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Find-a-Friend Friday: Smudge and Poppy

September 30th, 2011 11:17 am by Kelly


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Smudge and Poppy the rabbits!
Photo courtesy of Missouri House Rabbit Society – Kansas City.

People! Did you know that, at any given time, there are dozens of rabbits available for adoption in the KC area? It’s true! While dogs and cats may represent the majority of nonhuman animals awaiting adoption in shelters and rescue programs, “pocket pets” (not to mention farmed animals) need love too! If you’re looking to adopt a rabbit, the best places to start are LJ’s Briar Patch and the Missouri House Rabbit Society – but rabbits can turn up most anywhere. The Lawrence Humane Society frequently features smaller animals, like rabbits and rats, and currently there’s even one rabbit in the Kansas City Animal Shelter (say hi, Bullseye!). That’s no place for a bunny now, is it?

Smudge and Poppy are just two of the many rabbits searching for their forever homes on Petfinder:

Smudge and Poppy
Hotot Mix: An adoptable rabbit in Greenwood, MO
Small • Adult • Male

Smudge and Poppy Smudge is a sweet and soft little hopper. As you can see he is very cute as well. He is ready to go home to a loving family who will take care of him. Smudge was just bonded with a beautiful chocolate Dutch bunny named Poppy. They are a very happy couple. If you would like to meet Smudge and his mate Poppy, contact us at hrsmissouri@aol.com.

More about Smudge and Poppy
Spayed/Neutered • Prefers a home without: young children

By adopting, you not only give a discarded rabbit a second chance at life, but you also free up a spot so that another rabbit can be brought into the foster home or shelter. If you’re thinking about welcoming a rabbit into your home, why not give these guys a look?

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Saturday Garbage Plate, 2011-09-24

September 24th, 2011 7:00 am by admin


cheese-less tortilla pizzas

Cheeseless tortilla pizza is still pretty and sexy and yummy,
even without the cheese!
CC image via flickr user christface.

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Ollie and Others Like Her

September 23rd, 2011 10:56 am by Kelly


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Did you know that this week is Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable Pet Week? From September 17th through the 25th (and beyond!), Petfinder is encouraging prospective animal guardians to consider adopting dogs, cats and rats who are deemed “less adoptable” due to their age, disability, physical or behavioral issues, breed, or other special needs, such as being one half of a bonded pair. In the United States alone, between three and four million dogs and cats are sentenced to death each and every year, for no reason other than lack of a home. This number represents roughly half of all canines and felines who are surrendered to shelters and rescue groups. Given these already abysmal odds, so many “less adoptable” animals who find themselves homeless are doomed from the start.

Many of my own best friends would be considered “less adoptable”: Ralphie, who is turning fourteen next month and lost one eye last year due to a melanoma; Peedee, who at nine still in many ways resembles the same anxious, barky pup we welcomed into our home all those years ago; Kaylee and Jayne, a pair of friends who still bear the emotional scars of their previous neglectful existence; and recent additions Mags and Finnick, the (supposedly) elderly rat terriers who were (allegedly) so aggressive that they nearly weren’t released for adoption. Some of these lovely creatures came into our lives as youngsters and slowly grew “less adoptable” over time – time spent with us, time I wouldn’t trade for the world – while others were already devalued when they made their way into our homes and hearts. Point being, we all age; we all change; we all grow. All of us, young and old, nonhuman or human, develop our own “special needs” and quirks over a lifetime. A puppy doesn’t stay shiny and new forever – and he shouldn’t be punished for this lack of stasis. “Less adoptable” animals need love too.

 

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Ollie the beagle!
Photos courtesy of Beagles and More Rescue.


 

“Less adoptable” animals like dear Ollie here. A senior beagle, at fourteen years of age Ollie suddenly found herself in a high kill shelter in southern Missouri. Luckily, the good folks at Beagles and More Rescue stepped in and saved her from near-certain death. Now she needs a home to retire to, a family to show her love and care in her golden years. A forever home…or at least a fairy foster parent. Doesn’t she deserve that much, at least?

 

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Ollie
Beagle: An adoptable dog in Overland Park, KS
Small • Senior • Female

***NEEDS A FOSTER HOME***

Urgent! Ollie needs a new place now. Ollie is a senior beagle mix girl that is approx. 14 yrs old. She somehow ended up in a high kill shelter in Southern MO. We couldn’t let her end her long life that way. She is considered a special needs dog because has some incontinence issues and yet does pretty good with a doggie door once she figures it out. She is pretty much deaf and gets a little disoriented during the evening sometimes but still has her sight. The doctors think she still has 2-3 years left and just needs a quiet place to live them out. Once she gets used to other dogs and becomes part of the pack then she does good with them and claims them as hers.

If you would like to help old Ollie live out her life in style please email us at Beaglesandmore@yahoo.com or call Gary at 816-529-2174.

If you can help out by fostering or would like to adopt, please go to www.beaglesandmore.net for an application.

More about Ollie
Pet ID: (Needs Foster Home) • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • Primary color: Tricolor (Brown, Black & White) • Coat length: Short

Trust me when I say that intentionally seeking out and adopting a “less adoptable” animal can be an incredible rewarding experience – for both the rescuer as well as the rescued. If you think you’re ready to care for a “special needs” animal, please consider adopting Ollie or someone like her.

Her life depends on it.

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VeganMoFo V!

September 19th, 2011 11:00 am by Kelly


Vegan MoFo 2010 logo banner

 

People! The dates for VeganMoFo V have finally been announced! This year the Vegan Month of Food is October. By signing up, basically you pledge to write about vegan food – emphasis on VEGAN, and vegan only! THAT MEANS NO DEAD TURKEYS, Y’ALL! – all month, weekends optional, for a total of at least twenty posts. Challenging but fun, and an awesome community-building project to boot. There shall be contests, and giveaways, and prizes, and daily nomz roundups, and more vegan sweets that you can wag your tongue at, and a marvelous time will be had by all! Until week three, when everyone is exhausted and burnt out. (BUT WE’LL WORRY ABOUT THAT LATER, MKAY?)

2011 will be my fourth year participating (I missed the first go-round. Boo! Hiss! Boo!), and I’m really overextending myself by throwing three of my who-knows-how-many blogs into the ring. (Err, kitchen?) Over on tumblr, fuck yeah vegan pizza and fuck yeah vegan ice cream will be a breeze, since I already post four or five time per day, per blog. (Microblogging, gotta love it!) And though the PPP blog won’t be a part of VeganMoFo V (VI, perhaps?), I’ll also be blogging daily at my personal blog, V for Vegan, if you’d like to follow my progress there. (YES, THERE WILL BE PIZZA!)

If you’d like to play along too, here are some links to get you started.

Official VeganMoFo blog

Vegan MoFo sign up form

VeganMoFo on Facebook

VeganMoFo on twitter

VeganMoFo on flickr

The deadline to sign up and be featured in the official VeganMoFo blogroll is September 28, so get to it!

And now, let the post hoarding commence.

Oh, but first: the first batch of Mags & Finnick photos are up!

(Mags and Finnick being the “senior” rat terriers we adopted last week. “Senior” in scare quotes cause Fin’s more like 6, and Mags is maybe 9. The shelter staff said 10, at least. WHY OH WHY DO THEY ALWAYS DO THAT! I know that guessing a dog’s age is just that – a guess – but if you’re bound to err, why not err to the dog’s benefit? The same thing happened when we adopted Rennie: we thought we were getting a four-year-old adult, and ended up with maybe one-year-old pup. Ack! But I digress.)
 

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Seven dogs, only one photo (so far!) in which they all appear.
And of course I’m not in it, pfffft. No justice.

More to come soon – but for the time being, I have my hands full with SIX RAT TERRIERS AND AN ORNERY OLD DACHSHUND! Oh, and now twenty mofo posts too. Seriously what was I thinking! Plus I think I’m coming down with a cold. Oh, the horrors.

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Saturday Garbage Plate, 2011-09-17

September 17th, 2011 7:00 am by admin


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Pepperoni and mozzarella pizza! It’s vegan and has (soy) meat and (nondairy) cheese!
WRAP YOUR HEAD AROUND THAT. ALSO: YOUR MOUTH.
CC image via Aimee Dars Ellis on veganstockphoto.com.

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