Find-a-Friend Friday: 45 21 Baby Chicks!

May 25th, 2012 11:00 am by Kelly


Baby chickens!
Photos courtesy of Animal Kingdom Rescue.


Animal Kingdom Rescue in Trenton, Missouri recently took in 45 Leghorn chickens. These sweet little babies were saved from certain death after they’d outlived their usefulness in a local college class. Now they’re all need in of homes! Adopt two or four or twelve, won’t you? Chickens make wonderful friends!


45 baby chicks
Chicken: An adoptable barnyard bird in Trenton, MO
Medium • Baby • Male

These 45 little Leghorn chicks were rescued from euthanasia after a college class. Half of them were hatched on 4-13-12 and the other half hatched on 4-20-12. There is a mix of hens and roosters. It will most likely be required for each adopter that wishes to adopt hens to adopt at least one rooster. There is a 5.00 adoption fee per chick. All potential adopters will be asked to fill out an adoption application and supply pictures of where the chicks will be housed. E-mail to request a application and include a short summary of your purpose in adopting chickens and a description of the housing you have. Note: The picture was taken on 4-22-12, so the chicks have grown since the picture was taken.

More about 45 baby chicks
Pet ID: chicks • Primary color: White


Find-a-Friend Friday: Rambo

May 18th, 2012 11:00 am by Kelly


Photos courtesy of Hard Luck Hounds.


After spending much of last night updated old posts on my personal blog – and lingering a little longer on those tagged “my furkids,” including those published in honor of Petfinder’s Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Day – I couldn’t help but feature a special needs animal today. Don’t let Rambo’s tough guy name fool you; due to a painful (and avoidable) medical condition, he’s endured more suffering than any living creature ought to – and, while the nice folks at Hard Luck Hounds have healed him, Rambo needs your help to stay healthy. Keep reading, kind-hearted people. Have I got the dog for you.




Bull Terrier: An adoptable dog in Grandview, MO
Large • Adult • Male

Rambo is an adult male Bull Terrier. He came into our rescue after he was relinquished to a shelter for chronic medical issues. His primary problem when relinquished was severe skin disease caused by demodex mange mites. What is often a manageable (non-contagious) skin problem had reduced this beautiful dog into a quiet, reclusive, painful existence. We took Rambo in and didn’t really know what we would end up with on the other side. We began a rigorous protocol of medications and bathing to heal his chronically infected skin. One of his pictures shows the “before” and is truly heartbreaking. We slowly began to see progress and his skin condition is now very well controlled. As he began to feel better we started to see the personality emerge of an active, happy and wonderfully “bull-headed” dog! He is always in a great mood and very friendly and playful. He is quite the comedian and really loves to play.

In the process of trying to figure out why he had the skin problem we discovered a loud heart murmur. He has been seen by a cardiologist and diagnosed with sub aortic stenosis. He will most likely lead a very normal life and has been started on an inexpensive beta-blocker to help keep his heart rate an an appropriate number. He is thriving despite the diagnosis and although SAS can be unpredictable it is not a death sentence for Rambo. This diagnosis was the missing puzzle piece as to why his immune system was overcome by the demodex.

Due to the length of time it has taken us to resolve his skin problem Rambo has been with us for several months. He is dreaming of a home and backyard – and a family to call his own. Long term boarding does not bring out the best aspects of a dogs personality and boredom is a constant challenge. He is happy and well-adjusted but doesn’t have an adequate outlet for his energy level. Rambo isn’t allowed to play with small dogs or cats although he has never shown signs of dog aggression. He has not been neutered yet although will be done before adoption. He has one abdominal testicle and we were waiting for the ECHO results to proceed. After castration and after he is in an environment with consistent interaction and exercise we know he will make someone a wonderful companion. He is so eager for attention and will easily bond to his new family. We do not have any direct experience about how he would interact with small children. He will do best with an experienced dog owner who is willing and able to begin basic obedience classes and provide him with regular vigorous exercise. Rambo will need a bit of ongoing attention for his skin although we don’t expect it ever to be a major problem for him again. Regular bathing and close monitoring should keep his skin quiet and comfortable. The heart medications will need to be continued and the cardiologist has recommended annual follow up. Rambo’s new owner should be willing to maintain a relationship with their veterinarian so he can be monitored for change or progression.

We would love to provide you with more information about Rambo and would love for you to meet him. He is truly a wonderful dog that has been given a second chance, now the final step will be a forever home equipped to help him with the challenges he has overcome. His ideal family will see the dog he can become when saturated with TLC and exhausted after playing! He will need structure and training but his new owner will see immediate rewards for their effort. If you are interested in Rambo, please email us at You can access an application for adoption at under the Hard Luck Hounds tab. Prior to adoption all Hard Luck Hounds dogs are:

Spayed or neutered
Heartworm tested
Treated for intestinal parasites

Adopting your new best friend is always better than shopping for one! If you have any questions please feel free to email us at

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


Our Kaylee has a heart murmur – diagnosed three+ years ago now – and, while it is a constant source of worry for her humans, she’s as shiny as always; several inexpensive medications have kept the condition in check. So don’t let Rambo’s cardiac issue scare you away, nor his skin problems. Everyone is a little worse for wear some time, am I right?

Find-a-Friend Friday: Zoey

May 4th, 2012 11:30 am by Kelly


Photos courtesy of Beagles and More Rescue.


Poor Zoey! This beautiful bulldog lady was found roaming the streets of Kansas City. In rough shape, she was starving and apparently abused. But the nice peeps at Beagles and More Rescue fixed her up with plenty of TLC and now she’s ready to move on to her forever home. She’s two years young, so that’s quite a commitment. Lucky you!



American Bulldog: An adoptable dog in Overland Park, KS
Large • Adult • Female

This is ZOEY! She was a stray in KCK and a friend/foster of ours, found her emaciated and in very sad shape.

We now have her fully vetted.

She is HW neg. All shots, spayed yesterday.

Zoey was found very thin at 80 lbs. and should weigh about 90-95 lbs. She is GREAT with Becca’s small kids. She would be a GREAT only dog or one properly introduced to a big dog like herself. She is a wonderfully sweet girl, kennel trained, loving the fact she finally has someone who doesn’t kick and beat her!

She is only about 1.5-2 years old.

If you would like to adopt Zoey, fill out an application at or email

More about Zoey
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • Primary colors: White or Cream, Brown or Chocolate • Coat length: Short


What are you waiting for? Fill out an adoption application today!

Find-a-Friend Friday: Kiki and Sunny

April 27th, 2012 11:26 am by Kelly



Kiki (top) and Sunny (bottom), a pair of feline friends in need of a home.
Photos courtesy of Helping Hand Cat Rescue and Adoption.


Seven-year-old Kiki and her 17-year-old big sis Sunny are two shy kittens who have found themselves homeless in their adult and senior years. They desperately need a new home into which they can retire – together. If you’re the sort of special person who’d like to make that happen: firstly, I love you, and so does Dog. Secondly, these lovely ladies are staying with Helping Hand Cat Rescue and Adoption in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, and you should give ’em a call right away. Kiki and Sunny are eager to meet you, yo!


Kiki and Sunny
Domestic Short Hair Mix: An adoptable cat in Excelsior Springs, MO
Medium • Adult • Female

Kiki is the brown marbled tabby and Sunny is the white cat with black and tan spots. Kiki’s b.d. is 03/28/05 and Sunny’s b.d. is 09/14/94. They both came from the same home and I would prefer they be adopted together. I will do a two-fer on them to keep them together. Both cats are timid and will need a quiet place to reside. Both of them will hide if there’s too much commotion in the area. Sunny, right now is for the most part eating strictly canned food. As you can see, she is 17 years old. She does have a touch of arthritis. When she walks, she minces on her toes. She will need a little extra TLC to make her comfortable in her golden years. Kiki is especially timid. She is a very friendly cat, though and purrs up a storm when you pick her up and cuddle her. Please consider these two together and give them a loving home! My contact number is 816-810-4163.

More about Kiki and Sunny
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Prefers a home without: cats, dogs, young children • Special Needs • Primary colors: Tabby – Brown or Chocolate, White • Coat length: Short


Find-a-Friend Friday: Sadie

April 20th, 2012 11:06 am by Kelly


Sadie the American Staffordshire Terrier/German Shepherd mix.
Photos courtesy of the City of Smithville Animal Shelter.


Sweet Sadie of Smithville needs a home where she can mature and grow old. She has big, beautiful eyes; a long, baleful face; and the prettiest brindle coat you ever did see. Also: silly little frog legs (see the pic below), and all the love in the world, to share with a special human like you. (You’re special, right?) Consider yourself lucky should she choose you!



American Staffordshire Terrier/German Shepherd Dog Mix: An adoptable dog in Smithville, MO
Medium • Adult • Female

Sadie is about 6-7 years old and is well behaved. Sadie does not like small children or babies but likes adults and teens. Sadie is house trained and gets along with other dogs. Sadie is on medication for a skin condition and is getting better. Sadie loves attention and is very sweet.

More about Sadie
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Prefers a home without: young children • Primary colors: Brindle, White or Cream • Coat length: Short


If you’d like to meet Sadie, get in touch with the Smithville Animal Shelter today: 816-532-0577!