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 for more information and email updates.

Find-a-Friend Friday: Radar (Love!)

April 8th, 2011 9:29 am by Kelly


Meet Radar, a chocolate-colored pit bull with beautiful brown eyes and the biggest, happiest smile
you’ve ever seen! And look how he wears that harness, oh so handsomely!
Photos via T.A.I.L.S.

Are you ready for some Radar Love?!? ‘Cause T.A.I.L.S. has got about 50 pounds of the stuff, all wrapped up in a cute pibble package, available for take out! As in, bring him home like yesterday!

Pit Bull Terrier Mix: An adoptable dog in Kansas City, MO
Medium • Adult • Male


I need a home. Foster or adopt me!

Radar is a sweet pit bull with huge bat ears. He is a loving companion and will do well in a home without smaller dogs and without cats. He is receptive to correction. Radar is a medium energy level dog and just wants to be around people. He wants nothing more than to snuggle on the couch and sleep in a comfy bed. Radar is house trained and kennel trained and listens very well. Radar needs a calm, assertive pack leader to truly shine! He responds well to leadership, and will need to go to a home (foster or adoptive) that understands that and is willing to work with him. Above all though, Radar is a sweet as can be boy. Can you help him?

Can you offer Radar the forever home he is looking for? Fill out an application today!

Don’t think you can offer Radar a home? Won’t you sponsor him instead then? You can sponsor Radar through our website at

More about Radar
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Prefers a home without: cats



If oversized, sickly sweet dogs aren’t your thing (WTF NOT!?!), T.A.I.L.S. is also in need of foster and/or adoptive homes for some undersized, sickly sweet shepherd mix pups who were found, abandoned in the February cold with mange, and subsequently relinquished to T.A.I.L.S. by a kind vet who refused to “euthanize” (read: kill) them. Jolly, Patches, and Tootie are their names – and, like Radar, I bet love is their game! Also: actual games. Dogs are the shiz like that, yo!

Find-a-Friend Friday: Forrest and Jenny

March 18th, 2011 5:24 pm by Kelly



Forrest (top) and Jenny (bottom), a beautiful pair of black and white German Wirehaired Pointers, each sticks their noses through the chain-link fences enclosing their respective kennels. Insert your very best “box of chocolates” joke here (just so long as you bring these sweeties home!).
Photo courtesy German Wirehaired Pointer Rescue Inc..

Forrest and Jenny, oh my dog. Their names alone are enough to slay you with both sweetness and sorrow! This bonded pair of youngsters – big, silly German Wirehaired Pointers, them both – are currently staying with German Wirehaired Pointer Rescue Inc., which would like to keep them together. Obvs.


Forrest-Family Dog
German Wirehaired Pointer: An adoptable dog in Olathe, KS
Large • Young • Male

Forrest and Jenny are here. They are lovely dogs that would be good for a family. They have very good manners, and are a moderate energy. They are very connected to one another, and do well. They are fully vetted, microchipped, and ready to start their new lives. He is also said to around 18 months old. Jenny is approximately 12 months old. I can tell Forrest has raised Jenny.

More about Forrest-Family Dog
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • Prefers a home without: cats • Primary color: Brown or Chocolate • Coat length: Medium



Jenny-Family Dog
German Wirehaired Pointer: An adoptable dog in Olathe, KS
Medium • Baby • Female

Now Mom has written about me below, but I can tell you I am a dream. I would be good with children, and not many of us are. We like to jump up and play rough, but not me. I am a really sweet little girl. I would love to go on walks, car rides, and be someone’s lap doggie. Forrest really loves me, and I am his side kick, but Mom feels I would get on with most any dog….Please see the website to fill out an application

Signed, Jenny!

Jenny and Forrest both have excellent manners, no jumping up, seem to be house broken…someone has loved them, but Jenny seems to be very gunshy. Well, well….why does that not surprise me? I believe they were let go or left in the field, they are sweet golden retriever types in a wire suit. Jenny is new to rescue…she is a moderate middle of the road energy sweet GWP that is 12 months old. She and Forrest get along extremely well, and adore each other.. She is a sweetheart, and has had all vetting. She is microchipped, crate trained and good on leash! Please see our website for all requirements and info on adopting.

More about Jenny-Family Dog
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • Prefers a home without: cats • Primary colors: White or Cream, Brown or Chocolate • Coat length: Short

Unlike some of our recent features, Forrest and Jenny are located close to Kansas City, in Olathe, Kansas. If you don’t have a dog and are thinking about adopting one, why not consider two? You won’t even need to think of a cute set of matching names!

Saturday Garbage Plate: Pizza and Pups

March 12th, 2011 12:50 pm by Kelly

pizza vegan

A vegan pizza, topped with zucchini, asparagus, tomatoes and onions and served on a funky dodecagonal (?) white plate.
CC image via flickr user buenobonitoyvegan.

As always, this week’s roundup of nomz, via the twitternets:

Contests and giveaways! Leslie Loves Veggies has six jars of Food for Lovers Vegan Queso for three lucky winners; over at The Dirty Vegan, there’s a Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss prize pack up for grabs; and you can enter to win a Tasty Bite Meal Kit from The Vegan Backpacker. That last contest ends today, so don’t dawdle, mkay?

Spay and Neuter Kansas City is in need of “laundry soap, bleach, newspaper & cardboard flats for litter boxes! Newspaper & flats on the top of the list as these cannot be bought. If you or anyone you know (neighbors) has a newspaper subscription with old papers stacking up, we could really use them! Thanks in advance!” Additionally, they’re in need of an experienced foster home for a new mother and here pups. Finally, you can read up on this week’s volunteer opportunities here.

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Yesterday was our little Rennie’s birthday/adoption day anniversary! Go tweet her some love, won’t you?

The Natural Products Expo West is happening in Anaheim this weekend and, for those of us not lucky enough to live in Cali, quarrygirl has a massive roundup of her favorite products, including tweets from Chicago Soydairy (like peeps, but vegan!); mozzarella sticks made with Teese cheese (also vegan!); the new pepperjack-flavored Daiya cheese; and some soy pepperoni crumbles from el burrito – to name just a few. Cue: tummy rumbles.

Brought to you from the folks behind Vegan Backpacker, Vegan Cuts is a cool new service that delivers deals on coupons on vegan products and services to your inbox weekly. Convenient, right? So what are you waiting for? Sign up here!

Finally, I’d hoped to have a list of resources available to those who’d like to donate to relief efforts in Japan; unfortunately, I haven’t yet found the time to research and compile a list. Instead, check out this guide to giving from charity watchdog Charity Navigator – and please think twice about giving to the American Red Cross, which has a history of misusing emergency funds, conducts vivisection, and discriminates against GLBTQ folks. Food for Life Global is a personal favorite, but it’s not yet clear whether they’re providing relief to the quake and tsunami survivors in Japan.

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!