Monday, March 26, 2012

Thank you Canine Crawlers!!!

Despite the less than ideal weather conditions we're happy to report that our 12th annual Canine Crawl was a huge success!!!  A GIANT thank you to everyone who came out to the event including our supporters, vendors, and especially the volunteers!

The final totals are still being calculated but our unofficial numbers are in and it looks like we raised approximately $23,000 for the HSEC!!!  Give yourself a big pat on the back if you had a hand in Canine Crawl this year, we couldn't have done this without you!

We are also happy to report that the HSEC adoption stand was a huge hit!  We had a lot of interest in several of the dogs and best of all, Pauly was adopted!!!  This sweet boy came to the HSEC as a puppy and was the last of his litermates to be adopted.  Special thanks to Kayla Smithson for fostering this sweet boy!  Pauly was scheduled to be our blog dog of the month for March and we are so glad to be writing about his forever home instead!

Look for an official update with more pictures and info next month but for now here are some of our favorite images from Canine Crawl 2012:

Getting ready for the walk!

Caitlin Bossick raised over $1,000!!

Walk walk walk walk....

Agility course!


Canine Crawl was a blast for all dogs big....

...and small!

Thanks again to everyone who came out!!  We'll see you next year for Canine Crawl 2013!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Top 10 Reasons to Attend Canine Crawl!

 Canine Crawl is TOMORROW!

We've been talking your ear off all week about Canine Crawl, because we're just so darn excited about it! We may not even be able to sleep tonight, we'll be so busy thinking about all the fun events tomorrow, Sunday March 25th 2012 at Town Common in Greenville from 12-4.

Can't come? Aww, we'll miss you! But you can still help us out by clicking on the shiny yellow DONATE button!

There's so much going on that we can't list it all, so here's our Top 10 reasons to attend Canine Crawl!

10. Our family-friendly event is a perfect way to get outside and enjoy the spring weather. Even your crankiest child will be charmed by our live music, balloon animals, face painting, and tasty food!

Ok - you can't please everyone.
9. Win the Christmas shopping race this year: buy all your gifts from our lovely vendors and, come December, sit back and smile while you watch everyone else make death-defying trips to the mall.

8. Always thought your dog was hot stuff? Show the world that your dog truly does have the Most Mysterious Heritage or Best Tail in our No Breed Dog Show.

7. Sneak in some off-season training for your canine athlete by testing their skills on the agility course.

6. You can help increase your fuzzy friend's safety by getting them microchipped.

5. All hail the King and Queen! Poise, personality, and performance will be on display in our King and Queen competition.

4. Check out some of our adoptable dogs! You might even fall in love...

3. Get some exercise - or at least watch others get some exercise - with your pooch in our one mile fundraising dog walk through scenic downtown Greenville! (pre-registration required.)

2. Dog a little mangy? Rangy? Covered in yellow pollen? Let someone else do your dirty work for you at our dog washing station.

And finally... drum roll please...

1. The warm and fuzzy feeling that will appear in your heart, knowing that you're helping to support HSEC in its mission to care for homeless pets in Eastern North Carolina.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Canine Crawl - No Breed Dog Show

Canine Crawl is coming up fast!  Which categories of the No Breed Dog Show has your pooch been prepping for?!

Most dog shows search for the best of breed, but many of the world’s best dogs are good old, all-American mutts. The No Breed Dog Show at the Canine Crawl will give you the opportunity to show Eastern Carolina just how perfect your pooch is!

All mixes, mutts and mongrels are invited to join the fun and enter the competition, and purebreds are welcome, too!

The Show’s categories (or should we say dogegories?) offer exciting chances to win, with each canine champion awarded a $10 PetSmart card. Each group’s winner moves on for an opportunity to win Best of Show with prizes of a $20 PetSmart gift card and Canine Crawl t-shirt.

With an entry fee of only $3.00 per category, you can’t lose!

Cute as a Button – best small dog (for small dogs at least one year old)
Who’s the Big Dog – best-looking, biggest dog.
Most Mysterious Heritage – lovable dogs whose breeds leave us scratching our heads (and not from fleas!)
Bad to the Bone – A little dog with a big dog 'tude? A rough, tough looking customer (with a heart of gold)? Bring ‘em on!
Dog Tails – best tail or lack thereof – fluffy tails, extra special or nubby tails welcome!

It’s easy to enter – just stop by the HSEC tent on Sunday to pick up an entry form. Be sure to join us and share the love, as every dog has his day to strut his stuff!

Canine Crawl is THIS Sunday, March 25th, from 1-4, registration begins at 12.  And remember, this event has something for everyone!  We will have face painting for your two-legged children, a dog wash station for your four-legged children, a bake sale, live music, and so much more!!

Hope to see you all for Canine Crawl 2012!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wordless Wednesday!

Canine Crawl - King & Queen Competition

It's almost time for the Canine Crawl!!  
Are your dogs ready for the King and Queen Competition??

Ever walk into a room and find your best friend curled up on their favorite forbidden spot – the couch, acting like it's their throne? Well now, it really can be!

Canine Crawl King and Queen is a distinguished honor for your prettiest pooch to win. This judged event will score rescued dogs on poise, personality, and performance.

What will the judges look for?

Poise: Dog and owner will walk across stage so judges can score on poise.

An elegant walk and pleasant physique will earn you high points. Leashes should demonstrate a soft flow, and not be strained by pulling. Just looking at your dog should not only bring a smile to everyone’s face, but also send them into a state of “aww.”

Personality: Owners will talk about their dog, sharing stories about what makes each tail-wag unique.

The Humane Society of Eastern Carolina understands how special rescued dogs can be, and the judges will want to hear the story of how your pup found their fur-ever home. Include any special behaviors or traits that make your dog stand out from the rest!

Performance: Dogs will show off their talents.

Barking on command, rolling over, dancing, jumping through hoops, teaching an old dog new tricks, whatever your pup’s talent is the judges want to see it!!!

At the end of the competition there will be on King and one Queen crowned. These dogs will carry the title for an entire year and will be featured in HSEC’s quarterly newsletter, as well as on HSEC’s website and blog.

Is your dog the best hound in town? Find out by entering Canine Crawl King and Queen. There is an $8 entry fee per dog. For more information about this contest please contact our Event Chair, Mindi Crippen.

And don't forget, there's plenty of fun to be had at Canine Crawl no matter who you are!  Been wanting a cute picture of you and your furry friend?  Our very own board member, Jason Cottle will be doing animal caricatures!  Looking to find some local organizations that love animals just as much as you do?  We'll have tons of vendors on site to answer questions about the goods and services they provide!  Been thinking about our recent post on microchipping?  You're in luck!  Dr. Anne Eldridge DVM from Firetower Animal Clinic has donated her servies for the afternoon to microchip dogs in the community!  For just $30 you get a microchip, professional vet services for implantation, and we'll even register the chip for you!

Canine Crawl has something for everyone, for more information click here!

 Hope to see you there!!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Canine Crawl - Dog Walk Fundraiser

With one week left until our 12th annual Canine Crawl there is just enough time to download a pedge form and help support the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina!

This one mile walk through downtown Greenville gives local dog owners the opportunity to show off their prize pooches to the community!  In order to participate in the walk you must download a pledge form here and raise a minimum of $25 in donations.  Prizes will be awarded to participants who reach a variety of different pledge levels and those who raise the most money will have the honor of leading the parade of pups through the city! 
But the fun doesn't stop there!  Canine Crawl is an all day event filled with fun for the whole family!  Looking for a fun afternoon out?  Come out and enjoy some tasty food and live music!  Interested in adopting a new four-legged friend?  Visit the HSEC adoption stand!  Looking for some tips on how to train your canine companion?  Don't miss the dog training demonstration from Top Dog Academy! 
Registration begins at 12 and the walk begins at 1pm.  If you're planning to participate in the walk please keep the following rules in mind:

Do NOT bring your dog if he/she is younger than SIX months of age.
Do NOT bring your dog if he/she is not fully vaccinated.
Do NOT bring your dog is she is in HEAT.
Have your dog wear current ID and rabies tag (or bring rabies certificate)
Water will be provided.
Even if you are not thirsty, be sure to let your dog have plenty of access to water.
Keep your dog on a 6-foot or shorter leash at all times.
Bring your dog if he/she will enjoy being around other people and dogs.

Join us this coming Sunday, March 25th, from 12-4 for a fun filled afternoon where you'll have the opportunity to celebrate everything you love about dogs and support the HSEC at the same time!  Check here for more information on Canine Crawl and here for a schedule of events.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Canine Crawl - Sponsor Spotlights

We’re all getting excited for Canine Crawl, our biggest event of the year! Canine Crawl is a day of fun for your entire family, both two-legged and four-legged. The event includes live music, a no breed dog show, microchipping, vendors, face painting, and much much more! All proceeds raised during the event will benefit HSEC. Check the blog throughout the week to read more about this fun event, and mark your calendars!

Sunday, March 25, 2012, at Town Common
in Greenville, NC 12pm-4pm

We can’t wait to see you there!

And to kick off our posts about Canine Crawl, we have to give special mention and thanks to the folks who make it all possible: our sponsors. The more HSEC receives in sponsorship assistance, the less it costs for us to put on fun events like Canine Crawl, and we can give more back to the animals in our care.

We have many amazing sponsors for Canine Crawl this year. Let’s take a quick peek at two.

Hoffman-Haus Pet Resort

Hoffman-Haus Pet Resort is a "five paw" pet resort in a beautiful country setting, with a friendly family atmosphere. It has served the Greenville/Winterville area with pride since 1988, and everyday strives to “live up to the promise we made all those years ago to provide an uncompromising commitment to quality pet boarding and grooming”, says spokeswoman Doreen Livermon. “Because of our caring and knowledgeable team, dogs go home happy, healthy, and come back with their tails wagging. Cats go home healthy and stress free.”
Cuddle time for a guest at Hoffman-Haus

We asked Ms. Livermon why Hoffman-Haus chooses to help support HSEC in addition to other animal rescue organizations. She replied, “Hoffman-Haus Pet Resort has always been a strong proponent of animal rescue, adoption, spay/neuter, and pet responsibility education. We believe strongly in helping to support the HSEC and other animal rescue organizations. We advocate volunteering, attending fund raising and awareness events, giving supplies and monetary donations.”

Hoffman-Haus provides many services for your pets, including boarding and daycare, obedience training, and grooming and bathing. Check out their website, or head on out to their Winterville location for a tour. They are located at 1031 Laurie Ellis Rd, and their phone number is 252-355-HOME.

East Carolina Veterinary Service

Dr. Linda Kuhn and her staff work hard to give personalized care to every patient, large or small. The motto of East Carolina Vet is “providing quality veterinary medicine in a caring environment.” They treat a wide variety of animals, including dogs, cats, horses, birds, sheep, goats, and pocket pets.

Dr. Kuhn is a familiar face at HSEC, where she leads a group of young volunteers from The Oakwood School in socializing adoptable animals, particularly kittens and puppies. She says, “As a veterinarian I feel it’s important to try and help animals who don’t have homes. I work with the Humane Society along with other rescue groups. Not only do I do veterinary care... primarily I’m out training with trainers and high school students. We try to get them healthy and into good homes, that’s our goal.”

Dr. Kuhn shares her experience with young student

Dr. Kuhn and East Carolina Vet support many organizations in our community. When we asked Dr. Kuhn what motivated her to freely donate her services, she replied, “I feel it’s important to give back to the community and working with to the Humane Society is part of my community service. I find it very enjoyable to be out there with students doing the training. It really helps a lot of the dogs, they remember their training when they come in to see me.”

To learn more about East Carolina Vet, visit their website or their clinic, located at 2401 S. Charles Blvd in Greenville. For an appointment, call 252-355-4945.

This is just a small taste of the wonderful things our sponsors are doing for HSEC and for the community. We truly could not do it without you. Thank you!

And don’t forget to come on out to Canine Crawl!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Just The Facts - February

February was a day longer than usual this year, and we made the most of the month at HSEC. We took in 40 new cats and dogs, and 35 of our now-former residents were adopted!

Here’s the breakdown:

22 cats entered the facility.
  • 1 abandoned
  • 1 return
  • 1 surrender
  • 19 transfers
12 cats and 1 kitten were adopted this month. As we look ahead to the spring, we’re gearing up for kitten season!

18 dogs entered the facility.
  • 0 abandoned
  • 1 return
  • 10 surrenders
  • 7 transfers
February was big for the canines - 11 dogs and 10 puppies were adopted this month!

Congratulations to all the dogs and cats who found their forever homes this month! And if you’re one of the lucky new owners, we always love to hear how our former residents are doing. Leave us a comment, post on our Facebook page, or email in your story.

And now for some adorable pictures. Remember that these sweet fuzzy faces are all sleeping happily tonight in their forever homes because of your support. THANK YOU!



Jerry and his brother...

Tom, featured on the blog and adopted together!


Remi - January Blog Dog and at HSEC one whole year!


Stone (and his new people)


Adama (aka Molly) in her new home!