Archive for July, 2009

kcfreecycle links for 2009-07-30

Friday, July 31st, 2009

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Featured Adoptables: Grunzzibutt the Pot-Bellied Pig

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Update, 2/10/10: Grunzzibutt has been adopted!

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This week’s Featured Adoptable isn’t from Kansas City; in fact, he doesn’t even reside in Kansas or Missouri. Grunzzibutt lives in Omaha, Nebraska, where the rescue group No Pets Left Behind is trying to find him a new forever home.

Grunzin / Grunt in German / Grunzzibutt – Loves all small animals, don’t know about cats, we never had any. Loves children, mainly girls. He likes basketballs, and footballs. He likes to sleep with blankets and stuffed animals and a pillow. He has slept in my closet, in the winter. He likes to be in when it is real hot, and he will tell you when he wants out. He will also knock on the door to be let in.

Loves to cuddle. Uses a ramp to get up to the main floor. We do not ever feed him people food, only carrots, Romain lettuce, apple, cauliflower, and canned green beans. He mainly eats Active Adult Mazuri Pot belly Pig Feed. 1 1/2 cups 3 times a day, in the winter. Spring , Summer and Fall, we let him graze on the grass, if no chemicals, and we bring the food down to 1 cup 3 times a day.

I have never used a harness on him, he will walk with you, if you have a cane, and tap it on the ground, he will follow. He does get jolted by Lg loud vehicles. Grunzzi likes to be scratched and rubbed. He is a little leery of real Lg dogs, but he will take to them after awhile. He just needs to get to know that they will not hurt him, and he does come around.

No dog food ever, he gets sick. Plenty of fresh water everyday. We also put a hole in the pen, and we filled it up with water, he will lay in that. We tried swimming pools, but we have not found one low enough for him to get his short legs over. Otherwise he would get in. We also put lotion on him in the winter, every other week, for dry skin. He needs plenty of shade, or leanto’s. If his pen is Lg enough, he only urinates and has his BM in one corner of his pen, do not put his food anywhere close to his toilet area. He does not like that. We have used Bronco Equine Fly spay, it wks really good.

He needs more love and care than what we can give, My sister handed him over to us a year ago, so she can do her job out of town, But I can’t do this anymore, so, Sue stated it was ok to find him a home, as long we felt it was ok for him and he was going to be safe. We will miss him. We also, would like to be able to keep in contact with his New Family, to see how everything is goin. My daughter really got attached, but she is getting ready to go to college, and I can’t do this by myself. We hope you have fun and love him 4-ever.

BD- 08-19-2006 WT- 120 lbs. or close to it. Just keep him on his diet and he will not be overweight, and it won’t affect his health. He does need to have his tusks and hooves done, real soon. His shots will not be due til’ August. When getting a Vet to come to the house, he will need to sedate him for the tucks and the hoof wk.

Every now and again, I like to highlight a non-traditional animal companion – someone besides your “standard” cats and dogs – on the KCF blog. Because, hey, pigs and horses need love, too!

While it can sometimes be harder to find a farmed animal or “pocket pet” available for adoption – especially if you’re not lucky enough to have a farmed animal rescue group nearby – it is possible, with a little research and patience (and, of course, the internets!). Though Omaha may be a three-hour drive from KCMO, I’m sure Grunzzibutt is well worth the extra time and travel – that is, assuming pot belly pigs are your thing! If not, there are also plenty of horses, cows, chickens, turkeys, llamas, pigs and goats in need of new homes.

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Save a life – adopt.

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kcfreecycle links for 2009-07-25

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

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Featured Adoptables: Annie the Beagle

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Update, 7/29/09: Annie’s listing is no longer available on Petfinder. Dog willing, this means she’s been adopted – not killed.

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This week’s adoptable animal is Annie, a beagle currently staying at the Liberty Animal Shelter.

Says they,

When Annie first came to the shelter she was covered in fleas and was very sad. She is bathed, beautiful and very happy now. She is a very sweet dog waiting for the home she deserves.

Annie is described as a small adult female, though her exact age appears unknown.

She is indeed a beautiful lil’ girl; now that she’s been rescued from the streets, she just needs a Daddy (or Mommy) Warbucks to make her life complete. Maybe that’s you?

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kcfreecycle links for 2009-07-21

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

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Featured Adoptables: Carlos and Maria the Rabbits

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

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Back in November we met Mo the Mohawked Guinea Pig, a temporary resident of LJ’s Briar Patch in Shawnee Mission, KS. This week I’d like to introduce you to two of LJ’s current residents, Carlos and Maria the rabbits:

Carlos and Maria are a happy couple. They are fun to watch and pet. They love their cilantro (go figure!). Maria is a bit more shy than carlos, but give her time and attention and she will warm up to you. They are looking for their forever home where they will be loved and happy. Carlos and Maria will only be adopted as a pair.

According to LJ’s notes, Carlos and Maria need to go to a home without cats, dogs or children. Worry not, as two rabbits provide just as much love, companionship and fun as two dogs or cats. What better way to pass your time than by watching this cute lil’ couple grow old together?

And rabbits can even be house trained – no need to confine them to a cage!

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kcfreecycle links for 2009-07-13

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

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kcfreecycle links for 2009-07-09

Friday, July 10th, 2009

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kcfreecycle links for 2009-07-08

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

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Featured Adoptables: Gio the Formerly Feral Kitten

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Update, 9/9/09: Gio has been adopted! (Was there every any doubt?)

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This week I’d like to highlight Blue Skye Cat and Kitten Adoptions, LLC. Based in Olathe, the group

is a small rescue that assists area shelters and occasionally the public with cats and kittens that are too young to thrive in the traditional shelter environment and kittens that need extra socialization. Because of the alarming number of cats that are euthanized in shelters and cats that are left to fend for themselves on the streets, we strongly support spay/neuter and responsible pet ownership.

If you absolutely must have a kitten, Blue Sky is the way to go! By adopting from a rescue group, you save a life – and free up a spot so that the group can save another cat in need. And so the cycle goes. You can find a full list of their adoptable kittens here.

(Though I would also like to stress that adult dogs and cats are the bomb. Many of these young, middle-aged and senior adults come fully trained and socialized, so you don’t have to go through the hassle of teaching manners!)

Gio is one of the kittens currently available for adoption through Blue Sky. A Domestic Long Hair-black / Maine Coon mix,

Gio is a little feral kitten that is coming along nicely. He has a beautiful fluffy long-haired coat with a few tiny spots of white, one under his chin, one on his toes. He and his sister (we think) were found in a drainpipe and taken to Aid Animal Hospital. They called me and asked if I would work with a pair of ferals. He’s out and about in the kitten room and doesn’t protest when picked up.

He’s going to be gorgeous when he grows up with that fur! See the white spots on his toes??

His birthdate is estimated as 4/06/09 and his adoption fee is $75 each or $100 for a pair.

All of our animals are spayed or neutered, up to date on shots and worming, tested for feline leukemia and treated for fleas and ear mites. They also come with a free well visit with one of our participating vets. We thank these vets for being such a valuable part of our adoption process! An application is required prior to visiting our animals in their foster homes and to help ensure a good fit between adopter and adoptee. Please contact Mdeprima [at] kc.surewest.net for an application.

Don’t let Gio’s wild side scare you off. If rescued and socialized early enough, feral kittens can be domesticated. Experts suggest adopting former ferals in pairs, though, so make sure you have enough love for two little buggers!

To find out more about lil’ Gio, visit his Petfinder listing here.

As always, thank you for adopting!

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