Find-a-Friend Friday: Jakers

January 7th, 2011 12:26 pm by Kelly


Jakers, a gorgeous white goat with a white and tan “beard,” gazes off into the distance.
Photo courtesy Autumn Winds Animal Rescue & Sanctuary.

Jakers is a guy after my own heart. As is plainly obvious in the photo above, Jakers is a goat.


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One of the many goats I met during a recent trip to Cracker Box Palace in Alton, NY.

So curious and playful, goats are. I can’t wait to adopt a few myself. All in good time…

Anyhow, Jakers is currently staying with a newish animal rescue group in Dixon, MO. Just a short (!) three and a half hour drive from Kansas City, Dixon is located about 60 miles south of Jefferson City. But hey, seven hours round-trip is a small sacrifice to make when we’re talking furry friends, am I right folks?

Jakers’ Petfinder listing is rather sparse on the details:

Goat: An adoptable goat in Dixon, MO
Medium • Adult • Male

Jakers is an easygoing guy once he gets to know you. He enjoys belly rubs and getting pets.

More about Jakers
Primary color: White

…but I’m sure his rescue people will talk your ear off about Jakers and his crazy antics, should you give them a ring. (Pssst! The number is 573-759-3400.) C’mon, he’s a goat! Goats are awesome!

Part of the reason I chose Jakers as this week’s Friend in need is because I also wanted to highlight Autumn Winds Animal Rescue & Sanctuary. Before this week, I’d never heard of the place. Judging from its website, the group looks to be somewhat new, having expanded its original mission of wildlife rescue and rehab to include companion and farmed animals as well:

About Us

We started out helping injured & orphaned wildlife, as Autumn Winds Wildlife Rehab, a non profit tax exempt organization based near Dixon, MO.

But we knew that there were other animals that needed our help as well. So, we decided to become Autumn Winds Animal Rescue & Sanctuary to become available to all animals.

We have gotten some of the paperwork back and are now up and running while waiting for the rest of it to come in.

Because we have a very small area set up right now to work with, we can only help dog and cats that are in the shelters right now and a few other animals, besides the wildlife.

In the future we hope to make larger areas for holding the animals until they can be adopted out, then we can help individual people’s animals as well as continuing to help the shelter animals.

Our Mission

As a no kill shelter and sanctuary, our mission is to rescue and offer care and rehabilitation for neglected, abandoned or unwanted companion and exotic animals.

Through proper medical care, socialization and love, many of these animals will find a loving home through our adoption program.

We still rescue and rehabilitate ill, injured and orphaned wildlife. Providing care and medical treatment until they are ready to be released back ito the wilderness.

Some animals, due to medical or behavioral problems, cannot be placed and will live out their lives here at the sanctuary.

Our mission also includes educating the public about the importance of spaying and neutering and the humane treatment of the animals around them.

Given that there are so few nontraditional animal rescue organizations and sanctuaries in the Midwest – particularly those dedicated to the rescue, care and placement of farmed animal species – the possibility of a new group has me giddy. The only established sanctuary I know of around these parts is HSMO’s Long Meadow Rescue Ranch (located just outside of St. Louis); there are also a few smaller groups, the names of which escape me (and the googles) at the moment. On occasion, groups dedicated to companion animal rescue may take in the rare pig, horse or donkey – but more farmed animal rescue groups are most definitely needed, especially in the so-called “Steak Capital of the World.”

If you’d like to get involved, go to to learn more about the group and how you can help.

They also have a number of dogs, cats, birds and goats available for adoption!

Saturday Garbage Plate: Less talk, more eat.

December 11th, 2010 6:05 pm by Kelly

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My own homemade, vegan pumpkin spice ice cream.

Christmas Manger Vegan Silent Night
A lovely video which explores the role of nonhuman animals in the events
of the upcoming “holy night.”

Saturday Garbage Plate: Thanksgiving ed.

November 27th, 2010 6:33 pm by Kelly

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Ghosts of Thanksgivings past. Shane holds onto a plate of our Thanksgiving feast circa 2007. The NOMs include: a Roast Tofurky baked with Caramelized Onion and Cherry Relish; roasted potatoes and carrots; stuffing; tater tots; gravy; rolls; and, for dessert, apple pie topped with vanilla So Delicious ice cream. Yum!

Only four weeks ’til X-Mas, folks! Cue: mass panic. I’m spending the weekend decorating in anticipation for next week’s holiday card photo shoot, so sorry, not a whole lot of time to chat. Let’s get to those links, mkay? Most of these involve Thanksgiving menu suggestions, which can easily be adapted for upcoming winter holiday festivities.

Farm Sanctuary’s Celebration FOR the Turkeys, 2006/2007.

Find-a-Friend Friday: Simon

November 5th, 2010 10:33 am by Kelly


Simon is a small, furry, black and white pig(let) with a large, round pink nose. Look up the word “adorable” in a dictionary, and there Simon will be, smiling right back at you!
Photos courtesy Animal Rescue League of Iowa.

We’re mixing things up this week with a potbellied pig Friend instead of the usual dog or cat! I enjoy featuring less traditional “pet” animals – particularly farmed animals such as cows, pigs and chickens – but rarely have the chance; animals belonging to these species are more likely to be killed and eaten than adopted and loved, especially here in the midwest, and thus there are very few “food” animals available for adoption ’round these parts. (Holy run-on sentence, Catwoman!)

All of which is precisely why dear Simon lives not in Kansas or Missouri, but Iowa. Still, it’s a short distance to drive in exchange for all this cuteness!

Pot Bellied: An adoptable pig in Des Moines, IA
Medium • Young • Male


Simon is a fun, friendly 6-month-old pig who loves attention and playtime. He is potty trained and responds to come, stay and stand. He needs a home with no children under 7 and no large dogs. Adopters MUST be experienced with potbellied pigs — no exceptions.

Simon will be a smaller pig, so he will need to either be an indoor pig or have a heated enclosure available to him.

Simon will remain in his foster home until he is adopted. If you are interested in learning more about him or setting up an appointment to meet him, contact Laura at (515) 473-9105 or at medical [at]

As always, thank you for adopting!

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:


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

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.


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

Happy Walking!