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

September 9th, 2011 2:17 pm by Kelly


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.



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?



Rex the Shih Tzu!

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.



Felicia the black lab mix!

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.

Find-a-Friend Friday: One Eyed Jack

September 2nd, 2011 2:25 pm by Kelly


Photo courtesy of Love 4 Paws.

One Eyed Jack has one eye and is just as adorable as a Chihuahua can be (which is to say that he oozes adorableness!). He was found as a stray and is currently staying with Love 4 Paws in Overland Park, Kansas.

One Eyed Jack
Chihuahua: An adoptable dog in Overland Park, KS
Small • Adult • Male

Jack was found in a park as a stray in Kansas City, MO. He had trauma to the head which caused him to lose his eye. This boy was already neutered when he came to us, but no one is looking for him. He is about 5 years old and the sweetest, most mellow Chihuahua you have every me. If he can cuddle on your lap all day, he is fine with that. Jack loves kids and people, and doesnt seem to mind cats. He is picky on other dogs so we recommend a meet and greet first. Please consider giving him a second chance on life! E-mail for an adoption application. Adoption fee $140.00

More about One Eyed Jack
Pet ID: One Eyed Jack • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • Prefers a home without: dogs • Primary color: Apricot or Beige • Coat length: Short

Adopt him now, you know you wanna!

Find-a-Friend Friday: Ceola & Kathy

August 26th, 2011 11:59 am by Kelly


Ceola (right) and Kathy (left) the ferret friends.
Photos courtesy of Wayside Waifs.

Ferrets at Wayside Waifs! Ceola and Kathy are a bonded pair of young, female ferrets who need to find a forever home together. Which is totally awesome if you think about it; you know these girls get on well, so you don’t have to worry about spats or fights the way you would if you adopted two ferrets separately! So let’s see what Wayside Waifs has to say about Ceola and Kathy, shall we?


Ferret: An adoptable ferret in Kansas City, MO
Medium • Young • Female

More about Ceola
Pet ID: A13748260 • Up-to-date with routine shots • Primary color: White • Coat length: Short

Hi there- I’m Ceola! I’m the sweetest ferret you will ever meet. Don’t let my red eyes in my pictures fool you (I know it can be a little scary). I’m an albino ferret, and red eyes just come with the territory! I’m much calmer than my roommate and best friend, Kathy. We need to go home together since we make such a great pair. We love to snuggle and cuddle up to one another. I tend to scare my caretakers at Wayside Waifs sometimes because when I sleep, I REALLY sleep. It’s hard to wake me up and that can worry my human friends. I think it’s funny! When I do get let out of my home, I get to run around the office and check out all the nooks and cranny’s that I’ve had my eyes on! It’s so much fun!

Although I know I would make a great companion for someone, I’m not appropriate for every household. I really need someone who can devote plenty of time to me and my b.f.f., Kathy. We can keep each other company but we’d really like your attention too. We can’t be left in our home all the time- we get too bored, and it’s not good for our health. We also need constant upkeep on our kennel or all of your friends will start saying they smell’ when we really don’t… Do you want to love us? If so, please come to Wayside Waifs and ask to meet us! We are so excited to find our new home, and can’t wait to meet you!



Ferret: An adoptable ferret in Kansas City, MO
Medium • Young • Female

More about Kathy
Pet ID: A13748291 • Up-to-date with routine shots • Primary colors: Black, Tan • Coat length: Short

Hi there- I’m Kathy! I’m the funniest ferret you will ever encounter. I’m sweet and cuddly, but I also love to run around and make my human friends laugh. I tend to be more playful and social than my roommate and best friend, Ceola. We need to go home together since we make such a great pair. We love to snuggle and cuddle up to one another. When I get let out of my home, I love to run around the room and see what mischief I can get in to! There are so many different hiding spots and small spaces for me to squeeze through that I have a hard time picking which one to go through first!

Although I know I would make a great companion for someone, I’m not appropriate for every household. I really need someone who can devote plenty of time to me and my b.f.f., Ceola. We can keep each other company but we’d really like you attention too. We can’t be left in our home all the time- we get too bored, and it’s not good for our health. We also need constant upkeep on our keenel or all of your friends will start saying they smell’ when we really don’t… Do you want to love us? If so, please come to Wayside Waifs and ask to meet us! We are so excited to find our new home, and can’t wait to meet you!

To learn more about these lovely ladies – as well as the adoption procedure – hop on over to Wayside Waifs’s website. fwiw, there are a number of smaller nonhumans – aka “pocket pets” – currently available for adoption in the Kansas City area: Gladstone Animal Control has a ferret (Monkey Bone) and two guinea pigs (Fanboy and Chum Chum); the Lawrence Humane Society, as always, is home to several rats (Alexander and Avagadro); and of course, the Kansas City Ferret Hotline lists a few more ferrets in need of loving homes. A little further out, the Helping Hands Humane Society in Topeka has five (count ’em, five!) guinea pigs. So open your home and your heart if you’re able, mkay? Even the tiniest among us needs a little tender loving care!

Find-a-Friend Friday BONUS ROUND!: Slippers

August 19th, 2011 12:36 pm by Kelly


Slippers the tortie kitty!
Photo courtesy of Broad Shoulders Animal Rescue. Like them on Facebook!

Because I’ve been so terrible about blogging (etc., etc., etc.) lately, I’ve decided to do an extra-special BONUS EDITION of Find-a-Friend Friday today. Yay! Let’s take a road trip to Chicago, where Broad Shoulders Animals Rescue is overflowing with cats, dogs and (my favorite! probably because I can’t adopt any!) mice! But mostly cats! Babies, adults, and seniors; brown cats, gray cats, orange cats; cats of all shapes, sizes and temperaments! Cats like Slippers here, who – with an intake date prior to 2011 – currently holds BSAR’s title of “longest temporary resident.” Let’s see if we can change that, hmmm?

Domestic Long Hair Mix: An adoptable cat in Chicago, IL
Medium • Adult • Female

More about Slippers
Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Primary color: Tortoiseshell

5/25/2011- We presumed this gorgeous 2-3 year old lady to be pregnant when we took her in which left her in a huff, quite defensive about her looks and weight. After assuring her we were worried about her health (and that she the most beautiful cat we’d ever seen) we managed to get her some medical care. The poor girl had a very bad case of intestinal worms, ear mites, ringworm and an unknown stomach issue that was causing stomach inflammation! Her lovely foster home helped her get healthy and now Slippers is ready for her adoring audience!

Slippers loves pets, cuddling, sleeping and playing with other cats. She also enjoys deep conversations about the state of affairs, along with the latest fashion trends (although she’s really more of a classical, Audrey Hepburn-dressing type). Always one for surprises, Slippers also like hard/classical rock and won’t hesitate to bring out her battered ol’ AC/DC and Led Zeppelin shirts! Underneath it all, she’d really just like a forever lap to lay her head.

All of our kitties are micro-chipped (which will be registered at no extra cost at the time of adoption), up to date on their shots, spayed or neutered, have had preventative care (including parasite treatment) and treatment for any illness they may have had while in our care- plus, one month of free pet insurance!

Please email broadshouldersrescue [at] or call (312) 612-0770 to receive an application & set up an appointment to meet our friendly cats!

Even if you’re not in a position to adopt Slippers, please spread the word! If you live in Chicago and would like to help BSAR out, they could use some assistance with photography, video editing, making and hanging fliers, dog- and cat-sitting, and (of course) foster and adoptive homes! Hop on over to their Facebook page for more!

Please and thank you. 🙂

Find-a-Friend Friday: Pickles

August 19th, 2011 12:09 pm by Kelly


Pickles the big white American Bulldog.
Photos courtesy of Happy Dogs Rescue. Visit them on Facebook!

After a much-too-long break (like nine weeks long, oy), Find-a-Friend Friday is back and ready to go! Pickles will be supplying the this week’s dose of cuteness; all you need to do, dear readers, is find a her a home! Piece of pickle cake!

American Bulldog: An adoptable dog in Kansas City, MO
Extra Large • Adult • Female

More about PICKLES
Pet ID: Pickles AB • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Prefers a home without: cats, young children • Special Needs • Primary color: White or Cream • Coat length: Short


NO CATS for Pickles! No tiny dogs, ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, prairie dogs, groundhogs, squirrels, capybaras, or birds! Pickles is an awesome, incredibly sweet girl, but she HAS prey drive.

Pickles is a beautiful, BIG, purebred American Bulldog. She’s about 90 lbs and she is built like a brick house! (Very solid girl, lots of muscle!) We rescued Pickles, along with a few other American Bulldogs from a puppy mill in early 2011. This sweetheart is so happy to be starting her new life!

An adult girl at around 3-4 years of age, Pickles has captured many hearts already with her loving and devoted personality. She likes making new friends and she certainly loves living indoors with a big bed, toys and treats. She’s caught on to housetraining quickly! (Pickles is very food-motivated and learns easily!) At the puppy mill, the adult dogs lived in chain link outdoor pens all the time. No affection or love given, no fun exercise time to run and play on grass, no snuggle time on the couch… just a routine of pumping out puppies. Fortunately, despite not being well-socialized in the past, Pickles seems pretty good around other (medium-big) dogs. It probably depends on the other dog(s) involved, but she seems OK with other dogs who are friendly and who approach her carefully. Because of her prey drive, NO SMALL DOGS, please. Definitely NO CATS. Pickles does seem pretty confident of herself – not shy or afraid – and we’re doing our best to socialize her now that she’s starting her new life.

Again, cats are a definite “no” for Pickles, because of the American Bulldog’s “prey drive.” Pickles is current on vaccinations and is spayed; she’s been wormed, microchipped, HW tested and started on monthly HW prevention. She is in excellent health! Her adoption fee is $251.

The ideal home for Pickles will have “bully breed” experience and will understand and enjoy this very intelligent, strong and active breed. American Bulldogs are loyal, smart and beautiful animals but they aren’t for everyone… And some cities or home owners associations might have a breed ban against them. Please be sure to check your city’s laws first and make sure there is no BSL in place. A very secure, fully fenced yard is a must for this breed, as they can learn to climb/jump/dig their way out if bored or looking for adventure. And even so, Pickles is not a dog who could be left outside unattended for periods of time, because she could easily figure out how to escape a yard and would be long gone!

An active family who enjoys taking long walks and who would continue some obedience training with Pickles would be great! She loves to exercise and run/play hard, but she’s also a huge lap dog and snuggle-bunny. She is SO smart, loving and affectionate, she has fantastic potential! And she’ll be a loyal and cherished member of the right family.

Pickles would do best with a 6′ wood fence for off-leash backyard time, but other very secure fencing may work as well. Kansas City “metro” area only, sorry. Children over the age of five OK if have experience with bully breeds or other large, strong dogs.

Pickles, what a cutie! I’d snap her up in a minute if I didn’t already have a cat. And, um, five other dogs! (That’s the only real downside to living with five dogs: not being able to adopt more!) Also, I’d change her name to Iorek Byrnison and get her mushy, silly face tattooed on my arm. No seriously, get carried away much self? I can’t, but you totally should!


To adopt this 90-pound bundle of love, get in touch with Happy Dogs Rescue today!