Find-a-Friend Friday: Mags

April 29th, 2011 10:54 am by Kelly


Mags! Don’t let the blurry photo fool you; Mags is a beautiful older lady with long,
golden blond fur and a face that will split your heart in two.
Photo courtesy of Love A Golden Rescue.

Having just finished Mockingjay – the third and final book in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series – the other day, I thought it might be fun to choose this week’s Friend in need not by species, age, disposition, or health status, but rather by name, using my favorite characters as a guide. Katniss, Peeta and Gale are all obvious choices; and, while there are several adoptable cats named after Katniss and quite a few hits for Gale (but absolutely zero for Peeta, boo!hiss!boo!), I decided to go in a different, less expected direction. Namely Finnick, whose story line was for me one of the most compelling in the series. (Don’t worry, this post is spoiler-free!) Alas, the lone Finnick on Petfinder – a mastiff mix from Maryland – has already been adopted. (That’s a good thing, y’all!) And so I arrived at Mags, Finnick’s fellow tribute from District 4.

Though she says little during her brief appearance in Catching Fire, Mags captured my heart. Like Katniss, she volunteered to take a loved one’s place in the Games, almost certainly sacrificing her own life in the process. She’s a sweet woman, elderly and frail but still capable, both physically and mentally. Mags is one of the first people Katniss chooses as an ally, and Katniss’ trust in her is not misplaced.

Much like District 4 Mags, St. Louis Mags is an older lady whose loyalty, heart and wisdom match her years. This golden retriever girl may be long and gray in the snout, but she still has a lot of life left – and she’d very much like to share it with you!


Golden Retriever: An adoptable dog in Saint Louis, MO
Large • Senior • Female

Mags is a wonderful ten-year-old lady. She loves her foster sisters, foster parents and even Stella, her foster cat friend. Mags is very well-behaved and wants to be at the center of household activities. She will let you know when she needs to go outside and thoroughly enjoys taking a leisurely stroll. If you are outside gardening, she will be content to follow you and take a nap in the sun! Whoever is lucky enough to be selected to be her forever home will thoroughly enjoy this sweetheart!

More about Mags
Pet ID: 11 015 • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Primary color: Golden • Coat length: Medium

To find out more about Mags, please get in touch with the St. Louis-based rescue group Love A Golden Rescue today. Mags needs an ally and friend now more than ever; perhaps you are it?

Find-a-Friend Friday: 395 Rescued Hens @ Animal Place!

April 22nd, 2011 1:02 pm by Kelly


356 hens from an egg farm rescued by Animal Place’s Rescue Ranch being unloaded.
CC images via Animal Place farm manager Marji Beach on Flickr.
(Please note that all of the photos featured in this post come from an earlier rescue.
These hens are not the same ones who are currently available for adoption!)

Founded in 1989, Animal Place is a farmed animal rescue group located in California. The group operates a 600-acre sanctuary in Grass Valley (tours are available! or will be soon, anyhow!), as well as a 60-acre adoption center in nearby Vacaville. The Vacaville facility includes both a “Rescue Ranch” – where newly rescued farmed animals receive medical treatment and are prepared for adoption – and a “Dog Rescue” program, which provides temporary housing for canines who are headed to their forever homes.

The Rescue Ranch program is unique in that it offers farmers a chance to retire unwanted farmed animals, rather than sell them for slaughter:


Rescue Ranch places a special emphasis on the placement and adoption of chickens from the egg-laying industry. We work with farmers in coordinating the removal and placement of spent hens prior to their depopulation or slaughter-date. All farm information is confidential.

There are few programs aimed at placing needy, adoptable farmed animals into permanent homes. Animal Place is filling that niche with Rescue Ranch. […]

Animal Place’s Rescue Ranch is unique in that we work directly with farmers to provide an alternative to slaughter for a small percentage of hens in the egg laying industry. There are more than 15 million hens raised for eggs in California. Most will never find true sanctuary. The farms we work with range from small, pasture-based operations to larger facilities.

Animal Place is honest – we are a vegan organization promoting compassion to all life. We may never see eye to eye with farmers on some issues, but we hope to find common ground in order to save as many lives as possible. Toward that end, we keep all information about cooperating farmers private, and they reciprocate by not using Rescue Ranch as a tool to promote the consumption of their eggs. We do not bring cameras or recording equipment into the farm and both parties sign confidentiality agreements. Again, Rescue Ranch’s goal is save as many lives as possible without compromising the integrity of our organization.


Recently, Animal Place provided refuge to 395 such animals – all of them “spent” “laying” hens who, unlike so many of their sisters, were lucky enough to find their way to a sanctuary instead of a slaughterhouse.


Find-a-Friend Friday: Lily

April 15th, 2011 3:37 pm by Kelly


Lily the fluffy white rabbit gazes past the camera, seemingly entreating the cameraperson for a bowl of freshly picked veggies. You can come over and sneak carrots from my crisper any time, Lily!
Images courtesy of the Missouri House Rabbit Society, Kansas City chapter.

OMD Lily, what a gorgeous girl! Such long, fluffy white fur, with just a hint of pink skin showing through. And the veins in her ears – they almost look like ginormous pink leaves of lettuce! Super-adorable, all around. And it’s your lucky day, ’cause the lady would love to come home with you!



Lionhead: An adoptable rabbit in Greenwood, MO
Small • Adult • Female

Lily is a beautiful white lady with an energetic spirit! She just loves digging in boxes, rearranging her pen area, and running around to share her joy with everyone in the room! She also has a sweet, snuggly side and will love cuddling up beside you for some nose and cheek nuzzles. Lily was found running outside and rescued by a good Samaritan. She is a friendly and outgoing girl, but still a little nervous about being picked up and handled too much. She has lived in a foster home with cats and very much enjoys their company as well. Please consider giving this lovely lady a forever home with you!

Lily is staying with the KC chapter of the MO House Rabbit Society, so give ’em a holler if you’re interested in maybe adopting her – or any of their other bunny charges, for that matter. Rabbits don’t seem to be adopted quickly, or at least not around these parts, which is is shame. So sweet and cuddly!

Happy Friday folks, and don’t forget: rabbits are for hugging, not eating! Ditto: dogs, pigs, cows and mice!

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: 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!