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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. ***
LOW COST*** SPAY &
NEUTERING FOR PIT BULL DOGS
Get your free mobile App to promote healthy pets and healthy humans while raising money to support MPR dogs. Missouri Pit Bull Rescue is partnering with WoofTrax, Inc., to introduce and promote the App in this area. Now, for every mile you walk, WookTrax donates to MPR's shelter.
Our community can now support us simply by walking their dogs. Proceeds directly benefit the homeless Pit Bulls that come to MPR each year and support the ongoing good work that MPR does in the community.
Don’t just take your dog for a walk, Take Your Walk for a Dog. Go to www.WoofTrax.com, download the App and support MPR every time you walk your dog.
Fun for all! * Fun matches *
Canine Good Citizen Testing *
Games & Contests *
* Workshops * Demonstrations * & so much more ... DIRECTIONS
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
MPR BLOG OCTOBER 2014
The "Tricks" to Teach Your Dog His Halloween Costume is a "Treat"!
For some dogs, wearing a Halloween costume can be a bit scary! The costume may feel strange or make noises as the dog moves and people tend to treat their pets differently when they are wearing clothes.
With a few helpful hints, wearing a costume can be a fun and positive experience!
Don't rush home and put the costume on as soon as you buy it. Begin a slow introduction with treats a couple of weeks prior to wearing the costume.
During the training period, the dog only receives treats and praise when he is in costume so he associates the costume with good things.
Begin by laying the costume gently across the dog's back and give him treats and verbal praise.
Do this several times a day, for several days, for a few minutes until he is comfortable. This process may take longer with headwear or footwear.
Once he is comfortable, fasten the costume and gradually increase the amount of time he wears the costume, continue treats and verbal praise.
When he is used to wearing the costume, encourage him to begin moving about, giving treats and praise as he walks.
After a few more days, put his leash on and take a walk, continue to use treats and verbal praise.
Finally, engage the help of a friend. Have the friend give the dog treats and praise in his costume.
Your dog should now be happy when he sees his Halloween costume, as his experience has been a positive one!
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 several programs 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!
vaccinations and spay/neuter surgeries for owners of unaltered
pit bulls and pit bull mixes who reside in Kansas City’s 64130 and 64132 ZIP
advantage of this free service for up to 4 pit bulls per household as quickly as
possible since the grant runs through September 2014. Please contact one of
the service providers listed below to arrange for service:
Neuter Kansas City, 1116 E. 59th St., Kansas City, MO. For information, call 816
-353-0940 or visit snkc.net.
Animal Hospital, 10401 E. 63rd St., Raytown, MO. For information,
call 816-353-3666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Animal Welfare Society, 3400 NW Vivion Road, Riverside, MO. For
information, call 816-336-1888 or visit pcnaws.org.
National Pit Bull Awareness Day - Saturday, October 25, 2014! - The National Pit Bull Awareness campaign is a nationwide effort to bring positive awareness to the American Pit Bull Terrier. To locate or participate in an event in your local area click here.
Adopt-A-Dog Month---- (AHA) - Millions of dogs across the country face euthanasia every year because there are not enough people who will adopt them and give them caring homes. To give these dogs another chance at finding happiness, every October American Humane celebrates Adopt-A-Dog Month. Join us in promoting this annual tradition by adopting a dog from your local shelter or breed-rescue group or learning more about responsible dog care.
Adopt a Shelter Dog Month---- (ASPCA) - According to the ASPCA, eight to 12 million animals enter shelters each year nationwide, and more than half of those animals are euthanized. ASPCA places special emphasis in October to urge potential pet parents to consider choosing from the millions of adoptable canines in shelters and rescue groups across the country.
NATIONAL ANIMAL SAFETY AND PROTECTION MONTH - (RedRover Responders - (formerly the Emergency Animal Rescue Service)) - RedRover Responders provide lifesaving care and sheltering for animal victims of natural and human-caused disasters. Volunteers come from across the United States and Canada and from all walks of life, but they have one thing in common: a commitment to helping animals in need.
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.
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.
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 philosophies.
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.
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 wary of.
BSL NEWS OCTOBER 2014
Wellsville, Kansas - The sitting ban stays.
The Wellsville City Council voted 4-1 to keep an ordinance banning Pit Bull Terriers and Staffordshire
Terriers from the city limits during its Wednesday meeting at city hall, 411 Main St., Wellsville. Councilmen Dave
Edwards, Cory Cunningham, Jared Eggleston and Dave Rogers voted in favor of keeping the ban, with Mike McAfee
the lone vote for dropping it.
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 discrimination.
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
MPR CENTERFOLD OCTOBER 2014
Kobe is a Superstar! The one who loves to play, be your football game buddy, and your moral support when you need it. Beautiful dog with a strong and attractive personality.
Indeed, Kobe is a great athlete who loves to play with toys... and guess what his favorite game is? To play "basketball" with a bowl, Lol! He's a riot! Kobe is energetic and is so fun-loving that time flies while you're playing with him. A great entertainer.
He's a big friendly boy with an outgoing personality. Kobe is very smart and a quick learner so training should come easy to him. We are working on jumping up on people right now and he is being responsive. He is still young and acts like a big puppy at times but you can tell the dog is very smart.
Kobe has not been introduced to other pets yet. He is a very proud dog, sure of himself and somewhat dominant. We think he would do best as an only pet, though he might be able to share his home with a compatible female if owner understands the breed well.
Smart boy! You can see it in his eyes. Kobe will need an owner who can establish positive leadership and provide him with structure. The dog is striking looking and has very high potential for training. He will make the right owner very proud.
Won't YOU open up your heart and give
this wonderful boy a forever home and a loving family of his very own? Don't wait another day ... APPLY today!
VOLUNTEERS OCTOBER 2014
We're pleased this month to recognize the dedication our volunteer Jenny Bluth.
Jenny tells us, "I've always been a dog lover. Last year my boyfriend Justin and I were looking to adopt a second dog. We looked and looked and we both fell in love with pit bulls. We adopted Keisha Roo from MPR last August."
"Fast forward to February, I had extra time to volunteer again and started doing shelter shifts with MPR. This summer we fostered our first dog, Hasbro. It was very rewarding and challenging. We are happy to say he is on his 2 week trial for adoption. Fostering has made us better dog parents and love the breed even more. Through fostering, I started attending the meet and greet events to promote the dogs. I "run" MPR's Instagram page, uploading 3-5 pictures a day. I also upload videos of the dogs on to YouTube so they can be added to their profiles."
"I love promoting the breed, taking the dogs on walks during my shift and we look forward to fostering again."
Jenny, your caring, hard work and commitment are such an asset to MPR and the dogs that we wanted you to know we are
so very fortunate and thankful to have you on board. Thank you! You are the absolutely the best!
Happy Updates are the fuel that
keeps rescuers going....
We started volunteering in June 2012. My first shift I met Petunia and instantly fell in love. In August we were asked to foster her during her last heartworm treatment. Well, she never left. We foster failed and scored a forever family in September 2012. She became the bratty little princess of our family. She gained a fur brother, 2 human sisters and us. We finally completed our family.
Petunia loves every human see meets. She gets so excited that she just can't sit still. She loves to lay outside and lay in the sun. No water please!!
When she is in the house you can find her chewing on her favorite bone, pestering her siblings or she's under the blanket in the bed napping. There is never a dull moment in our home with this girl. She is so many personalities in that little body. Loving, comical, sweet, bratty and loyal.
Thank you MPR, we couldn't image our family complete without her in it!
Miss Val (short for her new name, Valkyrie) found her forever home in April this year. This beautiful baby has completely taken over my heart! She immediately made herself at home on her first day, claiming the loveseat in the living room as her own! With toys that were just for her and the ability to roam the house and not be locked in a kennel all day, she was ecstatic. The differences in Val from the shelter to being in her home were obvious immediately. Her behavior was better, she trusted people faster, and she was so well behaved she got to sleep on the couch almost immediately. And speaking of trusting people, when I first met her, she was fairly reserved. Now, a person can't walk into the house without getting tons of kisses and excited attention! Everyone that meets her loves her, which it would be hard not to with that perfect face and endless amount of charm! Having Val in this house has truly made it a home, and I can't imagine not seeing her every day when I wake up! I love my fur baby and I'm so happy I could give her a furrrrever home...
We have been so lucky to have Moxie in our life. She is far and away the best dog any of us has ever had. She is so sweet, and good with the kids. She inspired me to start volunteering at the rescue to help with others like her.
Thanks so much for everything everyone has done for her. After seeing first hand how tough it is to do so much with so little, it makes us humble that MPR was so generous with their time and money for our Moxie.
Thanks so much from all of us!
~The Rabideaux family
Crockett came to us as a foster kid late in 2012, and they estimated his age to be between 9 months to a year. We (Crockett) was fortunate enough that our den was perfect for his new room because we didn't have to crate him at night then, we were able to put a large gate across the doorway so he could start getting to know our other 4 legged kids. Plus it had it's own door to go out into the backyard. Although Crockett is our boy (as they say) as never known a stranger. Be that 4 legged or people, especially kids.
He has been so much a part of our family, that it feels like he's been with us forever. But we've had him since Jan. 4th, 2013. Timing may get away from us, but both my husband and I could and would tell you that where ever we make our home, Crockett will forever be a part of it.
Have a safe, happy and fun OCTOBER from Missouri Pit Bull Rescue