Saturday Garbage Plate: The Only To Do List That Matters!

April 16th, 2011 5:47 pm by Kelly

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Make pizza, photograph pizza, eat pizza, blog pizza, repeat. (THE STORY OF MY LIFE, YO!) Sunday through Saturday, we’ve got a recipe to inspire you. Put these pies on your to do list and eat ’em!

Contests & recipes! Mercy for Animals has a free copy of Kathy Freston’s Veganist up for grabs; Experience Life has a dozen copies of Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Diet; and you can snag a Mediterranean Bread Dipping Set at The Hungry Vegan. Finally, as part of its Vegan Bucket List giveaway series, VegNews is offering up one-year membership to Spork Online to a lucky reader.

Speaking of (ahem!) VegNews, perhaps you’ve heard about the latest controversy to rock the vegan community? This week the vegan blog QuarryGirl revealed that VegNews routinely uses stock photos in both its magazine and on its website – including photos of dishes containing dairy, eggs and meat, sometimes doctored to appear vegan. (In the most egregious example, animal bones were Photoshopped out of a photo of BBQ ribs.) Understandably, many vegans and/or foodies are pissed and offended, myself included; if I hadn’t already decided to let my subscription lapse, this kerfuffle – and VegNews’ lackluster response – might have led me to cancel it. But since I only have one issue left, the point is kind of moot.

Anyhow, I won’t get into it further – mostly because everything I have to say has already been said (and in LOL cat form, to boot) – but. I would like to take the opportunity to point you to this wonderful piece by Katrina Fox of The Scavenger: VegNews controversy offers creative opportunities, with a special emphasis on the suggestions for positive change.

So, to people who create vegan dishes or eat out at vegan restaurants: Take photos of vegan dishes, upload them to Flickr, drop an email to VegNews and other vegan publications offering your photos.

To photographers (vegan or otherwise): Ditto above.

To VegNews editors (and other vegan magazines): Post information on your website about specs for photographs: what you need to be able to include a good photograph of print quality. Put a callout to your readers, to photographers (vegan or otherwise) to take pics of vegan food.

Vegans are fantastic at galvanising into action. So, let’s flood Flickr with images of delicious vegan food.

Let’s make sure that vegan publications no longer need to use stock images of meat, dairy and egg dishes.

Let’s take this unfortunate incident and turn it into an opportunity that will benefit everyone – most of all the animals we seek to protect from suffering.

How about it, vegans? If there’s one thing we’re good at, it’s food! Making food, eating food, discussing food, fantasizing about food. AND TAKING AND SHARING PICTURES OF IT ALL! Hey, I’ll start! Here’s my food (not-)porn collection on Flickr, with a set each dedicated to human food, dog food, and – the most important food group of them all – PIZZA! Yum, I’m getting hungry just typing about it. (What did I say about us vegans, hmmmm?)

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I showed you mine, now you show me yours!

Need another tumblog to follow? (Probably not, but roll with me here.) Pizza in the movies FTW!

Spay & Neuter Kansas City sterilized 106 dogs and cats this week and distributed 810 pounds of dog and cat food through its community food pantry. Check out SNKC’s weekly recap for more, including an update on Queenie and instructions for those wishing to donate money or volunteer their time to help the companion animals of Kansas City!

Dooley, Libby and Suzie Loo are this week’s Waifs of the Week! Visit Wayside Waifs to see all the lovely nonhumans who are waiting to meet you RIGHT NOW!

Hey, pro-choice Missouri! NARAL is holding a lobby day in Jefferson City on Tuesday, May 3. Here are the deets:

Last week, your Missouri House spent hours debating and passing HB28, which allows any pharmacy to refuse to sell emergency contraception. It also places new restrictions on medical abortion – as if we didn’t have enough already!

Contrary to all reason and scientific evidence, the House declared that emergency contraception causes abortion, and therefore, pharmacies can refuse to provide this type of birth control if they don’t want to. Clearly, the Missouri House has little respect for women. They have decided that women can’t think for themselves and that endangering women’s health is OK in the service of “pro-life” politics.

Seriously, could they be any more offensive?

This is your last chance to tell lawmakers in person that they have it all wrong. We need your voice in Jefferson City on Tuesday, May 3. Your representatives need to know that women can and do think for themselves, that pharmacists should dispense prescriptions, not moral judgments, and that women’s health is more important than political posturing.

Will you please join us, along with our coalition partners Planned Parenthood and Faith Aloud, for our final lobby day of the year?

What: NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri Lobby Day
When: Tuesday, May 3 from 10:00 – 2:30p.m.
Where: Missouri Capitol, Jefferson City, MO
(Free bus available from St. Louis!)

Please RSVP as soon as possible! Give us a call (314.531.8616) or send us an email at

Psst: We need Lobby Team Leaders too! Let us know if you’re interested!


Saturday Garbage Plate: Onion Rings & Shiny Things

April 9th, 2011 4:23 pm by Kelly

DIY Vegan Pizza

A DIY thin crust vegan pizza with tomato paste, nutritional yeast, chopped garlic, chilli flakes, pepper, salt, courgette, oyster mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes. YUM.
CC image via flickr user Si!.

Sunday through Saturday, we’ve got you covered with a delicious vegan pizza recipe for every day of the week. NOM!

Contests and giveaways! The Feminist Majority Foundation is holding a Ms. Fan Raffle – enter to win a “This is what a feminist looks like” tee, as well as other gear and merch. Pinnacle: Reinvent the Icon – which vegansaurus! describes as an “anti-fur fashion movement” (I DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS!) – is holding a logo design contest; the winner gets 100 pins sporting their design and, I assume, fame and fortune. Finally, Savvy Chic has $1 off coupons for Lightlife, FREE TO ALL!

Spay & Neuter Kansas City has its latest weekly recap up. This week, SNKC spayed and neutered 121 dogs and cats and distributed 1,500 lbs. of food to animals in need. Awesomeness! Show them some love (as in money!) here.

Murphy, Sir Fancy Pants & Sam are Wayside Waifs’s Waifs of the Week. Get to know them. Love them. AND TAKE THEM HOME!

In honor of spring’s arrival, the Urban Vegan has 101 fast recipes for inspired picnics! Picnics rock! Take me on one please?

Hey, animal peeps! Vegan outreach on Earth Day. DO IT! with some free materials from FARM. Deets here.

The Sexy Vegan has devised a way to make Onion Ring Encrusted Onion Rings! And he totally wants to teach it to you!

I bet they taste awesome on pizza!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday Garbage Plate: Always add (vegan) cheese. ALWAYS.*

April 2nd, 2011 11:52 am by Kelly


I don’t know about you, but I bathe in mozzarella Follow Your Heart.
(What? Cheddar would just be silly!)

Here’s a roundup of the seven delicious, vegan recipes we featured on twitter this week. For even more oozy, gooey vegan pizza not-porn, follow us on tumblr, too – fuck yeah vegan pizza – and share your own pizza nomz if you got ’em!

Contests and giveaways! Continuing with its Vegan Bucket List theme, VegNews is giving away a Matt & Nat handbag made from recycled water bottles. How cool is that!?! (Answer: very.) Enter to win here.

Also, Spay & Neuter Kansas City announced its upcoming “Where’s Mowgley?” contest this week. SNKC’s newest mascot, Mowgley the stuffed dog, will be photographed around town starting April 7th. The first reader to guess his location wins a prize. Contest rules & regulations are available here.

In other animal-related news, check out Wayside Waifs’ Waifs of the Week. Lauren, Yukiko and Penguin – so cute! I wish I could adopt them all!

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Even without cheese, vegan pizza night is the best night of the week!
CC image via flickr user tofutti break.

Hey, Hollyweird! (Oh how I amuse myself!) Eat at Pizza Fusion tomorrow, mention ARME, and ARME gets a cut of the profits! Do it! Deets here.

Did you hear the news? Paula Deen is going vegan! Psych!

Last but not least, VegNews has a great roundup of all the vegan and vegan-friendly fundraisers benefiting the quake and tsunami survivors in Japan: Vegans Support Japan. Don’t forget to bookmark my own hub, Disaster Relief in Japan: Animal Rescue & Vegan/Animal-Friendly Resources, which I continue to update several times a week.

* Joking, obvs. Using cheese as an exfoliant is just plain wasteful!

Find-a-Friend Friday: Woozelnaree

March 25th, 2011 10:44 am by Kelly


Woozelnaree, a brown and white masked bandit ferret!
Photos via Wayside Waifs.

Ferrets! It’s not often that I feature ferrets in this here space, ’cause there aren’t usually of whole lot of the little buggers available for adoption – or at least not locally – and those who are, are usually listed through the Kansas City Ferret Hotline. Not that there’s anything wrong with that; not at all! I just like to highlight a wide variety of animal rescue groups, too.

Woozelnaree is currently staying at Wayside Waifs, which you probably know through its dog and cat rescue and educational activities. In the several years that I’ve been writing this column, Woozelnaree is the first ferret I’ve ever seen at Wayside. Here’s what they have to say about the little guy:


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

Hi, I’m Woozelnaree! I’m a very handsome guy looking for a home to call my own. I’m a very well mannered ferret, and I’m usually easy to handle. I love to explore my surroundings and watch everything going on around me. Of course, I always want to join in on all the fun and mischief.

Are you familiar with ferrets? If not, let me enlighten you with some ferret facts. According to a popular ferret website, we are “the third most common uncaged pets in North America today.” How cool is that? That means more and more people are “ferret proofing” their homes and letting us live cage free. Once we are litter boxed trained and you have ferret proofed your home, you can let your ferret roam free around him/her room. Of course, you’ll want to keep my living area free of debris that I could ingest! And you’ll want to watch where you step or move things, just to keep me out of harms way. I’m very gregarious, and I love meeting new people. Ferrets are very social pets, and we often do well with being kept with other ferrets. What is life without a best friend?

Now you should know that I do have my faults. I am a bit of a kleptomaniac! Sorry, but it’s true! I’ll take whatever I can fit in my mouth and make off with it as quickly as I can. Don’t be surprised while you’re cleaning if you find my stockpile of stolen things. Those things may or many not include your long forgotten missing sock, a dryer sheet, a cat toy, a roll of stamps, some of your childrens’ toys, a dog toy, and the drain stopper to your tub. Consider yourself warned! And sometimes, just sometimes, we ferrets get a little excited and will give you a love nip. It usually doesn’t hurt much, but it is one of the ways we explore our world and surroundings. So if you aren’t comfortable helping me learn good play manners, than I may not be the right pet for you. If I still sound like your perfect pet, come make me yours today! I can’t wait to meet you! Ask to meet me, Woozelnaree, today!

Click here to see all the animals at Wayside Waifs. Please call our Adoptions Department if you are interested in this animal to make certain he/she is still available for adoption! ADOPTION INFORMATION: All Wayside Waifs pets are spayed/neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations prior to adoption. Please note that in order to make the best match possible, potential adopters must come to the Wayside Waifs in person to meet with an adoption counselor and complete the adoption process. All members of the household (including other pets, if possible) should be present to ensure the chosen pet is compatible with everyone. We do not place holds or do adoptions over the phone and we do not ship pets.

More about Woozelnaree
Pet ID: A12490796 • Spayed/Neutered • Up-to-date with routine shots • House trained • Primary color: Black • Coat length: Short

Well, you heard the man. Call Wayside Waifs! Now!

Find-a-Friend Friday: Esme & Ester

February 18th, 2011 9:56 am by Kelly

The story of Esme & Ester (abridged, < 2 minutes). Doesn't the still shot just break your heart? YouTube video courtesy of Wayside Waifs.

When first I spied Esme in Wayside Waifs’ weekly newsletter (she was one of three “Waifs of the Week”), my eye was immediately drawn to her. Not because she’s gorgeous (though she totally is! such fluffy, snow-white fur – and so much of it, too!), but rather because I thought she was missing a leg. (Seriously, check out her photo! Do you see her front right leg?) And if you know me, you know that I have a soft spot for the hard luck cases.


Esme (left) and Ester (right), a pair of bonded, purebred American Eskimo dogs
available for adoption through Wayside Waifs.
Photos courtesy of Wayside Waifs.

Alas, all four of Esme’s legs are intact and functioning. Yet, Esme’s is still a “special needs” case. At 6 years old young, she’s hardly a shiny new pup anymore. Plus, she has a younger sis (Ester) with whom she’d desperately like to be adopted. As hard as it can be to place one dog in a happy new home, try two! To say that it’s doubly difficult is an understatement. And yet, this is just what the nice folks at Wayside Waifs are trying to do.

Here are Esme and Ester’s Petango listings, in order:

Name: Esme
Animal ID: 12242995
Breed: American Eskimo
Age: 6 years
Gender: Female
Color: White
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
No: Small Children
Size: Medium

Hello everyone! It’s me, Esme, a 6 year old purebred American Eskimo lover of a dog searching for a home of my own. I’m so cute and soft and sweet and cuddly, I will take your breath away! I sure hope you fall in love with me, because I’ve had it with life in a shelter and I want to go home!

At 20 pounds, I’m a perfect medium size to cozy up next to you on the couch. I’m not too big, not too small. And are you familiar with my breed? Well, besides our beauty, we’re known for being loyal and smart. You can’t go wrong with those qualities, can you?

I came to Wayside as a transfer from another shelter. Well, first I was surrendered to that other shelter, along with my sister, Ester, when our owner could no longer care for us. Living in one shelter was bad enough, then no one came for us so we were sent here. It’s almost too much to handle! My sister and I would like to be adopted out together since we have lived our lives together.

I’m sort of shy, at least until I get to know you and trust you. No, I’m not the life of the party and probably never will be, but if a sweet, quiet girl is more your style, then you won’t go wrong with me. I love to go for walks with the volunteers around the Wayside campus and they say I do really well with leash walking. And after our walks, a little cuddle time is definitely in order. Anything to keep from going back to my kennel!

In my new home, I’m looking for patience, understanding, attention, and love. Do you think you can give me all that? I’d like a new home without kids under the age of 12. They are scary and unpredictable to me and they make me nervous. Other dogs are ok, but please bring them to meet me before we all go home together.

I’m in the prime of my life and I deserve a home of my own with people who care about me. Isn’t that what we’re all looking for? Someone to care for us and someone to care about? That’s all I want. Please come to meet me soon. I need you.

Love, Esme