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Helping Pet Victims of Hurricane Dorian

Friday, September 6, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Hurricane Dorian took it’s toll on both humans and our furry friends. This devastating hurricane was one of the worst in history. There are many ways that you can help pets affected by the hurricane. has put together a comprehensive article with great information on how to help. Here’s the article for you.

How to Help Animals in Hurricane Dorian

If you have pets and are affected by the hurricane yourself or want to help animals in need from anywhere else, here is information on how to help animals in Hurricane Dorian. Here are lists of pet friendly shelters for evacuees listed by county as well as animal shelters you can help with donations or volunteering. As the hurricane moves north, this page will be updated to include Georgia, South Carolina and any other affected states.

If You Live in the Affected Area and Have Pets

If you live in the affected area, you know how important it is to find shelters that will let you stay with your pets. To the best of my knowledge this is a complete list of pet friendly shelters in the affected counties on the east coast of Florida as of late Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019. Pet friendly shelters in other affected states such as Georgia and the Carolinas will be added as the storm progresses. Some inland counties have been included here but I have not included every potential county in inland Florida.

Update: Some North Carolina and South Carolina Shelters have been added and Georgia will be added later.

Most shelters require pre-registration or calling ahead. Most require you to bring food for your pet, snacks for yourself as well as proof of rabies vaccine, and basic supplies such as water for yourself and your pet, leash, crate and water and food bowls.

Some locations such as the Blind Spot Animal Sanctuary in Rougemont North Carolina (see below) are private and offering room for large animals and livestock or other means of of helping out.

Airbnb Open Homes Program

Airbnb’s Open Homes program offers free housing for people displaced by Hurricane Dorian. Sign up on the Airbnb page for people displaced by Hurricane Dorian.

If You Want To Help From Any Location

Every time a hurricane hits there are pets and other animals stranded, lost or separated from their owners. Some people can’t take pets with them and turn them over to animal shelters and rescue organizations. Some pets and animals just get left behind or run off and get lost or stranded while scared from the storm. Whatever the cause, there are always animals in need in these events.

These shelters can always use volunteers, monetary contributions and people to foster pets until they can be reunited with their owners or adopted by someone else. Please consider these ways to help animals in the Hurricane Dorian area and across the country. Many shelters and rescue groups have wish lists where you can purchase needed items online from places like Amazon.

Pet Friendly Shelters and Rescue Organizations in Coastal North Carolina

Piedmont Animal Rescue in Mooresville North Carolina is opening an additional shelter on Tuesday, Sept. 3rd for 2 weeks, just to house pets displaced by Dorian. It is located at 110 Robinson Road, Mooresville NC beside Big Daddy’s on Highway 150. The phone number for Piedmont Animal Rescue is (704) 360-4262

Livestock and Horses

Blind Spot Animal Sanctuary in Rougemont North Carolina is offering their property if you want to camp in an RV or trailor and stay with your horses, livestock or other animals. They are located at 307 Bacon Rd, Rougemont NC, 27572. Their phone number is (919) 601-6990. Please consider donating to them or purchasing an item for them from their Amazon wish list.

Remember, your pets count!

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Some Positives and Negatives on Goldens

Wednesday, September 4, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

The Golden Retriever is a big, beautiful dog with many appealing qualities. They were bred to be a hunting dog but make great family pets as well. It is a loving, intelligent, obedient breed with a trusting and gentle nature. Generally, Golden’s love people so don’t expect one to make a good guard dog. Their sweet personalities make Gold Retrievers popular pets. They’re not for everyone. For one thing, the shed a lot! If you’re a neat freak, don’t get a golden. The breed is also large and exuberant. One wag of that big tail can easily clear a coffee table.  They also have a tendency to get heavy if they don’t get enough exercise. Make sure you take them outside and toss some of their favorite dog toys around to keep them in shape.  Golden Retrievers  require a lot of room and a fairly clutter free environment.

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Kitty for Grandma

Tuesday, September 3, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

If you have an older relative, why not ask her if she would like a cat?  Older people who own pets tend to live longer independently than a senior who does not have any pets.  Studies also show that a pet can lower our blood pressure and heart rate and even reduce the frequency of a serious illness.  Your older relative may like the idea of owning a cat. It would keep both her mind and body more active.  A cat is easier to care for than a dog. If your relative indicates that she would like one, you may suggest a short haired cat. There is less grooming and less cleaning up to do. Get some cat toys for her to play with the cat in the evening. This is the best way to make sure that both the cat and grandma get a good nights sleep.

Remember, your pets count!

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Cats are Good Companions During Time of Loss

Monday, September 2, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Atlantis helping me with this blog.

Recently Jim and I lost a very good friend to cancer. These past few days have been quite difficult for us.  We go through a complicated mesh of emotions but generally a cloud of sadness looms overhead. Thanks to getting together with some  old friends over the past few days, the sadness has eased a bit but doesn’t go away. It varies in degrees for a long time.

Our pets could also ease that sadness. They provide us with companionship and comfort during these difficult times. A dog is a wonderful companion who is there for you no matter what. He always seems to understand what you’re going through and demonstrates compassion and loyalty throughout this difficult process. Cats are also good companions in times of loss. Even though they are more subtle, they are there for you and and provide a calming affect. It is comforting when a cat sits on your lap and gently purrs providing peace and serenity. Our pets help get you through the complicated emotional process of losing a loved one.

Here my cat Atlantis sits with me while I write this blog. I’m glad he’s here. His presence soothes and comforts me.

Remember, your pets count!

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Understanding Cat Behavior

Sunday, September 1, 2019
posted by Jim Murphy

Throughout the course of history, cat behavior has always fascinated people. Cats are independent but also still very social animals.  They combine a hunting instinct with playfulness. They love playing with their cat toys. While dogs belong to their master, cats are very territorial animals.  Cats like to stick to their home. That’s why they really don’t like to travel.  Cats see their home as a “sacred place.”  They mark it by rubbing, scratching and spraying.

They have an excellent memory of smells, sounds and sights.  They can return to their home from great distances. They don’t accept hierarchy from people.  You’re not their master but rather their equal.  Even though they can stay by themselves for a long time, they like company very much.  Cats are less responsive to vocal commands then dogs are but they can be taught to do tricks if rewarded.

Cats make great pets. You just can’t compare them to dogs. They are really very different yet still very loving and affectionate.

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