Friday, February 3, 2023

Calling All Pets: Lost furry friend seeks forever family to call her own

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

Video: Sheila, a one-year-old lab mix, and Belinda Musgrove of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Services. (Videography by Parker Stroud)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Taken in as a stray after she was found wandering the streets unsupervised, Sheila is a one-year-old lab mix with a playful personality.

“A concerned citizen called and we just started adapting from there,” according to Belinda Musgrove of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Services (BCSOAPS).

Seen here with animal adoption outreach coordinator Belinda Musgrove, Sheila is almost always smiling, She's available to meet prospective adopters at Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Services. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)
Seen here with animal adoption outreach coordinator Belinda Musgrove, Sheila is almost always smiling, She’s available to meet prospective adopters at Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Services. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)

As an animal outreach adoption coordinator, Musgrove meets many furry friends. With such an affectionate and outgoing personality, Sheila has become a staff favorite.

“She would thrive so well with a family, someone who could include her on their adventures,” Musgrove said. “She’s really great with other active dogs. She would be a prime dog with children.”

Animal placement coordinator Christina Tolley has become especially fond of Sheila.

“She is a sweet girl, she has come out of her shell,” Tolley explained. “She’s loved every dog she’s met, every person that she’s met. It’s very rewarding to see what we have been able to do with her in her time here.”

With boundless affection and enthusiasm, Sheila’s enjoys a range of activities including going for walks and chasing balls.

Wagtime! Sheila enjoys a game of fetch with one of her favorite caretakers, animal placement coordinator Christina Tolley. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)
Wagtime! Sheila enjoys a game of fetch with one of her favorite caretakers, animal placement coordinator Christina Tolley. (Port City Daily photo / Samira Davis)

Still, people are her favorite pastime.

“If she had to choose between running outside and snuggling, she would choose snuggling every time,” Musgrove said. “Snuggling and affection is her best characteristic.”

A resident of BCSOAPS for about three weeks, Sheila is hopeful that she will soon find a family to call her own. She is available for play dates with prospective adopters weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Anyone interested in meeting Sheila may also call the shelter directly, at 910-754-8204. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office animal shelter is located at 429 Green Swamp Road in Supply.


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

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