Friday, August 26, 2022

Soggy Doggy Pool Party Sept. 10th 2022 - Details!


The 3rd Annual Soggy Doggy Pool Party has been scheduled at
           Outer Banks Family YMCA
           3000 S. Croatan Highway
           Nags Head, NC 27959
           (252) 449-8897
Saturday, September 10th, 2022. 
From 11 am until 3 pm

There is a $10.00 per Dog admittance fee

 Proof of current Rabies vaccination (ALL Dogs) and Dare County dog license are required (for Local Dogs).

All of the proceeds from the 
Soggy Doggy Pool Party
will benefit

Emergency Assistance Fund

Sam Wills is the Senior Program Director at 
the Outer Banks Family YMCA, and is the 
organizer of the Soggy Doggy Pool Party.
          The following questions were answered by
           Sam Willis.
Are you the organizer for all 3 years?

- Yes, I’ve been the organizer the last three years (2019, 2021, 2022–no 2020 swim) and there was a gap where we did not have a dog swim in the years before that. There have been previous swims. 

Who were the non-profits that benefited in prior years?

- The 2019 and 2021 non-profit was Outer Banks SPCA. Last year we also did a car and dog wash at the event by donation to our swim team. Still getting pieces together on that for this year. 

Do you have a count of attendees for the prior years?

- We had about 50 dogs last year

Is the pool olympic size?

- No, our outdoor pool is not Olympic sized, but it does have a zero depth walk in area so it’s shallow and great for the little dogs


Will there be a lifeguard on duty?

- Yes, there will be lifeguards on duty

Will a Veterinarian be present?

- No veterinarian on site. I have taken the red cross course in pet first aid.

Are any dog pool toys provided? or bring your own tennis balls? Please provide a list of things provided at the event, like water bowls, etc.

- We have some tennis balls and frisbees, but they can bring their own toys, if they like. There’s a great area the dock diving dogs like to go running off into the pool

- We have water dishes out and treats are dispensed liberally! :)


             Do you have a Rain Date?

            - Sunday, September 11th, 2022


For more information please contact
Sam Wills
(252) 449-8897

Thursday, August 25, 2022

National Park Service established 106 years ago Today


One hundred and six years ago today, on August 25th, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act of 1916. The Organic Act officially established the National Park Service across the Nation as management of National Parks and National Memorials.

There are three National Parks in Dare County on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Wright Brothers National Memorial
1000 N Croatan Hwy
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
(252) 473-2111

Fort Raleigh
National Historic Site 
1401 National Park Dr.
Manteo, NC 27954
(252) 473-2111

Pets are welcome at national parks, but there are rules.

For example, leashes must not exceed six feet in length in all National Parks. In addition, pets are not allowed inside buildings & you must clean up after your pet.

                                                                                       Cape Hatteras National Seashore
                                                                                       (252) 473-2111

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Kill Devil Hills Animal Control - Questions & Answers

The Town of Kill Devil Hills on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, has two animal control officers and a small animal shelter.

Kill Devil Hills Animal Control 
701B Bermuda Bay Blvd.
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
(252) 480-4047

Sr Animal Control Officer
Wynn, Kelley 

Animal Control Officer
Allen, Christopher 

In addition to the number of holding kennels, how long do you hold local Kill Devil Hills animals that have been picked up for owner retrieval?

We currently have 13 Dog Kennels, and we are able to hold up to 6 feral cats and 5 Domestic cats and the Feral cat cages can be used for domesticated cats. Feral cats are held for three days before going to Dare County Animal Shelter, and Domestic Cats/dogs are held for 7 days. If an owner surrenders a pet to us, they are transported within a day. 

Is there a reclaiming fee? 
The reclaim Fee is $50.00 a day for 7 Days then they are transported to Dare County Animal Shelter. 

When are they transferred to the Dare County Animal Shelter?
After the stray/ feral hold has concluded. 

Do you answer wildlife calls, like raccoons, foxes, birds, snakes, etc.?
We do not answer calls for Nuisance wildlife. These Calls are referred to Clyde Joiner or NC Wildlife. With Injured Wildlife, they are either transported to a wildlife rehabber or Roanoke Island Animal Clinic. All abandoned babies are sent to a wildlife rehabber. We do remove Wildlife from a house when they are in the living space within the home. We do remove snakes from houses regardless of species. All snakes get relocated to a wildlife preserve.

Do you or the Police Dept respond to animals hurt by vehicular traffic? Who transports? Are Vets Rotated, or is there 1 Emergency Vet?
We answer all calls relating to animals hit by a car that is deceased or injured. All deceased domesticated animals will be Photographed, scanned for a microchip, and stored for 3 or 4 days. All injured animals will be transported to Roanoke Island Animal Clinic if the owner is not present.

Please add any additional information you think the public would like or need to Know.

All dogs are to be on a physical leash within the town while the dog is off the property. The only other acceptation is the paws park in Aviation Park. 
All dogs on the beach must be on a leash. No dogs are allowed on the Kill Devil Hills beaches between memorial day and labor day from the hours of 9:00 Am to 6:00 Pm. The only acceptation is for service dogs that are with the person that they are servicing, and the dog has to be restrained on a leash. During the off-season, all dogs are allowed on the beach at any time as long as they are restrained with a leash. We do patrol the beach with ATVs. 

Do Not Approach or Feed Wildlife. We have had a lot of problems in 2021 with Wildlife expecting food from people on and off the beach. Feeding Wildlife can cause many health conditions within that animal, and it can be a death sentence for the animal when humans stop feeding it. If any wildlife bites a person, it often results in the animal being destroyed for testing.

(This Question & Answer interview was prior to the Paws Park in Aviation Park being renamed to Mary's Paws Park)

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