Archive for December, 2009

Featured Adoptables: Harvey the Cat & Marsha and Speedy the Terrier Mixes

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Update, 6/9/10: Harvey’s listing is no longer available on Petfinder.

Update, 2/10/10: Marsha and Speedy’s listings are no longer available on Petfinder.

Seeing as I’ve developed an awful habit of posting Wednesday’s Featured Adoptable on a Thursday or Friday – and sometimes forgetting to highlight a wonderful furred or feathered Kansas City adoptable altogether (!) – I thought I’d hedge my bets and post a little early this week. And, because I missed out last week, you’ll get a two-for-one deal this week, folks!

Both (okay, all!) of this week’s animals hail from Wayside Waifs in Kansas City, Missouri.

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First up is Harvey, a black, senior cat.

Meet Harvey! He is a sweet, senior kitty looking for a home to call his own. He came into Wayside when his owner could no longer keep him. Harvey was fearful of the children in his home, and his owner felt like a home without children would be more ideal for Harvey! When Harvey is in his kennel and wants out, he’ll meow, and you’d swear he was saying “helllooooo” in a low voice. It is hard to resist, so he usually gets his way and gets to come out to play. Harvey enjoys the company of most people, but he is still a little frightened of children because they tend to be loud and quick moving. He would prefer a calm, quiet home with a family wanting a loving cat to snuggle and love. Harvey’s adoption fee would be half price for an adopter over the age of 60. Ask an adoption counselor about our senior-to-senior discount!

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Now, I was going to pick a black dog to pair up with Harvey – that is, until I found Marsha and Speedy the terrier mixes, who frakkin’ melted my normally grinch-like heart!

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Hi! I’m Marsha, an 8-year-old Rat Terrier mix. I was brought to Wayside as a transfer from another shelter, so my Wayside family doesn’t know too much about my past. It’s been a rough journey for me. When I was first brought to Wayside a few months ago my boyfriend, Speedy (A08554062) was very sick with pneumonia and the staff weren’t sure if he was going to make it through alright. But with my care and affection (and ya, I guess the medicine helped too) he wow-ed them all with his quick recovery and now we’re back and ready to find our forever home. There is one catch though- I need to go home with my boyfriend Speedy (A08554062). We are attached at the hip and don’t want to be separated! There’s good news though! Not only are we small apartment size dogs but when you adopt me, Speedy will be half priced! What a steal! We are very well behaved and love to be loved on. I know it’s a lot to ask for you to just love one animal, but do you have room in your heart to love two?

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Hi! I’m Speedy, a 2-year-old Boston Terrier mix. I was brought to Wayside as a transfer from another shelter, so my Wayside family doesn’t know too much about my past. It’s been a rough journey for me. When I was first brought to Wayside a few months ago I was very sick with pnemonia and the staff weren’t sure if I was going to make it through alright. But I wow-ed them all with my quick recovery and now I’m back and ready to find my forever home. There is one catch though – I need to go home with my girlfriend Marsha (A08554114). We are attached at the hip and don’t want to be separated! There’s good news though! Not only are we small apartment size dogs but when you adopt me, Marsha will be half priced! What a steal! We are very well behaved and love to be loved on. I know it’s a lot to ask for you to just love one animal, but do you have room in your heart to love two?

Oh, the cuteness! If you’d like to adopt Harvey, Marsha and/or Speedy, get in touch with Wayside Waifs today. You can learn more about the adoption process here, and view all their available cats and dogs on Petfinder.

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Featured Adoptables: Waffles & Blackie, the Newfoundland/Labrador Retriever Couple

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Update, 4/25/10: Jenifer from Autumn Acres stopped by in the comments to let us know that, while Waffles has been adopted and Blackie is still available, the two were separated because they haven’t been getting on as well as a pair of friends should. So if you have it in your heart to adopt Blackie, he could use some extra love and cuddles…

Update, 2/10/10: Uh-oh. According to Waffles’ Petfinder listing, she has been adopted, but Blackie’s says that he’s still available for adoption. I do so hope that this is a mistake, and both have found a wonderful home…together.

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Oh, the cuteness! Waffles and Blackie, this week’s featured adoptables, are a ridiculously adorable pair of dogs friends (she, a lab; he, a Newfie; ah, mixed marriages!), with an equally sweet (and at turns sad) back story. But I’ll let their rescue angels at Autumn Acres take it away:

It is not frequent that dogs choose their owner, rather than vice versa, but that’s exactly what Blackie and Waffles did. After straying as a pair onto their former owners’ 15 acre property, they decided for themselves to call it home and quickly became a most cherished part of the family, in addition to the two Jack Russells [who] already lived there. Then their owner died.

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Blackie is a 6-year-old Newfie male, altered, and up to date on all shots. He does have signs of a little arthritis in one back leg. Waffles is a 6-year-old lab mix female, also altered, and up to date on all shots. As a pair, these two are inseparable, and quite comedic. Despite his large size, Blackie is submissive to Waffles and is more laid back in general. Waffles is an alpha-female when around other animals, but absolutely melts when in the presence of humans, closing her sweet little eyes, pressing against you, and begging to be loved on. Blackie is equally as sweet, thinking he is much smaller than he actually is, and would love to be a lap dog if he could. Both are wonderful with children, extremely obedient, and very eager to please.

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Blackie’s favorite past times include carrying around branches larger than his body, playing keep away with balls, and being brushed. Waffles is happy playing most any game as long as Blackie is nearby. Overall, Blackie is good with most other animals, although Waffles would most likely need to be in a home with no small animals other than dogs (i.e. cats or hamsters…). She would likely prefer a home that would allow her to remain in charge of the pack, as well.

Please consider the adoption of this wonderful pair. With them comes their amazing history and an unbelievable capacity for love and dedication. Because this is an unusual pairing, the adoption fee would be greatly reduced. They are adoptable ONLY AS A PAIR.

I do so hope that Waffle’s and Blackie’s Christmas angel is reading this, and will swoop in and bring these babies home in time for the holidays. For every dog, a home – that’s my wish this year. Realistically, though, I’ll settle for a home for these two pups. Next year, we’ll work on building a no-kill nation. (I have much loftier goals for 2010, I tell you what.)

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Featured Adoptables: Zorro and Teddy the Ferrets

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Update, 2/10/10: Zorro and Teddy’s listing is no longer available on Petfinder.

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Today I bring you Wednesday adoptables on a Friday! (That’s what happens when you’re faced with a busy week, I guess.)

Anyhow, it’s been almost a year since I last featured a ferret in these here pages. There aren’t nearly as many adoptable ferrets who have been orphaned in the Kansas City area (or anywhere in the U.S., for that matter) as there are dogs and cats. Don’t get me wrong; this is definitely a good thing, as it means that ferrets aren’t euthanized to the tune of 3-4 million per year. What it does mean is that, if you’re looking to adopt a ferret, you have to be patient and diligent. Probably you’ll want to get in touch with the Kansas City Ferret Hotline Association and Shelter.

The KC Ferret Hotline currently has seven individual, pairs and (in one case) trios of ferrets in need of homes. Zorro and Teddy are two of these cute lil’ rascals:

Zorro is a 2-3 year old sable female and Teddy is a 2-3 year old male silver mit. They are a bonded pair. Would prefer an experienced ferret person with these two 🙂

I know, I know; not much of a description, right? Another reason I’ve shied away from highlighting ferrets – I like to offer a nice, lengthy writeup and animal bio, and the KC Ferret Hotline’s listings are usually pretty brief and to-the-point. Plus, ferrets don’t seem to photograph well (probably ’cause they’re always on the move!).

Either way, whether you’re a long-time ferret parent, or are toying with the idea of adopting your first, the Kansas City Ferret Hotline Association and Shelter is the place to start. The group holds regular meetings on the second Saturday of every month. Attendees can bring their ferret pals along, visit with other members’ ferret kids, learn about ferret care, and discuss issues pertaining to ferret fostering and rescue. Check ’em out!

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Featured Adoptables: Char and Chadwick the brown Bengals

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

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We’ve met the dogs; now it’s the cats’ turn. Meet Char and Chadwick, a pair of senior brown Bengal felines (meow!). The two are siblings and litter-mates – and, while the folks at Kansas City Siamese Rescue don’t specifically state that Char and Chadwick must be adopted together, it’d be a shame to split them up after 9 years together, don’t you think?

Char is a 9 yr old female brown Bengal. She is shy until she gets to know you. Char is compact and heavily muscled and in the sunlight has the sparkle in her fur. She is typical Bengal in the fact that she likes high places. She is gentle with people and likes other cats. Her litter mate is Chadwick. Dogs are ok too.

Char is up-to-date with routine shots, house trained and spayed/neutered.

Chadwick is a 9 yr old male brown Bengal. He is thick and heavily muscled with the spotted pattern. He is shy until he gets to know you. Chadwick is a typical Bengal in the fact that he likes high places and can be loud when calling to find the location of a friend. His litter mate is Char. He is gentle with people and enjoys the company of other cats. Dogs are ok too.

Chadwick is up-to-date with routine shots, house trained and spayed/neutered.

If you’d like to offer up your home for these two cuties to retire into, get in touch with Kansas City Siamese Rescue today!

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Featured Adoptables: Mr. and Mrs. Pom (Pomeranian to you!)

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Update, 9/22/10: Mr. Pom has been adopted, too.

Update, 2/10/10: Uh-oh. Mrs. Pom is no longer available for adoption, whereas Mr. Pom is.

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I am so sorry, folks. Amidst the hustle and bustle of Thanksliving, I completely forgot to feature an adoptable animal last week! To make up for it, I bring you twice as much cuteness today.

I also neglected to mention that November was Adopt a Senior Pet Animal Companion Month. As I’ve mentioned before, senior animals are considered “less adoptable”: because of their age, older animals are less likely to be adopted, average longer stays in shelters and with rescue groups, and are more likely to be killed for lack of a home. Potential adopters may stereotype senior animals as less active and playful, or not worth the emotional and/or financial investment. This is a blatant example of ageism, plain and simple. Older animals have plenty to offer, and are just as deserving of a home as their younger counterparts.

In honor of Adopt a Senior “Pet” Month, I’ll be highlighting two senior dogs and two senior cats. First up, the canines. Meet Mr. and Mrs. Pom, an adorable pair of senior Pomeranians who hail from LL Dog Rescue.

Mr. & Mrs. Pom found themselves in a shelter when their human mother could no longer care for them. Mr Pom is 13 years old and Mrs Pom is 14 years old. These two are looking for a home to retire in that will accept them both.

Fence or enclosed patio required! Some Apartment dogs available. We will check your vet reference and fence. All our dogs are current on vaccs, HW neg and spayed or neutered.

The number of phone calls we receive is OVERWHELMING. For the quickest response, please E-Mail us at lldogrescue [at] yahoo.com. Please visit our upcoming Adopt-A-Pets at Petco, one block east of 75th & Metcalf in Overland Park .

On the following Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:
October 3 & 17
November 7 & 21
December 5 & 19

And on the following Sundays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
October 25
November 22

See you there!

Perhaps you’re one half of an older couple, in search of a like-minded (and -speed) pair with which to share your golden years? If so, your search is over! Contact LL Dog Rescue, post-haste.

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