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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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Posted: 09/23/11 at 10:56 am. Filed under: Find-a-Friend Friday.
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VeganMoFo V!

September 19th, 2011 11:00 am by Kelly


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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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Find-a-Friend Friday: Pete

September 16th, 2011 11:24 am by Kelly


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Pete is a Domestic Long Hair/Tabby Mix with fluffy, gray fur.
Photo courtesy of Protective Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) .


 
It’s been a few weeks since we’ve featured any cats in this here space, so let’s remedy that straight away, mkay? The Protective Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is currently home to dozens of lovely cats, young and old, including several groups of kittens. (Kittens! Kittens! Kittens!) Like many of PAWS’s animals, little Pete here came to the shelter as a stray, where he was nursed back to health and is now ready to find his forever home. Maybe that’s with you?

Pete
Domestic Long Hair/Tabby Mix: An adoptable cat in Kansas City, MO
Medium • Adult • Male

Pete 1-2 year old silver tabby short hair. Pete was found on a brutal night last winter, almost too weak to survive. He was taken in by a caring loving lady. He has been nurtured back to health and has one of the most adorable personalities that you will ever see in a cat. Everybody loves Pete even the bratty cats. You just can’t help it!

For more information, please contact Mina at mherron@entrekc.com or 816-616-7725.

More about Pete
Coat length: Long

Located inside of A Dog’s Fun Playce located just north of 79th Street on Wornall Road in Kansas City, Missouri, all animals adopted from PAWS come with 6 months of free day care at A Dog’s Fun Playce – a $2,700.00 value! How cool is that?

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Saturday Garbage Plate, 2011-09-10

September 10th, 2011 7:00 am by admin


Taters.
 

Taters on bread, the stuff dreams are made of. (No, for reals! Can you say “carb coma”?)
CC image via flickr user ancient history; nomz via Blackbird Pizzeria.


 

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