Our QDR Hometown Hero of the week is Tyler Johnson, Law Enforcement Officer in Johnston County.
Tyler was nominated by his wife Carolina who says that “Tyler is a dedicated law enforcement officer who loves his job with a passion. He was with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office for 6 years as a Corporal on the road. He just started a new journey as a law enforcement officer with North Carolina License & Theft Bureau in August of last year. He is currently servicing Johnston County on his new journey. Tyler is a dedicated officer and loves helping his community. I am so proud of my husband and all his accomplishments and thankful for his dedication and passion in his career.”
Thank you, Tyler, for your service! We’re sending you a gift card to Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q to thank you for all you do!
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Scotty McCreery helps us with Amanda’s gender reveal and knocks it out of the park!
Our Fursday Pet of the Week is Chloe from SPCA of Wake County!
Nope that’s not a wolf — that’s a Chloe! This heart-meltingly sweet 3-year-old girl has been waiting for a home at SPCA Wake since June of 2021. She’s been patiently waiting to find her future family, and all the staff and volunteers at SPCA Wake has been rooting for her! Chloe has a heart condition that she will live with for the rest of her life, but with the help of daily medication and the right diet, she is maintaining well and can continue to live a happy, exciting life in her forever home. She’s looking for someone who’d be willing to take a special needs dog like her into their family and love her unconditionally. Chloe is very gentle and affectionate. She loves cuddling and leaning into your legs to give “dog hugs”. She knows “sit” and “lie down”. And the best thing in the world according to Chloe? Squeaky toys! Squeak a toy within a 50 foot radius of Chloe to watch her eyes light up and her bounces come out. For more information about Chloe please go to spcawake.org — or visit her in person and experience all her love first-hand at the SPCA of Wake County Pet Adoption Center in Raleigh!
Visit Chloe’s profile here!
SPCA of Wake County
200 Petfinder Lane | Raleigh, NC | 27603
(919) 772-2326 | spcawake.org
Our QDR Hometown Hero of the week is Ashley Spencer, Lieutenant for Wilson County Emergency Services.
Ashley was nominated by her sister April Moore, who says, “Ashley is committed to serving her community and taking care of others. She’s Lieutenant for Wilson County EMS and a loving wife, diddy and granddiddy. She started out as a CNA, continued with her schooling and worked her way to the top. She strives to take care of her family. Her loving heart, strength, and encouragement are among some of the other qualities that she has. To say I’m a proud sister is an understatement.”
Thank you, Ashley, for your service! We’re sending you a gift card to Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q to thank you for all you do!
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Betty White—a beloved American actress, comedian, and friend of animals—passed away on December 31, 2021, just weeks before her 100th birthday. Betty grew up in a household where compassion for all creatures was instilled into her core beliefs. Once she rose to fame, she used her platform to serve as a voice for animals, working with organizations like the Los Angeles Zoo Commission, the Morris Animal Foundation, African Wildlife Found, and Actors and Others for Animals, among others.
In honor of Betty White, we teamed up with our Fursday sponsors to share their #BettyWhiteChallenge Fundraisers:
Animal Protection Society of Durham: Betty White was a tireless advocate for animals, just like you, our APS of Durham supporters, donors, and volunteers. She made it her life’s mission to further the cause of animal welfare and it would be a true honor to receive donations in her memory. Can we reach 100 donations to APS in honor of the late, great Betty for her 100th birthday on the 17th! Click here to make a secure donation: https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/BETTYWHITE
Second Chance Pet Adoptions: On January 17, Betty White’s 100th birthday, her fans around the world have challenged one another and everyone who has a soft spot for animals to donate to animal welfare nonprofits like ours. It is hard to imagine Betty’s already-massive legacy growing even more, but we are honored by all who have already contributed to our rescue efforts in her name and those who have inquired about whether they will be able to on January 17. Your gifts will help animals like Betty White, and all her furry friends waiting for us, to find love.
SPCA of Wake County: Betty has done so much throughout her life to love and advocate for animals, standing up for shelter pets and speaking up for the voiceless, and we can’t think of a more beautiful way to celebrate Betty’s legacy than attempting something truly amazing — to save 100 lives in her honor. The ultimate gift for her 100th birthday. Whether you give $5, $500, or anywhere in between, know that you are making something amazing happen for senior pets in need, and we are incredibly grateful that you care.Thank you for your generosity in helping Betty White’s legacy live on through all of the pets that will be saved because of her incredible life!
Wake County Animal Center: To honor the Hollywood icon on what would have been her 100th birthday on Monday January 17, 2022, her fans are calling on animal lovers across the nation to donate $5 in her name to their local shelters. Learn more about how you can pay tribute to Betty White while also helping animals in need. wakegov.com/Donations
Meet Rocko from The Wake County Animal Center!
Rocko is a low-key senior that came to the shelter recently as a stray. Like most seniors, he appreciates a good soft padded bed and naps. Despite his age, he still enjoys going out for (slow) walks and loves a good treat. He is extremely sweet and the look of love in his eyes will capture your heart in an instant.
Rocko is ready to go home today – he is up to date on vaccinations, flea/tick, and heartworm prevention, is microchipped, and is already neutered. If you have dogs or cats, we recommend slow introductions over time. If you have children in your home, we recommend supervision between animals and children at all times.
Rocko’s profile: https://pets.wakegov.com/gallery/43241
Wake County Animal Center | 820 Beacon Lake Drive
Raleigh NC 27610 | pets.wakegov.com
Congrats to Mrs. Gina Scrudato at Trinity Academy, our Gold Star Teacher of the Month for January!
Mrs. Scrudato’s nominator says, “Mrs. Scrudato is a teacher at Trinity Academy and defines going above and beyond for her class and students. Based upon the needs of her students she adjusts lesson plans to ensure students are engaged and learning – while a veteran teacher she continually adjusts and grows. She also adopts classroom procedures at a high level to create a classroom culture of respect and trust. Mrs. Scrudato is the exemplar model of a continual learner to her 5th grade students year after year.”
Mrs. Scrudato, we hope you enjoy shopping at Crabtree with your $100 Gift Card!
Crabtree – celebrating 50 years as Raleigh’s premiere shopping destination.
Thank you to our good friends at Creative Images in Cary for providing the plaque.
Want to nominate a teacher that you feel has gone above and beyond for their students? Click the button below to fill out our short form!
Meet Leo from Second Chance Pet Adoptions, our Fursday pet of the week!
Leo is an 11 year, 5-month-old calm kitty that is ready to give you the biggest hug! He loves his humans, and would be fine with other mellow cats, but would also thrive as the only kitty! He is currently on a prescription diet to keep his urinary tract healthy, and, even better news, his adoption fee has been sponsored! Leo came to Second Chance declawed in his front paws, and is ready to prepare many biscuits for his future humans!
Check out these events by Second Chance Pet Adoptions:
Kitten Yoga Event: January 15 from 10:00-11:00.
January Dog Wash: January 15 from 11:00-2:00.
Second Chance Pet Adoptions
6003 Chapel Hill Rd., Ste. 133
Raleigh, NC 27607
Our QDR Hometown Hero of the week is Caleb Thompson, Fireman at the Fuquay-Varina Fire Department.
Caleb was nominated by Teresa Gardner, who says, “Caleb has wanted to be fireman since he was a little boy. His mom has a picture on her refrigerator that he drew in kindergarten of a stick figure little boy standing by a firetruck that says ‘When I grow up, I want to be a fireman!’ He started as a volunteer fireman at Blackman’s Crossroads Fire Department where he learned that this was his true calling. He worked nonstop to take all of the classes and training needed to become a fireman all while pursuing his associates degree. He was hired as a full-time fireman with Fuquay-Varina Fire Department in October 2019, works part time with Four Oaks Fire Department, and continues to volunteer with Blackman’s Crossroads as a fireman and first responder. He is always willing to take on extra shifts for his co-workers and he won’t hesitate to cover holiday shifts when needed. Caleb has the heart of true servant.”
Thank you, Caleb, for your service! We’re sending you a gift card to Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q to thank you for all you do!
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2022 is the Year of the Q! The BIGGEST Contests, Concerts, and MORE OF TODAY’S BEST COUNTRY on your Radio. January is MORE MUSIC MONTH on QDR with even more NON-STOP COUNTRY. Don’t miss out – turn us up in the car, download the QDR app to your phone and take us everywhere you go, and ALWAYS tell your smart speaker to play 94-7 QDR!