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“Featured Adoptable Wednesday” is now “Find-a-Friend Friday”!

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Hey, (ex-) freecyclers! Do you miss the daily dose of cuteness that was Featured Adoptable Wednesday? The lack of fuzzy wuzzy cats, dogs and bunnies got you down? Are you suffering from Petfinder withdrawal?

Fear not! While the Featured Adoptable column that was previously hosted in this here space is no longer, I’ve resurrected the feature on another blog. Behold: Find-a-Friend Friday! All the adorableness you’ve come to expect, but now with an occasional dose of social commentary. Also: writeups on Kansas City-area events, a focus on food justice, and more pizza than you can shake a beer at. Come for the nonhumans, stay for the food (which, incidentally, does not contain the bodies or secretions of exploited nonhumans!).


Guess what? Wiggle butt!
Photos courtesy Halfway Home Pet Adoptions.

This is Beetle, a sweet pit bull terrier boy, and our very first friend in need of finding. Head on over to the PPP blog to learn more about Beetle, or jump straight to his Petfinder listing.

Later, gators. (See you around, bloodhound?)

Featured Adoptable: Poppy and Smudge, the Dutch and Hotot Rabbits

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010


Smudge *hearts* Poppy. Smudge (left), a Hotot rabbit, is completely white, save for the small smudges of black dotting his ears. Poppy (right) is a more even mix of black and white, with an adorable black “mask” covering her eyes and ears. Photo courtesy of Missouri House Rabbit Society – Kansas City.

For this week’s edition of Featured Adoptables, I shall pull a rabbit out of my hat. Two rabbits, to be precise. And by “hat” I mean Petfinder, as rabbits clearly have no place in hats, or at least hats that are part of magic acts. Animals are not our entertainment, yo. But I digress.

Poppy and Smudge are a pair of rabbits – she, Dutch; he, from the Hotot family – who met and fell in love in their foster home (oh, talk about star-crossed lovers!). These two cuties need to find a family that will welcome them both. Maybe that’s you?

Poppy | Dutch | Small | Adult | Female | Rabbit

Poppy is an adult Dutch bunny. She was rescued by a good Samaritan who found her in a cage in Loose Park. Poppy was pregnant at the time; her babies were both adopted. She is very sweet, and is working on her litter habits. Poppy has been bonded with Smudge. If you would like to meet them, contact us at hrsmissouri [at]

Poppy is spayed/neutered.


Smudge lounges in his cage. His eyes, impossibly large, look as though they’ve been outlined with eyeliner. Photo courtesy of Missouri House Rabbit Society – Kansas City.

Smudge | Hotot | Small | Adult | Male | Rabbit

Smudge Smudge is a sweet and soft little hopper. As you can see he is very cute as well. He is ready to go home to a loving family who will take care of him. Smudge was just bonded with a beautiful chocolate Dutch bunny named Poppy. They are a very happy couple. If you would like to meet Smudge, contact us at hrsmissouri [at]

Smudge is spayed/neutered.

Get in touch with the MO House Rabbit Society to learn more about Poppy and Smudge, or to meet some of the other wonderful bunnies they have available for adoption. (Carlos and Maria, for example, are still in need of a forever home. Hint, hint, wink, wink. Yeah, yeah, so they’re staying with another rescue group, but my point stands.)


Featured Adoptable: Jonathon the Ex-Feral, FIV+, Sometimes-Diabetic Cutiepie Cat

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010


Jonathon, a fluffy, maybe-a-little-chubby-but-who-can-tell-what-with-all-that-fur, black and white cat rests his sleepyhead on the wheels of an office chair as he dozes off into dreamland. Photos courtesy Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter.

Jonathon, what a cutie! Do I love this little guy because he looks delightfully ornery, to wit:


Hell to the yes! Just look at that crankyface! Adorable.

But judging from his backstory, Jonathon has plenty of reasons to be grumpy. An ex-feral cat who is FIV+ and has diabetes (um, maybe?), Jonathon needs a compassionate family who can understand and accommodate his special medical and behavioral needs.

His foster peeps at Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter explain:

Meet Jonathon: This big boys story began one cold winters day when we did some trapping. We were trapping some kittens and also trapped him. We thought we would just TNR but when he went for surgery he was very beat up and needed medical attention. He was very WILD and also tested positive for FIV!!!!! We had to put his medicine in his food. With time Jonathon tamed down and he is now a good boy that you just have to understand not to push him over his limit but otherwise he loves to play and you can now pick him up and we would never think of releasing him now. He is enjoying the good indoor life with plenty of food and toys and people who love him. Jonathon just needs a real cat person to adopt him and let him rule the roost!

02-2009 We found out Jonathon is diabetic. He is in a foster home now and doing great. He will either stay at his foster home forever or until someone who knows about diabetic cats is wanting to adopt him.

04-2009 Jonathon’s diabetes went away but came back a month later. Jonathon is a calm, laid back guy who is just as cute and funny as can be! He gets along well with the other kitties in his foster home and enjoys looking outside. He is playful and quite a character! He likes to “headbutt” his humans and his kitty friends. Contact FOPAS to meet this sweet boy today!

If you’re that totally rad adoptive family that Jonathon has been waiting for, hop on over to the Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter’s Petfinder page for contact info and details.

And don’t let Jonathon’s FIV+ diagnosis scare you off, mkay?


Jonathon chillaxes with a feline tortoise shell playmate. Photos courtesy Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter.


Featured Adoptables: Gordon the Bearded Dragon

Saturday, July 10th, 2010


Perched atop some leaves, Gordon the Bearded Dragon stares past the camera. Photo courtesy MamaDori’s Jungle.

Ugh, late again! I should just change the Featured Adoptable from Wednesday to Friday. Or from Wednesday to whenever I bloody well feel like it. Ah, anyway. Enough with the griping. Let’s meet Gordon, shall we?


Gordon takes a sip from his miniature Gothic water fountain. Photo courtesy MamaDori’s Jungle.

Gordon LOVES to sleep on your shoulder!

Gordon is probably almost an adult male Bearded Dragon. He was brought here with no information. The person who had him had been feeding him 4 Dubia roaches every two weeks. It is amazing he lived through that. He needs to eat that much a day PLUS veggies and fruits. He also enjoys mealworms, crickets but they are not good for a regular diet. They are like lizard junk food.

Gordon loves people and he is not afraid of other animals. He loves to sleep on your shoulder. He is extremely tame. Now that he is eating properly, he is up on all fours and climbing and scampering around regularly. He has been taught to eat his food in a dish.

Gordon’s adoption fee is $200. Serious inquiries only. Please do your homework and know how to care for him before trying to adopt. He comes with an enclosure that is 6’X32’x20′. The enclosure is as big as a family couch! If it were gallons, it would probably be well over 100 gallon enclosure. He will come with heat lamp, light lamp, REpti-Cal, Dragon Dust, a very large piece of driftwood, fountain, and his favorite rock.

Gordon is currently staying at MamaDori’s Jungle in Hannibal, MO; while this might seem a long drive, Gordon is also the closest lizard to Kansas City who is currently listed as available for adoption on Petfinder. Iif I had to hazard a guess, methinks the reason for the paucity of homeless lizards is two-fold: these animals are less likely to be kept as pets and, when they are no longer wanted by their owners, they’re more likely to be released into the wild than surrendered to a shelter or rescue group (either of which can be hard to find – make that threefold!).

This is a terribly stupid thing to do, for a number of reasons: the animals are likely to die, with time spent in captivity inversely related to odds of survival; releasing non-native species into an area is both illegal and potentially ecologically catastrophic; and releasing native species is illegal without a permit. So don’t do it! If you find yourself with an animal you need to rehome – whether bird, rat, cat or snake – please get in touch with local rescue groups, or see our Animals & Freecycle page for a list of contacts. Please and thank you.

Oh, and as for Gordon: if you’d like to adopt this little cutie (hey, scaled creatures need love, too!), give MamaDori a call today!


Featured Adoptables: Thelma & Louise, two beagle/JRT mixes – and Andrew the poodle

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010


Beagle/Jack Russell Terrier mixes Thelma and Louise investigate scents trapped in the gravel, nose-to-nose, as best friends do. Photo courtesy Beagles and More Rescue.

Originally, I’d hoped to do a holiday-themed adoptable this week – as in, highlighting a canine with a festively patriotic name like Independence, Liberty, Freedom, or even America – but apparently none of these are particularly popular dog names, as I’ve been browsing Petfinder for a half hour now with no luck! Instead, I’m going with two sweet girls who are named after the titular characters in one of my favorite movies – Thelma & Louise.

Thelma and Louise are the two most adorable sisters you could ever hope to meet. As you can see by the picture, they are joined at the shoulder. They always keep track of the other and don’t like to be separated so we’re hoping they can go to a home together. They are under 2 yrs old with plenty of energy though Louise helps keep Thelma calm. They are such great fun to play with and get in the back seat of the car when traveling and sit there like perfect ladies. If you see them together we a certain you won’t want to separate them. Currently we have these girls in boarding because we are short on fosters so if you would like to consider fostering them, that would be great too. Please don’t hesitate to contact us. Thanks!


One half of Thelma and Louise (though I’m not sure which girl is which). Photo courtesy Beagles and More Rescue.


The other half of our heroic duo. Photo courtesy Beagles and More Rescue.

Thelma and Louise are being cared for by Beagles and More Rescue in Overland Park, Kansas. If you’re reading this from, say, New Jersey or Minnesota, you’re in luck! Beagles and More does consider out-of-state adoptions.

And, because I’m a few days late with this week’s listing – and also because this dear boy deserves all the hugs and kisses and help he can get – we have a bonus adoptable this week: Andrew the poodle, from LL Dog Rescue.

6-2-10: Well there are just some dogs that come through that even if you have done rescue for years take your breath away. Andrew is one of those dogs. As you can see by the photos – it has been quite some time since this little man has felt anything besides pain and discomfort. He has a long journey ahead of him. We are hoping to at least give him a fighting chance. Needless to say – Andrew is a special case and will require quite a lot of medical treatment. If you would like to help with this – please send a donation. Even if it is only a dollar or two – it DOES make a difference!! Please make a note that it is for Andrew. He thanks you as do I.

6-28-10: Andrew is in foster care with 4 other senior toy poodles. He came in and acted like he had been there forever 🙂 Of course with limited site and hearing – it takes him a bit to figure out his surroundings. He loves to amble about in the yard – even wanders down the paths in the garden. He LOVES the fact that there are beds everywhere in his new home! After a stroll outside – he comes in and plops down in the middle of the bed and naps. As you can see by his current picture – his skin is sooooo much better. His eyes are better as well. He just had a dental and didn’t even loose any teeth. We opted to not fix his “cherry eye” due to the risks out weighing the benefits. We are so thrilled with how much Tomahawk Animal Clinic has done for our little man!!

Though the listing isn’t entirely clear, it appears as though Andrew was suffering from a skin condition (mange, perhaps?) when he first arrived at LL Dog Rescue, as you can see in the “before” photos:



Senior dog Andrew upon arriving at LL Dog Rescue. The poor would-be white-haired poodle’s fur is stained yellow and red. His face and snout are missing fur in large chunks, and the skin underneath is red and inflamed. This little guy has been through a lot! Photos courtesy LL Dog Rescue.

Thankfully, his treatment is progressing well, as evidenced in the “after” photo:


Dear Andrew has come a long way in a month! His face, thought still a little balding and pink, has healed considerable. His fur has begun to regrow, and it looks thicker and whiter than previously. Most importantly, Andrew has a silly happy grin on his mug. Now that’s what I like to see! Photo courtesy LL Dog Rescue.

If you’d like to adopt this lil’ guy – or contribute to his care – please get in touch with LL Dog Rescue today!


Featured Adoptables: Sally and the Siamese Kittens!

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Update, 9/22/10: Sally’s listing is no longer available on Petfinder, nor is that of the Siamese kittens.


Sally the white Siamese mixed-breed cat.
Photo courtesy of the City of Gladstone Animal Control.

This week, I bring you not one, not two, not…bah, nevermind. Five! Today, I bring you five adoptable animals, all of them Siamese/mixed-breed kittens (plus one adult cat), all currently staying at the City of Gladstone Animal Control shelter.

First up is the lovely Ms. Sally (pictured above), an adult Siamese cat who is not related to the kitten siblings:

“Sally” was surrendered to the shelter because the dog in the household does not like cats. She is about two years old and already spayed. She is friendly and would make a great lap ornament!

Sally is house trained and spayed/neutered.

What a beautiful little lady, don’t you agree?

And then, the kittens! (squeal!):


Sitting at the door of their cage, four kittens peer at the camera with obvious curiosity. A white Siamese baby boy is flanked on both sides by three grayish-tan and white girls. Photo courtesy of the City of Gladstone Animal Control.

This litter is so sweet! The siamese looking kitten is a male and the other three kittens are females. All are very playful, friendly and fun loving. They are currently available.

I know, the listings aren’t especially detailed – but all this means is that you’ll have to make a trip over to the shelter to meet the animals for yourself…and hopefully you’ll return home with a furry new friend in tow!


Featured Adoptables: Miss Emma, the Basset Hound/Lab Mix

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Update, 9/22/10: Miss Emma has been adopted!


Meet Miss Emma, a dark gray/chocolately brown Basset Hound/Labrador Retriever mixed breed dog. This photo was clearly taken in the winter (hello, snow!), so methinks this senior gal has been at her foster home for quite some time now. Perhaps you’ll allow her to retire to your place?
Photo courtesy Black Dog Rescue.

This week’s adoptable is Miss Emma, a senior Basset Hound/Labrador Retriever mix who’s looking for a forever home in which to spend her golden years:

Hi my name is Emma. I’m a 10-year-old Lab/Basset Hound mix. I’m a very sweet girl and love people so much. I weigh about 45lbs.

I love lounging around and being lazy. I like cuddling with my foster mom and enjoy my food and bones.

I’m looking for a retirement home where I can just enjoy my life and not be bugged by rambunctious youngsters. I do fine with cats and fine with other mellow dogs.

If you are looking for a nice companion, who is willing to just be lazy with you, I might be what you’re looking for. My adoption fee is $50 and I’m part of the Adopt A Senior for Life Program. If you think you might be interested please email my friend Shirley at blackdogrescue [at] or give her a call at 816-446-6737.

I have had all my shots, including rabies, and I am spayed, dewormed and microchipped. Cool right?

Emma is currently staying with Black Dog Rescue, a foster-based rescue group in Kansas City. Check ’em out on Facebook and inquire about the beautiful Miss Emma 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.


A white ferret crawls across his (her?) foster parents’ bed. Photo courtesy the Kansas City Ferret Hotline Association and Shelter.

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.


A pair of ferrets mug for the camera. Photo courtesy the Kansas City Ferret Hotline Association and Shelter.

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!


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.

Also, a bonus listing from the Humane League of Philadelphia:


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.)


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.

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.

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


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.

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] 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] if you’d like more information on this pet.

Also –

– 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.


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!)

Robin Craft of Black & Orange Cat Foundation describes Fruit Bat’s rescue and medical needs:


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.

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


Chance mugs for the camera. Photo courtesy Wayside Waifs.

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.


“Won’t you please, please bring me home with you!?” Chance’s big brown eyes implore. Photo courtesy Wayside Waifs.

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: