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.


Kansas City: Join Wayside Waifs for its 20th Annual “Strutt With Your Mutt” on September 25th!

September 22nd, 2010 5:54 pm by Kelly


Hey, Kansas Citians! Got plans this weekend? No? Well, now you do!

This Saturday, September 25th, Wayside Waifs is holding its 20th annual “Strutt With Your Mutt” fundraising walk. Bring your favorite furry dog friend and join hundreds of like-minded animal lovers to help raise funds for Wayside Waifs. The 3k Strutt begins at 10 AM sharp at the Trolley Trail at 62nd Terrace & Brookside Plaza, with festivities lasting through 1 PM.

This year, the traditional Strutt will be accompanied by a Catwalk for the feline set (unfortunately, those humans walking the Catwalk will have to leave their cat friends safely at home), as well as an earlier, human-only Strutt 5K Fun Run at 8 AM, a 1 Mile Kids Run at 8:15 AM, and a Pancake Breakfast (probably not vegan; cue: sad strutter) at 8:30 AM. Additional activities include $25 microchipping, a mobile adoption fair, Canine Good Citizen Testing, animal companion portraits, and assorted dog contests, including one for best costume. (That sound? My dog-kids, going into hiding.)

Registration for the Strutt costs $35, and participants are encouraged (though not required) to collect pledges for the event.

Additional information:

The Wayside Waifs “Strutt With Your Mutt” Homepage

About the Strutt (including a schedule of events)

Register for the Strutt

Find &/ Sponsor a Strutter

Wayside Waifs’ website

Farm Sanctuary’s “Walk for Farm Animals” is coming to Kansas City on September 18th!

September 3rd, 2010 12:45 pm by Kelly

Kansas City, Missouri

Meet the 2009 Kansas City, MO “Walk for Farm Animals” participants!
Photo copyright Farm Sanctuary.

Every fall, supporters of Farm Sanctuary organize “Walks for Farm Animals” across the United States (and Canada!). The goal? To raise awareness and money for the farmed animal rescue group, as well as the animals for whom they advocate.

For those unfamiliar with Farm Sanctuary, the sanctuary was founded in 1986 by Gene Baur and Lorri Houston, spurred by the rescue of a sheep named Hilda from the dead pile at a stockyard. Though initially funded by sales of vegetarian hot dogs at Grateful Dead concerts, Farm Sanctuary has grown by leaps and bounds to become one of the U.S.’s preeminent farmed animal advocacy groups.

Farm Sanctuary currently operates two farmed animal sanctuaries, with a location each in New York and California. (If ever you find yourself in the area, a tour is a must! Plan ahead for an extended stay at Farm Sanctuary’s own Bed & Breakfast or Country Cabin.) The group also encourages the adoption and placement of farmed animals into loving homes through its Farm Animal Adoption Network (FAAN). Additionally, it coordinates a number of campaigns focused on improving farmed animal welfare (a controversial topic amongst omnivores and vegans alike); promoting healthy, sustainable, plant-based diets; and improving vegan and vegetarian options in public spaces. The donations raised by these annual Walks help to fund Farm Sanctuary’s activities.

This year, the “Walk for Farm Animals” will be passing through Kansas City (more specifically, the Plaza) on September 18th. Here are the details:


Kansas City
Date: Sept. 18
Location: Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St.
Registration Time: 11 a.m.
Walk Time: Noon
Local Walk Coordinator: Devin Listrom

Note: The Walk is across the street from the Sheraton Hotel.

Special Attractions: Please join us for a post-Walk vegan lunch at Füd, 813 W. 17th St.

Click here to register.

Registration costs $15 in advance or $20 the day the of the event; preregistration comes with a 2010 Walk t-shirt. Participants are encouraged to drum up sponsors, and all walkers who raise $100 or more will be entered to win one of many prizes.

If you don’t live in Kansas City but would like to participate, you can find a list of Walks here. Thus far, Kansas City and St. Louis are the only two cities across Kansas/Missouri that are registered for 2010.

Unfortunately, I’ll be out of town on the 18th and unable to participate, but my younger sister has already recruited me as a sponsor. (And hopefully my travels will include a visit to Farm Sanctuary’s New York shelter, but we shall see.)

Which brings me to my final announcement: I’ll be on vacation and offline from 9/8 through 9/20, which means no new posts and only occasional comment moderation. Your patience will be rewarded, my grasshoppers, for when I return I’ll resume the Find-a-Friend Friday posts, as well as introduce a few new regular (food-related!) features. Until then, you can browse through 116+ past featured adoptables at the now-defunct Kansas City Freecycle blog, of which the Find-a-Friend Friday column is an extension.


My lil’ sis gets to know one of Farm Sanctuary’s porcine residents during its recent Twilight Tour.
Photo copyright Michelle Garbato.

Happy Walking!

Crawl 4 Critters to Benefit SNKC this Saturday, August 28 in Westport!

August 24th, 2010 10:50 pm by Kelly

This Saturday, August 28, Spay & Neuter Kansas City will be holding two fundraising events in the Westport area:




* A family-friendly, “pre-crawl” event is scheduled from 10AM to 1PM in the Buzzard Beach parking lot. The first 50 attendees will receive a free “doggy bag,” and there will also be a “doggy wash” as well as an adoption fair. For the kiddos: face painting and bounce houses!

* The Pub Crawl takes place from 2PM to 5PM, with an official after hours party at Kelly’s bar. A $10 bracelet will score you drink specials at participating bars and restaurants, including:

Westport Cafe & Bar
Joe’s Pizza
Dark Horse
Riot Room

$20 advance tickets are available, which include a bracelet and a SNKC t-shirt!

For more details, email or call Tamara at SNKC: tamara [at] or 816-353-0940.

If you’d like to help out, SNKC is still in need of volunteers:

SNKC operates a number of essential programs in the KC area, including a free animal companion food pantry; low-cost spay and neuter programs; low-cost vaccinations and select veterinary services; and a variety of “pet” outreach services, including both education and veterinary and material assistance to low-income animal companion guardians.

If you’re unable to attend the crawl – or would like to do more to help – please consider making a donation to SNKC to ensure that it can continue providing these vital services! Money is awesome (and sorely needed), but donations of animal care items and office supplies are great, too. Check out SNCK’s wishlist for more.

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.