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Saturday Garbage Plate: Happy Hanukkah!

December 4th, 2010 7:48 pm by Kelly


vegan Hanukkah potluck

A vegan Hanukkah potluck feast!
CC image via Flickr user artnoose, who notes, “Vegan potluck featured traditional foods like quesadillas and chocolate chip cookies. Not a latke to be found.”

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, we’re launching right into the festive, vegan x-mas (and Hanukkah!) NOMs. I hope you like gingerbread, peppermint and soy nog, folks – ’tis the season, after all!

Also, the latest edition of The Scoop – Spay & Neuter Kansas City’s quarterly newsletter – is now online! Read or download a .pdf copy here.

I don’t have much else to share this week; criFSMas chores – not to mention the conclusion of veganmofo – have pretty much consumed all my free time. (Sigh.) So just check out this answering machine recording of my 90+-year-old grandmother chatting with one of my brother’s high school teachers a few years back. She was shocked – shocked, I say! – to learn that her youngest grandson had been forging his mom’s signature on early releases in order to cut class and go to Taco Bell.

Scandalous!

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Dana

December 3rd, 2010 7:39 pm by Kelly


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Dana, a tan and brown brindled Shar Pei Mix dog.
Photo courtesy Autumn Acres.

I searched through quite a few heartbreaking listings on Petfinder

(So many recent puppy mill rescues! And yet, the Missouri state legislature is threatening to repeal Proposition B, a law recently passed by MO voters which would provide some basic – albeit still grossly inadequate – protections for dog bought and sold for breeding purposes. Tell ’em NO THANKS here.)

before finally settling on Dana, a gorgeous Shar Pie mixed breed girl who thinks cats are awesome….for chasing and eating, that is.

Dana has been with the no-kill rescue Autumn Acres for some time now, and due to a heartworm infection and subsequent sub-par treatment, has wracked up thousands of dollars in vet bills. Please consider bringing this lovely girl home for the holidays – or making a donation, however small, towards her care if you can.

Dana
Shar Pei Mix: An adoptable dog in Kansas City, KS
Medium • Adult • Female

We have had Dana in our program for over 2 years now. She really needs a home!! Dana is an alpha dog. She will try to rule the house and because of that needs a firm owner. Dana is NOT good with cats but is good with other dogs, kids, and horses. Dana knows how to sit, is crate trained, and housebroken.

Dana was spayed, vaccinated, and ended up testing positive for heartworms. She was treated for the heartworms but had an adverse reaction to the first shot and for some reason the vet still gave her the second shot 3 days later(she was being boarded at the vet during the time) he called us up at that point to tell us that she wasn’t doing very well. We rushed her to Columbia because she had air outside of her lungs…don’t know what its called but you could see air bubbles in her chest as she breathed. It was a long ride to Columbia but we got there. She was put into an oxygen cage and stayed there for over a week on several medications. The bill for Columbia alone was $1600. We are looking for a sponsor for Dana. We haven’t done this sponsor thing before but after having Dana for 2 years we think maybe we should start ;-). Please be kind enough to sponsor Dana. If you own a company and want some advertisement we can place a link to you’re business when we list Dana as Sponsored by…

Please sponsor Dana! For $25 a month you are helping to cover her dog food and her medical bills, past and future!

Pet ID: 40767 • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Prefers a home without: cats, children under 5 • Special Needs

Likewise, Kasha and Darla could use a little love and a few new friends, too.

Dog bless you for adopting!

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Posted: 12/3/10 at 7:39 pm. Filed under: Find-a-Friend Friday.
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Saturday Garbage Plate: Thanksgiving ed.

November 27th, 2010 6:33 pm by Kelly


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Ghosts of Thanksgivings past. Shane holds onto a plate of our Thanksgiving feast circa 2007. The NOMs include: a Roast Tofurky baked with Caramelized Onion and Cherry Relish; roasted potatoes and carrots; stuffing; tater tots; gravy; rolls; and, for dessert, apple pie topped with vanilla So Delicious ice cream. Yum!

Only four weeks ’til X-Mas, folks! Cue: mass panic. I’m spending the weekend decorating in anticipation for next week’s holiday card photo shoot, so sorry, not a whole lot of time to chat. Let’s get to those links, mkay? Most of these involve Thanksgiving menu suggestions, which can easily be adapted for upcoming winter holiday festivities.

Farm Sanctuary’s Celebration FOR the Turkeys, 2006/2007. www.farmsanctuary.org

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Tango

November 26th, 2010 5:09 pm by Kelly


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Tango the blue, yellow and white macaw.
Photo courtesy Burge Bird Rescue.

Meet Tango, this week’s Friend in need! Tango is just one of many birds in the area who need an adoptive home to call their own.

This blue, yellow and white macaw dude is current staying with Burge Bird Rescue, who has this to say about Tango:

Tango plucks his chest a bit, but had perfect blood test results, so it may be from boredom or stress and may resolve once he gets settled into a new home. He is a sweetheart and likes to be petted once he gets out of the cage and gets used to you. He is only 8 years old, with lots of good years ahead of him. Our birds are not available for breeding. Potential adopters must call for an appointment, and must pass a screening interview to ensure that our birds are going to a safe home. Adoption fee $400 negotiable for the right home.

If you’d like to adopt this gorgeous guy, contact Burge Bird Rescue today! FYI: Beak N’ Wings in Shawnee Mission, KS also has a number of bird companions available for adoption.

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Saturday Garbage Plate: Cheap/Shots

November 20th, 2010 4:49 pm by Kelly


Peach Liqueur

Peach Liqueur (recipe here).
CC image via Flickr user Veganbaking.net.

This week’s Garbage Plate is sweets piled on top sweets, with some cheap eats on the side and an after-dinner mint shot acting as an oh-so-refreshing chaser. Can I get a #nomnom?

By the way, it’s not too late to celebrate a gentle Thanksgiving by going vegan and sponsoring a turkey rather than consuming one this holiday season!

Farm Sanctuary’s Celebration FOR the Turkeys:
Enjoy this footage from our 2006 and 2007 Celebrations FOR the Turkeys at our New York Shelter. Our rescued turkeys become the guests of honor and indulge in a festive feast of pumpkin pie, squash, cranberries, and other goodies made just for them!

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