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Calling All Pets: Running out of lives and love, Buddy seeks a new home

A new weekly series takes a closer look at the animals of the Cape Fear, from adoptable pets in need to special animals.

Video: New Hanover Human Society shelter manager Jamie Kilgore and Buddy the cat. (Filmed and edited by Parker Stroud)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — With a damaged paw, an owner who had passed away, and a shelter that was closing for renovations, Buddy was running out of luck. Surrendered to Duplin County Animal Services (DCAS), he had not attracted the interest of a prospective adoptive family.

Shelter manager Jamie Kilgore gives Buddy a "purrfect" massage. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)
Shelter manager Jamie Kilgore gives Buddy a “purrfect” massage. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)

All of that changed, however, when New Hanover Humane Society (NHHS) shelter manager Jamie Kilgore received a phone call from DCAS. With nowhere to go, Buddy needed a rescue facility that could offer him a second chance.

“If we can take them, we will” Kilgore said of overflow animals belonging to area shelters. “New Hanover [Animal Control] sends us a lot of pit bulls and we get them adopted.”

A younger kitty, Buddy’s age is estimated at between one and two. Animal Care Specialist Janet Arias is especially fond of him.

“He came in with a brother who got adopted,” Arias said. “His prior injury never properly healed, so he has a bit of a shorter leg. He seems to get along pretty well, regardless of that.”

Buddy enjoys his cuddle time with animal care specialist Janet Arias. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)
Buddy enjoys his cuddle time with animal care specialist Janet Arias. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)

As one of the lucky cats to have made it to NHHS, Buddy is able to spend his days roaming the kitty playroom and befriending other furry felines.

“He’s fine to go to a home with other cats,” Arias said. “But probably not dogs.”

Buddy enjoys playing in purses and with feathers — and he never met a tinsel ball he didn’t like. He’s available for adoption from the New Hanover Humane Society; the adoption fee is $80 and includes all his shots.

The cat’s in the bag! Buddy enjoys playing in purses and has trained animal care specialist Janet Arias to carry him around. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)
The cat’s in the bag! Buddy enjoys playing in purses and has trained animal care specialist Janet Arias to carry him around. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)

The New Hanover Humane Society is located at 2405 N. 23rd St. in Wilmington. The shelter is open 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. from Monday through Saturday (closed on Sundays). More information can be found on its Facebook page, or by calling (910) 763-6692.


Samira Davis is a contributing writer for Port City Daily, with a focus on animal issues.

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