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Find-a-Friend Friday: Lady (is a rabbit!)

June 3rd, 2011 10:22 am by Kelly


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Lady – a fluffy, blue/gray dwarf rabbit – poses for her portrait.
She sits surrounded by all manner of adorable props, including a miniature pink bike,
pink and yellow flowers and assorted fruit. So cute!
Photos courtesy of the Lawrence Humane Society.


 
Lady is a beautiful little dwarf rabbit who is currently staying at the Lawrence Humane Society in Lawrence, Kansas. At just three or four years old, this girl still has at least half her life ahead of her. Hopefully this next chapter will be a happy one; can you help by giving her a home and some tender loving care?
 

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Lady
Dwarf: An adoptable rabbit in Lawrence, KS
Medium • Adult • Female

Lady, being a fertile female rabbit, is a bit stand-offish at first. But with time, she’ll build trust and make for a wonderful pet. We encourage owners to get female rabbits spayed which helps to make them become more affectionate and easy-going. She will need much socialization, and thus we recommend her only to households with experience in caring for rabbits. Lady is probably not suited for people with young children.

Rabbits make fantastic house pets since they are quiet, can be litter-trained, and enjoy living indoors with people. Because they are a smaller pet, some people assume they are good for children. However, they require careful attention and should not be handled without adult supervision. The House Rabbit Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating people about pet rabbits, is a great resource to learn more: www.rabbit.org

A rabbit’s environment and history with humans have a huge impact on their behavior. For this reason, rabbits from a shelter require patience so they may come out of their shell to be the wonderful pets they are. Regular socialization and exercise, in addition to medical care, are required. But you will find a rabbit to be very rewarding as a companion in your home.

This is just one of many small mammals at the Lawrence Humane Society shelter looking for a forever home right now. Come visit this pet and many others in the “handheld pets room,” at our shelter, 1805 E. 19th Street, Lawrence, Kansas.

More about Lady
Pet ID: XX-XXX • Prefers a home without: young children • Primary color: Blue or Gray

 
Lady’s even the star of her very own video, though you’ll have to visit her Petfinder listing to watch it as embedding is not enabled. That’s okay, you’re only one click away. Okay, three clicks. But still! Easy peasy!

Lady is just one of many rabbits currently available for adoption in the Kansas City area. With several groups dedicated to rescuing small mammals such as rabbits – including LJ’s Briar Patch in Shawnee Mission, Kansas and The Missouri House Rabbit Society – as well as dog/cat rescue groups and shelters that occasionally take in “pocket pets” (Olathe Animal Control, for example, is currently caring for a rabbit named Gertie), there’s no reason to purchase a rabbit from a breeder or pet store when so many are in need of homes! Save a life, gain a lifelong friend!

Find-a-Friend Friday: (won’t you be his?) Buddy

May 27th, 2011 12:25 pm by Kelly


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Buddy is a pit bull terrier/boxer mix with lovely, brown and tan brindled fur
that’s interrupted only by a thick white stripe of fur that runs up his belly, chest and face.
His beautiful brown eyes gaze engagingly at the camera.
Photo courtesy of Olive’s Hope Pet Rescue.

Buddy is in search of a buddy! This cute pit bull terrier/boxer mix needs a home to call his own. Listen up, ’cause this is where you come in!

Buddy
Pit Bull Terrier/Boxer Mix: An adoptable dog in Louisburg, KS
Medium • Adult • Male

Buddy could be a pit or he could be a boxer mix. We can’t be sure, but he is one of the sweetest dogs I have ever met. He loves to play with other dogs and is submissive. Buddy is crate trained and knows how to sit. Please give this darling boy a forever home!

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

Buddy is currently staying with Olive’s Hope Pet Rescue in Louisburg, Kansas, which is about 45 minutes south of KCMO – a straight shot down I-69. Just a 90 minute round trip to find true love, and you can even pick up some bitchin’ apple cider while you’re down there, too! IT’S A WIN-WIN, PEOPLE! DO IT FOR BUDDY!

Find-a-Friend Friday: Five Kittens, One Wet Cat & Miss Prissy

May 20th, 2011 12:37 pm by Kelly


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Five tiny little kittens – brothers and sisters – need your help!
Spring these innocents from jail, won’t you please?
Photo courtesy of the City of Osawatomie Animal Control.

OMD, I couldn’t stop myself this week! I think I need help! Cuteness intervention, stat! Instead of the customary one or two animals in need, today I’m writing about seven. SEVEN! Someone adopt these cuties before I’m forced to DOUBLE the size of my household! I will hold you all personally responsible. (Note to Shane: I’m totally joking. Mostly.)

First up is a litter of five kittens (pictured above) who have the unfortunate luck of beginning their lives at the City of Osawatomie Animal Control. Not that Osawatomie isn’t a lovely place, but the pound is no place for youngsters now, is it? (Or adults for that matter, but still. KITTENS! They’re just BABIES!) And as Osawatomie AC points out, “I’m in a fight for my life. This pound serves several towns so the space is always a pressing concern.” Nope, no way to spend your childhood AT ALL.

Litter of 5
Domestic Long Hair: An adoptable cat in Osawatomie, KS
Medium • Baby • Female

We don’t know the sexes of all of these kittens, but the three torties are most surely female. These are just babies and need new homes right away! I’m in fight for my life. This pound serves several towns so the space is always a pressing concern.

More about Litter of 5
House trained • Primary colors: Black, Orange or Red • Coat length: Medium

Also staying at the Osawatomie pound is one Wet Cat, so charmingly named because she will run through any obstacle – no matter how unpleasant – for a little TLC:

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Wet Cat
Domestic Medium Hair-Black: An adoptable cat in Osawatomie, KS
Medium • Baby • Female

This cat is so friendly she walked through her water bowl because it was the closest route to where we were standing! She needs rescue ASAP! I’m in fight for my life. This pound serves several towns so the space is always a pressing concern.

More about Wet Cat
Primary color: Black • Coat length: Medium

Osawatomie isn’t that far a drive from KC, people! Just an hour south of KCMO! Half an hour if you’re already in Olathe! You would do anything for love, yes? Well then!

Last but not least is a listing a friend asked me to pass around. Prissy is a deaf cat located in Murray, Kentucky. Before you let this girl’s “special needs” scare you off, go talk to Deb of Invisible Voices (“a friend” of the previous sentence), who herself is a guardian to a deaf cat, Jake. While it’s true that living with a deaf nonhuman requires special considerations, including nonverbal means of communication, deaf cats are every bit as deserving and capable of forming loving relationships with others!

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Prissy-DEAF
Domestic Medium Hair-White: An adopted cat in Murray, KY
Small • Young • Female

This cat was found and kept for awhile by the person who found her. She is scared and is DEAF. She is mostly white with a smudge on top of her head. She needs some TLC. Update: Prissy has been with us for 2 weeks as of 4-14-11 and is doing much better. Her coat is sparkling white now, she is much more people-friendly and her personality is showing well. She would prefer a home without other cats, but may be okay with a very careful introduction. She would do best in a home without smaller children because she startles easily due to her deafness and can get overstimulated. She is a playful cat. Indoor only home due to her deafness and being white.

More about Prissy-DEAF
Pet ID: 11-0264 • House trained • Prefers a home without: young children • Special Needs

Prissy is currently staying at the Murray/Calloway County Animal Shelter in Murray, KY.

Even if you’re unable to adopt any of the lovely felines featured here, please spread the word! Forward their listings to friends in the area, share them on Twitter, and “like” them on Facebook. You get the idea! A little bit of networking may be the difference between life and death for these cats. Please help however you can!

Saturday Garbage Plate: By the Power of Pizza!

May 14th, 2011 1:37 pm by Kelly


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Puffy Pizza Power!
CC image via flickr user theamarand.

So yeah, I’ve been kind of lax in posting these link roundups lately. By which I mean I skipped two weeks straight ’cause I had other stuff to do. (Like make pizza, duh!) In my defense, it’s Saturday! You can hardly blame a girl. I promise to be better, or at least try. And for breaking vegan and/or pizza-related news, you can always follow us on twitter @theppp! (Do it!)

Contests and giveaways! So Delicious is still going strong with its 100 Days of Change Giveaway. Today’s prize? A sterling silver Kate Spade picture frame – perfect for showing off that kickass pie you made last week. Enter to win on their FB page. Elsewhere on the interwebs – and in honor of World Fair Trade Day (that’s today!) – Luna & Larry’s is giving away one Coconut Bliss gift basket.

Spay & Neuter Kansas City is having a rough week, y’all. First Jackson County decided to cut the org’s funding, and then several air conditioning units were stolen right off the roof of the shelter! If you can, please consider donating your time, money or goods. Also download and share its Spring 2011 newsletter “The Scoop” to help spread the word about all the great work SNKC’s doing!

This week at Animal Haven: Baxter’s Boutique is open for business; read about young volunteer Beth Gasser, who donated a gift basket to the shelter as part of her Bat Mitzvah celebration; and meet (read: adopt!) Shilo and Achilles!

Get high – on life, on carbs, whatever – and watch this video. It’s weird and scary and I die a little inside every time I see it, and yet I cannot turn away.

Find-a-Friend Friday: Missy & the Coonhounds

May 13th, 2011 10:20 am by Kelly


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Missy, a beautiful, silken-haired, golden Cocker Spaniel mix,
curls into a contented ball on her rescue person’s lap.
Photo courtesy Animals Best Friends.

Chances are that if you’ve been reading this blog for a week+, you’re more than familiar with my love of older (read: senior) dogs – and not just ’cause I’m guardian to two of them myself. (Ralphie and Kaylee, holla!) Due to their age, seniors can be harder to rehome than their younger puppy counterparts – which is a shame, seeing as they’ve already been around the block and mostly know the ins and outs of living with humans. Their lack of excitability and puppy antics also makes seniors a good choice for older people. Besides, even the youngest pup will one day grown into a wizened old fella (dog willing) – and adopting a dog, whatever age she may be, is a lifelong responsibility. Advancing age – in all its bittersweet grace – isn’t an acceptable reason to break this commitment. We all age; perpetual youth simply isn’t part of the package. The pup you opt for now will one day grown into a “special needs” senior himself. (As will you, dear grasshopper!)

Take dear Missy here. A gorgeous golden Cocker Spaniel mix, this older lady is currently staying with Animals Best Friends. Though she’s dealing with some age-related issues – diminished hearing and cataracts – she’s still one happy, active, loving gal.

Missy
Cocker Spaniel: An adoptable dog in Independence, MO
Small • Senior • Female

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This beautiful buff colored gal is Missy. Missy is a very sweet, petite little Cocker Spaniel mix. Her DOB is 02/16/01. Missy has some hearing loss and cataracts. She gets along well with other dogs and has ignored the cats. She likes to go on walks and is good in the car. Missy is a happy girl who likes people, she wags her tail when someone comes in the room and she likes to follow you around the house. Missy is housetrained, she will let you know when she needs to go out. Missy is looking for that furever home to finish out the rest of her life receiving unconditional love…

Missy’s rehoming fee may be negotiable. If you are interested in meeting Missy, please go to WWW.ANIMALSBESTFRIENDS.ORG and complete our online application.

If you are interested in possibly fostering ANY of our WONDERFUL pets, please go to our website listed above, and go to the tab “HOW TO HELP” and fill out a foster application and someone will get in contact with you! 🙂

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Thank you very much for taking the time to check out our kids!! Thank you for your interest in our animals. Animals best friends strives to make a compatible match with our families and our companion animals. Due to the volume of e-mails and calls we only contact applications that meet our criteria. If you are selected, we contact in five business days. If not contacted please pursue another shelter or rescue group.

Thank you, ABF Volunteers

If you’re looking to welcome a new friend into your home, please consider adopting a senior. Ditto: other special needs animals, such as those with health problems, behavioral issues, or those belonging to breeds which are commonly discriminated against. Dog will love you. Ceiling cat, too!

Bonus Friends!

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Two large male coonhounds – both of whom are white, tan and black in color – stare balefully at the camera. “What are we doing here!?!” their eyes implore. (The heartbreak, I’m bringing it.)
Photo courtesy City of Gladstone Animal Control.

While searching Petfinder for this week’s Friend in need, I came across this listing for two coonhound boys. That’s it; no name, just “Coonhounds.” How sad is that? Can you imagine – not having a name? Of course, they probably do have names – or did in another life – but sadly, those days are long behind them. And to not even be considered worthy of even a temporary moniker. Sigh. At least these guys aren’t numbered, consumable item styley. That’s something, right?

Anyhow, I found it all so terribly depressing that I had to share. Someone bring these guys home and spoil them with plenty of noms and snorgles, mkay? They so deserve it!

Coonhounds
Treeing Walker Coonhound: An adoptable dog in Gladstone, MO
Large • Adult • Male

The picture just doesn’t do these two justice at all! We think they were abandoned outside our shelter when we were closed (we found one early in the morning and a citizen brought the other in the next day). Both are just as sweet as can be. Both are a bit timid of strangers at first but warm up very quickly. These two are young (about a year old) and would make fantastic family dogs. Please come see them today!

More about Coonhounds
Primary color: Tricolor (Brown, Black & White) • Coat length: Short

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