Archive for October, 2008

Featured Adoptables: Max the Black Labrador Retriever / Shepherd Mix

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Update, 11/12/08: Max’s listing is no longer available on Petfinder. Here’s hoping he was adopted – not killed.

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Today I specifically want to feature a black dog; because of their color – and the associations and, yes, prejudices and stereotypes that come with it – black dogs can be harder to rehome than their lighter counterparts. The phenomenon is so commonplace that it even has a name – black dog syndrome:

A recent episode of Animal Voices covered a topic new to me, Black Dog Syndrome (BDS). BDS is defined as “the low adoption and high euthanasia rate of black dogs in shelters.” Two activists working on behalf of black dogs in shelters, Tamara Delaney of Contrary to Ordinary: The Black Pearls of the Dog World and Heather Rosenwald of Start Seeing Black Dogs, were featured on the show.

It’s so crazy to me that black dogs get intentionally or subconsciously ignored and abandoned. Here are some of the reasons why:

* The color black is often vilified and associated with evil or bad luck in the US.
* In the media, black dogs are often associated with aggression and menace.
* Facial features of black dogs don’t show up as well on pet adoption websites.
* Black dogs “get lost” in shelters, too–they don’t stand out as much as lighter colored dogs
* Black cats also get a bad rap since they are particularly associated with bad luck and superstition.

Of course, all of these theories are inextricably linked with how people of color are so often viewed–menacing, strange, foreign, bad, unattractive. The show’s host, Lauren Corman, did ask both guests to touch on how ideas of race and racism have made black dogs invisible or undesirable. While they did not personally see this playing out in the communities they worked in, they did agree that this was an issue raised by others in the BDS community.

Follow the links above to find out more about BDS.

If you’re looking to bring a new dog into your life, and would like to give a “special needs” dog a chance but aren’t sure that you’re equipped to deal with a chronic illness or behavioral problem, why not consider adopting a large black dog? Though their appearance certainly shouldn’t be considered a negative, the sad fact is that many large black dogs are passed over, for a variety of reasons. Big black dogs, like senior animals, bonded pairs, and animals with chronic conditions or behavioral issues, are less likely to be adopted – so they need that extra love and attention!

Which brings me to today’s featured adoptable: Max, a big black Labrador Retriever / Shepherd Mix from Heart of America Humane Society in Kansas City, KS.

This handsome boy is Max, a 10 month old Lab/Shepherd mix who weighs about 60 lbs.

Max is still a happy-go-lucky puppy who would be best in a home with older kids with whom he can play with or with an active adult family. He really likes to be active whether he is going on walks, playing tug, fetching tennis balls or just playing with other dogs, even though if you see him at adoptions he is usually just laying in a chair.

Max’s personality is very easygoing and laid back. He is generally out to please his “human” friends. In that regard, Max is house trained, kennel trained, and knows sit, shake and lay down on command.

One thing that you might notice is Max’s ears, with one of them straight up in the air and the other resting at the side of his head. He can stick them both up or have both of them droop. He just prefers one up and one down. If you think that Max would be a nice addition to your family, Come and meet him.

Seriously, who can resist those ears?

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Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

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Monday, October 27th, 2008

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Spay & Neuter Kansas City: Temporary Foster Homes Needed

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Howdy folks – a member asked me to crosspost this request for foster homes from Spay & Neuter Kansas City.

Please add another source for available furry friends to the list of sources, since I cannot post for them on this forum: Spay-Neuter Kansas City “SNKC” is a non-profit service providing low cost-to-no cost spaying or neutering of animals for low income clients and feral animals in order to reduce the number of animals euthanized in the Kansas City area. Up to this month, they were located at 37th and Main Street in Mid-Town KC. The organization is preparing to move to a permanent location, but will be “homeless” for the next 2 months, causing a need for either foster care or permanent homes for rescued animals that they have been housing. I have copied a portion of their message below, which contains a link to their site.

If you’d like to read more about the move or contribute to their Capital Campaign in order to help renovate their new, 6,400 sf home, you can find additional info here.

Otherwise, please consider fostering or adopting from SNKC. We featured two of their fluffy felines in our Featured Adoptable series yesterday!

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From: Spay & Neuter Kansas City – snkcnews [at] snkc.net
Date: Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 1:51 PM
Subject: Foster Homes

Foster Homes Needed – URGENT

Spay & Neuter Kansas City
3710 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
816-353-0940

Greetings!

SNKC is in desperate need of foster homes for the following pets. We cannot house any of them in our temporary building and must have them in foster homes by a deadline of 10/23/2008.

Foster homes must be willing to keep pets either until we move to our new facility at the end of January 2009 or until adopted. We will provide crates, food, bedding and other necessities for these animals.

Those interested in fostering, please visit our website at http://www.snkc.net and submit a foster application or email us if you can help with these pets.

Sincerely,
Michelle Dormady
Spay & Neuter Kansas City

Please feel free to forward or cross post to anyone who might be able to help!

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Featured Adoptables: Sabrina & Marvin the Kitties

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Update, 7/29/09: Sabrina’s been adopted, too, oh yay!

Update, 1/21/09: Marvin has been adopted, but Sabrina is still looking for a new home.

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Today’s adoptables are Sabrina and Marvin, a mother-son pair of young cats from Spay & Neuter Kansas City:

Sabrina is a young mom who became pregnant her first heat cycle. She is around 9 months old. She was found outside and all her other kittens did not survive living outside. The kitten that stayed by her side is named Marvin. He is available for adoption also. They’ve been rescued together and are the perfect family. Sabrina is a petite kitty and is already spayed and up to date on shots. She has a ton of love to give and would make a great lap cat.

Marvin was rescued with his mom, Sabrina. We would like to place them together because they are the perfect family. Marvin is about 8 weeks old and his momma is less than a year old. They are both very loving kitties and need a forever home to call their own. Marvin is very playful and affectionate.

To learn more about these cute kittehs – as well as the other animals available for adoption through SNKC – visit them at http://www.snkc.net

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Each Wednesday, the Kansas City Freecycle blog will feature one adoptable animal from a local KC rescue group or animal shelter.

We do this for several reasons:

– To highlight the plight of companion animals in the Kansas City area.

– To remind members of our no-animal policy, and provide an alternative venue for members who wish to adopt an unwanted animal.

– To encourage members to adopt a furry friend.

– To help out out local animal rescue groups and animal shelters, many of which are overwhelmed by the sheer number of animals in need.

– To illustrate these animals’ unique personalities and characteristics, thus underscoring the fact that they are not objects and should not be “freecycled”.

Click here to view past Featured Adoptables.

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

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Saturday, October 18th, 2008

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Thursday, October 16th, 2008

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Featured Adoptables: Rudy the Basset Hound

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

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This week’s featured furbaby is Rudy, a basset hound boy from Western Missouri Basset Rescue Inc., in Raytown, MO:

Hi my name is Rudy. I was thrown out of a moving car in the WalMart parking lot the day before Christmas. A nice lady took me to the vet and got me checked out to see I just had some bumps and bruises. But they also found out I had heartworms. I am being treated for the heartworms and am doing fine. It has been two months now since I got my shot and I am spry as ever. I like to get on your lap and give kisses.

Don’t let the heartworm diagnosis scare you off! My Jayne was just finishing her heartworm treatment when we adopted her two years ago, and she’s in perfect health now – no complaints. If you have dogs, though, be sure to put them on a monthly heartwom preventative and take them to the vet every 6 or 12 months for a checkup. Heartworm is a treatable condition, but it’s better to prevent such a potentially dangerous infection to begin with.

If you’d like to adopt dear Rudy, or are interested in other basset hounds available for adoption, visit Western Missouri Basset Rescue here.

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Each Wednesday, the Kansas City Freecycle blog will feature one adoptable animal from a local KC rescue group or animal shelter.

We do this for several reasons:

– To highlight the plight of companion animals in the Kansas City area.

– To remind members of our no-animal policy, and provide an alternative venue for members who wish to adopt an unwanted animal.

– To encourage members to adopt a furry friend.

– To help out out local animal rescue groups and animal shelters, many of which are overwhelmed by the sheer number of animals in need.

– To illustrate these animals’ unique personalities and characteristics, thus underscoring the fact that they are not objects and should not be “freecycled”.

Click here to view past Featured Adoptables.

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

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