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Find-a-Friend Friday: Lily

February 4th, 2011 3:25 pm by Kelly


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Lily, a medium-sized, tan Shar-pei/Hound Mix, smothers her human friend with kisses.
Photos courtesy AthensPets.net.

When I saw Lily posted on a Facebook friend’s page, I knew at once that she’d be this week’s Friend in need. Lily is located not in the Kansas City area, but rather in Athens, Georgia, at the Athens–Clarke County Animal Control shelter. A special needs dog – Lily is missing on eye and, at seven years old, is considered “elderly” – Lily would have trouble finding an adoptive family even under the best of circumstances. However, at a kill shelter, her fate is is much worse: dear Lily is at high risk of “euthanasia” – being killed for no reason other than simple lack of a home. A human-created problem for which three to four millions dogs and cats pay with their lives, every year in the U.S. alone.

Here’s what the folks at AthensPets.net – a volunteer-run website that’s not officially associated with ACCAC – have to say about Lily:

32132 – Lily
Available Dog!

Please use the ledger number, not the name, when calling about a dog.

* Breed: Shar-pei/Hound Mix
* Gender: Female
* Age: 7 years
* Weight: 37 lbs
* Impound Date: 2/2/11
* Ledger Number: 32132

Lily is my absolute favorite dog at the pound right now. Despite the all the hardships Lily has gone through in her short life and continues to suffer from, Lily is the sweetest dog at the pound right now who couldn’t be happier to give people constant love and attention through the sweetest sloppy, wet kisses. Any dog who can look so rough around the edges yet be so affectionate makes her so deserving of a chance at a life of luxury because she will be eternally grateful knowing where she came from. Lily needs a guardian angel to save her from the life she’s been forced to live and show her how great life can actually be – show her that people can love her as much as she loves complete strangers.

AthensPets.net stresses that an animal’s stay at ACCAC is both short and tenuous:

Dogs are held for a minimum of 5 days if they are strays. This 5-day holding period does not include the day the dog is impounded or any day the pound is closed. During this period, if the animal is of good health and temperament, Animal Control will accept applications for adoption on a first-come, first serve basis if the application is approved. After this 5-day period, any day could be the last for ANY dog at the shelter. Owner surrenders do not have a minimum holding period at the shelter; they are available for adoption immediately. If you are interested in adopting or rescuing a dog, PLEASE don’t wait until a certain day to call. You should be organizing the rescue throughout the dog’s stay at animal control. If you wait until the last minute, the dog you want may no longer be available. Euthanasias occur everyday…not just on one particular day.

ACCAC also works with rescue groups who wish to pull animals from the shelter – so please, even if you’re not looking to adopt a dog yourself, please pass Lily’s information along to a group or individual who may be able to help. You can find additional details, including contact information, on AthensPets.net.

Perhaps it’s because Lily so reminds me of my dear Ralphie – who’s missing his right eye as well – or maybe I just have an extra-soft spot for the extra-sad cases – but I really, truly hope that a rescue angel is able to come through for this sweet, lovely lady. She deserves a home and family to call her own. They all do.

Lily’s profile was just posted by AthensPets.net today, so please hurry. T minus five days and counting…and then Lily’s time may be up.

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Lily gazes into the camera with her one good eye. That sound?
It’s my heart, shattering into a million pieces.
Photos courtesy AthensPets.net.

Saturday Garbage Plate: Everything & the kitchen sink

January 22nd, 2011 11:01 am by Kelly


from a cart

vegan pizza, from a cart!
CC image via Flickr user stacyjclinton.

Open up and say NOM! It’s your weekly vegan pizza nom roundup!

Contests! There are some fun giveaways going on this month, folks.

Cook. Vegan. Lover. is hosting a Fiery Vegan Valentine Cooking Contest. From now until February 11, create and share a “fiery” Valentine’s Day-themed dish – appetizer, entree or dessert – taking plenty of photos, of course. Blog the recipe or send the details to CVL for a chance to win one of four different vegan goodie bags. I see: a heart-shaped pizza topped with jalapeno peppers in my near future! Or rather, Shane’s. Kelly can’t stomach fiery food, sorry.

Hop on over to So Delicious’s Twitter or Facebook page and share a photo of yourself enjoying your favorite So Delicious product. You could win five coupons, each good for a free So Delicious product – so what are you waiting for fool? Peedee and Kaylee are down with soy ice cream, yo:

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AND they are adorable. Stiff competition, people! I kid. The winning photos are randomly chosen (I think), so my dog friends’ god-like awesomeness is tempered by chance. Even GOD (by which I mean DOG of course) must bend to the will of mathematics.

Calling all creative, multimedia types! Gardein wants you! Make a 60-second video featuring gardein products, and you could win a a FLIP (8GB Mino HD) and $50 in gardein product coupons. Additional prizes will be gifted to a second-place winner and two runners-up. The deadline to enter is February 2nd, so get creating!

Not really food-related, but Kitty Utopia is giving away a Sprout Cat Tree House. Just send ’em your cute, fuzzy and/or funny cat photos, and you and Mr. Kitteh could win! The deadline is March 31st, so you’ve got plenty of time for the inevitable photo shoots of frustration. Seeing as OMG I HAS FOUND A KITTEH ON MAI DOORSTEP! earlier this week (for serious!), we could really use a ginormous cat tree-house-gym-palace thingamabobbie. I’d like to keep my furniture intact, thanks.

Last but not least, PETA is offering up a copy of Fresh and Fast Vegan to one lucky reader.

Elsewhere on the interwebz:

Check out Spay & Neuter Kansas City’s volunteer opportunities and weekly recap here and here. And like its Facebook page, mkay? It has OODLES and OODLES of cute puppy and kitteh pictures, so there’s no reason not to!

viva la vegan! is looking for volunteer vegan mentors. Maybe that’s you? Or perhaps you’re the newbie in need of guidance? Either way, deets and signup sheet here.

OMG TOFURKY IS SELLING RETRO LUNCHBOXES TO RAISE MONEY FOR ANIMAL RESCUE ORGS! WANT WANT WANT! Not that, um, I have to carry my lunch more than 20 feet from the kitchen to the office. But still. RETRO VEGAN LUNCHBOXES!

Pssst! Vegan Pizza Day! Next Saturday! See you there?

No, wait.

SEE YOU THERE!!!!!!!

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.

On MLK Day

January 17th, 2011 5:36 pm by Kelly



 

I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea.

– Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail
 

Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don’t believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others.

Coretta Scott King

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!

http://www.perfectpizzapress.com