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Find-a-Friend Friday: Garak (Also: This weekend’s Adopt-a-Thon & June is for Cats!)

June 17th, 2011 5:00 pm by Kelly


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Garak, an orange tiger/oriental mixed-breed cat with soft, lustrous fur, naps in the sun.
Photos courtesy of True Treasures Rescue.


 

Hey lovely people! Did y’all know that June is Adopt-a-Shelter Cat Month? Neither did I, which is why I spent the last two Fridays featuring ferrets and rabbits instead of kittens and cats. Ignorance, I plead it! Anyway, for the rest of the month – i.e., the next two weeks – we’re all about the felines. Be cool and spread the word – or better yet, adopt a feline friend, mkay? Please and thank you!

This week’s Friend is Garak, a timid but sweet little guy who’s currently staying with a foster person from True Treasures Rescue in Belton, MO:

 

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Garak
Tiger/Oriental Short Hair Mix: An adoptable cat in Belton, MO
Medium • Adult • Male

Garak is a very special boy who finds the world a very scarey place. He is very timid and nervous with people he does not know and has been known to hide for long periods of time when in new places or around people he does not know. Having said that, Garak is also one of the sweetest cats I’ve ever known. He is extremely gentle and good natured. He loves lap time, being comed, and having his cheeks rubbed. Garak is blessed with very soft, fine bunny-fur. Anyone interested in Garak will need to understand that this is a cat that will never adjust to a busy, noisy household. He will not come out to meet you if you want to visit him until you have been in his foster home many times, and even then he will be very nervous. I’ve known Garak since he was an 8 week old kitten trapped in a feral (wild cat) colony. He was thin and frightened but also wililng to learn to trust. I did not understand at that time that he was bonding and that it will take a very special person with a lot of patience to help him make new bonds with a new person. Garak would like to find his own person so that he can always be the center of attention and never have to share lap time or cuddle time. If Garak never finds that special person, he will stay with his foster mom for his natural life. Please CLICK HERE to fill out an adoption application. One of our volunteers will get back to you within 24 hours.

More about Garak
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Prefers a home without: dogs, young children • Special Needs • Primary color: Tabby – Orange or Red • Coat length: Short

 

Also, you should totes know that Wayside Waifs is holding an Adopt-a-Thon today through Sunday. Stop by for half-priced “pets” and go home with a new BFF. They’ll have over 300 animals available for adoption, some of them rescued from the storm stricken areas of Joplin, MO, Reading, KS and Caruthersville, MO.

Still unconvinced? Perhaps this super-sentimental montage will change your mind!

 

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Recipe: Baked Macaroni Pita Pizza

June 16th, 2011 11:43 am by Kelly


A little while back I decided to try a mashup of a pita pizza and a mac & cheese pizza, using some leftover baked macaroni I had in the fridge. Not bad, though the crispiness of the baked pita bread was a little disconcerting when paired with the tenderness of the twice-baked pasta. Probably this should go on a nice thick crust pizza, like the original macaroni and cheese concoction?

Still, an inspired way to use up leftovers. (What’s that? Got some extra chocolate chip pancakes? PUT ‘EM ON A PIZZA! P.I.Z.Z.A.!)
 
Baked Macaroni Pita Pizza
 

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Ingredients

1 piece of pita bread, freshly baked or frozen
Several cups of red sauce
1/2 to 1 cup of mozzarella Daiya (or the vegan cheese of your choice)
2 to 4 cups of leftover baked macaroni
(Since I usually wing it, I don’t have a specific recipe to offer, but this dish includes pasta sauce, elbows, mozzarella Daiya cheese, mushrooms, garlic, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower and green and yellow zucchini. You can easily use your own favorite recipe!)

Directions

1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.

2. As the oven’s preheating, place your (defrosted) pita bread onto a pizza stone (or lightly greased pan). To defrost a frozen piece of pita bread, just pop in the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds.

3. Spread a generous amount of red sauce on the pita bread, followed by a sprinkling of Daiya cheese. Next, carefully spread the baked macaroni on top, one spoonful at a time, until you’ve reached the desired amount. You can either go with a light sprinkling (as with this vegan penne and cheese pizza), or really pack it on (see: my mac & cheese pizza) – be your own decider person!

4. Bake at 425 degrees F for ten to fifteen minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Place it on a low rack so that the pasta doesn’t get too crispy.

5. Serve warm and with a fork!

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Mischief

June 10th, 2011 5:01 pm by Kelly


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Mischief is a ferret!
Photo courtesy of City of Gladstone Animal Control.

Mischief the ferret was found as a stray – if you can believe it! – and is now a ward of the City of Gladstone Animal Control. She needs a loving, ferret-friendly home to call her own, perhaps with a few ferret friends to keep her company. You can even wrap her around your neck and pretend that she’s your daemon; most likely, she won’t mind. She was named Mischief for a reason, right?

Mischief
Ferret: An adoptable ferret in Gladstone, MO
Small • Adult • Female

This little female is so much fun! She is very handtame and very playful. She was found as a stray at a local apartment complex and really is a bundle of fun. She is currently available for adoption.

More about Mischief
Pet ID: 13630 • Primary color: Sable

Get in touch with the City of Gladstone AC right away if you’re able to help!

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Recipe: Creamy Vegan Mac & Cheese Pizza, No. 2!

June 6th, 2011 11:54 am by Kelly


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Not long after devouring my birthday Creamy Vegan Mac & Cheese Pizza dinner, I immediately began thinking of ways in which it might be improved. (Perfectionist much?) Now I prefer my mac & cheese on the creamy – nay, soupy! – side, so that’s where my mind went first: how best to make this pizza a little bit more like the cheesy, melty, liquid macaroni and cheese dish that I so love. (Confession time: while I was watching the cheese sauce for Shane, I couldn’t resist licking the spoon. “HOLY SHIT I WANT TO DRINK THIS CHEESE SAUCE FROM A MUG!” said I.) Since the macaroni and cheese is baked twice in the original recipe – once on the stovetop and again in the oven – I thought that adding it to the pizza after it’s done baking would help to preserve some of its saucy goodness.

The difference wasn’t as dramatic as I’d hoped, but that’s okay; this is still one yummy pie! Basically I just made a “white” (orange?) pizza topped with margarine, soy bacon and cheddar Daiya and baked it as I would normally. While it was in the oven, Shane and I made the mac & cheese on the stovetop. We timed both dishes so that they finished cooking at roughly the same time and, when the pizza was done, on went a helping of macaroni and cheese. We halved the amount of pasta used in the previous recipe so as to cut down on the carbs (and cheese!), and I think it worked out well; this pizza is more like a pizza and less like a carb pie!

Shane insists that the original recipe is superior, but he likes his mac & cheese baked whereas I don’t. Or rather, I prefer soupy, saucy stovetop mac & cheese over its drier, oven-baked cousin. So try ’em both and let us know what you think, mkay? THE TIE MUST BE BROKEN!

fwiw, this was the scene as we sat down to plates loaded with pizza slices and sides of mac & cheese (we made a full recipe, of course! ALWAYS MAKE A FULL POT OF MAC & CHEESE!):

Me: I AM GOING TO GET PREGNANT WITH THIS MAC & CHEESE!

Shane: [looks of horror and revulsion; not just at the thought of sexy time with cheesy pasta, but also – presumably – because neither of us wants children, to the point that this is a condition in our prenup]

Me: I mean I’m going to eat so much that my belly bloats up to where I look pregnant. YOU KNOW, MY BABY BUMP.

Shane: Oh.

And I did.

With that, I bring you: Creamy Vegan Mac & Cheese Pizza, No. 2!

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Lady (is a rabbit!)

June 3rd, 2011 10:22 am by Kelly


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Lady – a fluffy, blue/gray dwarf rabbit – poses for her portrait.
She sits surrounded by all manner of adorable props, including a miniature pink bike,
pink and yellow flowers and assorted fruit. So cute!
Photos courtesy of the Lawrence Humane Society.


 
Lady is a beautiful little dwarf rabbit who is currently staying at the Lawrence Humane Society in Lawrence, Kansas. At just three or four years old, this girl still has at least half her life ahead of her. Hopefully this next chapter will be a happy one; can you help by giving her a home and some tender loving care?
 

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Lady
Dwarf: An adoptable rabbit in Lawrence, KS
Medium • Adult • Female

Lady, being a fertile female rabbit, is a bit stand-offish at first. But with time, she’ll build trust and make for a wonderful pet. We encourage owners to get female rabbits spayed which helps to make them become more affectionate and easy-going. She will need much socialization, and thus we recommend her only to households with experience in caring for rabbits. Lady is probably not suited for people with young children.

Rabbits make fantastic house pets since they are quiet, can be litter-trained, and enjoy living indoors with people. Because they are a smaller pet, some people assume they are good for children. However, they require careful attention and should not be handled without adult supervision. The House Rabbit Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating people about pet rabbits, is a great resource to learn more: www.rabbit.org

A rabbit’s environment and history with humans have a huge impact on their behavior. For this reason, rabbits from a shelter require patience so they may come out of their shell to be the wonderful pets they are. Regular socialization and exercise, in addition to medical care, are required. But you will find a rabbit to be very rewarding as a companion in your home.

This is just one of many small mammals at the Lawrence Humane Society shelter looking for a forever home right now. Come visit this pet and many others in the “handheld pets room,” at our shelter, 1805 E. 19th Street, Lawrence, Kansas.

More about Lady
Pet ID: XX-XXX • Prefers a home without: young children • Primary color: Blue or Gray

 
Lady’s even the star of her very own video, though you’ll have to visit her Petfinder listing to watch it as embedding is not enabled. That’s okay, you’re only one click away. Okay, three clicks. But still! Easy peasy!

Lady is just one of many rabbits currently available for adoption in the Kansas City area. With several groups dedicated to rescuing small mammals such as rabbits – including LJ’s Briar Patch in Shawnee Mission, Kansas and The Missouri House Rabbit Society – as well as dog/cat rescue groups and shelters that occasionally take in “pocket pets” (Olathe Animal Control, for example, is currently caring for a rabbit named Gertie), there’s no reason to purchase a rabbit from a breeder or pet store when so many are in need of homes! Save a life, gain a lifelong friend!

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