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
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 JANUARY 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!
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.
We wish you a healthy, prosperous and Happy New Year!
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 JANUARY 2015
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 JANUARY 2015
Charming Chubbs knows how to sit, stay, stop. He's also very responsive on walks. He's just a very eager-to-please little dog and loves attention.
Chubbs may only have 3 legs but don't let that fool you because that doesn't stop him from enjoying life. He has no problem running up and down the stairs and running all around the yard. He loves playing with toys or just laying next to you on the the couch, giving kisses. He's got a great Pit Bull personality. A typical outgoing and affectionate clown, always happy to see you.
He is always happy to see people. He has tons of love and kisses to give and loves to receive it back in return.
Chubbs loves visitors! He knows people coming over means more attention. His level of energy is moderate but he does have his moments when he likes to do the "zoomies". Once that's out of the way, he'll happily turn into a laid back couch potato, especially if you're a being a couch potato along with him, Lol! He loves to cuddle.
Chubbs' best attribute would have to be his super positive attitude. Talk about the spirit! He's a real happy-go-lucky boy who doesn't sweat the small stuff! He's just totally happy to be alive. His joy is contagious and his positive attitude is very inspirational. Having three legs makes him unique alone, but having the drive to fight for being a normal dog is what makes him awesome!!!
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!
FEATURED VOLUNTEER JANUARY 2015
pleased this month to recognize the dedication our volunteer, Lauren Allen.
Lauren tells us, "I began following MPR last summer on facebook through my friend Gia. I didn't know a lot about the breed but felt passionate about the current prejudices about them and wanted to help. I was already involved with some other non-profits doing Pro bono design work when I saw an MPR facebook post about a need for volunteers at the shelter. I loved the idea of doing volunteer work that got me away from the computer for awhile (I'm sure anyone with a desk job will know what I'm talking about!). So I decided to apply to volunteer and within a week or so I was at the shelter meeting all the dogs and learning the ropes."
"So far, my experience working with MPR has been rewarding beyond words. Knowing and seeing how my time and efforts directly impact MPR dogs makes it all worth it. It's also been a whole new social outlet with the other MPR volunteers. We all come from different backgrounds but have one thing in common -- our irrational bleeding hearts for pit bulls and dogs in general. I'm so proud to be apart of this group and see what we have and can accomplish collectively -- without pay."
"I've also started taking on many of the graphic design responsibilities for MPR and hope to expand that role as needed. I've worked on two different fundraising campaigns, various social media graphics, and updating the MPR logo. With my husband and I expecting our first child this summer, I'll be taking a break from my shelter shifts and hoping to spend more time helping out with events and working on graphics. Through powerful images and clear graphic communication, my goal is to help MPR provide breed education, combat pet overpopulation, fight unfair legislation, and help MPR dogs find good homes."
"While I'm unable to help out at the shelter, I hope to see some new faces there in 2015 giving MPR dogs the love and care they deserve -- I can promise anyone who is interested in volunteering that it is 100% worth it!"
Lauren, 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 going....
I adopted Jett on July 16, 2011. Although I had never met him until that day, MPR volunteers assured me that he was exactly what I was looking for. I lived in Wichita and initially fell in love with his photo because he looked just like another dog I once had in my life. Jett had been rescued from Joplin after his former owner was seriously injured in the tornado. After MPR took him into the program, they realized that he needed to undergoe survery for a Luxating Patella. This meant that the beginning of our relationship was very low key. Jett had to be confined to a small area to ensure that he wouldn't jump up on anything and hurt his leg; and he was only allowed short leash walks in the back yard. Two follow up visits later, the vet assured me that he was healed and ready to resume a normal life. That was the end of his mellow and laxed personality! Jett was curious to explore everything and always know what was going on! He loved everyone het met and still does to this day. He adores children and although he's a bit dog reactive, enjoys sunbathing with his feline sister.
I truly believe that Jett has a special and unique rescue family. Not only was he part of the MPR program, but I began volunteering with the resuce after moving back to the KC area. I was able to see what he went through during his transition. He's also very fortunate because his former dad recovered after the tornado. We stay in touch with him and his niece on Facebook.
Jett is a very fortunate Pittie to have had so many people who love and care for him throughout his lifetime. And I'm very fortunate to have adopted such a great dog.
PJ (Paintball) is doing great! He is just a ball of energy. He has the best personality, its always cracking everyone up. If he is not prancing around, he is doing the classic (butt run). He loves going for hikes, car rides and just cuddling on the couch. I couldn't picture life without him.
Have a safe, Happy New Year from Missouri Pit Bull Rescue