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Find-a-Friend Friday: Five Kittens, One Wet Cat & Miss Prissy

May 20th, 2011 12:37 pm by Kelly


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Five tiny little kittens – brothers and sisters – need your help!
Spring these innocents from jail, won’t you please?
Photo courtesy of the City of Osawatomie Animal Control.

OMD, I couldn’t stop myself this week! I think I need help! Cuteness intervention, stat! Instead of the customary one or two animals in need, today I’m writing about seven. SEVEN! Someone adopt these cuties before I’m forced to DOUBLE the size of my household! I will hold you all personally responsible. (Note to Shane: I’m totally joking. Mostly.)

First up is a litter of five kittens (pictured above) who have the unfortunate luck of beginning their lives at the City of Osawatomie Animal Control. Not that Osawatomie isn’t a lovely place, but the pound is no place for youngsters now, is it? (Or adults for that matter, but still. KITTENS! They’re just BABIES!) And as Osawatomie AC points out, “I’m in a fight for my life. This pound serves several towns so the space is always a pressing concern.” Nope, no way to spend your childhood AT ALL.

Litter of 5
Domestic Long Hair: An adoptable cat in Osawatomie, KS
Medium • Baby • Female

We don’t know the sexes of all of these kittens, but the three torties are most surely female. These are just babies and need new homes right away! I’m in fight for my life. This pound serves several towns so the space is always a pressing concern.

More about Litter of 5
House trained • Primary colors: Black, Orange or Red • Coat length: Medium

Also staying at the Osawatomie pound is one Wet Cat, so charmingly named because she will run through any obstacle – no matter how unpleasant – for a little TLC:

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Wet Cat
Domestic Medium Hair-Black: An adoptable cat in Osawatomie, KS
Medium • Baby • Female

This cat is so friendly she walked through her water bowl because it was the closest route to where we were standing! She needs rescue ASAP! I’m in fight for my life. This pound serves several towns so the space is always a pressing concern.

More about Wet Cat
Primary color: Black • Coat length: Medium

Osawatomie isn’t that far a drive from KC, people! Just an hour south of KCMO! Half an hour if you’re already in Olathe! You would do anything for love, yes? Well then!

Last but not least is a listing a friend asked me to pass around. Prissy is a deaf cat located in Murray, Kentucky. Before you let this girl’s “special needs” scare you off, go talk to Deb of Invisible Voices (“a friend” of the previous sentence), who herself is a guardian to a deaf cat, Jake. While it’s true that living with a deaf nonhuman requires special considerations, including nonverbal means of communication, deaf cats are every bit as deserving and capable of forming loving relationships with others!

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Prissy-DEAF
Domestic Medium Hair-White: An adopted cat in Murray, KY
Small • Young • Female

This cat was found and kept for awhile by the person who found her. She is scared and is DEAF. She is mostly white with a smudge on top of her head. She needs some TLC. Update: Prissy has been with us for 2 weeks as of 4-14-11 and is doing much better. Her coat is sparkling white now, she is much more people-friendly and her personality is showing well. She would prefer a home without other cats, but may be okay with a very careful introduction. She would do best in a home without smaller children because she startles easily due to her deafness and can get overstimulated. She is a playful cat. Indoor only home due to her deafness and being white.

More about Prissy-DEAF
Pet ID: 11-0264 • House trained • Prefers a home without: young children • Special Needs

Prissy is currently staying at the Murray/Calloway County Animal Shelter in Murray, KY.

Even if you’re unable to adopt any of the lovely felines featured here, please spread the word! Forward their listings to friends in the area, share them on Twitter, and “like” them on Facebook. You get the idea! A little bit of networking may be the difference between life and death for these cats. Please help however you can!

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Missy & the Coonhounds

May 13th, 2011 10:20 am by Kelly


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Missy, a beautiful, silken-haired, golden Cocker Spaniel mix,
curls into a contented ball on her rescue person’s lap.
Photo courtesy Animals Best Friends.

Chances are that if you’ve been reading this blog for a week+, you’re more than familiar with my love of older (read: senior) dogs – and not just ’cause I’m guardian to two of them myself. (Ralphie and Kaylee, holla!) Due to their age, seniors can be harder to rehome than their younger puppy counterparts – which is a shame, seeing as they’ve already been around the block and mostly know the ins and outs of living with humans. Their lack of excitability and puppy antics also makes seniors a good choice for older people. Besides, even the youngest pup will one day grown into a wizened old fella (dog willing) – and adopting a dog, whatever age she may be, is a lifelong responsibility. Advancing age – in all its bittersweet grace – isn’t an acceptable reason to break this commitment. We all age; perpetual youth simply isn’t part of the package. The pup you opt for now will one day grown into a “special needs” senior himself. (As will you, dear grasshopper!)

Take dear Missy here. A gorgeous golden Cocker Spaniel mix, this older lady is currently staying with Animals Best Friends. Though she’s dealing with some age-related issues – diminished hearing and cataracts – she’s still one happy, active, loving gal.

Missy
Cocker Spaniel: An adoptable dog in Independence, MO
Small • Senior • Female

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This beautiful buff colored gal is Missy. Missy is a very sweet, petite little Cocker Spaniel mix. Her DOB is 02/16/01. Missy has some hearing loss and cataracts. She gets along well with other dogs and has ignored the cats. She likes to go on walks and is good in the car. Missy is a happy girl who likes people, she wags her tail when someone comes in the room and she likes to follow you around the house. Missy is housetrained, she will let you know when she needs to go out. Missy is looking for that furever home to finish out the rest of her life receiving unconditional love…

Missy’s rehoming fee may be negotiable. If you are interested in meeting Missy, please go to WWW.ANIMALSBESTFRIENDS.ORG and complete our online application.

If you are interested in possibly fostering ANY of our WONDERFUL pets, please go to our website listed above, and go to the tab “HOW TO HELP” and fill out a foster application and someone will get in contact with you! 🙂

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Thank you very much for taking the time to check out our kids!! Thank you for your interest in our animals. Animals best friends strives to make a compatible match with our families and our companion animals. Due to the volume of e-mails and calls we only contact applications that meet our criteria. If you are selected, we contact in five business days. If not contacted please pursue another shelter or rescue group.

Thank you, ABF Volunteers

If you’re looking to welcome a new friend into your home, please consider adopting a senior. Ditto: other special needs animals, such as those with health problems, behavioral issues, or those belonging to breeds which are commonly discriminated against. Dog will love you. Ceiling cat, too!

Bonus Friends!

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Two large male coonhounds – both of whom are white, tan and black in color – stare balefully at the camera. “What are we doing here!?!” their eyes implore. (The heartbreak, I’m bringing it.)
Photo courtesy City of Gladstone Animal Control.

While searching Petfinder for this week’s Friend in need, I came across this listing for two coonhound boys. That’s it; no name, just “Coonhounds.” How sad is that? Can you imagine – not having a name? Of course, they probably do have names – or did in another life – but sadly, those days are long behind them. And to not even be considered worthy of even a temporary moniker. Sigh. At least these guys aren’t numbered, consumable item styley. That’s something, right?

Anyhow, I found it all so terribly depressing that I had to share. Someone bring these guys home and spoil them with plenty of noms and snorgles, mkay? They so deserve it!

Coonhounds
Treeing Walker Coonhound: An adoptable dog in Gladstone, MO
Large • Adult • Male

The picture just doesn’t do these two justice at all! We think they were abandoned outside our shelter when we were closed (we found one early in the morning and a citizen brought the other in the next day). Both are just as sweet as can be. Both are a bit timid of strangers at first but warm up very quickly. These two are young (about a year old) and would make fantastic family dogs. Please come see them today!

More about Coonhounds
Primary color: Tricolor (Brown, Black & White) • Coat length: Short

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Cast & Stone

May 6th, 2011 11:25 am by Kelly


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Cast (top) and Stone (bottom), napping in a wicker kitty tower.
Images via Kitty City Kansas Rescue.


 
An older pair of feline siblings, Cast and Stone are among the most recent victims of the economic downturn. Once upon a time, the two lived in a cement mixing plant. Not a very hospitable place for two young kittens on the go, huh? Luckily, they were found and rescued by some caring souls who worked in a nearby office building. No one individual was able to take them home, so the employees adopted collectively: Cast and Stone were welcomed into the office building, where they lived for the next twelve years. Unfortunately, the business was recently sold, leaving the cats homeless once again! The two are currently staying with Kitty City Kansas Rescue in Shawnee, KS, but would very much like to find their forever home – together.
 

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Cast
Tabby/Bengal Mix: An adoptable cat in Shawnee, KS
Medium • Senior • Male

Cast gas been living in a local business for 12 years along with his sister Stone. They were rescued from a cement mixing plant behind the business. The business is being sold and employees already have mulitiple cats.

Cast is a gorgeous Bengal mix with tabby and black spots and swirls. Cast loves to spend the day sleeping on a pillow on top of a desk near a window. He greets new people when they come in to visit. When another kitten was brought in to the business, Cast greeted the kitten and was very ‘motherly.’ When his sister wants the window seat, he moves away so she can have spot. He visits other employees through out he day to be petted. He does not like to be held and currently does not sit on anyone’s laps, but you wonder what he would do in a home when somone is not sitting at a desk! Ideally, it would be wonderful to adopt Cast and Stone together. We’re hoping they can find a home to live the last of their remaining years well loved and spoiled!

Special arrangements can be made to visit with Cast. His adoption fee is $50.00.

You can download an application 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.

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.

 

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Stone
Tabby: An adoptable cat in Shawnee, KS
Medium • Senior • Female

Stone has been living all of her life in a local business, after being rescued from a cement factory behind the store. The business is being sold and employees already have multiple cats.

Stone and her brother, Cast, have had the run of the building for 12 years. Stone loves to sleep in her basket behind the computer on one of the employee’s desk. She will nudge her brother off the pillow near the window when ready for a different view! She is a beautiful brown tabby with gold eyes. She spends most of her time in one office will come out to visit others around her. She loves attention but currently does not sit on your lap. You wonder what she would be like if someone was sitting on a couch and not behind a desk!

Adopting an older cat takes a very special person who is willing to spoil and love them knowing they are a senior cat. Ideally, it would be wonderful for Stone and Cast to live together in a home or even in another business.

Special arrangements can be made to visit with Stone. Her adoption fee is $50.00. She is up to date on all of her shots.

 
To adopt these two lovely seniors, get in touch with Kitty City Kansas Rescue asap!

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Mags

April 29th, 2011 10:54 am by Kelly


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Mags! Don’t let the blurry photo fool you; Mags is a beautiful older lady with long,
golden blond fur and a face that will split your heart in two.
Photo courtesy of Love A Golden Rescue.


 
Having just finished Mockingjay – the third and final book in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series – the other day, I thought it might be fun to choose this week’s Friend in need not by species, age, disposition, or health status, but rather by name, using my favorite characters as a guide. Katniss, Peeta and Gale are all obvious choices; and, while there are several adoptable cats named after Katniss and quite a few hits for Gale (but absolutely zero for Peeta, boo!hiss!boo!), I decided to go in a different, less expected direction. Namely Finnick, whose story line was for me one of the most compelling in the series. (Don’t worry, this post is spoiler-free!) Alas, the lone Finnick on Petfinder – a mastiff mix from Maryland – has already been adopted. (That’s a good thing, y’all!) And so I arrived at Mags, Finnick’s fellow tribute from District 4.

Though she says little during her brief appearance in Catching Fire, Mags captured my heart. Like Katniss, she volunteered to take a loved one’s place in the Games, almost certainly sacrificing her own life in the process. She’s a sweet woman, elderly and frail but still capable, both physically and mentally. Mags is one of the first people Katniss chooses as an ally, and Katniss’ trust in her is not misplaced.

Much like District 4 Mags, St. Louis Mags is an older lady whose loyalty, heart and wisdom match her years. This golden retriever girl may be long and gray in the snout, but she still has a lot of life left – and she’d very much like to share it with you!

 

Mags
Golden Retriever: An adoptable dog in Saint Louis, MO
Large • Senior • Female

Mags is a wonderful ten-year-old lady. She loves her foster sisters, foster parents and even Stella, her foster cat friend. Mags is very well-behaved and wants to be at the center of household activities. She will let you know when she needs to go outside and thoroughly enjoys taking a leisurely stroll. If you are outside gardening, she will be content to follow you and take a nap in the sun! Whoever is lucky enough to be selected to be her forever home will thoroughly enjoy this sweetheart!

More about Mags
Pet ID: 11 015 • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Primary color: Golden • Coat length: Medium

 
To find out more about Mags, please get in touch with the St. Louis-based rescue group Love A Golden Rescue today. Mags needs an ally and friend now more than ever; perhaps you are it?

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Find-a-Friend Friday: 395 Rescued Hens @ Animal Place!

April 22nd, 2011 1:02 pm by Kelly


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356 hens from an egg farm rescued by Animal Place’s Rescue Ranch being unloaded.
CC images via Animal Place farm manager Marji Beach on Flickr.
(Please note that all of the photos featured in this post come from an earlier rescue.
These hens are not the same ones who are currently available for adoption!)

 
Founded in 1989, Animal Place is a farmed animal rescue group located in California. The group operates a 600-acre sanctuary in Grass Valley (tours are available! or will be soon, anyhow!), as well as a 60-acre adoption center in nearby Vacaville. The Vacaville facility includes both a “Rescue Ranch” – where newly rescued farmed animals receive medical treatment and are prepared for adoption – and a “Dog Rescue” program, which provides temporary housing for canines who are headed to their forever homes.

The Rescue Ranch program is unique in that it offers farmers a chance to retire unwanted farmed animals, rather than sell them for slaughter:

 

Rescue Ranch places a special emphasis on the placement and adoption of chickens from the egg-laying industry. We work with farmers in coordinating the removal and placement of spent hens prior to their depopulation or slaughter-date. All farm information is confidential.

There are few programs aimed at placing needy, adoptable farmed animals into permanent homes. Animal Place is filling that niche with Rescue Ranch. […]

Animal Place’s Rescue Ranch is unique in that we work directly with farmers to provide an alternative to slaughter for a small percentage of hens in the egg laying industry. There are more than 15 million hens raised for eggs in California. Most will never find true sanctuary. The farms we work with range from small, pasture-based operations to larger facilities.

Animal Place is honest – we are a vegan organization promoting compassion to all life. We may never see eye to eye with farmers on some issues, but we hope to find common ground in order to save as many lives as possible. Toward that end, we keep all information about cooperating farmers private, and they reciprocate by not using Rescue Ranch as a tool to promote the consumption of their eggs. We do not bring cameras or recording equipment into the farm and both parties sign confidentiality agreements. Again, Rescue Ranch’s goal is save as many lives as possible without compromising the integrity of our organization.

 

Recently, Animal Place provided refuge to 395 such animals – all of them “spent” “laying” hens who, unlike so many of their sisters, were lucky enough to find their way to a sanctuary instead of a slaughterhouse.

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