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Find-a-Friend Friday: Mr. and Mrs. Smith

January 21st, 2011 5:43 pm by Kelly


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Mr. and Mrs. Smith, a pair of green, orange and gray Poicephalus/Senegal Parrots,
gaze at the camera with curiosity.
Photo courtesy Burge Bird Rescue.

I very rarely feature birds on Find-a-Friend Friday, due not to a lack of availability, but because they don’t photograph well! Or rather, their foster humans are not known to take good photographs of them in captive settings. (Cages make for such cluttered and depressing backdrops, don’t you think?) A few of the larger local bird rescue groups don’t even include personalized photos of the birds in their Petfinder listings, relying instead on stock photos. But if you’re looking to bring a feathered friend (or two!) into your life, rest assured that you have plenty of options for adoption! See, for example, Burge Bird Rescue and Beak N’ Wings, Inc., both located in the Kansas City area.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith, pictured above, come from the former. The pair were breeding birds until an accident rendered Mrs. Smith disposable. I’ll let Burge Bird Rescue take it from there:

Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Poicephalus/Senegal: An adoptable parrot in Grandview, MO
Medium • Adult • Unknown

Mr. and Mrs. Smith are former breeding birds of unknown age that were surrendered to another rescue after Mrs. Smith lost her lower beak in an accident and was not able to raise chicks. They were transferred to our rescue after two years because we specialize in special needs birds. They are not tame, but we are sure that someone out there is going to love them and provide them a safe happy home together for as long as they live.

Our birds are not available for breeding. All applicants must pass a screening interview, and may be required to wait 48 hours before taking home the bird if adoption is approved.

Adoption fee negotiable
More about Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Special Needs • Primary colors: Green, Orange

Mr. and Mrs. Smith are only two of hundreds of adoptable birds in need of forever home in the Kansas City area; for a comprehensive list, please hop on over to Petfinder.

Saturday Garbage Plate: Looking for love and Teese!

January 15th, 2011 12:38 pm by Kelly


Vegan pizza slices

Vegan pizza slices: The dough recipe I used is from Vegan with a Vengeance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. Highly recommend! Vegan pizza with kalamata olives, cipollini onion, parsley and tomato.
CC image via Flickr user slightlypale.

Another week, another seven delicious vegan pizza recipes. I hope you’re bookmarking these for Vegan Pizza Day, people! (Seriously, those pies won’t make themselves…)

Contests!: Vegan Backpacker has three boxes of Primal Strips vegan jerky up for grabs; SporkOnline is giving away free online cooking classes to eleven lucky winners; FaveDiets is offering up two prize packages of MATCH vegan meats; and Tofurky is hosting the coolest contest EVER. Some of these giveaways end as early as tomorrow, so enter to win today!

vegan craigslist missed connections: now inspired by teese cheese! Forget the Washington Post; when vegan pizza pops up in the classified ads, then and only then do you know that veganism has gone mainstream, baby!

Spay & Neuter Kansas City needs some extra helping hands! Check out SNKC’s latest list of volunteer opportunities here and, to get an idea of what they’re up to, see their weekly recap here. They spayed and neutered 97 dogs and cats and distributed 262 lbs. of pet food this week. Very awesome, guys and gals!

Next Thursday, January 20th, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) of Kansas City will be holding its monthly “Third Thursday Social.” Stop by at 5:30 PM and learn what you can do to help influence legislation for the better!:

Hamburger Mary’s
101 Southwest Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64108

(ETA: The menu looks painfully short on cruelty-free options, so vegans may want to call ahead.)

Also next week: on Friday, January 21st, Planned Parenthood of Kansas & Mid-Missouri (PPKM) will be holding a rally in Columbia, MO in celebration of the 38th Anniversary of Roe v Wade. Here are the details:

You have seen the protesters outside Planned Parenthood intimidating and harassing women for months; now it is time to show that mid-Missouri supports PP!

Please join us on Friday, January 21st from 11:30-1:00 as we celebrate the 38th Anniversary of Roe v Wade by showing support for Planned Parenthood.

What: Stand up for Planned Parenthood Street Visibility
When: Friday, January 21 from 11:30 – 1:00
Where: In front of Planned Parenthood in Columbia (711 N. Providence)

We will have plenty of signs but feel free to bring your own.

For more information or to RSVP please contact Michelle at 573-424-8717 or michelle.trupiano [at] ppkm.org

Since we’re dishing about all things local this week, why not end with a video about veganism in Kansas City? VegNews correspondent The Healthy Voyager – intrepid as she is – visited the so-called Steak Capital of the world last summer in order to explore KC’s vegan options (surprising as they are in number).

Check it:

Featured eateries include McCoy’s Public House; Waldo Pizza; blanc burgers + bottles; The Drop: Bar and Bistro; and the blue bird bistro.

What, no Eden Alley? Omitting Cafe Seed and FÜD can be forgiven, I guess, since they’re relatively new. And Garden of Eatin’ is way off the beaten path. (Namely, St. Joseph, MO – up by the PPP, yo!)

But Eden Alley? Inexcusable! Best vegan buttercream cake ever!

Find-a-Friend Friday: Alabama & Indiana

January 14th, 2011 5:18 pm by Kelly


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Alabama and Indiana – two big, beautiful tuxedo boy-cats – lazily lounge in a two-tiered window seat of some kind, staring off behind and to the right of the camera. They’re wearing complementary blue (Alabama) and red (Indiana) colored collars – so cute!
Photos courtesy Assisi Safe Haven for Cats.

It’s been several weeks since we’ve featured cats, so today we’re all about the felines here at the PPP! Two felines in particular: namely, Alabama and Indiana, a bonded pair of brothers who are currently staying with Assisi Safe Haven for Cats in Lansing, Kansas.

Just for poops and giggles, I refined my initial Petfinder search for adoptable cats to include “extra large” felines only, and these guys were two of the sixteen cats who came up. Just sixteen! I wonder what size and weight is considered “extra large” in the feline world? There’s definitely a little more to love on these guys, but neither of them look especially leopard-like.

Anyhow, here’s the listing for Alabama; both read the same, so there’s no point in crossposting each. You can click on each guy’s photo to go to his respective Petfinder listing, if you’re so inclined:

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Alabama!

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Indiana!

Indiana and Alabama are two tuxedo brothers returned to rescue after a home foreclosure. These are two exquisite big lovable boys that have never been apart a day in their lives, so we will not separate them now. They are the ultimate in handsome big cats, at the same time gentle and soft. Want that lover boy cat to curl up and keep you warm on a cold night think this pair. Contact catwomanofkansas [at] aol.com for an adoption application or call Lynn at 913-683-0686 after 7:00 PM

Bring them home, they’ll keep your feetsies nice and toasty! Ditto: your heart.

Find-a-Friend Friday: Jakers

January 7th, 2011 12:26 pm by Kelly


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Jakers, a gorgeous white goat with a white and tan “beard,” gazes off into the distance.
Photo courtesy Autumn Winds Animal Rescue & Sanctuary.

Jakers is a guy after my own heart. As is plainly obvious in the photo above, Jakers is a goat.

GOAT!?! DID SOMEONE SAY GOAT?!? I LOVE GOATS!

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One of the many goats I met during a recent trip to Cracker Box Palace in Alton, NY.

So curious and playful, goats are. I can’t wait to adopt a few myself. All in good time…

Anyhow, Jakers is currently staying with a newish animal rescue group in Dixon, MO. Just a short (!) three and a half hour drive from Kansas City, Dixon is located about 60 miles south of Jefferson City. But hey, seven hours round-trip is a small sacrifice to make when we’re talking furry friends, am I right folks?

Jakers’ Petfinder listing is rather sparse on the details:

Jakers
Goat: An adoptable goat in Dixon, MO
Medium • Adult • Male

Jakers is an easygoing guy once he gets to know you. He enjoys belly rubs and getting pets.

More about Jakers
Primary color: White

…but I’m sure his rescue people will talk your ear off about Jakers and his crazy antics, should you give them a ring. (Pssst! The number is 573-759-3400.) C’mon, he’s a goat! Goats are awesome!

Part of the reason I chose Jakers as this week’s Friend in need is because I also wanted to highlight Autumn Winds Animal Rescue & Sanctuary. Before this week, I’d never heard of the place. Judging from its website, the group looks to be somewhat new, having expanded its original mission of wildlife rescue and rehab to include companion and farmed animals as well:

About Us

We started out helping injured & orphaned wildlife, as Autumn Winds Wildlife Rehab, a non profit tax exempt organization based near Dixon, MO.

But we knew that there were other animals that needed our help as well. So, we decided to become Autumn Winds Animal Rescue & Sanctuary to become available to all animals.

We have gotten some of the paperwork back and are now up and running while waiting for the rest of it to come in.

Because we have a very small area set up right now to work with, we can only help dog and cats that are in the shelters right now and a few other animals, besides the wildlife.

In the future we hope to make larger areas for holding the animals until they can be adopted out, then we can help individual people’s animals as well as continuing to help the shelter animals.

Our Mission

As a no kill shelter and sanctuary, our mission is to rescue and offer care and rehabilitation for neglected, abandoned or unwanted companion and exotic animals.

Through proper medical care, socialization and love, many of these animals will find a loving home through our adoption program.

We still rescue and rehabilitate ill, injured and orphaned wildlife. Providing care and medical treatment until they are ready to be released back ito the wilderness.

Some animals, due to medical or behavioral problems, cannot be placed and will live out their lives here at the sanctuary.

Our mission also includes educating the public about the importance of spaying and neutering and the humane treatment of the animals around them.

Given that there are so few nontraditional animal rescue organizations and sanctuaries in the Midwest – particularly those dedicated to the rescue, care and placement of farmed animal species – the possibility of a new group has me giddy. The only established sanctuary I know of around these parts is HSMO’s Long Meadow Rescue Ranch (located just outside of St. Louis); there are also a few smaller groups, the names of which escape me (and the googles) at the moment. On occasion, groups dedicated to companion animal rescue may take in the rare pig, horse or donkey – but more farmed animal rescue groups are most definitely needed, especially in the so-called “Steak Capital of the World.”

If you’d like to get involved, go to www.autumnwinds.org to learn more about the group and how you can help.

They also have a number of dogs, cats, birds and goats available for adoption!

Find-a-Friend Friday: O’Malley

December 31st, 2010 12:31 pm by Kelly


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O’Malley, a fluffy, brown and tan colored Shepherd/Chow Chow Mix, smiles for the camera, tennis ball and fuzzy bone in hand. Errr, paw.
Photos courtesy The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City.

I am totally in love with this week’s Friend in need, the super goofy and crazy adorable O’Malley. I know, I know; I excitedly make such proclamations at least once every other week, but still. That doesn’t make my squealing any less earnest. Besides, I am a sucker for “special needs” animals.

What’s O’Malley’s “special need,” you ask? He’s missing one of his front legs, which had to be amputated due to an especially serious injury. Not that O’Malley lets this minor inconvenience slow him down; not much, anyway. If you were to ask him, he’d probably laugh at your “special needs” labeling. He’s smiley like that.

O’Malley is currently staying with the kind folks at The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City (HSGKC), who describe him thusly:

O’Malley
Shepherd/Chow Chow Mix: An adoptable dog in Kansas City, KS
Medium • Adult • Male

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Date of birth: 9/17/08

O’Malley is one of our MOVIE MUTT SUPERSTARS! Go to our web site to see a fun music video of O’Malley.

11/3/10: O’Malley is a cute and fluffy Shepherd/Chow mix pup. He’s friendly and sweet-natured. He is 2 years old.

We transferred O’Malley to our shelter from the KCK Animal Control shelter as part of our Ray of Hope program. His right front leg had been badly broken. We took him to a vet to try to save it, but the injury was too severe and we had to have his leg amputated. O’Malley gets around well, though, and he loves to run and play– he even fetches! (see his video)

O’Malley gets along well with female dogs. He gets along with most other male dogs as long as they’re not too dominant. If you have a dog you could arrange to bring him or her to our shelter to meet O’Malley to make sure they get along.

O’Malley has been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and tested for heartworms. He’s short and stocky and weighs about 50 lbs.

MORE ON ADOPTING OUR DOGS…

> Our goal is to send you home with a healthy pet and any information and support you may need to help your new pet adjust to his or her new home. All of our dogs & puppies have been spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, dewormed, treated for fleas & ticks, tested for heartworms (6 mo. and over), and are on monthly heartworm preventative. Puppies who are too young to receive all the necessary puppy boosters and/or first rabies shot may be brought back to us for those vaccines at no extra charge. You will also receive a leash, collar, 5 lbs of Science Diet, toys, and educational materials including an excellent dog training DVD. And we’ll give your dog a bath before he or she goes home!

> Please visit the Pet Adoptions page of our web site for more information about our adoption process. An application is required to adopt a pet and applicants must meet our adoption requirements. You can download a pet adoption application from our web site and then fax or email it back to us.

> Please note that most of our dogs do require a fenced yard, although there may be some who are appropriate for apartment living or circumstances where a fence may not be required.

Thank you for searching for a shelter pet!

More about O’Malley
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • Special Needs

O’Malley is part of the Ray of Hope program, a totally rad partnership between the HSGKC and the KCK Animal Control Shelter:

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