Spotlight on Wezzy

OMG, how can this boy with his flair still be in the shelter after 112+ days!

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Wezzy, WCAD ID: 91971, is a male Pit Bull who is going on four years old and a solid 61 lbs. He was a good boy during his photo shoots and the photographers said he was very attentive, which is great for training. He already knows “sit” and takes treats very gently.

He has also had the opportunity to play in the Dogs Playing for Life® playgroups. Wezzy is what they call a “rough and rowdy” player – and with his strength he’s going to need a strong playmate. This also means he’ll need careful supervision and proper introductions to other dogs. From experience, I can tell you that when they find the right playmate they are a joy to watch.

He has tested positive for heartworms – not as scary as I used to think. It can be treated and there are different methods with different cost structures. Be sure to ask the Wake County Animal Center (WCAC) staff about this when you go to visit him.

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Look at those ears – how can you resist? Visit Wezzy and all the great animals at the WCAC any day of the week from noon to 6 p.m. And if you hit it off, Wezzy’s neutered and ready to go home with you today!

Yes, Becoming a WCAC Foster is a Process

The call goes out from the Friends of the WCAC that the shelter is full and there are sick and scared pets that need your help. You click on a photo that pulls your heartstrings right into the computer – and you decide then and there that you have to help and that you want to become a foster.

My post on November 19 talked about what fostering won’t be, but we also need to talk about what it takes to become a foster – be patient, it will take some time and effort. I recommend your first step be to review the Animal Foster Program FAQs. It’s your first insight into what it takes to be a foster and some of what to expect. All the animals at the WCAC belong to Wake County. The staff is responsible for the welfare of all these animals. And I can tell you that they take their role as seriously as if they were their personal pets.

You need to fill out the foster application (click here to start now) that asks some key things such as whether you own or rent your home and if you rent, what the pet policy is, including any breed restrictions. This information will help the foster coordinator find the right fit for you and your lifestyle – she’s a rock star at this! One of the most important pieces of information to provide is your Veterinary Reference – WCAC staff will contact them and will verify the vaccination status of your current pets. It’s vital to the health not only of the WCAC foster animals, but that of your pets as well.

Once your application has passed through the initial review you will be contacted to sign up for one of the weekly group orientations. At the orientation you will be given a foster manual – read it from cover to cover when you get home. It is full of detailed expectations, guidelines, and rules that would bore you to tears if Joanne were to go over it from cover to cover in the meeting. She will highlight the most important bits and tell you some of the stories that led to these rules. You’ll find Joanne easy to talk to and questions are welcome but you may want to save some of them for your personal consultation. Besides, you’re gonna want to get to the tour and see the animals that need you.

Following that group orientation you’ll set up a one on one consultation time with Joanne. This is where you’ll have a very open and frank conversation about your lifestyle and how fostering fits in. And – the best part – you’ll finish that meeting by going out to the floor and finding that special little animal that needs you to help them on their way to finding their very own forever home.

Welcome to the family!

I can’t stress enough about reading over the manual when you have a chance. There are a few other tips I’ll pass along. If you’re on Facebook you will be invited to the WCAC Foster Family group page, which is a great place to get to know your fellow fosters and pick their brains for insights and advice. Another great resource is the Facebook group’s Files page – it has all kinds of useful documents – one of the most useful is the General Foster FAQ.

Some “secret” insights to Joanne:

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  • If you’re having or think you’re having a foster pet emergency, call her (919-427-2107).
  • Email and texts are a non-emergency communication option with Joanne ‘cause she gets a ton of them.
  • Don’t use the Facebook group or Facebook messenger to ask Joanne questions – with all the running around the shelter and meetings she has, she is not on Facebook that often.
  • Joanne turns off her phone on her days off. If your call goes straight to voicemail, call her backup Cindy at 919-368-5422.
  • Joanne is a hardcore Hurricanes hockey fan – we have season tickets – which means that from October thru April she will be unavailable during the home games. Leave a voicemail or text or if it’s an emergency, call Cindy.

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You’ve joined a passionate group and I hope that you are looking forward to getting to know your new family as much as we’re excited to get to know you.

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