Find-a-Friend Friday: Pearl

April 1st, 2011 10:38 am by Kelly


Pearl, a white, tan and gray Calico kitty, gazes nonchalantly into the camera.
“Take me or leave, human, I am awesome either way!”
Photos via Broad Shoulders Animal Rescue.


Based in Chicago, Broad Shoulders Animal Rescue is a no-kill rescue group that also advocates for veganism and animal rights! In addition to rescuing and rehoming companion animals (so far, cats, dogs and mice!) and supporting trap-neuter-return programs for feral animals, BSAR offers a variety of workshops and engages in vegan outreach. Its members are actively engaged in human rights/social justice movements, too. (Remember Team Vegan Vixens, which will be bowling for abortions in the Abortion Funds’s upcoming Abortion Bowl-a-Thon? Three of the six Vixens are board members at BSAR!)

Though BSAR operates just a wee bit outside of our regular geographic zone, I’d like to introduce you to Pearl, their cat of the month! Having been waiting for her forever home for more than a year and a half, Pearl is BSAR’s longest resident. Pearl’s story is a sad one; she was abandoned at at early age, became pregnant, and was rescued along with her family…but later lost some of her kittens to FIP. Eventually Pearl made her way to BSAR (yay!); while the remaining kittens were all adopted, mom was overlooked (boo!).

Here’s what BSAR has to say about Pearl:


Pearl (Please take me home!)
Dilute Calico Mix: An adoptable cat in Chicago, IL
Medium • Adult • Female



***March, 2011- Pearl is the cat of the month! This sweet girl has been with us the longest of anyone, over a year and half – that’s not her fault, we weren’t advertising her well because her foster home wanted to take her! Her adoption fee is reduced by $30 to help her find a home!***

Pearl is a beautiful young lady, a little over two years old. Extremely opinionated and talkative, she loves being pet and hanging out with you – especially on your chest if you’re laying down or your back if you’re bent over! We believe she’d do best as an addition to a home with few other animals (if any at all) who will leave her alone most of the time.

Pearl loves to play, especially with her cat-sized foam soccer ball. This girl is fast and entertaining to watch! She loves when you join in the game by throwing the ball for her.

Unfortunately, Pearl was abandoned at a young age by her human “family” when they moved and became pregnant at just a few months old. A rescuer took her, her boyfriend & kittens out of the house they were abandoned in, they were all basically skin & bones… Things were looking up until her whole young family came down with FIP. Two kittens died, but the remaining 3 survived along with their parents (since both Pearl and her boyfriend were young, they had symptoms also).

As it often sadly goes, her kittens were adopted but their mother was overlooked. Can you open you heart to this girl who needs to be shown love so desperately?

All of our kitties are microchipped (which will be registered at no extra cost at the time of adoption), up to date on their shots, spayed or neutered, have had preventative care (including parasite treatment) and treatment for any illness while in our care- plus, one month of free pet insurance!

Please email broadshouldersrescue [at] or call 773-320-2753 to set up an appointment to meet one of our friendly cats!

More about Pearl (Please take me home!)
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained

Look! Pearl’s even the star of her very own adoption vid on youtube!

Throughout the month of March BSAR made a push to get this lovely lady adopted, but so far no luck. Let’s see if we can change that, kay? Spread the word – if you live in or near Chicago and are looking for a new feline friend (or know someone who is!), please consider Pearl.

And wherever you reside, please make a donation to BSAR if you can. They do great work on a shoestring budget, and are currently hosting a drive on ChipIn to help raise money for medical supplies, veterinary fees and the like. So far they’ve raised 10% of their $3,000 goal, with $2,700 left to go – any amount will help!

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!




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.


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]



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] or please share!

Find-a-Friend Friday: Jessie

February 11th, 2011 9:52 am by Kelly


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?


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

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] 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.

Saturday Garbage Plate: Superbowl Sunday, i.e., Vegan Pizza Day #2

February 5th, 2011 12:07 pm by Kelly

016/365 2011 - Dinner @ WKDU


Forget buffalo wings and seven-layer dips! (Unless they’re vegan, yo!) This Superbowl Sunday, why not revisit Vegan Pizza Day by whipping up one of these delicious, cruelty-free pies? Slap some Daiya on top, and the otherwise occupied omnivores aren’t even likely to notice. That sound? I do believe it’s a two-point conversion for Team Vegan. (Yeah, I googled that term. What of it?) Nom!

Contests! Here’s a sampling of the vegan swag you could win this week: Alicia Silverstone is giving away a complete set of her 2010 ecoTOOLS collection; vegansaurus! has a copy of The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions up for grabs; and last but not least, upload a photo of your furkid to Leaping Bunny’s Facebook wall, and you could win a gift bag from Badger Balm.

Spay & Neuter Kansas City’s weekly recap is up! Also, SNKC is trying to raise funds for Diamond, a sweet girl who suffered an injury when her leg became tangled in a tie-out. Her people can’t afford the cost of treatment, and she may need to have the leg amputated. Remember, don’t tether your dogs outside unsupervised or for long periods of time, and definitely don’t leave them outside at all in this cold, snowy weather! (SNKC reports that it will be working with Diamond’s owners to find alternatives to chaining going forward.)

Hey hey, it’s World Nutella Day! Celebrate by buying a vegan version or making your own. All of the chocolatey goodness, none of the rape and baby murder!

On that note, let’s part ways with this heartwarming video from Farm Sanctuary. Blitzen, Lawrence and Alexander’s Welcome Home tells the story of three male dairy calves rescued from a stockyard in New York. The three babies were sickly and required medical care at Cornell University before they could be relocated to Farm Sanctuary’s New York Shelter (which I will visit one day, I swear!).

Saturday Garbage Plate: VEGAN PIZZA DAY IS NOW!

January 29th, 2011 1:50 pm by Kelly

Daiya vegan cheese pizza!

Gooey, stretchy, cheesy, oozey, melty VEGAN PIZZA! with Daiya cheese, red sauce
and a gluten-free organic cornmeal crust. Praise be!, indeed.
CC image via Flickr user digiyesica.

Oh yay, Vegan Pizza Day is finally here! For dinner, I shall be swimming in a pool of liquid Daiya and pizza sauce; until then, all I have are my fantasies – inspired, in no small part, by this week’s nom roundup. Ditto: my Flickr favorites, which is stuffed so full of vegan pizza photos that I’m starting to look like I have a sexual fetish or something. (Cue: images of me poking a hot, saucy pizza à la America Pie, whilst moaning in simultaneous fits of pain and pleasure.)

Um, yeah, I’ll stop talking now. You’re welcome.

Whether on Facebook, Twitter or in the “real world,” you can join in the day’s vegan pizza festivities in a number of ways:

– Go to for a list of events, participating eateries, news coverage and the like;

– Follow @VeganPizzaDay on twitter to stay up-to-date on the day’s vegan pizza offerings around the U.S.;

– Share your vegan pizza not-porn on Facebook and tag Vegan Pizza Day so all can see;

– And while you’re at it, “like” Vegan Pizza Day on FB!

I’ll also be tweeting coverage of Vegan Pizza Day @ThePPP and will share my own photos after dinner – assuming, of course, I’m able to pull myself out of the inevitable carb coma long enough do so. Wish me luck, peeps!

Now on to this week’s contests and giveaways! PETA has one gorgeous, cozy, wool-free Vaute Couture coat up for grabs; Lightlife is giving away prize packages to three lucky readers at Leslie Loves Veggies; Vegetarian Star has two coupons good for free Gardein products; C’est La Vegan is giving away a jar of Vegan Queso (yum!); and you can win a Crazy Sexy Diet gift package, courtesy of VegNews. Methinks I’ll regret telling you about the Vaute Couture giveaway. I WANT THAT COAT!

Elsewhere on the internets:

We found a kitty on our doorstep last week! No, for reals!

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Lemmy the New Kitteh. His little kitteh balls look like plush pom poms.
I could make a flying spaghetti monster on his bum, y’all!
(CAN and WILL! buahahahaha!)

In celebration of The Gentle Barn’s first year on Facebook, a generous supporter will donate $1 for every fan who “likes” The Gentle Barn – but only if they reach 100,000 fans by March 1st! If you’re on Facebook, please “like” The Gentle Barn and spread the word!

The anti-tethering group Dogs Deserve Better (DDB) needs volunteers to help make its 9th annual Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week a success. The campaign, which takes place the week of Valentine’s Day, involves sending hand-crafted Valentine’s cards, brochures and coupons for dog supplies to the owners of chained dogs, in order to raise awareness for chained and penned dogs – with the ultimate goal of bringing them indoors. You can help by making cards, donating coupons, and submitting the addresses of chained dogs.

Help In Defense of Animals (IDA) help the nonhuman victims of the recent floods in Australia and Brazil. Donate to its disaster relief fund and share these heartbreaking images with your friends, family and social networks.

As always (okay, three weeks and counting!), check out Spay & Neuter Kansas City’s volunteer opportunities and weekly recap. (Which doesn’t seem to be available yet, but I’ll update this post with a link when it is!)

Finally, for Vegan Pizza Day (not really!) the lovely Tracye McQuirter of By Any Greens Necessary shows how to make a delicious vegan pizza, topped with tons of veggies and nutritional yeast:

I’m not a “nooch” girl myself – you either love nutritional yeast or you don’t – but I am totally in love with her kitchen! So modern and matchy! Me, I have yellow ’70s laminate countertops. I could never shoot a cooking video in my own kitchen, even if I wanted to. Yuck!