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Rally to Save MO’s Prop B in Jefferson City this Wednesday!

April 18th, 2011 8:48 pm by Kelly


Just a quick note to let our local readers know that there’s a rally planned in support of Proposition B (otherwise known as the “Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act”) planned in Jefferson City this Wednesday, April 20th. While Prop B passed with 51.6 percent of the vote, Missouri state legislators have since approved a “rewrite” of the bill, which will significant weaken the already-anemic protections afforded to dogs bred and sold in the state. Prop B proponents are now asking Governor Nixon to veto the bill.

Here are the rally deets, via Missourians for the Protection of Dogs:

Last week the Missouri House of Representatives passed its repeal legislation, and now the fate of Prop B, and of Missouri’s many suffering dogs, rests with Governor Jay Nixon.

We’re planning a rally Wednesday to get our voice out and to ask him to veto SB 113:

Rally to Save Prop B
Wednesday, April 20 at 4 p.m.
100 Madison St
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Buses provided from St. Louis and Kansas City
Click here to RSVP.

Gov. Nixon needs to know that we will not sit idly by while some career politicians and their special interests try to overturn the will of the people and authorize cruel and inhumane treatment of thousands of dogs and puppies. Your attendance at this rally is critical — please RSVP.

All that is required of you is your presence. We’ll have signs and t-shirts with special messages that the Governor can’t ignore. If you’re in St. Louis or Kansas City, you can jump on the free Humane Train: buses will depart at 12:30 from St. Louis and Kansas City. Please RSVP so we keep a spot for you on the bus.

If Governor Nixon signs this legislation — defying the will of the people and turning the clock back on the humane treatment of Missouri puppies and dogs — we will not back down. We will also be prepared to file a referendum to bring this issue back to Missouri voters and allow the people to have the final say. But we hope it won’t come to that — Governor Nixon can veto this bill, and come out on the side of the humane treatment of animals and the will of Missouri voters.

Please RSVP and join us on Wednesday!

Please visit missourifordogs.com for more information and email updates.

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SNKC’s 2010 Pledge & Winter Donation Drives

November 16th, 2010 10:24 am by Kelly


Spay & Neuter Kansas City recently announced the start of its second annual pledge drive. From now until February 24, 2011, participants can compete to win one of three prizes, with the top fundraiser receiving two round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines and $300 worth of hotel accommodations. (The second and third prizes are a Magellan RoadMate 3065 and a $100 gift certificate to Petsmart, respectively.) The money raised will be used to spay and neuter Kansas City area dogs and cats in need – a core mission of SNKC.
 

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In addition to the pledge drive, SNKC is also hosting a winter donation drive. Along with gently used dog houses, the group is in need of the following items: dog and cat food (e.g., to stock SNKC’s “pet” food pantry); straw; leashes and collars; dog and cat toys; and, of course, monetary donations, which will help to pay for spay/neuter procedures, gas for transportation, new dog houses, and veterinary care for sick and injured dogs and cats. You can find more information on donating and view SNKC’s full wish list here.

 

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If you’re interested in helping, please get in touch with SNKC today:

1116 E. 59th Street
(NE Corner 59th and Troost)
PO Box 410303, Kansas City, MO 64141

Ph: 816-353-0940 | Fx: 816-523-0887

spayandneuterkc [at] aol.com

http://snkc.net

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Kansas City: Join Wayside Waifs for its 20th Annual “Strutt With Your Mutt” on September 25th!

September 22nd, 2010 5:54 pm by Kelly


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Hey, Kansas Citians! Got plans this weekend? No? Well, now you do!

This Saturday, September 25th, Wayside Waifs is holding its 20th annual “Strutt With Your Mutt” fundraising walk. Bring your favorite furry dog friend and join hundreds of like-minded animal lovers to help raise funds for Wayside Waifs. The 3k Strutt begins at 10 AM sharp at the Trolley Trail at 62nd Terrace & Brookside Plaza, with festivities lasting through 1 PM.

This year, the traditional Strutt will be accompanied by a Catwalk for the feline set (unfortunately, those humans walking the Catwalk will have to leave their cat friends safely at home), as well as an earlier, human-only Strutt 5K Fun Run at 8 AM, a 1 Mile Kids Run at 8:15 AM, and a Pancake Breakfast (probably not vegan; cue: sad strutter) at 8:30 AM. Additional activities include $25 microchipping, a mobile adoption fair, Canine Good Citizen Testing, animal companion portraits, and assorted dog contests, including one for best costume. (That sound? My dog-kids, going into hiding.)

Registration for the Strutt costs $35, and participants are encouraged (though not required) to collect pledges for the event.

Additional information:

The Wayside Waifs “Strutt With Your Mutt” Homepage

About the Strutt (including a schedule of events)

Register for the Strutt

Find &/ Sponsor a Strutter

Wayside Waifs’ website

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Farm Sanctuary’s “Walk for Farm Animals” is coming to Kansas City on September 18th!

September 3rd, 2010 12:45 pm by Kelly


Kansas City, Missouri

Meet the 2009 Kansas City, MO “Walk for Farm Animals” participants!
Photo copyright Farm Sanctuary.

Every fall, supporters of Farm Sanctuary organize “Walks for Farm Animals” across the United States (and Canada!). The goal? To raise awareness and money for the farmed animal rescue group, as well as the animals for whom they advocate.

For those unfamiliar with Farm Sanctuary, the sanctuary was founded in 1986 by Gene Baur and Lorri Houston, spurred by the rescue of a sheep named Hilda from the dead pile at a stockyard. Though initially funded by sales of vegetarian hot dogs at Grateful Dead concerts, Farm Sanctuary has grown by leaps and bounds to become one of the U.S.’s preeminent farmed animal advocacy groups.

Farm Sanctuary currently operates two farmed animal sanctuaries, with a location each in New York and California. (If ever you find yourself in the area, a tour is a must! Plan ahead for an extended stay at Farm Sanctuary’s own Bed & Breakfast or Country Cabin.) The group also encourages the adoption and placement of farmed animals into loving homes through its Farm Animal Adoption Network (FAAN). Additionally, it coordinates a number of campaigns focused on improving farmed animal welfare (a controversial topic amongst omnivores and vegans alike); promoting healthy, sustainable, plant-based diets; and improving vegan and vegetarian options in public spaces. The donations raised by these annual Walks help to fund Farm Sanctuary’s activities.

This year, the “Walk for Farm Animals” will be passing through Kansas City (more specifically, the Plaza) on September 18th. Here are the details:

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Kansas City
Date: Sept. 18
Location: Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St.
Registration Time: 11 a.m.
Walk Time: Noon
Local Walk Coordinator: Devin Listrom
kansascity@walkforfarmanimals.org
816-510-3610

Note: The Walk is across the street from the Sheraton Hotel.

Special Attractions: Please join us for a post-Walk vegan lunch at Füd, 813 W. 17th St.

Click here to register.

Registration costs $15 in advance or $20 the day the of the event; preregistration comes with a 2010 Walk t-shirt. Participants are encouraged to drum up sponsors, and all walkers who raise $100 or more will be entered to win one of many prizes.

If you don’t live in Kansas City but would like to participate, you can find a list of Walks here. Thus far, Kansas City and St. Louis are the only two cities across Kansas/Missouri that are registered for 2010.

Unfortunately, I’ll be out of town on the 18th and unable to participate, but my younger sister has already recruited me as a sponsor. (And hopefully my travels will include a visit to Farm Sanctuary’s New York shelter, but we shall see.)

Which brings me to my final announcement: I’ll be on vacation and offline from 9/8 through 9/20, which means no new posts and only occasional comment moderation. Your patience will be rewarded, my grasshoppers, for when I return I’ll resume the Find-a-Friend Friday posts, as well as introduce a few new regular (food-related!) features. Until then, you can browse through 116+ past featured adoptables at the now-defunct Kansas City Freecycle blog, of which the Find-a-Friend Friday column is an extension.

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My lil’ sis gets to know one of Farm Sanctuary’s porcine residents during its recent Twilight Tour.
Photo copyright Michelle Garbato.

Happy Walking!

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Crawl 4 Critters to Benefit SNKC this Saturday, August 28 in Westport!

August 24th, 2010 10:50 pm by Kelly


This Saturday, August 28, Spay & Neuter Kansas City will be holding two fundraising events in the Westport area:

 

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* A family-friendly, “pre-crawl” event is scheduled from 10AM to 1PM in the Buzzard Beach parking lot. The first 50 attendees will receive a free “doggy bag,” and there will also be a “doggy wash” as well as an adoption fair. For the kiddos: face painting and bounce houses!

* The Pub Crawl takes place from 2PM to 5PM, with an official after hours party at Kelly’s bar. A $10 bracelet will score you drink specials at participating bars and restaurants, including:

Westport Cafe & Bar
Californos
McCoys
Foundry
Harpo’s
Kelly’s
ONE80
Joe’s Pizza
Dark Horse
Riot Room

$20 advance tickets are available, which include a bracelet and a SNKC t-shirt!

For more details, email or call Tamara at SNKC: tamara [at] snkc.net or 816-353-0940.

If you’d like to help out, SNKC is still in need of volunteers: http://bit.ly/aQc4MU

SNKC operates a number of essential programs in the KC area, including a free animal companion food pantry; low-cost spay and neuter programs; low-cost vaccinations and select veterinary services; and a variety of “pet” outreach services, including both education and veterinary and material assistance to low-income animal companion guardians.

If you’re unable to attend the crawl – or would like to do more to help – please consider making a donation to SNKC to ensure that it can continue providing these vital services! Money is awesome (and sorely needed), but donations of animal care items and office supplies are great, too. Check out SNCK’s wishlist for more.

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