Furry friends available for fostering this Thanksgiving

Published 6:09 am Saturday, November 23, 2019

The holiday season is upon us. A season full of giving. This year, in addition to thinking about what you can give, why not also consider what you could receive? Shelter pets have plenty of love to give and are looking for those to receive it – even on a short-term basis.

The Outer Banks SPCA is looking for foster homes for their dogs over the Thanksgiving holiday. For a few days, the SPCA is asking families to open up their homes to animals that are not fortunate enough to have one yet.

During Hurricane Dorian, many dogs and cats from the shelter were taken in by foster homes around the county. “Five out of every 10 ended up getting adopted because of that,” said Ashley, a staff member at Outer Banks SPCA. Ashley said the SPCA usually does a fostering event like this during the holidays because it greatly benefits the animals and their foster families.

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Outer Banks SPCA is eager to give their shelter dogs a warm place to stay throughout the next week – or longer – like they did during Hurricane Dorian. If you are interested in taking in a furry friend, call or stop in the adoption center, located at 1031 Driftwood Drive in Manteo.

If you happen to be traveling this holiday and won’t be in the area, the Outer Banks SPCA encourages everyone to look into their local shelters to see if there are animals in need of a home for Thanksgiving. “If you aren’t going to be local this holiday that can make this happen for our OBX SPCA doggies, think about fostering a pup wherever you live or travel,” the SPCA said in a Facebook post.


Carolina is looking to spend Thanksgiving under your dining room table! She’s a spayed, medium sized mixed breed pup. Courtesy Outer Banks SPCA

The Outer Banks SPCA is also taking food donations of any “turkey or giblet” leftovers you may have from your Thanksgiving feast. “Our staff will make sure every pooch has a special treat,” their Facebook post read.

The organization will be hosting two adoption events this weekend for those who are ready to add a dog or cat to their family. The first is on Saturday, Nov. 23. The Outer Banks SPCA is partnering with Absolutely Outer Banks for a dog adoption event. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3708 N. Croatan Hwy in Kitty Hawk. A painting activity will be available for prospective dog owners and visitors to enjoy.

On Sunday, Nov. 24, the SPCA will be bringing its cats and kittens to Renee Landry Events, 500 Sand Dune Drive in Kitty Hawk from 4:30 to 6 p.m. This “Kittens and Mittens” event will benefit the SPCA with entrance donation fees. While you’re there playing with the kittens, you can also learn how to knit and make unique gifts for Christmas.


Bogey is a neutered male Siberian Husky mix that would love some company on Thanksgiving Day. Courtesy Outer Banks SPCA

Currently, the SPCA is raising funds for two rescue dogs that need to receive medical attention for their illnesses. Nora is a one-year-old brindle that needs hip surgery due to abnormal contact in the bones of her femur. Chunk is a male mutt that is was in need of a toe amputation and eyelid removal surgery. The SPCA is asking for generous donations from the community to cover the costs of these surgeries.

The SPCA started a GoFundMe page to support these adoptable dogs. Their goal is $3,000. With $200 already donated, the pups on the right path to a full recovery. To donate to Nora and Chunk’s cause, visit the Outer Banks SPCA Facebook page.

For more information on these events and adoptable dogs and cats, visit www.obxspca.org.



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