Find-a-Friend Friday: O’Malley

December 31st, 2010 12:31 pm by Kelly


O’Malley, a fluffy, brown and tan colored Shepherd/Chow Chow Mix, smiles for the camera, tennis ball and fuzzy bone in hand. Errr, paw.
Photos courtesy The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City.

I am totally in love with this week’s Friend in need, the super goofy and crazy adorable O’Malley. I know, I know; I excitedly make such proclamations at least once every other week, but still. That doesn’t make my squealing any less earnest. Besides, I am a sucker for “special needs” animals.

What’s O’Malley’s “special need,” you ask? He’s missing one of his front legs, which had to be amputated due to an especially serious injury. Not that O’Malley lets this minor inconvenience slow him down; not much, anyway. If you were to ask him, he’d probably laugh at your “special needs” labeling. He’s smiley like that.

O’Malley is currently staying with the kind folks at The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City (HSGKC), who describe him thusly:

Shepherd/Chow Chow Mix: An adoptable dog in Kansas City, KS
Medium • Adult • Male


Date of birth: 9/17/08

O’Malley is one of our MOVIE MUTT SUPERSTARS! Go to our web site to see a fun music video of O’Malley.

11/3/10: O’Malley is a cute and fluffy Shepherd/Chow mix pup. He’s friendly and sweet-natured. He is 2 years old.

We transferred O’Malley to our shelter from the KCK Animal Control shelter as part of our Ray of Hope program. His right front leg had been badly broken. We took him to a vet to try to save it, but the injury was too severe and we had to have his leg amputated. O’Malley gets around well, though, and he loves to run and play– he even fetches! (see his video)

O’Malley gets along well with female dogs. He gets along with most other male dogs as long as they’re not too dominant. If you have a dog you could arrange to bring him or her to our shelter to meet O’Malley to make sure they get along.

O’Malley has been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and tested for heartworms. He’s short and stocky and weighs about 50 lbs.


> Our goal is to send you home with a healthy pet and any information and support you may need to help your new pet adjust to his or her new home. All of our dogs & puppies have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, dewormed, treated for fleas & ticks, tested for heartworms (6 mo. and over), and are on monthly heartworm preventative. Puppies who are too young to receive all the necessary puppy boosters and/or first rabies shot may be brought back to us for those vaccines at no extra charge. You will also receive a leash, collar, 5 lbs of Science Diet, toys, and educational materials including an excellent dog training DVD. And we’ll give your dog a bath before he or she goes home!

> Please visit the Pet Adoptions page of our web site for more information about our adoption process. An application is required to adopt a pet and applicants must meet our adoption requirements. You can download a pet adoption application from our web site and then fax or email it back to us.

> Please note that most of our dogs do require a fenced yard, although there may be some who are appropriate for apartment living or circumstances where a fence may not be required.

Thank you for searching for a shelter pet!

More about O’Malley
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • Special Needs

O’Malley is part of the Ray of Hope program, a totally rad partnership between the HSGKC and the KCK Animal Control Shelter:

In January 2009, the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City (HSGKC) began a partnership, called the Ray of Hope, with the KCK Animal Control to reduce the euthanasia rate in the city shelter. The results have been amazing: 2,400 pets were saved in 2009 and the KCK Animal Control’s euthanasia rate decreased from 70% in 2007 to under 1% in 2010.

How We’re Saving Lives:

• Ray of Hope utilizes a network of no-kill shelters, rescue groups and breed rescues.* Each week the HSGKC Humane Services Director goes to KCK Animal Control to select animals to transfer to our shelter or to the many other no-kill groups we work with, who will find permanent homes for these pets.

• All of these dogs and cats are then brought to our clinic to be spayed/neutered and to receive medical examinations and vaccinations. If needed, The Gabriel Fund is used to help meet any other medical needs in order to make the animals healthy and more adoptable.

• To help find homes for the pets remaining at the The KCK Animal Control shelter, Humane Society staff and volunteers help with weekend satellite adoption events. This has dramatically increased the number of adoptions for their shelter.

• To reduce the numbers of animals ending up in the shelter, HSGKC and KCK Animal Control staff distribute spay/neuter coupons and educational materials to Wyandotte County residents for low cost spay/neuter surgery options.

To learn more about the program and/or make a donation, please visit Partnerships like Ray of Hope can help us on our path to building a No Kill Nation, one city at a time.

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