Good News Friday: This NC shelter wants you to take a field trip with a rescue dog

Ready. To. Go. (Photo via Forsyth Humane Society)

By Leah Sherrell

December 1, 2023

Our weekly roundup of good news checks in on the red wolves, spotlights an exciting animal shelter program in Winston-Salem, and more.

Welcome back to Good News Friday!

This week you’ll see some familiar (wildlife) faces, hear about some pretty cool programs, and find out which NC city made it on Tripadvisor’s top destinations in 2023.

A Dog’s Day Out

The Forsyth Humane Society has a special program for its pups and their potential humans. A Dog’s Day Out is an opportunity to give shelter dogs some fresh air and cuddles while they wait for adoption.

Whatever you have planned, whether it’s going to a state park, or sticking close to home, the Forsyth Humane Society has a companion who would love to join you.

In their words: “If you find the activity, we’ll supply the dog!”

The program runs Monday-Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., but can easily turn into a sleepover if you’d like some extra time with your new pal.

[Pro Tip: The NC State Parks social page on Instagram has an #ncbarkranger series where state park visitors can submit pictures of their pups in nature. If your Dog’s Day Out includes a trip to a state park, you can combine the two and help your newest friend get adopted!]

New Transportation Hub in Raleigh

GoTriangle, the public transportation provider for the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area, is developing a new transportation hub in Raleigh. In line with their mission to connect people through “safe, reliable, easy-to-use transportation,” the new hub at the Raleigh Union Station will allow people to easily switch between modes of transportation.

There will be spaces for cyclists, pedestrians, local and regional bus services, and passenger trains available in one area.

GoTriangle broke ground for the multimodal bus facility in late October and is expected to be finished in mid 2025.

Red Wolf Conservation

If you’ve been reading Good News Friday for awhile, you may have seen our periodic updates on the red wolves in North Carolina.

Our state is the only place in the world with a wild population (only about 20 wolves, yikes!) due to their endangered status. They are the rarest wolf in the world, and after decades of conservation efforts, there continues to be hope.

The Museum of Life and Science in Durham welcomed Adheya, a 9-year-old male, to their facility in October. Senior Director of Animal Care Sherry Samuels said the arrival is a “significant milestone …and represents another step the Museum is taking to preserve this majestic species.”

Asheville is a Top 20 Travel Destination in the US

Asheville receives the honor of being named one of Trip Advisor’s “Best of the Best Destinations” in the US for 2023. The list of 25 most popular travel destinations is determined by the volume and nature of reviews left by the platform’s users.

Less than 1% of TripAdvisor’s listings make it onto the list, and Asheville came in at a solid no. 14.

Also named by Yelp as a foodie paradise, it’s not much of a surprise that Trip Advisor’s recommendations suggests visitors “eat, eat, eat.”




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