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Calling All Pets: Passed over on account of her fur color, Mista hopes for a miracle 

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

Video: Mista, a pit bull mix, and Jewell Horton, manager of the Pender County Animal Shelter. (Videography by Parker Stroud)

PENDER COUNTY — When Mista arrived at Pender County Animal Shelter (PCAS), her outgoing personality quickly attracted the attention of shelter attendant Danielle Miller.

“She’s one of my favorite dogs,” Miller said of her furry four-legged friend. “But I think she gets overlooked because she’s black.”

Mista hopes for treats during playtime with PCAS shelter manager Jewell Horton. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)
Mista hopes for treats during playtime with PCAS shelter manager Jewell Horton. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)

A pit mix, Mista was surrendered by her owner.

“She’s our longest running resident,” PCAS shelter manager Jewell Horton said, observing that Mista has been with the facility since 2018.

“She didn’t get a Christmas miracle. There are more pets than homes,” Horton said.

Given up before the holidays, Mista has an engaging personality and a curious nature that won the heart of a visitor. Unable to adopt Mista personally, that shelter guest chose to become her sponsor.

“Because she has a sponsor, there’s no cost to adopt,” Horton said.

Walks with PCAS shelter attendant Danielle Miller is one of Mista’s favorite activities. “She’s one of my favorite dogs, Miller said. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)
Walks with PCAS shelter attendant Danielle Miller is one of Mista’s favorite activities. “She’s one of my favorite dogs,” Miller said. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)

Due to Mista’s coloring, shelter staff – including Miller and Horton — feel that she is often passed over by prospective adopters

“Being a pit bull, it’s hard to look past sometimes,” Horton said. “Being black, she’s got two out of three strikes against her.”

An enthusiastic dog, Mista enjoys exploring and other athletic activities. Shelter personnel remain hopeful that Mista will find a forever home with an outgoing family.

“She loves to play, she needs an active lifestyle,” Horton said. “She would love to go on walks.”

Mista photobombs a shot of PCAS shelter manager Jewell Horton and videographer Parker Stroud. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis
Mista photobombs a shot of PCAS shelter manager Jewell Horton and videographer Parker Stroud. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis

With boundless energy and more tail wags than could be counted, Mista is available for adoption at PCAS. Located at 3280 New Savannah Road in Burgaw, the shelter can be reached at 910-259-1484.


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

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