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Find-a-Friend Friday: Charles and Darwin

March 11th, 2011 10:11 am by Kelly


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Charles (left) and Darwin (right), a pair of bicolor and albino (respectively) rats, cuddle together under a pink piece of cloth, heads peaking out with curiosity. So cute and cozy!
Photos courtesy T. Russell Reitz Regional Animal Shelter.

Oh my dog, if you’ve been following this feature for any amount of time, then I don’t have to tell you how much I adore rats! That’s right: RATS! They are cute and cuddly and curious and sweet and just full of love and fun. (Also: rainbows, unicorns and Dandies.) Unfortunately, with five dogs and two cats, I’m afraid that rats, mice, and other tiny creatures would not be long in my house, so I am relegated to cooing over them on Petfinder. And telling you to adopt them already!

Darwin and Charles are the rats of the day. Currently staying at the T. Russell Reitz Regional Animal Shelter in Manhattan, Kansas (a two-hour drive west of KCMO, right past Topeka), Darwin and Charles are two rat friends in need of a home. Tag! You’re it! (I kid, I kid. Or maybe not?)
 

Darwin & Charles
Rat: An adoptable rat in Manhattan, KS
Small • Adult • Male

Charles and Darwin were surrendered to the shelter to find a home that actually has the time for them. Charles and Darwin are friendly and happy fellows. Charles is the bicolor and Darwin is the albino.

More about Darwin & Charles
Pet ID: 30435-6 • Primary colors: White, Black • Coat length: Short

 
If, for some strange reason, you are in need of further convincing, just look at these faces!

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Charles (top) and Darwin (bottom) WANT TO COME HOME WITH YOU!

These guys have been naturally selected for CUTENESS – with which they will KILL YOU unless you say yes to their demands! Luckily, these primarily involve a safe, loving home, plenty of toys, and all the veggie nomz they can eat. So you’d be a fool to deny them.

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Hank

March 4th, 2011 10:23 am by Kelly


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Hank, an adorable white and tan babykid of a goat, pokes his tiny little noggin through the square in a cow fence. Is this photo worthy of a calendar, or what? Hello, Mr. March!
Photo courtesy North Star Rescue.

On a whim I decided to search Petfinder for “barnyard” animals this morning, just to see whether any new, semi-local listings popped up. And, wouldn’t you know it – I found not, one, not two, not three, but four newborn goats located in Niotaze, Kansas! (That’s about three hours southwest of KCMO, for those too lazy or apathetic to Mapquest it. Hey, I’m not judging or anything.) Quadruplets for the win!

Alas, Hank is the only kiddo whose Petfinder profile comes equipped with a listing, so that makes him :::drumroll please::: our Friend of the week!

 

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Feeding time!
Photo courtesy North Star Rescue.

Hank
Goat: An adoptable goat in Niotaze, KS
Medium • Baby • Male

This is Hank! He was the first born out of four on Jan. 16th 2011. Four was too much for his mom to care for so he is a bottle baby. He is very friendly and would make a great pet. He is good with dogs, cats and kids. He is located in Niotaze, Kansas 67355 but we can help get him transported anywhere in the US. He will be ready for adoption when he is weaned, but we would like to have an adopter waiting for him. He can be neutered here or his new home will have to sign a contract to have it done. He will need to be adopted with another goat or go to a home that already has one. He has never been alone. His adoption fee is $75 to cover part of the cost of his care. If interested please email and I will send you an adoption application.

Hank’s Contact Info
North Star Rescue, Niotaze, KS
620-515-3308

 

Hank’s three siblings – Dumbo, Lil girl, and Bubba – are all available for adoption through North Star Rescue, too. If you don’t already have a goat friend, perhaps you can adopt two siblings together? Goats are totes the shiz, you know!

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Marshmallow Mary & Stella

February 25th, 2011 1:11 pm by Kelly


Update, 3/14/11: Today, The Gentle Barn posted a shiny, happy update on Stella!

I have great news that will start your week off well; Stella got a home today! She has a new mommy who will take her everywhere she goes and two new kitties to be friends with. Stella’s heart is sad now, but she will soon realize that she will be loved and cherished for the rest of her life!

Yay!

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This week’s edition of Find-a-Friend Friday is filled with double the cuteness! Animal sanctuary The Gentle Barn has been trying to rehome Stella for several weeks now; “Marshmallow” Mary has been available for adoption for a month or more. After weeks of seeing their sweet, beautiful faces grace the pages of The Gentle Barn’s weekly newsletter, I’m spreading the word in hopes that someone out there – somewhere, some way – can come to Mary and Stella’s rescue. (Note: The two do not come from the same household and do not need to be adopted together.) The Gentle Barn doesn’t specify where these girls are located but, given that the group is based in Santa Clarita, CA, methinks it likely that Mary and Stella live somewhere close by.
 

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Mary, a fluffy white cat with spots of brown and black, does her best lolcat for the camera.
Photo courtesy The Gentle Barn.

“Marshmallow Mary” Wants a Lap!

This beautiful, sweet Calico is looking for a home with a lap she can call her own. We call her Marshmallow Mary because she is so soft and sweet. She is 5 years young, great with people, and gets along with laid-back cats and dogs.

If you have a lap for Mary to fill, and a home that needs a great cat, give us a call ASAP at 661-252-2440 or email us at info [at] gentlebarn.org

 
 

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Stella is a stocky little pibbie with tan and white fur and soulful brown eyes.
Photo courtesy The Gentle Barn.

Please Help Us Find Stella a Home!

3 years ago Stella was one of 250 dogs and 37 cats left for dead by a hoarder. They were all living in tiny, filthy cages, sick and starving. We healed them and found homes for them all. It was the longest, hardest 10 months of our lives.

Stella found a home and was living there for the past 3 years, happy as can be. But, for personal reasons her person had to return her. Stella’s heart was broken into a million pieces.

Stella needs a home to care for her for the rest of her life! She is excellent on leash, wonderful in the car, affectionate, playful, loving and loyal! She is good with cats but has to be the only dog.

If you want unconditional love for the next 10 years, please email ellie [at] gentlebarn.org or please share!

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Esme & Ester

February 18th, 2011 9:56 am by Kelly


The story of Esme & Ester (abridged, < 2 minutes). Doesn't the still shot just break your heart? YouTube video courtesy of Wayside Waifs.

When first I spied Esme in Wayside Waifs’ weekly newsletter (she was one of three “Waifs of the Week”), my eye was immediately drawn to her. Not because she’s gorgeous (though she totally is! such fluffy, snow-white fur – and so much of it, too!), but rather because I thought she was missing a leg. (Seriously, check out her photo! Do you see her front right leg?) And if you know me, you know that I have a soft spot for the hard luck cases.

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Esme (left) and Ester (right), a pair of bonded, purebred American Eskimo dogs
available for adoption through Wayside Waifs.
Photos courtesy of Wayside Waifs.

Alas, all four of Esme’s legs are intact and functioning. Yet, Esme’s is still a “special needs” case. At 6 years old young, she’s hardly a shiny new pup anymore. Plus, she has a younger sis (Ester) with whom she’d desperately like to be adopted. As hard as it can be to place one dog in a happy new home, try two! To say that it’s doubly difficult is an understatement. And yet, this is just what the nice folks at Wayside Waifs are trying to do.

Here are Esme and Ester’s Petango listings, in order:

Name: Esme
Animal ID: 12242995
Breed: American Eskimo
Age: 6 years
Gender: Female
Color: White
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
No: Small Children
Size: Medium

Hello everyone! It’s me, Esme, a 6 year old purebred American Eskimo lover of a dog searching for a home of my own. I’m so cute and soft and sweet and cuddly, I will take your breath away! I sure hope you fall in love with me, because I’ve had it with life in a shelter and I want to go home!

At 20 pounds, I’m a perfect medium size to cozy up next to you on the couch. I’m not too big, not too small. And are you familiar with my breed? Well, besides our beauty, we’re known for being loyal and smart. You can’t go wrong with those qualities, can you?

I came to Wayside as a transfer from another shelter. Well, first I was surrendered to that other shelter, along with my sister, Ester, when our owner could no longer care for us. Living in one shelter was bad enough, then no one came for us so we were sent here. It’s almost too much to handle! My sister and I would like to be adopted out together since we have lived our lives together.

I’m sort of shy, at least until I get to know you and trust you. No, I’m not the life of the party and probably never will be, but if a sweet, quiet girl is more your style, then you won’t go wrong with me. I love to go for walks with the volunteers around the Wayside campus and they say I do really well with leash walking. And after our walks, a little cuddle time is definitely in order. Anything to keep from going back to my kennel!

In my new home, I’m looking for patience, understanding, attention, and love. Do you think you can give me all that? I’d like a new home without kids under the age of 12. They are scary and unpredictable to me and they make me nervous. Other dogs are ok, but please bring them to meet me before we all go home together.

I’m in the prime of my life and I deserve a home of my own with people who care about me. Isn’t that what we’re all looking for? Someone to care for us and someone to care about? That’s all I want. Please come to meet me soon. I need you.

Love, Esme

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Find-a-Friend Friday: Jessie

February 11th, 2011 9:52 am by Kelly


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Jessie, a brown and black striped domestic short hair/tabby mix with big, blue eyes, sits in a windowsill, bird-watching. Her gaze is directed at an object behind the camera.
Photos courtesy Prairie Paws Animal Shelter.

I had it in my head to find a cute, adorable little kitten to share with y’all this morning – a nice change of pace from all the hard luck cases, you know? But when I saw Jessie’s listing on Petfinder, I knew that she was the one.

Poor Jessie recently lost both her home and family when her person had to be hospitalized due to Alzheimer’s disease. (It’s a shame that nonhumans usually cannot accompany their human friends into assisted living facilities, but that’s another topic for another day. Ditto: homeless shelters and women’s/domestic violence programs.)

Can you imagine how this girl must be feeling?

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Something’s got Jessie’s back up. The inhumanity of humanity, perhaps?
Photos courtesy Prairie Paws Animal Shelter.

Jessie
Domestic Short Hair/Tabby – Brown Mix: An adoptable cat in Ottawa, KS
Medium • Adult • Female

Jessie is a 7 year old Brown Patched Tabby with beautiful colors. Jessie has pretty light green eyes. She was turned in to the shelter because her owner was placed in a nursing home due to advancing Alzheimer’s. Jessie is a lap cat who gets along with other cats. She likes squeaky toys and balls in a donut toy. Jessie has always been an inside cat so she cannot be let outside. She is use to a cat scratch cardboard. Jessie has not been around small children so a home without kids or older children is needed. She does prefer women over men.

All cats or kittens at the Prairie Paws Animal Shelter will be tested for FELV / FIV before being sent home with their adopters. We do not adopt out any cats or kittens found to be positive. All cats and kittens are also up to date on their vaccines and have been or will be spayed or neutered before going to their new homes. These cats and kittens are also litter box trained. All information known about this cat has been included in this bio. If you are interested in this animal, please either email prairie.paws [at] hotmail.com for an application or call 785-242-2967.

If you would like to come visit the shelter, the address is 3173 K 68 HWY in Ottawa, Ks. The shelter is open to the public, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm and Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00 pm. The shelter is closed on Wednesday and Sunday.

Off-site adoptions sponsored by HAHS are held at PETsMART at 115th & Metcalf in Overland Park every Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. To confirm that this animal will attend the off-site adoption at PETCO, please email the shelter.

More about Jessie
Pet ID: 1-1215 • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Prefers a home without: young children

Jessie is currently staying at the Prairie Paws Animal Shelter in Ottawa, Kansas. If you’d like to offer this mature lady a kind, safe home in which to retire, I’m sure she’ll repay you with her undying love.

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