Considering the current situation, MPR does NOT support
show breeding, backyard breeding, "game breeding", or
ANY form of Pit Bull breeding. Pit Bulls are overflowing and being
destroyed in area shelters - There is NO excuse to add more to an
already over-saturated market. ***
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Our Mission is to promote responsible Pit Bull ownership, provide breed education, combat pet overpopulation, fight unfair legislation, and find qualified homes for sound Pit Bull dogs in Missouri.
MPR CAPITAL CAMPAIGN UPDATES
March was a huge success toward building our shelter. We met our goal of reaching $6,000! Our hearts are full with love and gratitude for our loyal supporters. This month, ‘Dozer wants your help building Blockhead Boulevard at our new shelter. Donate a personalized brick during the month of april and get a free 15th anniversary MPR t-shirt while supplies last. Let's keep the momentum going toward building a home for Missouri's Pit Bulls!
MPR holds Adoption Events on a
regular basis to allow the public to meet our dogs, talk to our volunteers
about Pit Bull ownership, ask question and spend individual time with a
dog they might be interested to adopt.
us if you want to know which dog will be attending posted event(s).
Some events may be cancelled in case of
NEEDED APRIL 2015
Shelter living is a life-saving option
for the few lucky dogs we can afford to help that way, but we can't do it
unless we receive financial assistance from people like you.
have a special program available. Every penny counts!Become
MPR shelter is a life-saving opportunity
for dogs that have no other options. For dogs that came from a difficult situation, a stay at the shelter
is often a step up in life. But shelter life needs to be a temporary solution. In order to find a home, our
rescue dogs need to live in a home and learn how to be well-behaved family companions. You can
make a difference... PLEASE open your heart and home for one of the sweethearts. They
desperately need YOU!
According to the ASPCA, here are some of the best ways to help prevent animal cruelty:
Know who to call to report animal cruelty. Every state and every town are different. In some areas, you may have to rely on the police department to investigate animal cruelty; in others, you may have to contact local animal control or another municipal agency.
Get to know and look out for the animals in your neighborhood. By being aware, you're more likely to notice a dog who was once healthy and has lost weight rapidly—a possible indicator of abuse or neglect.
Call when you’re concerned. Without phone calls from alarmed citizens who report cruelty in their neighborhoods, no one knows about it. Make sure to provide as much detail as possible. Write down the type of cruelty you witnessed, who was involved, the date of the incident, and where it took place.
Set a good example for others. If you have pets, be sure to always show them the love and good care they deserve. You’re more than just the provider of food, water, and adequate shelter. If you think your animal is sick, make an appointment with your vet. Be responsible and have your animals spayed or neutered. And, don’t forget to give them lots of love and affection!
Talk to kids about how to treat animals with kindness and respect. The ASPCA regularly sees children in homes where animal abuse has been reported. If a family pet isn’t treated well, they tell the kids that their dog or cat would really appreciate fresh water every day or some daily playtime because children understand that animals are living creatures who have the ability to feel pain, joy, and sadness.
Start a Neighborhood Watch Program. Get to know the animals in your neighborhood and invite your friends/neighbors to do the same. Together, we can keep an eye out for any suspicious behaviors, abuse, and neglect of companion animals, pets left in hot cars, and other signs of abuse.
Help Bust Animal Fighters with The HSUS's Tip Line: Call 1-877-TIP-HSUS (847-4787) to report dogfighting
Up to $5,000 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction of an animal fighter.
FREE: Online Cruelty Training Courses offered by the ASPCA: http://www.aspcapro.org/resource/disaster-cruelty-animal-cruelty-animal-fighting/online-courses-combating-cruelty
And lastly, support your local shelter or animal rescue organization because YOU make the difference!
Missouri Pit Bull Rescue
PIT BULL NEWS APRIL 2015
April 01, 2015 - April Fool's Day
April 5, 2015 - Happy Easter!
April 2015 - Prevent Animal Cruelty Month - Learn How to Recognize Animal Cruelty and take the Pledge to Fight Animal Cruelty and Top 10 Ways to Prevent Animal Cruelty.
April 12-18, 2015 - National Volunteer Appreciation Week - National Volunteer Week offers opportunities to thank some of America's most valuable assets - our volunteers - and to recognize the myriad of ways they improve our communities. National Volunteer Week reflects the power that volunteers have to "inspire by example" - volunteers both encourage those they help and motivate others to serve! - MPR volunteer opportunities!
April 29, 2015 - International Guide Dog Day - It is celebrated on the last Wednesday in April every year. This special day recognizes guide dogs and their important role in helping the blind and visually impaired stay safe and be independently mobile. A guide dog gives a person that is blind or visually impaired a new lease on life and a trusting companion.
Northland Pet Pantry - The mission of the
Northland Pet Pantry is to provide short-term help in the form of free food and basic supplies for the
companion pets of people who are struggling financially.
Reminder from the National Canine Research Council -
The excellent book The Pit Bull Placebo:
The Media, Myths and Politics of Canine Aggression is available for free
download at the National Canine Research Council website. Find it here.
Discriminatory Fiscal Impact Calculator - Tool for municipalities in
understanding the real cost of enforcing bans and restrictions on dogs because of their looks. The
study that led to the calculator pointed out that dogs often identified as pit bulls may be, in fact,
another breed entirely, which raises the question on how to properly identify animals that under the
law might be banned.
The Anti-DogFighting Campaign is an organization that investigates, promotes awareness and battles for an end to dog fighting. Join them on Facebook. Unite With ADFC And Help Put An End Dog Fighting Worldwide
Dog Training with Victoria Stilwell -Top 10 Basic Dog Training Tips -
Excellent training tips written by Victoria
Stilwell. Five Rules of
Positive Dog Training - Positive reinforcement (i.e., giving the dog a reward in the form of praise, play, food or toys
when it behaves in a way that you like) has been shown to be the most effective training method.
Positive training equals positive results.
Dog Training and the Myth of Alpha-Male Dominance - Victoria was profiled in a recent TIME Magazine article entitled
"Dog Training and the Myth of Alpha-Male Dominance." In the article, Victoria helps highlight the
differences between traditional dominance-based methods and her brand of positive reinforcement
ASPCA Kids and Pets Interaction Guide - A wonderful resource for parents to raise their own awareness of
children and pet interactions and what's appropriate at each
phase of a child's development. The family pet is a best friend for many children - a companion who
not only provides unconditional love, but who also teaches them about friendship, responsibility,
loyalty, and empathy.
How to let
kids pet your
dog - As we all know there
can be some danger in having a child approach a strange dog and pet it. The Victor Valley Daily
Press has a good story on ways to teach kids to pet appropriately as well as warning signs to be
BSL NEWS APRIL 2015
Roeland Park, KS - BSL REPEALED! - Roeland Park lifts ban on pit bulls - The Roeland Park City Council voted Monday night to lift its 20-year ban on pit bulls. The breed will be allowed in the city, but residents will be limited to one pit bull per household until 2018. Another part of the change is dog owners will no longer be allowed to neglect dogs by keeping them chained outside.
Spring Hill, KS -
BSL REPEALED! - Formerly had a breed-specific ban in place, but it was
repealed in November 2014.
Hallsville, MO -
Hallsville City Council repeals 20-year-old pit bull ban - After more than 20 years, Hallsville residents can now own pit bulls. The Hallsville City Council voted unanimously to repeal the ban on Monday, November 10, 2014. Hallsville has a vicious dog ordinance currently in place. The ordinances apply to all dogs and are not breed-specific.
Camdenton, MO -
Pit Bull ordinance back under the microscope - The City of Camdenton could see a change in animal ordinances dealing with dangerous dogs and Pit Bull breeds. The Board of Aldermen is taking a serious look at its animal ordinance. During the board’s most recent meeting, the city’s attorney presented the board with a new sample ordinance.
Wentsville, MO - How Wentzville Citizens Beat Their Breed Ban to Win Canine
Equality - The key to Wentzville's success was that the residents mobilized. They
packed the city council meetings. When speaking, they were factual and polite and they didn't go
away. Indeed, they followed much of the strategy set forth in Best Friend's tool kit
to fight breed discrimination. In the end, the dogs carried the day and canine profiling was repealed -
another example of the continuing trend in cities and counties across the U.S. to end breed
Know the animal ordinances in
your town. Don't just be a good pet owner. Insist that your town hold all pet owners to the same high
standards to which you hold yourself, whatever kind of dog they share their lives with. Breed specific
laws are cruel, and they don't make our communities safer. Humane care of companion animals
CENTERFOLD APRIL 2015
Sweet Little Suri
Though she has the cutest pouty face, Miss Suri is one happy girl. She has a very positive spirit indeed, and fun-loving nature. A real little clown.
Suri is about 1 to 2 years old and only weighs about 45 lbs.
loves meeting new people. Very friendly with new people, aims to please.
She hasn't met any kids but we don't think there will be any problems.
Suri hasn't meet any other dogs while at the shelter but she should be okay with a compatible male. We don't know how she would do with cats yet.
Suri is excellent on the leash! She loves going on walks. She's an energetic young girl that benefits from lots of exercise. Suri seems very eager to please and wants to learn new tricks. Suri loves to play! She has a kennel with outdoor access and knows to keep the inside clean. She's very photogenic and loves having her picture taken (loves the treats afterwards). She's very outgoing and friendly.
She would be best with a more active family that can take her for walks every day.
Suri has the best smile that will melt your heart.
Won't YOU open up your heart and give this wonderful girl a forever home and a loving family of her very own? Don't wait another day ... APPLY today!
Happy Updates are the fuel that keeps rescuers going....
Nova and Lucas are doing great! They are the absolute best. I take them to work with me when ever I can... Nova loves it, Lucas not so much lol. They both sleep in the bed with me, Lucas has to be under the blankets and touching me, and Nova has to lay right on top of me. I've had a few foster dogs and they both do great with it. My mom runs a daycare and both love to play with the kids they are great with them! I try to walk them as much as I can... we go on walks even in the snow. I couldn't ask for better furbabies.
I have had Akira for over a year now. She has attitude and is a cuddle monster, she loves squeaky toys and loves to lay on top of the couch like a cat so she can sass the squirrels in her yard. Her best friend is my male dog Synyster. They play with each other all the time and they have made in the master plan to take over the bed. We no longer have personal space with Akira... she wants it all it's quite selfless if I say so. ;) She loves going on walks and car rides. She's a princess and the boss!! And if you're laying where she wants to lay she will lay on you. She's stack a bull. And my best friend. I wouldn't trade her for the world.
How do you explain a family member who was so much more than a pet? Morning Glory was the neighborhood 'Momma' she would lay at the end of the driveway and watch all the kids play during the day. She was Abigail's side kick, even when it was dress up time she would sulk as Abigail dressed her in fancy tiaras and scarves and anything else she could find. MG hated it but she loved Abigail so she tolerated it. She would watch over Boston, always making sure that she was somehow gently touching a part of him and gently gave him sweet baby kisses. She was so sweet and so protective. If she heard someone in pain she was right there and she didn't let a moment pass if Boston was crying without letting us know like, 'hey, are you going to handle this?' Her favorite days were when Dan worked nights and he would have to sleep during the day. She thought of herself as the team support and she would snuggle in with him all day. She was truly the best dog I have ever known. She brought 10 beautiful years to our family and she will forever be loved and forever be missed. Thank you MG for everything you gave to us just by being you. We are so very thankful that we were picked to be your family.
We love you so much.
Have a fun, safe, and happy April from Missouri Pit Bull Rescue