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

June 16th, 2010 8:58 pm by Kelly G.

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] hotmail.com 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!

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

June 9th, 2010 10:11 am by Kelly G.

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:

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ADMIN: Large Item Recirculation Day in Leawood – this Sat., 6/5

June 3rd, 2010 10:14 am by Kelly G.

(I’m crossposting this from the main Kansas City Freecycle list. Feel free to discuss or comment here!)

Greetings, y’all!

A member asked me to pass along the following information re: “Large Item Recirculation Day” in Leawood, Kansas, this Saturday, June 5th.

Over on Leawood’s website (http://www.leawood.org/parks/), the city describes the event thusly:

“Leawood homes located from Somerset to 95th St, between State Line and Mission Roads. Here’s an opportunity to let that couch or chair find a new home and avoid ending up in a land fill.”

Additional information is available at http://www.leawood.org/parks/pdf/recirculation.pdf, but for those who cannot view the .pdf file, here are the details.

Pickup will be throughout the day on Saturday, June 5th. The town of Leawood kindly asks that you NOT put out any items prior to Friday, June 4th.

Allowable items include: couches, chairs, love seats, tables, end tables, refrigerators, stoves, washers/dryers, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners, beds, bed frames, stereos, electronics, microwaves, TVs & PCs.

Items NOT included in this pickup: liquids, glass, hazardous waste, paint, pesticides, chemicals, oils, clothes, car batteries, tires, automotive parts, construction materials, concrete, dirt, old lumber, basketball poles, shingles & fencing.

(To arrange for disposal of these items, please call Johnson County Hazardous Waste at 913.715.6900. Note: Any non-allowed items placed curbside will not be picked up and will be subject to fines per code

For more information about the Large Item Recirculation Day, please contact the City of Leawood at 913.339.6700 x 151.

Please do not respond to this ADMIN message on the Kansas City Freecycle list. If you have any questions, contact the City of Leawood rather than the KCF list moderators. We don’t know any more than you do! 🙂

If you’d like to share details about your town’s large/bulky item pickup day, please send the details to me at kelly [at] kcfreecycle.org and I’ll be happy to post them as an ADMIN message.

Members may also be interested in joining the Kansas City Freecycle Chat Cafe at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/KCChatCafe/, which is more conducive to conversations and the like.

Happy Cleaning!

Kelly G.
Kansas City Freecycle list owner

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

June 2nd, 2010 10:31 pm by Kelly G.

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] 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.

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:

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

May 26th, 2010 12:02 pm by Kelly G.

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:

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Featured Adoptables: Aggie the Special Needs Senior “Kitten”

May 20th, 2010 10:59 am by Kelly G.


Aggie the orange and white Domestic Short Hair cat.
Photo courtesy The Pet Connection.

Yes, my fellow freecyclers, I may be a day late (having taken advantage of yesterday’s semi-dry weather to get some lawn mowing done), but luckily, I’m not an animal short. This week’s featured adoptable is Aggie, a beautiful-on-the-inside-as-well-as-the-outside, special needs, senior cat in need of a second forever home.

She’s currently staying with The Pet Connection in Mission, Kansas; here’s what her foster people have to say about Ms. Aggie:

Domestic Short Hair – Orange And White
Small | Senior | Female | Cat


She is Aggie; hear her roar!
Photo courtesy The Pet Connection.

Name: Aggie
Reason for staying at The Pet Connection’s home for pets: Aggie was recently returned to TPC after being in her home for 8 years.
Veterinarian examination notes: She recently has become deaf but still is a very sweet girl.
Special Physical Traits: Yellow stripes
DOB or Age: 5/1/98
Activity Level: Low
Indoor or Outdoor: Indoor
Good with strangers: Yes
Good with adults: She is very social and loving.
Good with Dogs: –
Good with Cats: She currently lives with 2 other cats, and does well with them both. She was slowly acclimated to the house and the other animals, and is doing great so far.
Good with Children: She would do best in a home without children.
Likes: Treats, catnip, soft materials
Does not like: –
Food: Aggie has stomachitis and is on a special diet.
Favorite Toy: Catnip, rubbing posts
Housetrained: Aggie is litterbox trained.
Any behaviors that need improving: –

You can find out more about Aggie, The Pet Connection and its adoption process on Aggie’s Petfinder listing.

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Featured Adoptables: Princess Cinderella (THE PONY!)

May 13th, 2010 9:54 am by Kelly G.


Princess Cinderella, a tan and white, ex-show pony.
Photo courtesy Second Chance Pet Adoptions.

For our final adoptable of the week, I’ve decided to feature another less traditional animal companion, as horses and goats and pigs (oh my!) are usually harder to find in the Midwest – and Second Chance Pet Adoptions in Kansas City, Missouri, just so happens to have a pony available for adoption at this very moment!

Meet Princess Cinderella – a Shetland pony.


Princess Cinderella
Small | Adult | Female | Horse

Princess Cinderella is a 7 yr old Shetland pony. She is a very sweet girl, But just needs a little one to ride her. Her little girl just moved up to horses and can no longer show her. She has been shown in lead line and done well. She is very gentle around children and easy to groom and clip . She stands great for the farrier. Loads and hauls well in the trailer. We have been working on driving her. She seems eager to learn. She does have diabetes. Which is very manageable. Really you wouldn’t know she had anything wrong when kept on her feeding schedule. So we are looking for someone that will keep her on Safe choice feed and hay that isn’t to rich in protein. The grass is to rich for her so she needs to be kept in a dry lot and only out to eat grass for a short period each day. Her adoption fee is $400.00 she is current on her spring shots and has a current coggins. Please email petsaverdc [at] aol.com if you are interested.

Poor Cinderella – discarded like an old baseball mitt once she no longer “fits” her “owner.” That doesn’t sound like any way to treat a Princess, does it!? Let’s help this dear lady find her Prince Charming, mkay? Spread the word, freecyclers – perhaps one of your friends or acquaintances is in possession of Princess Cinderella’s glass slipper?

My cheesy fairy tale allusions, they will not stop until Cinderella has been adopted. This is my vow to you.

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Featured Adoptables: Billy the Kid (literally!)

May 12th, 2010 10:07 am by Kelly G.

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


Billy the Kid. Literally: Billy is a goat! Okay, almost literally; Billy is an adult goat. Tomato, tomahto. Photos courtesy S.T.A.F.F.

As with yesterday’s uber-adorable Cinnamon and Ghost, today’s featured adoptable is currently being cared for by S.T.A.F.F. in Laurie, Missouri. (In fact, it was Billy I was searching for when I stumbled upon the listing for Cinnamon and Ghost! But I digress.)

Billy is – how should I say this? – a less traditional companion animal; he’s a goat, you see! Billy is the closest goat to Kansas City who is current available for adoption, in point o’ facts. Farmed animals just aren’t very popular companions ’round these parts, I guess. But again, I digress.

Here’s what S.T.A.F.F. has to say about lil’ Billy boy:

Billy the Kid
Medium | Adult | Male | Barnyard | Pet ID: S-4516

Billy the Kid is approximately 2 years old. He has been under the care of STAFF since 4/5/10. Call STAFF at 573-374-2629 for more information.

Not very detailed, I’m afraid, but if you’re searching for a goat to adopt, Billy may be your guy. Plus, just look at his cute lil’ body!:


My heart, it’s melting! Goats are the ship.

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Featured Adoptables: Cinnamon and Ghost, Friends and Survivors

May 11th, 2010 10:19 am by Kelly G.


Cinnamon (left) and Ghost (right), a bonded pair of Shar Pei and Samoyed mixed-breed dogs. Photos courtesy S.T.A.F.F.

Owing to a rather stressful few weeks, I’ve neglected to update the Featured Adoptables on these here pages since (*cough*) late April. To atone for my absent-mindedness, I bring you triple (well, quadruple) the cute, furry, awesome adoptable-ness this week. That’s right; I’ll be here through Thursday, folks!

Let’s kick things off with Cinnamon and Ghost, a bonded, must-be-adopted-together-no-ifs-ands-or-buts, pair of ex-stray dogs from Laurie, Missouri. Yes, I know; Laurie is a good 2 1/2 hour drive from KCMO proper – but when I read Cinnamon and Ghost’s sad story, I just had to share. I hope y’all will agree, and these poor kiddos will be in their forever home this time next week. After a two-year wait, they sure deserve it!

First up is the dogs’ joint listing on S.T.A.F.F.’s home page (S.T.A.F.F. = Society for Treatment of Abandoned and Fractured Friends):

These two wonderful dogs were abandoned by their owner who drove both dogs to an old dirt road and left them there, they fought for survival together, they took care of each other, they became the best of best friends. When they were finally brought to STAFF by a caring soul we could see that they needed each other. Both of them have lived together in the same kennel for the past 2 years because they just can’t tolerate being apart. They are wonderful dogs and they have been in the shelter for over 2 YEARS! We have considered several times adopting them out separately but we just cannot bring ourselves to tear them apart

This is their prayer:

“Dear God, Are you still there? Do you remember us? You guided us to STAFF 2 years ago when we were abandoned and lost. We know people say you have a purpose for most everything. We both became best of friends when we were on our journey of abandonment and we just cannot be without each other now. We think our friendship must be part of your plan. We have waited so long. Can you help us now? We have seen you help so many of our friends here at STAFF and we are hoping it is our turn soon. We hope you see us being good so you will bring us a family. Please help us God. Please… Amen.”

Do you or someone you know have room in their home and heart for these wonderful dogs? Two years in a shelter is so very sad…

Please give us a call at (573) 374-2629.

And here is each dog’s individual listing on Petfinder:


Shar Pei [Mix]
Medium | Adult | Female | Dog | Pet ID: S-3458

Cinnamon is a very sweet dog. She was found running on the highway with her friend Ghost. No owner has been found. Her estimated DOB is Jan. 2006. Cinnamon has been at STAFF since 1/19/08. Please call STAFF at 573-374-2629 for more information.

Cinnamon is up-to-date with routine shots and spayed/neutered.


Samoyed [Mix]
Large | Adult | Male | Dog | Pet ID: S-3459

Ghost is a very nice dog. He was found running on the highway with his friend Cinnamon. Ghost’s estimated DOB is Jan. 2006. He has been at STAFF since 1/19/08. Please call STAFF at 573-374-2629 for more information.

Ghost is up-to-date with routine shots and spayed/neutered.

If you can help this adorable little couple out, please get in touch with S.T.A.F.F. ASAP – or else I might just beat you to the punch! (Kidding! I wish I could adopt them, but I already have a full house over here.)

Even if you can’t adopt Cinnamon and Ghost, please spread the word; let your friends, family and contacts know about their plight. Two (out of four) years is much, much too long to spend waiting, waiting, waiting…waiting to go home. Worrying that it will be solo.

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Featured Adoptables: Bandit & Mystery the Ferrets

April 21st, 2010 10:09 am by Kelly G.

Update, 6/9/10: W00t! Bandit and Mystery have been adopted!


Bandit (right) and Mystery (left) go for a swim. These furry little ferret friends are white and sable in color, respectively. Photo courtesy Harley’s Angels Pet Rescue.

Bandit and Mystery are so terribly cute that I couldn’t choose between the two. Hence, this week I’ve two Featured Adoptables for you (- which is quickly becoming par for the course, I might add. So many animals, so few homes. But lest I digress towards the depressing…)

So allow me to introduce you to Bandit and Mystery, a pair of furry ferret friends from Harley’s Angels Pet Rescue in Louisburg, Kansas.

Bandit is all white with a little bit of silver. He is very friendly and likes to sniff ears. He is a great pet. His adoption fee is $50. Please email us at harleysangelspetrescue [at] gmail.com for more info or pics.

Mystery is a beautiful sable girl. She is super super sweet. She is fine with other ferrets and likes cats and dogs. Her adoption fee is $50. Please email us at harleysangelspetrescue [at] gmail.com for more info and pics.

While Harley’s Angels doesn’t specify whether the two are a bonded pair and must be adopted together, if ferrets are your companions of choice, why not consider adopting both Bandit and Mystery, as they evidently get on well together?

Of course, if ferrets are not your “thing,” Harley’s Angels also has a number of dogs and cats in need of forever homes, too!

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