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
We are still pushing forward with the new shelter -- clearing the grounds, working with contractors, collecting supplies, all while continuing to help as many pit bulls as we can! But we still need your financial support to complete the shelter and help even more pit bulls in need. Please consider donating today -- $10 or more during the month of June will also automatically enter you into a raffle for two tickets to the July 3rd Royals game! The winner will be randomly selected on June 28th and the tickets will go in the mail as soon as the winner provides their address. Good luck and a special thanks from Popcorn, our pittie of the month!
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
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
is often a step up in life. But shelter life needs to be a temporary solution. In order to find a
rescue dogs need to live in a home and learn how to be well-behaved family companions.
make a difference... PLEASE open your heart and home for one of the sweethearts. They
desperately need YOU!
It's that time of year when more and more Pit Bull puppies are being born into this world. For the average dogs the pet population is bad enough, but in the Pit Bull society, it's overwhelming!
If you have never been to an animal shelter during this time of the year then you have no idea what a huge problem this is. Many shelters have non-adoption policies on Pit Bulls. Not because they have a personal agenda against Pit Bulls... Quite the opposite, in fact. Those restrictions are put in place in order to protect the dogs. Sadly, because of lack of resources allowing the staff to screen applicants, the only way shelters can prevent these poor dogs from falling in the wrong hands is by instating a non-adoption policy on breeds that attract more than their share of abuse and irresponsible owners.
Pit Bulls rank #1 when it comes to bad owners' magnets. Hence why rescue groups such as MPR work tirelessly to help those dogs and find them the homes they deserve and solutions to this terrible tragedy.
Even for adorable, innocent little puppies such as these...
In the meantime, more than half of the dogs in animal shelters are unavailable for adoption because they are considered Pit Bulls. This means that if a loving family goes to the shelter to adopt a puppy and if the puppy they pick is a Pit Bull they will be turned away.
The only way a Pit Bull puppy will make it out of the shelter alive is if the original owner claims it back or if a Pit Bull rescue group is able to pull it out in time.
Problem is, a lot of times the original owners are the problem. The family or the breeder abandons the momma dog and puppies on the side of the road or they drop them off at the shelter, or simply allow them to get lost or stolen by lack of supervision. These people close their eyes to the over population problem and walk away not accepting the responsibility of their dog.
If MPR is able to, we pull puppies from local shelters before it is too late. The problem is so huge though that the majority of the puppies don't make it out alive. The public is not fully aware of the big picture either. Puppies are often kept in the back and euthanized quickly to avoid the spread of nasty viruses such as "parvo". So reality is hidden and not always in the face of those who need to see it.
Rescue groups only have so much space and when it's full we are left helpless to the puppies we see. To have to walk away from the cage of a baby Pit Bull that is nursing from it's momma, knowing that these babies won't make it out is a horrible feeling, one that Pit Bull rescue groups face every day. For these puppies sometimes it's only a few hours before it will be pulled away from its momma taken into a room and have a needle inserted into it's vein.
Please visit local animal Control and see first hand how bad the situation really is. See the countless pleading eyes watching you as you walk past their cages. Some of those dogs are new to the shelter and seem to not understand what has happened to them. Some others may have been confiscated and must endure a longer stay on death row. They know their fate and are jumping, barking and pawing at the kennel door trying to escape.
How is a baby deserving of this you ask?..... It's not.
This is just a little view into world of Pit Bull rescue and the fight we have on our hands every day. So take a little time and go to your local shelters. Look for Pit Bulls that are under a year old, and you will leave astounded at the cruel world that these dogs are born into. One that punishes them not because of a bad deed done, but because of their breed! Now try to close your eyes and not see these horrible images! Knowing that in 5 days the majority of the dogs you just saw will be dead, including the puppies ...just to make room for more with the same fate.
Please don't breed or buy while shelter pets die,
Please Spay or Neuter your pet......
PIT BULL NEWS JUNE 2015
June is National Pet Preparedness Month. This month urges people with pets to make preparations in case they should be hit by a disaster…and that includes making plans for what you would do with your dog in case of a hurricane, tornado, flood or other natural disaster.
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
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
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
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
differences between traditional dominance-based methods and her brand of positive
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
not only provides unconditional love, but who also teaches them about friendship,
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 JUNE 2015
Wentsville, MO - How Wentzville Citizens Beat Their Breed Ban to Win Canine
Equality - The key to Wentzville's success was that the residents mobilized.
packed the city council meetings. When speaking, they were factual and polite and they
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
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
CENTERFOLD JUNE 2015
Popcorn is a total happy-go-lucky goofball. He's such a clown. Pop has a very easy-going personality but he is full of spirit. Though he is indeed quite the clown and being a fun-loving entertainer is his forte!
Indeed, this goofball is very outgoing and friendly. Definitely silly and so hilarious to watch him discover new sights, sounds, smells, etc.
Popcorn is housebroken, crate trained, and working on basic obedience.
He definitely needs a strong structure and schedule to get his manners and discipline more cemented. Strong, consistent leadership makes Popcorn a great dog, and dedication to his training and exercise will go so far to make him the best companion he can be.
He has SO much love to give and is really very eager to please his family. He loves people and wants to play and spend time with them as much as possible. His puppy eyes and bottom lip are irresistible. :) He's a perfect distraction from the busy, chaotic, stressful day to day life, and a wonderful reminder that love and play will go SO far and help both humans and dogs live happy lives. :) He's such a good boy, is doing so well at learning new rules and manners, and will be a great family member.
Won't YOU open up your
heart and give this loving boy a forever home and a loving family of his very own? Don't wait another
day ... APPLY today!
VOLUNTEER JUNE 2015
We're pleased this
month to recognize the dedication of our volunteer, Chad Krizan.
Chad tells us, "My involvement with MPR began in June of 2014, after the passing away of our beloved pitbull, Thumper, in April. Once we were ready to adopt again, we decided to look for another pitbull since we had grown to love the breed. We adopted our new pup, Tonka, and shortly thereafter, I began volunteering at the shelter since I've always loved dogs and thought it would be fun to help out with them."
"After working a shelter shift for a year, you really begin to see even more how amazing these animals are. I believe God put them on this Earth as the ultimate examples of unconditional love and forgiveness. Some of the dogs come from situations of abuse, neglect, and other kinds of mistreatment. Yet, they're still willing to put their love and trust in you, despite what they might have been through. It's an amazing and powerful example; we have a lot to learn from them!"
Chad, 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!
Happy Updates are the fuel that keeps rescuers
Columbus has settled into our family perfect. He balances everything. Sully used to be very anxious in the car, and ultimately would end up getting sick on every car ride. Since we adopted Columbus, Sully hasn't got sick anymore; and in return, Sully has shown Columbus how to be a confident dog that doesn't have to be afraid when something is dropped, or be afraid that he's going to be abused. He seems to really be enjoying life and relaxing. We did find out that Columbus has a heart murmur, but we're taking it day by day. We look forward to Columbus spending a long, happy life with our family!
Nemo is adjusting well to his new home on the east coast. After a brutal winter, he has been enjoying getting out for long walks on the boardwalk and the beach. We haven't tried swimming yet but I bet he's going to love the water.
He is still the big goof ball puppy he has been but he has also turned into world class cuddler. He is slowly making friends with all the neighborhood dogs and gets super excited for playtime.
Gus (previously Hawkeye)
is the definition of playful and happy. He loves to run in his yard, chew on bones, & carry his stuffies every where. He gives the best hugs. He also sometimes gets out but only goes to visit our retired neighbors for belly rubs. We absolutely adore his crazy self & wouldn't trade him for the world.
Have a fun, safe, and happy June from Missouri Pit Bull