Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Kansas City Missouri News

Local Adoption Program Seeking Volunteer Help for Pet Expo
Greetings!Halfway Home Pet Adoptions Program is seeking volunteer help to take pets for adoption to this year's Pet Expo at the American Royal April 18th and 19th. Halfway Home Pet Adoptions is the organization that has taken over the Kansas City Missouri Animal Health and Public Safety Facility and is in need of volunteer help as well as supplies. A wish list can be found on their website at http://www.petshalfwayhome.com/Your support and time will help their homeless pets find loving homes. If you can help please contact Dr. Steckelberg or Jennifer Shive at 816-513-9853.

Halfway Home Pet Adoptions
4400 Raytown Road
Kansas City, MO 64129
Phone: (816) 513-9853
As always, we thank you for your efforts to help the animal community!

Imagine The Suffering This Poor Baby Went Through!!!

Last year Dwayne Sumter was charged with animal cruelty for his crime against Little Pit Girl. I know many of you remember this case it was heartbreaking. She was found dead in a suit case, she had been left in a garage in a crate with no food or water. She chewed herself out of the crate and then later died. She laid herself down in the suit case and that is where she died. Our District Attorney’s office filed animal cruelty charges against Dwayne Sumter and there is a warrant out for his arrest. Shortly after this crime Sumter was moved to Ft. Hood so at this point the warrant remains open and he cannot be put through the court system as he is out of the reach.
Now we have Franklyn J. Zimmerman Jr., who adopted two dogs from Pet Guardian Angel and allegedly killed one of them by stomping her to death and broke the other dog’s leg in three places. The names of these victims are Tinkerbelle and Wrigley. Below is the story in case you had not heard about it.
Tonight Monica Balderrama of KFOX Channel 14 is doing a follow up story on both of these cases at 9pm. I know many of you are angered and disgusted with these crimes. I feel the Army owes this community a FULL OUT STATEMENT on how these soldiers are being prosecuted or disciplined by the Army. To this day we have never had an official statement from the Army on what if any disciplinary action they took against Dwayne Sumter for his alleged crime against the dog in his care. We have a large animal rescue community and your donation dollars support all the work that we do in this community we all have the right to know what will happen to these soldiers. Is there a serious problem with animal abuse at Fort Bliss ? How will they address this issue? I have asked them to give me in WRITING what the Army’s disciplinary action was against Dwayne Sumter and also for Zimmerman. What can we expect from the Army? Honesty? Ethical responsibility to our community?
If you would like to contact the Army’s Public Relations Office with a letter and your own questions I will give you Jean Offutt and her email
Jean.offutt@us.army.mil she can be reached at 568-4505. Please take the time to email or call her today!!!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Bundle Up

The last winter blast from above has come and gone very quickly. It came in the night and is such a treat to wake up to the pureness of snow around you. I'm not exactly a rural dog so don't expect me out in it for more than five minutes unless a frisbee is near me. So bundle up once again and finish up your firewood. We are down to our last log.....
Follow the yellow brick road......

Saturday, March 28, 2009

My Life Has Turned Upside Down

Things aren't going so great right now. Big Tom just had knee surgery. He had to have some of his meniscus removed and a ligament that was torn fixed and basically clean the knee out some. At any rate he is out of commission for a few days on the Frisbee throwing which puts me in a terrible mood. The weather has turned cold and nasty so another excuse the family will use to keep me indoors for the weekend. My buddy Baxter and Derek were suppose to come up for the day to take a walk with us but that's on hold due to the weather.
Guess I'll be hanging out on the couch with the gimp. If I lay depressed like this think "Mom" might baby me too??? When the Big Man's down I'm down....I've always got his back. Some say I have sympathy pain right along with him. Notice who has the new toy by them!!!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Watch Dateline Tonight

The cat is out of the bag - or should we say the dog out of the hutch! This Friday night, March 27, ABC's Nightline will be investigating puppy mills!ABC Correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi and investigators from Nightline travel the byways and back roads of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania - visiting numerous puppy mills and filming Main Line Animal Rescue's volunteers as they rescue breeding dogs and puppies from Lancaster County's notorious Amish commercial breeding facilities. This promises to be a very special program. If you are involved in rescue, advocate on behalf of the millions of puppy mill dogs interned in our nation's commercial dog breeding facilities, or if you just simply love animals, you will not want to miss this. Sharyn Alfonsi interviewed, on camera, an Amish breeder while touring his facility - a first for network television. With approximately 500 dogs housed on his property, this commercial breeder speaks openly about an industry cloaked in secrecy and suspicion - the cruel factory farming of man's best friend. PLEASE tell your friends, your family, your coworkers - ABC Nightline investigates puppy mills - this Friday at 11:35 pm (Eastern Standard Time). Please take the time to forward this to all the rescues, shelters, and legislators in your area. It has been almost one year since Oprah's puppy mill show aired. That program received the highest viewer response of any Oprah Show in years. Now we need to spread the word about this very special Nightline. Only by educating as many people as we can, will we be able to help these animals. And after you watch the program, please don't hesitate to contact ABC and Nightline to thank them for casting such a strong light on the plight of our nation's puppy mill dogs.
Bill Smith
Main Line Animal Rescue
Friday's airing of Nightline's investigation of puppy mills is subject to breaking news. If for any reason it is not shown, it will air the beginning of next week. Please check listings for your time zone.

Rescuing a Dog Is Always Worth It

While Spay & Neuter Kansas City's primary focus is spaying and neutering, we occasionally come across a pet in need. The story below is about Mowgli who was rescued by our group and will touch your heart. We hope that you or someone you know can help Mowgli find the new home he deserves.
Out of the Woods

Posted on March 25th, 2009 in See Story on SNKC Blog
Rescuing dogs isn't always a quick and easy process. Sometimes, you have to work for a very long time to succeed. In my experience, though, the payoff is always worth it.

When we first found out about Mowgli earlier this year, we weren't expecting it to take eight weeks to rescue him. He was spotted running along the road near our clinic on January 13th. We later found out that he had made a den for himself in a wooded area nearby, living on wildlife and whatever food people would throw to him.When we attempted to call him the first time, a driver passing us on the road informed us that he had seen the dog being dumped there out of a pickup truck nearly two weeks earlier, and that he hadn't been able to get a license plate number but had been feeding the dog periodically since then.For the next two months, each of our staff members and several SNKC volunteers took turns walking to the woods to bring him food, calling for him and trying to reassure him that we were there to help him. After all that time, he still wouldn't come within 20 feet of anyone. After trying every different kind of food we could think of and even a live trap, we came to the conclusion that we were going to have to try a different approach if we ever wanted to bring him in.
On March 19th, several staff members and volunteers trekked out to the woods to capture Mowgli. The group was able to surround him and slowly close in. Mowgli attempted to hide under some bushes nearby, but the group was able to gently lift him out. Although he didn't protest the leash that was put around his neck, he allowed (required) the girls to carry him out of the woods and back to the car.Over the past week, all of us at SNKC have grown to love this gentle, loving dog. He's currently sitting behind me while I type this, relaxing on a comfy blanket and watching the activity here at the clinic.Right now, Mowgli's most immediate need is medical care. He has tested positive for heartworms and will be receiving treatment here at SNKC. If you would like to donate to help us cover the cost of his treatment, you can do so online via PayPal at our donation page.We are also seeking a home for Mowgli, so if you are interested in fostering or adopting this sweet boy, please e-mail Gloria Harris for information.
The red x is where Mowgli called home for several months of sub zero temperatures, snow and rain. He always stayed in the area most likely waiting for his owners to return.

Mowgli will need to go to a home that is familiar with his breed (Pit Bull), willing to learn and that does not live in a city with a Pit Bull ban. He is gentle, very sweet natured but shy. If you are interested please contact Gloria Harris http://ssomail.charter.net/do/mail/message/mailto?to=gloriah%40snkc.net
Spay & Neuter Kansas City6817 Stadium DriveKansas City, Missouri 64129816-353-0940http://ssomail.charter.net/do/redirect?url=http%253A%252F%252Frs6.net%252Ftn.jsp%253Fet%253D1102524969089%2526e%253D001A52CogC12_DSkYUhDtdwzQ2BES-S4gYPHAa-tavB50j_mEl-ti-SaSEbF-eX1v1H0PIJ4vcc8kf_9Yiy945NODhZej1Vpvf2OJmu93En6QE%253DFoster Homes Needed for Local Animal Groups
Many of our local animal welfare groups are seeing an increase of animals needing homes due to the economy. Many of these animals are coming from families who simply can no longer financially care for them and some have lost their homes and cannot take their pets with them. While SNKC is helping many of these families by providing cat/dog food to temporarily help them through some troubled times, many local shelters and rescue groups could use more foster homes. Contact your local animal shelter or rescue group and help by taking a pet into your home allowing these groups to continue helping additional pets in need.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Free Copies to Elected officials, animal control directors etc...

This is the book "mom" read and thought was absolutely fabulous. It is an eye opener for any animal lover. The No Kill Advocacy Center is giving away the store for the sake of the animals...
The No Kill Advocacy Center is offering free copies of Redemption, the most acclaimed book on animal shelters ever written, to any elected official, staff reporter, or animal control director.
We need to change the way shelters operate and our director is willing to pay for it! He has generously donated “as many copies as it takes” of his award-winning book to get City Council Members, Board of Supervisors, Mayors, Assemblymen, Senators, County Commissioners, even staff reporters and animal control directors to read it. All they have to do is ask for it.
If we receive a letter on official stationary from them asking for a copy, we’ll send it free, no strings attached.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I Love Your Blog Award

Our dear fellow blogger " A Blog Of Books" who I follow her blog sent me this award so not only do I thank her but I want to pass the award on as well to the top five blogs on my list who deserve it.Here is what this Award stands for: These blogs are exceedingly charming and fabulously written. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement but sheer entertainment and reaching out to others. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more people will follow their blogs. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to five bloggers who must choose five more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.I am going to pass this award on to my very favorite blogs that you have to check out:

Black Dog Rescue Ranch http://blackdogrescueranch.blogspot.com/
The Poodle (and Dog) Blog
Is There Anybody Out There
A Blog of Books
Crazy Soccer Mom http://crazysoccermom.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Spay and Neuter, Kansas City, Missouri

Exciting Events in APRIL!Volunteers Appreciated
In This Issue
Welcome April
Rabies Clinic
Pets Helping People
Pet Expo
Quick LinksSNKC.NET

Interested in impacting the lives of needy pets? Please contact Tamara Scharfenkamp by email at Tamara@snkc.net.

Spring is in the air and so are some exciting opportunities to volunteer with us at Spay & Neuter Kansas City. From creative talents to mad organization skills- we have a job ready for you! I am looking forward to a fabulous volunteer turn out over the month of April. And, if we haven't had a chance to meet yet, what a better way than do so while helping our pet community.Tamara ScharfenkampDirector Volunteer/Pet Outreach Programtamara@snkc.netTwitter:DVSGEM

Rabies Clinic SNKC will be hosting 2 low cost vaccination clinics on April 4th and 11th. The clinic hours are 10AM-12PM. We request volunteers arrive at 9:30AM and be prepared to work through 12:30PM. 10-12 Volunteers are needed to help with gathering patient information, assigning license and tag numbers, and traffic control.

Pets Helping People This clinic focus is on Microchips and plans to serve 400-500 people. 2 volunteers are needed to hand out vouchers/coupons and 1 to assist the vet. Volunteers need to report by 8:30 AM on Saturday the 4th at Conn-West Elementary in Grandview. The clinic will end at 1PM.
Pet Expo April 18-19, 2009 We are excited to have a booth at the Pet Expo this year. Volunteer opportunities are available to help set-up/tear down as well as pass out information, foam fingers and provide public education regarding Spay & Neuter Kansas City. Volunteers will have same day FREE admittance to the EXPO. Hours are: Sat 10AM-7PM and Sun 10AM-5PM. We will staff 2 volunteers per shift in 4 hours time slots.


Tamara S
Director Volunteers
Pet Outreach
Spay & Neuter Kansas City

All I Need Is Love

These dogs are located in Jefferson County Animal Control in Barnhart, Missouri, 30 minutes south of St. Louis. These dogs are euthanized every Thursday and sometimes sooner based on holidays and capacity. This facility is not heated and many dogs are kept outside in kennels. Please help if you can!To see all available dogs, go to http://www.flickr.com/groups/needrescue. Please join our group to see all photos and help these wayward animals find homes!These dogs are due to be euthanized on 3/26/09 at 8:30 a.m. If you are able to rescue or adopt, you must make arrangements before that time. Their phone number is 636-797-5577.63206 2 y/o M Lab mix (neutered, only $25)63687 2 y/o F Pit/Shepherd mix63894 2 y/o F Pitbull Terrier64063 3 y/o M Heeler mix64112 2 y/o F Chow mix (looks to be more Shepherd)64102 1 y/o M Terrier mix64131 2 y/o M Lab mix64777 1 y/o M Schnauzer/Beagle64774 1 y/o M Schnauzer/Beagle64798 7 y/o M American Rottweiler (Malcolm is housebroken, good with cats and kids, but not other dogs - he also fully vaccinated including rabies. Surrendered because of divorce.) Someimes I just don't have time to put all the adorable pictures of the babies up so please contact them or go on their website if you are interested. They are so cute. Hudson

Monday, March 23, 2009

Need Adoption

East Prairie, MO: HIGHLY ADOPTABLE DOGS NEEDING IMMEDIATE RESCUE!!! Lab puppy, lab/beagle mixes, male pittie, lab mixes! LOOK!
All of the following dogs are available for immediate rescue in East Prairie, MO. Their time is limited. I can pull and hold these dogs until transport. Discounted vetting is available. Please give these rural dogs a chance at a nice, warm, comfy home- not the outdoor lives they live now. Please feel free to email me with any additional questions.1. Two 7 month old, unaltered female lab/beagle mixes. Are currently beagle size. Such beautiful sweethearts. A lady called and asked for assistance in placing these dogs- she is moving in a month. Four dogs are forced to live in this tiny outdoor pen with that small barrel as shelter. These two sweethearts deserve better, please help them. 2. Approx. 1-2 year old unaltered male black lab. Look at that SMILE, those pearly whites! Very friendly, not a barker.3. Haley: a female black lab puppy, approx. 4 months old, 20 pounds. Very sweet, wondering why she is in jail!4. Approx. 2 year old, unaltered female mix breed dog. Owner surrender. Has been here a couple months. Medium build, estimated weight no more than 30 pounds.5. Two unaltered male sibling lab/pit puppies. Approx. 7 months old. Very friendly, will make great family pets. The future for these two is not good, please make room. 6. Crusoe: Three year old, 50 pound, neutered male pit bull. Heartworm positive. Saved from being put down at my local pound, which has a ban on pitties. I believe he came from a life on a chain. Has fly bite scars on both ears, and at first was very uneasy about coming/living in the house. He is making tremendous strides and getting better everyday. Good with other socialized dogs, would not put him with a dominant male. Cats are not recommended. He is the biggest baby and will make someone an amazing pet!7. West: Approx. 2 year old unaltered male black lab mix. Brown specks on the inner side of all his legs. A huge lover, currently living as a stray in the country. Please give this big gentle giant a chance, he deserves it.

Alanna 573-703-7263


Poor, sweet Chester. He stood and listened patiently, day in and day out, as happy people came by and whisked many of his pals off to their new "forever homes" and exciting rescue destinations, where they would finally be surrounded by warmth and love -- where they would finally know what it's like to feel wanted.

Nobody, however, came for dear, darling Chester. You see, Chester is blind -- and he's beginning to have doubts. He's starting to wonder whether anyone will ever be able to love a blind boy, like him. Still, though, Chester waits patiently for that special someone who will be able to look beyond his little "disability" to see what a good, handsome and truly loving boy he is...

Yes, adorable, Chester, the fuzzy BLIND SHEPHERD MIX still desperately needs a wonderful rescue or a special forever home. Is there anybody out there who can help him??

The good folks from Saving Georgia Dogs pulled Chester from a high-kill shelter, where they knew that he had NO chance of adoption. Thus far, however, they have been unable to find a suitable rescue or home for this sweet boy (can you believe it??), so he is currently being housed at a Georgia boarding kennel (NOT the best situation for a gentle blind boy, like Chester). The people at the pound estimated that Chester is 1-2 years old. Chester is heart-worm negative, and he has already been fully vetted. All he needs now is a loving rescue or home!

I'm told that Chester has a very sweet temperment and that he gets along well with other dogs. Although he is currently located in Georgia, I feel confident that we can help to find and arrange some sort of transportation to a reputable rescue or to a wonderful approved home.

If you can help, or if you need additional information, please contact me (Emma) at http://ssomail.charter.net/do/redirect?url=http%253A%252F%252Fus.mc343.mail.yahoo.com%252Fmc%252Fcompose%253Fto%253Dseamonkey_avenger%2540yahoo%252B.com . Or contact Suzy (she's there in Georgia) at http://ssomail.charter.net/do/redirect?url=http%253A%252F%252Fus.mc343.mail.yahoo.com%252Fmc%252Fcompose%253Fto%253DTalulaughbell%2540aol%252B.com (remove spaces before ".com"). If you'd rather talk to me via phone, please e-mail your phone number to me (Emma), and I will be happy to call you.

Please see his photo attached below (doesn't he look like a Teddy-bear??). Or click these handy links:

Please, whatever you do, don't forget about sweet Chester. He's counting on you!!

Won't You Please Take Me Home

There is one fawn male pit bull mix at the Franklin Co. Humane Society in Union who is in extremely urgent need. Jayne went to the shelter yesterday to transport a puppy and met this boy. He is a love. He was completely evaluated and accepted into a rescue, however the foster home he was going to had a previous foster returned and they had no room. He is not neutered, but his vetting is sponsored by me. He is HW negative and UTD on vaccinations. Transport and pulling help is available. Please email or call Jayne at 314-537-0472 if you can help or email her at www.savinggeorgiadogs.org. This poor boy deserves another chance.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Miley is living with us and we LOVE IT !!!

If you've never foster a dog we highly recommend it. It is a great way to check out different breeds and dogs. It is also such an important part of the NO KILL FUTURE as all of us need to support our local shelters and rescue groups. OUr family is fostering Miley for a month and she is such a blast to have around.
Meet our beautiful foster dog Miley. She was adopted out from the Human Society in St. Charles at 12 weeks old. She is a gorgeous lab mix who is still playful and loving. She is now seven years old and a very gentle, housebroken dog. She loves other dogs but doesn't like cats. She would make a wonderful pet. The Human Society tried to find her owners with numerous calls and a certified letter and they haven't responded and are unreachable as many of the numbers are disconnected. If you'd like to adopt her you can call St. Charles Human Society as she will be up for ADOPTION in one month.

Carthage, ILLINOIS: basset mix boy URGENT!!!
This boy was found stray and is now located at the Hancock County dog pound in Carthage, ILLINOIS. I believe him to be a basset mix, around 25 pounds, small in size, good with other dogs, younger 1 year old maybe. He is extremely sweet!! His euthanasia date is this Friday 3-20 if he doesn’t get rescued. Please if you can help, contact me at westhancockk9@mchsi.com. Transport is available


I rescued a human today. Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.

I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn't want her to know that I hadn't been walked today. Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone's life. She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.. I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor.

So many more are out there who haven't walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one. I rescued a human today."(Author unknown)

Inmates Need Homes Quick

The lastest update is that Charger has now found rescue and will be safe, however there are still 3 other dogs that are released today and still do not have a rescue commitment :( Please take a look below at Gwen, Odie and Scrappy....they will all be PTS at the end of the day if rescue does not come before then. I know that times are really tough right now for everyone, but please let me know ASAP if you can help ANY of them....rescue is their only chance and they only have hours left to find it!!! Please also read the update below on Ginger....additional services have been offered to any rescue that can help her. She is in temporary boarding and is quickly running out of time. I also wanted to let all of you know that sadly, there is no new information on Patty the missing dog :(

All of these dogs are located at a high-kill animal control facility in NW IN. This facility does not do public adoptions, so their only hope is to be saved by a rescue. If these dogs are not rescued in time, they will be PTS! Please take a look at the attached pictures and if you can help any of them, please contact me at http://ssomail.charter.net/do/mail/message/mailto?to=dawn6639%40verizon.net as soon as possible. PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE SHELTER!
Even if you can't help....please cross-post to other rescues that you think may be able help. If cross-posting, please include ENTIRE post so that people do not contact the shelter. We have very limited transport resources, but will do our best to help get them to the Chicagoland area.

Gwen is a Black Lab mix...with what, I don't know?? She does have a very unique face :) She is a young female that was found as a stray and appears to be about 6 months old. She is less than knee high and is about 30-35 pounds. This poor little girl is absolutely terrified of being at the shelter. She just stood there trembling while I was petting her and looked like she was thinking "please get me the heck out of here"! She does not seem to mind the other dogs.

Odie is some sort of Terrier/Hound mix. He is a male that was found as a stray and appears to be about 3 years old. He is a litle timid of being at the shelter, but was very sweet and affectionate. He had a pretty calm personality despite all the chaos around him and he has the cutest floppy crooked ears. He is not very big, around knee high and about 30-35 pounds. He does not seem to mind the other dogs.

Scrappy is a German Shepherd mix pup. This little guy is only about 2 months old and was found as a stray. He appears to be feral and will bite. He needs an experienced person that would be able to help socialize this poor little guy so that he is not terrified of people.

Parker appears to be a mix of a few different Terrier type dogs....not sure which ones though? He is just a young little man about 6 months old and he was found as a stray. He is completely white except for the brown polka-dots on his ears....very cute! He is a tiny emaciated little thing and is less than knee high and about 25 pounds. He is EXTREMELY afraid of being at the shelter and shook like a leaf the entire time I visited with him :( This poor little man is desperate for a place to go that can show him he does not have to be afraid! He is so afraid right now, he does not even pay attention to the other dogs.
Cali is a little wire-haired Terrier mix. She is just a tiny little female and weighs about 15 pounds. She was found as a stray and appears to be about 1-1/2 years old. She does have a docked tail. She is a very sweet and friendly little girl with everyone. She has a fairly calm personality and even sat when asked. She does not seem to mind the other dogs.

Ginger is a brindle colored mix of maybe Cattle Dog. She is a young female that was found as a stray and appears to be about 8 months old. She is a medium sized dog that is about knee high and weighs around 45 pounds. This girl was so full of tail wags and could not wait to be let out of her kennel to visit. Once she was out and I started to pet her, she just sat back and relaxed very calmly as if she coulnd't get enough :) She is very sweet and friendly with people, but she is very bossy and dominant of the other dogs. She will need an experienced owner to show her proper manners around the other dogs.
UPDATE: Ginger was placed in temporary boarding on 3/18 to escape from being needlessly euthanized! She is still in need of resuce ASAP as her boarding is only temporary!! Also, she has already been spayed thank you to a generous donor and is HW negative. ALSO: A FREE 8-week training course has been offered to help Ginger socialize better with other dogs to the rescue that takes her. The training is offered by Andrea Erb-Stuhlmacher who is a an experienced and licensed Dog Trainer/Handler that services the NW Indiana region and specializes in behavior modification. For more info, she can be contacted at 219-464-1893 or http://ssomail.charter.net/do/mail/message/mailto?to=dogtrainer3%40verizon.net.

All of these dogs can be viewed by clicking the following link:


Thank you-
Dawn S
Dog Rescue Volunteer

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Dogs In Danger At Jefferson County, Missouri Animal Control

These dogs are located in Jefferson County Animal Control in Barnhart, Missouri, 30 minutes south of St. Louis. These dogs are euthanized every Thursday and sometimes sooner based on holidays and capacity. This facility is not heated and many dogs are kept outside in kennels. Please help if you can!
To see all available dogs, go to http://ssomail.charter.net/do/redirect?url=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.flickr.com%252Fgroups%252Fneedrescue. Please join our group to see all photos and help these wayward animals find homes!These dogs are due to be euthanized on 3/19/09 at 8:30 a.m. If you are able to rescue or adopt, you must make arrangements before that time. Their phone number is 636-797-5577.

62622 1 y/o M Labrador Retriever mix

63262 2 y/o M Lab/Pitbull Terrier mix (Video)

63393 8 y/o F Shepherd mix

63206 2 y/o F Labrador Retriever mix (large, sweet girl! Very gentle!!! Video)

63192 2 y/o M Labrador Retriever (neutered - low adoption fee of $25 Knows sit. Video

)63237 2 m/o F Labrador Retriever/Pitbull Terrier mix

63240 2 m/o M Labrador Retriever/Pitbull Terrier mix

ANimal Rescue Konnection

This is a beautiful plea for help for her dogs you can contact her at cg_60@hotmail.com
Hi everyone. For those of you previously copied on last year's email, I am attaching the photos of Lucy which I finally received from the Sheriff's office. It will be a year next month that Lucy was shot. Of course, nothing was ever done about it. And nothing will be done about the cruelty that goes on until somehow, somewhere we get help. I want to know why we can't get a type of CSI for animals? To many, many of us these animals are more than animals, they are family!!! What can we do? Who can we contact? Lucy is in a better place and will never ever suffer again, go hungry or thirsty again, and now has playmates and all sort of friends where she is. I just hate thinking of how long Lucy laid there and bled out. Many of us small rescue groups do not have the financial resources to have adequate and approved (USDA - BIG JOKE) kennels. We pay for whatever vetting out of our own pockets and many, many times we go without food, and other necessities so these rescued many have food, water, shelter and vetting. Many of you responded with cash donations toward fencing and even some fencing material. It helped, believe me it helped. But I did not have enough man-power to help put it up for me or help me get this place in better shape. But there was so much more needed and no substantial resources to provide the other needs. Basically, the animals in my care had food, water, shelter, playtime and love as much as possible. Many, many of these guys are in great new homes, and believe me, just getting updates and pictures of them in their forever new homes makes it all worthwhile. Sadly, I have to move as my health is not bad, but I have MS and it is getting harder and more difficult to take care of the animals, especially the larger ones. My place needs so much work and I don't have the resources financially and manpower to keep up with things. I still try and help find the dogs, cats, puppies and kittens homes without taking them in to my own kennel area and they are still waiting at their present location to be rescued and given their second chance with a loving family. We do what we can to get the critical guys to safety ASAP. I will continue to help fight the cause of these animals from my new home, but it will be primarily by internet, books and articles I hope to publish, talks if I can (I know I am not anyone important but I can speak just as well as the important people), etc. I will volunteer at a shelter or two in my new area. I will help anyone I can try and cross post and find foster homes, but this area where I live now is not a good area for foster homes. They are few and far between. I plan on putting together a book with D'Ann Thompsen's help about our success stories to date. And there are many happy endings. That is what makes it all worth the work, sacrifice, tears and heartbreak we do experience. Thank you, all of you, who helped with what you could afford to halp out with. Thanks D'Ann for your never ending love of the animals and the sacrifices you make every day. Thank you to Talana and David for giving Zeus his forever wonderful new home when he was scheduled to die. Thank you Wayne for keeping Killer, nka Baby Girl, when I had no room, taking care of her babies, and giving what you could. Thank you all who help with the transport to get these animals to safety. We all just have to keep up the good work because just one life saved is worth a million.So please, let's not let Lucy's memory die with her. She did NOT deserve to die that agonizing death. I know who did it, but no way to prove it and no one to help get to the bottom of what happened. Sadly I have three wonderful rescue dogs still here and two rescue cats here. I have my own dog, Sugar, who can't go with me and it breaks my heart. I said I would never, ever move and not take her with me, but this move is not in my control. I prayer every day that someone will come along and say "hey, that is a great dog or that is a great cat". We'll give him/her a great home. Thanks again all of you.
ARK, Animal Rescue Konnection (on Petfinder's)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Joys Of Fostering

Today we have a beautiful lab mix sharing our home as we foster her for a month. My family loves to foster animals as it is a great way to help an animal out and see what different dogs are like to live with. We spoil them to death and this dog is no exception. She was adopted out by this shelter when she was 12 weeks old and she was just found as a stray two weeks ago. They have been trying to contact her family but all their numbers are out of date so they sent a certified letter. In the meantime this poor doll baby who is now 7 years old tested positive to heartworms. She had her two heartworm treatments at a vet animal hospital and was released to our family to foster her to be in a quiet environment while she recuperates. As some of you know heartworm treatments can kill a dog if they get excited or active ( even jumping, running or climbing stairs can kill them while they recover). She slept with Rick last night and is being smothered with love by my family. I have to admit I like the old gal myself. She is so smart and knows numerous commands. She is housebroken, extremely gentle and so loving. It is so much fun to open your house to a animal in need of some tender loving care by fostering.We'd like to share another story on fostering with you from a rescue friend:
"I've got my own rescued girl from Stray Rescue (by the way an amazing organization here in St. Louis). She was my 2nd foster & it was love at 1st sight. Took her home to "foster her" & just fell in love........she's 3 times the dog I'm supposed to have in my condo but dad is my landlord & no one complains bcz she's so awesome. She's a walking PR tool for Stray Rescue & rescued dogs in general. Every time someone stops to pet her or compliment me on what a beautiful girl Kia is I tell them she's a rescue....and depending upon how long they'll listen I start my spiel about rescue dogs. She's also my significant other. Kia actually has been to some of the 1st puppy mill protests at the Shrewbury VFW hall last winter. She was a walking example of a gorgeous, adjusted and loving shelter dog. They were selling Husky pups inside the hall which made me sick. Kia is a Husky. She went from an underweight, crying big baby at Stray Rescue's shelter to the "Queen of my Condo". I will attach a pix of her on her "thrown". This is from a wonderful women named Linda who is passionate about dogs and trying to help get them out of awful situations like puppy mills." She is one of those unsung hero's who has worked hours upon hours trying to educate the public on how dogs are treated in puppy mills. Here's to Kia & her loving owner and to all the wonderful dogs adopted from shelters.....

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Lead Foot Momma




One Sign You're Driving Too Fast........

My "mom" has the need for speed everytime she is behind the wheel of a car. She just can't help it she is always trying to cram more in her day then is humanly possible. She use to race her Cougar XR7 that had a 351 Cleveland engine in it in her teens whenever somebody thought they had a car faster than hers. She is a frustrated wanna be race car driver. Thank God she can talk her way out of 90% of tickets and has even gotten friends out of tickets when she is driving with them. She tells her parents and any cop who pulls her over that everyone has some vices but some people's vices are more than fun than others. Here's to vices that keep you young at heart even though you should try to improve with age and lose some of them. She gave up several things for LENT but her Indianapolis Race Car Skills wasn't one of them. As "mom" would say some people are born to be leaders...some followers...she prefers the lead with the wind in her face!!!

Beware Dog Owners Of Raisins

Written by: Laurinda Morris, DVM
Danville Veterinary Clinic
Danville , OH
This week I had the first case in history of raisin toxicity ever seen at MedVet. My patient was a 56-pound, 5 yr old male neutered lab mix that ate half a canister of raisins sometime between 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM on Tuesday. He started with vomiting, diarrhea and shaking about 1AM on Wednesday but the owner didn't call my emergency service until 7AM. I had heard somewhere about raisins AND grapes causing acute Renal failure but hadn't seen any formal paper on the subject. We had her bring the dog in immediately. In the meantime, I called the ER service at MedVet, and the doctor there was like me— had heard something about it, but we contacted
the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center and they said to give IV fluids at 1 & 1/2 times maintenance and watch the kidney values for the next 48-72 hours. The dog's BUN (blood urea nitrogen level) was already at 32 (normal less than 27) and creatinine over 5 (1.9 is the high end of normal). Both are monitors of kidney function in the bloodstream. We placed an IV catheter and started the fluids. Rechecked the renal values at 5 PM and the BUN was over 40 and creatinine over 7 with no urine production after a liter of fluids. At the point I felt the dog was in acute renal failure and sent him on to MedVet for a urinary catheter to monitor urine output overnight as well as overnight care. He started vomiting again overnight at MedVet and his renal values have continued to increase daily. He produced urine when given lasix as a diuretic. He was on 3 different anti-vomiting medications and they still couldn't control his vomiting. Today his urine output decreased again, his BUN was over 120, his creatinine was at 10, his phosphorus was very elevated and his blood pressure, which had been staying around 150, skyrocketed to 220 ... He continued to vomit and the owners elected to Euthanize.This is a very sad case - great dog, great owners who had no idea raisins could be a toxin. Please alert everyone you know who has a dog of this very serious risk. Poison control said as few as 7 raisins or grapes could be toxic. Many people I know give their dogs grapes or raisins as treats including our ex-handler's. Any exposure should give rise to immediate concern. Onions, chocolate, cocoa and macadamia nuts can be fatal, too. Even if you don't have a dog, you might have friends who do. This is worth passing on to them.

Confirmation from Snopes about the above .. http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/raisins.asp

Monday, March 9, 2009

New Director at Spay and Neuter

Spay & Neuter Kansas City, Missouri
SNKC has just selected our new Director of Volunteer and Pet Outreach Programs. We received lots of applications and interviewed many wonderful people, and the decision was tough, but we are very pleased to announce that we have chosen Tamara Scharfenkamp to join our team.
A life-long pet owner and animal advocate, Tamara has over 15 years' experience working with non-profit organizations, 13 of which were focused in Mental Health advocacy and 2 years in education. She holds an MS in Counseling Psychology and a BS in Criminal Justice and Psychology.
Tamara is an Animal Health Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer and current pack leader to Aphrodite the Dalmation, Osiris the Red Heeler, and Jakk the Jack Russell Terrier. The three dogs and her two domestic shorthair cats, Aristotle and Siddhartha, are all rescues she is honored to have in her life. She also shares her life with human, Rick, her significant other and partner in adventure.
"I'm excited to be involved with such a great organization," says Tamara. "Volunteering makes me feel alive, and I am looking forward to sharing my passion for volunteer work and compassion toward animals with everyone at Spay & Neuter KC and in the community."
We're very excited to have such a talented and passionate individual on our team, and we're looking forward to working with Tamara and seeing all the great things she has planned for SNKC!
Michelle Dormady
Spay & Neuter Kansas City

Tamara Scharfenkamp
Director of SNKC Volunteer/Pet Outreach Program
Tamara will start with SNKC on March 16th.
Please help us welcome Tamara by emailing her at tamara@snkc.net

Spay & Neuter Kansas City
6817 Stadium Drive
Kansas City, MO 64129

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Too Cute For Words

I'd like to get your feedback on what you'd say about this picture or title it !!!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Building a NO KILL Community

"Mom" just got done reading Redemption which is a fascinating book that travels through the history of Humane Society and discusses his opinion on how they could improve with suggestions and hope that they will start having more and more NO KILL shelters and stop blaming the public on why so many dogs are killed in shelters.Most of the time 70% of the dogs entering shelters will be killed. Our family has been foster parents at a local shelter and I have to admit I've seen their receptionist treat people entering their shelter like they are a nuisance. I have been saddened at the lack of compassionate animal loving people who try to help families pick out a pet that would fit into their families. I do agree with him that many shelters have bad attitudes towards the general public when in reality if the director of the facility would take a NO KILL approach they could prevent the 70% of animals coming into shelters from being killed by working with and encouraging volunteers more, better PR and marketing for their shelter, encouraging fostering animals for them, spay and neutering program etc.... I have seen several shelters in my area that have immensely improved the attitude and look of their shelters. We are starting to foster for a NO KILL shelter within 8 miles of us that is a fabulous shelter. My hope is that more and more shelters will get rid of the old school of thought directors and hire in new energetic and NO KILL philosophy directors.
Come to the seminar that has been called "a prerequisite for rescue groups and organizations that are serious about changing their communities to No Kill.”

Building a No Kill Community
Houston, TX
March 28, 20098 am - 6 pm
Workshops include Reforming Animal Control, Saving Shelter Dogs, Turbocharging Adoptions, Feral Cat Care & Advocacy, and Cost Effective Lifesaving Programs.
Visit www.nokillhouston.org for more information.To register, click here.

Sponsored by No Kill Houston
6114 La Salle Ave. #837 Oakland CA 94611
Spay & Neuter Kansas City
Spay & Neuter Kansas City Announces
A local Veterinary Clinic is in need of help right now with over 70 dogs that were rescued from the puppy mill fire that was on the news last week. We are simply passing the word and helping them seek some volunteer assistance. If you can find anytime to help them, they would be extremely grateful. Please see email below and directly contact them if you can help. 816-353-3666 - Please Call This Number and ask for Gina. From Raytown Animal Hospital We are working with a rescue group call Midwest Paws. They have rescued 70 German Short Hair Pointers from the puppy mill that was set on fire last week in southwestern Missouri! We are housing ALL 70 at our tiny shelter!We are looking for people that can help out by VOLUNTEERING.anytime is great however mornings are desperately needed so far this week there has been only 1 (me) -2 people from 7-9am to start the days out
walk dogs
Clean cages
Help organize
Answer phones
Greet people coming in
Help take in donations
Help to socialize the dogs (and cats)
Play with dogs
Transport dogs
Help deliver donated items that people are unable to deliver themselves (we have a dishwasher that was donated and 3 pallets of food that all need to be picked up by tomorrow evening!)
Dog food
Dog toys
Dog treats
Dog beds, blankets old (or new) towels
Poop scooper's
mop buckets
mop heads
hospital strength disinfectant
Spray bottles
paper post it's file folders all office supplies
trash bags
TOWELS, towels and more towels And so much more!
10312 E 63rd St
Raytown, MO. 64133
Thank you so very much for reading this!!Gina Higgins Raytown Animal Hospital Adoption Center Veterinary Technician/Adoption Coordinator816-353-3666 - PLEASE CALL THIS NUMBER!
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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Traveling Dogs

I can not begin to tell you how in awe I am of so many people who go to unbelievable lengths to save a dog or cats life. I am learning everyday about this amazing group of people who work tirelessly for animals everyday of their life's with no motivation /pay/ rewards other than to help defenseless animals find a loving home. This blog started out ALL ABOUT ME but I have to admit I don't mind sharing my blog with any dog in need. Below is a wonderful women who coordinates getting dogs from shelters to rescue groups or individuals who are adopting a pet that otherwise would be killed. Do you realize the overwhelming majority of dogs who enter shelters are killed. I'm asking any of you that travel a set route weekly or monthly to consider helping her or even if you are taking a trip and wouldn't mind helping a dog get to a safe secure new home please consider calling her and offering your help.
julie falkenberry

rescue & transport coordinator
cell 618-967-6777
home 618-497-8544

Monday, March 2, 2009

Dogs Add So Much To Our World

There is never a dull moment with a pet around. You want to bring laughter in your life... adopt a pet from a rescue or shelter.

Pet Outreach Day in Kansas City

Join Us for Pet Outreach Day on March 7th, 2009

Pet Outreach Day
March 7th, 2009

12:00pm Training

1:00 - 4:30 Outreach
6817 Stadium Drive
KCMO 64129

Spay & Neuter KC
6817 Stadium Drive
KC, MO 64129
816-353-0940 or www.snkc.net

SNKC Pet Outreach
Wish List Items
Dog FoodCat Food Leashes Collars Water Buckets Dog Toys Cat Toys Rawhides

Tie-out Cables and of course Monetary Donations are all greatly appreciated
Thank you!

We still have a few more openings for you to join us on Saturday, March 7th, 2009. Don't miss an opportunity for some rewarding work with SNKC.
SNKC has an incredible opportunity for our volunteers to help assist needy pets. We are seeking 25-30 volunteers to help with this special SNKC Pet Outreach Program event and hope you can join us for a day of rewarding work in our community. Training will be provided for all volunteers who participate. Immediately following training, volunteers will work in groups with one appointed lead Outreach Member.

Volunteers will canvass assigned areas to help distribute our "spay and neuter kits", which include educational material regarding our services as well as information on responsible pet ownership. A staff member will work with each group to sign up pet owners for spay and neuter appointments. Resources will be available for pet owners who demonstrate financial need and are cooperative in helping improve the quality of life for their pet, including spaying and neutering.
SNKC Pet Outreach Event
March 7th, 2009

6817 Stadium Drive
Kansas City, MO 64129
12:00pm Training (6817 Stadium Drive)
1:00pm-4:30pm Outreach KC MO Area

Volunteers MUST RSVP for this event and will receive a special SNKC Pet Outreach T-Shirt on the day of the event. All volunteers must submit or sign a liability form on the day of event and will be issued an identification badge. Participation is limited to 30 volunteers for this event. Email Michelle Dormady to sign up today!

Special "after event" plans will be discussed at the training session. RABIES CLINIC INFO: SNKC is hosting a rabies clinic that day at our clinic. Volunteers who help at the clinic and wish to participate in the Outreach event, can join training immediately after the clinic.
A special Thanks to our Pet Outreach Sponsors and Donors!

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