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Household Treasures & Garage Sale Gurus Needed for SNKC Fundraiser!

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Greetings, y’all. I just received the following alert from Spay & Neuter Kansas City in my inbox. As you may have already gathered from the post title, SNKC is holding a garage sale this August in order to raise funds for its local animal rescue activities, which include low-cost veterinary services, including dog and cat sterilization and vaccinations; educating animal guardians about proper animal companion care; and holding food drives and maintaining a food bank to benefit lower-income animal guardians. To learn more about SNKC, check out its website at http://snkc.net.

Please keep reading to see how you can help out with SNKC’s forthcoming garage sale, and contact Tamara at SNKC for additional details. Additionally, SNKC is always in need of volunteers, for example, to help out with its spay and neuter clinics. You can keep up-to-date with SNKC’s events and volunteer needs by joining its mailing list (go to http://snkc.net; sign-up is in the right-hand sidebar) or by following SNKC on Facebook or Twitter.

Finally, I’ve noticed a few offers of unwanted dog and cat food on the Kansas City Freecycle list in the past week or two. Should you find yourself with excess food (or other dog and cat supplies), please consider donating it to SNKC’s food bank. My husband dropped off a few bags of dog food last week, and reported back that the bank is running dangerously low on food. You can find out more about the program here: http://snkc.net/index.php/donate and here: http://snkc.net/index.php/snkc-pet-services/snkc-pet-outreach-program.

Many thanks!

Mark Your Calendar

Spay & Neuter Kansas City will be hosting a garage sale on Saturday, Aug. 7th, 2010.

Can you help?

We are seeking URBAN MINERS to find unused and forgotten household items and donate them to SNKC for the garage sale. Items may be dropped off at the clinic during normal business hours (M-F, 8-5 and S, 9-12) or you may contact Tamara via email at tamara@snkc.net to make arrangements. We will be accepting donations through July 17th.

We are also interested in volunteers who are garage sale gurus and can help us make this a HUGE success. Volunteers will be needed to help sort, price and display items and man the sale. Again, contact tamara@snkc.net for more info or to sign up today!

Featured Adoptables: Dex, Gus, Maia & Jessi the Ferret Friends

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Update, 9/22/10: Dex, Gus, Maia & Jessi’s listing is no longer available on Petfinder.

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A white ferret crawls across his (her?) foster parents’ bed. Photo courtesy the Kansas City Ferret Hotline Association and Shelter.
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This week’s featured adoptable(s) is rather unusual; while I oftentimes highlight bonded pairs of animals who need to be rehomed together, and occasionally feature large groups of animals (mice, usually) who are in need of separate homes, I’ve yet to see four animals who must all be adopted together. But this is exactly the case with Dex, Gus, Maia and Jessi, a group of bonded ferrets who are seeking a forever home, together.

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A pair of ferrets mug for the camera. Photo courtesy the Kansas City Ferret Hotline Association and Shelter.
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These furballs are currently being offered for adoption by the Kansas City Ferret Hotline Association and Shelter, who has this to say about the group:

This is a friendly, energetic group of ferrets. Since they are bonded, we would prefer to send them to a forever home as a group, Dexter (1 1/2 yrs), Gus (1 1/2 yrs), and Maia (4 yrs, F) as adoptions and Jessie (4 1/2 yrs, F) as a foster. All like to be held and carried around, especially the girls. Gus and Dexter are VERY playful with you, each other and dogs. Though they don’t bite, they may use their teeth when playing. They are, however dominant males and don’t get along well with other males. They use litter boxes in their cage and usually, not always, use puppy pads when out & about.

If you have room in your home and in your heart for this group of pals, get in touch with the Kansas City Ferret Hotline Association and Shelter today!

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A white and gray ferret looks as though (s)he’s about to attempt an Evel Knievel-type jump off the edge of his (her?) foster parents’ bed. Photo courtesy the Kansas City Ferret Hotline Association and Shelter.
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Also, a bonus listing from the Humane League of Philadelphia:

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Featured Adoptables: Linus the Kitten (…and a Fruit Bat, too!)

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Update, 9/22/10: Linus has been adopted – and so has Fruit Bat! (You can follow the latter’s recovery here, in fact.)

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Linus the orange and white, domestic medium hair cat stares into the camera. His left eye is slightly smaller than his right due to a healed/healing eye infection. Photo courtesy No More Homeless Pets KC.
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This week’s featured adoptable hails from No More Homeless Pets KC, which is located in Merriam, Kansas. At just eight months of age, Linus has already seen some tough times. This little guy has survived an upper respiratory infection (trumping his veterinarian’s prognosis), both eyes intact (whereas, at one point, Linus’s vet had considered removing the left eye, as badly infected as it was), thankyouverymuch. On top of all this, dear Linus suffered the loss of his family, who could not afford to pay for his medical care. Methinks this lil’ guy deserves some shiny happy news for a change; if you agree, keep reading for details and please consider giving Linus the most precious gift of all – a loving, caring, forever home.

Linus
Domestic Medium Hair – Orange And White
Medium | Young | Male | Cat | Pet ID: EL

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Little Linus lounges on the back of a couch, fluffy tail draped lazily over its side. So cozy! Photo courtesy No More Homeless Pets KC.
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Linus came into a shelter when he was a tiny kitten with his eyes infected and matted shut. His owner could not afford to take him to a vet and the shelter was already full, but he was so tiny and cute that our rescue group took on the responsibility of his medical care. He had a horrible Upper Respiratory Infection (kitty cold), but was so young and little that the vets did not give him a very good chance of surviving. He was tough though! And he had a huge appetite – would eat and eat wet kitten food, even though he was barely old enough to have his baby teeth.

The URI had severely affected his eyes and he required a long course of antibiotics and eye ointment. He recovered from the URI, and continued to grow and grow! He’s a big boy – kinda chunky! He’s only approx 8 months old and already over 10 lbs. He’s turned into quite a beautiful cat with medium length orange & white hair that is very soft, like rabbit fur, and look at that beautiful tail! He’s full of personality and is very loving. He’s still young so he likes to play with the other cats in foster care, but will sit in your lap and purrrr.

He does have some lasting damage to his left eye in that it looks a little smaller than the right eye, and tends to tear up more. The cornea is clear so the vet thinks his vision out if it is just fine. The vet had considered taking the eye out when he was younger since it had been so badly infected, and it’s been a battle, but the eye was saved . He’s such a great cat it was all worth it! Contact his foster mom at lafoela99 [at] yahoo.com if you’d like more information about his medical history.

Please CLICK HERE to fill out an adoption application. One of our volunteers will get back to you within 24 hours.

Or contact lafoela99 [at] yahoo.com if you’d like more information on this pet.

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– and I don’t usually post solicitations for donations, but this is quite possibly the saddest thing ever! (Well, except for the oil spill. And the Conklin Dairy Farm investigation. And the recent blow-up in Gaza. Still.) –

Fruit Bat.

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Meet Fruit Bat. She is a small, white-and-yellow chihuahua, with a tiny, bat-shaped head and everlasting smile – and two broken hind legs. Here, she sits up and smiles for the camera. Her back legs, which are encased in two large white-and-peach casts, extend out awkwardly under her. Can you help raise the $1500 to $2000 needed to repair Fruit Bat’s ankles – and save her life? Image courtesy Black & Orange Cat Foundation. (Click through to see more pictures of this adorable little girl!)
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Robin Craft of Black & Orange Cat Foundation describes Fruit Bat’s rescue and medical needs:

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Featured Adoptables: Chance, the (un)Lucky Labrador/Retriever Mix

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Update, 9/22/10: Chance’s listing is no longer available on Petango.

Chance shines in the spotlight! YouTube video via Wayside Waifs.
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When I saw Chance’s silly smiley face in Wayside Waifs’ latest newsletter, I knew immediately that he’d be this week’s featured adoptable! Chance is an adult male Labrador/Retriever mix who has been through quite a lot in his relatively short six years. Here’s Wayside Waifs with the details:

Name: Chance
Animal ID: 10516932
Breed: Retriever, Labrador / Mix
Age: 6 years
Gender: Male
Color: Black / White
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
Size: Large

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Chance mugs for the camera. Photo courtesy Wayside Waifs.
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Meet Chance! This senior Retriever mix is one of the coolest dogs you’ll ever meet. He came into Wayside when his owner feared for his safety and wanted him to find a loving home of his own.

The reason his previous owner worried about his safety is that Chance has one tiny bad habit. He chases cars. Since his owner didn’t have a fence, Chance put his life at risk everytime he would chase cars. In fact, Chance was run over twice by a vehicle, but this tough guy lived to tell the tale. This guy is more like a cat with his nine lives.

Chance is one cool dog. He loves pretty much everybody he meets. He loves other dogs, and we were even told that he was affectionate and loving with the cats he lived with. In fact the cat in the house would curl up with Chance, and they would nap together. He has lived with children and done well. Of course, he prefers children that are respectful of him and are always kind to him. Chance’s previous owner said he was a wonderful dog. When his mom was sick in bed, he would slowly creep into bed with her. He would like lengthwise in the bed and put his arm over his owner as if he was bear hugging her!!! What a sweetie pie!

We were also told that Chance is boat savvy, and he loves to swim. His previous owner took him on their boat whenever they could, and Chance would swim until his heart was content. Then he would climb back in the boat when he had enough! His previous owners said their favorite characteristics about him was what a playful, cuddley, fisherman he is, and that he is a distinguished old man.

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“Won’t you please, please bring me home with you!?” Chance’s big brown eyes implore. Photo courtesy Wayside Waifs.
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Chance is housetrained, and he knows “sit,” “stay,” “down,” and “shake.” He also knows the term “babies” for his toys and go “night-night.” Chance was a well loved dog, and he will make a special family very happy! Is that family yours? Come see for yourself!

You can learn more about this beautiful guy on Petango, or go to Wayside Waifs’ website for additional adoption details.

FYI: The Delaware Street Dog Parade is just a few short weeks away! There’s a $10 registration fee which will go to support Wayside Waifs:

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Featured Adoptables: Sherman the Yeti (errr, Retriever Mix!); Also: Disaster Relief in Haiti

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Update, 2/10/10: Woot, woot, Sherman has been adopted! (By a nice Sasquatch family, no doubt!)

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Sherman the snow-dog. Photo courtesy Animal Haven.
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This week’s featured adoptable is a tank. Errr, Yeti. Errr, Abominable Snowman. Retriever Mix? All of the above?

Whichever breed/species Sherman hails from, one thing is certain: he’s five stones+ of pure bliss. Or is that boulders? Meh, who cares. He’s a big hunk of adorable, and that’s all you need to know!

Here’s what the good folks at Animal Haven to say about ol’ Sherman:

Sherman is a BIG boy (he may have been named after the tank!). He is a happy-go-lucky fellow who loves to meet new people. His needs are simple: food & water, a nice cozy bed, an outdoor spot to potty, and a family who loves him. He does well with dogs and cats, as long as he has a chance to get to know them. His favorite toy is a chew bone, so be sure to have plenty of those handy. This guy is house trained and will do great with just about any family (though any kids in the house should be at least 8 years old). Sherman is ready to move into his new lifelong caring home, so come meet him today!

To get in touch with Sherman’s temporary guardians, visit his Petfinder listing or go straight to Animal Haven’s website.
 
 

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One of many stray/feral Haitian dogs.
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By the way, I’ve been wanting to say a little something about the recent earthquake in Haiti, but…words escape me. Really, there’s not much to say. Instead, I encourage you to give what you can to help the millions of people who have seen their homes destroyed, their families torn apart, and their lives uprooted by this natural disaster (which was/is being exacerbated by centuries of oppression and exploitation resulting in crippling poverty).

For a list of nonprofit organizations providing assistance in Haiti, see:

CNN: Impact Your World

Haiti Earthquake Relief: How You Can Help at the Huffington Post

Charity Navigator: Help Survivors of the Earthquake in Haiti

InterAction: InterAction Members Respond to the Earthquake in Haiti

Also, Kansas City @ About.com has an ongoing list of local events, activities and fundraisers to assist with the relief efforts in Haiti.

Finally, the many nonhuman inhabitants of Haiti and the Dominican Republic will need aid in the upcoming weeks, months and years as well. While not much has yet been written of anticipated future animal rescue efforts, you can find an excellent summery here. A number of animal welfare groups have joined together to form the Animal Relief Coalition for Haiti (ARCH). Spearheaded by The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), at the time of this writing, the following animal advocacy groups have joined ARCH: American Humane Association (AHA), American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Best Friends Animal Society, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Humane Society International (HSI), In Defense of Animals (IDA), Kinship Circle, and the United Animal Nations (UAN).

Of course, I encourage you to research any and all organizations before making a donation; check that is legit, will use your money wisely, and is consistent with your beliefs. A few good resources in this regard are Charity Navigator, the American Institute of Philanthropy, and the Better Business Bureau. Be wary of email and telephone solicitations.

Thanks much – and stay shiny, people.

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Featured Adoptables: Bert & Berta the Kitty Litter Mates

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

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Sorry for the late posting of this week’s adoptable animal, folks. Wednesday totally got away from me this week. (Seriously, I’ve no idea where it went. Lemme know if you happen to spot it, mkay?)

Anyway, on to Bert & Berta, two sweet little siblings in need of a forever home – together, of course. The pair is currently staying at the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City (HSGKC), which writes,

Date of birth: 4/26/05

8/26/09: Bert & Berta are litter mates and they would like to find a home together. Bert is a handsome brown tabby and his sister Berta is a pretty Tortoiseshell. They both have beautiful coats. They are 4 years old.

Bert & Berta came to us as kittens. Someone had found them in a dumpster. They were emaciated and sick. Bert was covered with abscesses and appeared to have been bitten by a dog. They were both scared and shy.

They have come a long ways since then. They are both very healthy and they love to play with toys. They get along extremely well with other cats. Bert’s become quite friendly with people. Berta’s still a bit bashful but she’s very sweet.

We’ve posted more photos of them on Petfinder under each of their names.

Both have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and tested for FIV and feline leukemia. They’ve been with us for a very long time and we’d like to find them a home where they can stay together.

The top photo, as you’ve no doubt already surmised, is of Bert; here’s a photo of his sis’, Berta:

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If you’d like to adopt Bert and Berta, get thee to the HSGKC, stat!

If you’re all nerdy like me, you can also follow them (the HSGKC, not Bert and Berta, silly!) on the twitters: @HSGKC.

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Featured Adoptables: Peter the Cat & Art Unleashed @ HSGKC

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Update, 9/22/10: Peter has been adopted!

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Meet Peter, a domestic black and white short hair cat living with food allergies:

Date of birth: 5/03

7/15/09: Peter is a handsome B&W cat with big round gold eyes and a shorthair coat. He’s a real sweet guy and he gets along well with other cats. He is 6 years old.

Peter has been at our shelter for a very long time. When we first met him, he’d been left at our doorstep in a box. His face was all scratched up and swollen and his ears looked raw. We determined that he had a food allergy and put him on a diet of Science Diet ZD formula. That cleared him up and he’s been fine ever since. He’ll need to stay on allergy food, and it can be purchased from your veterinarian or from our clinic. He can live with other cats as long as they are fed separately or the other cats eat ZD, too.

Peter has been neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and tested for FIV and feline leukemia. We’d love to find this sweet guy a good home soon.

Peter’s currently staying with the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City – but methinks he’d be much happier at home with you!

The HSGKC, by the by, is holding a silent auction this Friday, August 28:

Art Unleashed
Friday, August 28, 2009
7-10 pm
Hale Arena in the American Royal Complex
$25 early or $35 at the door

Art and animals unite once again at the 13th Annual Art Unleashed. Bid on more than 200 pieces of original pet-themed artwork during the silent and live auction. Join Brett Anthony, from NBC Action News, and The Nigro Brothers as they host this fun and furry event for the shelter pets. Tickets are only $25 early or $35 at the door. Be close to the action this year and reserve a table of eight for only $500. Tickets include complimentary hors d’eouvres and a cash bar. Free parking is available in Lot B, conveniently located next to Hale Arena.

Artwork includes a wide variety of mediums including: oil, watercolor, pen and ink paintings, metal artwork, sculpture, plush art and more. In this year’s live auction, attendees can bid on “Golfing Birds” metal artwork signed by golfing great Tom Watson. Golfing Birds also includes a signed golf ball by Watson.

You can learn more about the event – and preview the artwork for sale – here.

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kcfreecycle links for 2009-05-15

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

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Spay & Neuter Kansas City: May Volunteer Events

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

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From: Spay & Neuter Kansas City – snkcnews [at] snkc.net
Date: Thu, Apr 16, 2009 at 9:27 AM
Subject: Spring Volunteer Events from Spay & Neuter Kansas City

Speggtacular Events! May/2009

VOLUNTEER in MAY with Spay & Neuter Kansas City

Greetings!

Spring is FINALLY here and so is our new location!! We are moving the 1st weekend of May to 1116 E. 59th, KCMO, 64110, and we could NOT be more excited and proud! If you are not able to volunteer in May, please watch for an email about our Open House! We hope to see you there! AND, DON’T FORGET TO VISIT US THIS WEEKEND AT THE PET EXPO at the American Royal!

Volunteers Needed for Rabies Clinics

WHEN:

May 9th, 9-Noon
May 16th, 9-Noon
May 30th, 9-Noon

Please note the new start time for the clinics is 9AM!!

WHERE:

1116 E. 59th, KCMO 64110
(NE Corner of 59th & Troost)

ALSO:

May 9th- Pete and Mac’s Chip & Dip, Lenexa, three volunteers from 10-1. Need one volunteer to help the vet and 2 to help people fill out forms for Microchipping.

May 16th- Camp Bow Wow, Olathe, 2 volunteers to help distribute information and answer questions. This is a pet adoption event with many area agencies represented.

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SNKC: Special Outreach Pet Needs Your Help (Meet Mowgli!)

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

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From: Spay & Neuter Kansas City – snkcnews [at] snkc.net
Date: Thu, Mar 26, 2009 at 2:35 PM
Subject: Special Outreach Pet Needs Your Help

Spay & Neuter Kansas City Special Outreach Pet

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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 on the 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.

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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.

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