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Find-a-Friend Friday: Stan the Man! (Also: “Find Your Boo!” Half Price Adoption Event at Wayside Waifs)

October 21st, 2011 11:10 am by Kelly


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Stan the Man!
Photos courtesy of Wayside Waifs.


 

Wayside Waifs – like so many other shelters across the country – is currently filled with dozens of awesome cats and kittens in need of homes (160 at least count!). Newborns like the adorably named Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Han Solo and Chewbacca (siblings, I’m guessing?), or Daffy and Daisy Duck; distinguished older cats including Lola and Morgan; longer-term residents, like October; and special “special needs” felines, such as Stan the Man here!

Stan’s requirements aren’t all that extraordinary, actually; the little guy is just short one eye and needs you to look past that, mkay? Don’t think of him as different – at least not in a negative way; think of him as unique! The most adorable pirate you’ve ever seen!

 

Animal ID : 14071044
Breed : Domestic Medium Hair / Mix
Age : 8 years 1 month
Gender : Male
Color : White
Spayed/Neutered : Yes
Declawed : No

 

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Stan the Man here! Just like Stan Musial I’m an all star, widely considered to be one of the all time greatest snugglers of all time. I’ve compiled 3,630 purrs (the most in a career spent with only one team) 475 home runs for watching sporting events with my family, and was named the Most Valuable Pussycat by all my roommates, I’d still be living there but the landlord in our new place allows only two pets and the dogs got to stay. I lived with only one family my whole life and I’m sad I had to go, but I just know I’ll find another family just as terrific. If you’re looking for a Hall of Fame Feline Friend, I’m your man!

You may have noticed I have only one eye. Kind of makes me look kind of rakish, like a pirate, I’m thinking Johnny Depp. Boy, is he hot! I hear the ladies really go for him. They go for me too! I have lots of fans here in the staff and volunteers at Wayside. I’m a people person and love to hang out with you, but do okay with small dogs. I lived with two small dogs for many years but I’m not good with big dogs as I’d been attacked by them in my past. Please don’t take me if you have a big dog. I’m very afraid. I shouldn’t go outside. I can’t defend myself well because I can’t see what’s coming on one side.

Inside I do great! I love to climb and my favorite place to perch is high up on the furniture. I respond well to my name, so please don’t change it when we go home. I’ve lost my people, my home and my dog brothers, so my name is all I have left that’s familiar and comfortable. I need something to hold on to, please. I’ve lived with a family the last 8 years so I’m having a little trouble adjusting to shelter life. I’m a bit shy and not as outgoing and friendly as I’d be with people I know and love. When we go home, I might go hide under a bed or in a closet until I feel comfortable joining the family. I’m affectionate and want to be buddies, but I’ll need a bit of time to adjust.

My family says I enjoy running water so if I can please have a kitty fountain or stick my head under the sink when you’re brushing your teeth or doing dishes sometimes, I’d like that. I have great hygiene habits and never have a litter box issue if you keep it clean for me. I eat dry food but shouldn’t have only dry food as it’s hard on my tummy. I need some wet food too. Thank you so much for honoring my requests. And don’t forget in these tough economic times, I’m a bargain, just $25 for a lifetime of friendship and affection. Such a deal I have for you!

I’m looking forward to joining your team and being your MVP. I’ll be at batting practice faithfully learning to swat my toy mice way, way out there… going going gone! Holy cow! See you around the ball park.

Stan

 

Lucky for them – and you! – Wayside is holding a half-price adoption event this weekend! Adopt a boo (or two! – *cough* littermates *cough*) for half the regular price – or just stop by for the craft show, silent auction and raffle!

Find Your Boo Adoption Hours:
Friday, Oct. 21: 2pm – 8pm
Saturday, Oct. 22: 10am – 6pm
Sunday, Oct 23: Noon – 6pm

See you there!*

* Not literally! We have about as many boos as we can handle, I’m afraid!

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Ginger Rogers

October 14th, 2011 2:49 pm by Kelly


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Ginger Rogers, ready to prance and dance in her frilly pink tutu!
Photos courtesy of Heart of America Humane Society.


 

Ginger Rogers, what a beauty! This senior pittie girl has it all – class, sass, personality – everything except for a forever home, that is. Maybe one of you could help with that? Until then, Ginger is staying with the good folks at Heart of America Humane Society:

 

Ginger Rogers
Pit Bull Terrier/Labrador Retriever Mix: An adoptable dog in Overland Park, KS
Medium • Senior • Female

 

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To meet GINGER, please contact Emily directly at 913-424-4557 or at emily.anne.hawkins@gmail.com.

Meet Ginger Rogers – a 60 pound Pittie/Lab mix who thinks she is a lap dog! This beautiful 8 year old elderbull loves to be with her humans – whether you are lounging on the couch, going on a walk, or taking a road trip – as long as she’s with you, Ginger is one happy girl! Ginger is calm, goofy, and extremely food motivated! She has already learned how to sit, stay, lay down, shake and wait for her food – and she would love you to teach her even more tricks! She is potty trained, does not try to climb on to furniture (unless she is invited!) and is very agreeable when getting a bath or her ears & teeth cleaned. Although she is not a fan of cats, she loves all humans big (adult) and little (children) and would do well as an only dog or in a house with multiple dogs. Miss Ginger is looking for a patient and confident forever family who will let her lay at their feet while watching TV and give her a nice, cozy dog bed to take naps in!

The Heart of America Humane Society has adoptions each Saturday at the Petsmart at 115th and Metcalf in Overland Park, the Petco at 135th and Blackbob in Olathe and the Petsmart in the Ward Parkway Shopping Center. Please contact the foster parent DIRECTLY to ask questions about this foster, to obtain additional information about this foster or to confirm this foster’s attendance at one of our adoptions.

More about Ginger Rogers
Spayed/Neutered • Prefers a home without: cats • Primary colors: Yellow, Tan, Blond or Fawn, White or Cream

 

C’mon, Kansas City! Who wants to tango with this lovely lady?

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Willy

October 7th, 2011 3:16 pm by Kelly


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(Two-eyed) Willy!
Photos courtesy of Blue Skye Adoptions, LLC.

 

OMFG Willy, what a cutie! When I first saw his photo in thumbnail form, I thought for sure it was one of those admonishing PSA listings featuring a porcelain cat or stuffed animal or something. (Which I adore, don’t get me wrong; I say “admonishing” in the nicest way possible, cause sometimes a little scolding is necessary!) But no! Willy is a cat, a real, flesh and fur cat! With the finest silver fur and most gorgeous green eyes you’ll ever see. All kinds of adorable!

 

Willy
Tabby: An adoptable cat in Olathe, KS
Medium • Baby • Male

 

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Please contact Vicky (Kittycityks@aol.com) for more information about this pet.

You can download an appliction to get pre-approved by going to our website at www.kittycityks.com Click on the ‘contact us’ link. Kitty City Kansas Rescue is an all volunteer non profit organization.
We update our website daily.

Willy is an exceptionally sweet little boy. He loves to be held and gives lots of kisses; he is a serious lap cat!! His estimated birthday is August 1st. He has a little bit of a ‘tic’ which is neurological, but you can barely notice it and he certainly doesn’t seem to. He is neutered and ready for his purrmanent home. His adoption fee is $85.00 with an approved application. He does great with dogs and other cats.

You can visit our adoptable cats and kittens on Saturdays from noon-five at our adoption Center located at Mariposa Veterinary Center. Mariposa Vet Clinic is located at 13900 Santa Fe Trail Drive in Lenexa. Not every animal attends every adoption so always call or e-mail ahead to confirm that a particular animal will be present. All of our cats and kittens stay in licensed foster homes during the week (except for Saturday). For more information e-mail KittyCityKS@aol.com or call 913-422-1911.

More about Willy
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Primary color: Tabby – Gray, Blue or Silver • Coat length: Short

 

Since this attractive little youngster breaks with my tradition of mostly featuring older and “special needs” animals in this here space, I’ll also point you to Blue Skye Adoptions’s other residents – 53 in total – many of whom are older felines. Kittens may be tempting, what with their new life smell and all, but older cats have got it goin’ on, too! Sure, Willy here is the dictionary definition of cuteness – but I doubt he has the more refined manners of, say, a Princess or a Millie. Just think about it, mkay?

And whatever age, breed or species you choose: THANK YOU FOR ADOPTING!

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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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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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