, she bugs him and howls in the phone to people in California.
Even though she is five years old, she has never really slowed down. When I looked up how long Mountain View Cur dogs live, it said they live from 12 to 16 years. So hopefully, I will have her for a very, very, long time. One funny thing is that she is terrified of thunderstorms, so whenever there is one she likes to come cuddle with me. She definitely shows her hunting abilities too. We have a garden and a way overpopulated squirrel problem. So, whenever the squirrels want to get our garden Sierra looks at them, then bolts after them. Sierra is so fast. Then she trees the squirrels and keeps them out of our garden. She is a very social dog too. She loves other dogs. Sierra is the world's best dog! I want to keep her forever. I love her very, very, much!!!!

Thank you CARE for letting us adopt her.
Lauren Coleman
Sibling kitties, best buddies, best friends to the family! (May 2011)
Sibling kitties, best buddies, best friends to the family! (May 2011)

My family adopted two kittens, Eno (on the right) and Everette (on the left), last July when they were three months old. They are now over a year old and have adjusted very well to our family. As this picture shows, these siblings are also best friends. They love to wrestle and play but will curl up for a nice nap when they're done. They are very sweet and will sometimes snuggle and let us pet them while we are watching TV. Even when we're not home, we never have to worry about them getting into trouble. Thank you, CARE, for these great additions to our family.
Ace of hearts; a super fab lab and his family! (May 2011)
Ace of hearts; a super fab lab and his family! (May 2011)

Hi, it's me Ace! I'm also known as Mr. Wiggles, because I don't just wag my tail when I'm happy, I wiggle my whole back side so you can actually hear me wag!! My tail goes "BAM BAM BAM" on the floor or the wall or on whatever I happen to be wiggling next to. And I wiggle A LOT because I am SO HAPPY!! I have GOT to tell you about this great gig I have going here! My forever family adopted me just a couple months after adopting my old (I mean "senior") sister, Josie. I guess she wasn't enough big black dog for my family, so they adopted me too! They couldn't resist my sweet face, slobbery kisses and all around charming personality when they met me at an adoption event. And let me tell you, it has worked out GREAT! Josie and I get lots of hugs and kisses every day from the humans in our new home. At night, my mom says it's too crowded on the bed, so I should sleep on my own bed. But ssshhhh! Don't tell! When I start to hear snoring, I know they are asleep, and that's when I sneak into the bed with my mom, dad, and Josie. Tee hee hee!! Sometimes my human siblings have the same idea, so it can get pretty crowded in there. But that works for me! More people to cuddle with! When my mom wakes up in the morning (usually to sound of my tail thumping on the bed), she isn't even mad at me. She just gives me snuggles and belly rubs. Did you know that my mom can give TWO belly rubs at the SAME TIME?? Wow, that lady has talent!! And there really are perks to living with human kids. Dinnertime is always so chaotic. Mom is so busy in the kitchen, and the kids are always running to and from the table, sometimes leaving tasty treats within my reach. Oh yeah, it's true. I once got an entire cheeseburger before anyone even noticed!! I tell ya, this is the life!!! We have a fenced-in back yard where we can run and play. When we play fetch, Josie's always first to get the ball. She's pretty fast for an old (I mean "more mature and wise") lady. Though when we go for walks in the neighborhood, she pretends she has trouble keeping up with me. Not sure why, because I know that girl can run like the wind! Anyway, I am SOOOOOO happy in my new home. Can't you tell by the big happy smile on my face? I hope all the other doggies in those wonderful CARE foster families soon find forever homes as great as mine!
Whistling Dixie! (May 2011)
Whistling Dixie! (May 2011)

We're Definitely Whistling Dixie! (April 2011): This sweet and shy little girl came to live with us about two months ago, and she quickly secured her place in our hearts and in our family. At first Dixie was a nervous puppy, unsure of what to chew, where to go, or how to act in our apartment. Before long, however, we were able to convince her that she didn't have to worry, that our home was her home. Now, as you can see here, she is becoming increasingly confident and relaxed, and she has certainly come out of her shell. She loves to make new friends (both two-legged and four-legged ones!) everywhere she goes, and she has mastered the art of charming any and all humans into giving her frequent belly rubs! It has been our joy to have Dixie here with us, and we already can't imagine our lives without her. She is with us for the long haul. We are so grateful to CARE for helping us to get Dixie here, into her forever home.
Dottie, the foster that helps others! (May 2011)
Dottie, the foster that helps others! (May 2011)

My husband Thom and I adopted Dottie in November of 2010. We lost one of our beloved dogs (13yrs old) to cancer in June 2010 and were not quite ready to bring another dog into our hearts and home. We met Dottie at a dog event and could not get her sweet face out of our heads. Thom and I had some concerns about bringing such a young dog into our home because we have two senior dogs (18 and 13) and were afraid it would be too much for them. A special thanks to Laura (Dottie's fabulous foster mom) for her patience and help because Dottie has been just what this family needed. Dottie is so sweet and joyful that she has transformed our world. As you can see by this photo of her, she is quite comical. She sits in this position often unless she has her head resting on the back of "her" chair to watch squirrels run the fence. Dottie plays so well with others that she even got a foster dog at Camp Canine to play with her when the dog would not respond to other hum!
Billie is a jazzy-kinda gal! (May 2011)
Billie is a jazzy-kinda gal! (May 2011)

Billie - With The Soulful Eyes When we first saw Billie on the CARE website in early 2010, we were attracted by your description of a "soulful, jazzy look in her eyes" and her name. Billie was my late mother's nickname. After meeting this sweet puppy and having our application accepted, the date to pick her up was March 23rd, my late father's birthday. It seemed like she was meant to be with us! She's grown to be a happy, loving best friend and is enjoying her newly fenced back yard. Thank you Deborah and CARE for all you did to save our Billie, and all the others you care for!!!

Linda and Ray
Bella is now a true beauty! (May 2011)
Bella is now a true beauty! (May 2011)

This photo is when I first got "Bella". Her body position hides her thin body. Now she has the muscular physique that boxers are known for.
Ernie, the old soul! (May 2011)
Ernie, the old soul! (May 2011)

After losing our beloved 17-year-old Aussie companion in January, we were in no hurry to add another dog. Then I saw Ernie's picture on your site. I was drawn to it over and over again, and finally thought there was no harm in making an inquiry ... ... well, Ernie (now "Zachary") has been with us for just over 2 weeks, and has fit in and been accepted remarkably well. He sometimes exasperates our other Aussie and Schnoodle, but his sweet nature has won them over -- as it has us!

He's a wonderful dog ... an "old soul" in a gangly puppy body ... full of good humor and joy, which he shares generously! What a great addition to our family -- thanks to everyone at CARE for all your efforts in rescuing and rehoming wonderful pets like Zach! (And special thanks to Laura who fostered Zach and taught him his basic manners!)

He says, "New friends to hang with, new toys to chomp on, and a comfy bed at the end of the day -- what's not to love?!"
O'Malley, the lap dog (turtle?)! (May 2011)
O'Malley, the lap dog (turtle?)! (May 2011)

O'Malley is one of Lucy's puppies who we met when she was about 5 months old. My husband and I had actually gone to Woof-a-Palooza to meet her brother Sergeant. When I crouched down to say hi to Sergeant, O'Malley (then called Mariah) walked over to me and put her head in my lap. One of CARE's lovely volunteers said that O'Malley was very shy and usually didn't just walk up to people like that. Needless to say, I fell in love pretty quickly with this adorable girl and after meeting her again at Deborah's (her amazing foster mom) we knew she was the right dog for us. We brought her home in September of 2010, and she has been the best dog possible. She has come such a long way from being so shy and retiring, that it's hard to believe she's the same dog. She loves to play with her friends at the dog park and at doggie daycare. She loves chasing squirrels in the back yard. She loves playing with the cat (the cat seems to enjoy it as well). But most of all she loves relaxing with her head in my lap - just like the first day we met.

P.S. - As per the agreement between O'Malley and myself, she got to use the turtle costume as a chew toy once Halloween was over.
Two black CARE dogs, a BUNDLE of fun! (May 2011)
Two black CARE dogs, a BUNDLE of fun! (May 2011)

Our happy ending began with the adoption of Daisy (formally Jasmine) in July of 2009. Daisy is the most loving, friendly dog we have ever owned and she is a great role model for our 2nd happy ending, Murphy. Murphy (formally Jonah) was adopted in Feb. of 2011. Murphy is a curious puppy with some hilarious cat behaviors. Daisy is the perfect big sister and they both have brought us much joy and laughter. Thank you CARE for all that is done for these animals that need forever homes! Our house would be incomplete without our two CARE pups!
Riley, filled the gap with friendship! (May 2011)
Riley, filled the gap with friendship! (May 2011)

We adopted Riley (then known as Kaleb) in December of 2010 and couldn't be happier with our new family member! He is an incredibly loving and playful puppy who has been great with our two kids. He loves going on walks, playing fetch, exploring his neighborhood and making new dog and people friends. It took us awhile to adopt after our family dog died over a year ago at an estimated age of 15-16. She was a rescue dog as well and we felt strongly about providing a forever home for another dog who needed it. We're so glad we waited for Riley to find us. Laura and CARE were so helpful and patient with all our questions through the adoption process. All of the preparation she gave us was invaluable. It had been a long time since we had a puppy! Now we couldn't imagine not having Riley in our lives.

Thank you once again to Laura and CARE for everything you do!
Mildred, the hide and seek queen! (May 2011)
Mildred, the hide and seek queen! (May 2011)

This is Mildred. Her name was changed at adoption from "Poppy" to Mildred. I sometimes call her "Millie-Millie" in a higher pitched voice! I saw her at Petsmart in Cary, nc. Just went there to buy cat food that day. Saw here behind the adoption area window. She kept peeking at me, pulling back and peeking again. I looked, smiled, read her story and went home, then it hit me! I called early the next morning and went immediately to petsmart. I spoke to Lisa Morgan and was so relieved to find that the little doll was still available and in the carrier in her car! So that is the beginning of a 2.5 year love affair that I hope will last for years to come! Thanks to CARE!

Tonia
A matching pair of nappers! (May 2011)
A matching pair of nappers! (May 2011)

We adopted Herschel, the new Sunny, following the death of our beloved black cat, due to cancer. Sunny is a constant source of enjoyment and so very loving. He and our boston terrier are becoming fast friends. Last Sunday we found them napping together, so sweet!
Chloe, a devoted diva! (May 2011)
Chloe, a devoted diva! (May 2011)

Chloe (adopted Dec 2009) is a great little girl who has filled my life with love and cuddles. She took her time adjusting to her new family but this little snoodle tries to rule the roost. I was drawn to her photo on your website as I had just lost my 18 year old snoodle to old age. When I met Chloe, I fell for her charming personality. And how could I possibly change that name? It is perfect for her.

Thank you CARE, for extending my family.
Calvin, a devoted companion with a sense of humor! (May 2011)
Calvin, a devoted companion with a sense of humor! (May 2011)

We adopted Calvin in January 2010 from CARE. He has been a wonderful addition to our family! He has brought many smiles and much laughter to our home -- from his playful antics to his devoted companionship, we can't imagine life without him!
A wonderful home for a handsome fellow! (May 2011)
A wonderful home for a handsome fellow! (May 2011)

Just look at the face of our very handsome Rusty. With the help of Laura, we adopted this sweet, loveable little man. He does a cute little wiggle dance when he gets excited. After each meal, he challenges our other dog, Roxie to a wrestling match. He is a bit jealous-wants all the love. His new daddy takes him for a walk around the block twice a day. He is such a joy and well behaved - he enriches our lives tremendously. Thank you CARE and Laura for bringing precious Rusty into our lives. We love him so much.

Barbetta and Charles (Rusty's new mommy and daddy)

Thank you Laura. We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this little man.
Amos, from lost to LOVED! (May 2011)
Amos, from lost to LOVED! (May 2011)

My name is Amos. I like my name. I got it when I came to CARE. Before that I don't remember if I had a name. I wasn't very happy then. I was very little and often was left to roam the street with two of my buddies. I liked my buddies but I didn't feel very safe. I was scared. Then CARE took me and my two buddies in. I love CARE!

I got to stay with Laura and her husband. It was fun! Sometimes Laura let me snuggle with her on the couch. I felt special. Then at Christmas time Laura told me I was going to a forever home. I loved Laura and her husband so much that I wasn't sure. But I trusted her. So I went. The people at the forever home were so nice. They loved me right away. I decided to stay!

Now I have a brother named Murphy who is three and he plays with me all the time. I am glad he is with me. I was worried that I would miss my doggie buddies. He and I have the run of the house! I have lots and lots of toys, beds, blankets and I get new kinds of treats every day. I love my football. It is the best toy. Ever. I also have my favorite bone. It is the biggest one in the basket. You can see it in the picture. I go to school too. I go every week with my people. I like my new class best. We go on field trips. Really we do. I liked Fearrington the best because they had goats. I barked a lot and kept everyone safe, even my teacher. I like her, she's nice. I also like my people friends who live in the neighborhood. They are nice to me too. I especially like my friend Olivia who lives across the street. She is little like me. She likes my football. I share it with her. I have so much fun during the day. I like playing with my friends Larken and Erin too! They walk Murph and me when our people aren't home. I get really tired at night from playing so much and running with Murphy. I yawn and yawn. Then, I get to sleep on the couch with my people. I like to be close to them when I am sleepy. Murphy sleeps on his own chair, he is bigger than me.

I want to tell you more but I have to go now. Murph says it is time for our walk. I follow where he leads. Oh, if you see Laura or any of the CARE people be nice to them. They were nice to me. Woof!!
Coltrane looks just like his people! (May 2011)
Coltrane looks just like his people! (May 2011)

Coltrane - adopted ~April 2010. My son, Alec, had some extra time during a long weekend and decided to put baseball "eye black" on Coltrane.
Isabelle, a beautiful companion for all! (May 2011)
Isabelle, a beautiful companion for all! (May 2011)

I thought I would pass on a few pictures of Isabelle, the dog we adopted from you about 2 years ago. She is a great dog! She is about 50 pounds and just the biggest bundle of cuddly mischievious energy you have ever met. She plays very hard (and often) but is a sweet snuggler as well. We just love her and so does Charlie, our other dog. He is so much happier having another dog in the house.

Here is a picture from a recent trip to the beach.


Erin
Frankie is a friend to ALL! (April 2011)
Frankie is a friend to ALL! (April 2011)

Frankie just love's everyone!!! We got him in March 2009 and he had no problem adjusting. He always wants to be us. He loves squirrel chasing and playing with his toys. He's a great addition to our family.W Wall
Eno's humans are lucky too! (April 2011)
Eno's humans are lucky too! (April 2011)

Everyone says the dog is the lucky one, but we know better! Eno (aka Drake) joined our family in December 2011, and none of us could be happier! He is the perfect blend of playful and lazy, loving and independent. He loves his namesake river! Best of all, he makes us laugh - what more could we ask for?
The Love of a Dog, Stress Relief and Endless Love! (April 2011)
The Love of a Dog, Stress Relief and Endless Love! (April 2011)

Cooper is an angel who arrived as a miniature schnauzer/terrier mix. His 18# body and his spirit holds enough love to fill our hearts and home. Almost two years ago we lost our beloved Skipper, an especially mellow and wonderful 13 year old Scottish Terrier (mellow, but definitely a Scottie!). It was very difficult losing him but we still hold thoughts of meeting again at the Rainbow Bridge. Somehow the house seemed a little empty without Skipper and his great dog energy. We thought often about getting another dog but we missed Skipper and struggled with that conflict. Then, through a blessed twist of fate, Janet received a notice from a friend about CARE (Chatham Animal Rescue and Education). It contained a link about "a cool dude, Cooper", who was up for adoption. One look at him and we knew in our hearts he was the one for us. Working with Laura from CARE, we adopted Cooper on Thanksgiving eve 2010. What an appropriate day!

Cooper's main reason for living is to love and be loved! He not only enjoys being petted and rubbed, but he's willing to share how good it feels...with deep sighs, an occasional moan, and going limp! We really believe that, if he had thumbs, he would get just as much enjoyment out of massaging us as he gets out of being petted and rubbed himself! He does a cute tap dance when it's time for breakfast and supper. And he gives the most heartfelt greetings when we get home after being gone for a while. Several minutes sharing love with Cooper washes away a day's worth of stress. And just looking at him causes your face to turn into a smile.

As an example how Cooper loves to please us, let me tell you about this picture of him taken by Jeff. We were walking through the woods at our house and I was taking some pictures of the creek, trees, etc. All of a sudden, Cooper jumped up on this log and struck this pose. He had never done this before. It was as if he felt that taking a picture of him in the woods would make me happy...and he was right!

We are thankful and grateful to Laura and to CARE for bringing this blessing named Cooper into our lives. We admire the wonderful work they do for animals and people in this area...they are angels themselves, and we have recommended CARE to many friends. Many thanks!

Jeff and Janet Furman
Marvin- the all-aware, and all-in kinda pooch! (April 2011)
Marvin- the all-aware, and all-in kinda pooch! (April 2011)

Marvin is an all around guy. He loves to play, chase the ball, wrestle with his best friend Chase, and then he loves to sleep, cuddle with his humans! His heart is as big as his body when he stretches out across the bed! He is an observer of all around him - he watches, learns and then jumps right in!
Jozy really is the cats meow! (April 2011)
Jozy really is the cats meow! (April 2011)

After losing our beloved male Golden Retriever after 13 years, we were ready to add another dog to our family. I knew I did not want to go the puppy route, not with 8 and 9 year old boys that also needed too much attention. So, we decided a 4-5 year old male golden retriever would be perfect, and proceeded to track the various golden retriever rescue sites and adoption fairs.

However, a CARE foster urged us to look at Jozy - a 2 year old shepherd/lab mix. The one concern we had was how a new dog would do with our two adult cats - a previous trial with another dog was a disaster. Initially, Jozy looked to fail this test as well, as she was way too interested in the cats. However, after chasing the 8 year old female cat, the grumpy 13 year old male cat turned the tables and cornered Jozy. This repeated a couple more times, and Jozy learned cats were not to be trifled with. That out of the way, Jozy fit right in and officially became part of our family in September 2010. Jozy now lays with the female cat, takes long walks around Jordan Lake, and will no doubt be thrilled by an upcoming beach trip.
Ginger, the snow bunny! (April 2011)
Ginger, the snow bunny! (April 2011)

Dear Care, "Ginger" is wonderful. I adopted her in November of 2010 and she is the perfect dog for me. We take walks together daily and have taken a few obedience classes where she has learned so much so fast. She follows me around in the house or yard and enjoys playing with our cat. When it snowed this winter, she enjoyed playing and leaping in the snow. Ginger loves children and other pets and is a pleasure to everyone she meets. Thank you for a wonderful companion.
Two CARE cuties and a barrel of laughs! (April 2011)
Two CARE cuties and a barrel of laughs! (April 2011)

These are our 2 CARE pups. Wasatch (Catahoula Leopard, right) joined our family in Oct 2003 and Kit (Rat Terrier, left) was just adopted in Sept 2010. While they both came from CARE, they each have their own story. Wasatch's whole litter, including his mother, was confiscated from a puppy mill. He was 6 months old when we got him and he had no trouble becoming king of the couch. He has been spoiled rotten...but is getting used to sharing the love with his new little sister, Kit. Kit was a bit older when she joined our family. She spent 2 years chained up before being taken in by CARE foster mom, Melissa. She has a thick scar around her neck where her collar became imbedded and had some understandable trust issues when she first came home. In the last few months, she has blossomed into a confident little girl and is now good with strangers...even men! Thanks so much CARE. We would be lost without our little seat-stealers.

Matt and Carrie
Twice the fun! (April 2011)
Twice the fun! (April 2011)

When we adopted Julius in September 2010, we had no idea it was basically fated for us to end up with his brother, Sargent, as well! We had a hard time choosing between the two of them, and every time we saw Sargent, we would always play with him and love on him, to the point that months later, he still recognized us. We were so happy with Julius, but something was definitely missing. When we left him at Deborah's for two weeks in December to go on our honeymoon, he and Sargent reconnected and were two peas in a pod, once again! When we came back for Julius and saw them together, we knew we would be coming back for Sargent. Just a week later we picked him up, and in two weeks, we made it official!Our two boys are very happy to be together. They're approaching their first birthday and they just keep growing. They get more exercise because they're always playing and roughhousing and chasing each other! Our family feels complete now that we have two very sweet, beautiful dogs, and the neighborhood kids come by asking when they'll come out to play. We've been so blessed by CARE as an organization...from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for our wonderful pups!
Princess Millie has found her kingdom at last! (April 2011)
Princess Millie has found her kingdom at last! (April 2011)

Millie became apart of our family on April 1st and we still can't get enough of her! She is one of the smartest dogs that we have ever seen. It was evident that she was meant to be when we painted her nails, put a tiara on her head and made her wear a Tutu for our 5 year olds Princess themed birthday party last weekend...she LOVED every minute of it! The attention that she got from everyone seemed to make her proud and super happy. Thanks to your animal rescue we have a new family member that brings us so much happiness.
It was just meant to be...Bugsy & me! (April 2011)
It was just meant to be...Bugsy & me! (April 2011)

In August of 2009, I came across this funny little dog on Petfinders. I wasn't really looking for a dog, but something about him sucked me in. Even though I wasn't originally chosen to adopt him, I still felt like we were meant to be together (yes, I realize how corny that sounds). Well, my gut feeling was right and I received a call that the first family didn't work out. Two days later there was a little creature living in my home. We bonded quickly and have never looked back. Bugsy brings so much joy, not only to me, but to everyone he meets. I can't take him anywhere without people running up to meet him. I'm so grateful to CARE for saving him and taking such good care of him...and for bringing him to me. I cannot imagine my life without this amazing pup in it.
Savannah, one lucky pooch! (April 2011)
Savannah, one lucky pooch! (April 2011)

Dear CARE: I adopted "Penelope" (now Savannah) from the Chatham County Animal Shelter in September of 2010 after seeing her on your website. She has been a pure joy! When I first adopted her she slept the whole first weekend she was with me... that wore off quickly, and now she is always ready for a run around the yard! Our daily routine includes; morning Starbucks runs, riding in the car, walks around the neighborhood, playing with my brother's dogs and chasing the horses at the farm! She is a loving companion and I could not have asked for anything more in a dog. She takes every step I take and is extremely loyal. Just today, I sprained my ankle while walking and Savannah sat right next to me, "protecting" me until someone came to pick me up! I cannot thank you and the shelter staff enough, I honestly feel like she was waiting for me. The picture I've included is of Savannah playing in the snow we got at Christmas... she had a ball playing in the snow with my brother's dog, Scout!
Eli is a friend, no matter what! (March 2011)
Eli is a friend, no matter what! (March 2011)

I call this photo, "I'll be good, I won't be too rough with the baby." Eli joined our family in 2008 after having his health restored by a wonderful CARE foster family. He is my best buddy and is always by my side and in tune with my needs. Recently I had the 24 hour stomach bug and Eli was right there with his head resting on my back as I hugged the toilet in misery.
A face the whole family could love! (March 2011)
A face the whole family could love! (March 2011)

If you asked me what makes a house a home three years ago, I probably would have given the stock answer... togetherness, friendships,family,love, but ask me today, and I will say with gusto, A DOG! (or two). My husband and I never grew up with dogs although we enjoyed the four legged companions others owned. It was our children, now ages 17 and 11, that argued for a dog. It was through CARE that we adopted our first fuzzy friend, Miley. A unique blend of breeds, she brought so much completeness and joy to our family that we decided she needed a friend after only having her for a year. That's when CARE stepped up again and found us Ozzy a quarky Peke that blended seamlessly into our home. We can't imagine our lives without our little pals rushing to the door to greet us (even if we just go outside to throw away the trash), or ever ready to snuggle beside us on the sofa or in our beds. They never ask for more than a meal, a few walks, a pat on the head, an!d our undying promise to always love them. Yes, our home, our hearts, our lives are full all becuase two fuzzy bundles of joy opened our hearts even more to the joys of being dog owners.
Clover and Millie, a pair made in heaven! (March 2011)
Clover and Millie, a pair made in heaven! (March 2011)

We adopted our sweet girl Clover from CARE in 2008 so that our other cat Brew would have someone to play with. She quickly stole my heart and settled in with my family. Sadly, we lost Brew this January and Clover was the one in need of a new companion. We had such a great experience adopting Clover that we went back to CARE to adopt Millie (Evangeline). The girls quickly became friends and Millie especially loves playing feather pole with our 11 month old son. Thank you CARE for making my family complete.
Snickers is certainly a sweet treat! (March 2011)
Snickers is certainly a sweet treat! (March 2011)

Snickers (formerly Mini) joined our family in January 2011. This 10 lbs. beagle/pomeranian puppy is a delight. She lives up to her Snickers name - dark chocolate coat with a caramel underside and VERY SWEET! Snickers is my favorite alarm clock. She waits until the sunrises before she wants to start her day....no early mornings for us sleepyheads! Thanks to the loving care from her CARE foster mom (Frances), Snickers has great social skills. She is a friend to all two footed and four footed creatures! Snickers has completed Basic Obedience class and is continuing her training to become a pet therapy dog.
Oliver is a bouncy ball of love! (March 2011)
Oliver is a bouncy ball of love! (March 2011)

Oliver came into my life and home on November 19, 2010. Not one day goes by that I don't thank the pet gods and CARE for bringing us together. His joie de vivre is infectious, spreading laughter and love wherever he goes. He goes everywhere with me and has never not made a friend somewhere along the line. Still a puppy at 14 months, all dogs are playmates, strangers in need of kisses, rabbits chased and cats respected. We are looking forward to the spring to start agility classes and put all that energy and jumping talents to good use. Thank you again CARE for your good works and unconditional love.
Kensi is the Queen of our hearts! (March 2011)
Kensi is the Queen of our hearts! (March 2011)

We adopted Kensi (aka Patsy) on January 2, 2011. She fits in so well with our family it is like she has always been there. Her favorite toy is a squeaky yellow tennis ball. She will play with it for hours. There have been many nights that we had to go on a ball hunt because she is always hiding it under furniture and then begging us to get it out when she can't reach it. She just completed her obedience training and is such a smart girl. She definitely has all of us wrapped around her little paws.

We had such a positive experience with adopting a rescue dog that our family has started volunteering at the local animal rescue here in Lee county. I would recommend anyone looking to add an animal to the family, to look into rescue animals. They have so much love to give. We love Kensi and are so happy that Laura recommended her to us! Thank you C.A.R.E for all that you do for these sweet animals!
Amos has short legs, but a BIG heart! (January 2011)
Amos has short legs, but a BIG heart! (January 2011)

We have had our sweet little boy, Amos, for about six weeks and we could not be happier. Amos is the smallest dog we have ever had, so we need to be careful not to trip over him as he is always under our feet, wondering if he is going to get a treat! He and his big brother Murphy never seem to run out of energy and love to play and chase each other and bite each other's ears. Even though Amos is the youngest and smallest, he carries Murphy's big bones around and acts like he is three times his size. We are so appreciative of the love and training that Laura gave to Amos when she was fostering him and to the wonderful work that all of the CARE volunteers do to help all those in need. Thank you for bringing Amos into our lives!
Josie is lappin up the lovin! (January 2011)
Josie is lappin up the lovin! (January 2011)

It's me, Josie! I just wanted to send you some pictures of me in my new home. Along with my new mom and dad, there are these 3 short people that live here too, and they just adore me and smother me with hugs and kisses and tell me all the time how much they love me and how sweet i am (it's true - I am sweet). I especially like the little blonde girl because she's always giving me treats - though sometimes the lady, my new mom, tells her she's giving me too many treats. What's up with that? The blonde girl also likes it when i sleep with her in her bed at night, but the little brown haired boy gets jealous because he wants me to sleep on his bed sometimes too. So sometimes i just make the rounds at night and visit everyone so that they will all get to snuggle with me. Yay!

I'm pretty happy here. I get lots of love and belly rubs. When i see someone coming over to pet me, i immediately roll onto my back so they just can't resist rubbing my belly. I don't have a fenced in yard yet - mommy says the HOA (whatever that is) is being pokey. Hopefully they will get their act together soon! But I do get to go on walks around the neighborhood several times a day - well, i call them walks, but my mommy calls them "sniffs" because i just have to stop and sniff everything! We play fetch in the house sometimes too so i can get some exercise, especially if it's too cold (or icy) to go for a very long walk. My new family took me to the dog park one day. I pretty much just walked around and sniffed everything. And all these other dogs kept coming up to me sniffing my butt. It smells pretty good, i think. At least that's what they all told me. I'm really relaxed here in my new house. I lay around and take lots of great naps, usually with my head on someone's lap. Lots of nice warm laps here with petting hands. :-) As you can see, I am now the queen of the house. My mommy tells me that i'm spoiling her with how wonderful I am. She wants to know, are all dogs this great and this perfect?? I told her probably not. I'm the best. Tee hee hee.

Well, I miss you and Bill and all my other doggie friends at your house, but I am getting spoiled rotten here, so that's ok too. Thank you for finding me a loving home! And my mommy says to thank you for finding me and bringing me to her!

Happy New Year!

P.S. Don't worry about the stuffed doggy you see in the picture. I am perfectly behaved and I've never messed with any toys or non-toys that are not my own. I don't know how or why, but I am just perfect!!!
Abby has her forever family! (December 2010)
Abby has her forever family! (December 2010)

I adopted Abby three years ago after seeing her sweet face on the CARE website. She was advertised as a dog who never met a stranger. That was truly truth in advertising. She amazes me everyday with her passion for life, her zany and goofy antics and her gratitude for any little thing. To me, what makes her so special is her unbridled efforts to love every living thing she comes across whether its solicited or not.
Abby will be a wonderful therapy dog in a few years when her exuberance moderates a bit. She was created with a big brown heart shaped spot on her back to tell the world how special she is and to show us all how unconditional love really works. Thank you CARE for all that you do to help find these once abandoned animals, like my sweet Abigail, a forever home.
Trevor has his happily ever after! (December 2010)
Trevor has his happily ever after! (December 2010)

We adopted Trevor from the Chatham County Animal Shelter in early November, and he is the sweetest thing. He is great with children, smart and loving. We believe he is a Redbone Hound. We are working very hard to train him and are so glad he came to live with us.
Emma's Happily Ever After (November 2010)
Emma's Happily Ever After (November 2010)

It has been just over a month since I adopted Emma (formerly Demi). She has been the most wonderful addition to my life. She loves to walk, meet people, give lots of kisses, and play with her new dog cousins Bailey and Chase. I want to thank Linda for letting me adopt Emma!

Sarah
A team of two! (October 2010)
A team of two! (October 2010)

It has been two months since Norman and Contessa joined our family. Since that time they have become best fiends, although there not many other options haha. They love to wrestle and scamper all over the house finding new things to investigate and they have definitely honed their jumping skills and can often be found in strange places. We are so happy that we ended up getting two kittens and couldn't imagine one without the other.

Joe and Amanda
Tess is a wonderful addition! (September 2010)
Tess is a wonderful addition! (September 2010)

Just about a year ago we adopted a little black/brindle girl from CARE named Tess. She has grown into the most wonderful, sweet, lovable dog! She loves everyone she meets and anyone who comes into the house gets brought a "present" -- usually some socks or a shoe if she can find one handy. Definitely some retriever or field spaniel in there somewhere! She loves going on walks with her BFF Lucky (a black lab) and on the weekends waking up our kids by jumping on their beds and smothering them with kisses :-)

She has truly been a great addition to our family and we love her dearly!
Drake; the best big brother! (September 2010)
Drake; the best big brother! (September 2010)

I want to thank Chatham County Animal Shelter for giving us the opportunity to adopt Drake(aka. Barkley).We brought Drake home at 13 weeks old to a house with a 12 week old beagle. Now they are inseparable and the best of friends. Drake wandered the streets for the first twelve weeks of his life and I am so thankful he can have a loving home now. He still travels a lot but now to Massachusetts and Florida with us and he absolutely loves the beach and the water. He has the best personality and is the most obedient dog. Thanks again C.A.R.E.
P.S. I am glad to see that his sister, Thelma was finally adopted.
Bear has the forever family of her dreams! (August 2010)
Bear has the forever family of her dreams! (August 2010)

I want to thank Laura Miller for letting us adopt Bear (formerly Ilsa). She has grown into an awesome German Shepherd!!!! She definitely adds excitement to our loves and has filled a giant hole in my heart since the passing of my other shepherd Blue. One of Bear's favorite activities is chasing an popping bubbles. She's silly. Thank you again for everything that all you wonderful people do at CARE.

Amy
Lazy Daisy has found her furever home!! (August 2010)
Lazy Daisy has found her furever home!! (August 2010)

Daisy is a love and pure joy to have in our lives; since coming to live with us she has learned to speak, stay, lay, shake, & fetch/retrieve. Daisy should have been born a Lab because she LOVES the water - there is no hesitation! Daisy loves cats but has a hard time understanding why they don't love her (yet) !! Daisy and her fur brother (Gunny) seem to have known eachother from the start and my kids adore her!! Thank you to everyone at CARE !!! xoxoxo
Tika takes herself for a walk! (August 2010)
Tika takes herself for a walk! (August 2010)

I just wanted to let you know that Tika is doing fine and we continue to enjoy her good company. I attach a photo of her doing one of her favorite little funny tricks. She got such laughter when she first gathered up her leash and walked herself around the nature center we often visit, that she has been doing it ever since with great enthusiasm. Also a photo of us at a nearby lake.

We took her to a puppy agility and confidence class. She was such a star at all the games! This comes naturally to her and she loved the class. Next we need to improve her "good manners" enough to pass the Canine Good Citizenship test. That is harder, for she is pretty excitable, and loses focus, and we are not consistant enough. But we are all learning and having fun together.

Best,
Annie
Otis has his forever family! (July 2010)
Otis has his forever family! (July 2010)

Meet the "Big O!" Otis has had a fabulous first month with his new people! After being with us for only four days.. we all headed out on the typical American family vacation, two kids and a dog, mini van and car top carrier. It gave our new little traveler a great opportunity to get to know his new family. Otis spent time in Vermont, NY and Emerald Isle, NC. He loved the sand and playing on the beach. Our children (and their parents) adore their new dog and he is officially ours! Many thanks to CARE (and Ms. Laura) for helping to bring Otis home.
CiCi, the stealthy cheese snatcher! (July 2010)
CiCi, the stealthy cheese snatcher! (July 2010)

Gotta tell you a funny story.

I thought we saw a mouse run across the kitchen floor morning before last so he put down one of those glue traps baited with cheese. It was in a kind of inaccessible place anyway and I moved the trash can over to further block it from C. I'm sure you know that she moves quickly and quietly so when I heard something in the kitchen when I thought she was with me, I was sure I'd caught the mouse. Well, when I got to the kitchen, there was CiCi with the glue trap barely sticking to her chin whiskers looking guilty as all get out!

It came off easily but that little stinker had moved that trash can to get to HER cheese!

You told me she wouldn't be the same little dog we first met and you were certainly right but she's so much more fun now!

Jan
Parker is the best buddy ever! (July 2010)
Parker is the best buddy ever! (July 2010)

Parker is a better dog than we could have hoped for. He's travelled quite a bit since we adopted him. He's been to Ohio and camping in the mountains. He especially loves digging in the sand when we're at the beach. Thanks again for all that you do, C.A.R.E.
Cody Bear is a friend to all! (July 2010)
Cody Bear is a friend to all! (July 2010)

We can't thank CARE enough for allowing us to adopt Cody Bear! The posting on the CARE website described him as equal parts sweet and smart. Nothing could be more true. He is so kind to our kitties that he will even allow them to eat out of his bowl. He absolutely loves his grandma and grandpa and best friend (rescue dog Ginger) with whom he spends his days. He is an excellent traveller and has attended several horse shows, where he charmed everyone with his good manners and by offering a paw to new people that he meets. He gets very excited when he sees the "Canine Camper" being loaded into the car, because he knows he is off on another adventure. Many thanks to Deborah for giving him such a great start and for allowing us to have this wonderful dog in our lives.
Abbie is a Diva! (July 2010)
Abbie is a Diva! (July 2010)

Not a person in the world loves a dog as much as we love this little girl. She is exactly where she needs to be.
Sammi is super! (July 2010)
Sammi is super! (July 2010)

It has been a while since my last update. Sammi entered our lives just last October. She was a second dog for us. A very wise decision. Owning a second dog not only fufills our lives even further but gives her sister Emmi, a good friend and best buddy. Sammi is a funloving wimsical dog who is eager to please. She and Emmi are well traveled and have been to the beach and mountains many times. Sammi is so alert that she warns us of nearing wildlife. Both girls love to go out on our boat and swim in the lake. They love to take long walks which encourages my own personal exercise regiment. We can go up to 4 miles daily with my girls at my side. Sammi loves to wear clothing although not a girly girl, it's just about that these things belong to her! (Mine, mine, all mine)

I would strongly encourage others to adopt a rescue, save a life and do so with CARE. They are the best organization that I have encountered. Sammi came to me completely trained by her foster Mom. Now, she is completely spoiled by me! I love my girls!


Sandy
Super-fabulous Sadie! (July 2010)
Super-fabulous Sadie! (July 2010)

I adopted Sadie in early July, and now can't imagine my home without her! She's settling in wonderfully, and is enjoying lots of belly rubs and a well-stocked toy basket. Often she'll bring out several different toys and arrange them around her on the living room rug - just in case she changes her mind about her choice mid-chew. She's started to make friends with other dogs in the neighborhood and recently visited Jordan Lake with one of her doggy pals, where we discovered that she loves meandering around in the shallows. Everyone she meets comments on what a sweet (if a little shy, at first) temperament she has, and on her uniquely expressive - and adorably asymmetrical - ears. She is truly a joy, so affectionate and devoted, and I'm so grateful to Laura and to CARE for making this adoption possible and for all the great work they do.

Abigail
Ruby and Sasha, BFF's for life! (July 2010)
Ruby and Sasha, BFF's for life! (July 2010)

We are sending this belated THANK YOU to C.A.R.E. for our April 2009 adoption of two 3-month-old sister puppies, Ruby (formerly Rosalee) and Sasha (formerly Alice). We can't imagine life without these two bundles of joy anymore. My husband, who has had dogs his whole life says that Ruby is "the dog love of his life." Our daughter has that same special bond with Sasha, and it is priceless to watch.

Though it wasn't easy to train two dogs at the same time, we appreciate and respect C.A.R.E. for letting us adopt both dogs at the same time. Not only do both dogs know all of their basic commands, they also can also jump, stand, and get the newspaper for us in the morning (the best one of all when you're sleepy)! One of the best parts of having sisters Ruby and Sasha is their interaction together. The LOVE each other and are best buddies. There is never any fighting for alpha dog as we are alpha, so they are free to play, which they do endlessly. They have a bond being sisters that is so fun to watch and we feel privileged being able to see it day to day. We've enclosed a photo that captures just how close Ruby and Sasha are (we didn't pose it, this is just how they are; and, check out the tail wag). Though they've grown a bit since the photo, they are still best buddies and will be forever thanks to C.A.R.E.

Kathleen, Steve, and Tesia
Two kittens are tons of fun, two are better than one! (July 2010)
Two kittens are tons of fun, two are better than one! (July 2010)

After Maxwelhouse my Maine Coon male cat of 14 years passed due to kidney disease I was so lonesome I could hardly stand it. Never in my lfe had I gone that long without kitties in my home and now my best friend and conversationalist was gone.It was just way too quiet and empty. That lasted for 2 months hefore I met Fluffer and Skeeter (not their original names)who were CARE kittens waiting patiently for their forever home. Fluffer came right up to me and with his very special cute face similar to Maxwelhouse's meowed at me. He looked like he was asking me to pick him up. So, I did just that and gave him lots of kisses and hugs. He picked me out and I think we both knew right away that he would be my special kitty friend. Fluffer is a brown patched mackeral tabby Maine Coon mix and I know he understands every word I say to him.

That same day I had met Skeeter at Pet Smart during one of CARE's adoption events. He was about 4 weeks younger than Fluffer and tiny with geay and white soft fur that looked to be medium length. He had a skinny little tail which became fluffed out several months later. In fact, ALL of his fur fluffed out and now he is double coated with fur. Both of these boys hit it off immediately at their first meeting. They are bonded together as if they were true brothers. They sleep together, play together and eat together. Yet, each is his own little man with his own special qualities and sweetnesses. These are fabulous loving and funny kitties that make every day worth getting up just to kiss and hug. Maxwelhouse would have loved them too.
Sophie, this shy gal is coming around! (July 2010)
Sophie, this shy gal is coming around! (July 2010)

Attached are a few of my favorite photos of Sophie. She continues to enjoy her new home and continues to show progress. She has begun to come up to me on an occasion and let me reach down and pet her. We have added Bueller to our pack and I think that has helped. He is a very outgoing and loving Chihuahua mix. He loves affection and I think Sophie is now seeing that it is indeed a good thing.

The pictures show her doing what she loves best....gigging for frogs in our small pond. She occasionally takes a dip by accident but climbs out and is back at it without missing a beat. She has also discovered turtles and thinks they are a delicacy.

Sophie completed her Basic Obedience Class. She did real well. She came to want to have her leash put on at the gate so she could go out and explore beyond the fence. She also tolerates riding in the car now. She knows the basic commands but generally only cooperates when on a leash or waiting for treats. By the end of class she had stopped having her tail tucked between her legs but had it relaxed by her back legs. Hopefully with the next class she will raise her tail and enjoy it even more.

Michael and I took the 3 small dogs to Yorktown on Sunday afternoon. They all 3 walked well on their leashes and Sophie stayed close to my side but she willingly let my husband Michael pet her when we stopped to rest in the shade on the grass.
Gertie is living the good life! (July 2010)
Gertie is living the good life! (July 2010)

I thought you might like an update on how Gertie is doing. She is spending the summer with me on Lake Michigan and loves the beach and even is learning to swim! (with a doggy life jacket, of course.) She is so happy and is a joy have as a companion. She runs with me every morning. Jim and I swear she can laugh. I have sent along a picture taken last weekend. Hope all is well with you.

Becky
Aidan has found his playful palace! (July 2010)
Aidan has found his playful palace! (July 2010)

Aidan (formerly Mickey) is such a sweet and cuddly little thing! We are so honored to have him be a part of our family and love that he loves to follow us around the house wherever we go! Even though he is as gentle as he can be, he can definitely play with his toys like no other! See a picture attached of Aidan after he has had a long play session and found a cluster of pillows to fall asleep in!
Sweet Dreams Eli! (July 2010)
Sweet Dreams Eli! (July 2010)

Boy! Have I got it made!! I came to my "forever home" after being found all skinny and starved. Now I run the house. I'm "top dog" (or at least I think I am). Look at me...........I'm fat and lazy sleeping on the couch at the beach house.
Ozzy & Miley, a CARE pair!  :) (July 2010)
Ozzy & Miley, a CARE pair! :) (July 2010)

All is well here! OzMan and Miley are HOT HOT HOT but are getting along fine in the heat. We shaved OzMan about a month ago and will do it again soon. He is so much cooler that way. He loves to go in the back yard and jump in his little pool. Miley avoids it at all costs... silly girl. She should learn a lesson from OzMan on staying cool. OzMan remains calm and has gotten very very good about being around people. We had a Fourth of July party and he let my friend hold him most of the evening. He was very happy. He is usually not content when anyone outside the family tries to hold him, but he did well. He's more easy going every day that he's here. We are the luckiest family on earth to have such wonderful doggies :)
Dog missing 7 months reunites with family (July 2010)
Dog missing 7 months reunites with family (July 2010)

Some say it's a miracle. Others label it a great stroke of good fortune. Whatever else the curious case of Katie may be, Chatham Animal Rescue and Education (CARE) in Chatham County said the little dog's return to its owners after a long absence is unprecedented in the agency's 20-year history.

Katie, a Chihuahua/Feist mix, was reunited with her family after disappearing almost seven months ago. The fianc of the family's son was looking to adopt a dog and was conducting a search on Petfinder.com when she ran across a picture of Katie posted by CARE under the name of Sasha. She had her fiance take a look at the picture and called his mom to share his suspicions that this could be long-lost Katie. Mom, Pam Ard, immediately contacted CARE.

Katie disappeared from the Ard family home on Christmas night 2009. The family searched for Katie around the many acres of farm and forest around their home to no avail. Due to Katie's age they thought maybe she had wandered off to die. But the family was haunted by thoughts of what could have happened to Katie.

Meanwhile, in early January, CARE volunteer Melissa Taylor, a foster caregiver, was called by Chatham County Animal Shelter's personnel. It was the last day the shelter could hold an older Chihuahua mix that had been turned into them as a stray. They knew Taylor had a soft spot for fostering older dogs. Taylor picked up Katie from the shelter and has fostered her in her home ever since.

Katie was examined by a veterinarian and estimated to be about 9 years old. Additionally, she had an irregular heartbeat. Potential adopters were interested in Katie, but ultimately the people didn't want to take on the commitment of adopting a dog with health issues. Taylor and her family were prepared to keep Katie in the event she was never adopted.

After getting home from work and receiving Pam Ard's message, Taylor arranged to meet with the Ard family first thing the next morning. It was the moment of truth. Was Sasha indeed Katie?

Katie didn't offer a lot of emotion at the reunion, so there were a few minutes of comparing pictures the Ards brought, and scars and bumps on Katie. The family also had Katie's littermate, Missy, with them. It didn't take long to determine that Sasha was indeed Katie. And the biggest shocker, Katie is 20 years old. The reunion was emotional to say the least - everyone was in tears. Pam Ard called her son to let him know Katie was found.

The family is thrilled to have Katie back and is extremely appreciative for all CARE - and especially Taylor - did for her. "Melissa was truly Katie's guardian angel," Pam Ard said. "I have no doubt that divine intervention brought Katie back home to us. Katie isn't our pet; she and Missy are our family. A lot of love and joy has been received from those two little four-legged blessings during their twenty years!"

Once they were back home, Katie immediately visited each of her favorite places to lie down and then she and Missy snuggled up in the dog bed together and sniffed and licked each other. They were a little slow to recognize each other when first reunited, but it was all coming back now.

CARE had Katie micro-chipped, as is routine with fosters. The Ard family plans to have all of their pets micro-chipped and will no longer allow the dogs to go outside unattended.

Karen Sirls of Chatham Animal Rescue Education contributed to this story.

By Valerie Broadway
Topper is tons of fun! (July 2010)
Topper is tons of fun! (July 2010)

I thought I'd send you a quick email to let you know how Topper isadjusting. He is doing really great, and just a bundle of energy! He issuch a sweet little guy, and is constantly happy. He absolutely lovesDottie and Odie. There has been a little adjusting with them having to getused to him being here and staying, but they all are adjusting quite well.Yesterday morning it took them a little bit to warm up to each other.Topper was ready to play immediately, but Dottie and Odie weren't quitesure, but it didn't take long for them to go right back to play mode. Theypretty much play non-stop, except for the occasional rest break. Thismorning, they were all excited to get out of bed and started playing withoutany hesitation. We've taken him on a few walks and trying to build up his energy/stamina,and he does great. He is right up front with Dottie and Odie and ready toexplore the new area and take it all in. As you can see from the pictures,he quickly found the toy basket with all the dog toys and loves to toss themaround, squeak them and play tug of war with Odie. He definitely holds hisown as he has won the tug of war match a few times! We absolutely love him and so glad to have he's home with us and a part ofour family. We have an appointment with our vet this Friday for him just to get them tomeet him and update their records with his info, and get him on a schedulefor all his puppy needs. We've been able to bandage his front paw, and he'sbeen doing great with keeping it on so we hope it'll heal soon. Thank you so much for all you did for him and we know you took such goodcare of him. We'll send you more updates later, but wanted to let you knowthat he is doing wonderfully and adjusting very well. ~Amy

The volunteers at CARE and the foster parent of Topper (formerly Blocker), would like to send a special thanks to Dr. Tysor, of Tysor Vet, in Siler City, who amputated Topper's leg. Dr. Tysor did a wonderful job, we can't thank her enough!
Cooper is a camper! (July 2010)
Cooper is a camper! (July 2010)

Our family is so grateful to CARE for connecting us with our sweet puppy, Cooper. He is a wonderful companion and enjoys being a part of everything we do. The attached picture is from our spring camping trip, and of course, Cooper came along with us. He was happy to go on hikes with us, relax with us by the campfire, and sleep in the tent with us! He is a fast learner, eager to please, and always happy to see us. It is a wonderful thing to be greeted so enthusiastically by him when you return home. Everyone loves him and we can't picture life without him now!
Fun, fabulous Phoebe! (July 2010)
Fun, fabulous Phoebe! (July 2010)

Phoebe has completed our family in so many ways. She is a loyal companion to our entire family, but especially our seven-year old dog, Owen. They enjoy playing together in the backyard, at our local dog park, and on trips to our family farm. Phoebe is 100% good-hearted and wants nothing more than to love and be loved. She is truly a blessing to us, and we can't imagine life without her!
Callie is quite the catch! (July 2010)
Callie is quite the catch! (July 2010)

My family adopted Callie in February of 2010 and we were immediately inseparable. My best friend, Sandy, had passed away at the end of 2009 and I spent most of my time miserably bored. My puppyhood was filled with bad experiences and it left me terrified to everyone except my family. I needed another dog around for camaraderie and safety, and Callie came to us with some nervous tendencies. Together, we can now brave the world. I sit with her during scary thunderstorms and she's taught me that people are an excellent source of liver treats. When we're not conquering our fears, we love to chase our house cats, hunt for pens and dirty socks, and chew on each other's ears. We have fun on even the most mundane of days and I know Callie is very happy in her new home. I'm so grateful to have made such a loving and energetic forever friend, and I know we'll grow even closer as we grow into adulthood side by side. Coltrane Butters (I am on the right and Ms. Callie is on the left. Aren't we pretty!!)
Stephon (AKA MJ) is adored by all! (July 2010)
Stephon (AKA MJ) is adored by all! (July 2010)

We just got back from a long vacation at the beach and I have included some pics of MJ (now Stephon). We adore him and feel so lucky he is a part of our family. Hope you are well!

-The Brown Family
Roo (AKA April) is the right fit! (July 2010)
Roo (AKA April) is the right fit! (July 2010)

Our sweet Roo (formerly April) settled into her new home with us immediately. She loves playtime, and lots of it, and gets along well with our other cat (a girl we had adopted at another shelter and who is about six months older than Roo). Roo is very socialable and always wants to be with us. She greets us at the door, and sleeps with us at night. She enjoys bird-watching, getting brushed, and our company in the kitchen when she is having a bite. Roo, like our other girl, Cricket, brings us much pleasure. And we in turn enjoy making sure that our sweet girls are as happy as can be. Thank you Chatham County CARE and Karen (Roo's foster mom) for bringing the Roo into our lives!
Cassie is oh so happy! (July 2010)
Cassie is oh so happy! (July 2010)

We adopted Cassie, or as we like to call her "Little Casanova", about 2 years ago. Cassie came from a litter of 2 other kittens and I had the pleasure of meeting Cassie and her siblings before they were available for adoption. I fell in love with all 3 of them instantly. Quite the little characters I must say. But we already had a cat and a dog in addition to fostering Golden Retrievers, so we were not even sure we could take on another fulltime pet. But once my husband met the 3 little critters, he too fell in love. Cassie was ours!!! Cassie has brought a great balance to our home especially when it comes to our other foster animals. The foster dogs come to us very scared and often abused, and the first thing they meet is Cassie. This past December we fostered a blind dog (James) who was not born blind, a recent infection had taken his sight only allowing him to see a small amount of light and shadows. Needless to say, he was very curious about the cats. At the time, we were not sure James would be able to adjust to a home with cats. Their sudden bursts of energy and chasing each other around the house greatly confused him. But slowly over time, James would follow Cassie to find his way around the house. And to my excitement, he would find Cassie sleeping on the couch and snuggle up with her. They would stay there for hours. It was amazing! I truly believe Cassie does more to help the dogs adjust to their new environment than my husband or I could ever do for them. She is a gem in our eyes. Our latest adventure is fostering two kittens for C.A.R.E. We knew how affectionate Cassie is with our foster dogs, but cats? Hmmm, this could be tricky. The first few days were as we expected, a lot of hissing. But the past two weeks she has been amazing with them. She cleans them, plays with them, sleeps with them and watches over them to make sure they stay out of trouble. I guess her motherly instincts kicked in. We are so blessed to have such a rock star of a kitty in Cassie and can't thank C.A.R.E. enough for bringing her into our lives!
Henry is a happy boy! (July 2010)
Henry is a happy boy! (July 2010)

Henry is doing great! We have been running and hiking with him to get him exercise and trying to teach him some new tricks (he's halfway to rolling over, and we're trying to get him interested in playing fetch but maybe his surroundings are still too new). He has been eating and drinking and sleeping well, and our cat seems to be warming up to him..she's only testy with him if she doesn't expect to see him when she turns around. He hasn't shown interest in rawhides, but he also hasn't been chewing anything he isn't supposed to chew. Mostly he seems to just be interested in what we are doing and once we sit down, he'll put his head in our laps and his whole body wiggles when we pet him and give him love.
He has some anxiety when it comes to the elevator, but he is getting better. We've spent some time just riding up and down so he gets used to staying calm when the doors open instead of trying to get out at every floor!
I've also brushed his teeth a few times, which he's not a huge fan of, but he tolerates it. We're looking into obedience classes in the area so we can learn how to keep training him.
We are very happy with him and he seems to be happy with us, as far as we can tell. I've attached a few pictures of Henry in his new home. Henry and Ani do sniff noses sometimes, but I couldn't catch it on camera (though I've tried because it's so cute)-- I included the picture of my mom reading in the chair so at least you can see our cat and Henry coexisting peacefully.
I think our trial period isn't quite up yet (2 days left?), but we already consider Henry to be a permanent addition to our family. Please do call if you're in Durham- we'd love for you to see how Henry is doing!

-Jayna (& Louis)
Hera is in Heaven! (June 2010)
Hera is in Heaven! (June 2010)

I just wanted to say thank you to Melissa for chosing us for Hera's forever home. She is doing so well and has really bonded with our other dog, Ruff. Hera is a wonderful dog. She has done very well with potty training and loves to go for her walks every day. When she is not playing with Ruff, she loves to snuggle with one of us (especially our 7 year old son).

Thank you so much for completing our family. She is loved very much.

The LeBrun Family
Cooper got his Summer cut! (June 2010)
Cooper got his Summer cut! (June 2010)

I just took some new pictures of Cooper (previously Emmett) I wanted to share with you. I took him to the groomers the other day and got him a short haircut for the summer. I think for Cooper it must be liberating to not have all that hair. It is even better for him to have shorter hair during the summer because it will keep him cooler. It is a bonus for me because I can care for his hair much better with it short than long. I know he loves it because he plays more like a puppy now. I love it because he feels so nice, soft and cuddly. He also looks quite handsome in his new hairdo. He seems like a totally new dog. I really like it. I think I will keep his hair short. He is such a joy to have. We are at a good place now. Thanks again for saving his life. He gives so much happiness to everyone he meets. Everyone loves him. For me he is a definite keeper. I love him so much. The joy he gives me is immeasurable. We love to play fetch. He has this one squeaky bone that my mother gave him that is his favorite toy. We could play fetch with that for hours. He has a good assortment of toys to play with. They keep us quite busy. After he plays hard he finds a comfy spot curls up and goes to sleep. If I am up late I will find him already sleeping in his crate. I've made his crate very comfortable for him so he enjoys sleeping there. The one surprising thing I have found out about him is the fact that he likes to sleep late in the morning. If I didn't wake him up at 9 am he would sleep later. When I open the crate door I have to sit and wait for him to get ready to come out. He has to do his grooming and stretching. Then he perks up and comes out and is ready to go out. It still surprises me every day.

Thank you for all your hard work. Always know that what you do matters and is appreciated by me and I know countless others who have been on the receiving end of your good work. Take good care.

Lauren
Vegas, a star on the stage of life! (June 2010)
Vegas, a star on the stage of life! (June 2010)

Vegas is a Winner!

Vegas is the happiest pup you have ever seen! We are so grateful to have her in our lives...she came into our hearts when we lost our sweet Cowboy in April. Every day is a new adventure with little Vegas..she's one of a kind!

The Kulick Family
Lola is a lovely pup! (June 2010)
Lola is a lovely pup! (June 2010)

When my husband and I first met Lola, a 4 month old black lab mix, back in February 2010, we knew she would be the perfect addition to our family. Lola quickly adjusted to her new home and is now a very playful and lovable 9 month old puppy. Lola just loves people and other dogs, and thrives on being the center of attention. She likes to snuggle next to her mommy and daddy after playing with her toys, and won't miss an opportunity to take a car ride. We have found that Lola loves water and playing in her baby pool has become her favorite activity on a hot day. This summer, Lola will be going to the beach with us for the first time, and we know that she will just love taking walks on the beach and playing in the surf. Lola has brought us so much joy, and we are very blessed to have her.
-Kristin and Cassidy
Mae Belle found her forever family! (June 2010)
Mae Belle found her forever family! (June 2010)

We adopted Mae Belle in May from the Chatham County Animal Shelter. She was scheduled to be put down, but thanks to friends on Facebook and Twitter, we saved her. She is happy in her new home with her best friend, Lucky, a black pug. Thank you for help saving her life by posting her on your website!
Roscoe Rides! (June 2010)
Roscoe Rides! (June 2010)

We brought Roscoe home to live with us in January- he is a 9 year old rescue dog that had a previous owner who took very good care of him. I could not have asked for a better dog. From the time he walked in my door he was my family and was right at home. I know most people want to adopt a puppy because they are so cute and tiny, and all of that jazzy stuff- I just have a special place in my heart for all dogs and decided that I wanted Roscoe, from the minute that I saw him on the website... Big Thanks to CARE!!!!!

Now Roscoe has a permanent home where he will always be loved and cherished...

Samantha and Eddie
Harper is lovin the summer! (June 2010)
Harper is lovin the summer! (June 2010)

We adopted Harper in March/April 2009 and have loved every minute of life with her!!

The summer photo attached is of her and her daddy, Al Inman at Holden Beach looking over the dock. Of course I'm a proud mom!
Tucker is Terrific! (June 2010)
Tucker is Terrific! (June 2010)

We don't even know where to begin. We first met Tucker on May 12 (2010), and he was such a friendly and confident little boy-- trotting out from the barn ready to meet us. That first meeting was pretty much love at first sight for us.

We've had Tucker with us for almost two weeks now, and he has been a perfect charm. He is such a sweet and happy little puppy at about 7 months and 42 lbs now-- and ever so smart. He's already learned lots of commands in a relatively short period of time. We have him at the beach with us now, and he loves playing in the water, romping with other dogs, and never tires of running along the surf. Someone who recently met him said to us, "Wow-- he's great-- looks like you've hit the jackpot!" We sure feel that way. We're just crazy about him. He's so loving and a wonderful addition to our family. He gets along well with our 16-year old cat, Midnight, too. (Well, sort of. :)

Thanks to CARE, and also to Frances-- who took such good care of Tucker and introduced us to him. He is a joy! ~Diana and Peter
Max (formerly Buzz) is a social butterfly! (May 2010)
Max (formerly Buzz) is a social butterfly! (May 2010)

Max is doing wonderful! He is doing well with commands and is FULL of personality! He is so friendly with other dogs and people. He has several friends in the neighborhood and he recently participated in the SPCA of Wake County dog walk! I have attached a few pictures for you.

Thanks again for rescuing my boy! He is a love!

-Lisa
Cooper is super! (May 2010)
Cooper is super! (May 2010)

Cooper is doing awesome. He is a fast learner and knows quite a few tricks and commands. He loves chasing squirrels and going for walks. He sleeps in bed with either Tyler or Christina and is so happy to curl up next to them.

See you soon!

Laura
Jesse LOVES golf carts and his forever family! (May 2010)
Jesse LOVES golf carts and his forever family! (May 2010)

I have been meaning to send you and update on Jesse. He is such a wonderful little guy. Now 25 lbs. He enjoys his daily walks and playing in the back yard. But the most fun so far has been our beach trips. He LOVES the beach, splashing in the surf and running in circles through the sand. Where we camp has golf cart rentals and I beleive he would ride until the battery died. A few weeks ago when we went. The people staying beside us had their personal golf cart sitting near where we were setting up camp. He went right over and jumped up on the seat, ready to go. This last trip we made we actually purchased our own cart to use when we are there. We have taken pictures so I will try and forward some of those to you soon. We are certainly blessed by having him in our lives.

Take Care,

Joyce
Posie is a bundle of joy! (May 2010)
Posie is a bundle of joy! (May 2010)

Posie has brought a lot of joy to our home and family. At first, she was a little nervous around us, but she never acted out, or tried to run away. Now she seems very comfortable with us, and greets us with jumps, hugs, and kisses when we come home. Posie likes to walk with us, go on car trips, and hangout on the couch. She likes the dog park, and she loves hiking with us at Umstead Park. She's brought so much joy to our lives, we can't imagine not having her here.

Thomas and Kelly
Zoe, chain free and happy! (May 2010)
Zoe, chain free and happy! (May 2010)

Zo had been chained outdoors for most of her short life and had a bad case of heartworms when CARE adopted her. After curing her and settling her in a wonderful half-way house, I was lucky enough to contact CARE at the right time, and the match was made. She is by far the smartest and sweetest dog I've ever had and, although she remains shy with newcomers, we have bonded like crazy and are totally devoted to each other. A Happy Ending indeed!

Michael
Mugsy found her mountain man and her forever family! (April 2010)
Mugsy found her mountain man and her forever family! (April 2010)

An underbite like a steam shovel.Four little snaggly teeth, like broken bits of glass, and one dull fang sticking up. The other fang only appears when she is in food mode. Her back is curved and knobby, her front feet too big and her back legs bowed like parentheses. One eye almost closed from forehead wrinkles. One ear twisted like califlower. A malodious odor wafting from both ends. Tongue hanging out when she sleeps. Thats the outside.

On the inside she is gentle and loving, loyal to the point she cries real tears whenever one of her people leaves without her. She wants to sit in your lap (at 45 lbs), and be petted like a baby. She is well mannered with everyone. She only barks when she is chasing rabbits in her sleep, and she wants to ride in every car that leaves the driveway.When she plays she is a big clumsy clown but, not knowing how big she is. she is liable to knock you down in her enthusiam.She follows me around like a hairy shadow. A constant and true friend.

Taken from a bad situation by the good people of Chatham Animal Rescue and Education, in Chatham County, North Carolina. She was treated for eye and ear infections and a bad heartworm infestation, then placed in foster home pending adoption. They then posted her picture, which only a warthog or old mountain men could love, on the internet.That is how we found her. We spent six hours driving, five hundred dollars for fees, supplies,and vet bills, and a couple of weeks convincing her she was part of our family. All of this has been repaid by her companionship and love. A currency worth more than mere money.

Adopt a friend, not a pet, from your local rescue agency. They have a lot to offer and need your help. Lots of thanks to C.A.R.E. and foster mom Melissa for intrusting us with Mugly aka Fiesty. She is up to date on all her shots, heartworm free and has gained back the weight she had lost plus some. She has made herself a big part of our lives. She is so spoiled and happy. Thanks again for the wonderful job you all do.

The Hopkins Family
Hannah's Happy Ending (April 2010)
Hannah's Happy Ending (April 2010)

I wanted to send you pictures of her but have had a hard time doing that. She hates to have her picture taken!! In fact, it is getting worse the older she gets.

Hannah is growing by leaps and bounds - she now weighs 42 pounds!!! And just a bundle of love! She sleeps with us and loves the bed. She is completely potty trained. We crate her when we leave for a couple of hours but are working at getting her to have full rein of the house. She completed puppy class at PetSmart and now is in the intermediate class. She loves being around other dogs as well as people!!!

Enjoy the pictures and thanks again for our bundle of joy!!

Bill & Sharon
Isabelle has a forever family! (April 2010)
Isabelle has a forever family! (April 2010)

Isabelle (a puppy we adopted from you almost a year ago) just wanted to say hi and I thought I'd send some pictures as well. she turned 1 year old last month and also got to play in the snow for the first time. She goes to day camp once a week to get some energy out and play with other dogs. She is still puppy wild from time to time but she is awfully sweet and very cuddly at the same time. She and Charlie (our older dog, he is 4) have become the best of friends.

Take care,

Erin
Joe's lovely locks in his heavenly home! (March 2010)
Joe's lovely locks in his heavenly home! (March 2010)

I never sent in a picture of "Joe" who I adopted in 2007 from CARE, so I thought I would send in now. As you can see from the picture that Joe recovered 150% from being found on the side of the road, COMPLETELY bald with a really bad case of mange--this guy now needs to be groomed monthly with all his curly hair! Joe is a LOVE. I actually call him velrco-Joe because he is always by my side--always. He loves to be my running partner but also loves to just sleep and hang on the deck chair. I dare say he is the perfect dog. His favorite thing is his lamb's ears which he loves to bury around the house under blankets and towels. I do sometimes still see remnants of his past life when I make too quick of a movement and he cowers but he quickly realizes he is safe and loved and then becomes 'confident Joe' again--my heart still breaks a little for how he must have been treated. Joe is always the talk of all my friends and family because he is so gentle and sweet. His 100 mile an hour tail is legendary--it wags a lot so I think that is a good sign. ;)

Christa
Lacy found her forever home! (March 2010)
Lacy found her forever home! (March 2010)

Our family adopted Lacy (formerly Lily) 8 months after the loss of our 14 year old dog, Scout. We were heartbroken and felt like we needed time to heal before bringing in another family member. We saw Lacy on the Petfinder website and met with her and a CARE volunteer with the rest of her litter one morning and feel in love with all of them, but chose Lacy for her sweet and gentle demeanor. Her biggest challenge was her stranger anxiety and reticence to approach new situations. Over the past 7 months we have watched her slowly increase her circle of friends and now is comfortable with a much larger circle of people. She goes for daily runs with me and joins in with a running group of 10 people on Saturdays. She plays daily with her 2 best buddies down the street, Lewis and Abby. She still approaches strangers with caution, but has developed much confidence and is very eager to please. We are so delighted to have her in our family!
Mary Beth
Buzz's first Lightyear in his forever home! (March 2010)
Buzz's first Lightyear in his forever home! (March 2010)

Just a quick Buzz update.

He is getting used to his routine and still doing very well. He had his first class on Saturday morning and loved it (especially meeting new puppies). We even did a little agility training and he did all the obstacles (he will do anything for string cheese). Everyone was amazed at how well he did in his first class and how calm he was. Since it was warm last weekend we also took him to Jordan lake. There were two other dogs playing in the water - and he joined in - attached is a picture.

Also, our neighbor just got a 6 yr old golden retriever - and they get to play in the morning. He is teething like crazy right now and leaving his baby teeth all over the house!

Regards, Matt
Amos and Callie; Two Kitties Equals Double the Love....and Entertainment! (February 2010)
Amos and Callie; Two Kitties Equals Double the Love....and Entertainment! (February 2010)

I thought you might like to hear about Amos and Callie. They have become great friends. They play with each other, wrestle on the floor, chase each other around the house and then sack out in the guestroom. Amos gets the bed and Callie sleeps on a wicker chair with a soft afghan that's folded there. Amos is bold and brash and the most curious kitty I've ever seen. He is right there when I'm cooking, opening a closet door or dresser drawer. Of course he walks or jumps right in to see what's there. He watches me vacuum and clean out the kitty litter. I bought an extra large kitty litter box with a dome cover and steps going in to keep the litter in the box. You said he was a scratcher, he sure is.

He's knocked down my plants, gotten soil all over the rug, and eaten or pulled off all my spider plant babies. I now have two pots of cat grass, which he likes to eat. And although he still pulls pieces of my jade plant and plays with them, he doesn't do it as often. He also likes my hair ties, flips them up in the air and carries them all over the house. You might think I'm complaining, but I'm not. It's just like having a bad, little boy in the house, who is an absolute darling, and that amuses me.

I have a kitty door to the screen porch that Callie wont' go through unless I prop it open. But Amos goes in and out at will even when the flap is down. They both like to sit on the screened porch watching for birds and squirrels. Amos is up to 10 pounds, and I think he'll fill out a little more by the time he's an official adult cat. I can't believe how long he is when he stretches out on the floor. It looks like two and a half feet. Callie is still only weighs 7 pounds. She is small and dainty, and mellow unless she's after Amos.

They both like to sleep in the bed with me, but usually not at the same time. I think Callie is a little jealous when Amos sleeps next to me, so she pests him until he jumps off the bed. Then she sits at the end of the bed as though she's on guard so he won't jump back in. But if she falls asleep, he sneaks back up and we all can get some sleep.

At night when I'm watching TV, Amos sleeps on the couch next to me, and Callie sleeps in a chair across the room. Apparently that's OK with her because she never chases him away from me then. Sometimes he snuggles right next to me with half of him on my lap. Other times he sits on the arm of the coach and watches TV with me.

I am so entertained by both these two and I wanted to thank you for finding two such sweet kitties. They are perfect for me.

Maggie
Mitzie's makin a great companion! (February 2010)
Mitzie's makin a great companion! (February 2010)

We would like to update you on Roxy, she just turned 5 months old recently and she's about 50lbs now! We also took her for her vet appointments and she's doing great so far. She has lost all of her puppy teeth now and her adult teeth are still growing. She's very active and we walk and play with her everyday. She's doing great with house-training, with the rare occasional accidents when she's too excited. The Puppy Business book has helped a lot, thank you.


Take care and best wishes,
Leechian & Scott
Asher, this pooch is going places! (February 2010)
Asher, this pooch is going places! (February 2010)

These are a couple photos of Asher from the past couple months. He has been a more wonderful dog than I could have ever wanted. He is shy with strangers, but loves all creatures and people once he meets them. When I first brought him home, he got carsick and started out anxious about the car, but now he loves it and knows that car rides usually mean trips to the barn, to the dog park, or to my friend's house to go swimming with her dogs. If you ever hear from the family with his sister and have adult photos of her, I would love to see what she turned out to look like also. Thanks for all your work with rescue dogs.

Laura
Tika's New Adventure! (February 2010)
Tika's New Adventure! (February 2010)

Thank you for taking such good care of Tika. She is simply delightful. She sits beautifully, thanks to the good manners she learned with you, and is a beautiful, happy and energetic puppy. She brings us great joy everyday. Here are two pictures of Tika enjoying her first snowy day.

Annie
Kali (formerly Holly) has her forever family! (January 2010)
Kali (formerly Holly) has her forever family! (January 2010)

Kali is just wonderful!! She is so eager to learn and is so polite. Sheloves sleeping in bed with me at night and in the mornings I have to wakeher up to go outside to potty!! She's had a few little pee pee accidents inthe house, but once I learned that she likes to pee two or three timesbefore coming back in the house, she's been fine. She has a little bit of separation anxiety, but we're working thru that. She plays well with mysister-in-laws Maltese and her husky mix. We've been for a long walk with mycousin's miniature schnauzer, Kali was a little scared of him at first andactually barked for the first time, but after that, that got along great! We've been to Pet Sense in Sanford and went to meet Tammy at the Natural PetStore on 902 and she loved meeting her big dog and cat. I think she missesFrizz and Minnie too, but she seems very well adjusted already.

Thank you for everything you've done for us!!
Duke (formerly Dakota), One Lovin Lab! (January 2010)
Duke (formerly Dakota), One Lovin Lab! (January 2010)

Duke is doing great :) He's 65lbs and beautiful! Potty training was a little rough.. it took him until November to finally catch the drift. He would go about 2 weeks with no accidents and then just randomly squat in front of us. He's past that phase and even lifting his leg when he feels like it! He knows quite a few tricks and we're working on 'roll over' now. Duke is definitely a snuggler with us and will make sure he fits right in between Greg and I when we're sitting on the couch. When Greg is gone training, he sleeps right next to me in bed. When Greg is home, he falls asleep on the floor, waits for us to fall asleep, then carefully jumps up and gets comfortable at our feet. He's very sneaky.

He was (and still is) a chewer! He chewed 12 pairs of shoes (mostly our sandals), blankets, he loves taking paper and shredding/spreading that all over the place. We only give him hard bones or the occasional rawhide because any toy we give him, he eats. We even bought the Extreme Kong, the black ones for the biggest dogs. It took him about 3 weeks but he eventually chewed the top off of that. His favorite is squeak toys and lucky for us, they don't last long before we're throwing them out. He's up to date on all his shots and is in good health.

His fur pattern is very unique. He has a tiny white patch on his chest and the rest of his body is black as night... until the sun shines on him that is. When the sun shines on him, you can see a brown rottweiler fur pattern on his face and paws. His head is also a lot more boxy than a lab. Since there was a puppy that looked like a rottweiler in his litter, we're assuming he has a little of that in him as well. Also, his tail is more poofy on the top and his tongue is spotted bluish black on the top and almost completely blue/black on the bottom.

We took him to Chicago with us for Christmas and he LOVED the snow. We also just purchased a house on an acre of land so pretty soon he'll have a whole backyard to roam.. and dig holes in unfortunately.
He's great with kids and all other dogs. My friend's 2yr old daughter has loved him since the day we got him and he's always been so gentle with everyone.

Thank you so much for trusting in us that we would be great parents :) He is a huge source of entertainment, he keeps me company when Greg is gone and we couldn't imagine our family without him.
- Jacque
Sophie, From a Horrible Hoarding Situation, to Heaven on Earth! (January 2010)
Sophie, From a Horrible Hoarding Situation, to Heaven on Earth! (January 2010)

Sophie continues to make progress. She continues to be a delight and so full of energy. When Michael is not home she comes out and plays, sometimes sleeping in the sun on the living room floor with Binx and Shaka. She loves it when I go outside with her and the others and walk the yard. She will look for things to dig or just explore. She adores Shaka my 135 # Ridgeback and plays rough housing with Binx.

She is starting basic obedience class Thursday night. I took her for registration last week and she was tolerant of the environment. Skiddish around a lot of dogs at once, but actually did as good as I could have hoped. I worked with her in the fall on basic obedience at home, while I took Binx to class. If she gets nothing more than being better socialized, I will be happy. She knows sit, down, give me 5, and sit up. She walks well on a leash once she has it on. I have worked using treats both inside and outside to get the leash on her without stressing her.

She still barks at Michael but comes on the bed at night to receive treats from him and follow basic commands of sit, down, and give me five. She expects treats from him on the bed even if I am there. He will attend obedience class with us and I am hoping to work him into working with her in the class at least a few of times to help with better accepting him. We need to work at home with Michael walking her on the leash but I want to do that outside cause she sees going outside the fence on the leash as a reward and I am hoping she will continue to enjoy with Michael on the end of the leash. It has been soooo cold and it is dark when he comes home so we haven't worked on it yet.

She consistently eats in the kitchen with the other dogs as long as I am around when she is eating. She will take her food fromunder the bed from Michael but I don't want to go back there so we will continue to work towards her eating with him around. She also comes to go outside more readily for me when Michael is home but doesn't often go out for him. I will be taking Binx to Advanced Basic class so she and Michael will have one night a week at home with Shaka and I think that will help.

She continues to be my sweet little girl. She snuggles with me on the sofa with Michael next to us. She sometimes gets up on the sofa unsolicited, even with Michael on the sofa next to me.

She has been with us for nearly a year and I think she has come a long way. I feel another year and she will be happy with Michael also. She does warm up to our pet sitter after a couple of days now, which is good. My sitter is too old to be laying on the floor enticing her from under the bed.

She had her annual physical and shots last week and she now weighs 15.4#s. She is my little fat girl. It's because I use treats to train her but she gets lots of exercise and never turns down a meal.

Sally
Lily found her forever family! (January 2010)
Lily found her forever family! (January 2010)

I wanted to share pictures of Lily. We've also adopted another dog (Hailey) in late November to keep her company. They are best friends and we couldn't be happier.

I hope you can see that Lily has really gotten bigger ("fluffier") and she has really blossomed. We can't thank you enough for allowing Lily to become part of our family. We are so blessed and wanted to share pictures of our special children with you.

The Bowden Family
Max (formerly known as Buzz) is happy to tell his story! (January 2010)
Max (formerly known as Buzz) is happy to tell his story! (January 2010)

Max (formerly known as Buzz) Adopted October 2009:

Hi Everyone!

I am sorry that it has taken me a while to send you this thank you note and let you know how I am doing in my new home. First, I want to say thank you to all of the folks at C.A.R.E. for rescuing me and taking such good care of me until I was adopted! I have settled in quiet nicely into my new home. In fact, I think I may even be the "head of household" now. I think I have hit the jackpot here. I have several beds throughout the house, a basket full of toys, a variety of treats to choose from, and most of all lots of love and kisses on a daily basis. As you may know, I love to give lots of kisses! My favorite things to do are playing hide and go seek and going to the dog park with my Momma. I love the dog park! I just keep running and running until Momma says it is time to go home. I have met my new Veterinarian and she just fell in love with me. She took me around the office to meet all of the staff and said that I was just "too cute". In case you don't remember, I am kinda easy on the eyes and love the ladies!

Crate training did not go so well when I was left alone. Thankfully, everyone realized soon enough that I can be trusted to have the house to myself. All I really want is to hang out on the recliner anyway. I am glad we got that misunderstanding cleared up. I have been told that am I signed up to begin training classes later this month. I guess the bright side to that is that my new friend and neighbor Bentley (Bassett Hound) will be there too. We were both adopted around the same time and love to play together.

My Christmas holiday was great! I got lots of treats and toys as may see from the pictures I have sent. My Momma bought me a jacket at some fancy "doggy boutique" so I had to pose and wear it for pictures! I guess it is a good thing she bought it since it has been so cold outside!

I feel like such a lucky dog and I have all of you to thank for that! If you are ever out in Wake Forest, stop by and see me! I love visitors and would love to show you my new digs!

Happy New Year!

Love,

Max (you may remember me as Buzz)
Bentley and Annabelle get a fabulous forever! (December 2009)
Bentley and Annabelle get a fabulous forever! (December 2009)

I adopted Bentley after seeing him posted as a community dog on the C.A.R.E. site, and Annabelle (a C.A.R.E. dog), was adopted by my mother. They have been a great addition to our families!!!! thanks so much!!!! Bentley is a sweet boy who loves other dogs and life in general! He has definately changed people's preception of the Pit bull 'hype'!!! Annabelle has been a wonderful companion to my mother who's dog passed this year, we are so thankful!
Preston Purrs like a Harley! (December 2009)
Preston Purrs like a Harley! (December 2009)

I adopted Preston last Sunday and I would like to say he has adjusted so well. By the way we have nick named him Harley because he purrs sound like a motorcycle. He is loved by everyone and loves everyone back. Our kitty of 7 years is in awe and fasinated by him and I think they are going to bond well.

What a great choice, thanks so much C.A.R.E. for taking good care of Preston.
Millie's Wonderful New Life (November 2009)
Millie's Wonderful New Life (November 2009)

Hi everyone and thank you so much for our precious pup Mildred (Millie). She was just 11 weeks when we saw her picture with her littermates on Petfinder.com. We knew how much work a puppy would be so we waited and hesitated, but all we could think about was her sweet little face and soft eyes so we finally made the trip to Chatham County Shelter to see if she was still there. And there was Millie...a bloodhound mix with long floppy ears, a little shy and very sweet and gentle. She was about 12 weeks when we got her home and boy what a handful! She has fulfilled all the promises of puppy-dom, lots of accidents, chewing and neediness, but she is growing up now and turning into a beautiful companion and member of the family. Although she still goes 'puppy crazy' when she meets new people, she is very well behaved, sits, stays, does tricks, goes into her crate when asked to, and loves to go hiking. She even made it up a small mountain recently, scaling almost vertical rocks and trying so hard, and this from a pup who is still sometimes very wary of stairs! Every day she grows bigger and wiser and more confident and every day we love her more. Millie is now 5 months and we cannot thank you enough for taking care of her and giving us the opportunity to raise her and call her our baby.

Jennifer
Sammi (AKA Fiona) Found Her Perfect Place for Life! (November 2009)
Sammi (AKA Fiona) Found Her Perfect Place for Life! (November 2009)

The decision to adopt a second dog took us a long time. Now we realize that we should have done this a long time ago. Adopting Sammi (formerly known as Fiona, aka Fifi) was the best thing we have ever done. She's sweet, spunky and quite energetic and has become a wonderful little sister to our 3 year old Pomeranian, Emmi, who was a rescue too. They round each other out, and have loads of fun. Other people have always told us that two dogs are better than one. I never believed them before, but yes, it is true. Although this brings more work and expense, it also brings invaluable time shared, laughter and fun. It has only been three weeks since we became new parents to Sammi, it's hard to realize life before her. She was welled trained by her foster mom, Laura, and came with a clean bill of health. We feel very blessed with our new addition. Thank you to CARE, and Laura for bringing Sammi to us.


Sandy
Harper's Happy Ending (November 2009)
Harper's Happy Ending (November 2009)

I saw Mikey's post on here and I had to respond. He was looking for Mikey's brothers and sister and I adopted Mikey's sister Susie!!! She goes by Harper now and is doing wonderful!!Its so funny to see how different (but still similar) the brother and sister look. She is small, about 15 pounds but full of energy and loves to outrun my neighbor's golden retrievers. She is sweet, never knows a stranger and graduated from beginnger's training about four weeks ago.She's mastered sit, stay, down and even 'Go to bed' where she runs to the bed and lays down. She loves walks DEFINITELY has that beagle nose but the Pomeranian in her is a cuddle buddy and she has to be right next to you all the time.I don't know what I'd do without her and her dad and I want to thank CARE so much for all the great work they do!

I'm so glad to hear another adopter's story from Harper's family and I'd love to hear more and see more pictures of the group!!
Oshi for Short (October 2009)
Oshi for Short (October 2009)

Oceana is doing great! She's squeezed herself into my computer chair with me and is watching me type this. We call her Oshi for short. Everything was fine at the vet's, no problems at all, and they said she was the healthiest kitten they've seen in a long time. She's loving our stairs and is running up and down all the time. She also is very talkative, and trills constantly. She and our other cat Indy are already getting along. Indy hissed just a little bit the first few days and was anxious at first, but now they are both relaxed and play together, share toys and windows, and Oshi seems to know to leave Indy alone when Indy gets tired of playing--then she comes to us to play. They are mostly well behaved, and both have the run of the house already.
It's so hard to get a picture of them together because they are always running around. Oshi's getting more and more comfortable here, claiming her favorite spots to sleep and sit (including piles of laundry, especially socks), and also more loving.

Thanks for checking in!
Megan and John

Jasper (Formerly known as Brewster) (October 2009)
Jasper (Formerly known as Brewster) (October 2009)

I wanted to give you an update on Jasper. He is still one of the best dogs I've ever had. All of the neighbors are crazy about him and he loves life!!!

I still walk him up to the pond at the top of my street for a swim at least 4 times a week. I take him to the dog park in Southern Village often and he's still best buds with our Boston.

I'm still spreading the word about C.A.R.E. and what a great job you all do.

Thank you again for sharing him with us. He truly is a part of this family.

Debbie
Mikey's Happy Ending (October 2009)
Mikey's Happy Ending (October 2009)

I know it's been a long while but I wanted to give you a little update on Mikey. He is doing wonderful and he truly brings me so much happiness and laughter in my life. I don't know what I would do without him. He is so well behaved, and has learned how to sit, shake, and lay down. He has also learned the command 'lay in your bed' haha because he likes to try to jump on the bed to sleep in my bed with me at night, so I had to teach him to lay in his doggy bed f. He is doing so well. I brought him to the vet about a month ago to have his nails trimmed and the vet just looked him over while we were there. She said his coat looks great (it is so soft) and he is 14 pounds, which she said is a perfect weight for his size. He is still on Frontline Plus and also on his Interceptor heart worm pills (once a month). I have him eating Wellness food now because he seems to get bored with his food every now and then. I have switched between Nutro and Wellness. I have heard good things from the vet about the science diet and I may look into that as well eventually, but for now he is doing well. He seems to be a finicky eater. When I'm home he likes to be my little shadow and follow me around room to room, while I'm doing things around the house. So when he is following me, he tends to forget about his food. But I often find that while I sit down to eat dinner, he eats his food. He also eats later on in the night sometimes, which makes me laugh (my little late night eater). He loves to play with any dog we see. He absolutely loves my parents golden retrievers and does well with them. I often say he has little man syndrome because he steals their toys from them and always seems to win tug of war with the goldens every time (he is pretty tough for being so small). I take pics of him all the time because he is so cute and is always making me laugh. I took him on his first road trip this past weekend to rhode island and he did great (never even got car sick). In Rhode Island I was able to let him off his leash most of the time we were there because where we stayed was out in the middle of nowhere really, so there was lots to keep him entertained. He's funny because when he is off his leash, he will explore, but will always check back in with me to see where I am and make sure I am still there (like a little toddler almost). So Mikey is doing very well and everyone who meets him absolutely falls in love with him. I always have people stop me whenever we are out on walks to ask what kind of dog he is. He's so cute because he has these LONG skinny little legs, big floppy ears, LONG LONG tail, beagle smelling nose, and just the BEST personality ever. He is still all tan color with white belly and white little paws.. Soooo cute. I'm attaching pictures of him to the email so you can see how he looks.

Have you heard how any of his brothers and sisters are doing? I always wondered about them and caught myself thinking about whether they were around the same size as mikey. I hope all is well with you and thank you again for giving me the sweetest little dog. I really do love him to pieces !!

Alexandra
Boone & Pheonix Forever (October 2009)
Boone & Pheonix Forever (October 2009)

I just wanted to send you a couple pictures of the boys, Boone and Phoenix, that we adopted earlier this year. They've grown a lot! Almost twice as big as they were when we first met them, and we can't imagine living without them now. While we're gone during the day they enjoy stalking one another, and lounging on my bed... which seems to be the house's hot-spot. They've got a clean bill of health, and two very distinct personalities. Phoenix (or Mr. Pheenie, as we have nicknamed him) tends to be more aggressive; his hobbies include attacking toes under blankets and leaping from high objects onto his brother. Boone likes watching tennis on tv, and napping on my legs while i read in the evenings. We just wanted to show you how much they've grown, we couldn't imagine better family members. I hope you enjoy the pictures!
Charli and family
Jack (formerly known as Silas) Adopted 7-3-2009 (August 2009)
Jack (formerly known as Silas) Adopted 7-3-2009 (August 2009)

We adopted Baby Silas, now 'Jack' on 7/3/09, a 9wk chocolate Lab Mix. Our contact w/ CARE was wonderful... professional, caring, and prompt. We now have a fabulous and hysterical addition to our family! He is chewing on everything, getting in to all sorts of mischief, using our 3yo female lab mix as teether and making us all laugh. He loves sticks, frogs, his big sister 'Sadie', hiding under the bed... and snuggling up when he is tired.

We are so happy to have Jack and we're so very glad that everything worked to bring him into our home. We would definitely adopt from CARE again. Thank you so much for saving him for us! :)

Elizabeth & Bill
Taz (formerly known as Blaze) Adopted 3-2009 (August 2009)
Taz (formerly known as Blaze) Adopted 3-2009 (August 2009)

Being a cat person and having 3 house cats, I never really thought that adding a dog to the mix would work. Our girls really wanted a dog so we thought we would look into it and see...We discovered the CARE organization and soon met up with Laura and Sandy with a couple of dogs needing a home. Love at first sight, Taz aka Blaze joined our family in the middle of March...just at the exact time that I got the flu and was home sick for a week. Needless to say, Taz and I bonded.

We immediately enrolled Taz in dog obedience classes which I highly recommend, especially for those like me that are new to dogs. It was so helpful to learn right from the start the right way. Taz is definitely happiest either at home by my feet, sleeping in my daughter's bed (we did the crate for the first few months; but soon realized he really just wants to be with us) or in the car en route to either the dog park or a hiking trail.

We cannot imagine life without him. He has learned which cat to hang out with and which one to avoid. He protects us from lawn mowers, garbage trucks and delivery trucks. He is still fairly shy and we need to work on outings with him so that he will relax while we hang at outdoor cafes, but he is such a sweet boy. He was around 2 - 3 years old when we adopted him and definitely an easy transition. He was completely house trained, sleeps and hangs out with the family, doesn't chew stuff, doesn't bark, still playful. Totally would recommend an older dog over a puppy.

CARE is a great organization with such caring and dedicated volunteers that are so knowledgeable and a great resource when you have questions. We look forward bringing Taz to Woofapalooza in the fall.

Heather, Steve, Camille, Holly
Joolz, Bingo, Snickers
Fiesty Fufu (August 2009)
Fiesty Fufu (August 2009)

Thank you CARE & foster mommy Melissa, We adopted Feisty aka Fufu August 15 our family is now complete. We couldn't ask for a better girl she is so smart and lovable. Her mommy,daddy, big human brothers Austin(9) and Robbie(5) love her so much and love taking care of her. The cutest thing she does is when she is sleeping she sticks her little toung out and when she wakes up it stays like that for a while, its adorable!

Jen, Will, Austin, Robbie and Fiesty Fufu
Miley and Ozzy...a happy ending for all! (August 2009)
Miley and Ozzy...a happy ending for all! (August 2009)

Our Adoption Story - The Dickson's Holly Springs, NC

Making the decision to adopt a dog was harder than our decision to have our first child over 15 years ago. Babies we were ready to take on, dogs, we didn't know about, as both my husband and I never owned one as children. It was our own 15 year old son and 9 year old daughter that spent a lot of time begging us for a dog; relentlessly coming up with reasons why they needed one, and why we should consider it.

After getting me 'on board', we left the final decision up to my husband. In the spring of 08 at the dinner table my husband announced, 'Okay, we can get a dog, with conditions. It has to be small, it has to be trained when we get it, and it's not allowed to go upstairs, and everyone in the family had to participate in the care, training and feeding.'

As a family, we all agreed to the terms and then set out to find that perfect match for our family. That search proved to be most enlightening and somewhat frustrating as we were going through it. I went on Petfinder and put in the criteria, young, small, female dog. We came across many, but all were adopted quickly as small dogs are sought after. Numerous searches, visits to the SPCA and local area shelters all were heartbreaking for us, as we saw how many animals needed homes, but remained realistic in what we could take care of in our own home. I came across a small Jack Russell mix on the CARE website and submitted a detailed application. What we got in return was an email saying that this dog was not for us and that the organization would be in touch. Needless to say, we were flabbergasted that a loving home would be 'turned away.' It was a few weeks later that we got an email from CARE volunteer, Frances, saying, in essence, that a dog that would work with our family was available and we should come and meet her ASAP. The next day, my children and I rode to Pittsboro from Holly Springs to meet the young two month old pups Frances was caring for. Little 'Elouise', a unique Dachshund/Border Collie/ Pekingese mix was a sweet little black dog that shyly took her time to come over and greet us, while her bigger and 'wide open' sister, Millie came bounding over to check us out. Another, shyer sister, Gretel, stood behind the crate just poking a slightly curious head out to the visitors. My children were overwhelmed. My daughter immediately welled up with tears out of sheer excitement. My son sat down in on the barn stall floor and accepted all the kisses from the wildly excited Millie. Eventually little 'Elouise' made her way over to cautiously check us out and then engaged the children in play and warmed up to them. My children wanted all the pups! Frances explained they were all available, but her selection of Elouise was based on the criteria we listed on our application. We needed a smaller pup (and Elouise was the smallest of the three sisters with an estimated 25lb full growth weight and short little Dauchshund legs) and she was not too hyper, (like her overzealous leader of a sister) and not too shy (like the other sister who seemed pained to have to see visitors).

Within five minutes we knew 'Elouise' would be a perfect fit for our family. It was during this visit that I asked Frances why we were turned down for the Jack Russell and she explained to us that CARE workers carefully review applications and want to make the best fit for the animals and the adoptive families. Because we never owned a dog before, the other puppy would have been a lot of work for first time dog owners, and she felt we would get overwhelmed and frustrated. Little 'Elouise' was the one for our family. And, boy was Frances on the money!

We adopted Elouise on June 30, 2008. My daughter was allowed to pick the name for our new addition and she settled on 'Miley Elouise'. So, little Miley joined our pack and our hearts exploded with a new found love and compassion that we never knew existed within us. My husband immediately bonded with the little bundle and even broke down on his first 'rule' of 'no upstairs' within the first 48 hours when he found the kids had put the puppy on their beds to snuggle with them while they did their homework.

After Miley healed from her neutering surgery, she was ready for puppy school where her collie instincts and intelligence became very evident. The smallest dog in the class , she was not intimidated by the big dogs and was eager to please her new family. She quickly learned all the basic commands, and within days of living with us, we taught her to ring a bell on the back door when she had to go out and potty.

Although a little overwhelmed and shy at first, Miley's personality changed as she became more comfortable in our home. She became much more outgoing and a little celebrity in town as people who knew us could not believe that after so many years we finally got a dog - and such a friendly one at that! Miley's favorite daily activity became walking my daughter to school and greeting the school buses as they pulled into the lot. It was like she had the 'job' everyday of herding the kids off the bus and into the school. She became the unofficial school 'mascot' garnering the admiration of hundreds of school children who greeted her each morning with, 'Hi Miley!'

As the months went by, we could see how much Miley not only enjoyed our company, plus the visitors and friends that came to our home, but also the company of the many dogs that live in our neighborhood. Her favorites were two Shih Tzu's that live on the street. In the spring of 2009, we sat down and discussed the possibility of adding a second dog to our family to keep Miley company and of course, for us to love as well. This time around, I requested of our family that we consider a very small dog (under 20 lbs) and I wanted it to have part Pekingese in it since Miley's mom had Peke in her. Narrowing down your criteria like that in an adoption does limit you, as it is difficult to find small dogs like that. I knew that, and set off to find it anyway.

I first let Frances at CARE know we were looking for a second dog to add to our family and what our specifics were. I searched Petfinder and again, because of the small dog and the breed, whatever was available was adopted almost as soon as the listing went up, or they were located too far away to pursue adoption.

After about three or four times of hearing how we were just a little late getting in applications, and just missed out, we figured it would be quite a while before we found the perfect match. Then, along came a message from CARE. A male Peke was available, but did have special medical needs. Knowing that we wanted a playmate for Miley, we felt that he would not be a good fit. It was about a month later another CARE volunteer, Laura, became our second CARE angel.

Through what we consider great luck, Laura found another Peke that had made his way to the Chatham Animal Shelter. She called me to tell me she had taken him into her care and asked if we would be interested in the two year old little guy who seemed to be a spirited fella greatly in need of some TLC, not to mention a day of beauty as his luxurious coat was nothing more than a tangled matted mess.

Laura fostered the Peke rescued from the 'mean streets of Pittsboro' until he was cleared for adoption. My son got to name the new addition this time and because of his wildly disheveled look and kooky personality we affectionately named him 'Ozzy'. Yes, as in Osborne. He has a tongue that hangs way out of his mouth, and we thought about naming him Genie (after Gene Simmons from Kiss), but we figured Gene would track us down and demand royalties. LOL.

And so, Oz Man, as we call him, came to our home and we set our sights on raising two dogs. It was not an easy first two weeks. Through the great advice and constant communication with his foster mom, Laura, we worked through a lot of his personality issues. We continued to give him love, time, obedience, and patience. Within four weeks of coming to our home, Ozzy was as different dog. He put on weight, his skin and fur became healthy and he even stopped doing his frequent bouts of 'reverse' sneezing. He had begun to calm down and work his way into his new pack.

We've now had Ozzy about five months and can't imagine our home without him. He's Miley's buddy, wrestling partner, friend, and our little 'clown' dog that keeps us laughing with his quirky playfulness. He's picked up new 'tricks' like giving us his paw on command and fetching. He has even learned to trust people outside the immediate family and has claimed our friend's little three year old daughter as 'his own' personal little buddy following her from place to place when she visits and giving her his toys.

I know my husband and I feel we missed out not having a dog sooner, but on the flip side, we also know our timing in the adoption of our dogs was perfect. Our children are old enough to help, and share in the responsibilities, and we have a routine that works for our pets. The calming effect the dogs have brought to our home is amazing. We are so grateful to CARE and the wonderful thoughtfulness and friendship we received from Frances and Laura throughout the process of both adoptions. We refer to them as the 'foster parents' that helped complete our family.

'Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened'
Anatole France

Spock & Sally, BFF's (August 2009)
Spock & Sally, BFF's (August 2009)

We adopted Spock as a companion for our four year old cat who clearly misses her old buddy (whom we lost about two years ago). After two months, Spock and Isis are finally learning how to share ... a little .... but a friendship that we did not expect was formed almost instantly!

Spock and our dog Sally (our first C.A.R.E. adoption) are BFF's. Spock took to Sally on the very first day we brought him home and Sally stresses out when she looses sight of Spock. They sleep together, eat together (sharing the dog food!) and play together.

Whats more is that they are BOTH a Daddy's girl and a Daddy's boy! We have a great little family. Thank you C.A.R.E. for matching us!

Caryn and Mike Anderson
Fortune AKA Precious (July 2009)
Fortune AKA Precious (July 2009)

We thought we had something missing in our family. We knew it! We needed to get an animal... So, We started looking around for a female cat. We went to Chatham Animal Shelter, and now we have the joy of our Life; Fortune a.k.a. Precious... the little orange tabby Mix. We thank everyone that we have her now. She is doing great. I am so fortunate that we found her. When I went to look at her at the Shelter... She was so loving and was one of the few cats that seemed interested in me/what was going on. Now she is getting spoiled rotten and is getting what she deserved from the start; A home w/ people who love her. We appreciate what God has given us. She has a Palace, well... More like a big cat house, that she can prance around in!!! Thank you everyone!
Macy Gray Saves the Day! (adopted 3-2009) (July 2009)
Macy Gray Saves the Day! (adopted 3-2009) (July 2009)

Macy Gray is doing great. We just LOVE her so much! She is so sweet and just loves attention - especially having her belly rubbed. We have a friend who who has a dachshund named Jack who comes over to play. They chase each other around and wrestle for hours. We want to take a picture of them together but they won't stay still long enough. Anyway, we are very happy and can't thank you enough.

Sarah & Robert
Pepper (AKA Lenny) Adopted 3-21-09 (July 2009)
Pepper (AKA Lenny) Adopted 3-21-09 (July 2009)

As I write you, Lenny (now Pepper!) is sitting on my lap at work. He comes to work with me every day and loves it. There is a constant stream of volunteers who ooh and aah over him. And he is a natural therapy dog. This morning a little girl came up in her wheelchair and invited him up onto her lap...where he promptly curled up and went to sleep...much to her delight! Pepper plays with his best friend Mabel for much of the day. They are a sight to behold. Mabel is another rescue, who now weighs almost 70 pounds but she is so gentle and they will just lay on the floor and roll around together for hours on end. Pepper's only issue is that he is VERY attached so that if I have to leave the office, he will whine (ever so quietly) until I come back (or until someone lets him past the puppy gate into the main reception area....which is more often the case!) The volunteers LOVE, LOVE, LOVE him!) At home, he and our fox terrier Riley are fast friends...literally ...as they run from room to room taking turns changing one another. Thank you so much for giving us such a wonderful friend!

Shelley
Buffy AKA Sweet Pea (July 2009)
Buffy AKA Sweet Pea (July 2009)

Attached please find several pictures of your sweet pea, we call her Buffy. She is growing and she is spoiled, of course. We love her and want to thank you again.

Sincerely,
Sue and Bart
Jake (formerly known as Pepper) Adopted 12-2008 (July 2009)
Jake (formerly known as Pepper) Adopted 12-2008 (July 2009)

Pepper, now known as Jake is doing great. He has managed to steal our hearts away. We love him dearly. He is full of life and always knows how to make our family smile. He is a huge cuddle bug who always needs to be touching someone. His favorite toys are bedroom slippers and balloons. He is very fond of his 2 big sisters, and tries everyday to be more like them. Thank you so much for letting him become a part of our family.


Love
The Buchanan Family
Riley formerly Levi (adopted April 2009) (June 2009)
Riley formerly Levi (adopted April 2009) (June 2009)

Just thought I'd give you a quick update on Riley! He's now about 18 inches at the withers and weighs 35 pounds! His bark is even starting to sound more 'grown up'. When I took him to the vet last month, they said he might get around 80 pounds, but if he keeps growing at this rate, who knows! He's definitely giving Bella a run for her money during playtime though!

He's been taking training classes at Petsmart on Sundays and is the top of his class. (Not that I'm biased or anything....) He is eating four cups of a food a day and is nice and healthy looking with a beautiful glossy coat. He's also learned how to ride in the back of the SUV (behind the dog barrier) with Bella like a 'big boy'. He such a good little boy and as sweet as the day we got him.

Regards,
Alexis
Happy Henna (adopted 3-2009) (June 2009)
Happy Henna (adopted 3-2009) (June 2009)

I fought the idea of having a dog for a long time because I never grew up with dogs and wasn't sure I wanted to have one in my house! Henna came to our family a few months ago. She has changed our lives completely! I never knew you could love a pet so much. Nothing makes me happier than when I see my kids laughing as they play with Henna....their new best friend. My 7 year old said to me the other day, 'Mom, you don't need to have another baby now. I am a big brother to Henna!' To me, Henna is our little angel who has brought more love to our family that we could have ever imagined. We will be forever grateful to you and your organization.

Kim & Family
Syra aka Shadow (adopted 4-2009) (June 2009)
Syra aka Shadow (adopted 4-2009) (June 2009)


Syra aka 'Shadow' arrived at our house on Easter Sunday. It has been a wonderful experience having her in our lives.

She is a great dog with lots of love for the whole family even Reuben our 11 year old cat.

She is happy and healthy and it feels like she has been with us for years!

Thank you C.A.R.E for everything we our so lucky to have Syra be a part of our family.

Thanks, Jim, Terri, Jake and Meg

Sherman's Happy Beginning (adopted 2-2009) (June 2009)
Sherman's Happy Beginning (adopted 2-2009) (June 2009)

Sherman is doing fantastic! I love him, as does everyone who meets him. He's so much fun to watch when he meets someone new (dog or human), because he gets so excited and happy... and then of course loses all muscle control and flops over to have his belly rubbed! Aside from inevitable moments of frustration, I am continually impressed with what a great dog he is!

I've attached a couple of my favorite pictures of him (not great quality, since they were taken from my phone, but I just got a new camera and antipate using it lots to capture his amusing moments!). The third photo was from a day when I got out of the shower to find that 'prince Sherman' had decided to take the matter of his comfort into his own hands. And the others are just a couple of typical Sherman.

Shirley
Oreo's Happy Ending (adopted 5-2008) (June 2009)
Oreo's Happy Ending (adopted 5-2008) (June 2009)

We adopted Oreo a year ago from CARE. We met her while having breakfast at Panera, and she just walks by with an 'Adopt Me' bandana on. She was adorable!

She is our first dog (we have 7 adopted house rabbits) and I can't believe we ever had a home without her! She is the sweetest, smartest dog we could ask for. She learns quickly, loves attention, and adores her play time.

Thanks to CARE for providing her with such a great foster home and for helping us find the perfect addition to our family!

Kim
Hounds Rock! (Huck adopted 11-2007) (June 2009)
Hounds Rock! (Huck adopted 11-2007) (June 2009)

When we met Huck it was love at first sight! When we went to leave after visiting Huck's foster parents, he ran to the door with us and looked back and forth almost as if to say, 'Well, are you gonna take me home?' Huck has fit in wonderfully in our household and is very easy going. He gets along great with kids, cats, and other dogs. He's always up for a walk or a ride in the car--we have to spell the word `walk' if we're not planning on going on one because he gets so excited! Here he is taking it easy with his brother Drake, also a rescue.

Sonia & Keith
Tarot in his New Home (May 2009)
Tarot in his New Home (May 2009)

Hi, Karen. I thought you might enjoy seeing Tarot in his new home. We can't imagine life w/o him! He is happiest when we're all home and he can go from person to person. At night, he sleeps on one bed and then another, and he's adopted some of the children's stuffed animals as his own. We feel so lucky to have him as part of our family!! Hope all is well with you!

Lori

Charlie (May 2009)
Charlie (May 2009)

Charlie is wonderful!! He has been great from the beginning but he gets better every day! He still gets car sick on occasion but the seat belt seems to help make him more at ease. Also He can swim and rather enjoys a good game of fetch by the pond. He is very receptive to our authority, we never raise our voice at him; and he follows instruction very well. We love Charlie very much and are supper glad that he is part of our lives. He is very gentle with children and cats and other dogs. He was a great addition to our lives! Thank you again so much for introducing us to Charlie!

Brian and Terri
Victor (May 2009)
Victor (May 2009)

I wanted to let you know how great everything is going with Victor. We have been having a lot of fun with both Victor and Yinky! He is doing so well! They play together all of the time now and then snuggle with each other-waaaaay too cute! He's doing very well-he is totally mat and knot free from head to paw, his little chin still gets soaked nightly and looks really good! Yesterday he also met his new vet for the first time when we stopped by the animal hospital on a walk. He is a great little addition to our family--he also attended his first track practice yesterday and today will be his first track meet. He's been to baseball practice and a game too! He's a busy little guy and making new pals everyday! He seems to have settled in quit nicely and we all love him so very much! We are so grateful we have him now and can not thank you enough for saving his little life!

Easter was a lot of fun, he even got a little basket from the bunny because he's such a good boy. He got some toys, treats, and few clothes--raincoat, t-shirts, another harness etc... Yinky and Victor enjoy chasing each other and wrestling, but then they both get exhausted and fall asleep like one big fur lump! This is great for her too-she has a little pal her size to play and cuddle with!

-Jackie & Matt
Zoey update (March 2009)
Zoey update (March 2009)

Hi Stephanie,
Just a quick note to let you know that Zoey continues to mature and blossom. She passed the AKC Canine Good Citizen's test last night, which is quite an accomplishment given she's only been with us about 6 months ! She starts beginning agility next week. And of course, she and Tiger are still best buds. We're lucky we found her. A couple of pics are attached.

Hope you and foster dogs are doing well.

Best,
Bonni and Bob
Sally : ) (March 2009)
Sally : ) (March 2009)

I adopted Sally at the end of the summer in 2007, one week after she was dropped off. Everyone who meets Sally instantly falls in love with her, including my (now) husband. In fact, those two are pretty much inseparable. There's no denying she's his girl.... but she makes it known that she loves me too! Her original family, from what I understand, was forced to leave her due to conditions that were beyond their control. Its easy to see how much she was loved and I've thought of this often that if I were her original family, I'd wanted to know if she's OK and that she found a good home. Hopefully they find this Happy Ending and can rest assured that she is well taken care of, loved and spoiled.... daily. She's a big part of our family and lives and we hope we provide her the love she was used to. - Caryn [Mazzeo] and Mike Anderson
Bailey formally Bouncer (March 2009)
Bailey formally Bouncer (March 2009)

Hi..so glad to say, Bailey is a wonderful little girl! She's growing so much in just the two weeks we have adopted her. She also lost her first baby tooth last week and started Puppy obedience school this week. Already, she has learned to leave it, sit, come, fetch and much more...she is incredibly smart...Thank you C.A.R.E. for letting us adopt this wonderful girl!!
It's a Purrfect Match! (February 2009)
It's a Purrfect Match! (February 2009)

I thought that you would enjoy this photo of Pumpkin aka Apollo (r). He and Daizy are so close. They play together all of the time and they seek each other out. They want to be wherever we are as well as together. It's a perfect match. Just thought I would give you an update. Pumpkin is doing well, no problems whatsoever.
Tania
Leo:) (October 2008)
Leo:) (October 2008)

You may have read about Leo. He's the little boxer that was found starved, locked in a crate without food and water. CARE took him in and with the dedication of a wonderful family, brought him back to health. Well, Leo has been with us since late August and has spent his time running, playing, going on long walks, and just being a happy puppy with his 3 canine brothers. With the help of these brothers, he has adapted beautifully to his new home. He has almost doubled his weight from when he was first found and is strong and muscular. He's the sweetest little boy and has learned to be affectionate and cuddly. Thank you CARE, and your foster families for finding us Leo.

Nancy
(Leo's new mom)
Piper and Amelia : ) (August 2008)
Piper and Amelia : ) (August 2008)

Piper continues to enrich and delight us after 3 years. She's become a total lap cat and is so patient with the children (yes, we had another baby since adopting Piper). She can be seen here cuddling with baby Amelia. Amelia is not always the most gentle, but Piper has never even hissed, let alone scratch or bite -she's the most gentle soul and we love her!
Snickers :) (July 2008)
Snickers :) (July 2008)

It's been a little over a month since we've had Snickers, AKA Paddy, and he is adjusting well to his new surroundings. He is quite a playful, clownish cat, still showing a lot of kittenish behavior; he is a joy to have in our family. Here are some of the photographs I've taken of him. Once again, thanks for your help in adopting Snickers,
Jim
Dodger and Mady :) (July 2008)
Dodger and Mady :) (July 2008)

My husband and I adopted Mady, our talkative tuxedo cat, a little under a year ago and knew that we would want a companion for him. When we saw Dodger for the first time with his litter mates, we had a good feeling about his affectionate purring and we just had to have the little guy! Now, we call him Bunny since he enjoys jumping around the house, over us, the sofas, and our house plants. He really looks like a bunny when he sprawls out on his belly with his legs stretched completely towards us. Although he likes to jump and gnaw on Mady, Mady tolerates his playful kitten behavior (and gets revenge by eating Dodger's yummy, fatty kitten food!). They're the best of brothers, as one can see by Mady's protective paw on his new little playmate. This tenacious tabby has brought more joy to our lives, so we thank you once again, Joan!
Happy Birthday Mary Anne! (April 2008)
Happy Birthday Mary Anne! (April 2008)

Mary Anne adds so much character to our home. She appears to be timid and shy but she commands space and respect from the 3 other animal family members. She likes everyone but not enough to share her food or special pillow. Lexi (100lb shepard mix) knows that Mary Anne likes to sit by the fireplace so she moves away and makes room for Mary Anne when she enters the room. Sassy and Fur-nando are young cats that run around and play all day. Mary Anne does not have time for such things since she needs to keep an eye on the fish tank and front door from the top of the stairs most of the day. Sassy joined the family about a year after Mary Anne because we thought that Mary Anne would like a companion during the day. We were wrong. Fur-nando joined the family shortly after in hopes that he would bond with Sassy and she would have a companion. It worked! Mary Anne was thrilled because Sassy started playing with Fur-nando and stopped trying to interact and play with her. Everyone worked out their place and Mary Anne is definitely the Queen. The only one that Mary Anne tolerates unconditionally is her human sister Erin and the admiration is mutual. Mary Anne and Erin like to read and watch TV together as much as possible. Erin threw Mary Anne a surprise birthday party recently and Mary Anne was truly surprised. Thank you again Joan for letting us adopt Mary Anne. She's been with us for a few years now and we think that she's happy to be with us too.
Happy Mady :) (March 2008)
Happy Mady :) (March 2008)

My husband and I adopted Madison through C.A.R.E. a little more than six months ago, and within a few days, he was more like our baby than our cat. I was a 'dog person' before we adopted Mady, but now I would never consider getting a dog! He's the sweetest, funniest cat on the planet and he makes our day with his incessant talking, his silly faces, and affection. His favorite toys aren't store-bought; he loves playing with plastic strips, floss, and bottle caps. What a cheap kid!;) Thank you, Joan, for making our animal dreams come true!
Happy Lola (February 2008)
Happy Lola (February 2008)

Lola continues to make herself at home. She enjoys looking out the window at the garden and we've also discovered she likes to sleep under the covers. She is such a great cat! Over the holidays we had a party and were afraid that Lola would be overwhelmed by the activity and people in the house. On the contrary, she was right in the thick of it. She was the belle of the ball and loved all the attention and everyone loved her.
Greta and Porter :) (February 2008)
Greta and Porter :) (February 2008)

We brought home Greta (formerly known as Effie) in June of 2006. Her gentle spirit, eagerness to please, and girl-next-door good looks have won her the adoration of all our friends and family. She enjoys long walks in the woods and fields, and she loves to run, run, run. That, combined with the fact that she's never met another dog she didn't like, makes the dog park one of her favorite destinations. In fact last Spring she and some of her buddies figured prominently in an article I wrote for Wake Living magazine about the joys of our local dog parks. She's a great dog.
The newest addition to our family is Porter (his CARE name was 'Pale Ale,' but that was a little hard to say, so in keeping with the beer theme, we changed it to Porter). We've only had him about a month, but he's already made himself quite at home, and as you can see from the picture, even Greta has decided that he's OK. Six months before we got Porter, our 16-year-old Japanese Bobtail named Chino passed away. We had taken her in as a tiny stray kitten not long after we were married, so her loss was the end of an era for us, and quite a blow. Porter's arrival has reminded us why we enjoy having a cat around the house and helps us remember Chino with joy instead of sorrow. Porter is lively and curious--he especially loves watching the birds at the feeder attached to our window--but he's also a dedicated lap-lounger and snugglebug. He wasted no time in taking over our lives, and is quite possibly the most amiable cat I've ever met.
Thank you Jeanette and Carolyn Woods (Greta's foster mom) and all the great CARE volunteers who do so much to place these great animals in loving homes. As my grandmother used to say, 'Your reward will be great in heaven.'
Peter and Donna Waldron
Simon Says! (January 2008)
Simon Says! (January 2008)

Simon Says! We adopted Simon (formerly Herbie) from CARE a year and a half ago and he has settled in so well! He's an easygoing cuddlebug that gets along well with our other cat and our two dogs. He's social and entertaining, and is the first cat I ever loved! Here he is with Betty, our yellow lab.
Boone (January 2008)

Just wanted to give you all, especially Katie (our dogs foster mom many years ago), a happy ending update. We adopted 'Doogie Bowser' from you all 4 years ago. Note: see what happens when you go to buy dog food on the day of an adoption event! We changed Doogie's name to Boone. He is having a great life! He lives in downtown Raleigh in the historic Glenwood area and enjoys walks to all the local bars and shops. He is also a great boat dog. He loves sailing on 'his' 27 foot sail boat in Oriental NC and especially loves dingy rides! Boone is such an important part of our family. He is funny and loving and a little crazy! He is a great companion to our 14 year old mixed breed, Lilly, and really helped her adjust after the sad passing of our beloved Doberman, Jake, who died of bone cancer in 2005 after amputation and chemotherapy. Lilly would have been lost without Jake if she had not had Boone as a member of her 'pack.' I'm attaching a photo of Boone on his boat.
Please forward!
...to Katie if she is still working w/ you all, and thank her for me. Thank you for all your work on the part of so many great dogs! Pam Floyd, Raleigh NC
former CARE dog featured in book! (January 2008)

Hi, CARE folks!

I have some happy news to share with you. I adopted Yama from you (Candace) three years ago, and she's been selected as one of the dogs featured in Border's new upcoming book entitled Happy Tails: Rescued Pets and Their Forever Homes, which will raise money for the ASPCA. Yama's picture and story will be included. She's thrilled, and her forever family is, too!

Thanks!

Rose Stremlau
Ross (January 2008)
Ross (January 2008)

I just wanted to let you know of a happy ending for one of your dogs. back in the early 90s, my mom adopted a 7 year old poodle/maltese mix from CARE. This year, ross (still his original name) is nearing the end of his long, happy life. I don't know what happened to him during his first 7 years, but these last 10 have been wonderful for him. He's seen his 'sisters' (humans) come and go (college, etc.), husbands come and babies grow - and he's always been eager to play and entertain.

It will be sad to see him go, but really, who can complain about living 17 years? (that's like 117 'dog' years!!!)
Savannah - tiny bundle of joy :) (January 2008)

Dear Karen, our little Chantuse ( we now call her Savannah)
is doing super! She has adjusted to her new family and runs around like a little madman! My whole family sincerely loves that tiny little bundle of joy! Our family is finally complete and is happy with the new addition to the house. She is so frisky and loves to play. But, the best part about adopting Savannah was taking in a sweet little girl who badly neede a home.
Thank you so much with all the help with adopting our baby! We love her and could never be happier!
doggies (January 2008)

I want to thank you and the officers that came to pick up my dogs.
I truly prayed as to what to do with them and my husband felt that my caring for them alone was too much and was afraid that I would fall or hurt myself.
I know he was and is right but it made the task hard. I had had them or 2 of them since they were born.
Your help was just what was needed. I was glad to give the dog food, dishes, and the leads and collars.
Again I thank you for your help.
May God Bless each of you for the service you provide the citizens of this county!Thank you will never be enough for your service.
Just a Smidgen will do! (October 2007)
Just a Smidgen will do! (October 2007)

Hi Karen, Smidgen is doing great! She and Millie are becoming
friends and I think it's going to work out well for all. Smidgen is starting to bring out Millie's playful side which is what we hoped for. Their favorite time to play it seems is just after we've
gone to bed. That's when they love to race all around the apartment. Smidgie is just so cute!!! She's so curious and into everything it seems but you just can't get mad at her because she's so adorable. As I'm sure you know, she LOVES to play! She especially likes to 'play golf' with Tom. She chases after the golf balls when he putts them and she usually ends up batting them under the furniture. We just love her and are so thankful that we found her to add to our 'family'. I will definitely give her kisses from you! Laura
Finding Nemo (May 2007)
Finding Nemo (May 2007)

Dawson is now Nemo! He's now about 9 months old, furry and beautiful. His disposition is charming, loves everyone, is eager to please and has his own toys and bed. He's about 45 pounds now still full of puppy energy and has settled in beautifully with his sisters.
Love of My Life (April 2007)
Love of My Life (April 2007)

It has now been almost 3 years since I adopted the love of my life from CARE! Sebastian (formerly known as Barney) is the most wonderful, loving, hilarious animal I have ever met and I am so lucky to have him in my life!
Buster Crashes a New Home (February 2007)
Buster Crashes a New Home (February 2007)

Buster couldn't be better. He has added such life to this house. To see him and Cali is so funny. She tries to wash him and he gets mad and bites her. He's getting so big. He rules the roost. Cali has always loved laying on her window bed and watching the birds outside. Well, we bought him one so she could have hers back because he liked it so much but he likes hers better, even though they are the same. When we feed them he eats his wet food fast, while watching her out of the corner of his eye, then pushes her out of her dish and eats hers. She just sits there and watches him. Cali is like a kitten again. They run through the house all day and unfortunately most of the night as well. We love him so much!! We can't thank you enough for letting us adopt him. Bill gets so tickled, he'll be taking a nap on the couch and Buster will walk up on his belly and gives him a kiss. So far he's broken 2 wine glasses, a vase, a coffee cup and a couple of plants. When ever you hear crash, we go looking for Buster and he just looks at you with that beautiful little face as if to say 'WHAT?'. You can't help but laugh. I'll send more pictures soon. Thank you both again for taking such good care of him and allowing us to adopt him. He is very loved.
Lorna Loca (November 2006)
Lorna Loca (November 2006)

Lorna is doing so well...she was absolutely crazy yesterday....we are now calling her Lorna Loca! She is too cute for words so here are some pictures.

Click here to see the photo slide show!

Colby now Rambo! (November 2006)

I just wanted everyone to know that Colby the kitty (now named Rambo!) is doing well. He has met his brothers and sisters and he is playful and isn't afraid of anything. His purring is so loud you can hear it from the next room! He also loves to walk up to people and push his mouth on their lips. He is so adorable and we love him! Dana & John (parents of Rambo, Rudy, Figaro and Felicity)
Callie - Frisbee Lover (November 2006)
Callie - Frisbee Lover (November 2006)

We just wanted to thank C.A.R.E. for rescuing Callie this summer and bringing her back to health. We adopted her in August and she has blossomed into the ideal pet: intelligent, sweet and well-behaved. To say that she loves playing frisbee would be an understatement: It's her main joy in life. She's so fast that no dog in the dog park can catch up to her. We couldn't thank you more for bringing Callie into our lives. -- Lauren and Brian
Zack Makes a House a Home (September 2006)
Zack Makes a House a Home (September 2006)

We adopted 4month old Zack on January 5th. He was a little shy, but it didn't take long for him to warm up to his new home. Now, he just turned one and is wonderful. He LOVES his daddy, they go running and play together all the time. When he is tired, his favorite place is right next to us on the couch. He learned a lot about the beach this summer, but is still a little hesitant about the ocean.

Zack made our house a home and filled our hearts with a ton of love. He is gentle to children and loves to play with other dogs. Though his favorite thing is a cheese filled kong. We were so blessed to get Zack and we love all that CARE did to make sure he was taken care of for the 4 months before we even knew him. Thank you CARE for taking the time to care for the puppy we love, long before we knew he was part of our family.
Willow All Night (July 2006)
Willow All Night (July 2006)

I adopted my newest kitty, Willow Brindamour, this spring at the Cary PetSmart from CARE in conjunction with the Chatham County Animal Shelter. The CARE volunteers were very helpful and open when discussing the kitten-like personality of the Willow. He is very playful and keeps me up ALL night, but he has been a pleasure to bring into my home. He gets along well with my other cat, all my nieces love him, and he even likes dogs! The three of us have become quite the team.
Cisco Kid (July 2006)

I adopted Cisco over 2 years ago. I must tell you though, your weight estimate was way off. He is a happy robost 65 pounds. Very loving and affectionate with me and my husband. Also, very protective of me. He loves his yard, long walks and sleeping on the bed with me and my husband. When I have more time, I would love to send Katie some updated photos, Katie was his foster 'mom'.
Good Citizen Daisy (June 2006)
Good Citizen Daisy (June 2006)

We adopted Daisy formerly Dottie from CARE in August of 2005. She just turned one year old last week and she is doing wonderful!! Daisy has been an amazing addition to our family. She has taken two obedience classes at GTCC and is getting ready to be tested for Canine Good Citizen. We are working with her to become a therapy dog so she can go to schools and read with the children. She loves people and adores all of the attention! We feel so blessed to have her in our lives.
Belle Rings True (June 2006)
Belle Rings True (June 2006)

We adopted Belle (formerly Splasher) from the foster home of Nadean Lindsay in September 2005. Belle has been a wonderful addition to our young family and has really enlightened our lives!
Hef and Grandpa (June 2006)
Hef and Grandpa (June 2006)

I adopted Hef (formally Caleb) 3 years ago. He has been such a joy and sweet guy. I've loved him from the second he came home with me. He also spent a lot of time with his grandma and grandpa and they fell in love with him as well. This past October his grandpa was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Surprisingly Hef was by his side all the time, and I let him stay with them to keep him company. His grandpa swore that Hef had smelled the cancer before he was diagnosed because he always sniffed in the area of the tumor before he would cuddle up to him on the couch. As his grandpa got sicker, Hef stayed on the bed with him all day. In the mornings Hef would leave his food to go say good morning to him. When grandpa started getting too sick I began bringing him home with me during the week so not to strain my mother. The first week he wasn't there my father kept asking for Hef. On June 17 Hef said goodbye to grandpa with a lick on his hand and a whine cause he wanted to get in the hospice bed with his grandpa. When the paramedics came to whisk his grandpa off to the hospital he growled at them, trying to protect him. On June 18th my Dad passed, but Hef has been there to greet every visitor at the door and cuddle with us when a human hug won't do. So here's the last picture of Hef and my dad that I took, joking around and cuddling. Thank you to CARE for this wonderful joy that you have given me and my dad!
Maverick: A Wonderful Addition (May 2006)
Maverick: A Wonderful Addition (May 2006)

We adopted Maverick (formerly Nick) in Dec. of last year. He's been a wonderful addition to our home! We see more and more of his personality each day! We are very happy with our adoption from CARE and want everyone to know he's doing well!!

Rachel
Playful and Lovable Gilmore (May 2006)
Playful and Lovable Gilmore (May 2006)

Thanks so much for checking in! Gilmore is doing GREAT -- John and I continue to be in awe that he was at the shelter for so long. Of all the cats that I have ever owned (trust me, that's a lot), I would dare say that Gilmore is one of the most playful AND one of the most loveable cats I have ever owned or met. And he now has a brother -- we were able to adopt Crunch from Wake County Shelter this past Sunday. The two boys didn't miss a beat -- literally within *seconds* of meeting one another they were rolling around on the ground wrestling. I took them both to the vet yesterday and they were even wrestling at the vet's office. Gilmore now has a microchip and is getting all his boosters, etc... we want to make sure NOTHING happens to either one of these two boys! Gilmore is the needier of the two; he follows us around constantly and yells to ensure we do not forget that he needs lots of loving. If he is not playing, he is begging for attn and if he is not begging for attn it is because he is fully stretched out and napping somewhere within arms reach (if not actually on the arm!).


Thanks again for all your help and most of all giving us a chance to provide Gilmore with a home... we couldn't be happier!

Debbi

Poncho: All Around Athlete (April 2006)
Poncho: All Around Athlete (April 2006)

I hope you remember us...we adopted a foster puppy in December of 2004,
so he is now about 18 months old.

I know this is an old picture, but thought you might like it anyway.

We are soooooooo happy that we picked Poncho!!! The whole family just
loves him! He is a wonderful dog...great with all ages of people, and
with other dogs...he is enjoying the new Cary Dog Park, and he and I are
taking Flyball Classes.

He is a wonderful size...ended up at about 45 lbs. He is very strong,
so we use a gentle leader when we walk him. He loves going to the kids
ball games, and regularly attends soccer and baseball games.

He is most definitely a vital part of our family, and spoiled rotten!!!

Take Care, and thank you for saving these animals!

nancy
Samantha and Mittens: Quite a Pair (March 2006)

I would like to thank Karen Poole for referring me to the West Cary Animal Hospital as I was searching for the perfect kitten for my daughter. We adopted 'Mitten' in mid-December and it's been a perfect match. She is the most affectionate, gentle, lovable little girl. She LOVES being held - which is a prerequisite with my daughter. I've been known to speak harshly to my daughter when I catch her carrying Mitten all wrapped up in a huge blanket with only her little face peeking out. That is, until I get closer and hear that unmistakable loud purring. Of course she has just enough spunk to keep things interesting for her new mommy - my 7 year old daughter, Samantha. The two of them are quite a pair. I can't tell you how much time I spend giggling to myself over the 'conversations' I hear between the 2 girls coming from my daughter's room. Finding Mitten was truly a blessing and I owe lots of thanks to both Karen with CARE and the West Cary Animal Hospital. Thanks!!!!
Summer: Grandma's Little Girl (March 2006)
Summer: Grandma's Little Girl (March 2006)

Hello My name is Joanna, My son David adopted Summer(D0507) (now its Sophie). I would love for her Foster Mom to know that Summer/Sophie is doing great and although my son David adopted her, she fast became a Grandma's little girl. And she has a best friend named Hooch, who is a 4 yr old Hound. He loves her and teaches her all the hound dog ways. Please know that Sophie has 7 acres of free space to run and play.

Thank You, Joanna
Mary Anne: Reading to your cat is FUNdamental (March 2006)
Mary Anne: Reading to your cat is FUNdamental (March 2006)

I'm writing to give you a Mary Anne update. She is such a joy to have in our home. She is doing well and appears to be very happy. She loves spending time with my daughter Erin. I have attached pictures of Erin reading to Mary Anne. They absolutely adore each other. Thank you again for letting us adopt her.

Rosana
Daisy Still Blooming (March 2006)
Daisy Still Blooming (March 2006)

We adopted Daisy (formerly Darci, German shepherd/Lab mix) in December 2005 and she is doing very well. She is a happy puppy who loves to be with the pack. She loves to play fetch and hide and seek. She is a fast learner and simply a pleasure to have in our family. We love her and feel so fortunate to have found her.
Dog Bait for Camo (February 2006)
Dog Bait for Camo (February 2006)

Just wanted to let the Chatham Animal Shelter and Nadean Lindsay that 'Camo' is doing very well here. He is crate training great and loves his new home. My kids call themselves 'dog bait', because when they get home from school, Camo jumps around and chases them. He wants to go out and play in their yard. Camo is a great addition to our family. Thanks to Deb K. also for telling me about him.

Shana
Marigold Flowers (February 2006)
Marigold Flowers (February 2006)

Just wanted to let you know that Marigold [center cat] is doing well. She loves her feline buddies and the girls. She even likes the dogs. Her favorite sleeping spot is curled up next to our daughter.

Take care, and thanks for helping us adopt a great kitty.

Andrea
The New Dog We've Had Forever (January 2006)
The New Dog We've Had Forever (January 2006)

We adopted Jack (formerly Jet)in late July and it seems like we have had him forever, he fit in so quickly. He is the sweetest,gentlest dog we have ever known. He loves trips to the dog park, long power walks with Mom, his 'cousins' Jake (yellow lab of our son's family) and Harley (chocolate lab belonging to our daughter's family), and strolls with Dad.

We took him to Petsmart training classes where he was the class clown, always wanting to play instead of paying attention. He is very smart and can learn quickly...if he wants to.

The vet, trainer, others all have opinions about Jack heritage that range from Newfoundland, flat-coat retriever, and lab. Whatever he is, we are so grateful for Jack and for the opportunity to bring him into our lives.

John and Tina Willman
Loving Little Lily (January 2006)
Loving Little Lily (January 2006)

I have wanted a cat with her personality for years and I could not have received a better Christmas gift than 'loving, little, Lily.' The lap cuddling by the fire at night has been pure joy.

She is learning lots of new things; to walk using a halter and leash ( we have been on two outside walks so far), to get our other cat Andrew (who is tree times larger and six years older) to play again, and to manipulate my husband into giving out extra treats.

One of the most fun things she does is at night...she finds little things around the house and leaves them in the dry-food bowl like a cache. We have found not only her little play mouse, but a Christmas bow, a silk holly candle ring, paper balls, and even a fake cherry she took from a display bowl!

Even with no volume control, Lily is the best thing to happen to our family in a long time. We talk to her just like we do to Andrew and laugh at ourselves knowing she can't hear us. We believe it's the feelings that count and Lily knows she is loved.

Everyone who has seen Lily here at home or out on the leash knows about Chatham Rescue now!

Thank you again for getting us together.
Karen and Lily
Adding Spice to the Holidays (December 2005)
Adding Spice to the Holidays (December 2005)

Spice, now Angus, will enjoy his Christmas with loving parents and his 9 year old sister, Raven. Angus is a Chatham County Shelter kitten adopted from the Apex PetsMart during our 'Home for the Holidays' adoption event. Congratulations, Angus, on your wonderful new family!'
Brindy the Love Machine (November 2005)

On 7/31/05 we adopted Mimi (Now Brindy) from Nadean and it has been a wonderful time. Brindy, at six months, has grown into a 70 pound love machine! She is so naturally well-behaved it amazes us on a daily basis and our smaller dog Bella and her have become best friends (often sharing Brindy's enormous kennel for some cuddle time). They also make quite a sight in the backyard chasing each other back and forth.

Brindy is so good with children, she has become 'Amber's dog', and our daughter Amber is only seven months old! Brindy showers her with (carefully supervised) kisses every opportunity she gets and doesn't mind at all when this tiny person grabs a fistful of her floppy ear and gives it a yank. We look forward to having Brindy in our family for a long, long time.

Matt
Fetching Buddy (October 2005)
Fetching Buddy (October 2005)

Hi there. We are sorry it took so long to get a 'happy ending' to you guys. We adopted Buddy (previously known as Malcom) back in March and we are so happy with him. At first all he did was sleep. And I mean that was ALL he did. If he wasn't in someone's lap sleeping, he was on one of his beds sleeping. But he quickly became comfortable with us and his surroundings and there is NO stopping him now. One thing is for sure he does not like to be away from us. If we leave one room of the house he leaves too and sticks right by us underneath our feet, even to this day. I guess that's really how he got our attention the first day was giving us mushy 'kisses.' And if we take him out somewhere people always comment on how cute he is. Wow, does he really know how to work people over. Good gracious.I don't know if you have ever seen the movie where the woman is told not to throw the toy for the dog to fetch because he won't ever stop. Well...I think we have that dog's brother. He definitely loves to play catch!!

Buddy is without a doubt the dominant dog in the bunch. He likes to be the ring leader of any doggie activities. He is definitely coming into his own. Everything he does (his 'mommy' thinks) is cute. He's very peculiar sometimes about random things but these are all reasons that we love him and are thankful that we got him. He will be 1 year old soon and we will be having a little party where all his doggie friends get to come over and play. I think we must have gone crazy. He'll sleep well that night for sure.

I just can't explain to you how much joy and happiness he has brought into our lives. I know that sounds very cliche, but it is so true. Having an animal, especially one with such a great personality, just makes life a little more fun and exciting. Without this program and others like it, what would these animals do. It takes special people to do the things you all do. I just want to say THANK YOU!

Jason, India and Buddy
Speedy a Fast Fit (September 2005)
Speedy a Fast Fit (September 2005)

This was the little orange/white med. haired tabby boy I named Moby fromthe shelter. He was #375. Looks like he has a great home.

Karen


I just wanted to let you know that Speedy (the cat!) hasturned out to be a great kittie! He won over our other cat's heart within 2weeks, and they romp together chasing each other all OVER the place. He hasbonded very well with my daughter who loves him to pieces, and he lets hercarry him around EVERYwhere. He lets her carry him around like a baby... inretrospect I think I knew the second I picked him up that he was the rightkitten for her. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to adopt such awonderful cat!
Amber the Squirrel Watcher (September 2005)
Amber the Squirrel Watcher (September 2005)

An update on Amber (vizsla hound mix), formerly known as Felicia.

She is a happy, well adjusted little girl. On her last visit tothe vet on 9/15, she weighed in at 33 lbs. She has been through severaltraining classes at Bon Clyde here in Sanford and has completedbeginning agility. She is such a smart girl. We aren't planning tocompete but this program has really helped her to overcome much of hershy, timid behavior. She enjoys our morning walks accompanied byseveral of the neighborhood dogs and also enjoys it when we visit or arevisited by our 'grand dog' who is also comes from the shelter system.She sleeps at the foot of the bed and gets me up in the morning with afew kisses and then waits for her petting and stroking to begin. Sheloves chasing the squirels in the fenced in back yard and will comeinside (through the dog door) to announce their presence and invite meto come out to see. She is great with her nail trimming, baths, earcleaning, etc. She is a wonderful addition to our family.
Our New Puppy (August 2005)
Our New Puppy (August 2005)

Things have gone well with bringing our new puppy home. She has taken a liking to her crate and slept well in it last night. Jason and her bonded well during the evening. She quickly became happy to sit in his lap for several hours. She also climbed on his neck while he was laying on the floor and fell aslept. Jason slept next to the crate all night.

Today she has been very active and playful with everyone. She is eating well and has only had one accident in the house.
Piper, Abby, and Baby (August 2005)
Piper, Abby, and Baby (August 2005)

Hi all, Piper settled into her new home in no less than 1 day. She was a bit defensive the first day and night, but the next day she and Abby, our 1 1/2 yr old black and white DSH were best of friends and they grow closer every day. Piper also loves our baby TJ and he is fascinated to watch her running about and playing. We are so grateful we took a chance on adopting another precious furbaby and love our baby Piper so very much.

I think she and my son are going to have so much fun together too as they grow up with each other.

I'm attaching 2 pictures of Abby & Piper - they groom each other, sleep together, play together and I'm so glad they bonded right away. I'm glad Abby isn't lonely anymore!

Thanks for all of your help and I'll keep you updated! Please let Summer know how wonderfully Piper is doing. Kind regards,

Susan
Daisy, Daisy (August 2005)

Daisy had her surgery yesterday (spayed) and is doing very welltoday. She was uncomfortable, but they sent her pain meds home, so she'llhave less discomfort. Her lab work before surgery was all good, and the vetsaid everything was normal and the surgery went well. That's the longestshe's been away from us since we adopted her.

That is so funny that her sister was named Daisy too! What a coincidence!I hope she's as healthy and happy and loved as my Daisy. Thanks again!

Beverly
Kensi Goes to the Beach (August 2005)

Sorry it took so long to get back to you. Bridgett is now known as Kensi and she is doing great. It took no time at all for her to attach herself to me. My family was very surprised when they visited as to how good she is doing, and of course how cute she is. We just got back from our first trip to the beach. She didn't care for the water too much but loved digging in the sand and just laying under the umbrella. She is still very friendly, but we are working on getting her to stop jumping up on everyone when they come over. She is also doing very well with the housebreaking. She knows shes not supposed to go in the house. The only accident she has had in the last week was when I took an accidental nap on the couch and wasn't awake to take her out. Besides that she is doing great. She still has the same great people-loving personality and everyone loves her benji-esque! face. Thanks again for your help.

Mitch
Ashton Rides (August 2005)
Ashton Rides (August 2005)

I'm sorry that I have taken so long to get you pictures and an Ashtonupdate. He has grown so much and only took about 2 days to be comfortablehere. We take Ash with us every weekend when we visit Matt's parents'house. We wanted him to not get freaked out in the car and to stay socialized. Heloves going over there. He played with Matt's dog Foos, until she had tobe put down 2 weeks ago at the age of 16. We also just completed building him a huge cat tower. He absolutely loves it!

I love this picture. I had to put it on my desktop on my work computerbecause it is so cute. He is a sweetie!

Thanks again for everything!'Elizabeth
Wonderful Chester (August 2005)
Wonderful Chester (August 2005)

Just a note to let you know that Chester (Stretch) is a truly a wonderful cat. He is so people-oriented, playful and sweet. He constantly does things to amuse and entertain us (sometimes at 4 in the morning) and is such a cuddlebug! He has shown no interest in going outdoors. We have a screened porch; he goes out there some, but his interest has waned somewhat - he really just wants to be in with us. He enjoys watching the birds and squirrels who come to the feeder in the front window. He and the dog are fine with each other; he and the other cat, too. They run around, sounding like a herd of elephants on our hardwood floors and wrestle some, too. Here are some shots of him recently.

We LOVE him! Thanks so much!

Susan and Doug
Sophie Sue? (August 2005)

I just wanted to let DoraSue know that Sophie (Bonnie) is doing well! She got car sick a couple of times on the way home today but I think it's because John took a couple of 'short cuts' that ended up being very windy roads. She was hilarious when I put her collar on her....she wasn't too sure about it and kept trying to pull it off. She & Maggie (our 12 year old lab/shepherd mix) have hit it off great! Maggie just sits there & watches Sophie bounce around.....Sophie gets frustrated that Maggie won't play so she gets down on her front paws with her back end up and just barks. It's too cute! We have fallen madly in love with her & will send photos soon! I'd love for DoraSue to email me so I can keep in touch. We're thinking about naming her Sophie Sue in honor of her!
Postcard from Moose (July 2005)
Postcard from Moose (July 2005)

Stryker was surrendered to the Chatham County Shelter back in Nov and found a great home through the PS Adoption Center in Apex..
Audrey Moves In (June 2005)
Audrey Moves In (June 2005)

Hello! Roberta and I wanted to send you a couple pictures of Audrey. We are having so much fun with her! She has adjusted well to her new home. We are pretty sure she has gained a few pounds. It is so much fun to come home each day to someone so excited to see us.

She is a sweetheart and such a people person. Audrey has made friendswith the dog up the street and we are planning on taking her to the dog parksso she has some place to run.

Hope you enjoy the pictures!

Cindy and Roberta
The Propeller Plane (May 2005)
The Propeller Plane (May 2005)

Flynn is such a wonderful addition to our household. We adopted him to be a companion to our cat, Emma. He and Emma quickly (and thankfully!) became best buds! Wherever you see one kitty, you see the other. Their favorite activity is to wait until bedtime to chase each other through the house! We laugh at Flynn's noises - he makes a funny noise just before he takes off running so he sounds a little bit like a propeller plane getting ready to take off! Vrooooom! He's very talkative and will beg for you to pet him relentlessly until you do! Then if you stop - watch out! Flynn is so sweet and cuddly and has such a wonderful personality, along with beautiful markings. We couldn't be happier that we made Flynn the new little one in our family! Thank goodness we found him!

Jamie and Jeff
For The Birds (May 2005)
For The Birds (May 2005)

I just wanted to write you a quick note to update you on Marty (left) and Springer (right/winking). They are awesome! They love to chase each other around the house. Springer loves to cuddle all the time; Marty only likes to cuddle when its bedtime. They both love sitting in the window in the dining room and watching the birds.

What makes us laugh is that they both love the bathroom. It is their favorite room in the house. Thank you so much for choosing us to bring them home. I cannot imagine not having them.

Dawn and Sheldon
The Joy of Biscuit (May 2005)
The Joy of Biscuit (May 2005)

We adopted our dog from Nadean Linday who has a foster home for dogs. At the time our dogs name was Lorelei, now it's Biscuit. We can't thank you enough for all the effort in keeping these sweet animals alive. We couldn't imagine a life without Biscuit. She is so well behaved, smart and loving. She adds so much joy to our lives. She's a part of our family!

Thank you C.A.R.E. and Nadean!

Sincerely
Melody
Carter Gets Elected (May 2005)
Carter Gets Elected (May 2005)

Back in November, we adopted Jimmy Carter aka Carter(formerly 'Benny' when he was with CARE), a wonderful labish-looking dog, with 'some-Rhodesian ridgeback in him.' He was incredibly afraid of everything (including us) when we first got him, but after several patient months of getting to know each other, he's almost like a different dog now. He sits, gently takes treats, loves walks, hikes, and other dogs. He really wants to be friends with our cat, but that's in the cat's hands, and he's not that interested...

Bringing Carter into our lives has been such a learning experience for us, and has really taught us about the value of patience and persistence. The dog that wouldn't come out from between the couch and coffee table when we first got him now doesn't want to leave our side.
Two ARE Better Than One (April 2005)
Two ARE Better Than One (April 2005)

Hi, my husband and I just wanted to let CARE know how much we appreciate the two sibling cats we adopted in the fall.
We discovered Marbles and Hopscotch at the shelter and Karen Pool assisted us in adoping them together. We call them Miss Mo and Scotty these days. We're utterly enthralled with them and they've brought so much to our life. Thank goodness we got them both. We heartily recommend that anyone adopting get two; the love and play they give each other is more than a human can offer-- even a human like myself who is home with them much of the time!

They're on Catster, if anyone wants to check out two of the cutest kitties around:

- Kristen

Miss Mo:http://www.catster.com/pet_page.php?j=t&i=118859
Scotty:http://www.catster.com/pet_page.php?j=t&i=136467
Big Heart Over Big Fears (March 2005)
Big Heart Over Big Fears (March 2005)

Dear Katie and Ski,

How are you and my brothers, Frazier, Jenkins and Jellybean? My new mom told me that Dinah and Duffy have found homes. I hope their families love them as much as mine loves me.

It sure was strange and sad when Mr. Ski put me in my new mom's arms and we drove to my home in the woods. I shook all the way home and, for the first hour, I didn't move from my spot in the kitchen. Wow! The first time I saw my new (or mew) brother and sister cats, Greg and Charlotte, I barked and trembled so hard that my teeth chattered. Everything was SO SCARY - the driveway, walking by new houses, going for a ride in the car, getting hugs. I had to be coaxed to do everything EXCEPT to love children. That was the only thing I wagged my tail at for the first two days.

On the third day, my mom came home from work to walk me and I wagged my tail and my behind, too! She immediately named me 'wiggle-butt' and from then on, my tail just wagged harder and harder. Then, I met my aunt Anna who taught me to get really excited about things and to play with people. Pretty soon, my new home was full of wonderful things - chewy bones, Kongs filled with cheese and my cat-sister Charlotte, who is 7 months old and loves to leap out at me from underneath chairs and tables. Pretty soon, I was playing tag and hide-and-seek with her around the house. We got in trouble for playing it on top of my parents in the middle of the night! After that, I started to sleep in a crate by my parents' bed. We all get much better rest, now.

After two months, I still have a lot of fears. My mom is real patient, though, and keeps taking me everywhere and expectingme to be fine. Pretty soon, I decide, well, if she thinks (this new thing) is no big deal, maybe it isn't scary after all! We go everywhere - the pet store, the vet, the dog park in Carrboro, for long walks and jogs, hikes in the woods and visits to new houses. Funny, wherever I go to visit, the people make a big fuss over me and give me presents and treats. I must be very special!

My mom says over and over that despite my fears, she could look in my eyes and tell that I was a dog with a huge heart and a great disposition. I follow her everywhere and sometimes, I follow so closely that I step on her heels. She says I had a great start with you and Ski, and she is so grateful that you took such good care of me when I was little. I am still growing and I have gained 10 pounds since I was adopted. And now I am micro-chipped! (I don't know what that means!) I walk on the leash at a 'heel' and come when I am called. My new friend, Miss Jean, comes every day and walks me while my mom is at work. My coat is getting redder and when my mom brushes me, my fur shines. My mom says I am exceptionally fast and athletic. I don't know what that means, but I have a great time running in and out of the trees, diving into leaf piles, playing hide-and-seek with my mother and sailing over fallen logs. My mom says I am very strong and healthy because I got such great nutrition from you watching over me.

My mom is taking me to dog school next week. I don't know what that means either, but I hope it is fun. I miss you and Ski and the boys. My mom says we will go visit you soon. So, until then, this is Luci, the quiet one. Thank you for being my first mom and giving me such a great start in life.

Love, Luci (Lucinda)
Goshen: Calm, Composed...and Loud (February 2005)
Goshen: Calm, Composed...and Loud (February 2005)

I just wanted to thank-you for the homemade doggie snacks- Goshen loves them, and we are working them into her new training schedule. She's got such an interesting personality... she's still quite timid about some things like loud machinery, cars, or anything wildly unfamiliar. She starts tonight in her first obedience class, and we've enrolled her mainly to build her confidence. With the exception of her puppy moments, she is so calm and composed most of the time. When she does bark, it is pretty crazy- she has the bark of an 80 pound dog! Sometimes I can not believe such a small dog can bark that loud and deep. She is very good at sit, lay down, and inside/outside commands, and she is surprisingly consistent at coming when called or whistled for. 'Kennel Up' is a pretty incredible command with her... she loves her crate, and you can tell her at any time to get in it and she will stop what she's doing the first time and trot over there, hop in, and lay down on her blanket. She's turning into quite the hound dog and loves to track the moles in the yard or dig up beetle grubs and eat them. She likes the rain and does not mind getting wet and she loves to track, kill, play with, and eat any unfortunate insect that makes it into our house.

Here are some pictures over the last 3 months so that you can see what she looks like!

Thanks again-

Martha
Multiple Bed Max (February 2005)
Multiple Bed Max (February 2005)

Hi Georgia Max is really enjoying the homemade cookies. I think you have discovered dog nip. Before I could open the envelope, Max was jumping up and down.

He is really doing well. He is completely house trained, so I have removed the crate. For Christmas, one of his gifts were doggy beds. He received two, one for upstairs and an identical one for downstairs. Although he won't come right out and say it, I think he likes the people bed better.

He is a little over 40 pounds now. Here are a few pictures taken after the holiday. They are not the best, but I am still trying to figure out the digital camera...
Seth Settles In (November 2004)
Seth Settles In (November 2004)

Just wanted to let you know that Seth is doing great! He is eating well(now on hard food), drinking well, and playing with the other cats all thetime. I come home sometimes and see him laying on the couch curled up in aball with the sun beating down on him. He just looks so relaxed. I am soglad that he is doing as well as he is, considering his past. He adaptedto our place and other cats VERY quickly. In fact, our kitten Jack follows himaround sometimes like he is a father figure. It's so cute!

At night he sleeps usually on my stomach or in between us under the coverswhere it's warm. He is just a great cat! I tried to take some picturesfor you, but he doesn't seem to like it too much, but I caught him a fewtimes. I'll be sure to keep you updated!

Take Care,
Shari and Josh
Ain't Nuthin' But a Hound Dog (October 2004)
Ain't Nuthin' But a Hound Dog (October 2004)

Hi Frances,

Here are some recent photos of Bodie Eckard. He has grown so much.Although he is only 6 months old he probably weighs 65 or more pounds. Heis a big couch potato (when he is allowed up there) and thinks he is a lapdog. He loves to sit or lay with anyone who is one the couch, especially myhusband Greg or son William. We had Bodie and Annabelle 'fixed' in Augustand both are doing well. She still likes to boss him around but he haslearned that he now has size on his side and doesn't have to take herbossiness all the time. Bodie is absolutely the sweetest, most loving dog.Very gentle and happy all the time. Barks occasionally, especially ifsomeone comes to the front door and Annabelle starts barking. Otherwise heis happy to snooze (usually under my desk) while Annabelle guards thehallway by my office door. He loves to sit, shake, and lie down on command.He fetches when he decides it is worth his time and energy. But overall, heis a laid back 'hound' dog. Even barks like a hound--very deep, bayingsound. The vet said he will be a BIG dog--well over 80 pounds most likely.He loves to eat and will inhale his food so fast. I try not to feed him andAnnabelle too much, but he rushes through his food while she has barelystarted and then he sits and looks so forlorn, like he is still starving. Ibreak down and give him a little extra. What a sweetheart he is. Everyoneloves him.

Hope you found good homes for the rest of his siblings. We are sureenjoying Bodie--he is very loved and doted on. Isn't he a handsome dog?

Paula
Girls on the Beach (October 2004)
Girls on the Beach (October 2004)

Hi Georgia

Here are some pictures of Bailey. We went on vacation and took the girls with us. she loved the water and playing on the beach! Health wise she is doing very well - she eats a lot, is potty trained, and even lets us know when she has to go out. She is very smart. She sleeps through the night and loves to play with Libby. They are so cute together we love watching them interact.

Hope all is well with you. Take care.

Letty
Dottie's Second Puppyhood (September 2004)
Dottie's Second Puppyhood (September 2004)

I'll let this picture speak for itself. Dottie has found a wonderfulhome where she can enjoy her 2nd puppyhood. Reuger, her new brother,appears very happy that his parents picked Dottie to come live withthem.

Good luck, little lady. You deserve your new wonderful home more thanany dog I know.

- Georgia, Dottie's foster mom
Goshen's First Night (September 2004)
Goshen's First Night (September 2004)

Formerly known as Bailey and nicknamed 'the screamer', Goshen provesthat she was tired of being one of 8 puppies in foster care and was adarling once she found individual attention and a home on her own.Sounds like a few teenagers I know.
- Georgia


Hey Georgia--

Rather than calling, I thought I'd send you some photos! Everything isgoing very well. The first night we were home Winston met Goshen withlots of excitement and tail wagging. She spent an hour or so inspectingevery corner of the house and really enjoyed sniffing in ouryard. First night in the crate was really good- she did not fit atall... probably because she was so tired from all the excitement. Shewoke up a couple of times and promptly peed outside and she was ready toplay as soon as the sun was up!

The two of them have been playing together quite a bit, and Winston hasgraciously shared all of his toys. Goshen already has her twofavorites-- the red rope and the blue loop toy. She is eating quitewell, and knows which big bucket her food is sealed in. When she getshungry she goes and whines by the bucket! She seems to already bepicking up the outside idea- a few times she's gone to the sliding doorsand peered out- we open them, and she hops out and pees. No messes inthe house yet :)

She was a bit scared at the storm last night, so she did some seriouscrying, but she was comforted by getting in her crate and curling up allon her own. Below are some pictures-- give us a call if you have anyquestions.

She's just doing great so far...
Leia's Growth Spurt (September 2004)
Leia's Growth Spurt (September 2004)

Georgia,

Leia had her surgery yesterday. That certainly slowed her down, but sheis starting to perk up this afternoon. She weighed in at 50 pounds. Ireckon we can consider her in the 'large breed' category for puppy foodselections.

She is a great dog and behaves well in the house. We get her out a lotand she enjoys running around the fields and remote areas nearby. Wewere instructed to keep her from running for a week, so she may wonderwhy we are not letting her romp for a while.She will just have to go at Juneau's pace.

Thanks for keeping in touch. It will be interesting to see how hersisters compare in weight.

Here is a recent picture of our 'little' puppy. She is versatile in herchewing -- not just tennis balls -- and mostly sticks to the things wegive her to chew. She's doing great.--Jeff
Back in Black (September 2004)
Back in Black (September 2004)

It's been a banner year for black cats and I just wanted to pass along one of the latest success stories! Shelter cat 'Fiesta', aka 'Bella', was adopted as a result of someone seeing her at PETsMART. And it seems it is a match made in heaven for both. Please see below message from her new mommy.
- Karen


Bella is absolutely the best kitty in the world. Its a match made in heaven.I am definitely her mommy. She and I have bonded for sure. The first night shekneaded me to death all night long on my face, my neck, my head and sleptright next to my head pretty much all night. She follows me everywhere right on myheels and talks to me the entire time. Like you said, she chirps or peeps -it's so cute. This morning she wanted me to get up with her so she licked my eyelid untilI woke up enough to get up. But she hasn't stopped purring since I let her outof the carrying case. I'm pretty sure she isn't spayed also. I found her a Peacock feather from this flower lady in Cary and Bella thinks that it's the best thing since sliced bread!

I'm glad you found her sister a home, I feel better now. A happy ending after all.

Yeah!

Thanks and talk to you soon,

- Dori
Ferby Comes in from the Snow (August 2004)
Ferby Comes in from the Snow (August 2004)

Update on Ferby, the little chihuahua we found with frostbitten ears after the January 2003 snowstorm. He is enjoying the good life with his retired mom and 'sister' chihuahua Suzie.

I'm writing this letter on behalf of Ruthie who adopted Ferby, a chihauhau, a year or two ago. She adores him. She had another rescue Chihauhau named Susie who also adores Ferby. We found Susie 2 years ago and know nothing about her background. She was trying to survive in freezing temps and very emaciated. Two years later after being queen of the house, she still will not voluntarily let anyone approach her. She loves dogs but is scared of people, so Ferby is a real comfort to her. Ms B's camera is not the best. I hope you can see the dogs ok. Ms B wanted you to know how well they are doing!

From her: Hi

Sorry that I haven't written you before now but I thought I would let you hear from Ferby. He is so sweet. Susie thinks she is Ferby's mama. He will lay on his back and she washes him from head to tail. They get along good. Susie is the dark one in the picture. We are so thankful to have them. I love to see them run down back by themselves. They stay pretty close together. I love tosee them free and out on their own. (in the back yard) At night if Ferby needs to go out he will scratch on the side of the bed. (She actually gets up and lets them out at 4:00 in the morning!!!) Thank you for letting him be my baby!

I will try to let you hear again soon.

- Mrs B
Preston and the Kids (August 2004)
Preston and the Kids (August 2004)

Hi Dorasue,

I want to thank you for giving Preston to us. The kids love him so much. He's getting lots of excercise and love. I have to make them leave him alone at times so that he can take his needed puppy naps. I explained to the children that he is just a baby and needs time to nap during the day. We got him new toys yesterday and he loves them. I know that yesterday was hard for you because you love him very much. I will keep you informed on his progress and will send pictures as soon as I get my scanner hooked up to my computer. Don't worry, he's in good hands! We wouldn't consider changing his name because he is already used to it, plus we like it. I'll talk to you soon.

Rhonda

Oh, he has a blanket and pillow in his crate and goes in there of his own free will when he is tired.
A Match for Percy (August 2004)

Actually, Ms. D DID adopt from CARE - she and her daughter took home Percy from Hill Creek today! Percy was listed as a stray/feral cat, and came here for hernia repair. We just fell in love with this little guy, and could not imagine him being a barn cat, so offered to foster him here for CARE. That same day I saw this app, contacted Ms. D, and she and her daughter met Percy Saturday. It was a great match, and they were so excited to get him today! What a great ending for this precious little kitty!

Deborah
The Velcro Puppy (August 2004)
The Velcro Puppy (August 2004)

From: Donna
Subject: Shelby

Nadean

I thought you might like to see some before and after pics of Shelbysince she got her summer 'do'.

I think she is doing wonderfully. She still has a few 'issues' but Ithink that's understandable with all that she has gone through. We aregetting along well. We go for walks almost ever day because she seems tolike that better than just being out in the backyard. She is still shywith new folks but warms up very quickly and then becomes a velcropuppy! But she's is gentle and very low maintenance and hardly makes asounds.

Mostly I just wanted to let you know she's okay and we're glad youhelped us find each other

thank you

donna
Happy Happy Jack (August 2004)
Happy Happy Jack (August 2004)

From: Janet
Subject: Happy Jack

Carolyn:

I've been meaning to write you and Drew asked me over the weekend if I hadsent you an email letting you know how Happy Jack is doing. He's doinggreat!! He is so much a part of our family now and he gives us so much love.It's exciting to get home everyday just to have someone so eager to greetyou. Drew is his best buddy and Jack sleeps with him each night (and you cantell you husband he is sleeping on a UNC Tarheels blanket). There have beenno real problems. He's chewed a few things so that keeps us on our toes tokeep anything of value or danger out of reach. He thought the trash can washis own personal treat bag so I had to buy a can with a lid.......noproblems since. He still loves that belly rub and will roll over for whoever walks by in hopes of a rub. We've been working on fetch and he'llretrieve the ball but he doesn't want to give it back......finders keepers.Drew and I are planning on enrolling him in an obedience class at Petsmartthis fall after the start of school settles down.
Peaches Has A Bushel of Fun (August 2004)
Peaches Has A Bushel of Fun (August 2004)

Pam,

I always think about sending you an update. However, I figured that if every adopter did that, your inbox would be pretty full! I occasionally go on the CARE website (curiosity ONLY!). I see that you're keeping busy.

Peaches is doing great. She fell in love with her Nutro moist and dry the first night and 'will not quit.' It was a little hectic her first 1 1/2 weeks due to the hurricane. I'm sure she was very confused about being carried to the local graveyard (the highest and most dry land) to poop and then being carried back home.

We did not get water in our house. It came within 3-4 inches of coming through the floor. We lost both of our vehicles and most everything of any value in the shed. The second storm was the 'hurricane that wasn't.' But everyone was prepared.

Peaches has discovered playing and every toy in the house. Her favorite is the AFLAC talking duck. We have gone from having one of them to four, since it is also Brad's favorite. She loves playing with her brother in the yard. She has been helping him to lose some weight (a good thing). She loves playing in the yard.

She goes on a couple walks each day but is still fearful of people walking or jogging toward her. She does not like the passing cars. She is making slow improvement. She still hides in the truck or is in constant movement (asmuch as her seatbelt will allow). But without vehicles for a while she did not get much practice. These things aside, she is great and truly seems to be enjoying life.

I had intended to go online when I arrived home to save a picture of Peaches'puppies. I waited to long and missed that opportunity. Do you know of someone that may have a photo that could be emailed to me?

Here are photos of Peaches with the Monkey that you gave her, one of her and Jessie (cat) watching the other cat, Scout, playing on the floor and Peaches and Brad resting the day after she arrived home. Hopefully, they do not cause problems with the memory on your computer.

Thank you again,

Barbara
One of the Mushiest Animals (July 2004)
One of the Mushiest Animals (July 2004)

Here's an email I received re: Georgie, the little Golden Retriever boy that had the huge hole in his neck when we pulled him from the shelter. - Katie

Dear Katie,

Hello there! I just wanted to send you an update on dear sweet Georgie (now Simba) and how well he is doing. He is one of the mushiest animals we've ever met and by the night of the first day, he and Ebony fell in love with one another. They play so hard that the other owners in the neighborhood are afraid to put their doggies in our backyard! They are about the same size now (if you can believe it) and Doctor says Simba still has some ways to go. He is so devoted and so well-behaved, just a wonderful, wonderful son that we couldn't have asked for better. Luckily he and Ebony have a fence to play in when it's nice enough out but it only takes Simba about five minutes before he wants to come inside where the rest of the clan is. He loves the neighborhood and all the children and is so great that even the small children will pet him (unlike his sister who is a wild one). The people at day care constantly love having him come because they say that he just gets along with every type of dog there is.

We just wanted to thank you so much for taking such great care of him and for saving him. He is just so wonderful and we will be eternally grateful for all your love towards him. And if he could speak, I'm sure he would say the same thing.

Thank you again,

Dani, Jim, Ebony, and Simba
Candy for Hayden (July 2004)
Candy for Hayden (July 2004)

Hi Nadean,

Just thought I'd let you know that Hayden is doing fine. He and Candy were buddies from the start. She's been great with helping him get into our routine and he follows her around everywhere (which is a good thing because she's a very wise girl). Hayden's favorite playmate is Crystal, my brother and sister-in-law's Golden Retriever. They live on the other side of our pasture and Hayden and Crystal will look for each other now, and run circles around each other between the barn and my brother's house. My niece and nephew have also become big fans and look forward to playing with him. Dale (my husband) has also fallen in love with him and so far has taught him to 'sit' on request in just a couple quick lessons. And my mom, who lives on the other side of our pasture, has been spoiling him with Milkbone 'cookies' and calling him her 'grandson'. We had a neighborhood 4th of July cookout Saturday and Hayden has won the approval of all our farmer neighbors around. In other words, he has fit right in. I'm attaching some pictures: Hayden (chewing on his rawhide bone) and Dale in the living room (our usual evening spot), Haden and Candy getting Milkbones at my mom's house, Hayden and Candy exploring one of the pastures and Hayden and Candy in our yard. I thought you might enjoy seeing how he was doing.

I hope all is going well and your adopt-a-thon was successful.

Take care,

Jane
Marco's Shadow (July 2004)
Marco's Shadow (July 2004)

Hello

Suzie I just wanted to give you an update on our new baby Marco. We did change his name. Andrea liked the name 'Shadow' because of the gray underneath the black.

He is adjusting very well and loves Andrea. He is sleeping with her. She says that he curls up next to her in bed at night. He definitely knows Andrea. I was holding him last night and he was just about asleep and she came down from doing her homework. As soon as he heard her voice he was wide awake and wanting her.

Shadow and Cari are doing really go together. The first night they hissed at each other more so her than him. He was very meek to her. Last night they were funny with each other. They chased each other and played leap frog. I can already tell a bit of difference in Cari. She is ready to settle down at night when we go to bed. She really just needed theactivity. I am still keeping him closed off to her during the day while we are at work. I hope after the weekend I will be able to let them play during the day also together.

I just thought you would like to know how things are going. Have a great day.
Emma's New Home (July 2004)
Emma's New Home (July 2004)

Hi. Thank you for suggesting Deb K call us about Emma. We fell in love with her instantly. She has adapted well to her new home after only two inside accidents which I attribute to nerves. She has gained more confidence each day and has already met several new friends -- human and canine. Everyone is struck by her sweet personality and comments on her beautiful eyes. I can tell she would really like to chase after the squirrels and rabbits we see on our daily walks so we're working on that!

Thanks to Deb K for fostering Emma and for the fine work of the CARE organization. We are delighted that Emma has become a part of our family and look forward to enjoying her company for many years to come.

Best wishes to you all,

Melanie
Roadside Andy Gets a Bed (June 2004)
Roadside Andy Gets a Bed (June 2004)

Good evening Dorasue,

Well, by the time I hit the part of Hwy 64 where I was up to travelingspeed of around 65...Andy finally laid down and rested. Before that hestood or sat looking out at the scenery, it was so sad, as if he knew hewas leaving it behind. He didn't whine or anything, some occasionalnervous yawns but I was very proud of the way he traveled. When I stoppedfor gas, I opened the back and he was good and ready for some petting timeand oh, did those eyes ever melt my heart!

He's been good here, hasn't paid any mind to his dog bed in the family roombut we did put him in the crate in our bedroom just while we ate dinner. He was relctant to eat until Cade started taking kibbles out and droppingaround dish and that seems to make it more appetizing as he is now eatingour of Ford Christian's hand and mine. He's been on two walks with ustonight and is getting the smells of the neighborhood down pat. We went bya few dogs on electric fences who barked up a storm at us and Andy simplypulled towards them somewhat and looked. Didn't bark back or anything. How does he let you know he has to go out, though? He sort of barked atthe back door but it was quiet and when I got him out right away he didn'tdo anything. Let me know how to play this and in the meantime I'll keeptaking him out or for walks often enough to alleviate any urgent needs.

Guess what? I just went out to check on him b/c it was so quiet (thatusually spells trouble with the boys) and guess who is sleeping on his bedin the corner of the family room? He has explored the house but for themost part stays near one of us (he's so good with both boys ALREADY) forsome pets or possibly stray crumbs or treats.

Well, had to email you and let you know not to worry. I think you're aspecial soul to do what you do for these animals. I promise to make him agood home here with us and if ever, for some unthinkable reason, I had tofind him a new home---you and CARE would be getting the phone call. Not alikely scenerario but I want you to know I understand your desires and willfollow your wishes in the event the unthinkable someday happens. Thanks somuch--will be in touch and hope to get some pics taken, then scan them so Ican email them to you.

Take care and thanks again (and again) AND tell your husband I know fullwell what a good dog I'm getting--

DEBBIE

Update, August 2004:

Remember Roadside Andy? At my suggestion he went for 3 1/2 weeks of basictraining with Donnie. This is Andy after he returned from doggieboot camp. - Dorasue

Sometimes I let him sleep in Ford's room at night with him. Other nights he seems to like to go in his crate (if the door is left open and he can walk right in).

Sorry for being out of touch. Just been busy but everyone says what a nice dog our Andy boy is and I couldn't be happier seeing him with the boys and the boys with him.

Take care,
DEBBIE
An Eye for an Eye (June 2004)
An Eye for an Eye (June 2004)

This is right up there with one of the best Happy Endings and I wanted to share!

A Chatham County citizen called the shelter to pick up a very pitiful orange tabby cat that had wandered onto her property. When Floyd got there, he saw a skinny, orange male cat with a large patch of hair missing around his neck and left shoulder and only one eye. One-eyed Jack (as he became affectionately known) had a dog collar so tightly around his neck and shoulder that it had begun to rub into the skin.

Tina and Floyd saw something kind and gentle in this fellow and so spared him despite his looks and having only the one eye.

I am pleased to relate that 'Jack' has found a wonderful home due to Stacey thinking on her feet. She told a friend who already has a cat with one eye about him and it was love at first sight! They are doing well and the following is a brief update. Yeah!!!!

- Karen
Thought you might appreciate a 'Jack' update, his name will continue to be 'Jack'. Catherine (his mom) adores him. Today, he went to Hill Creek for his check-up and neutering. He tested negative for Leukemia and AIDS (yea!!!), but he does have a upper resp. infection so the put him on an antibiotic and will wait to neuter him. The URI is causing his 'good' eye to drain.

Catherine says that he is doing fabulous....he's very comfortable and content. I'm sure that once he's feeling 100% they will enjoy one another even more!Thank you for spreading the word on him. She could not be happier. They are both lucky!

Stacey
Kentucky Derby (May 2004)
Kentucky Derby (May 2004)

This once again is Kona, adopted from me last year. He is a pampered pooch!
Frances


Dear All,

As you can see from the attachment, Kona was ready to compete but alas, the Derby is for three year olds and he is only one.

We had a great time at our friends Dave and Trish's Derby party, though our horses didn't win, place or show.

Love,

John and Suzie
Daisy, Daisy, ... (May 2004)
Daisy, Daisy, ... (May 2004)

Daisy was rescued from the middle of the highway with her sister, Sadie, both of whom were malnourished and tick-ridden.

- Katie


As you can see from the attached photo she is happy and healthy and quickly endeared herself to whole family. She survived a 16 hour road trip at Thanksgiving and is happiest when surrounded by her adoring family.

I recently started working from home and she is great company; though she hasn't mastered completing my expense reports, she is always eager to take a walk with me up the road to drop packages in the FedEx box. She loves to take long walks but is also content to snooze while we watch TV. She is socialable with other dogs and has many 4-legged friends in the neighborhood. She always draws praise for her good nature and we always share the great work done by CARE, encouraging friends and acquaintances that if they want a dog they need to look at the CARE website.

Sincerely,

Nick Allen
Jake and Cricket (May 2004)
Jake and Cricket (May 2004)

Hey Dorasue,

Just happened to be thinking about you :-) so I think I'd drop you an email to say that Jake is getting along great. When Cricket returned home after her stay at the Doggie Spa, she seemed much happier and more ready to accept Jake as her new buddy; must have been hanging out w/ a *lot* of other dogs for a wk+ as they let those that 'play nice' play together in a big yard. Anyway, though they don't fawn over each other, they do chase each other around the yd more now. They are obviously comfortable with each other. I think Jake would give Cricket space if she snapped at him, but she doesn't and he often sort of half lies on her if she's on her pillow and he wants to lie there, too. I had them both in the truck the other day and Cricket was lying on the seat taking up most of the space, so Jake just laid down on top of her and she didn't seem to mind at all; quite funny. :-D

We've been taking them both up to Smith Mtn Lake with us every wkend as we go up to work on the condo. Cricket generally lies in the footwell at my feet and Jake generally sits up on the seat between Carl and me. He sometimes tries to lie down on the seat, but he's really too big to fit on it lying down. :-D Sometimes he partially lies in our laps. We sort of look like the Culhanes going to town. :-D We put some cardboard in the back of the truck (it has a camper shell on it) and they don't mind riding back there, but we usually have too much stuff back there for them to fit. Jake really likes to look around when he rides and gets all excited when he sees a horse or cow or something in a field. I'll say 'look Jake' and he seems to understand that I'm trying to point out something interesting and he looks all around eagerly; too funny. :-D

He minds us a little better now, but he's still got quite a mind of his own. I thought he must have gotten out the other night after we called and called him and didn't hear one peep. Turned out he'd just gotten interested in something in a hole in the back and had his nose stuck in that and had no intention of paying any attention to us. We've been working fast and furiously on this condo every wkend, so Carl hasn't had time to finish the new fencing yet. So they are both staying in the mini-pen during the day. We've got some friends doing some rock veneering on the house right now and they stay out of the mini-pen while Randy is there. Randy and Glenda love dogs and Jake and Cricket both seem to like having them around during the day.

Jake has gotten himself into a little trouble a couple of times at the condo. Once he dashed out of the door after being commanded to stay. Carl dashed out after him and when he realized Carl was chasing him, he made a big circle and ran as fast as he could *back* to the condo. I think Carl runs faster than Jake does! It was funny to watch the chase. :-D Carl scolded him pretty severely and he *really* doesn't like to be scolded (it hurts his feelings terribly). So, pretty much every time now, all we have to do is say 'stay' and he backs right up.

The other trouble he got into was taking a dump *4* different times downstairs on the carpet in the condo! You're right that he'll tell you when he wants to go out...but he *always* wants to go out! So, we can never tell when he just *wants* to go out and when he *needs* to go out, as he whines fairly constantly when he's in and we're around (as opposed to when we're sleeping, when he's great). So, his freedom to roam the condo unattended got severely cut after the 1st couple of trips! Carl periodically takes a break from working and takes him on these *long* walks (he won't go if it's just a short walk) and the pattern has pretty much become that he won't go until the 2nd day we're there (though he broke that pattern once, so Carl doesn't trust him on *any* day now :-).

The tick situation must be bad this yr, because we've found more ticks on both Jake and Cricket already this yr than we found on *both* Jasper and Cricket *all* of last yr. We just put some more Top Spot on 'em last wk, so hopefully that'll help the situation.

Carl hasn't forgotten about your collar either. He's looked a couple of times for one of those flat ones that attaches directly to the collar and couldn't find one (at PetsMart and another of those places). We hope to have our weekly work at the condo finished over Mem Day wkend and we'll try to find one after that and get your collar back to you. :-)

Hope you've had some nibbles for Andy, though I see he's still listed on the CARE site. I told Andrew he should adopt him, but before he even got a chance to think about it, he and Susie picked up another stray at a service station. They call her Rose and Andrew has her at his house right now. She has heartworms and they're having her treated right now.

Hope you enjoyed the Jake update. :-) and, though he can be a little annoying and give us a little scare sometimes by not paying any attention to us calling him, Carl frequently says while petting him, 'Dorasue was right. He really is a big, handsome love-a-muffin.' and he really is! :-)

Take care,

Mary E.

PS--Mr Bear and Mr Duck are still surviving and Jake still loves giving themplenty of attention. :-)
Letter from Madi (May 2004)
Letter from Madi (May 2004)

Dear Foster Mom-Katie,

I was laying around on the bed with my new Mommy this afternoon watching some T.V. when I decided I should write you.

This apartment thing is a little smaller than I bargained for, but I am getting used to it. I get to go outside a lot and there is always someone walking with me! Cool, hey? I miss the big yard a little, but I get to spend lots more time in the a/c now. My new uncle has 3 friends I get to go play with every week at their house where they have a yard. Their names are Murphy (husky), Charlie and Jewel (Australian Shepherds). Jewel is a real 'female dog', he-he, so I love to play with the boys. They wrestle good!

I have two of my own beds, and I occasionally use them. They're not too bad. One is under the dining room table where I like to lay and chew while they have dinner and I wait for something to drop and I can grab. I do like the King size air mattress in the bedroom best though. Daddy's side is too soft, I like Mommy's side better.

I just LOVE going for rides in the car. It totally rocks!! I got to go to PetsMart twice so far and picked a toy every time to bring home. I also got a bath and grooming at their salon last Sunday. I made my new Mommy sneeze too much, I guess. :-)

I have included some pictures my Mommy took of me for you. You can put them on the C.A.R.E. website if you want. Mommy makes me crazy with the camera. She always takes pictures of me. Hopefully she will get used to me soon and stop all the flashing in my eyes. LOL

Well that is about all the news for now. I am doing O.K. on the 'house training/pooping on a leash thing. I had some accidents in the house but my Mommy does not get upset. She just gets this big, loud machine that sucks it up when I am done. I am not too fond of the vacuum and carpet cleaner but I am getting used to them. (Mommy cleans a lot.) I am also not too fussy about my leash anymore. I chewed one harness off and they tossed it in the trash. Now I have a new collar that I like better.

I hope all the friends back there are doing well! Talk to you soon.

Mardi
Happy Cappy (April 2004)
Happy Cappy (April 2004)

Cappy was an eight pound pup in the Chatham shelter in January and he found a wonderful home three weeks later. Here he is at ten weeks and then at five months.
A Good Friday for Tasha (April 2004)
A Good Friday for Tasha (April 2004)

From: Dorasue
Tasha has been adopted! Tina said Tasha was a true blessing for her. She had been searching for a pet. To be adopted on Good Friday just makes the hair stand up on my arms. This was just ment to be.
She is telling her friends at Fearrington about us and how we need donations. Her daughter from N.Y. is coming to visit this summer and Tina said she wants us to help her find a dog.

From: Nadine
I am the person who picked up Tasha from the missionaries whose brother just died the night before in Greensboro. It was such a load off the minds of the missionaries that we were willing to come to help in their time of need and sorrow. Tasha meant the world to her former owner who died from liver cancer. I think we have been blessed with these donations because we really came to the aid of these kindhearted people. Tasha's owner died in peace knowing that his brother would find the right place for his beloved dog. When they searched for a home for her, we were there to help. Their eyes spoke deeply of their gratitude to us. Now through Dorasue's diligence, Tasha can start over with another devoted master. She will receive loving care in her declining years. The moral of this story is: If you do a good deed, it will come back to bless you multifold. Blessings just come packaged in different ways.
MinPin, MaxFun (April 2004)
MinPin, MaxFun (April 2004)

Emmylou d04123kw (who is actually EllieMay) has been adopted via the website, and is now in a wonderful home in High Point with her new 8 year old MinPin brother, Rudy (picture attached). They LOVE each other, play fun games, take naps on the picnic table together, and snuggle up with their mom and dad to sleep.
Beezy and Buddy's Saga (March 2004)

03/15/2004

Just wanted to followup on the happy endings for Beezy and Buddy, the two Boston Terriers that were at the shelter for neglect...

Shannon got them out of the shelter Friday, after securing a foster space for them with a wonderful lady in Concord. She then made the drive down to Concord to meet the woman at the vet hospital there, where she also works. They whisked Beezy and Buddy off for numerous tests and found that they were in pretty poor health. Unfortunately, not a big surprise after looking at those two.

Shannon told me that Beezy was talking to EVERYONE in the room. ARR ARR ARR'ing as she always did, explaining all that has happened to her, and making sure that everyone was paying attention!!

These two souls are now sleeping in a warm home where the rest of the time they have left will be spent being loved and comforted.

Carrie
03/16/2004

Fortunately the Boston Terriers were released to us [Chatham County Animal Shelter] on 3/10 by the judge. Unfortunately all monies and fees were remitted because the animal owner has no job; no money and is living in a women's shelter. The AC Division is now stuck with over approx. $1000.00 in fees and vet bills! That does not include the fact that the taxpayers money in court fees were lost too. The owner received 25 hours of community service and the judge expects her to pull this service at the animal shelter no less. I don't think so.

The woman who allowed her dog to freeze to death. All monies remitted and she can't own a dog for 2 years. The judge actuallygave us a choice. He would fine her the $50.00, sentence jail time suspend that and assign community service or not own a dog for 2 years. Couldn't get it all?? Such a tremendous waste.

I hope anyone who reads this now comprehends why we are so reluctant to take cases into the court room.

- Randie
03/17/2004

Randie, Michael and all,

As frustrating as it may be to not always get the outcome you would like in an animal cruelty case, consider the following:

With the exception of the dog for whom it was too late, 'Breezy', 'Buddy', 'Princess' and the rabbit are alive and well because of what you did. Princess sits in a cage at PetsMart right now, healthy and active and certain to be adopted soon. B & B are in good hands. All because of what you did.

Based on how I read your comments, the two defendants have criminal convictions which will follow them for life because of what you did.

One defendant cannot own animals for two years--a condition which you guys get to oversee. So for at least two years you have the authority to ensure that she does not own, possess and abuse any more animals.

Working in the criminal justice system is always frustrating. It's the nature of the work. But, as a prosecutor, I learned a long time ago that it isn't about winning, losing or saving taxpayers money (fines go to the schools), it is all about doing justice for the victims. And you have done that.

Merely taking the animals and not prosecuting the owners would have taught the defendants nothing. And the community would not have known that you are serious about not tolerating cruelty to animals. That will help animals in ways that you will never know about, because it acts as a deterrent.

You may need to focus some attention on educating your prosecutors and judges, but never forget where these animals would be if you had not acted. It is always worth doing! And thank you all for doing it.

- Joan
Good Night, Jolie (March 2004)

I just wanted to tell everyone how happy I am with the kitten (well, she's almost a cat now) I adopted from CARE last fall. Her name was Jolie and she was fostered by Martha. Now she's Laila Tov, which means Good Night in Hebrew. She's an all black kitten and I adopted her on Rosh Hashannah, the Jewish New Year, so a Hebrew name seemed appropriate. She is a constant joy, a sweet, loving kitten, who gets along with our other cat and loves our dog. Thank you to everyone who had a hand in taking care of her until she found her home with me.

- Deborah
Tartan: Shelter to Petsmart to Forever Home (March 2004)
Tartan: Shelter to Petsmart to Forever Home (March 2004)

Tartan was one of the shelter cats that went to Petsmart this month.

Hey Karen,

Tartan is doing GREAT, we made the right decision on getting him, he is the most loving cat I have ever had. As of today he has full access to the house, he went to the animal clinic on Friday morning, he had a check up and blood work done, he is healthy and happy.

I am so thankful to have been able to adopt him, we did not want to change his name since he already had that name, we call him Tarter for short.

I will keep you posted, Thank you again for your help. So glad to hear that all the other cats found homes.

Wade
Sweetie and Sally (February 2004)
Sweetie and Sally (February 2004)

Hi Pam and Frances,I just had to give you an update on Sweetie after I went to visit my sisters in Virginia over the Christmas holiday.

Sweetie seems to be so happy with my sister, Sally, and Sally has been transformed! I never thought I'd see the day when Sally would adopt a dog.And to see them both so happy is wonderful. I actually witnessed Sweetie licking Sally's face and Sally just giggled and smiled and said how much she loved Sweetie (Sally would hardly pet a dog, before, much less let one lick her!). Sally has become so much more relaxed, is much easier to get along with, and generally seems so happy. I think it is all due to Sweetie - they needed each other. Sally told me that she has been forced to be more outgoing and talk to people when she is out walking Sweetie. On Christmas day, there were two presents for Sweetie on the doorstep from some of her admirers...Boomer, and Molson. Hee haw! She's very popular.

Here's a picture...Sally takes Sweetie with her everywhere (this is at Judy's house - Judy lives a few miles from Sally). Pam, I thought you'd appreciate this one. At first Sally said she wasn't going to let Sweetie on the furniture. That lasted about 2 days. Then she said she wasn't going to allow Sweetie to sleep with her. After about a week, Sally started carrying Sweetie up the stairs at bed time. (Now Sweetie can get up and down the stairs by herself).

I just had to let you know how Sweetie has changed Sally's life. I really mean it! And Sweetie couldn't have ordered a nicer home - she is very well cared for and loved.

Oh, and btw, Sweetie's favorite treats are carrots (especially the baby carrots). She's such a weird dog!

Hope you guys are well. Happy holidays!
- Nancy
In Perfect Harmony (February 2004)
In Perfect Harmony (February 2004)

Hey Karen! Wanted to drop you a line and let you know how Harmony is doing. She is a WONDERFUL cat. My husband and I both really love her. She seems to be recovering more from her surgery and is getting used to her surroundings. She starting to venture downstairs more to be with us...even if the dog is around. She's starting to ignore the dog and is even getting playful. She hasn't played much since she's been here, but then she basically came here, we left for the holiday...she went to Petshotel...then she had surgery. So now she's pretty much getting used to the place. She is definitely a lap cat...as soon as you make a lap, there she is! She's in my lap right now as I type, rubbing my arm and begging for petting.

And we are VERY proud of her as she caught a mouse in our house last night!! She finally has earned her keep...heehee. She got loads of treats and petting after that...we've had a little mouse problem off and on, more so when the weather gets cold. Go Harmony!! Between her and our terrier, I think the mice will be thinking twice now!

Anyway, she's doing great, we totally love her and can't imagine her not being around. And you're right...she's very vocal. I think I'm learning her different meows. I have to go now...Harmony is insisting I pay attention to her...

Laura
Do You Want To Go For A Ride? (January 2004)
Do You Want To Go For A Ride? (January 2004)

Another wonderful happy ending. And to think, this is the same dog that had to be placed in the car, kicking and screaming, and would shake until she got out of the car. Amazing what the right socialization can do!

- Pam


Pam-

Hello! Sorry it has been so long since we updated you on Brenda. She is more than any dog person could ever wish for!! She is a joy and has a wonderful nature! By taking her on frequent short car rides over to the park, we have created a car 'monster.' When in the house, all we have to do is ask her, 'Do you want to go for a ride?' She sprints to the door and sits and wait to be harnessed up. She jumps right in on her own and sits calmly on the back seat. While at the park, her favorite thing to do is chase birds and squirrels. We also always take her to see the kids and they always love to pet her. She responds very well and after a little initial fear, she licks their hands and wags her tail. We recently took her out to the park in the snow and she was like a snow plow. We took her off her leash for the first time there and she went head strong into burying her nose and running around. It was hilarious! She is absolutely brillant. We are getting ready to sign her up for dog training, but in the mean time have been teaching her a few tricks. She can sit, lay down, and we are working on shaking and standing. We spent Christmas at Brian's parents, who absolutely adored her and wanted to keep her. She was a perfect dog the whole time, expect for the one incident in which she had a little turkey and mashed potatoes, I don't think she stopped licking her lips the whole night, haha. Brian and I wanted to know what your address is so that we can send you a few pictures of her. We would like to thank you for choosing us to be her parents.

Thanks-
Cindy and Brian
Rufus Rehomed (January 2004)

Just wanted to update all on the two declawed cats that needed rehoming (they lived with toddler and had stopped using the litterbox). Diane had requested an older cat a while back and she adopted the male buff tabby, Rufus, from these folks. Apparently, a very good match! Yeah!

Good things do happen!


- Karen
Hi All!

Oh, do I ever love Rufus. He has settled in wonderfully. My 3 year old cat has accepted him well, the 1 year old tends to avoid him, I think he looks like a giant to her because she is a miniature cat only about the size of a 6 month old kitten. There were growls and hisses when I first let him out from the containment room but that has all stopped.

He has truly made himself at home, eats with the other two with no problems, loves to sleep in the closet on a pillow in one of those closet organizers metal shelving units but now hangs out with us in the common living areas all the time. He chases after toy mice and other silly toys I have, he's a hoot.

I just want to thank you all for your part in Rufus becoming a part of my life...THANKS!

- Diane




Diane, I am so glad that you were able to find the perfect cat for you and at the same time, give Rufus the loving home he deserves. Maybe the couple you adopted Rufus from will now be able to handle the other kitty as a single. Thanks for following up on his situation. He seems like a wonderful kitty! Glad to have been able to help!

- Karen Pool, CARE


Fiona Finds the Sun (January 2004)
Fiona Finds the Sun (January 2004)

Remember Fiona, the little whippet mix I pulled from the shelter? Here's an update and picture on her cute self! Somehow, I was able to find the PERFECT person for her just when I thought she was going to be here forever!

- Katie

Hey Katie! Hope you are doing well. Fiona and I are getting along great!!

Back in December, we moved to a townhome. Just about every neighbor in the cul-de-sac has a dog. So, Fiona has been making lots of new friends. Despite the winter weather, we continue to get out quite a bit. Yesterday, we went to Columbia, SC for a hike. Fiona did 5 miles - no problem. She rides in a crate in the car.. During the day, she stays home with full run of the house. She follows the sun throughout the day....lying in its rays by the windows and sliding glass door. Although she is still nervous around groups of new people, she tends to warm-up quickly. When company is over, she definitely wants to be in the room with everyone.

We spent our first weekend apart last Saturday and Sunday. Fiona stayed at a friend's boarding facility. Since she gets along so well with other dogs, she was able to stay inside the house with the operators and several of their dogs and clients' showdogs. She curled up with a Pointer named Laker on the couch. When she was out in the exercise area, she ran and played with THREE borzoi. I was told that she easily kept up with them. She slept for two days straight after returning home.

Keep in touch!!!

Jeannie and Fiona
Jethro: One Man's Best Friend (December 2003)
Jethro: One Man's Best Friend (December 2003)

I adopted out Jethro in June of 2002, it's nice to hear back from adopters! He was a goofy two-shoes, large, counter-surfing GR mix. Kelly is their other dog.

Pam


Hi Pam,

I have been meaning to write to you for a long time. If you don't remember me, I adopted Jethro. My wife Kevan and I did. He has a new name, Jackson, I may have told you, and he makes me smile everyday. I have never had a dog that acts so much like a human, but Jackson is definitely as close as it gets. He was my best friend in the world while my wife was deployed this past year. Kelly has learned as much as she can from Jackson. She still has a ways to go. Anyway, I wanted to drop you a line and let you know he is doing great. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

Bruce
Beauty Before Age (December 2003)
Beauty Before Age (December 2003)

I just wanted to give you a brief update on Beauty. We are enjoying every minute with her. We don't have any complaints. Adopting an older dog has been great - no chewing, no begging, and no accidents. She loves going on walks and actually won't go to the bathroom unless she's on a long walk! Our yard will appreciate that! She's a bit apprehensive about going up to the second story. She likes to stay downstairs which isn't a problem at all. We have been able to change her eating to the afternoons quite easily. We are changing her name to Aussie and it's starting to sink in. We hope to start obedience training within the next week or two once she gets used to her name.

Tracy
Prissy and Gracie...Precious and Adorable (November 2003)
Prissy and Gracie...Precious and Adorable (November 2003)

I wanted to give you an update on Prissy and Gracie. Both kitties are doing fabulous! You should see them. They have grown quite a bit (Prissy weighs in at 6 1/2 lbs and Gracie at 5 1/2 lbs.). They both had their surgery on September 26 or 27 (whichever day is a Friday) and did marvelously. I took vacation to stay home with them but after the initial sleep medicine wore off, they were both live wires. It was hard to keep them still and from jumping up on everything.

They are completely recovered now and are running around like a couple of wild Indians. They LOVE each other and when you see one you usually see the other close behind. They have a couple of favorite toys --- Teenie Beanie Babies --- that they carry around the house in their mouths (probably like they would their own babies). They are precious! The Beanies end up in the strangest places. Most afternoons when we get home from work, the Beanies are 'deposited' somewhere in our bedroom (usually in the middle of the bed). They must be 'showing off their prize catches.'

Prissy has the most beautiful coat and fluffy tail. She is definitely part Maine Coon and plays the 'Prissy' part very well. When she gets mad about something, that tail fluffs out and looks almost as large as she is. Cute!

Gracie is beautiful as ever. She sits gracefully in the window box (inside the dining room window) that my husband, Sawyer, built for them. Whenever we pull up in the yard, she is waiting in the window for us.

Both girls love the bathroom sink. They jump up there in the evening as if to say, 'I need to brush my teeth for bed too.' And in the mornings when I am getting ready for work, they are right in my sink trying to catch water coming out of the faucet. They love to get between the outside shower curtain and the inside liner and walk along the edge of the tub while I take a shower. Gracie has been known to get IN the shower (at the end where the water doesn't reach) while I'm in the shower! Imagine that! She's a mess.

They love to get up on the computer when I am working. Gracie sits on my lap and Prissy lays on the side table, basking in the sunlight streaming in the windows.

We have lots of deer that eat in our yard and the cats don't know what to make it them. When we first saw them sit up straight, jump on the end table and stand erect while looking out the window, we didn't know what to make of it. Then, one day we looked out. Lo and behold, deer were outside the window eating. Those cats certainly are smart!

Well, enough bragging for now. Just wanted to 'catch you up' on the girls. Thank you both for allowing us to adopt them. They are precious and adorable and we can't imagine our life without them! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Sue and Sawyer
Homer at Home (November 2003)
Homer at Home (November 2003)

Hi Katie and Ski! Sorry for the very long delay in writing. Our first year with Homer has gone by so fast! During the summer, Homer enjoyed being outside with me while I studied. This fall, he's been joining us for our semi-monthly trips to Virginia for football games. Homer stays with my folks on the farm, where he plays with their Briard, Australian Cattle dog mix and terrier mix dogs and on occassion, my sister's Briard and Beagle. He has a blast! Homer has overtaken our hearts! As I write, he's laying next to me sound asleep with his hacky-sack safe in his paws. I do hope his siblings are as loved and happy as he is. Just today he traveled with us to Virginia to visit Mark's family. Homer is loved by all; he's very talented at giving big kisses and making everyone feel his love. To date, Homer weighs 40 pounds and has grown a beautiful plume of hair on his short tail. I can't bear to cut this 'puppy' hair!

I have been working on a 'happy beginnings' story as our first anniversary approaches. I think of Homer as a happy beginning instead of a happy ending. He really has brought so much love to our home. He's become very adept at stealing covers from us, chasing squirrels and morning doves, and giving me morning backrubs (he wakes me by prancing on my back)! He and Mark greet me each morning with coffee and snuggles. Thank you for making our home complete with Homer!

Big Hugs from Homer and his family!
Wonderful World of Disney (November 2003)
Wonderful World of Disney (November 2003)

Cindy, how wonderful! Thanks for letting me know. He was a great fellow. Couldn't have done it without Siamese Rescue! Yeah!!!! Cat fosters, Disney was the siamese mix boy of Carrie's that ended up at the shelter a few months back. He ended up going to Virginia to the Siamese Rescue center there and finally is adopted! Just thought some might remember him.

--Karen


Karen,

Just wanted to let you know that Disney finally got adopted! There were a lot of emails flying today as the volunteers who had gotten to know him both rejoiced for him and were sad to see him go. He was quite the popular snuggle bug at the main center. He never met a lap he didn't like. :-) Such a wonderful boy. I am so glad he has found his forever home!

Cindy
Valentine Wins Title...and Hearts (October 2003)
Valentine Wins Title...and Hearts (October 2003)

I adopted Valentine(a shepherd mix puppy) around Valentine's day in 2002. This past weekend she earned her first UKC Ag1 title. This was her first competition and she earned a title. She has been a joy in our life and we can never repay all of the love and happiness she brought to our family when we needed it most. Thanks again for everything you do for these animals.

Sincerely, Beth
Wade and His New Pal, Stan (September 2003)
Wade and His New Pal, Stan (September 2003)

Hi Karen,

Sorry it has taken me so long to get some pictures to you. The cute things always happen when I don't have the camera. We are all doing very well. Wade is integrating very well, and Stan and him have started experimenting with physical contact. They are totally comfortable around each other, but purposeful touching is slow-coming. He really is working out great. I have figured out that while laying in bed, when he starts making biscuits right up at my neck that I can turn over really slowly to get a back massage.

Well, I just wanted to give you an update. I hope you have been successful with your other adoptions.

Thanks, Betsey
Lindy Loo Horse Poo (September 2003)
Lindy Loo Horse Poo (September 2003)

This is Belinda, woods pup, with new name (hah)! - Pam

Lindy Loo Horse Poo is doing very well...she has found her voice and now barks to go out...to come in...when the cats are looking at her...when Shorty is in her way...when a leaf falls...its rather cute. She is also doing well in obedience class. We still have the occasional 'meltdown' where she gets overwhelmed and sits on my feet braced up against my legs for reassurance...or tries to drag me to the car to go home =) She still is an early bird...wakes up around 5 in the morning...now has Shorty on her schedule so he is squirming and rolling around on the rug and 'shnerfulling' and 'warfulling' to go out early also. We have discovered some new playmates, a friend has a couple of golden retrievers and we went over for playtime and a nice walk. Lindy still is fearful of cars but settles back into the curious puppy mode rapidly. She has discovered that Munch the old terrier isn't as hostile as Shorty can be (although he tries...just has fewer teeth). Although he is now having breathing problems so I don't know how things will progress. Lindy likes to see what he has hidden in his dog bed and roots around him. I will try to get some more pictures and send them on...She has really filled out, is almost 46 lbs! I'll keep you posted, Mary
Marketing a Chessie (September 2003)
Marketing a Chessie (September 2003)

Hi Mary Lou,

My name is Carrie Griffin, and I'm a volunteer/foster with Chatham Animal Rescue & Education in Pittsboro, NC. I go to the shelter a couple of times a week to take pictures, and do what I can to get the animals out of there. Unfortunately, they are overcrowded and euthanize once and sometimes twice a week.

There is a beautiful owner surrendered Chessie in the shelter that can be put down at any time. He is about 8 months old, and the owners said that he is good with kids and other animals. I have a not so great picture of him that I'll attach.

If you're interested, please have someone call the shelter asap, and/or go there to see him. He seems like a wonderful dog, and I'm afraid he may be out of time.

Thanks so much for your help, Carrie Griffin
Hi Carrie-

Thanks so much for your email. I admire your drive in continuing to help these animals. I spoke with a kind and helpful gentleman at the shelter regarding the young male Chessie. He feels he has Rotti in him too which makes me a little uneasy just because I don't have experience with that breed BUT he also says his disposition is wonderful. I haven't spoken with Mary yet but my plans are to travel to Pittsboro on Thursday to check himout. I will make room in my home if he seems a fit..and the gentleman at the shelter says he would be safe until then.

Thanks again, MaryLou
Hi Mary Lou,

Thank you so much for at least considering this guy. You are wonderful for coming to check him out.

Please let me know if I can be of any help.

Thanks so much! Carrie
Hi Carrie-

Just thought you would like to know that your hard work and caring paid off! 'Bear' the Chessie in Pittsboro is at home with me as of yesterday afternoon. He has had a bath and looks beautiful. He adores my 9 year old daughter and gets along with my other Chessie. It will be no problem to foster him until I find his permanent home. That is unless, we fall for him. My husband and daughter already have! The older gentlemen at the shelter was happy for him too and let me bring him back to Charlotte on the contingency that I have him neutered here. Wish I could have fostered them all!

Best to you, MaryLou
Hurricane Hazel (September 2003)
Hurricane Hazel (September 2003)

Well its been near about three weeks since the eye of Hazel settled over the Goldsboro area. All have adjusted rather well as long as things go her way, Her favorite past time is playing - when she gets restless then she wants to play, then as she begins to tire she tends to want to play.

She is getting used to a daily routine in which she comes in and jumps on my chest about 5:45 just to make sure I am up in time to take her for a morning walk, then she settles in for a little breakfast and a nap. I come home at noon and we go for a walk and play for a while. At 3:30 'mommy ' comes home and it is wide open time for an hour or so. About the time she settles down then I come home and it's time to play again. She has got all the toys I could imagine a puppy ever needing, yet one of her favorites is playing with tennis balls in the back yard. She has learned to bring them back and will run for them as hard as her little legs will carry her. She has become fond of the little kiddie pool in the back yard - she finds that it is easier to blow bubbles with her nose if she stands in it.

Yesterday was her first doctor appointment, and she did really well and got a clean bill of health. We got heart worm pills and flea drops to keep her on schedule. She has gained 5 pounds (23.1).

Everyone we come across just loves her because of her unique looks. She is also becoming protective of her territory. She will bark (which, by the way, is becoming quite distinguished) at anyone or anything that comes near the yard. Heck, she will even bark in the house at 2:00 a.m. (I think sometimes she is just doing that to hear herself).

Hazel also loves to ride, and she goes every chance she gets. Last weekend we went to Grand Ma and Grand Pa's house. Grand Pa loves her, so does Grand Ma...she just doesn't know how much yet. It is fun to watch the people at a stop light when they look and see Hazel sitting up proud and looking at them.

We have done so much the past weeks, like learn to dig a hole in the yard. I took pictures of this, but Mommy is not quite as proud of this accomplishment as I was (it's not like she will fill in the hole). Tomorrow we are going to the garden spot festival in La Grange, so we look to have a good time. Hazel has brought us a lot of happiness the past few weeks, and we are adjusting to each other a lot better than we could have hoped. I will have to go now, it seems that one of my shoes has disappeared and I have all ideas who might be able to show me where it is at.

Take Care

Jerry and Cathy
Maine Coon Now Main Man (September 2003)
Maine Coon Now Main Man (September 2003)

Hi, I'm a volunteer from CARE. There is a wonderful, huge Main Coon cat at the Chatham County Animal shelter.

Please call them soon--he doesn't have much time left.

Thanks for your interest, Audie


Hey Audie,

Thanks for telling me about the Maine Coon at the Chatham Animal Shelter. I went down and adopted him this morning. He is at work with me right now, hanging out under my desk. He is such a beautiful, sweet boy. I feel even better knowing I saved his life. Thank you so much.

Sincerely, Jill
Leelu and the Dog Park (September 2003)
Leelu and the Dog Park (September 2003)

Melanie,

It's been a while since we last talked, but Kelley and I wanted to give you an update on Leelu. She is doing very well and growing up very fast. She is 17.5 pounds now (she was less than 10 when we first got her!). We're going to weekly puppy classes at Petsmart and are about half way through the course. She gets to go to the Durham Dog Park (http://www.durhamdogpark.org/) at least a few times a week and socialize with lots of other dogs. The dog park is less than a quarter mile from where we live, so it's real convenient. She is for the most part potty trained and rarely has accidents inside anymore. We took her to be spayed and micro chipped this week at our local vet. She's a little subdued right now (cute blue lampshade collar and all), but she should be her normal playful self again within a week. We've got the form for the sterilization deposit and will send it on to CARE.

Leelu has made a real happy impact on our family and we want to thank you for being there as her 'first family'. Attached is a PDF slide show of some pictures. Let me know if it doesn't display right on your computer and I can send them as individual picture files.

-Matt and Kelley
Nutmeg Goes to School (September 2003)
Nutmeg Goes to School (September 2003)

Hi Melanie,

Nutmeg has been doing great. She has settled into our home and adjusted really well. During the week while we are at work, she spends time with my mother-in-law. She has learned the sound of our garage door opener and always greets us at the door when we get home, jumping up and down in what looks most like a bucking bronco. At night and on the weekends, she follows us around the house. She loves to spend time outdoors, especially now that the weather is getting nice, and makes good use of the dog door and our yard.

We take Nutmeg to an 'obedience' class once a week. She recently graduated from her 'beginner' class and is now in a Canine Good Citizenship class. She is responding well to the training, and was able to walk around on leash last week interweaving with about 7 other dogs without trying to go and play with all the other dogs. The obedience school, Triangle Training Center, also has play sessions on Saturday from 1-3 which Nutmeg absolutely loves. Since we don't have another dog, these sessions provide a good opportunity for Nutmeg to play and socialize with other dogs. This is working real well - Nutmeg no longer barks when she sees a dog she doesn't recognize and doesn't seem to pull quite as much in an effort to go and visit.

We've recently been working with Nutmeg on letting us touch her ears. She *really* hates it when someone touches her ears, especially near the ear canal. I'm not sure the cause of this - I suspect someone in her past pulled on her ears, although it might be due to a bad ear infection. She will now let us pet the top of her head without trying to duck away, but we still can't touch the insides of her ears. This seems to be a fearreaction which seems to be getting better as Nutmeg gains trust and confidence.

I'm attaching a few pictures of Nutmeg which we've taken over the last week or so. One is of Nutmeg playing around in our yard - she has the classic 'play with me' head down and tail up position, and her coat looks wonderful in the sun.

Roy
Biscuit and Maggie and Lots of Play HEDates (September 2003)
Biscuit and Maggie and Lots of Play HEDates (September 2003)

Another happy ending to add. These were my beagle pups, Pixley (now Biscuit) and Piper (now Maggie).

Good to hear from you! (It took me a minute to get your name and Biscuit together!)....Biscuit is a doll! She's going for obedience training the next time a class starts and she's 'nearly' potty trained....I must say, she's keeping me jumping (running, more like it!) We just got back from visiting Maggie (she spends every Tuesday with Maggie and Helen) and some nights when I feel she needs to let off steam we run over to visit. They are SO funny together...Maggie is definitely the alpha dog!

Biscuit is intimidated by the cows but likes to smell noses with them. They like her better than she likes them....they are a bit large to suit her.

We are both enjoying our girls. I asked Helen tonight if she was glad she got Maggie and she said she didn't know what she'd do without her.

Biscuit got spayed several weeks ago (she went into heat way before Maggie...who still has not gone into heat)....Biscuit now weighs about 30 lbs. and Maggie is the petite little prissy girl.

I hope you survived the storm. We were without power until about a couple of hours ago. Biscuit spent her time chewing up toys!

You're doing a great job finding these babies homes. The vet said we couldn't be better matched! I know each and every one is appreciative of you! Keep up your caring work and stop by to see us after work someday (I get home every day except Tues at 6:15)....or on the weekend!

Jo Anne
Two Cats with Quirks, Please (August 2003)
Two Cats with Quirks, Please (August 2003)

Louisa and Maya were adopted last night by a nice couple. This really does prove that there is a home for every animal.

These girls are so shy that I had to fish Louisa out from under the bed and Maya stuck to the floor like a piece of paper when the couple first arrived. They wanted quiet kitties that already loved each other and didn't mind at all that there would be a long settling in period. They liked their quirks! Anyway, I can't believe it! It's a perfect home for them. I hope they behave! Their vet said he would adopt his cats to them - good enough for me. So, send them to the gallery.

They saw them on the website and had only great things to say about the site and the interactions they had with many of our foster homes. They said we were friendly and willing to go the extra mile to meet them. They could tell we cared for our animals very well. Good experience for all.

Karen
Miss Boots Was Made For Walking (August 2003)
Miss Boots Was Made For Walking (August 2003)

I just have to share how ecstatic I am that Miss Boots got adopted today by the nicest couple from Sanford.

I thought I might have her for the rest of her life because she wouldn't come down from up high on my cabinet. Plus trying to pick her up is endangering your life--she will scratch your arms to shreds.

They had recently lost a cat to cancer that looks like Miss Boots. That cat was a traumatized stray when they found him and turned into a beloved housecat. Miss Boots took to Cathy like a fish to water, letting Cathy pick her up and carry her around like they were long lost friends. WOW!!

They knew all about her being traumatized and said they preferred a traumatized kitty because they wanted to help one that would be hard to place, plus they would help by spoiling her and helping her get over her sadness at losing her family. There are some truly good people out there!I have to revise my opinion of the human race after this ;)

Thanks to CARE, this poor cat has a BETTER home than she ever had! YAY CARE!!

-Audie
From Homeless to Business Partner (August 2003)
From Homeless to Business Partner (August 2003)

Dear Chatham Animal Rescue:

I adopted a very sick kitten from the rescue last year who had herpes in her eyes and had other serious problems. Initially I was skeptical about her only because I did not want her to get my other cats sick. I am happy to report that after a year with me she is much better and the absolute love of my life. If I could order up another 5 just like her that would be great. She is my constant companion and a real love - she sits on my lap all day while I work at home. I am a jewelry designer and she likes to help with the beads and such. I would love to adopt another but because of recent financial problems it has been difficult to consider. I would really consider another adoption as soon as my situation becomes stabilized.

Anyway thought you might enjoy this picture of my Panda hanging out with me. Thanks again for my baby.

Linnea
Pawley and Her Very Own Girls (August 2003)
Pawley and Her Very Own Girls (August 2003)

This one sounds like a keeper! They love her. This is Cindy, now Pawley (she has big paws they say) with her very own girls.

Frances
Sofie Fits Right In (August 2003)
Sofie Fits Right In (August 2003)

Oh, I love these, only gone 16 hours and the dog fits in already!!!

Pam


Good Morning,

I just wanted to let you know how wonderfully Sofie is doing with us. She seems to fit right in. She is eating well already and enjoys all the love and play time she is getting. She must have been crate trained already. When it was time for bed last night I put the crate in Carrie's room and opened the door. Sofie went right into the crate and lied down for bed. She slept all night and at 7 this morning started whimpering to get out. She is a joy to have. Thank you for the care you gave her and bringing her to us.

Yvonne
Hazel: Good Life = Sleep Late, Chase Squirrels and Frogs (August 2003)
Hazel: Good Life = Sleep Late, Chase Squirrels and Frogs (August 2003)

Pam

You would not believe how well Hazel has adjusted the past few days, she did really well on the ride home, we started out walking just a short distance and now we are making the loop of the neighborhood, she let me put the retractable leash on her collar and has done so well, she is now taking me for walks. The first night we stayed up late watching the race (until midnight), when we went to bed Hazel cried for just a few minutes and went to sleep, she is a lazy bones and likes to sleep in late, but we went to see Grandma and Grandpa on Sunday and they loved her. Today was the true test when we had to go back to work, we left at 7:00 and I came home at 11:00 and we went outside, then Cathy got home at 3:00 and she was such a good girl, and no 'accidents'. Cathy played with her until I got home 'just to get her warmed up', then we walked for a mile or so, (it takes awhile though because we have to stop and sniff everything), Hazel has had the chance to meet lots of new people and they all love her (who couldn't?). We have a doctors appointment for Sept 11th, her tummy is healing just fine where she had the operation. I am hoping if it is warm Saturday to see how she responds to the doggie pool. We took pictures Sunday and will send some soon, hope all the other puppies are doing well and we will keep you updated.

Jerry and Cathy

P.S. Hazel likes Squirrels and Frogs.
Scotty: What a Sight! (August 2003)
Scotty: What a Sight! (August 2003)

Scotty the blind dog is going into the Havanese rescue program. He has a syndrome that they want to breed out of the American bloodlines. They will take blood samples to figure out what causes this syndrome, and then will try to breed out these genes. They think he never had testicles, an indicator of severe affliction by this syndrome. Blindness may be a closely-linked gene trait. I guess I was the foster for a dog who represents the worst traits of the breed. Maybe he can help improve the breed. Since the gene pool is small for this breed, so much inbreeding has caused soft bones, blindness, etc. They will get his vision corrected if possible before finding a permanent home for him. He leaves for New Mexico by car Monday, then on to Phoenix to a specialist with blind dogs. There's hope for everybody if this dog gets a home!

Nadean
Update October 2003

I'm forwarding this update about the little white blind dog Scotty that I fostered April-September until Havanese Rescue decided he was a Havanese with a genetic disorder. He now can see thanks to expensive surgery CARE could not have afforded for him. Now he can be housetrained and go on to a happy forever home. I had to share my good news!

- Nadean


Scotty can see! THIS is totally awesome, a miracle, amazing, there's just not enough words to describe how kool it is for Scotty to be able to see again. He's like a kid in a candy store, walking around looking at everything and not bumping into it. Wish you could all be here to share in this wonderful experience. We took a few pictures of him for you to enjoy. Just look at that face!

Scotty came through the cataract surgery just fine today. He is a little tired and groggy tonight from the anaesthesia, but is great otherwise. He has vision in both eyes now. Dr English said it would be hazy/blurred for a couple of days and should be completely clear within a week or so. He is going to make someone a delightful companion. We see more playfulness coming out already. He is holding his head high and walking around with a lot more confidence. Dr E estimated him to be about 2-2 1/2 years old and said the cataracts were about 18 months mature. So this little guy has been blind most of his life. Can you imagine being able to see again after being in the dark for so long? WOW!

Scotty sends lots of Hav kisses to all the Rescue volunteers who helped save his life.

Karon & Karen and Lucky & Lacey and Scotty whose 'Hav-A-Wish' has come true...Now all he needs is a forever family to adopt him.
Update December 2003

I just have to share these great pictures and update on Scotty, the pitiful blind dog we found last May. His personality has blossomed since he regained his vision after surgery. This dog went from an unidentifiable matted mop who staggered when he walked and was withdrawn to a bouncy, adorable fluffball with a family who loves him. Thanks go to Havanese rescue for taking him and covering his medical expenses. I hope his pictures make your day.

Nadean


Hi Nadean -- Just thought we would take a minute to give you a Scotty update. His eyes are doing great and his vision is about 90-95% per Dr English. How kool is that? You would not believe the difference in him. I really wish you could see him again.

However, Scotty does have some heart problems we are working on now. His blood pressure was really high (260) back in Nov at one of Dr E's check-up appt's. He recommended him to the NCSU vet school for a cardio workup. Scotty has gone in for a couple of appt's now and is on a high blood pressure med along with a med for valve disease. He has some thickening around both valves which is causing some blood regurgitation. Combine that with the murmur and high blood pressure and we have a situation to deal with. He is responding well to the meds so far and we think he will be able to live a good quality life for a long time (just not as long as normal maybe).

Karen and I are considering adopting Scotty ourselves due to his ongoing medical problems. He is doing really great here and is just adorable. He is still pretty laid back and is very lovable. He likes to give kisses and snuggles. He has the run of the house with our other 2 Havs and absolutely loves to go for walks and/or rides. We love him dearly and after caring for him for so long now, it will be almost impossible to let him go. One of these days you are going to have to give us a lesson on how to foster without getting too attached. LOL.

Please let your friends at CARE know how great Scotty is doing. Thanks again to you and CARE for keeping Scotty safe for so long. You guys are GREAT! We attached his Christmas picture for you to share with everyone. He looks really good. Feel free to post it on your website. Also included one taken a couple of weeks ago of him sleeping in his bed so you could see how the salvia stains around his hot spot have almost faded out. He is going to be cream colored all over once they are gone.

Happy Holidays,
Karon & Karen
PS. Scotty sends lots of kisses and holiday best wishes to ya'll.
Sadie: Backwoods Dog Movin' On Up (August 2003)
Sadie: Backwoods Dog Movin' On Up (August 2003)

Hi all... Sadie has been adopted via the website and is in her wonderful new home. Her new dad called today to say that she is doing beautifully, and behaves as tho she's been there all her life. She has a cute little Australian Terrier brother that she plays wonderfully with, and when they got ready for bed last night, Sadie curled up on the doggie bed next to her Dad's side of the bed. They are amazed at what a wonderful girl she is and how perfectly she fits in with their family.

Ski and I took both Daisy Mae and Sadie to meet them yesterday afternoon, and I was so proud of those girls! They were so nice, and behaved as though they had been through obedience classes... Not at all like they were just plucked from a backwoods Chatham Co. highway, tick-ridden and in a state of starvation just 3 weeks ago. It was obvious when we took them in the house that Sadie had found her home. She investigated the house, snuggled the man, had a drink of water, and then curled up on the sofa to play with a toy. I was totally amazed!

Now, to find a great home for her sister!

Katie
Nero: Fit and Happy as a Fiddle (August 2003)
Nero: Fit and Happy as a Fiddle (August 2003)

Nero was adopted by a great family yesterday. They were sooo excited, and I was too...that he was going to a home where they really wanted an energetic smart dog to walk and train and love. I wanted to go home with these people!!

Yet another miracle in my mind... this poor dog found with a broken leg who wouldn't walk or eat. Now a precious member of a loving family. Yay!!

Carrie
Max-imum Love (July 2003)
Max-imum Love (July 2003)

From Terrie, the foster:

This little guy, Max, was rescued by Katie from the shelter one Saturday. Actually the people never made it officially into the shelter with him. Katie saw max when they brought him in, his family was moving to New York and could not take him. Their young son, maybe 9 years old, was crying buckets of tears at having to give Max up. Katie brought him directly to the CARE Woof-a-Palooza from the shelter and we took him to foster. He was an absolute joy, funny as can be. We had lots of applications on him when his picture hit the website. The family that caught our fancy is from Delaware and had other daschunds. One had passed away and they wanted a companion for themselves and their remaining dog. They sounded like a great family, they drove all the way from Delaware to get him. The rest of the story is below. It is a heartbreaker but also a happy ending.


Terrie,

It's funny that you should email me now....I have been thinking of your role in bringing Max to us...and just started to email you when I received you email!

I just wanted to take the time to truly thank you for your role in bringing Max into our lives. So, from everyone in our family - 'Thank you!'

Max is an angel and a devil all wrapped into one beautiful little boy. He has brought an enormous amount of joy into our lives and that of his new little sister. After we brought Max home, Tiffany (our mini) began to show an obvious decline in health. She was diagnosed with Cushing's Disease a few months ago and treatment was not helping her. Max fell in love with her. He followed her around, enticed her to play, laid quietly next to her when she was too exhausted to move, kissed and nuzzled her as she slept, and never left her side. He shared his treats and bones with her and even made room for her in his crate. By the way, she had never of her own will set foot in a crate or cage. Attached is a picture of this amazing happening. Tiffany had a broken heart from the loss of her lifelong companion, our little boy mini Fivel. Max helped ease her pain and brought her the warmest and most loving companionship. Max began to sleep next to her in my daughter's bed. Tiffany grew to have problems breathing at night and periods of hyperventilating. Max never left her side. He would even alert my daughter of Tiffany's distress. Tiffany never went outside...we paper trained her because she hated being outside. With Max here, she began to beg to go out with him. She never ventured too far into the grass, but waited patiently on the patio for him to come back. Two weeks ago, we lost our beautiful baby girl and Max lost his new sister. Max knew what was happening and when we returned from the Vet, he howled and cried for about an hour or so....then he laid quietly with my daughter and comforted her and kissed away her tears.

Max has grown very quickly in our hearts and nothing could ever come between us. We wholly and completely love Max. He has truly grown into his personality. We have discovered that Max loves to watch Animal Planet! He watches the television and gets very excited when he sees dogs or cats. He has also learned to recognize the horses grazing across the street...when he sees horses on television he gets very excited and yippy.

He is such a beautiful soul. Unfortunately, he is also very lonely and needs a companion. My daughter and I have begun looking for a new brother or sister for Max. Just last night we saw an adorable little baby on Petfinder.com. Suprisingly, he is in Greensboro, NC! He actually looks like Max...and is almost the same age. We are going to fill out an application today. His name is Charlie and he is at Forever Friends Adoptions. They say he is a Manchester Terrier/Dachshund mix. I think they could be long lost brothers! Well, maybe new brothers. Anyway, Max is blossoming wonderfully. I have included some pictures of him. He is definitely growing...he's about 20 pounds now....and still growing ;o) Thank you again for everything and I will continue to keep you updated on Max! Have a great day!

Sharyn
Minnie Goes to the Beach (July 2003)
Minnie Goes to the Beach (July 2003)

From Katie, the foster:

Here's the note from Minnie's new mom... Looks like it's a done deal. Kathe and her son Walter drove here from Pine Knoll Shores near Emerald Isle on Saturday, and picked Minnie up from Phydeaux. They live one street back from the shore, so Minnie gets to go for walks on the beach every day. I knew if I held out long enough, I'd find the perfect home for her.....


Katie

All three of us have fallen in love with Minnie. She was excellent on the car ride home. She enjoys sleeping under her own blanket with Walter. She is soooo sweet. We are totally enjoying her. Please feel free to stop by and see her in October when you visit the island.

You may most certainly turn in our contract. Minnie is in her forever home.

Thank you so much.

Kathe, Jim & Walter
Our Bud Billy (July 2003)
Our Bud Billy (July 2003)

Hey there!

I thought you might like an update on our bud Billy.

You were right, he is so sweet and so lovey...just a total sweetie. And yes, you were also right about the chewing. I have spent the past day or two 'puppy proofing' the house and he still manages to find something (anything except his toys) to chew past recognition. I guess he thought it was time for us to get a new vacuum cleaner since he chewed through the cord while I was in the shower. I never really liked that vaccuum anyway. He also must have had some problems with the records and info file you left with me, he took it off the night stand while I was asleep and had his way with it. Luckily he must have gotten tired of it before any real damage was done.

He is really starting to feel at home in the backyard. He loves to run circles around Madison while she just looks at him like he's crazy. I'm trying to teach him to fetch...so far he will chase the ball, mess with it for a few, and then come running back to me only without the ball. We'll get it figured out soon.

His eye seems to be doing fine. I have been staying on top of his medicine and it doesn't seem to be bothering him.

Well, more later! We will check in again soon.

Billy and Cathie
From the Country to the 3rd Floor (July 2003)
From the Country to the 3rd Floor (July 2003)

The country dog finds a forever home in a 3rd floor apartment!

Lily wandered around in the country until she lucked out and found a C.A.R.E. volunteer's yard during one of the coldest days in January. Her beautiful face on the website made Sarah decide it was Lily or no one! After all, Tim had his pet cat, Ozzie, so why not find a great dog to go jogging with?

The initial visit to the apartment was a bit scary, climbing all those stairs. But living on the 3rd floor didn't keep Lily from fitting into her forever family beautifully. She goes walking by lakes, runs free in the next door outdoor track and feels right at home as an apartment dog. It'll be great when her humans finally buy a house with a fenced in yard, but learning to walk on a leash sure has benefits. Definitely, a happy ending.
We, and our Shadow... (July 2003)
We, and our Shadow... (July 2003)

Good morning Pam,

Thought I would give you an update on 'Jazzie', now known as Shadow in our home. He really is wonderful and brings many happy moments to us. Come to think of it, they are not moments, but instead they are days. He is beginning to feel more secure all the time. We renamed him Shadow because he follows me everywhere I go and when unable to do that he will find Floyd and follow him. He will still not walk in front or to the side of us at any time, which leads us to believe he has been kicked many times and does not trust anyone's foot. There have been other signs of abuse but he is really making headway with his trust of us. He thinks that his rightful place is on my lap at all times and the floor only be used as a means to get from one place to another. His supply of kisses is never ending!!

So far we have only left him alone for about an hour and he has not been a problem with that. In time we will lengthen it , but not until we are sure that he trusts us to come back to him. Each time we have returned he has covered us with his kisses and been beside himself with pleasure.

We took him to our vet for the last shot and so that our vet is familiar with him and has all the current medical records. Our vet remembers how much we loved our dog 'Max' and was pleased we had finally found another pet. We were also able to have our former groomer, even though she has retired, come to the house and give Shadow a very nice haircut. He looks like a beautiful puppy now and when the hair grows out it will all be the same length. I will send you a picture soon.

Pam, we thank you, your husband, Peg and Derryl, and all the special people like you who care about these wonderful animals enough to insure a safe and loving life for them. All the work that you do results in so very much pleasure for so many of us and we will forever be in your debt. Shadow will, for the rest of his life, have the best home and love that any pet can possibly have--I promise.

And yes, you can cash the check. It's the best money we have spent in a very long time.

Our best to you, Barbara and Floyd
New Year's Pup Gets Agile (June 2003)

Dear CARE,

We adopted 1 of Sydney's puppies that was born on New Year's day. We love him sooo much - he is a great companion for everyone in the family!!! He gets along great with other animals, and behaves very well. We named him Arlo and we are very glad that we could give him a loving home!!! He enjoys swimming and doing agility. If you know of somwhere where we can do agility with him at a real course we would really appreciate it.

Hannah (age 13)
Socrates: 'Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued' (June 2003)
Socrates: 'Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued' (June 2003)

We adopted Socrates (now Socrates Henry McGinley) on April 4th. Henry is a wonderful puppy and has fit right into our household. We really appreciate the time and effort that CARE volunteers spent to ensure that he was the right dog for us and that we were the right family for him. Our visits out to the Janssens' farm (where Henry was fostered) helped us get a better sense of his personality. So by the time we decided to bring him home for a trial weekend, we were hooked!

Thank you so much for connecting us to our wonderful doggie. Henry is very happy with us and we feel so fortunate to have him as the newest member of our family! Even our cats are beginning to warm up to him :)

Sincerely,
Karen and Paul
Two Cats Are Always Better Than One (June 2003)

Prissy (formerly known as Twiggy) and Gracie (formerly known as Suzette) are doing great! At first Prissy seemed a little put out that we had brought home another 'baby' to take over her queen status. But, within a day or two, they were getting along just fine. They love to tussle and run through our house. Prissy began as the dominate female but occasionally Gracie will 'take charge' and whomp up on her. They wrestle and play together and we laugh until we cry!

Prissy and Gracie went to the vet last weekend. They were 3.75 and 3.25 pounds respectively and seem to be growing as we watch! Prissy played the 'sick kitten' for us after her shot. She played that 'I'm sore' thing to the hilt! Gracie took everything in stride.

When I come upstairs to get on the computer, they love to run up the stairs and fly into the computer room. They then proceed to jump up on my lap (of course, one at a time). Prissy usually sits on the left-hand side of the desk (or behind the monitor) and Gracie usually sits on my lap! Prissy just seems to look at her with the questioning look, 'Why are you sitting in my spot?' Sometimes Gracie will lie at the top of the keyboard! They are a comical pair.

We set up a 'play pen' area in the middle of the den for them. They have one of the carrying crates near the pen, a scratching post, another toy that has a base and a fuzzy ball attached to it, along with several mini bean bag toys that they play around with. They especially enjoy the flexible rod with the feathers and bell on the end. Boy, they carry that thing around like a prize! And they also jump up in the air after it. We have laughed and laughed over Prissy. She likes to balance on top of the scratching post and 'leap' for the feathers. She is quite an acrobat!

All, in all, they are doing wonderful. Prissy loves on me at night and Gracie loves on my husband, Sawyer. In fact, Gracie sleeps on his pillow between his head and the headboard! What a sight!

They certainly have brought lots of joy into our household!

P.S. The vet told us that Prissy is part Maine Coon. That accounts for the little hairy 'wings' behind her face, long hairs in the ears and long hair on the bottom of her feet! Mystery solved. We call her the 'little Maine Coon.'

And everyone who has seen Gracie says she is the most beautiful colored tabby they have ever seen. She does have a silvery look to her and we think her tummy looks like a tortoise shell. Can't wait to see her as she matures.

Thanks again for letting us adopt Prissy and Gracie!
Gremlin Proves Cats Have at Least Two Lives (June 2003)

Picture:animals4/happy_gremlin.jpgGremlin, a beautiful, brown mackerel tabby, was trapped, for reasons still unknown, and taken to the animal shelter. Just before his time was up at the shelter, a CARE foster home took him in. He spent the first three weeks under the bed, wanting to play, but too afraid (or ornery) to do so. Then along came some wonderful folks who saw the beauty and charm Gremlin tried so hard to hide. The rest is history:

Jenna and Ken Welcome New Kitten into their Swingin' Raleigh Pad!

Gremlin Glimmerglass!

Gremlin comes from the same Chatham Animal Rescue organization that also gave us Harry (a twenty pound grey tabby with white). While Harry was born into a CARE home, Gremlin was captured in the wild and rescued from an animal shelter. He obviously earned the name Gremlin because of his growly little voice and feisty demeanor.

Harry has seen the attention Gremlin gets with his vociferous grewling and has made his musical voice a little more Satchmo consequently. Harry and Gremlin are still coming to terms with their Odd Couple relationship. While Harry is finicky, but fat, Gremlin is fur and bones and will eat anything, even really chewy pasta.
Cameron's First Birthday Party (June 2003)
Cameron's First Birthday Party (June 2003)

Hi Nadean!

We just wanted to send you some updated pictures of Cameron. Today was his first birthday (at least we guesstimated it to be today!) and he had a nice little party with his brother and sister and his aunt and uncle. Of course he also received lots of presents and love from everyone on his big first birthday. We even took him to the Raleigh dog park this morning as his birthday surprise! He did fantastic and had a great time!!

He's been such a joy these past few months. We are just so happy that we had the opportunity to bring him home. We couldn't have asked for a better dog. He has been wonderful to us, our friends when they come over, and most importantly, his brother and sister. Cameron and Dennis play ALL the time! It's really great.:)

Well, I hope that you get a kick out of the pictures! Thanks so much again for everything!

Sincerely,
Courtnay and Andy Borleske along with Cameron, Dennis, and Capri
Sasha's Journey to a Forever Home (June 2003)
Sasha's Journey to a Forever Home (June 2003)

It is with very mixed emotions that I report that our dear Sasha has been adopted, after 1 year and 3 months of living with us at Hill Creek. Those of you who know him understand that Sasha is one special boy, and was also a little tricky in the adoption department. Last Wednesday Brad, a Domestic Violence Investigator for Chatham Co., came to Hill Creek to inquire whether we could foster a parrot and two parakeets for a victim who was at the shelter. He met Sasha and was immediately taken with him. The feeling seemed mutual, as our boy let Brad cradle him for quite a while. Dr. Bonnie blabbed that Sasha was still up for adoption, at which I must confess that I almost grabbed my Pumpkin love from Brad! But I gave the matter little thought, until I came to work Friday to discover an application for Sasha! Brad hadcome in Thursday (my day off) and filled out an app, and worse, took a picture of our treasure to show his family! He was hoping to take Sasha home for a trial run over the weekend. It was with a very heavy heart that I called him to tell him that would be fine. Although I was in tears several times during the day at the thought of Sasha leaving, I managed to pull myself together when Brad and his very nice family arrived to take him. I went over some of his peculiarities, and gave them his special bed and food. I took him back to get a Rabies booster, which is when Elke realized he was actually going. She picked him up and started to cry, at which point my composure crumbled. I was literally sobbing as I brought Sasha back up front and put him in his carrier. I know that Brad and his wife felt bad, they had tears in their eyes. But I was thinking of what Sasha stood to gain, so I handed him over. (I must say here that Dr. Bonnie had conveniently retired to her office...Tammy very stoically held her gaze elsewhere and waited until they had gone to leave the clinic and burst into tears.)

The selfish part of my heart was hoping that he would bite everyone in the family and so be returned to the only home he has ever known. Sasha has been happy with us, particularly in the last couple of months since he was given total freedom in the front of the clinic. His cage had been removed, and he wasn't even put in the office overnight. He repaid our trust in him by being a model clinic cat, sweet and mellow, pretty much ignoring the lowly dogs that came in. I think his recent happiness is what made this so difficult for me. Still, Sasha deserves a real home of his own, with someone to love and share the bed with him. I knew that if he could make itanywhere it would be with Brad and his family.

Today Brad came by to tell us that Sasha is doing great. He was a little upset the first night, but had already decided that Brad was his person. He will let the other family members pet him, but will then go sit with Brad. He gave me a wonderful visual...Sasha likes to climb on the back of his recliner and lay his head on Brad's shoulder! And this very sweet man just wanted to make sure that I was OK, and that I really wanted to give up Sasha. He said that he had seen women cry less than I did when he took their children from them! I told him that Sasha was a very special cat and that I just wanted the very best for him. It seems that this was just meant to be.

Kim - a very special thank you for bringing this wonderful creature into my life. I know that you will understand both my sorrow and joy that he has found his forever home.

Deborah

Update

I am pleased to report that my boy came for a visit today, and seems very happy! Brad dropped him off in the morning to get his distemper booster, and he stayed with us most of the day, hanging out in all his usual spots. It was great to see him! Tammy and I have suggested that Brad bring him by for 'day care' on a regular basis, and of course have told him we will happily 'board' Sasha if they ever go out of town. It would be nice to maintain regular contact, as he has been a big part of our lives.

Many people have many times asked me why I didn't take Sasha home myself, given that I love him so dearly. I may have hemmed and hawed about not needing a fifth cat (ha ha now I have seven) and that my husband would leave me, but the real reason is that I knew my house would not be a happy place for Sasha. I was really looking for a home with no other cats, or maybe a young female, and no indoor dogs. If no such home presented itself, then I felt that Sasha would be happiest at Hill Creek. Successful fostering depends on one's keeping the best interest of the animal in focus, even if that is in conflict with one's personal wishes. That is also the reason why I am keeping Hansel & Gretel, and Mowgli - there is no doubt that the best home for them is the one they currently have.

Take care, Deborah
Rescued Dogs Reunion (June 2003)
Rescued Dogs Reunion (June 2003)

Hi all.

Beate hosted a reunion at her house today for my Sam and his siblings, Casey, Nessie and Cooper. Helen was there as she fostered Sam and Cooper before I got them. Beate fostered Nessie (formerly Nikki) and Casey. Casey, Nessie, and Cooper were there with their families.. What a great reunion. There wasn't one growl all day, and they had the best time playing and eating treats... It's amazing how much they all look alike! Sam is the biggest at 110#, with Cooper close behind. The girls are somewhat smaller... all are beautiful and doing great. Attached is a picture of Sam (on the left) and Cooper waiting patiently for a treat.

I think a CARE alumni reunion would be a great event. These kids really had fun.

Katie
Rambogie Rap (June 2003)
Rambogie Rap (June 2003)

Rambogie Rap

I'm a cattle dog pup, oh can't you see?
With a little bit of Boxer and Chow in me.
I'm ruff
I'm tuff
I'm a big cream puff.

When your friends come to visit, they say 'oh my!'
Is it safe to be standing so close to that guy?
I stare
I glare
Throw my paws in the air.

When I'm at home I'm the boss of the pack.
Just do as I say or I'll jump on your back.
I'm the boss
I'm the Boss!
Don't make me cross.

But when Frances' doggies come out to play
They jump on my tail and I run away.
I'm a wimp
I'm a simp
I'm a tiny little shrimp.

When Mom says namaste I come to her and bow
I musta been a monk before I was a Chow.
I'm so fine
I'm divine
Was a heck of a find.

(If you want a swoochie pooch as special as me
You'll have to see Folks at the C.A.R.E. Facility.
They're dolls
That's all
Just give them a call.)


For Bogie, a cattle dog mix adopted from CARE.
A Peachy Adoption (June 2003)
A Peachy Adoption (June 2003)

Dear CARE,

We just wanted to thank you for taking such good care of Addie ('Peaches') while she was in your care. Addie is now completely adjusted to her new home. She is excelling in her Puppy Head Start class and loving being socialized. She is doing great on her house training and only has accidents when we are not paying attention to her 'signs.' She has made friends with lots of the other neighborhood dogs, but really loves to be inside, taking naps on the couch with her butterfly and her mom and daddy. Thanks so much for a wonderful addition to our family!

Lori and Joe
Cooper and Abbie: Unwanted to Priceless (May 2003)
Cooper and Abbie: Unwanted to Priceless (May 2003)

These are the CARE puppies formerly known as Coop and Patty. It never ceases to amaze me how unwanted animals can so quickly turn into the light of someone's life. In their case, it was less than 2 weeks! -Carrie

Things are great with Cooper and Abbie, gosh I love them so much! They have adjusted really well, and the cat is even getting a little used to them. My vet said they look great and they will be getting their rabies shot the first of May (she wanted to wait until they were 4 mos. old). We started our Heartguard so I'm happy about that too.

I bought way too many toys and collars and chews, etc. etc.! LOL Oh well, I have backups. The potty training is going pretty good, they don't poop in the house anymore so now we're working on the peepee thing. I go home everyday at lunch to let them out and play with them a little.

They are adorable, and Cooper is gaining weight and growing like crazy, Abbie has gained weight too and she's gotten so much better about being petted and held. They even had their first bath, which went surprisingly well!

Oh, by the way, and I don't know if she's right...but my vet said she thought they were wire-hair terrier and beagle mix. And the more I looked at them, I think she's right about the beagle thing, Abbie has that beagle look and they both have beagle ears.

Melissa
Vander: A Great Family Investment (April 2003)
Vander: A Great Family Investment (April 2003)

Vander's update: I just wanted to thank you all for the best kitty we have ever had. Vander follows my son (who is one & a half) everywhere he goes. They are the best of pals. Whenever my son leaves the house, he kisses Vander. Whenever he comes home, he kisses Vander. Whenever he goes to bed, you guessed it, he kisses Vander. Vander is so patient and loving with all of us. He has brought us so much joy. Thank you for rescuing him from the shelter, for your adoptive fairs, and foster families. He is a great family investment.

- Susan
Tyler and Ben (April 2003)
Tyler and Ben (April 2003)

Tyler is doing great! We LOVE him!! He is the sweetest thing! I got him the interceptor and front line, and gave him the interceptor yesterday (4/1) so he is on schedule with that. Tyler really loves our son, Ben. After Ben goes to bed at night we shut his door and Tyler lays on the floor outside his room crying for him. He loves it when they get home from school, because Ben will run with him in the yard and really play with him. I give him attention during the day, but I just don't play the way kids do. Ben cannot wait for the weekend so he can play with him all day.

I will mail back your collar soon; it might take me a few days to get to the post office because this is a very busy week. I will email when I've put it in the mail. You can go ahead and put the check in the bank. Thank you so much for everything!!
Pepper Spices Up Family (April 2003)
Pepper Spices Up Family (April 2003)

Thought everyone could use a 'happy ending' story. Attached are pictures of our handsome Pepper. Pepper was supposed to be foster dog, but was somewhat aggressive when he came from the shelter, so I decided to keep him. As it turns out, he has become a wonderful dog! He absolutely loves my daughter and would protect her to the end of the earth, he stays right on our property with no trouble, he LOVES to ride and is a great rider, and gets along great with my other dogs. He is quite a handsome prince, who is extremely gentle, in spite of his size! Pepper has added so much to our family, we're very lucky to have him! Sometimes, endings truly are happy!

Regards,

Stephanie
Angel Answers Their Prayers (April 2003)
Angel Answers Their Prayers (April 2003)

Dear Karen,

Happy Easter! And a very special Easter it is! Thank you for your sacrifices. I am sure it was difficult to let go of such a special, loving kitty. She is wonderful! What a purr-box! We are enjoying her immensely and she is sweetly filling the void left by Sugar's passing.

We do have a couple questions. What food did she eat while with you? She has nibbled at the Purina One we have and turned her nose up at the wet Alpo sliced chicken with gravy. That is what we have fed all our cats for 4 years! Did she sleep with you at night? We would love her to, but last night she lay with us for a while at the foot and then went and found a spot in our closet. She may just be adjusting to her new home.

Thank you again for all you have done for homeless animals! You are a special person with a special gift and full of love! God will surely bless you!

Sincerely, Carme

P.S. We have renamed her Angel, since she was an answer to prayer! I've always known there were angels among us like Alabama's song says! They come in all forms!
Nicole - Good Things Come to Those Who Wait? (March 2003)
Nicole - Good Things Come to Those Who Wait? (March 2003)

'Good things come to those who wait': I have never believed in this old adage. In my experience, good things come to people who work their rears off, and then only if you're lucky.

Here's the story. A week ago Saturday a couple came into the shelter crying. They had to return a dog they had adopted the day before because she tried to kill their 2 cats. They were reluctant to try out another shelter dog because they couldn't bear the heartbreak of possibly having to return another. All the volunteers thought they were great people.

I called the shelter Monday morning, and the director had been very impressed with them. She gave me their name and number. After a busy week, I called them Friday night. I chatted with Michael for over 30 minutes and told him everything I know about CARE and our animals (the Readers Digest version). He was oh so grateful that we existed. He wasn't aware there were such groups that already knew the animals' temperaments.

When I hung up, I knew that any CARE foster would be thrilled to have this guy apply for their dog. He was 1 in a million. I logged on email Sat morning and was pleased to see that he had already filled out an application. I opened it, and almost fell off my chair. It was for my foster dog Nicole! I knew there must be some mistake!

I swear, honest to turkey, I never mentioned her name, or any other dog's name, in our conversation. I wasn't trying to market a dog, just help this guy out.

He and his woman came to Petsmart yesterday to meet Nicole. It was love at first sight. He was even more wonderful in person than on the phone. He lay down on the floor and scratched Nicole's belly, she gave him big facekisses. His live in was equally as terrific. Another dog walked up and licked her face. She kissed the dog on the nose. At 4:30, Michael proudly walked out of Petsmart with Nicole.

I spent 20 minutes telling him that Nicole might be quite shy for several days. I spoke to him last night. After about 10 minutes of adjustment, she was introduced to their 7 month Golden Retriever mix, Charlie. They tore through the back yard for over an hour. Nicole then came in, gave Michael a full face bath, and fell asleep. When he fed the dogs, they ate out of the same bowl. When we chatted the dogs were playing in the house.

This same Nicole was still nervous after spending 2 weeks with a different family. This time, she found her people.

As strange as it is, for the first time in 8 months, Nicole was the belle of the ball at Petsmart. EVERYONE was interested in her. It's some weird pnenomenom I've seen before. Dog has no interest for several months, and then you need to clone her to make people happy!

Pam
Buddy Sawyer: Big, Goofy, Expensive...and Happy (March 2003)
Buddy Sawyer: Big, Goofy, Expensive...and Happy (March 2003)

To all,

I am notifying you to let you know that I have adopted out a dog. Most of you probably wonder why the heck I think you would care. Read on.

Buddy Sawyer is kind of a special dude. When he came to us, he was diagnosed with Addison's disease. This disease is rare in dogs, and even more rare in male dogs. I assure you he is a male, no female could be that klutzy.

Buddy can live a normal life and lifespan if he stays on medication. Problem is, it's not so cheap. His monthly medical bills are in excess of $100 a month, and that's just for the disease. So his adoption is a minor miracle, and a big relief on the CARE funds.

Buddy was 55 pounds when he came to us, looked like a purebred Golden Retriever. Then his head started to grow, along with everthing else. He is a GR/Great Pyrenees mix, 85 pounds now and still growing. Every pound he gains increases the cost of his medication, but he's not overweight.

Buddy is about a year old with the mental maturity of a 4 month old puppy. His 'hobbies' include counter surfing, a counter in Buddy terminology is any surface less than eight feet all (e.g. bedroom dressers, dining room table, bathroom vanity, top of dog crate, top of tv), jumping full force into your pelvis, stomach, or on shoulders, 'power' walking (dragging human to pavement), and eating 'different' things (e.g. sneakers, king size pillows, eyeglasses, eyeglass cases, leather purses, etc.).

Good news is the Budster doesn't have a mean bone in his body, he's 100% love machine. That is not really a bonus at 6 am when he pounces on the king size bed (I know that bed is about to collapse). He loves dogs and cats, although the cats have a special swear word for him. (except Tigger, Tigger has him well trained).

Don't ever think you have a cat or a dog that someone won't love and want to adopt. If Buddy can find a home, all of our animals can!

I'll miss your kisses, Buddy, but not your other hobbies!

Pam
Indiana Jones - The Adventure Continues (March 2003)
Indiana Jones - The Adventure Continues (March 2003)

Indy is definitely living up to our (and her foster mom's) expectations. We named her for Indiana Jones, never knowing that it would be such a great fit - she's energetic, adventurous, and so very playful! We have also been totally impressed with her brains - she picks up on things so quick. Indy is our 'high-achiever' puppy! We have her a bandana to wear too! She's trying desperately to make friends with her feline brothers - and they are starting to accept her as one of their one because she is just too playful! We love her and can definitely say this is a big happy ending for our family!

Thanks again! Jessie & Kip
Gabriel - Living Large (March 2003)
Gabriel - Living Large (March 2003)

This pup's CARE name was Eric (I thought he'd max out at 50 pounds!), and his siblings were Freddy, Markie, Maxie, Talulah, and Ripley....They were the pups rescued near Jordan Lake. All found wonderful homes!

Here's the note from Eric's parents:

Katie,

I hope you remember us; we are the couple that adopted one of your fosters in August. I don't remember the name he had when he was with you, but he was one of the litter of 6 abandoned at Jordan Lake. He has two lighter patches behind his shoulder blades that you called wings, so we renamed him Gabriel. He is now a healthy 10 month old spoiled baby, and the older he gets the more like a Mastiff he looks. He is around 85 pounds now and is the most beautiful dog we have ever seen. We always get compliments on him when we are out on our walks. I wanted to send some of the newest pictures. They are not the greatest, but you can still see the wings. Thanks for taking such good care of him until we found our perfect puppy.

Michelle and Matt Miethe
Cameron Graduates (March 2003)
Cameron Graduates (March 2003)

It's official...Cameron's a graduate!

Garner, NC PetSmart's Class of 2003 welcomes Cameron!!

He completed his puppy training class with flying colors. #1 in the class with the 'leave it' trick.

Yeah Cameron!:)
Sly and Tigger, the Kitty Formerly Known as Prince (March 2003)
Sly and Tigger, the Kitty Formerly Known as Prince (March 2003)

Juliana, Sly and Tigger's new mom, writes:

I just wanted to give you an update on Sly and Tigger (the kitty formerly known as Prince... hee-hee... no pun intended). They are doing great! As I mentioned before, Sly is perfectly healthy. As far as Tigger, I changed his name because it just suited him... he's a little trouble maker, but he's still so cute!!! As with Sly, Tigger is just as healthy and extremely feisty. I've attached a couple of pictures of them to show how much they've grown... they're inseparable now! Sly is much calmer, but I'm attributing that to the age difference. As you can see from the pictures, Tigger loves the camera! Please let me know if there is anything I can do for your organization... I'd still like to get involved.
April (aka 'Sweety Puff') and Garbage Goose (March 2003)
April (aka 'Sweety Puff') and Garbage Goose (March 2003)

Hello Georgan & Steve,

Hope you are doing well. April is doing great!! She is one this month so we thought we'd give you an update. She is 58 pounds and very fluffy. Her nickname is 'Sweety Puff'. She is meaty and much stronger than she used to be. She still has nearly a dozen doggie friends. We are taking care of Matt's sister's labs for a while. They stay in the basement and yard. April plays with them for hours everyday (they didn't know how to play when they got here) then she comes inside and sleeps on her very own couch (the two seater). She still spends a lot of time being filthy. You can tell she is wet in the pictures.But that is okay. You will also note the goose in the pictures, in the house. She ate too much heavy metal and had to go to the vet school for surgery last week. She is spending time inside recovering. And Matt is building another fence to restrict her.

Thank you,
Debbie and Matt
A Penny for Your Thoughts (March 2003)

Picture:animals1/happy_penelope.jpgPam,

Thank you for bringing Penny to our house on Sunday. We gave her a new name 'Hava' (have you seen Fiddler on the Roof? the youngest daughter he loved so much was Hava) and at the moment use both, I am sure adding to her confusion but she seems to be responding to her new name as well. She has done very well and we are all adjusting fine. She is remarkably calm and seems to have no neuroses at the moment. She is definitely a people person and whichever room I go to, she follows me and lies down there. I worked on the porch most of Monday and she stayed with me at all times. If I went to get a glass of water, she followed, waited for me and we went back.

The biggest joke in our house at the moment is that I got myself an energetic breed and instead a couch potato to keep Peter company arrived. She is very content to lie down next to him and go nowhere. She can't decide who is better - the woman with the treats or the guy who rubs her belly, so she just sees Peter in a distance and already positions herself on the floor, ready for a rub - and he never disappoints.

Right on Sunday we discovered that our house has too many stairs and she was terrified of them. Monday morning she woke up at six and I took her out right away, but it meant going down those stairs and it was just too scary... But we worked on it all day Monday and she now even challenges the stairs by herself, not with passion, cautiously but does it very well.

We tried the leash and she definitely did not like it one bit and made it very clear that this is not her idea of fun. I also think she may have been worried about going away from the house, plus it is a street with an occasional car, so it was a non-starter. Zoe was terribly disappointed as she was hoping that we would all walk with her to school for everyone to see the new puppy. We told her it would take time but she imagined a puppy that would be there for everyone to admire.

Penny/Hava lost two teeth yesterday, we put them in a little box and Zoe wondered if there was a dog fairy that was going to come. Zoe lost only one tooth and one is very wiggly, so I told her she had to catch up.

This morning she already had far more energy than yesterday and we ran around the yard together for a while. The neighbors' dog barked at her from behind the fence suddenly, she ran for dear life to the other side, then stopped and very bravely barked back. It was extremely funny. I tried to teach her to sit and it works 'so-so', at times she does it well, other times she lies down, watches me and has no intention to follow any instructions.

Please rest assured that we are taking care of her and will do our best to raise her as a happy dog with lots of things to do.

Best wishes,

Silvia
Ferby: From Shelter to Foster to the Lap of Luxury (February 2003)
Ferby: From Shelter to Foster to the Lap of Luxury (February 2003)

Please move the dog Ferby to the adoption gallery. He found the perfect home after one day on the website. The adopter's profile is exactly what we hoped for Ferby. She is elderly, retired, has another chihuahua who was rescued from cold weather and has frostbite on her ears, and has cats. One cat recently died at age 26. He will eat filet mignon doggie food, sit in her lap all day watching tv and reading, and sleep in her bed wrapped up in a pink baby blanket. He had a huge smile on his face cuddled up in her arms on my couch. So did Brittany to see the perfect pair together. She even gave us an extra donation for his dental expenses. Brittany painted his toenails blue to remind him of his Chapel Hill foster home.

Another happy ending... Nadean
Sage - Home at Last (February 2003)
Sage - Home at Last (February 2003)

When we first left on the drive to NY, Sage had no idea what lay ahead of her. And once we arrived she was still pretty confused for the first couple of days. As the week went on she began to make herself at home, as if she had lived there all her life. She was so excited about all the attention she was getting. In little over a month, Sage has successfully become integrated into the family. She and the resident cat are the best of friends already. She brightens everyone's day with her sweet face and wagging tail. It's clear that Sage is home at last where she will be loved for the rest of her life.
Callie's First Christmas (February 2003)
Callie's First Christmas (February 2003)

Here's an email I received from the young lady who adopted Pauline, sister to Stacy and Nanette, three little bad looking puppies I got from CCAS last spring. I almost didn't let her adopt Pauline because Pauline was so shy, and Heather works 8-5. After turning her down, Heather called me begging, saying that she would do anything I said to be able to adopt her. I relented, and boy am I glad I did. She is now Callie, and appears very happy. I had no idea she'd grow up to be so beautiful!!!

Katie

Hi Katie,

Hope all is well! I wanted to share with you Callie's first Christmas. This might be my favorite picture of her yet. I remember that when I took it, she flashed me a big smile. Such a ham! Anyway, she is wearing the raincoat she received for Christmas...which has come in very handy with all of the cold/snowy weather we have had. isn't she beautiful? :-)

Heather
Letters from Thyme's New Home (February 2003)
Letters from Thyme's New Home (February 2003)

Happy new year! Thyme is doing wonderful. she keeps me smiling all of the time. I love her more and more each day. She and I have been running quite a few times together and she loves it, although I've got to keep on working with her because she likes to cut in front of me and stop to sniff. I've almost fallen quite a few times. Oh well, that's my goofy girl. She's very funny. She loves to sleep in my dad's recliner and watch out the window. It was so funny the other day. Poor thing was sleeping very hard on the recliner with all 4 paws in the air and rolled over onto the floor. She looked up and me and started wagging her tail. I was worried but she was laughing. I've been trying to teach her how to sit. I'll pull out a treat, .put it behind my back, push on her back side to sit, and say 'sit' firmly. The first few times I think she thought she was in trouble because she started crying and ran away. I felt horrible. She and Seymour the min-pin love each other. When he comes over they play and play and then they sleep together for hours. It's very sweet. They have become inseperable. My dad loves her very much, too I'v caught him a few times petting and talking to her. It's funny to hear a 6 foot 300 lb body builder baby talk to a dog. Thyme and i love to cuddle and have bonded to be extremely close already. I just got my car back and a special seat belt for dogs and was gonna go play with the tennis ball at the park and walk some trails. She's asleep at my feet right now. So sweet. She says she loves and misses you. I hope everything is well there.
Love always, Jess and Thyme.

Hello, how are you?
Thyme and I have been having so much fun in the snow. She has taken to rolling in it until she gets soaking wet and I have to use the hair dryer to dry her. Goofball! We went to Petsmart together last week. Well,let me tell you it was funny. I was looking at pet beds and I had my back turned, when all of a sudden I feel a pull at the leash. I turned around and she was at the top of a step ladder, like the big ones that roll and are really tall. She just looked at me like 'look at me mom'. So funny! And whenever I go put my running shoes on, even if it's just to go to the mailbox, she gets so excited. I think that she really enjoys our jogs. We'll write back if you wish. I'm currentally waiting for the pictures of Thymes first week to be developed, but i promise I'll send them as soon as Iget a chance. Take care.
Jess
Gable and Abby (February 2003)
Gable and Abby (February 2003)

Hi Karen! We wanted to let you know that things with Gable are going really well. He and Abby get along famously, and manage to tire each other out every day. Abby has only been a little bit jeaous -- it's really been minimal. She shared her bed (blanket) with Gable from the first night. They've been out in the yard on nice days and rode around with Todd during a couple of days. Today they stayed home alone for the first time -- and there was no destructive behavior. So......we are really happy. Gable is totally sweet and I think he will help to calm Abby down a little bit. Thanks for taking care of him and helping us adopt him!

Laura and Todd
Gracie's (AKA Teensie) First Christmas (February 2003)

Joan and Rick,

It was great to hear from you. We apologise for not getting back to you sooner. The month of January flew by...... We had hoped to organise a get together long before now.

Gracie is doing GREAT! We had a wonderful first Christmas with her. We had our Christmas tree in the living room and since Gracie does not spend much time in that room, she really didn't bother with it. The packages under the tree intrigued her, but a sharp 'no' and she was on her way. She really made out on Christmas and got many new chew toys, a new collar and a new Lands End bed pillow. Rob questioned how many toys we bought for her, but she has not chewed any shoes, or for that matter anything that doesn't belong to her, so that speaks for itself.

We drove to Michigan on December 26 for a week. Gracie was a great traveller and perfect guest in the homes and hotels we stayed at. At Annette's parents house, there were 4 other dogs (Nanook, Aleeta, Kiera and Lucy---cousins we call them) and she got along with everyone! Annette's parents' 11 year old dog didn't find Gracie's desire to play amusing, but Gracie quickly learned to just lay next to him and rest...not play. The other 3 dogs are younger and they were happy, willing and delighted to play with Gracie! We were quite a sight walking all those dogs! At Rob's mom's house, Gracie met Gizmo, but he didn't want much to do with Gracie and she seemed to understand that. A few growls and she just decided, 'I guess he doesn't want to play'...and found a human to play with instead. We also visited friends for a few days, so Gracie met more dogs along the way there. In total, she had interraction with 9 dogs on that trip! She was so well behaved and we were very proud of her.

Gracie is still sleeping in her crate, but we feel she is nearly ready to try sleeping out of the crate. Gracie favorite place to sleep is on Kate's bed. There have been several times when we're looking for Gracie at night....and we find her asleep on Kate's bed. She sneaks in there after Kate has gone to sleep and snuggles up close. Very cute!

We hesitate to say she is completely house trained, but she is doing pretty good. She usually goes to the door to indicate that she needs to go out. Occassionally, she barks to go outside, but we're still working on that. She sits, shakes and lies down. Janet is trying to teach her to roll over, but has had little success. She gets plenty of exercise and is always ready to go for a walk.

She has grown considerably, but she remains very lean. She weighs about 32 pounds. She is getting some lighter hair....especially in her tail and across her shoulders. Her tail is very curly and curls around over her back. It keeps her busy....chasing it!

We'd love to arrange a get together. It would be fun to see Splash and Indy again. We would also be happy to include Ditto and his family, if you think they would be interested. Let us know.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Gracie, Kate, Janet, Matt, Annette and Rob
Rufus and Arlo and a Warm Sofa (February 2003)
Rufus and Arlo and a Warm Sofa (February 2003)

Hello Katie-

We are well and we hope you are too.

We are celebrating our first birthday by doing our most favorite thing in the whole world... taking a nap on our warm sofa!

We wanted to thank you for the best birthday present ever... helping us find our very own home (have we mentioned we LOVE the SOFA?!!) and our very own family... with a dad, a mom, and even a little brother to play with us. They all love us very much and we love them too... we show them how much we love them by giving them lots of kisses and tailwags.

We are attaching our latest picture so you can see how big and healthy we have grown over this past year. We can hardly believe it's been a year already! ...Maybe it's true that time flies when you're having fun.

Love,

Rufus and Arlo
Athena: Buckwheat is 'O-Tay' (February 2003)
Athena: Buckwheat is 'O-Tay' (February 2003)

Hi Frances!

Thought I'd give you an update on our girl. She's coming along wonderfully. She no longer does the submissive wetting when it's just Pete and I, but still occasionally does when a stranger approaches her. Even this is getting better though. One of my cats had to go to the vet yesterday for his annual physical and vaccines, so Athena came along for the ride. She was actually very willing to walk right up to new people at the vet's office and let them pet and fuss over her, and she didn't dribble once! I was so proud!She's made quite a few trips to the barn at this point, too, and she enjoys herself out there. She's usually passed out from exhaustion by the time we get home. Incidentally, she's also passed out right now, on her bed right next to me. Being a puppy must be extremely taxing!

Puppy class is going great and it has really helped her come out of her shell. Next Monday is the last class. She is absolutely in love with Buckwheat, our Lab. He seems to be really happy to have another dog to play with, too. She's been great with the cats. She occasionally thinks it's a good idea to chase after my little Siamese, but she stops as soon as you tell her no.

I've attached 2 of the many, many pictures we've taken of her. She is going to be a camera hound, literally. She looks like she's posing in every one of them!

Best regards,

Jennifer
Kylie, Now Maple: A Real 'Sleeper' Adoption (January 2003)
Kylie, Now Maple: A Real 'Sleeper' Adoption (January 2003)

Hey Karen

We have been having a great time with Maple. As promised here are a couple of pictures of Maple. It is hard to get a picture of her when she is not sleeping. She goes with me over to my friend Kim's and plays with her dog, Calla, and tolerates her roommate's husky puppy, Chopper. I think taking her with me to visit friends has done wonders for her confidence. Tonight I went to a friends house for dinner and there were about 15 people there. By the end of the night she was letting everyone have their turn giving her some attention. We will keep you posted on her progress and keep sending pictures.

-Effie
Corona: Training On Tap (January 2003)

Dear Beate,

I'm sorry we haven't been in touch, but getting back to school and work has been rather hectic. All the news is good, though. If Corona is half as happy with us as we are with her, she's doing great. We did decide to change her name; the beer associations were too troubling given some of Jennifer's struggles. So we're calling her Bella (from Bell in Beauty and the Beast, because she's a beautiful beast), to which she's already responding.

You were so so right about this match. Bella does know that Jennifer is her job. She follows her around the house, and greets her with special enthuasiasm when she returns. Bella particularly delights Jennifer by running to the window to say goodbye when her father picks her up in the morning to take her to school. Most importantly, Bella seems pretty oblivious to Jennifer's tantrums (which are never directed at Bella). Bella is also helping Jennifer get exercise. We go on a 45 minute to an hour walk every afternoon after school. And she is the easiest--that is best trained and responsive--dog I have ever had. She naps in my office all day untiil 2:30 when we go to pick up Jennifer from school. Bella has much enjoyed meeting the other dogs in the family, with whom she plays tag in the back yard until everybody's breathless. Jennifer's step sister Bliss brought her dog Sweet-tea for a double sleepover Saturday night. Bella was the most gracious host. Things are better with the cats; Bella and Anna get along fine; Pearl's still cranky but Bella's not as scared and even tries to get Pearl to play tag in the house. Some of their 'stuff' might well be playing at this point; I can't tell.

The girls start obedience class on Wednesday; or at least Jennifer does. Bella will start a week later. I promise to take my camera and will email some pictures. (I'm ashamed to say I haven't taken any yet!)

I want to thank you again for bringing Bella in to our lives. You did the hard part and you are obviously a great dog trainer.

Hope you and yours are well and enjoying a wonderful start of the new year.

Susan
Josh Takes Over (January 2003)
Josh Takes Over (January 2003)

We are proud to announce a new addition to our home. His name is 'Josh' and he's a four month old English Pointer. We were lucky to find him through the Chatham County Animal Rescue Organization. He has already made himself at home and taken over our hearts.

Welcome Josh!
Alexus - The New Child (January 2003)
Alexus - The New Child (January 2003)

We have happily adopted Alexus on January 20th 2003. She has become a great addition to our family! She is an excellent puppy that loves to play and is incredible smart. She has become the child that we do not have and a wonderful friend to both of us. We are very lucky to have such a wonderful puppy!
Dahlia Finds the Right Home (January 2003)
Dahlia Finds the Right Home (January 2003)

Well, I just wanted to let you know that Miss Dahlia's progress is really rolling now. After I talked to you last night she came up to meand wanted her belly rubbed! She also spent the evening watching TV with Terri and I. She cryed when Terri left. She also went to the back of the yard for awhile and I couldn't see what she was doing, but she came RACING back like she felt relieved!

Then, this morning she went (I saw her this time), and also she let me put her little rope on in record time. I also shortened the rope again. She zoomed around like a little mad-dog this morning. She seemed so happy. She's also doing better going through doorways. She still won't go through without me coaching her, but her transition time is getting less and less.

Also, I must tell you, I've had a really hard time calling her Dolly. It just doesn't seem to fit her. So I've been calling her Daisy. I switch back and forth still, but she is responding to both now.

I'll keep you posted on her progress but it seems like were starting to get some momentum!

Karen
CoCo the Survivor (January 2003)

This is from Maureen, who adopted CoCo (aka Lucy), the dachshund mix momma that I fostered along with her litter of 3 brand new puppies, all of whom, one by one, died. Then, the day they took her home, CoCo ran into the woods and was lost for many awful hours. When I went to help look for her, I left my sweaty t-shirt there as 'bait' and it worked. They found her sleeping on it later that night. As you'll read, CoCo is living The Life.

Hi Holly,

I hope you had a great holiday. I thought I'd give you an update on CoCo. Her D. Mange cleared on its own. I wasn't about to let her go through another traumatic dip. Fortunately it resolved on its own. She had a wonderful Christmas with her own stocking and gifts under the tree. She is such a happy little dog and we all adore her. My family wanted to take her back to Florida. Her coat is a beautiful shimmery chocolate brown and her eyes just sparkle. She has been sleeping in our big bed for several months now and cuddles up to me. She sleeps in my lap every evening as we watch television and I love it. Binky and she get along just fine and they each have bones every day. CoCo has a sweater like Binky but she's not in to that just yet so we don't push. She's so funny and entertaining we can't imagine our family life without her. She doesn't mind the leash at all now and goes out with Binky about 4x daily to do their thing. The rest of the time they play, sleep in the sunny window and eat. Between my son my husband and myself she doesn't see the ground too often because she's being cuddled. Well I could go on and on but I think you get the picture. Thanks again for this wonderful little dog. If you're ever in this area you're welcome to come see her anytime.

Maureen
Spot-Angus: Fort Lauderdale and a Pool! (January 2003)
Spot-Angus: Fort Lauderdale and a Pool! (January 2003)

Here's another one to add to the statistics for adopted animals. Spot-Angus our foster dog dalmation/black lab that has been with us since July is heading for Fort Lauderdale, FL in two weeks! The couple adopting him heard about CARE from her sister who lives in Durham. She had met CARE volunteers at an adoptathon in Durham earlier in the year and she urged her sister and husband to visit the website. They did and were taken with 'our boy' Spot-Angus. They immediately put in an application and came to visit him while they were up for the holidays. They all fell in love with one another (and our other 'kids' were impressed with the couple as well- good thing) and hated to part (they couldn't take him that day due to an overpacked car). They have filled out the contract and sent in the adoption fee and will be back to get him in two weeks. They also sent in pictures of their house, their pool where he can swim in the backyard, the kitchen where he will stay in the day time, and the two cats they have (complete with Santa hats on). It was so nice I was thinking of convincing them to adopt me as well!! They have already gotten toys, bowls, a leash, scheduled their first vet visit the day after they get back to have him chipped, and would be going back to get a bed for him but they were pretty sure he would be sleeping in their bed with them! They'll be driving all the was up again just to pick him up.

Another happy ending. Now for the next one...

Peggy
Cattle Dog Now on the Right Trail (December 2002)
Cattle Dog Now on the Right Trail (December 2002)

I am the foster mother of a cattle dog who was placed in his 'forever home' thanks to Petfinder.com. I am in NC and the people who adopted him drove all the way from Pennsylvania to pick him up. They used the Petfinder website to do a search and searched further and further from their location until they found the perfect dog for them - in Pittsboro, NC.

My foster went from a cage in a shelter where he was due for being put down, to a home on a farm in PA with folks who trail ride for a hobby and take him all over the NE trailriding.

Every so often they email me with up dates and today sent pictures of Sydney swimming and playing with friends he met on the latest trail ride.

Cindy
Rudy, the Social Animal (December 2002)

Good morning. Sorry we haven't gotten to you earlier. We just got back into town from MD. We all visited my parents for the holidays. Rudy is doing great. He and Riley have hit it off. I think our trip was a little tiring for the both of them. They had a Jack Russell/girl to contend with this week. Rudy, being the social boy that he is got to be good friends with her. Riley tried to keep to himself and Robin. But before we left, Riley and Rudy were starting to play alot. When we first brought Rudy home, he stayed under the bed and only came out when we got low to the ground. We finally got him to come down the stairs and he stayed there observing us for a while. Then he would come down but only stay under our coffee table. Eventually, we got him to come out and sit and lay under our feet at the couch. He was sleeping on a little blanket bed we made for him. However after our trip, we have spoiled him. He's now sleeping at the foot of our bed on top of it. After three days, Rudy started coming out of his shell and playing with Riley. Riley can be so ornary but he has his moments when he wants to play and when he wants to lay around.

Rudy really impressed all of my family. They all said he was so well mannered and only had a couple of accidents. I've gotten in the habit of giving him a treat while he's outside so he'll associate potty breaks and treats with the outside. He's been nothing but a joy to have around. He's getting tons of loving from us as well as Riley. We love having him around!!! We'll have to take some digital photos and send them to you! Take care and I'll keep you updated.

Andy
Little Joelle: Larger Than Life (November 2002)
Little Joelle: Larger Than Life (November 2002)

Back in July, I took in 3 very small pups. Within 2 days, they got very ill, and 2 of the girls died. Standing alone was little Joelle, at 2.3 pounds, she had an uphill battle. After 2 weeks of twice daily vet visits, Joelle turned the corner, and became a healthy, spunky, beautiful puppy. She was adopted when she was about 3 months old. At 8 pounds, it was obvious to Dr. Bonnie and me that this was going to be a small dog. Joelle's mom was a Sheltie mix, but she looked more like a Chihuahua/Rat terrier with blue eyes. While we often hesitate to guarantee adult weights, both Bonnie and I were certain Joelle wouldn't go above 20 pounds, 25 the absolute max.

Joelle is now six months old, and her mom and dad sent me pictures. They love her to death. But, uh, the little chihuahua is now 30 pounds and it turns out she's a 'little' German Shepherd!!! Oh, well, can't win em all!

pam
Zeke Flies to New Hampshire (November 2002)

Here's the latest on Zeke (my little Aussie mix with one blue eye) who flew with his new mom, Deb Lewis, to New Hampshire last week. Deb says that mixed breed puppies are few and far between up there because of strict spay/neuter laws. She'd like to help us arrange to send some shelter pups to a rescue group there:

Katie,


I'm embarrassed that it has taken me so long to write to you about Zeke who the kids have renamed Skippy or Skip. He came through the flight with 'flying colors!' I worried about him the whole way but when I picked him up (and took him out of the crate in the middle of the airport!) he acted like he had just gone for a stroll around the block. We arrived to cold and snow and he trotted with his tail held high all the way to the car. He has settled in so well and is getting the routines down. He sleeps through the night in our bedroom with Turbo, has only peed in the house one time, loves to chew on my slippers (bad doggie!)and is so cute going down the stairs, his little bottom wiggling. We took him to the river, the local hangout for dogs and he scrambled up and down the sand banks and got all nice and dirty. He buddied up with a little jack russel terrier there. Right now he is lying right beside me (he's still pretty calm in the house) after an evening stroll around the block to take care of 'business'. He gets up every morning with Turbo and me and walks through the park. He stays right near me but loves to scamper after the big dogs. Turbo (who's now prowling through Skippy's crate looking for stray puppy chow) has been ok, growling a bit but Skippy has a bit of Maya in him and has held his ground. They are figuring out the pecking order. Tomorrow he goes to the vet to be checked over. We have not started formal clicker training yet but he already waits in the car until the release word and comes readily for treats (or not!). When we first arrived home, he ran to the couch and made himself right at home.

I know you've probably heard more than you wanted to! But we love this little guy and are grateful that you were such a great foster mom (his social skills are great) and that you allowed me to bring him home to New Hampshire. I am driving down to NC in mid Jan. but that is probably too soon to arrange something as far a the 'puppy express'. I have several contacts to call and explore possibilities.

Both the poochies are now lying beside me. What wonderful creatures dogs are!

More later!
Deb
Onslow: The Dog, the Man, the Website (November 2002)
Onslow: The Dog, the Man, the Website (November 2002)

Pam,

I put the start of a web site together for Onslow earlier this morning with what is most likely your picture of him (see http://udlcomputing.cjb.com/onslow/). I showed it to Ann Marie and Ariana a few minutes ago, and explained to Ariana who the guy was in the picture below Ariana and that Onslow was named after him. You should have seen the look on her face. I think she has decided to not believe me as I don't think she was impressed by the picture of the original 'Onslow'.

Below is Onslow, along with his name sake, Geoffrey Hughes, from the British comedy 'Keeping Up Appearances'.
Nikki's Sixth Sense (October 2002)
Nikki's Sixth Sense (October 2002)

Dear Frances:

Nikki is doing well. She weighed 63 pounds at her visit to the vet last month. She is still as spunky as ever, although she has calmed down a bit, and I stress a bit. I figure that at almost 10 months, I only have a year and 2 months to go! Chewing is still a favorite past time, although we have managed to limit this to the toys and only a few rugs have had to be sacrificed so we are doing pretty good there.

She is my cuddle bug. She loves to just be near us, usually shoving something to throw in our face, but sometimes we have those rare moments where she just wants to be loved on. Her keen sixth sense is usually on and these rare moments occur when we need them the most.

She completed puppy training in May although we have been working a lot at home as well. Nikki has discovered that she loves to play with the frogs that have migrated to our yard. Usually she just paws at them and tries topick them up with her mouth after the pawing fails to produce the jumping result she was hoping for.

She is still torturing our other dog, Maple, but Maple doesn't seem to mind as much any more and has found the designated 'no Play' zones around the house to be very helpful. We have given up buying nylon/cloth collars for Maple since Nikki was chewing them up about every 2 weeks tugging on them trying to get Maple to play so now Maple has the chain collar. Nikki has found other places to grab...her favorite is still Maple's tail!

Every day our love for her grows-as we knew it would being previous dog owners. She has managed to finagle her way into every aspect of our life and every crevice of our hearts. I can't thank you and CARE enough for taking such good care of her until she found her way into our home.

Thanks again!
Gretchen and Mike (and Nikki and Maple too)
Shelley-Belle and Pony-Baloney (September 2002)
Shelley-Belle and Pony-Baloney (September 2002)

Hi all. For those of you who met Shelley-Belle when I was fostering her, or heard me talk about how closely bonded she and I were, here's the latest. (Shelley was one of two tiny little brindle pups pulled from CCAS last April.) Her new mom invited me to come visit yesterday, and Shelley was so glad to see me she danced and piddled on the floor! It was like she'd never left. Anyway, I took her a toy, a plush pony, which she and her mom and dad named Pony-Baloney. Here's a picture they took of her at bedtime last night....Shelley and her Pony-Baloney. Wonder if she's thinking of me!

Katie

Update 3/22/03: The picture on the right shows Shelley with her new brother,Munch, who was also adopted from CARE.
Princess Joelle (August 2002)
Princess Joelle (August 2002)

(Note: Joelle and her two siblings had very low birth weights, andwhile her siblings did not make it, the CARE foster nursed Joelleto health, and now to a good home.)

Well, I could go on and on about Joelle and how much I LOVE her - but you already know! She was perfect last night! She only whimpered about 5 mins when we first turned off the lights, but then she was SILENT the rest of the night - she didn't even wake me up this morning. I needed the alarm clock. But of course the second I gave her attention she got all worked up and then I brought her out. She was great she did #1 and #2 and I played with her for 10-15 mins after to give her exercise. She does fine climbing up and down the stairs of our porch. Alexis is home with her today, thank goodness.

Thank you so much for your care of her. She was lucky to have you to care for her when she was ill. I am so glad to have her in my life, especially since she is MY first pet (besides a goldfish)!

I will keep you updated, and you are welcome to visit her.

-Tom
Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match... (August 2002)
Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match... (August 2002)

Frankie, a young male cat, was getting bored, and spending a lot of his time harrassing our 18 year female, Iggy. Iggy got around fine, but between age and her chronic renal failure, she did not appreciate being pounced on by Frankie, who was 3 times her size. Thus, my quest was to add another kitty who would get along with Frankie and provide enough exercise and entertainment that he let Iggy grow old peacefully. And, of course, I wanted to rescue another homeless cat.

In my experience, introducing a new cat to a household where there are 1 or 2 entrenched cats can be a problem. I decided the best chance was to go for a young female, as I have had some success introducing new females to existing males. With this in mind, I sent details of my current situation and needs to CARE, and requested they suggest one of their foster cats or a shelter cat (CARE works closely with the Chatham County Animal Shelter). The unanimous choice was Cleo, a 1 1/2year old female being fostered at Hill Creek Vet.

After a day or so of hiding, Cleo came out and was instant friends with Frankie. And, it kept getting better, as they now play, wrestle, and do some tentative grooming of each other. I am truly surprised at how well Cleo fit in and got along with Frankie - things worked out better than I could have hoped for. And of course, Cleo also gets along great with the humans in the household (at least those over 2 years old). This adoption highlights the value of working with a conscientious and knowledgable rescue group like CARE.

Oh yes - I also happen to be the Webmaster for CARE. And, if you are wondering, Iggy does NOT take kindly to Cleo - Cleo has learned to steer clear of the 5 pound 'old lady'. But, Iggy should appreciate the new serenity brought about by Cleo and Frankie's friendship.

Ok, so it's not a story of a daring rescue, the liberation of an abused animal, a last second rescue from a shelter, or a rehabilitated personality. But it is a happy ending, with another cat finding a caring guardian, and thus making room for the foster to bring in one more homeless cat waiting for its forever home.

Below are pictures of Cleo and her new best friend, Frankie.
Franco at Home (August 2002)
Franco at Home (August 2002)

Franco is right at home.....

I LOVE HIM!!!!!!!!

He is such a sweatheart!! He had no accidents last night and when Anthony got up at 6:00am I gave Anthony a water bottle and after he was back to sleep, Franco and I took a long walk through my neighborhood. What a charmer!!! My neighbors just adore him and can't believe how gentle he is.

Franco has now discovered that breakfast can be a great time sitting between two kids eating cheerios!! Nicki never ate them so Franco decided he would do the floor cleaning. Anthony laughs at the noise Franco makes when he crunches on them.

Franco is now fast asleep at my feet under the computer desk. It's almost time for me to bring Alicia to pre-school so I have to go, but I will update you more later.

THANKS AGAIN!!!
Jackson: Unchained, Banned from Petsmart (August 2002)
Jackson: Unchained, Banned from Petsmart (August 2002)

Jackson was owner surrendered by a family that left him outside chained to a tree. As a foster dog, he got banned from the Petsmart adoption days on a bum rap...

As you can see below, Jackson has finally found his place in life!
Milo, a Southern Dog in Brooklyn (August 2002)

Hi, Pam. Thought I'd say hello (who says New Yorkers aren't friendly?).

Milo is the best dog in the world. He has turned out to be a good swimmer, as we discovered on vacation in Pennsylvania on a hiking/camping trip. I think he surprised himself. He does a mean doggie paddle. He also swam at the pool at my daughter's camp on visiting day.

Milo is now a graduate of both Puppy Kindergarten and Pet Dog 1. He was often used as the demonstration dog in Pet Dog 1 because he learns so quickly and is so sweet. The trainer loves him. He plays really nicely in the park during off leash hours. It's funny how different dogs play differently. With some, they just wrestle endlessly. Others like to just chase. Milo will do whatever the other dog seems to want to do.

I check the Chatham Animal Rescue site every now and then and think 'I wonder who's at Pam's house.'

Hope you are well.

Jenet
Gabby and the Cats (July 2002)
Gabby and the Cats (July 2002)

To my Foster Mom-

Thank you so much for taking care of me until I could go home with my new family. I missed you and having all the other dogs around to play with, but Boo and Chloe (the kitties) made me feel right at home. Boo even came to the door to greet me on my first day! I have my own room (in the kitchen) with a bed and lots of toys. I've only had one accident (tonight) and that was because my mom tried to get the dishes washed before we went for our walk. Oops! I have been to check out a dog park in Chapel Hill, but decided to hang out on the outside just to check things out. This week, I might go to a community concert AND a drive-in movie! I'll be sure to tell you all about it.

I've tried to avoid the camera, but there is one picture of me that I wanted you to have.

Take care of all my buddies!

Love, Gabby
Lukas Take A Flying Leap! (July 2002)
Lukas Take A Flying Leap! (July 2002)

(Note: Lukas was an eskie mix that came to the shelter with his brother. On his scheduled last day, he was taken into his foster home, and originallynamed Leo.)

Lukas is the most curious, bravest little guy I've ever known! He is so much fun! He and Rory pretty much ignored each other for the 1st couple of days. Rory had her nose out of joint because Lukas took over Raleigh and Raleigh has always been 'hers'. Now they are all playing together. The food issues have been resolved, there have been (knock wood) no 'accidents' and he loves being out in the 'play-pen'.

Yesterday we took a chance and left them all in the house while we took our grandson to the doctor. We were gone a couple of hours and came home to a house untouched by doggie mouths, paws, etc. GOOD PUPPIES.

Lukas learns new things every day. So do I. I've found that you don't sit down with a cup of hot coffee when he first comes in! Flying dogs and hot coffee don't mix! He's ok, I kept the cup away from him but my chair is a little more brown than it was before!

Kathleen
Panda Purrs (July 2002)
Panda Purrs (July 2002)

Panda is doing pretty good but she constantly gets colds on and off - I have been giving her really good food vitamins and the pills that the vet recommended every day - she looks really good even though she sneezes alot - she is turning into a beautiful baby ... I love her so much that I favor her which is really bad...She loves me too - I mean like a real lot she is very attached to me. Being out of work has been good for all my cats they are with me now sitting right next to me - she actually comes to me when I call her like a dog and gets up on my stomach and rolls around - she never learned how to purr but just the other day her throat was vibrating and no sound was coming out so I know she purrs it just doesn't make any sound - so I know she is happy.

Check out this picture of my beautiful baby..

I hope all is well.

Linnea
Petey Shakes a Leg (June 2002)

(Note: Petey was originally Cleetus, a dog that CARE nearlyhad to have an amputation done on.)

Petey is doing GREAT! He knows his new name now, knows sit, stay, and come (when he feels like it!), and is the 'hit' of the neighborhood! I heard one of my neighbors tell him that he is 'a most welcome addition!' EVERYBODY loves him, and he is loving that!! I should have a fenced area within the next week so I can leave him outside some during the day. (Decided not to go with the wireless fencing.) He walks with me every morning, and he's got 3 special playmates (one black lab in particular) that he just adores wrestling and running with. His leg has not seemed to bother him in the least! I worry sometimes that the play gets a little rough, but it hasn't seemed to bother Petey at all. He's chasing squirrels, chipmunks, and deer (and a neighbor's cat a time or two!) and seems to be very happy. He's even learned to play with me some....he didn't understand that at first. He and I have a running battle about the couch (which he's winning) and he's 'claimed' a couple of shoes and a TV remote, but other than that, things have been just wonderful. He's even become a very good eater! He is really a sweet, sweet dog.........

Please come visit him sometime if you can. I'd love for you to see how well he's doing, and I know he'd love to see you again. Thanks, from Petey AND me, for saving him. He and I are both very grateful for the second chance. He's a great dog.

Hope all is well with you and all of yours.
Sharon
William: Swimming, Boating, Golfing (June 2002)
William: Swimming, Boating, Golfing (June 2002)

I had the opportunity to visit William in his new home in South Carolina. William has manifested well to put it mildly! What a wonderful life. He is bonding very well with his new parents. He looks fantastic with a nice shine to his coat and a happy softness to the touch. After one week in his forever home, William is getting accustomed to having his teeth brushed, swimming and going for boat rides on the lake with his Mom and Dad and canine sister Elsa, dining on adult Science Diet and going for early AM runs on the golf course. William was checked out by their vet on Monday and given a good health report, albeit a touch of arthritis. They have him on Fresh factor and will take him in for base line blood work just to make sure his is normal internally as well. All the discoloration (deep purple) on his underbelly has disappeared and his coat and skin look fantastic. His ears were re-cleaned by the vet and Kirsten continues to flush them a few times per week. William writes to his former foster mom every day.

Melisa
Best of Friends (May 2002)
Best of Friends (May 2002)

Francis

Keli has been a part of our family for two weeks tonight and all appears to be going well. As you can see by the picture, her and Jac have become the best of friends. It's a delight to see how they spend their time together, in play and just hanging out. No boy could be closer to his dog then Jac and Keli are and no dog could love its master more then Keli does.

Thank you again for the opportunity to adopt her.
Filling a Void (May 2002)

My husband and I brought home Necole (Nikki) on Friday, February 22. She is now 44lbs, happy and almost done with her first series of puppy classes! She is very distractable, loves dirt, grass clumps, sticks, rocks, bugs, playing in the bathtub, and is way too cute at 4 am when she puts her paws on the side of the bad and licks my face to let me know she needs to go outside.

She has helped fill a void in our house after the loss of another family pet. She is definately keeping our other dog (Maple) busy and Nikki has almost chewed through Maple's collar from tugging on it during play time.

I'm a bad mom with her recent pictures still in my camara, but as soon as I get them developed, I will send some your way. She does have all her big girl teeth now so I'm anxiously awaiting the restof the growing!

Thank you all for taking such good care of the animals and helping to bring all people the special happiness from the love of a pet.
Envy of the Neighborhood (May 2002)

Hi Katie, glad to hear from you. We've renamed Carrie ... hope you don't mind, but we actually named her after you -- Katie! She's doing well and is the envy of all the dog owners in our neighborhood. We've taken some pictures that will send as soon as we get them developed. She does great most of the time, but can be a bit of a handful on walks because she is so friendly ... she wants to meet EVERYONE! She already knows how to sit and lay down, and is getting pretty well housebroken -- only a few accidents here and there. We've been taking her on lots of outings to help with socialization -- her favorite places to go are the Petsmart, Duke Gardens, and Weaver Street Market. One day we took her hiking and she picked up 9 ticks! It turned out to be a good lesson for us in tick removal! We're getting a vet appointment set up asap so that we can get her flea & tick treatment.

We're also planning to enroll in a puppy class, which we're really looking forward to.

Thanks again for bring such a sweetheart into our lives!

Nancy and Will
A New Chapter for Duncan (April 2002)
A New Chapter for Duncan (April 2002)

Francis,

Duncan did do a bit of backsliding and attacked our library when we were gone. It's fitting, somehow, for a writer's dog to love books. Now, he likes his crate and everyone is happier.

I've attached some pictures of Duncan and Boomer. Duncan has been great for Boomer and he's very attached to the old man. It took a while before we stopped getting the 'Isn't time he went home?' look from Zoe, our cat, but even she's resigned to Duncan's permanent resident status.

Duncan is so loving I don't know how we ever got along without him. He's a special pup.

Thank you again for all you do for these critters. You are blessed.

David and Jenny
Life of Riley (March 2002)
Life of Riley (March 2002)

Hi,

I am Riley's mom. I just wanted to let all of you know that he is doing great. He's so smart, like an old man in a young body. He's calm...until we get around water, then there is no telling what will happen. He loves cats, so when the time is right we will get a kitten. He is Reno's brother, you know, the one from Ontario? And look at the resemblance between Riley and Annie. I wonder if she is from the same mom, because the way her personality is described fits Riley about 98%. He's such a joy to have, and as my first dog, I was spoiled because he was so easy to raise as a puppy. He was house trained in about 2 months and held his bathroom through the night as a 6 month old. I am worried that the next puppy or do we get will be crazy and wild. Thanks again.

Suzanne
Coping with Kopa (March 2002)
Coping with Kopa (March 2002)

I wanted to write and thank you for allowing us to adopt Kopa. She has been a great addition to our home! I also wanted to let you know she is being treated for demodectic mange, I know it is genetic and I wasn't sure if you needed to let other people know. She has a food allergy, and is suffering from a yeast infection in her ear...we have been to the vet several times and she is making her recovery. She is a wonderful dog! We just wanted to let you know in case there was some other people you needed to contact...

Thanks again
Caithlin and Jason
Claire and Roxy (March 2002)
Claire and Roxy (March 2002)

Hello Frances,

I ran across Roxy's original picture with her brother, Fred. It reminded me that I was going to send you a picture of Roxy. I thought you might like to see a cute picture of my daughter Claire acting like Roxy. Claire put her hair up to look like Roxy's tail. Roxy seemed to think it was fun too.

Thank you again for helping Roxy come our way. My husband claims she is the 'best and most beautiful dog in the world'.

Mary Jo James
Greta Bounces Back (March 2002)

For all of you who enjoy reading happy ending stories, here's an update on Greta, a German Shorthair Pointer mix that Karen Pool pulled from CCAS last November. She was then placed with me to foster. Greta had scar tissue all the way around her neck where she had been tied, and she was very, very shy of people and new situations, and had an almost flat affect. She was adopted in January, and here's the latest update on her:

Katie,
Sorry about taking so long to get the blanket and collar back to you. We've just been very busy.

Greta is continuing to mature into a wonderful dog. She and Maddy have bonded, and we don't know how we ever lived without her. Her progress has been incredible all across the board. We take her for walks around the block, and she is great. In fact, she keeps Maddy moving along (who tends to want to go slowly and sniff everything). Greta acts pretty tough toward other dogs when on the leash, but is reasonably quickly calmed.

As a few examples of how far she has come, she now greets us at the door when we come home. When we call her name within the house, she runs to us. The greatest breakthrough has been her reaction to hearing her name. Now, she wags her tail. I can't tell you how happy we were the first time we noticed her wagging and smiling when she heard us call her name.

Thanks again for rescuing her. She has come a long way, and her true nature is shining through. She still has a lot of puppy left in her, we wonder if she is just turning one now. The other trait that has really come through is her love of people (which I know is quite surprising, given her past). We have had several friends over, and she warms to them quickly. As for cuddling with Amy and me, she is the queen. The futon barely fits the four of us, occasionally five, when the cat decides to join us.

We caught Greta allowing the cat to sleep on her head the other day. Needless to say, they are getting along fine. Occasionally, Greta wants to play a little roughly with the cat, and the cat hisses and slinks away.

We could go on and on.

Thanks again,
Amy and Jim Landis
Bailey Beats Parvo (March 2002)
Bailey Beats Parvo (March 2002)

We brought Bailey home on February 3, 2002. Within just a few hours we were thoroughly attached to this wonderful ball of fur. He loved to snuggle and give us kisses and he was the perfect new addition to our family. Two days later he got sick. He was unable to keep any food and water down, and even after he had stopped eating and drinking completely, he was still vomiting. We gave him love and attention to try to get him to feeling better, but he just seemed to feel worse. After about an hour we could hear his stomach gurgling over the noise of the TV and decided that enough was enough. I wrapped him up in a blanket and held him close as we took him to the emergency vet. The doctor told us that it was probably just worms, and since he had already had his first dose of deworming medication his body was just trying to get rid of everything. So they did a worm test and also a Parvo test just in case. After a few minutes they doctor came in with bad news. Bailey had Parvo. Parvo is an intestinal disease that can completely destroy the lining of the dog's intestines. Parvo can be fatal to dogs even if they go on treatment early. We were devastated, not only was there no guarantee that the treatment would even work but it was extremely expensive. After a few minutes I called the CARE volunteer that fostered Bailey, to let her know that Bailey was sick, and the other puppies may be infected. Katie was wonderful; I don't know what we would have done without her support through all of this. I told her what was happening and without hesitation she said to go forth with the treatment and that CARE would pick up the bill. Unfortunately one of Bailey's brothers was also experiencing some of the same symptoms that Bailey had, and knowing that Bailey had Parvo it was likely that the other puppy did as well. Bailey started treatment right away. We left him at the vet that night and told them to call us with any change. As we drove home we prayed that Bailey would be all right. After an extremely long night I called the vet to check on Bailey. He was doing extremely well, awake and barking at everyone, wanting to play. He still was not 100%, but things were looking good. The vet wanted to keep him for observation for a little while longer but we were welcome to come visit him. That evening after work we went to see Bailey. He got so excited as soon as we walked into the room. He wanted to come home with us but he needed to stay one more night, just to make sure. The next evening we went to get Bailey and bring him home. We were extremely fortunate that we took him in when we did. He made a speedy recovery and is a very happy puppy. I don't know what we would have done without Katie and the staff at the Quail Corners Animal hospital. Everyone was wonderful with him and because of that, we have our Bailey home with us.
Harlie and Isabelle (February 2002)
Harlie and Isabelle (February 2002)

Dear Mom and Dad (you will always be my mom and dad, too)

I hope you enjoy looking at me in the attached pictures. I am very happy in my new home. My new mom and dad love me very much and are always kissing on me. My brother Harlie must love me a lot too....he is always kissing my head and my nose and lets me take over any thing he has. One of my favorite things to do is, after dinner, Harlie and I go downstairs with dad to help him work on his cars. He made Harlie a shimmy pole with some carpet wrapped around a pole in the basement and a high platform to lay on. It is now mine :>) Queen of the Mountain! It is so much fun to run up that pole when Harlie is chasing me and jump on the platform. He follows me but I will not let him get on the platform...tee...hee..hee...I hang my head off and look at him....nah, nah, nah, nah. We eat together, sleep together, poopy together and play all the time. I just taught him how to ! wrestle, so we have spent many hours entertaining mom and dad rolling around on the floor together. There are lots of pictures of us sleeping.....we do that a lot.....it's very tiring being the QUEEN and demanding so much attention.......My mom says she will send you some more pictures every now and then, so you can see me grow up. She said to tell her if you can't see these very good and she will send you the files.

Love you, Isabelle
King of the Castle (February 2002)
King of the Castle (February 2002)

As you can see Banx is 'king of the castle'! Thank you SO much for letting us adopt him!
Full Nelson (February 2002)

Francis:

Bill and I are so very glad we got Nelson last Saturday. He has brought so much joy and love to our family. It took Liza less then 48 hours to start playing with him and letting him get semiclose. We haven't seen Liza play for quite some time. She was very patient and careful with Zack. Nelson fit right into the family. He has adjusted like he's been there for months. Last night was his best night overall, although I can't really complain. He does not mind being crated, he just likes for someone to be close when he is in his room. I go to bed when he does, so he can hear/smell me.

He figured out last night, after only 3 walks that it's the time to poop and pee when we walk in the evenings. He has not had 1 accident in the house. He is very gentle and loving and very smart.

Thank you Francis for what you do. There is a special place in heaven for you and others like you.

Will keep you posted.

Nelson sends his love to you and his brothers and sisters.

Victoria
Bandit was a Steal (February 2002)
Bandit was a Steal (February 2002)

We are having such a ball with Isaac-Bandit, that's what Makenzie calls him. He's such a good pup, and Bogey just loves having a playmate! Here are some cute pictures of the pup. He fits right in with the family. Hope all is well with you and your family.

Wendy
Zoe's First Night (February 2002)
Zoe's First Night (February 2002)

Hi Frances,

Here are some pictures from Zoe's first night in our home. We sure have enjoyed her. She's a bundle of affection.
Letter from Vinny (January 2002)
Letter from Vinny (January 2002)

Hi Melisa!

I wanted to let you know how I'm doing. I love my new home! I have my own crate and they even allow me to sleep on the bed. I have some new brothers and sisters, too. I kind of ignore the cats, but me and Logan are great pals! We run laps around the house and in the backyard. Logan's kind of slow, so I out lap her a couple of times. I'm keeping in shape, though. My new mom takes me for walks around the neighborhood on my cool new leash. We power walk! I have lots of new toys that I hide under the bed so Logan can't steal them. I know I should learn to share, but I'm not ready for that! Sometimes I go to work with my new dad, and they say I'm going on payroll! I'm moving up in the world; I even caught a mouse in a storage room (though everyone was kind of grossed out). Anyway, I really like it here and I stick to my new mom like glue! She takes me for lots of rides in the car! I'm sending a picture of me, and one of Logan, too. I'm sorry she's sticking her tongue out at you; she thought she was being funny! Well, keep in touch!

Miss you!
Vincent (aka Vinny)

P.S. I love snow!!!!
Dry Wall Kitty (December 2001)
Dry Wall Kitty (December 2001)

Since I know everyone at Chatham Animal Rescue thrives on a happy ending, I'll share the latest update on Dry Wall Kitty!

To recap, Dry Wall Kitty was found dry-walled into a house under construction and had a PCV of 16 (normal is 35). She was so severely anemic that the vet had never seen anything that low unless it was a terminal condition. Four days after initial reading Dry Wall Kitty was at 20 and had gained a full pound. All blood results came back negative for cancer. Vet was still extremely guarded about prospects.

Two weeks later, Dry Wall Kitty weighs 7 pounds (up from 3 1/2) and has....drum roll please...a PCV of 31. Dry Wall Kitty is now a fully certified, vaccinated, loving, inquisitive, energetic, 'Cat'. As the vet said, 'I wish this cat could talk, I would love to hear her story!' I think I did the dance of joy right there in the examination room. I never dreamed of anything this good.

Dry Wall Kitty now has a name. Victoria...Tori...as in Torrey Homes, where she was found. She even has a home, a permanent one. My boyfriend adopted her after taking care of her for two weeks while I was travelling. My evil plan worked - impossible to spend two weeks with a cat on your lap and not want to keep it!

And yes, Prudence (now Heidi), a wonderful adoptee from your organization, is sitting on my lap, purring.

Wishing everyone at Chatham Animal Rescue the merriest of Christmases. You folks do good work! Attached is a photo of the now healthy Tori.

Sincerely,

Suzanne Cross
Lonnie's Fated Home (September 2001)
Lonnie's Fated Home (September 2001)

To all,

Lonnie has been adopted by a wonderful couple, in an adoption story with more twists and turns than a Hitchcock movie. I received an application for Lonnie from Gail, who after speaking with her, turned out to be my grammar school friend in NJ. We haven't seen or spoken to each other in 30+ years. We learned we have a tremendous amount in common, probably more than in grammar school (although I doubt we'll be having any more slumber parties!)

Gail took Lonnie for the weekend, worrying slightly about her husband, who claimed he doesn't think it's time yet to get a second dog. He pouted all night Friday, cuz he thought Gail was sneaking Lonnie in (she was!). Saturday Gail went to visit her good friend, Jill, and took Lonnie with her. Jill and her husband David fell in love with Lonnie immediately. Jill had a golden retiever who died in her arms of blissful old age several years ago. David and Jill met right before the dog died. He has never had a dog. When Gail was visiting, David and Lonnie were stretched out on the floor, alternately exchanging kisses.

They wanted to keep Lonnie right then and there, but Gail told them it wasn't her decision. Well, I spoke with them last night and they are a dream couple. Jill is a therapist, and works out of her home. They have a big house and a huge fenced in yard. They love to go on long walks together. As soon as they knew I would let them keep Lonnie, they called Petsmart to see if they were still open - They didn't want Lonnie to go another minute without her own bed, bowl, toys, new collar and lead, etc., etc., etc. (I don't know why they bought the bed, I know where Lonnie's gonna end up sleeping). When they go out of town, Lonnie will stay with Gail.

Two other couples who are also friends of Gail's wanted Lonnie too. I think we may have to appoint Gail the CARE 'recruiter'. These couples both have dogs, and are thinking of another - I told Gail to send them our way!

Whether you're religious or not, you have to admit that some kind of fate played into this adoption!

Pam
Molly the Lab Finds a Home (September 2001)
Molly the Lab Finds a Home (September 2001)

Molly is doing great. She is already a full-fledged member of the Bookhout family. She has definitely worked her way into everyone's heart, except maybe our bird's. They are still working things out a little. Not on Molly's part. Molly would like to make friends, but Fluffy is somewhat reluctant, batting her wings and opening her beak as if to attack. Molly shows good judgment and doesn't push her way.

My son and husband came home Monday night and both instantly fell for her. My son has taken her for a long walk every day. My husband hasn't even complained when she has jumped on our bed every morning to wake me up. That means he likes her as well.

She is sleeping with Megan. She stays up with me until about 11:30 and then she lets me know she wants to go up to bed. I take her out and she runs upstairs and sits outside Megan's door until I let her in. Then up she goes on the bed and just settles nicely. Most of the time she doesn't even wake Megan up.

She has also figured out the sound of the school bus and runs to the door when she hears it. Unfortunately, it stops twice by our house (earlier for the elementary school kids) so she's a little confused why Megan doesn't come in at that time. She will learn soon I am sure.

On her housebreaking skills she is still working. With the run of the whole house I have found a few piddles. I have then realized these occur when she hasn't been out for a few hours and someone tries to get her excited to play with them. It is really the kids that I am now trying to train, so they won't get her excited right after a nap, but will take her out first. I have no doubts it will all work out.

Thanks for fostering her so well. She is very lovey and just precious.

Thanks again,

Lynne
Sonic Boom (August 2001)
Sonic Boom (August 2001)

Frances,

We are just in love with our little Sonic! What a sweet puppy. He seems to be adjusting quite well. He didn't eat too well for the first couple of days and I was a little worried about that. He ate all of his breakfast this morning though and seems to be doing a little more exploring in the back yard. The poor thing has had so many visitors that we have had to limit them so that he can get some naps in! ha ha ha

The trip home [to Indiana, from North Carolina] was great. He slept in the crate and did not whine at all. They stopped every two - three hours and all were happy to get home. He has been sleeping in his crate at night and whines for about 10 - 15 minutes, but then goes to sleep and does not whine again until someone goes downstairs in the morning (usually around 7:00). He met our neighbor's dog and was very well behaved and a little timid.

By the way, did you know that he is REALLY afraid of balloons? Janie got one from a birthday party and he would not even come inside when that balloon was around. It is amazing that he does not jump or scratch or nip at all. He just comes up and sits at our feet until we start to pet him. Then he immediately wants his tummy scratched.

I know it must be hard for you to let these little guys go after caring for them and getting to know them, but be assured that he is getting lots of love, attention and good care. I am taking him to the vet this week for a check-up, and a skin check. He is awfully itchy, but I have not seen any flees. The vet said that the dose of 'frontline' that you gave him on 8/1 should have taken care of any fleas. He seems to have some scabs on his chest so maybe he has some type of dermatitis or something. I am anxious to get him into training because there is no telling what he is capable of! We will ask our vet who he recommends this week.

Janie and Kevin really enjoyed meeting you and seeing your farm. Janie has not stopped talking about the horses! I think I will have to draw the line at that purchase. ha ha Hope all is well with you and we will send you a picture of Sonic in several weeks so that you can see how he is doing. Thankyou so much for all of your volunteer work for the Shelter and for entrustingus with our little guy - we love him!

Take care, Dana
Bebop Settles In (July 2001)
Bebop Settles In (July 2001)

Hi Ms. Curie,

Do you remember me? You let me adopt Bebop. I'm writing to tell you how Bebop is doing. Bebop is the greatest kitten and we all love him. We took him to the vet at the end of July and he got a rabies shot. He had ear mites, but Dr. Bailey took care of that and let me see them under the microscope. Bebop sees Dr. Bailey on Monday Aug. 27th and gets his distemper shot. Then on September 13th he gets nutered. Bebop will be happy when he doesn't have to go to see Dr. Bailey anymore, because he really doesn't like it. Thunder plays with Bebop and lets him get on his back. Simba is getting old and just lays there. Bebop likes to get on top of the bird cage and watch Bubbles and Buttercup. Bubbles will get in the swing and talk to him. Bebop naps in Mom's lap everyday from 4 to 5 while she watches trading spaces. Bebop likes to watch ESPN sportscenter with Dad. Bebop sleeps with me every night. Jake sleeps with me some nights so we can share Bebop. Jake likes to play ball with Bebop. That's all I can think of right now. I'm real tired of typing but wanted to thank you for picking me and to tell you I love Bebop and we are taking real good care of him.

Sincerely, Derek Watson
Letter from Clarice (June 2001)
Letter from Clarice (June 2001)

This is Clarice-

I am just writing you and telling you how much fun I am having! Yesterday after I got home I met the other two dogs. Lacie was really yappy and I did not like her at first, but we are now friends. Then I met Corey, the older one. He did not like me at first but now he just acts like I am not even here.

I had to get a flea bath because I was real itchy. I did like drinking the hose water - it was real fun. Then, I went inside the house and looked around. Everything looked and smelled sooo different. Next, I got to go next door and meet the three dogs over there - they were really nice to me. Later that night, I went to Lake Johnson for a walk with the whole family. I even got to play in the water at the dam, and got really wet. Afterwards, we came home and had to go to bed.

I had to sleep in Erin's bathroom, but she put a baby gate up so I could see out. I cried a little bit because I missed all my friends, but I was soon dead asleep.

I have only gone to the bathroom in the house once, and that was yesturday. I have been good today. Today I had to go visit the vet. It was alright. At first I had to go to the isolation room, because I was coughing at the house. Then my parents left and I had to stay for like an hour - boy was I scared! Finally, a lady came and got me out, and I was sooo happy. I got put in a little room with my parents, and a guy named Dr. Holman came in and looked at me. I was healthy except one thing - I had a little bit of kennel cough. So we finished talking and I got to go home. I have to take medicine for one week - while I have not had any yet, I am not sure I will like it. I also got my Heartguard today - I would not eat the whole thing, so they had to break it up. It didn't taste that bad. Unfortunately, I have to be by myself for five days because I am contagious. So, I am living on the screened in porch. It is not that bad and Erin said I still get to sleep in her room with her.

I really don't like my food very much - I did not eat yesturday but Erin got me some wet food and mixed it with my dry this morning, and I ate it all up. It was pretty good. I am learning how to sit right now, and I am really good. I am also learning how to lay down, roll over and offer my paw. It is hard work but i get a lot of good treats! I have to go now - Erin is going to take me on a walk. I will talk to you later. Tell all my friends I said 'Hi', and tell Wags (my brother) that I miss him alot!

Love, Clarice
Tobi's New Home (May 2001)
Tobi's New Home (May 2001)

Hi, its me, Tobi (formerly Brenda). I just wanted to write you and tell you about my new home. I am very happy here. I have learned so much in two days. I have learned to go up and down steps, both open deck steps and indoor stairs.

Ilyse and John took me to Falls Lake and I learned how to swim. John said I am a natural. I was such a smooth swimmer that I didn't even splash. I am learning how to retrieve and play ball. I don't quite have the hang of it yet, but it's fun learning. I get to run and jump a lot. We have gone on long walks everyday. I have smelled the entire neighborhood. Did you know there are lots of geese and ducks here in my back yard lake? I am FASCINATED by them, and if they didn't keep me on a stupid leash, I could chase them all.

I have been a good girl in the house. I have not messed anywhere or chewed anything I'm not supposed to. Not that I have much chance since I'm watched so closely, but I have lots of chew toys and pigs ears. I sleep in a crate in Ilyse and John's room and I have only cried once---that was when they made me go to bed before they did. I also have a crate downstairs that I have to stay in when they go places, but I like it because its open on the sides and I can look out the window.

I don't care too much for my puppy chow but will eat it if Ilyse adds cheese or corn bread to it. I have found that I love licking out the bottom of the yogurt container,especially if there is still some cereal mixed with it.

All in all , I am a very happy pup and my humans love me as much as I love them. Thanks for taking care of me until I found my home. John told me I get to visit you when they have to go out of town and I am excited about that. Well, I have to go. We are going somewhere in the car today. I don't know where, but I am sure I will learn something new. Say hello to Wags, Willie and Tess for me. I hope they end up as lucky as I did.

Will keep you up on my progress.
Love, Tobi
International Adoption (April 2001)
International Adoption (April 2001)

Hello From Ontario!

Briefly, I am Reno's adoptive mom and Holly Stafford's sister. Reno lives with Gary and I in Hamilton, Ontario with his 'sister' Star (Newfoundland/Rotweiller cross), an orphaned wild rabbit, Danni, 2 guinea pigs - Chubaka and Scooter, a cockatiel named Lukey and the oldest Gizmo, my horse. He's old enough now and has moved out to his own place. (Oh yeah, we have a large aquarium of tropical fish that has provided my baby with several hours of captive enjoyment.) Reno has graduated from Puppy School. He is developing into the most beautiful, intelligent and wonderful little young man. I still can't believe how much in love I was when I saw his picture on your web site in February. Attached is Reno's 6 months portrait. I keep in touch with Francis Haman and of course, Holly. We will keep you posted on CARE's first international adoption which is a RESOUNDING success. I wanted to thank all of you for my little angel and for your efforts to help these wayward kisses from God. Keep up the great work.

Hugs and Kisses

Kym and Reno
Dallas: A Concrete to Carpet Story (March 2001)
Dallas: A Concrete to Carpet Story (March 2001)

There he sat. Not quite a year old yet, and tied to an old disabled car on a concrete pad. Dallas was quite a handsome fellow, and very smart, but no one seemed to appreciate that anymore. When he was just a little pup, his people put a collar on him, but had forgotten to make the collar bigger as he grew. It was now embedded in his neck, and was pretty painful.

Two very special women who lived nearby saw Dallas, realized what was happening, and immediately took him to the veterinarian who surgically removed the collar, stitched his neck, and neutered him while she was at it.The neighbors paid to have all of Dallas' medical work done. When they returned him to the owners and asked if they might find a new home for him, the owner refused, and again, Dallas was tied out on that concrete pad. The neighbors visited him daily to bring him water, and even brought him a doghouse so he wouldn't have to sit out in the hot sun and bad weather.

Time passed, and the neighbors continued to plead with the owner to release him so he could be placed in a loving home. Finally, the owner agreed. These wonderful neighbors, who are surely angels in disguise, called CARE and arranged for Dallas to be placed in foster care while he awaited a new home. Dallas fit right in to his foster family, and got along just great with all the other pets there. Everyone loved him, and he really enjoyed spending time with his foster family.

On his first visit to Adoption Day at PetSmart, Dallas stole the show. He was by far the most handsome guy there, and was certainly the most congenial! Several families were interested in adopting him and it was certain that he'd have a new 'forever home' by the end of the day. Just a few minutes before packing up to leave PetSmart that day, a very nice lady strolled by with her young son, David. It was love at first sight! David kneeled down by Dallas, put his arms around him, and we all knew it was a perfect match. The next day, Dallas went to David's house to meet the rest of his new family. Dallas is now a very special member of a wonderful family who all love him very much.

Dallas certainly came a long way from that hard concrete pad thanks to his own very special angels!
'Sophie': Greek for Wisdom (February 2001)

We named her Sophie, from the Greek word for wisdom, because we knew we had none.

The Animal Control officer called us and left a message on our voice mail. She had heard we rescued dachshund mixes, and this dog was on 'death row.' Could we come?

It took my husband, Louie, and me fifteen minutes to get there.

We went to the back of the shelter and rang the buzzer. A frazzled young woman let us in, and led us to a little, starved, obviously dachshund/beagle mix, black and tan, scruffy pup, with a perpetual squint. She was gentle and hopeless, except to us.

We gave an immediate 'yes' to the officer, who told us how grateful she was to be able to save one more dog. Her eyes swimming with tears, she told us that she was the one who's job it was to euthanize the dogs. She wondered if God would forgive her, because she didn't want to kill a single dog. Surely God would understand that she was doing the 'dirty work' of those who were not responsible enough to spay and neuter their pets. I put my arms around her and told her I was certain God understood.

Because of state law, we had to wait five days before we could pick Sophie up. We made arrangements with our vet and bought her a crate and all the other pet things that she would need. The day arrived, snowy and cold, but my husband made the trek for Sophie, and took her to the vet for shots and an exam. The spay would take place three weeks later, to givethe Parvo shot time to immunize her. There was nothing else remarkable, except that Sophie was either coming into or out of heat. She came home to an excited foster family.

Sophie scooted around terrified, squint-eyed, and unsocialized. She had food issues with the other dogs, but was otherwise gentle and scared. We were certain that with love, patience, non-violent discipline, food and rest, she would 'come around.'

We had no idea of the things to come.

The next day, we discovered she had tape worms. The vet was pretty sure that she had never been treated. Wire worms were also detected. All three dogs had to be treated.

On Wednesday, we noticed that Sophie sneezed a lot. By Sunday, she was coughing, and Happy Dog, my precious mini-dachshund was wheezing, sneezing, and running a fever. Our adoptee, Jesse, an Australian heeler-shepherd cross, was experiencing a running nose and drooled all over everything.

Happy was running a fever! I turned from a thoughtful, intelligent, even educated woman, into a hysterical 'Please God, Don't Let Him Die!' nut. A very kind, tired, patient vet told me to 'come on down,' and she diagnosed 'kennel cough.' Sophie was the carrier. Again, all three dogs had to be treated.

After another week, we noticed that Sophie's teats were swelling. We were certain that she was pregnant. How far along, no one could guess. That night Sophie went into labor. I was awake with her all night, praying.

The next day, the vet gave us the 'this is going to be expensive to save her or euthanize her' speech. She was in spontaneous abortion, with a life threatening infection. Putting her down would be the wise thing to do, but then remember, we named her 'Sophie' because we have no wisdom.

It's been ten days and Sophie will have her stitches out tomorrow. She'll take her last antibiotic tonight.

Right now, Sophie is in her crate lounging atop her 'Beauty and the Beast' blanket. We think it's appropriate for such a beautiful and valuable dog.