Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Years Eve Party at Outer Barks Today

There is a New Years Eve Party today at 
Outer Barks,
located at 1171 Duck Road, Duck, NC
in the Scarborough Lane Shoppes.

The party is scheduled from 12 noon until 2 p.m. Outer Barks is the host of the famed Outer Banks Family Fun Annual Pet Event, "Yappy Happy Hour".

 
Please see this month’s veterinary article by Jill Patterson, DVM of Martin’s Point Veterinary Hospital “Let’s Keep Our Pets Safe, Happy & Healthy This Holiday Season!” 

The Outer Banks SPCA 2009 Outer Banks Pet Calendars make Great Holiday Gifts and help support the Homeless Animals of the Dare County Animal Shelter.

photo by Carol at Seaside Photography

We also invite you to visit the Pampered Pets Guide Outer Banks edition online for exciting Outer Banks Pet Events, Outer Banks Rabies Clinic information, Veterinary advise, Outer Banks Pet Friendly Business, Outer Banks Pet Friendly Accommodations, Outer Banks Leash Laws, Our Annual Outer Banks SPCA awareness Pet Photo Contest Prizes & More. 

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Sam finds his Forever Home

Sam is a 2 year old Peek-A-Pom (his Birthday is December 16th) half Pekingese and half Pomeranian. He had been ordered from a breeder, along with his brother Omie.

The boys were named after Sam & Omie's Restaurant. Unfortunately, the Lady who ordered and purchased these brothers was unable to care for them and turned them over, not long after arrival, to Animal Control Officer JM Eakes at the Hyde County Animal Shelter.

 On November 1st, 2007 Sam found his forever home with Preacher Charlie & wife Florence. Sam now happy lives in Engelhard, NC.

Sam also has 3 neutered cats in his family, that he loves to give kisses too or a bath, we're not sure which. Sam's brother Omie also found his forever home and now lives happily on Hatteras Island. Sam & Omie were among the very first adoptions at the Hyde County Animal Shelter established August 1st, 2007.


Monday, December 29, 2008

Currituck County Animal Shelter Hours

Normal Hours of Operation of the Currituck County Animal Shelter are:

 
Monday 10am - 2pm 
Tuesday 12noon - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 2pm 
Thursday 12noon - 6pm
Friday 10am - 2pm
Saturday 11am - 3:30pm 
Sunday 11am - 3:30pm

 Operation Reminder: there is one other Holiday schedule change.

 Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc.  

Please see this month’s veterinary article by Jill Patterson, DVM of Martin’s Point Veterinary Hospital “Let’s Keep Our Pets Safe, Happy & Healthy This Holiday Season!” 

We also invite you to visit the Pampered Pets Guide Outer Banks edition online for exciting Outer Banks Pet Events, Outer Banks Rabies Clinic information, Veterinary advise, Outer Banks Pet Friendly Business, Outer Banks Pet Friendly Accommodations, Outer Banks Leash Laws & More.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Dare County Animal Shelter Hours

Normal Dare County Animal Shelter Hours are: 

Monday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM 
Sunday Closed 

Reminder: There is one other Holiday schedule change

 Also please see the Outer Banks SPCA History & Mission 

The Outer Banks SPCA 2009 Outer Banks Pet Calendars make Great Holiday Gifts and help support the Homeless Animals of the Dare County Animal Shelter.

 Please see this month’s veterinary article by Jill Patterson, DVM of Martin’s Point Veterinary Hospital “Let’s Keep Our Pets Safe, Happy & Healthy This Holiday Season!” 
Please see Veterinarian Advice page

We also invite you to visit the Pampered Pets Guide Outer Banks edition online for exciting Outer Banks Pet Events, Outer Banks Rabies Clinic information, Veterinary advise, Outer Banks Pet Friendly Business, Outer Banks Pet Friendly Accommodations, Outer Banks Leash Laws & More.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Hours of Operation Resume at Outer Banks Animal Shelters


   

please see post:

Dare County Animal Shelter Holiday Hours






Please see post:

Currituck County Animal Shelter-Holiday Hours & Adoption Policy 


The Outer Banks SPCA operators of the Dare County Animal Shelter & The Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc. operators of the Currituck County Animal Shelter resume normal shelter hours today. We have relinked below to the Holiday Hours of both shelters for other important schedule changes throughout the holidays.


Friday, December 26, 2008

Currituck County’s New Animal Shelter Plans make Front Page News

Ginger Sikes, President of the Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc., operators of the Currituck County Animal Shelter, recently presented new plans to County Commissioners to provide Currituck County with a New 21st Century Animal Shelter. These plans made front page news in the Daily Advance newspaper. 

 Ginger Sikes stated: “We made a big presentation to our County Commissioners on Monday re: new shelter. There's an article on 12/18 with a picture of the new shelter on the front page, top headline in the Daily Advance.

 It's a good article but misquotes me. I said that it would be one of the best shelters in surrounding counties, not the best in the country! And we've worked on this for 2 yrs., not a couple of weeks.”

Also read:
Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc. visits Beaufort County Animal Shelter 

Ginger Sikes
President
 Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc. 
 
Pampered Pets Guide Outer Banks edition online for exciting Outer Banks Pet Events, Outer Banks Rabies Clinic information, Veterinary advise, Outer Banks Pet Friendly Business, Outer Banks Pet Friendly Accommodations, Outer Banks Leash Laws, & More 

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Holidays!


The Pampered Pets Guide would like to wish everyone a Safe & Happy Holiday Season!

As published in every issue of the Pampered Pets Guide on page 2 each year, "Please Drive Safely on Our Busy Highways". 

We would also like to give a special "Thank You" to all of our valued Advertisers & Supporters for making it possible for us to publish the Pampered Pets Guide & provide valuable information to our readers. 

Please see this month’s veterinary article by 
Jill Patterson, DVM
Martin’s Point Veterinary Hospital 
“Let’s Keep Our Pets Safe, Happy & Healthy This Holiday Season!” 

see Veterinarian Advice page

Pampered Pets Guide Outer Banks edition online for exciting Outer Banks Pet Events, Outer Banks Rabies Clinic information, Veterinary advise, Outer Banks Pet Friendly Business, Outer Banks Pet Friendly Accommodations, Outer Banks Leash Laws

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Party with Santa Paws Today

There is a party with Santa Paws today at 

Outer Barks
1171 Duck Road
Duck, NC 
in the Scarborough Lane Shoppes

The party is scheduled from 12 noon until 2 p.m.
Outer Barks is the host of the famed Outer Banks Family Fun Annual Pet Event, "Yappy Happy Hour".

 Please see this month’s veterinary article by Jill Patterson, DVM of Martin’s Point Veterinary Hospital “Let’s Keep Our Pets Safe, Happy & Healthy This Holiday Season!”
Please see Veterinarian Advise page 

photo by Carol at Seaside Photography 

We also invite you to visit the Pampered Pets Guide, for exciting Outer Banks Pet Events, Outer Banks Rabies Clinic information, Veterinary advise, Outer Banks Pet Friendly Business, Outer Banks Pet Friendly Accommodations, Outer Banks Leash Laws and More.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Hyde County Animal Control in 21st Annual Christmas Parade

Sunday, December 14th, 2008 
Hyde County, North Carolina

21st annual Christmas Parade

This year Hyde County Animal Control officer, JM Eakes, grandson, Mathew & male neutered cat, Tom represented the Hyde County Animal Control & the Hyde County Shelter in the parade.

As JM drove the decorated Hyde County Animal Control vehicle, Mathew threw peppermints to the crowd & Tom sat on the dash board and observed, representing the homeless animals of the Hyde County Animal Shelter. The Hyde County Animal Control & Shelter was established August 1st, 2007.

Hyde County Animal Shelters Holiday Wish List is posted on this site.

Pampered Pets Guide

Monday, December 22, 2008

Little Empire Rescue Seeks Foster Homes

"Little Empire Rescue" is a Pit Bull Rescue located in Edenton, NC. Little Empire Rescue also services the Outer Banks of NC and Eastern Virginia.

Founded in 2004, there are current plans to expand kennels in North Carolina for Little Empire Rescue. Little Empire Rescue is seeking foster homes for Pit Bulls of all ages.

If you are interested in fostering a homeless Pit Bull & would like to go through our approval process, please contact Steve at 252-337-4669. 

Rescued Pit Bulls at Little Empire Rescue are listed online for adoption through Pet Finder online at You can search using the zip code of 27932 for Little Empire Rescue listings.

Kierra, “Ki Ki” is an Outer Banks Pit Bull Success Adoption story. She was rescued at 7 months old & was trained by Steve Canady. Ki Ki also received assistance with spaying from Stephen Samson, DVM of Coastal Animal Hospital. Ki Ki stayed at the Holistic Pet Shop in Kill Devil Hills, for people to visit & go through the adoption screening process.

Ki Ki now happily lives in Southern Shores, NC with her new family & her big brother “D” who is a Boxer. Little Empire Rescue also works closely with Animal Shelters. Pit Bulls have been rescued from the Outer Banks SPCA and the Dare County Animal Shelter as well as the Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc. Operators of the Currituck County Animal Shelter. Pit Bulls have also been taken in from areas as far away as New York.

 If you are interested in adopting a Pit Bull, from Little Empire Rescue, please contact Steve at 252-337-4669. Please be prepared for adoption forms, a home inspection, a contract and follow up visit(s). 

The Outer Banks SPCA 2009 Outer Banks Pet Calendars make Great Holiday Gifts and help support the Homeless Animals of the Dare County Animal Shelter.

Pampered Pets Guide, for exciting Outer Banks Pet Events, Outer Banks Rabies Clinic information, Veterinary advise, Outer Banks Pet Friendly Business, Outer Banks Pet Friendly Accommodations, Outer Banks Leash Laws and more.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Harley getting ready for the Town of Manteo's Annual Christmas Parade

December 6th 2008 at 11am was the start of the Town of Manteo's Annual Christmas Parade.

This year, Manteo Marine, Inc. donated the use of a decorated boat to be used as a float for "Elizabeth R and Company", the resident professional theater company for Roanoke Island Festival Park.

The company star is Miss Barbara Hird, Actor/Singer and the star of "Elizabeth R" The International Hit One-Woman Show.

 Harley, a Roanoke Island resident Husky, chauffeured members of the ER Company, well that is with the help of his human Mom "Wendy" & Dad "Bruce". Harley decorated with his big red bow sat warmly in the tow vehicle & encouraged his Mom to throw candy.

Harley did such a good job we are sure he will be asked to be in next year’s Annual Christmas Parade. 

 photo by Carol at Seaside Photography


Saturday, December 20, 2008

Hyde County Spay & Neuter Clinic UP-DATE

The Hyde County Spay & Neuter Clinic 

December 3rd 2008
Hyde County Animal Shelter
9300 N. Lake Rd
Fairfield, NC 

Was a Success

The Spay & Neuter Clinic started a 9am and at the conclusion 8 Cats had been Spayed 3 Cats had been Neutered 2 Dogs had been Neutered.

If you were unable to schedule your pet for this clinic & want to be put on the list to be contacted when the next clinic is scheduled, please contact Animal Control Officer JM Eakes at 252-542-0807

  Hyde County Animal Control & Animal Control Officer JM Eakes 

Pampered Pets Guide

Friday, December 19, 2008

Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc. visits the Beaufort County Animal Shelter

November 22nd 2008 Ginger Sikes, President of the Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc. and Nancy van Clief, Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc. Board member, visited the Beaufort County Animal Shelter.

The Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc. are the Operators of the Currituck County Animal Shelter.

The Currituck County Animal Shelter is rapidly outgrowing their small shelter, which will be bulldozed when the neighboring airport expands. 

Efforts are underway to enlist the assistance of the county to build a new larger progressive 21st century shelter. Ginger & Nancy visited the Beaufort County Animal Shelter in an effort to learn more about the new architecture & operations of a new shelter.

Sandy Woolard, Chief Officer of the “Betsy Bailey Nelson Animal Control Facility" in Beaufort County welcomed The Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc. and provided a special tour of the facility. Betsy Bailey Nelson left $750,000.00 in her will to the Beaufort County Animal Control toward the construction of this new facility. 

Photographed left to right: Ginger Sikes, President of the Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc.
Nancy van Clief, Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc. board member,
Sandy Woolard, Chief Officer of the “Betsy Bailey Nelson Animal Control Facility”, 
Whaddamess (Mascot) for Beaufourt County Animal Control, Todd Taylor,
 Beaufourt County Animal Control Officer.

 photo by Carol at Seaside Photography 

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Hyde County Animal Shelter Holiday Wish List

The Hyde County Animal Shelter has the following Wish List for this Holiday Season. 

Dog & Cat Food Dog
Cat Treats
Kitty Litter
Paper Towels
Bleach
Laundry Detergent
Cleaning Supplies 
Assorted sizes of Collars & Leashes

Hyde County is the Newest Animal Shelter on the Outer Banks and a Special Thank you goes out to the Beaufort County Animal Shelter, the Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc. & The Outer Banks SPCA for advice and help.

 

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Outer Banks SPCA, Dare County Animal Shelter Holiday Wish List

The Outer Banks SPCA operators of the Dare County Animal Shelter
Have the following Holiday Wish List:

Purina Kitten Chow 
Purina Puppy Chow
Scoop able Litter 
Bleach
Paper Towels
High Efficiency Laundry Detergent
Non flavored chew toys
Canned cat and dog food 
Colored copy paper Photo paper (glossy or matte)

A special Thank you goes out to the People who think about us and make donations through out the year.


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Extended Hours Today at the Currituck County Animal Shelter

The Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc. operators of the Currituck County Animal Shelter have announced extended Hour Today at the Currituck County Animal Shelter.

A note from Ginger Sikes, President of the Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc.

"Santa's helpers will be on hand to help select that special family addition. Upon request and with a properly executed Adoption Contract and payment of the Adoption Fee, selected animals with be held until December 24th."

Special note for those animals not adopted, on December 25th the shelter will be closed but the care giver staff & volunteers will come & give each animal a special toy & treat.


Monday, December 15, 2008

Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc. Holiday Wish List

The Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc. operators of the
Currituck County Animal Shelter
has the following Holiday Wish List:

They would like to have:

 cat and dog toys 
 especially various sizes of Kongs for the dogs
 cat and dog treats
 a 10' x 10' outside dog kennel, -which we want to convert for the pleasure of our cats
 Cat and kitten food- dry or canned
Kitty litter
blankets
dog sweaters in assorted sizes so that we can let even short-haired dogs have some fresh air outside while we're cleaning.

Mostly though, what we would really like are:
ALL OF OUR ANIMALS GOING TO GOOD HOMES!
Thank you Santa!


Sunday, December 14, 2008

Feline Hope Animal Shelter, Inc. Holiday Wish List

Feline Hope Animal Shelter, Inc.
has the following Holiday Wish List: 

Kitty treats
Cat Toys 
Soft baby type blankets
Large towels
Bleach
Cardboard scratching pads

 Feline Hope Animal Shelter, Inc. 

We do have an Annual Yard Sale each year to raise funds for the Feline Hope Animal Shelter, Inc. Please keep us in mind when discarding or donating unwanted things.


Saturday, December 13, 2008

Final 2nd Annual Pet Photos with Santa Today

Today from 1pm - 3pm are this year’s final annual 

Pet Photos with Santa
at Puparazzi Pet Bow-tique 
located downtown Manteo on Historic Roanoke Island.

Appointments are highly recommended.  100% of the $5.00

Donation goes to the Outer Banks SPCA blog photo by Josh Penosky

 

Friday, December 12, 2008

Natural Holiday Gormet Doggie Treats

This holiday treat your pet to a special treat from

Salty Paws Biscuits 
Milepost 4.5 
on the bypass
Ocean Plaza
Kitty Hawk, NC

The bakers have been very busy making a variety of treats for your special pup. They are offering a bag of treats for $3 that has several biscuits shaped for the holidays it includes each of the following, a bacon & cheese star, chicken snowman, bagel candy cane, gingerbread man, and a peanut butter tree.

 Salty Paws does offer larger decorated shapes for $2.25 that include a gingerbread man, chicken snowman, and peanut butter Christmas tree. “Yappy Holidays” is one of the several sayings that adorns a large bone for the big pup in your life, other sayings are “Season Greetings”, “Happy Holidays”, and “Merry Christmas”.



 

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Currituck County Animal Shelter - Holiday Hours & Adoption Policy

The Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc. Operators of the Currituck County Animal Shelter have announced the following Holiday Shelter Hours & Holiday Adoption Policy.

We have extended hours on 

Tuesday, Dec. 16th, we will be open for the public from 12:00 PM noon until 9:00 PM 

We will be Closed on December 25th and December 26th Saturday December 27th we will resume Regular Hours of Operation

We will be Closed on January 1st 2009

Normal Currituck County Animal Shelter Hours are:

Monday 10am - 2pm
Tuesday 12noon - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 2pm
Thursday 12noon - 6pm
Friday 10am - 2pm
Saturday 11am - 3:30pm 
Sunday 11am - 3:30pm 

The Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc.
operators of the Currituck County Animal Shelter has announced the following Holiday Pet Adoption Policy.

 "Our Holiday policy is that if you come fill-out an Adoption Application & Contract, and you meet our normal adoption criteria, you may pay the adoption fee for the pet you select and we will hold him/her until December 24th."

Ginger Sikes
President of the Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Dare County Animal Shelter Holiday Hours

The Dare County Animal Shelter operated by the Outer Banks SPCA Will be closed Dec 24, 25 and 26.

 We will be open on Saturday December 27 as usual.





We will be closed on Thursday Jan 1, 2009
Normal Dare County Animal Shelter Hours are: 


Monday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 
Saturday 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM 
Sunday Closed 

Denise Lambiotte
Director of the Dare County Animal Shelter

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Let’s Keep Our Pets Safe, Happy and Healthy This Holiday Season!

Dear Pet Owners,

I would like to extend warm wishes to everyone on the Outer Banks this holiday season. As we celebrate with family and friends, let’s be sure to keep some important safety tips in mind for our furry family members. One way to be sure our pets have an enjoyable season is to do our best to eliminate potential hazards. 

Plants Poinsettias, Holly, Mistletoe and Christmas trees set the tone for our holiday decorations, but we must be sure to keep these out of reach of pets. Poinsettias, although not as poisonous as once thought, can cause irritation to the mouth and stomach leading to vomiting. Holly berries contain toxins called saponins, which leads to vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy. Be sure to keep mistletoe up where it belongs and out of reach of pets. It has many different varieties, but all are toxic to pets. Mistletoe can cause vomiting, liver failure or seizures depending on the variety.

Ever wonder why cat collars have a quick release? Christmas trees come to my mind! Cats love to climb these green jungle gyms, and their collars can get hung up on branches. It is best to keep cats and dogs away from the Christmas tree unless supervised. Other hazards include chewing and/or swallowing ornaments and drinking the water under the tree.

Often times insecticides, preservatives and fire-retardant chemicals sit in the water feeding your Christmas tree. It is important to keep pets away from the tree either by using baby gates or closed doors unless supervised. 

Electric Cords Extension cords are used much more often this season and can be attractive to teething puppies or playful cats. Be sure to keep all extension cords unplugged or out of reach when pets cannot be supervised. Ribbons and Tinsel Strings and ribbons are often some of our cat’s favorite toys, but they can be dangerous if swallowed. The material can obstruct or slice through the gastrointestinal tract causing serious consequences. It is important to keep these decorations out of reach of our pets.

Holiday Food It is often tempting to feed Fluffy or Fido bits of the holiday meal, but feeding pets foods that they are not used to eating can cause serious stomach upset or pancreatitis. It is also important to not feed leftover bones to pets due to the fact that they can lacerate or obstruct the gastrointestinal tract.
Some foods that are toxic to pets include chocolate, onions, raisins and grapes. This is not a complete list but is just a few of the foods pets have access to over the holidays.

Guests / Holiday Parties Be sure that all pets have a safe, quiet place of their own during holiday get-togethers. These times are often very stressful for pets and can lead to behavior issues if they can’t get away from the commotion. It is also a good idea to keep your pet in a safe place during parties as it can be easy for them to run away with guests coming and going. 

Even when all of the proper precautions are taken, accidents can still happen. Please do not hesitate to call one of the veterinarians on the Outer Banks if you have any questions or concerns about your pet. Happy Holidays!

Jill Patterson DVM
Martin’s Point Veterinary Hospital 

please see Veterinarian Advise Page 

Monday, December 8, 2008

2nd Annual Pet Photos with Santa (December Schedule)

Puparazzi Pet Bow-tique announced that both of the Novembers scheduled 2nd Annual Pet Photos with Santa were a success & now there is only one date left.

Saturday, December 13th, 2008
1pm - 3pm. Appointments are highly recommended.

100% of the $5.00 Donation goes to the Outer Banks SPCA 

Sunday, December 7, 2008

NC State University Mobile Veterinary Unit visits Hyde County NC

Hyde County is a very rural area of North Carolina. For years tourism has been a great economic genitor for this county, in addition to Ocracoke Island the second tourism Mecca is Hunting on the Main Land.

Hyde Country has no veterinary services and did not have an Animal Shelter or Animal Control until Aug. 1st 2007. Now Animal Control Officer JM Eakes runs the Hyde County Animal Shelter.

 Since 1997 NC State University Mobile Veterinary Unit has provided valuable veterinary services to Hyde County, for a one week period in November of each year that coincides with the open Bear Hunting Season.

The NC State University Mobile Veterinary Unit was staffed by Kelli Ferris, Clinical Assistant Professor College of Veterinary Medicine, one Certified Veterinary Technician & (6) Six fourth year NC State University Veterinary Students. In addition to being a Veterinary Emergency Unit for the Dogs injured during hunting the NC State University Mobile Veterinary Unit provided regular veterinary service to Hyde County residents.

Services included 40 regular check-ups, wellness care & annual Rabies and Vaccination shots. There were 11 spay & neuters, 3 county resident emergencies that included a dog with a broken tail, a dog with an abscess between the eyes, and a dog with a broken toe due to a lawn mower accident. There was also a horse with EIA Equestrian Infectious Anemia. There were 5 dogs treated due to dog fights while hunting & 38 Emergency Care treatments for dogs injured during the hunt.

Blog Photo is of Ellen Sawyer, 4th year NC State University Veterinary Student & Gimpy, a Bear Hunting Dog owned by Darryl Hopkins of Columbia, NC. 

Photography by Carol at Seaside Photography

There is feature article about Gimpy in todays Sunday edition of the Fayetteville Observer "Bear Season: Mobile animal hospital comes to dog's rescue" by Todd M. Adams, Sports Editor

Bear hunting maybe a controversial subject but Hyde County depends on the revenue generated each year from this annual event that draws hunters from around the world. This Annual Event not only provides valuable veterinary service to Hyde County but provides the future NC State Veterinarians with valuable emergency experience to provide top notch veterinary care for the animals of North Carolina.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

9th Annual Pictures with Santa Paws is Today

The 9th Annual Pictures with Santa Paws 

Today from 9am - 5pm by appointment.

The cost is a $15.00 donation
for four 4x6 prints 

100% of donation going to the Friends of Pooh Foundation & the Coastal Humane Society.

Friday, December 5, 2008

The Outer Banks SPCA 2009 Outer Banks Pet Calendars have Arrived!

The Outer Banks SPCA 2009 
Outer Banks Pet Calendars have Arrived,
just in time for the Holidays.

The purchases from the sale of these calendars benefit the homeless animals at the Dare County Animal Shelter. 
The cost of the 2009 Outer Banks Pet Calendar is $12.00 each. 





Sponsored by 
Pampered Pets Guide, 
Print Plus, 
Classified Plus, 
Puparazzi Pet Bow-tique,
95.3 The Rock / Outer Banks, Classic Rock


 Some of the Business Supporters with Calendars in-stock are:

Animal Hospital of Nags Head,
Cape Pines Motel (in Buxton), 
Coastal Animal Hospital,
Dog Nutz,
Holistic Pet Shop, 
Manteo Marine, Inc. 
Martins Point Veterinary Hospital,
Outer Barks  Puparazzi! Pet-Bow-tique,
Roanoke Island Animal Clinic,
Salty Dog Grooming & Boarding, 
Salty Paws Biscuits, 
Sun Realty,
Surf or Sound Realty, 
The Shepherd’s Pets, 
Village Realty

 A Special Thank you goes Out to the Professional Photographers that donated their time & talents to make this calendar possible.

 1. Cover "Floyd"
photography by: Walter V. Gresham, III Photography

 2. Jan. "Kiska" Nags Head, NC
photography by: Walter V. Gresham, III Photography
 
3. Feb. "Valinteno" Kitty Hawk, NC
photography by: Kristi Midgette Photography

4. March “Syco" Wanchese, NC
photography by: Pet Portrait Photographer Laurie Stuart
 
5. April "Foo Foo" East Lake, NC
photography by: Carol at Seaside Photography
  
6. May "Heidi" Hatteras, NC
photography by: Carol at Seaside Photography

7. June "YA" Kill Devil Hills, NC
photography by: Kristi Midgette Photography

8. July "Sadie" Duck, NC
photography by: Brooke Mayo Photography

9. Aug. "Rosie" Stumpy Point, NC
photography by: Carol at Seaside Photography

10. Sept "Beatrice" Manns Harbor, NC
photography by: Carol at Seaside Photography

11. Oct. "Missy" Manteo, NC
photography by: Pet Portrait Photographer Laurie Stuart
  
12. Nov. "Sassy Girl" Colington Harbor, NC
photography by: Walter V. Gresham, III Photography

13. Dec."Bootsy & Teddy" Southern Shores, NC
photography by: Brooke Mayo Photography

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc. receives Food Donation

November 16th 2008 there was a Special Happy Yappy Hour with Outer Barks at the 

Greater Coastal Humane Cupboards
located at 111 Fox Knoll Drive
Powells Point, NC 

The Holiday Open House with the Dogs! was a great success & at the conclusion of this Outer Banks Family Fun Pet Event a special donation of pet food was presented to the Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc. operators of the Currituck County Animal Shelter from Ellen Carey the owner of the Greater Coastal Humane Cupboards.

 Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc. 

The Donation included 12 Bags of Natural Balance, dry dog food. Ginger Sikes the President of the Animal Lovers Assistance League, operators of the Currituck County Animal Shelter, express her sincere appreciation and thanks for this special donation. She also stated “The food is of such high quality that we are utilizing it with our most needy dogs who need an immediate nutritional boost when they arrive at the Shelter.”

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Hyde County Spay & Neuter Clinic Today

Today 
Wednesday December 3rd, 2008, from 9am - until

Hyde County Spay & Neuter Clinic

Hyde County Animal Shelter
located at 9300 North Lake Rd.
Fairfield, NC


If you have not scheduled your pet & wish to do so, please contact Hyde County Animal Control Officer, JM Eakes at 252-542-0807.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Giving a pet as a Holiday gift? Outer Banks SPCA

Winter Holiday’s are a wonderful time of the year for people. The visits from friends and family, decorating the tree, last minute shopping and bustle of the holidays in general combine to get everyone in the holiday spirit. It is after all, the season to be merry!

Introducing a new animal into a household during the turbulent holiday season is an invitation for trouble. Homes are decorated with poisonous plants, lit candles, electrical cords and fragile ornaments, all of which are definitely not pet friendly. In addition, routines are set aside in favor of rounds of parties, visiting relatives, doors being left open as people come and go, candy and goodies.

To a new pet arriving in a household during the holidays, away from its litter mates for the first time, surrounded by strangers, noise and confusion, the excitement and cheer will be strange and frightening, causing a young animal to become quite confused and scared. And, is there really time for housebreaking a new puppy? In most households, the answer would be “no’.

The acquisition of an animal companion, young or old, should be thought out carefully by the person who will accept the responsibility of guardianship. Unless you play an integral role within the family, you won’t know what kind of animal would fit in best with the family’s daily routine. 

With some forethought and a sincere commitment, pets can be a wonderful gift to give your family or friends. A family meeting should be held so that all members can openly express their likes and dislikes regarding pets. In addition, discussing who will take on what chores ahead of time and when will make things easier and help to guarantee the successful integration of a new pet in the household.

The holidays are simply not a good time to give an animal as a gift.
If you truly have your heart set on sharing the gift of love by giving a companion animal this holiday season think about putting a substitute plush toy, pet care book, or a homemade gift certificate under the tree. Once the holiday chaos is over, you can escort the family to the Outer Banks SPCA-Dare County Animal Shelter to select their furr-ever friend.

Denise A. Lambiotte, 
Director
Dare County Animal Control, Outer Banks SPCA


Monday, December 1, 2008

9th Annual Pictures with Santa Paws Dec. 6th

Pictures with Santa Paws are on Saturday,

 Dec. 6 from 9am-5pm. 

People must register in advance and can be included in the pictures with their dogs so it will make for a great family Christmas card.

Cost is $15 and 100% of the proceeds go to 
Friends of Pooh Canine and Feline Cancer Fund
and Coastal Humane Society. 

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Friends of Pooh Foundation

Friends of Pooh Foundation is a, A501(c) 3 organization established to provide financial assistance to qualified Outer Banks residents seeking cancer treatment for their canine of feline.

Friends of Pooh Foundation was founded by Robin & Kevin Carey owners of Outer Barks, located in Duck, NC. Robin & Kevin lost two of their beloved pets to cancer in 2006, Tigger & Winnie.

The goal of Friends of Pooh is to provide financial support & educational resources to permanent residents of Currituck & Dare County as well as Ocracoke Island residents with documented need of financial assistance for the following treatments; Surgical removal of malignant tumors; Chemotherapy treatment (oral or injectable or combination of both) If you would like more information or would like to make a donation (contributions may be tax-deductible), please contact 

Friends of Pooh Foundation at 252-489-1005 or Outer Barks at 252-261-6279

Friends of Pooh Foundation
P.O. Box 2312
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949


Saturday, November 29, 2008

2nd Annual Pet Photos with Santa Today

2nd Scheduled Day for the 2nd Annual Pet Photos with Santa Puparazzi Pet Bow-tique located in downtown Manteo on Historic Roanoke Island 

2nd Annual Pet Photos with Santa 2008

The time is from 1pm - 3pm. 

There is a $5.00 donation
with 100% of Donation going to the Outer Banks SPCA.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Hyde County Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic Scheduled

A low cost Spay & Neuter Clinic is scheduled for December 3rd, 2008 at the Hyde County Animal Shelter located at 9300 North Lake Rd, Fairfield, NC. 

The time is from 9 am - until.

If you are a Hyde County Resident & need to schedule your pets for spay or neuter, please contact Animal Control Officer JM Eakes at 252-542-0807 

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!



The Pampered Pets Guide would like to wish everyone a Safe & Happy Thanksgiving! 

 As published in every issue of the Pampered Pets Guide on page 2 each year, 
Please Drive Safely on Our Busy Highways 

 We would also like to give Thanks to all of our valued Advertisers & Supporters for making it possible for us to publish the Pampered Pets Guide & provide valuable information to our readers.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Get Your Dog Ready To See Santa Paws (or Clause)

Get Your Dog Ready To See Santa Paws (or Clause) 

After A Visit To Salty Dog!!! 
Receive a $10.00 discount on grooming/clipping
and $5.00 discount on all baths

Salty Dog Boarding & Grooming
208 Williams Drive
Colington Island in Kill Devil Hills, NC 

Now through December 2008 by Appointment!

P.S. Holiday Treats included 

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Season’s Final Happy Yappy Hour is Today

This Season’s final "Happy Yappy Hour" at Outer Barks is Today. The time is from 2:30pm - 4pm 

Don't miss this Special Happy Yappy Hour. There will be Doggie Daiquiris & Arf D’ouevres for your pampered pet. There will also be (refreshments and munchies) for the humans inside the store at the same time. 

Monday, November 24, 2008

Coastal Humane Society

The Coastal Humane Society is a private, all-volunteer, non-profit organization working on the Outer Banks of NC to ensure all animals are cared for and no owner or caretaker is forced to give up a pet because of (medical) financial hardship.

The Society helps pay for low-cost pet spays & neuter, vaccinations & emergency medical bills. The Coastal Humane Society has helped more than 3,500 animals, owners & caregivers, in Dare County & Lower Currituck County since 1997.

With the downturn in the economy, they are receiving more request for help than ever before. (Information re: the Coastal Humane Society, published in the Pampered Pets Guide Outer Banks edition Vol. 6 page 22) What can you do to help? Spread the Word! Volunteer! Donate! 

Coastal Humane Society
P.O. Box 2268 Manteo, NC 27954
(252) 261-7417 

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Special Memorial for Floyd


 Floyd was a 6 year old neutered male Bassett Hound that had two families before finally finding his forever home, in Manteo on Historic Roanoke Island. Floyd was a special needs boy, who had been diagnosed with Lymph sarcoma, (cancer of the lymphatic system).

Floyd was chosen by the Outer Banks SPCA to grace the cover of the very first Outer Banks SPCA Outer Banks Pet Calendar, which will be available at area retailers during the Thanksgiving Holiday. 

Floyd was professionally photographed by Walter V. Gresham III Photography. Floyd passed away on November 7th, 2008 and he will be greatly missed by his forever home. He had so much love to share. Floyd will live forever in the hearts of those who loved him. 

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Waggin Tailgate Party & 2nd Annual Pet Photos with Santa Today















1st Scheduled Day for the 2nd Annual Pet Photos with Santa
Puparazzi Pet Bow-tique located in downtown Manteo on Historic Roanoke Island is sponsoring The 2nd Annual Pet Photos with Santa 2008. The time is from 1pm - 3pm. There is a $5.00 donation with 100% of Donation going to the Outer Banks SPCA. 

Final 2008 Waggin Tailgate Party is Today
Outer Barks located in Duck, NC is sponsoring the Waggin Tailgate Party today from 10am to 12noon. This Outer Banks Family Fun Pet Event is scheduled to benefit the Friends of Pooh Canine & Feline Cancer Fund.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Season’s Final Happy Yappy Hour

This Season’s final "Happy Yappy Hour" at Outer Barks is scheduled for Tuesday November 25th 2008.

The time is from 2:30pm - 4pm 

This fun pet event includes complimentary treats such as frozen Doggie Daiquiris & Arf D’ouevres for your pampered pet. There will also be (refreshments and munchies) for the humans inside the store at the same time.

The children's wading pool will be filled with water and a toy or two, ready to splash and have some fun. The Agility Course is waiting for your pets practice and enjoyment. The most fun of all, everybody loves Ms. Robin & her help in creating unique Priceless Pet Paw Painting Art. There is so much going on at Happy Yappy Hour it is hard to list it all.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Currituck County Animal Shelter New Hours of Operation

The Currituck County Animal Shelter, operated by the Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc. has new hours of operation that started on November 4th 2008.

The New Hours are:
Monday 10am - 2pm
Tuesday 12noon - 5pm 
Wednesday 10am - 2pm
Thursday 12noon - 6pm
Friday 10am - 2pm
Saturday 11am - 3:30pm
Sunday 11am - 3:30pm

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Outer Banks SPCA 2009 Outer Banks Pet Calendar final photos selected

The final photos of the Outer Banks Pets that will appear in the Outer Banks SPCA 2009 Outer Banks Pet Calendar have been selected. 

The winners will be in the following order: 



Cover "Floyd" photography by: Walter V. Gresham, III Photography 


1. Jan. "Kiska" Nags Head, NC photography by : Walter V. Gresham, III Photograph

2. Feb. "Valinteno" Kitty Hawk, NC photography by: Kristi Midgette Photography

3. March “Syco" Wanchese, NC photography by: Pet Portrait Photographer

4. April "Foo Foo" East Lake, NC photography by: Carol at Seaside Photography

5. May "Heidi" Hatteras, NC photography by: Carol at Seaside Photography

6. June "YA" Kill Devil Hills, NC photography by: Kristi Midgette Photography

7. July "Sadie" Duck, NC photography by: Brooke Mayo Photography

8. Aug. "Rosie" Stumpy Point, NC photography by: Carol at Seaside Photography

9. Sept "Beatrice" Manns Harbor, NC photography by: Carol at Seaside Photography

10. Oct. "Missy" Manteo, NC photography by: Pet Portrait Photographer Laurie Stuart

11. Nov. "Sassy Girl" Colington Harbor, NC photography by: Walter V. Gresham, III Photography

12. Dec."Bootsy & Teddy" Southern Shores, NC photography by: Brooke Mayo Photography 



Tuesday, November 18, 2008

2nd Annual Pet Photos with Santa (November 2008 Schedule)

Saturday, November 22nd
from 1pm - 3pm

Saturday, November 29th
from 1pm - 3pm

Second Annual Pet Photos with Santa at Puparazzi Pet Bow-tique in down town Manteo, NC. 


The cost is a $5.00 donation to the Outer Banks SPCA & includes 1 (4 x 6) pint. 100% of donations will go to the Outer Banks SPCA.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc. Celebration - Donations

National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week was November 2nd - 8th. Animal Shelters across the Nation were celebrating and being acknowledged for the crucial role they play in our Nations communities.

On Thursday November 6th, the Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc., operators of the Currituck County Animal Shelter had a special celebration luncheon, as a special Thank You to the dedicated workers of the Currituck County Animal Shelter.

The Pampered Pets Guide was invited to attend and record these special moments. Ginger Sikes, President of the Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc. came with table cloths, candles, food, candy and drinks. Once everything was set-up Ginger gave a special speech, acknowledging the staff for their dedicated work & Thanking them.

A special prayer of thanks was said by Sandy Tally before the luncheon began. After sharing a meal and good company, Ginger & the Staff expressed their thankfulness in all the community had given to them, in support of not only volunteer time, food, blankets & other donations to the shelter.





Sunday, November 16, 2008

Special Happy Yappy Hour with Outer Barks Today

There is a special Happy Yappy Hour with Outer Barks today at the

 "Holiday Open House with the Dogs!" taking place at Greater Coastal Humane Cupboards, located at 111 Fox Knoll Drive, Powell Point, NC 

 Todays Happy Yappy Hour will include Ms. Robin's help in creating unique priceless Pet Paw Painting art with your pet, as well as all the other famed Happy Yappy Hour events. 

Happy Yappy Hour will take place from 1:30pm - 2:30pm.

 The "Holiday Open House with the Dogs!” is from 11am - 3:00pm

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Waggin Tailgate Party is Today

Outer Barks located in Duck, NC is sponsoring the Waggin Tailgate Party

Today from10am to 12noon.

This Outer Banks Fun Pet Event is scheduled to benefit the Friends of Pooh Canine & Feline Cancer Fund. 

Friday, November 14, 2008

Area Animal Shelters Reach Out with a Helping Hand during National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week November 2nd -8th

November 2nd - 8th was National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week.

 As the Animal Shelters in the area celebrated special thought was given to the Newest Animal Shelter in the Area, Hyde County Animal Shelter. 

The Hyde County Animal Shelter is run by a one man operation, J.M. Eakes and was established August 1st 2007.Donations were abundant this week & so greatly appreciated.

 The Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc. operators of the Currituck County Animal Shelter remember what it was like when they took control of the Currituck County Animal Shelter on July 1st, 2005. 

The Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc. received help from the Elizabeth City Animal Shelter at that time and now thought it was appropriate to give back as they had been given too. The Animal Lovers Assistance League was a large donator to the Hyde County Animal Shelter.

 Their donations included a large bag of towels, a large bag of blankets, 5 bags of dry dog food, 4 cases of Pedigree Can dog food, 4 cases of Little Caesar’s dog food & 3 cases of Whole Meals. Ginger Sikes, Director of the Animal Lovers Assistance League thought it appropriate to include the Hyde County Animal Control with donations as she planned the Currituck County Animal Shelters Appreciation Luncheon that took place on Thursday November 6th for the dedicated workers at the Currituck Animal Shelter. 

The Outer Banks SPCA operators of the Dare County Animal Shelter also made donations to the Hyde County Animal Shelter on November 6th.Donations from the Outer Banks SPCA included a large bag of towels, a large bag of blankets and 100 lbs. of kitty litter. 


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Meet L. Reber Senior Animal control Officer for the Town Of Kill Devil Hills NC

Officer Reber has been an Animal Control Officer for the Town of Kill Devil Hills N.C. since December of 1989.

Officer Reber feels that being a responsible pet owner is very important for both pet owners and non pet owners. A responsible pet owner should provide proper care for their pet by providing food, water, and proper shelter for the time of year, veterinary care, love and affection. Responsible pet owners make good neighbors and so do their pets. Animal problems affect everyone.

The animals of irresponsible pet owners cost taxpayer’s xxxx amount dollars for Animal Control services each year. Exercise your pet daily it will keep him or her happy, healthy and trim.

Please don't let your pet run free that's being irresponsible. Pets thrive on attention from their owners and you will enjoy their companionship too. Keep pets restrain. Free roaming pets face many dangers (cars, other animals, disease, etc). Provide your animal with a good collar and proper tags.Check with your county /town shelters for information about registering your pet (county/city dog license).

Spaying (female) or Neutering (male) your pet is good. With millions of unwanted animals born each year spaying or neutering is a effective birth control for your pet and there are other benefits too. Spaying and neutering helps protect animals from many common health problems. Both male and female pets face a less risk of developing certain cancers. A spayed or neutered animal feels less of an urge to roam and are less likely to be in an accident or get into a fight and so on. You do not have to let your pet breed before spaying or neutering for your to have a good disposition .If your pet gains weight after being spaying or neutering it’s because of lack of exercise and an improper diet.

If you ever have to find a home for your pet because you are no longer able to keep same try your best to find a good, loving home and if all else fails call your local shelter. Never wait until the last minute and never abandon the animal.

If your eyes could only see what my eyes see, PLEASE SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR PET, THINK AHEAD BEFORE ADOPTING OR BUYING A PET, and SEEK ADVICE FROM PET EXPERTS WHENEVER YOU HAVE QUESTION. AND THEN YOU WILL DISCOVER THE REWARDS OF BEING A RESPONSIBLE PET OWNER.

 About me: I am a native from Wanchese N.C., I love to go boating, fishing, hunting (deer,dove,duck). I also love to spend time with my family. I am married to a beautiful woman with four beautiful children who all love the OUTER BANKS and what it has to offer. I hope to retire one day and just fish and hunt. By the way I have a dog. She is a black lab 8 years old, spayed female, collard and tagged. She also loves to fish and hunt.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Lita Katulski, Shelter Director Feline Hope Animal Shelter, Inc.

Lita Katulski, Shelter Director Feline Hope Animal Shelter, Inc. moved to the Outer Banks in August 1998 with hurricane Bonnie.

She moved here from Silver Spring, Maryland after retiring from Bell Atlantic, now Verizon. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland with a Bachelor of Science degree in foreign languages.

Before moving here Lita had one Siamese cat from six weeks to 21 years of age. A flyer to volunteer for Feline Hope, showed up at Lita’s house, so she called to volunteer, for once a week clean up.

The current Director Ken Joseph was looking to move to Chapel Hill so he had other thoughts. He was looking for someone to take his place.

Lita started meeting the kitties (13) and helping to build the new Herbert Perry Lane shelter. It opened in December, 1998.

Since then Feline Hope has taken in 2, 903 cats/kittens. It has adopted out 2,743 - 832 cats and 1,911 kittens. It has spayed/neutered 2,050. These are awesome numbers for a very small group and shelter.

We receive many emails and cards with pictures and stories about the kitties in their new homes. Feline Hope currently has 74 kitties looking for homes. Some at the shelter and some in foster care. Feline Hope has clean up folks for the A. M. and P.M. daily. 

Feline Hope has foster parents, maintenance volunteers, adoption activities at local shops like Mustang Sally's, The Holistic Pet Shop and Outer Barks. We also participate at Heritage Day and the Kitty Hawk elementary School Fall Carnival to try and educate the public about the number of homeless animals and the importance of spay/neuter.

Feline Hope has a wonderful group of dedicated volunteers. It is also very blessed to have the number of people that send donations since we live by donations only. The Outer Banks community Foundation has recognized our work and granted Feline Hope a $5,000.00 award for the past two years. Many local businesses help with donation cans in their shops.

 Lita has two dogs as well as her kitties. Gretta, a 10 year old Shepherd mix, came from the SPCA and the Dare County Animal Shelter and Bella, a hound, lab mix came From the Animal Lovers Assistance League and the Currituck County Animal Shelter. Both dogs walk every year in Kelly's St. Patrick's Day Parade for the Coastal Humane Society. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Ginger Sikes, President of the Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc.

Ginger Sikes, who is the founder and president of the non-profit Animal Lovers Assistance League, Inc., which operates the Currituck Animal Shelter, also helped found the Currituck Humane Society 18 years ago.

She has always been a passionate animal lover. A college scholarship in music at the University of NC at Greensboro, followed by graduate studies and degrees in Music Education at Florida State University, and later at the University of Michigan, helped lead the way to a career as a high school band, orchestra, and choir director as well as a church choir director and an FM radio broadcaster.

Summer trips to Europe as a member of the staff and Assistant Conductor of the United States Collegiate Wind Band were not only fun but enlightening on the values of other cultures. Her high school band was the first high school band ever invited to perform at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

 Although Ginger loved teaching, she took early retirement 12 years ago to pursue her passion of making the world a better place for animals.

In 2005 it became apparent that there needed to be a change of direction in animal welfare in Currituck County. The Animal Lovers Assistance League was formed to pursue a more multifaceted approach to animal welfare in Currituck.

It includes a focus on humane education, which includes providing the US Humane Society's "KIND News" every month of the school year to more than 50 elementary school classrooms in Currituck as well as actively incorporating a large number of animal lovers (more than 150 members) with diverse interests and talents into the multitude of activities of the Animal Lovers Assistance League.

Although being chartered in 2005, in 2006 they were the recipient of the Governor's Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service in North Carolina. In 2007 they were the recipient of the Award for Non-Profit Organization of the Year in Currituck County.

The Animal Lovers Assistance League organized the second annual Bark in Maple Park in October. It had approximately 350 people in attendance. Many entered their dogs in the various Fun Dog Show categories, such as Most Regal, Most Spots, Best Costume, etc., while some just brought their dogs to come and watch the festivities. Every dog in the Fun Dog Show is a winner! All went home with dog treats provided by DogNutz, ribbons, certificates. first place medals. Pet Portraits by pet photographers Laurie Stuart and John It was a fun day for all! 

The motivation behind the event is to promote the concept that dogs are a part of one's family, that they can not only be a lot of fun, but deserve respect as well. Next year it is expected that even more dogs will bring their families!

Operation of the Currituck Animal Shelter includes providing a comfortable quality of life for animals at the shelter as well as intense efforts to bring the animals to the attention of the public through the use of frequent adopt-a-thons including at the PetsMart in Chesapeake; work with animal rescues; a donors' sponsored weekly newspaper ad of our animals who are "Ready to be Homeward Bound"; our web site that is linked to Petfinder.org for national and regional exposure of our shelter animals; and a volunteer pet trainer who teaches free classes in pet good manners in order to make our animals more readily adoptable.

Veterinary care is provided by local veterinarians as needed. Thanks to the efforts of many people, an 88% adoption rate for adoptable animals is maintained.

Rapidly growing Currituck County has outgrown their small shelter, which will be bulldozed when the neighboring airport expands, and efforts are underway to enlist the assistance of the county in building a new, larger progressive 21st century shelter near the new NC Extension Center and future Community/Senior Center on Hwy. 158 to Elizabeth City.

It would include flex cages for use by animals displaced due to their owners being battered and having to leave home, or losing their home in a fire; or to help in a disaster. Modern animal display techniques will help provide better public exposure for our animals as well as better techniques for controlling the transmission of disease.

Part of Ginger's vision is the development in conjunction with College of the Albemarle a curriculum of Animal Services that would lead to local employment of people in the various areas of animal services. This would not only provide jobs for those who have training in the various animal welfare services, it would provide improved animal care in the region for many decades to come. Ginger remarked that there is a deep satisfaction when you know that you helped save a helpless animal's life.

Hopefully, with the coming of a new, much larger Animal Adoption Center, which aptly describes the concept that the Animal Lovers have of it, over the years many thousands of animals will be saved and go to loving homes.

This is her vision. Her passion is to make these things become a reality -- and with the help of a great many other dedicated animal lovers, they will! Ginger's children who have paws are named: Ressie Piecey, Barkley, Beethoven, Wee Bonnie Lass, and Nestle (who is the son of now deceased Hershey). "They bring me so much joy-- they make me laugh every day.

 People who do not have pets just don't realize that they are missing some of the great joys in life!"  

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