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Find-a-Friend Friday: Willy

October 7th, 2011 3:16 pm by Kelly


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(Two-eyed) Willy!
Photos courtesy of Blue Skye Adoptions, LLC.

 

OMFG Willy, what a cutie! When I first saw his photo in thumbnail form, I thought for sure it was one of those admonishing PSA listings featuring a porcelain cat or stuffed animal or something. (Which I adore, don’t get me wrong; I say “admonishing” in the nicest way possible, cause sometimes a little scolding is necessary!) But no! Willy is a cat, a real, flesh and fur cat! With the finest silver fur and most gorgeous green eyes you’ll ever see. All kinds of adorable!

 

Willy
Tabby: An adoptable cat in Olathe, KS
Medium • Baby • Male

 

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Please contact Vicky (Kittycityks@aol.com) for more information about this pet.

You can download an appliction to get pre-approved by going to our website at www.kittycityks.com Click on the ‘contact us’ link. Kitty City Kansas Rescue is an all volunteer non profit organization.
We update our website daily.

Willy is an exceptionally sweet little boy. He loves to be held and gives lots of kisses; he is a serious lap cat!! His estimated birthday is August 1st. He has a little bit of a ‘tic’ which is neurological, but you can barely notice it and he certainly doesn’t seem to. He is neutered and ready for his purrmanent home. His adoption fee is $85.00 with an approved application. He does great with dogs and other cats.

You can visit our adoptable cats and kittens on Saturdays from noon-five at our adoption Center located at Mariposa Veterinary Center. Mariposa Vet Clinic is located at 13900 Santa Fe Trail Drive in Lenexa. Not every animal attends every adoption so always call or e-mail ahead to confirm that a particular animal will be present. All of our cats and kittens stay in licensed foster homes during the week (except for Saturday). For more information e-mail KittyCityKS@aol.com or call 913-422-1911.

More about Willy
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Primary color: Tabby – Gray, Blue or Silver • Coat length: Short

 

Since this attractive little youngster breaks with my tradition of mostly featuring older and “special needs” animals in this here space, I’ll also point you to Blue Skye Adoptions’s other residents – 53 in total – many of whom are older felines. Kittens may be tempting, what with their new life smell and all, but older cats have got it goin’ on, too! Sure, Willy here is the dictionary definition of cuteness – but I doubt he has the more refined manners of, say, a Princess or a Millie. Just think about it, mkay?

And whatever age, breed or species you choose: THANK YOU FOR ADOPTING!

Find-a-Friend Friday: Smudge and Poppy

September 30th, 2011 11:17 am by Kelly


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Smudge and Poppy the rabbits!
Photo courtesy of Missouri House Rabbit Society – Kansas City.

People! Did you know that, at any given time, there are dozens of rabbits available for adoption in the KC area? It’s true! While dogs and cats may represent the majority of nonhuman animals awaiting adoption in shelters and rescue programs, “pocket pets” (not to mention farmed animals) need love too! If you’re looking to adopt a rabbit, the best places to start are LJ’s Briar Patch and the Missouri House Rabbit Society – but rabbits can turn up most anywhere. The Lawrence Humane Society frequently features smaller animals, like rabbits and rats, and currently there’s even one rabbit in the Kansas City Animal Shelter (say hi, Bullseye!). That’s no place for a bunny now, is it?

Smudge and Poppy are just two of the many rabbits searching for their forever homes on Petfinder:

Smudge and Poppy
Hotot Mix: An adoptable rabbit in Greenwood, MO
Small • Adult • Male

Smudge and Poppy Smudge is a sweet and soft little hopper. As you can see he is very cute as well. He is ready to go home to a loving family who will take care of him. Smudge was just bonded with a beautiful chocolate Dutch bunny named Poppy. They are a very happy couple. If you would like to meet Smudge and his mate Poppy, contact us at hrsmissouri@aol.com.

More about Smudge and Poppy
Spayed/Neutered • Prefers a home without: young children

By adopting, you not only give a discarded rabbit a second chance at life, but you also free up a spot so that another rabbit can be brought into the foster home or shelter. If you’re thinking about welcoming a rabbit into your home, why not give these guys a look?

Find-a-Friend Friday: Ollie and Others Like Her

September 23rd, 2011 10:56 am by Kelly


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Did you know that this week is Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable Pet Week? From September 17th through the 25th (and beyond!), Petfinder is encouraging prospective animal guardians to consider adopting dogs, cats and rats who are deemed “less adoptable” due to their age, disability, physical or behavioral issues, breed, or other special needs, such as being one half of a bonded pair. In the United States alone, between three and four million dogs and cats are sentenced to death each and every year, for no reason other than lack of a home. This number represents roughly half of all canines and felines who are surrendered to shelters and rescue groups. Given these already abysmal odds, so many “less adoptable” animals who find themselves homeless are doomed from the start.

Many of my own best friends would be considered “less adoptable”: Ralphie, who is turning fourteen next month and lost one eye last year due to a melanoma; Peedee, who at nine still in many ways resembles the same anxious, barky pup we welcomed into our home all those years ago; Kaylee and Jayne, a pair of friends who still bear the emotional scars of their previous neglectful existence; and recent additions Mags and Finnick, the (supposedly) elderly rat terriers who were (allegedly) so aggressive that they nearly weren’t released for adoption. Some of these lovely creatures came into our lives as youngsters and slowly grew “less adoptable” over time – time spent with us, time I wouldn’t trade for the world – while others were already devalued when they made their way into our homes and hearts. Point being, we all age; we all change; we all grow. All of us, young and old, nonhuman or human, develop our own “special needs” and quirks over a lifetime. A puppy doesn’t stay shiny and new forever – and he shouldn’t be punished for this lack of stasis. “Less adoptable” animals need love too.

 

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Ollie the beagle!
Photos courtesy of Beagles and More Rescue.


 

“Less adoptable” animals like dear Ollie here. A senior beagle, at fourteen years of age Ollie suddenly found herself in a high kill shelter in southern Missouri. Luckily, the good folks at Beagles and More Rescue stepped in and saved her from near-certain death. Now she needs a home to retire to, a family to show her love and care in her golden years. A forever home…or at least a fairy foster parent. Doesn’t she deserve that much, at least?

 

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Ollie
Beagle: An adoptable dog in Overland Park, KS
Small • Senior • Female

***NEEDS A FOSTER HOME***

Urgent! Ollie needs a new place now. Ollie is a senior beagle mix girl that is approx. 14 yrs old. She somehow ended up in a high kill shelter in Southern MO. We couldn’t let her end her long life that way. She is considered a special needs dog because has some incontinence issues and yet does pretty good with a doggie door once she figures it out. She is pretty much deaf and gets a little disoriented during the evening sometimes but still has her sight. The doctors think she still has 2-3 years left and just needs a quiet place to live them out. Once she gets used to other dogs and becomes part of the pack then she does good with them and claims them as hers.

If you would like to help old Ollie live out her life in style please email us at Beaglesandmore@yahoo.com or call Gary at 816-529-2174.

If you can help out by fostering or would like to adopt, please go to www.beaglesandmore.net for an application.

More about Ollie
Pet ID: (Needs Foster Home) • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • Primary color: Tricolor (Brown, Black & White) • Coat length: Short

Trust me when I say that intentionally seeking out and adopting a “less adoptable” animal can be an incredible rewarding experience – for both the rescuer as well as the rescued. If you think you’re ready to care for a “special needs” animal, please consider adopting Ollie or someone like her.

Her life depends on it.

Find-a-Friend Friday: Pete

September 16th, 2011 11:24 am by Kelly


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Pete is a Domestic Long Hair/Tabby Mix with fluffy, gray fur.
Photo courtesy of Protective Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) .


 
It’s been a few weeks since we’ve featured any cats in this here space, so let’s remedy that straight away, mkay? The Protective Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is currently home to dozens of lovely cats, young and old, including several groups of kittens. (Kittens! Kittens! Kittens!) Like many of PAWS’s animals, little Pete here came to the shelter as a stray, where he was nursed back to health and is now ready to find his forever home. Maybe that’s with you?

Pete
Domestic Long Hair/Tabby Mix: An adoptable cat in Kansas City, MO
Medium • Adult • Male

Pete 1-2 year old silver tabby short hair. Pete was found on a brutal night last winter, almost too weak to survive. He was taken in by a caring loving lady. He has been nurtured back to health and has one of the most adorable personalities that you will ever see in a cat. Everybody loves Pete even the bratty cats. You just can’t help it!

For more information, please contact Mina at mherron@entrekc.com or 816-616-7725.

More about Pete
Coat length: Long

Located inside of A Dog’s Fun Playce located just north of 79th Street on Wornall Road in Kansas City, Missouri, all animals adopted from PAWS come with 6 months of free day care at A Dog’s Fun Playce – a $2,700.00 value! How cool is that?

Find-a-Friend Friday: Ronnie, Rex, Felicia – and many more!

September 9th, 2011 2:17 pm by Kelly


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Mags and Finnick soak up some sun – and love!
(In the background is Kaylee, Mags’ long-lost mom.
For reals, look at those faces! Spitting image, I say!)

 

This week’s edition is a special one, dedicated to the dogs (and cats!) currently available for adoption at the St. Joseph Animal Shelter – some of whom we had the pleasure of meeting last Saturday. (Or rather displeasure, given the sad circumstances.)

While writing the Find-a-Friend Friday feature last week, I stumbled upon a listing for two senior rat terriers whose time was seemingly almost up at the St. Joe pound. Upon further inquiry, we discovered that the date given – 9/3 at 2PM, i.e., in just over 24 hours! – was actually the deadline for their owner to reclaim them (not their euth date as we’d feared), at which time they would become city property and would be evaluated for adoptability. Given that they were nipping at the staff and had already earned the labels “aggressive” and “probably not adoptable,” their chances still didn’t look good, so we decided to head on out there the next day to meet (and possibly foster or adopt) the dogs.

Long story short, we brought Mags and Finnick home with us on Wednesday, and the two are settling in quite nicely. Both are as friendly as can be; Mags has already proven herself a champion sunbather and lover of belly rubs (though we have to be careful to avoid her spay stitches), and Finnick is bright and eager to please, and quickly claimed own spot on the back of the living room couch. These lovely little guys – who are already more well-behaved than our other dogs – bring our pack up to seven dogs. Eight furkids in total, if you count the cat. (And they get on well with the cat, too! Total awesomeness, these two.) Crazy, I know. We just couldn’t leave them to die for lack of a home or “unadoptability.”

Unfortunately, there were many more dogs and cats who we couldn’t save. Among them: Ronnie, Rex and Felicia, all of whom were at the shelter when we visited last Saturday. If you can find it in your heart to adopt any of these beautiful souls, you’ll have my eternal gratitude. Dog’s and Ceiling Cat’s, too!

First up is Ronnie, an adorable wee little guy who was housed in a cage just a few stalls down from Mags and Finnick. He melted my heart in five seconds flat, so excited was he to receive a little human warmth and attention. A total wiggle butt, he’d make a great companion for … well, for anyone with the energy to match his own. Probably he’d love a (slightly) older brother or sister to tag along with and just generally worship, but that’s a guess on my part. But I can’t imagine this friendly pup not getting along with any but the grouchiest of canines.

 

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Ronnie the rat terrier pup!
Photos courtesy of St. Joseph Animal Control.

20265 RONNIE
Rat Terrier Mix: An adoptable dog in Saint Joseph, MO
Small • Young • Male

#20265 RONNIE is a darling, little Rat Terrier mix pup. He is between 5 and 6 months old and weighs 4 pounds so he will always be a little bitty boy. He is cute and friendly and his good-pet potential is off the charts. He came into the shelter as a stray. If nobody comes looking for him he will be available for adoption 9-9-2011. If you are over 60 this little fellow would be an excellent choice and the $50.00 senior discount will apply toward his neutering and adoption expenses.

More about 20265 RONNIE
Pet ID: 20265 • Primary colors: White or Cream, Black • Coat length: Short

 

Next is Rex, who was housed with another little dog in a cage directly opposite of Mags and Finnick’s. The poor little guy seemed terrified and miserable – not that I blame him! The pound is a scary place, yo! From what I could tell, he seemed to be a very laid-back, mellow fellow, in need of a lap – and couch! – to call his own. A concrete floor is no place for an animal, you know?

 

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Rex the Shih Tzu!

Rex
Shih Tzu: An adoptable dog in Saint Joseph, MO
Small • Adult • Male

Rex needs a bath and trim, and some TLC from a new owner, and he’ll be the best little lap-warmer around! He’s only 15 # as full-grown adult, easy to handle and a pretty little dog. He is available NOW, and remember our $50 discount for adopters over age 60, Come get acquainted with this great dog.

More about Rex
Primary colors: White or Cream, Black • Coat length: Long

 

Last but not least is Felicia, a gorgeous black Labrador Retriever mix who was surrendered to the pound while we were filling out our adoption paperwork. All kisses and nose bumps, this girl was! Friendly and full of energy, she was found as a stray and brought to the shelter after several weeks, after her “finder” was unable to locate her family. If no one comes forward to claim her, she’ll be available for adoption next week.

 

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Felicia the black lab mix!

20292 FELICIA
Black Labrador Retriever Mix: An adoptable dog in Saint Joseph, MO
Medium • Young • Female

#20292 FELICIA is a skinny, black Lab mix female with floppy ears and a long, narrow muzzle. She is a pretty dog who weighs about 40 pounds and is a year old. She came into the shelter as a stray. If her family doesn’t show up looking for her she will be available for adoption 9-12-2011. Remember that the $50.00 senior discount will apply toward her spaying and adoption expenses if you are over 60.

More about 20292 FELICIA
Pet ID: 20292 • Primary color: Black • Coat length: Short

 

Of course, the St. Joe animal shelter is also a temporary home to many cats in need; but since they have their own area, we only saw them through a window. But I’m sure they’re all too cute and precious to bear. So show them a little love too, mkay?

As always, if you can’t adopt, please help by spreading the word! In particular, Ronnie and Felicia’s people may be looking for them. If you know someone who has lost a dog in the St. Joseph, Missouri area, please send them to the Friends of the Animal Shelter of St. Joseph, Inc.’s website! Also: KC Pet Connect.

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