Find-a-Friend Friday: Mia

October 1st, 2010 11:06 am by Kelly


Mia, a gorgeous gray and white tabby with piercing green eyes, gives the camera a skeptical look of non-amusement. This girl? Has i can has cheezburger? written all over her.
Photo courtesy M’Shoogy’s Emergency Animal Rescue.

Meet Mia, this week’s friend in need. Mia hails from M’Shoogy’s Emergency Animal Rescue. Located in Savannah, MO, M’Shoogy’s is just a short one hour drive north of Kansas City proper. Don’t let the drive – or Mia’s FeLV+ status – scare you off. Like all nonhumans, I’m 110% sure that she’s worth it!

Tabby – Grey: An adoptable cat in Savannah, MO
Small • Young • Female

Hello, I’m Mia. I am a gorgeous tabby and white kitty who if as soft and snuggly as the cat bed I’m lounging in. Life hasn’t been so easy for me though. I was recently abandoned on the front steps of Angel’s Vet Express in a box with several other cats. It was raining that night, the tape came off of the box and out I went. It didn’t take me long to realize how scary it was out in the big world, so I let the wonderful staff catch me and in return they promised me a life of luxury on the inside. If that wasn’t enough, I also am feline leukemia positive. I will need to be an inside cat either by myself or with other positive cats. Feline leukemia isn’t an automatic death sentence. I am young and healthy. I can live a long happy life just like any other cat. All I need is a loving home. Surely I’ve earned that haven’t I?

I’ve written about feline leukemia on the Kansas City Freecycle blog previously (for example, when featuring cats with the disease). While FeLV is not curable, it is treatable, and FeLV+ cats can live long and enjoyable lives. However, to prevent the transmission of FeLV, it’s best not to house FeLV+ cats with those who do not have the virus. For more information, check out this feature on Feline Leukemia from Best Friends Magazine. And dog (cat?) bless you for considering a special needs animal!

Find-a-Friend Friday: Beetle

September 24th, 2010 12:20 pm by Kelly

Some readers of this here blog may know me from elsewhere on the interwebs, including the now-defunct Kansas City Freecycle group. As its resident blogger, for several years I wrote a weekly column wherein I highlighted one (or two or three or even four or more!) nonhuman animal – furred mostly, but feathered and scaled, too! – in search of her forever home in the Kansas City area. (You can view an archive of all 116 posts here.)

Well, after a brief hiatus, I’m happy to resume KCF’s Featured Adoptable Wednesday right here in this very space. Welcome to the first – of many – Find-a-Friend Fridays!


His long pink tongue flapping in the breeze, a happy lil’ Beetle smiles for the camera.
Photos courtesy Halfway Home Pet Adoptions.

Meet Beetle, our first friend in need. An adult pit bull terrier, Beetle is currently staying with Halfway Home Pet Adoptions in Kansas City, Missouri (behind the stadiums in Raytown, to be exact). As one of Halfway Home’s longest residents, his situation is urgent. Halfway Home, which serves as KCMO’s municipal animal shelter, is not a no-kill facility, nor can it turn away dogs and cats whose owners wish to relinquish them. Thus, Halfway Home will “euthanize” animals due to space constraints. The shelter’s veteran residents, of course, are usually the first to go. This includes poor Beetle (as well as fellow pit bulls Charmin, Godiva, Wilson, Annabelle, and Mimi, to name but a few).

Here’s what Halfway Home has to say about Beetle:

Beetle – URGENT!


With his shiny coat of black, white and brown brindle fur, Beetle is one handsome guy.
Photos courtesy Halfway Home Pet Adoptions.

This dog is running out of time at our shelter. Do not wait. Rescue or adopt today!

Meet Beetle! He is super cute and always ready to please. From what we can tell, he seems to be okay with other dogs, but because of his breed, he cannot live in a home with other males. We are strongly suggesting that any current canines meet Beetle before you decide to adopt him. We haven’t introduced Beetle to cats yet. We can check when you come to visit to see if he like the kitties or not. Visit Mr. Beetle today before you miss your chance!

and, of its adoption policies and shelter hours:

Many of the animals at the shelter are euthanized, adopted or transferred to rescue groups before we have time to update their listing. If you are interesting in adopting a new companion, please visit our facility. We have about 100 dogs on any given day, hoping for a chance to find love. Due to time constraints, only about half of the animals at the shelter are featured in Pet Finder.

We don’t know the background of many of the dogs that come to the shelter. We can only “guesstimate” the breed and age of those dogs. Size is also subjective according to individuals. Here’s a chart on how we base our assessments:

Puppy: under 6 months old – Young: 6 to 12 months old. – Young adult: 12 months to 3 years old. Adult: 3 to 10 years old. Senior: 10 years

Small: Under 25 Lbs – Medium: 25 lbs to 60 lbs – Large: 60 lbs to 100 lbs – Xtra Large: 100 lbs


Monday – noon to 4pm
Tuesday – noon to 6pm
Wednesday – noon to 4pm
Thursday – noon to 6pm
Friday – noon to 4pm
Saturday – noon to 4pm
Sunday – 1pm to 4pm

We are closed on holidays

4400 Raytown Road Kansas City, MO 64129
Phone: 816-921-0201

Clicking on any of the three über-adorable pictures of Beetle will take you to his Petfinder listing. *nudgenudge*winkwink*


Guess what? Wiggle butt!
Photos courtesy Halfway Home Pet Adoptions.


Find-a-Friend Friday: Jonathon

July 16th, 2010 10:49 pm by Kelly


Jonathon, a fluffy, maybe-a-little-chubby-but-who-can-tell-what-with-all-that-fur, black and white cat rests his sleepyhead on the wheels of an office chair as he dozes off into dreamland. Photos courtesy Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter.

Jonathon, what a cutie! Do I love this little guy because he looks delightfully ornery, to wit:


Hell to the yes! Just look at that crankyface! Adorable.

But judging from his backstory, Jonathon has plenty of reasons to be grumpy. An ex-feral cat who is FIV+ and has diabetes (um, maybe?), Jonathon needs a compassionate family who can understand and accommodate his special medical and behavioral needs.

His foster peeps at Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter explain:

Meet Jonathon: This big boys story began one cold winters day when we did some trapping. We were trapping some kittens and also trapped him. We thought we would just TNR but when he went for surgery he was very beat up and needed medical attention. He was very WILD and also tested positive for FIV!!!!! We had to put his medicine in his food. With time Jonathon tamed down and he is now a good boy that you just have to understand not to push him over his limit but otherwise he loves to play and you can now pick him up and we would never think of releasing him now. He is enjoying the good indoor life with plenty of food and toys and people who love him. Jonathon just needs a real cat person to adopt him and let him rule the roost!

02-2009 We found out Jonathon is diabetic. He is in a foster home now and doing great. He will either stay at his foster home forever or until someone who knows about diabetic cats is wanting to adopt him.

04-2009 Jonathon’s diabetes went away but came back a month later. Jonathon is a calm, laid back guy who is just as cute and funny as can be! He gets along well with the other kitties in his foster home and enjoys looking outside. He is playful and quite a character! He likes to “headbutt” his humans and his kitty friends. Contact FOPAS to meet this sweet boy today!

If you’re that totally rad adoptive family that Jonathon has been waiting for, hop on over to the Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter’s Petfinder page for contact info and details.

And don’t let Jonathon’s FIV+ diagnosis scare you off, mkay?


Jonathon chillaxes with a feline tortoise shell playmate.
Photos courtesy Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter.