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Finding homeless animals a home for the holidays

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'Tis the season...to give a pet a home or contribution

By Laura Lewis, Reporter

Santa can’t be everywhere—that’s where area animal shelters, rescue and support facilities come in.

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They provide food and care for homeless pets until, it is hoped, someone steps in to offer a loving heart and a good, forever home for an adoptable dog or cat, puppy or kitten.

Now might be a good time to pay one of the facilities a “Santa visit” of your own.

Most facilities in Brunswick County are filled to capacity and welcome visits from all who may be in search of the perfect canine or feline companion.

Workers at Brunswick County Animal Services on Green Swamp Road say the shelter recently has been inundated with pets turned in by owners who say they can no longer afford to care for the animals.

If you can’t provide a home, contributions of all types are needed as well, especially during the holiday season and these tough economic times.

Brunswick County Animal Services

429 Green Swamp Road (N.C. 211)

Supply, NC 28462

(910) 754-8204

http://animalservices.brunsco.net

Office hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Hours for viewing animals are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

The shelter is also open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays for adoptions, reclaims and turn-ins.

HOLIDAY WISH LIST: The shelter can use leashes, biscuits, treats, towels, newspapers, food, kitty litter, toys, “you name it,” shelter employee Colleen Patterson said.

B.A.R.K.

(Brunswick Area Responsible K-9s)

B.A.R.K. was established in May 1997 as a nonprofit (501(c)3 organization in Brunswick County to educate and promote responsible pet ownership, and aid and assist pet owners in need. Donations to B.A.R.K. are tax-deductible and will be used to buy pet food for Meals on Wheels 4 Pets in Brunswick County.

HOLIDAY WISH LIST: Monetary donations to buy dog and cat food or large plastic trash bags to bag food for storage, smaller kitchen-size bags to distribute to pet owners.

“We feed all cats and dogs and birds, too,” B.A.R.K. founder Lorretta Pyeatt said, estimating they spend between $400 and $500 a month feeding “all these cats and dogs in Brunswick County. So any monetary amounts or even a gift card or $5 is appreciated.”

For more information, call Pyeatt at (910) 253-7723.

Cat Tails Cat Adoption Services

6622 Beach Drive

Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

(910) 253-1375

www.cattails.org

Visiting and adoption hours: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, 1-3 p.m. Sundays. Other hours by appointment.

HOLIDAY WISH LIST: Please support Cat Tails’ efforts to find safe, loving homes for its felines by making a financial contribution, becoming a volunteer, or donating a wish-list item.

Cat Tails wish-list items include: 33-gallon black plastic bags, 13-gallon trash bags, Clorox (or generic) wipes, small rugs and blankets, litter boxes, old towels and washcloths, cat toys, kitty condos, cat beds, Swiffer (or generic) sheets, Purell (or generic) hand sanitizer, Dawn dish soap, laundry soap (HE), dryer sheets, bleach, paper towels, food and water bowls, printer paper, kitty litter (clay or scoopable), sheets and pillow cases.

Cat Tails does not need donations of food as it feeds cats and kittens only Hill's Science Diet Foods through its shelter program.

Noble Shepherd Rescue

Noble Shepherd Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with foster homes throughout North and South Carolina, dedicated to saving German shepherds from high-kill shelters.

You can contact the shelter at info@nobleshepherdrescue.com or visit the Web site for a complete list of dogs at www.nobleshepherdrescue.com.

HOLIDAY WISH LIST: Noble desperately needs foster homes. Donations for special-needs dogs are also needed (visit Web site for more information). Paper towels and cleaning supplies are always needed. Dog toys, collars and leashes are always welcome.

Paw’s Place Animal Rescue

3701 Boiling Spring Road

Winnabow, NC 28479

(910) 845-PAWS (7297)

www.pawsplace.org

Kennels open daily 9 a.m.-noon.

A no-kill, nonprofit domestic animal rescue facility that provides sanctuary for unadoptable dogs and seeks loving homes for those that are.

HOLIDAY WISH LIST: Tax-deductible cash donations are always needed and appreciated, especially for the spaying and neutering program. Paw’s Place also really needs senior-age dog food, including canned varieties—Old Roy, Pedigree, Alpo.

Southport-Oak Island Animal Rescue (SOAR)

3376 St. Charles Place

Southport, NC 28461

(910) 457-6340

www.soar-nc.org

Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment

SOAR is a nonprofit, no-kill animal rescue shelter that accommodates lost, abandoned, and injured dogs and cats and seeks new and loving adoptive homes for them.

HOLIDAY WISH LIST: Blankets, towels and washcloths, sheets and pillowcases, bleach, Dawn dish soap, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, paper towels, 33-gallon trash bags, cat litter (scoopable), cat and dog bedding, cat and dog toys, kitty condos, dog crates/kennels, food and watering bowls, dry cat and dog food, cat and dog treats.

Tails U Win Dog Rescue Inc.

133 NE 37th St.

Oak Island, NC 28465

(mailing address only)

(910) 278-8879

www.tailsuwin.org; e-mail: tailsuwin@bellsouth.net

Tails U Win specializes in ill, endangered or injured puppies that are kept in the homes of volunteers giving their time and dedication out of a love for animals.

HOLIDAY WISH LIST: Dog food, Cycle Natural Puppy food, Purina One Healthy Puppy food, canned goat’s milk (to use as formula), Pedigree canned puppy food, collars and leashes, puppy and dog biscuits, bath towels, hand towels, flea and tick prevention, pretty bandannas to wear at adoption days.

Adopt-An-ANGEL

P.O. Box 15095

Wilmington, NC 28408

(910) 392-0557

www.adoptanangel.net

Adopt-An-ANGEL is a nonprofit foster care group that provides temporary respite for homeless dogs and cats in the community.

HOLIDAY WISH LIST: Adopt-An-ANGEL could use paper towels, trash bags, cat litter, cat and dog food and monetary contributions to help with veterinarian bills.