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Not Enough GOOD Homes For Pit Bull Dogs
SPAY & NEUTER SNKC CAN HELP!
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
Licensed with the state of Missouri
Welcome to MPR. Our Mission is to promote responsible Pit Bull ownership, provide breed education, combat pet overpopulation, fight unfair legislation's, and find qualified homes for sound Pit Bull dogs in Missouri.
We Are So Sorry That We Scare You
SPECIAL FUND RAISING PLEA End of Summer 2009
FINANCIAL HELP NEEDED!
Summer 2009 Fund Raiser for Medical Cases
MPR is once again encountering big medical expenses and we could use a hand ... Please open your hearts to help us help them ...
We currently have a few new dogs with medical needs ... We're doing all we can to help them, but our little fund just can't keep up. We need your financial assistance in order to help each dog .... So please help us make a difference ...
Below are some of the current special cases that are in need of financial help. Please see below to track the progress as we work towards meeting our goal!
Our little Promise is struggling with heartworm disease. The condition is affecting her lungs. We've already spent over $1,000 and she is not out of the woods yet. We are anticipating more funds will be needed within the next few days while we do what we can to help her pull through. We could have considered euthanasia instead of spending all that money but we made Promise a "promise" when we took her into the program. Please help us fulfill our promise. We would like to do all we can to save her life....
We received a call from animal control pleading for us to help save a sweet boy with a horrible leg injury. After going to see the dog we couldn't turn our backs on him ... Despite his obvious pain he was such a lover! He wanted nothing else but to climb on our lap, cuddle and give kisses. We were sold! We stepped up to take him in. His leg was so horribly mangled with bone exposed that amputation was the only option to save his life. "Long John Silver" (or LJ) is on the mend now but will require more vet visits throughout his recovery.
Horrible start at life; Hopeful future..
Tapioca is a 3 month old puppy who had an “embedded” collar in her neck. It also appears that someone cut half of one of her ears off when she was just a few weeks old. We think she may have been exposed to parvo as well. The next week will tell us whether she has or not.
She's had so much unbelievable pain and hurt in her young life that we'll do all we can to help her survive and get her on her feet to a new life of joy and love ...
Raised to date
We did it!!!!
P.O. BOX 520043, Independence, MO 64052
MPR IS A 501C3 NON-PROFIT ORG. ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE
P.O. BOX 520043
Independence, MO 64052
We are so extremely grateful for any help you can offer towards the care and cures of these very special dogs. We certainly wouldn't be able to save all those wonderfull dogs without the support that all of you have so generously given to us already. Thank you for being their angels and helping us make a difference in the lives of these dogs. Lots of pittie kisses and a HUUUUUGE Thank You To Our Generous Donators: Borislav Kandov, Terry Fair, Eric Osberg, Whitney Stuart, Estela A Zuniga, Jackie Keber, C Stonehocker, Melene Brock, James Vordtriede, Kristen Marek, Fay Forman, Erica Jacobson .
Those are "some" of the countless Pit Bulls held at the Kansas City Animal Control facility. Most Pit Bulls at the shelter are euthanised 5 to 10 days after their arrival, depending on their case and if not claimed by their owner.
Some of the Pits are selected to be candidates for adoption via "Halfway Home Pet Adoptions" and are given a little more time. Though the dogs are not part of MPR's program, we have been asked by the shelter to screen all applications for Pit Bull type dogs.
When MPR has room, we do our very best to pull Pit Bulls from the shelter. For the sake of our current dogs however, MPR can't bail dogs out until we make adoptions. Even if we could afford boarding (which we can't), we want to see our current dogs find loving homes before we bring more into the program.
MPR dogs have been evaluated and proven to have good disposition and stable temperament. They have been socialized, are receiving training and most of them are housebroken and crate trained. When a MPR dog finds a good home, it makes room in our program to rescue a shelter dog.
By opening your home to a MPR dog, you are saving TWO LIVES!
Once we bring in a new shelter dog in the program we can then proceed with proper temperament evaluation, proper training and socialization.
If you want to save a deathrow dog, please adopt a MPR dog
Please... don't breed or buy while shelter animals die...
MPR ADOPTION EVENTS August 2009
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.
Please email us if you want to know which dog will be attending this event.
Some events may be cancelled in case of rain.
COME MEET MPR DOGS
August Date to be announced
FREE Pitbull kisses on location!
Multi Groups Event
A Dog's Fun Playce
7833 Wornall Rd, KCMO
No adoption on the spot unless application has been approved prior to event - Please contact us if you want to know which dog will be attending the event. DIRECTIONS
This event will be held INSIDE in case of rain. So please come meet the dogs no matter the weather
FOSTER HOMES NEEDED August 2009
Each dog in boarding costs about $220.00 a month
Boarding is a life-saving option for the few lucky dogs we can afford to help that way, but we cant do it unless we receive financial assistance from people like you.
We have several programs available. Every penny counts! Become a Helping Hand
As it is, we can't afford helping anymore dogs until our boarding dogs are in foster care. In the meantime, our boarding dogs are in desperate need of foster care. Not only is boarding very expensive, but living in a cage is hard for any dog as sociable as a Pit Bull.
Boarding is a life-saving opportunity for dogs that have no other options. For dogs that came from a difficult situation, boarding is often a step up in life. But boarding needs to be a temporary solution. In order to find a home, our rescue dogs need to 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! Become aFoster Home
NEWS August 2009
August 9-15 - National Assistance Dog Week - in recognition of all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability-related limitations.
August 13 - National Assistance Dog Day
August 15 - National Homeless Animals Day - Organizations around world come together on the third Saturday of August to raise awareness about the pet overpopulation epidemic.
August 26 - National Dog Day - serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort.
August 30 - National Holistic Pet Day
Study: Chihuahuas bite vets most; Lhaso Apsos inflict worst injuries - Chihuahuas are most likely to bite veterinarians, Lhaso Apsos deliver one of the most severe bites, and about 40 percent of all dog bites are delivered by mixed breeds. These and other dog-bite truths are unveiled in a new study two years in the making that analyzes what kind of dogs bite and why. The Coalition for Living Safely with Dogs and the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association released their study in May during National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and the results shed light on how likely a dog is to bite, a factor that may be pertinent to breed-specific legislation in some states and cities. The study concludes that all dogs will bite, and that circumstances under which the bite occurred are more indicative than the breed. The full study can be viewed online at http://www.livingsafelywithdogs.org/.
New Research Exposes High Taxpayer Cost to Ban Pit Bulls - All bark, no bite, costs in the millions: Breed-discriminatory legislation that targets pit bull-type dogs is an expensive waste of tax dollars, according to an economic study commissioned by Best Friends Animal Society. The study, serves as core information for a new online "Fiscal Impact Calculator" that Best Friends says will help state and local governmental entities calculate the true cost of implementing and enforcing breed-discriminatory laws.
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.
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 wary of.
Ruby's an All Star!
Ruby the pitbull was found starving in an abandoned house, back in 2003. Since then, she has found a good home, and gone on to do so many wonderful things. She been the guest dog at animal rescue fund raisers, visits schools teaching kids about dog safety, and the many ways dogs help people. Ruby has ridden in parades, where she was happily mobbed by kids, performed obedience demonstrations at the Minnesota state fair the past three years and performed in two plays!
The list of her accomplishments include: Recipient of the MVMA Animal Hall of Fame, Companion Award (Feb 2007), Certified TDI Therapy Dog, Certified Service Dog, cast in a community play of "Cheaper by the Dozen", and Milk-Bone Dog Biscuits Model. She truly is an All Star!
Homelessness, Man's Best Friend and a Hard Choice - Tony Aponte refers to his 45-pound pit bull, Rocky, as his child. But after losing his apartment and moving into a homeless shelter, he was at a loss over how to care for him. "It was heartbreaking," Mr. Aponte said. "I felt like garbage because I couldn't take care of a family member." Read more ...
Former Vick pit bull enjoying a new life in Minnesota - Disgraced NFL quarterback Michael Vick is getting a chance at a new life, after serving federal prison time for dog-fighting. Fortunately, some of his victims also got new lives, including one who ended up in Minnesota. His name is Hector and he's turned out to be an irresistible pit bull. Andrew Yori holds Hector, a 50 pound pitbull, like a baby and kisses him repeatedly. It's not, perhaps, the image that comes to mind when one thinks of a pitbull. But this is Hector's life now, two years later and many miles away from the life he lived at Michael Vick's compound in Virginia. "I think these dogs have a story to tell themselves and I'm just glad that I'm able to get him out and let him talk for himself," said Yori. Yori owns another pitbull, named Wallace, that's made quite a name for himself as a disc dog. Be sure to watch the video ...
Global BC noon anchor Randene Neill tries to handle Ginger, a pit bull looking to be adopted from the SPCA.
What ensues during the segment is pure hilarity.
Credit: Canwest Communications/Global TV. Originally aired live: Tuesday, August 11, 2009.
DENVER, CO - Pressure mounting to euthanize pit bull ban - There's a showdown brewing in Denver with its 20-year-old Pit Bull ban at the center, under attack from all sides, even from within the city's own government as well as critics in veterinary medicine. Renewed pressure to kill what some consider America's harshest breed ban can be contributed to several factors, including new veterinarian-backed dog-bite statistics, lawsuits and political unrest. The impetus to rewrite or repeal the ordinance that's spelled death for thousands of dogs in Denver also comes from costs tied to enforcing the law and fighting its legal challengers. Such spending - a total that city officials say hasn't been tallied - attracts scrutiny as Denver faces a $120-million budget deficit.
New Florence, MO - New Florence Puts Ban on Pit Bulls on Hold - The City Council held a special town hall meeting to try and ban pit bulls in the town. The city held the meeting because the issue was so controversial at the last scheduled city council meeting that they decided they couldn't make a decision then. They decided they couldn't even reach a decision after tonight's meeting [8/16/2009]. Please send your POLITE, RESPECTFUL AND INFORMATION letters of opposition to BSL to the New Florence officials and to Bonnie Nordwald, City Clerk, 217 Main Street, P.O. Box 70, New Florence, MO. 63363 or by phone at 573-835-2106 or fax at 573-835-2104. Please also send educational materials as it appears they are greatly needed.
SPRINGDALE, AR - City To Crack Down On Dangerous Dogs - Options Include Pit Bull Ban - One local city is considering whether to go pit bull-free in an effort to crack down on dangerous dogs.
Springdale wants to put more bite into its vicious animal laws. The city already has an ordinance that allows for animals to be removed or euthanized, but that can only happen after an attack. The new proposals call for prevention, tightening the leash before a dog becomes dangerous. The city is still researching all of its options and looking for public input.
Pine Bluff, AR - COUNCIL COMMITTEE LOOKS AT AMENDING PIT BULL ORDINANCE
- The manager of Pine Bluff Animal Control is seeking additional penalties for repeat offenders of the vicious dog ordinance. The possibility of increasing fees was discussed at Monday night's [8/10/2009] Pine Bluff Public Safety committee meeting. In 2006, the Pine Bluff City Council enacted an ordinance stating pit bulls and other dangerous dogs inside the city limits must be registered with animal control, have a valid city license and shot records and must be confined. Owners also are required by the city ordinance to post warning signs and take out a $100,000 liability insurance policy for each dog. It likely will be on the full city council's agenda for the Aug. 17 meeting.
HUTCHINSON, KS - Public may weigh in on Hutchinson pit bull decision - Hutchinson City Council members on Tuesday requested a formal discussion about issues surrounding pit bulls or pit-bull mixes in Hutchinson. The council asked for a breakdown showing which breeds of dogs were responsible for bites and attacks reported to animal control so it could better understand whether the issue was breed-specific. Finally, the council encouraged the public to weigh in on the issue by e-mailing or writing to council members. Letters can be mailed to Hutchinson City Hall, 125 E. Avenue B. Council members' e-mail addresses are available at www.hutchgov.com.
Speak! or rollover! the choice dog owners need to make - 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 does.
MO Bill Number: MO S.B. 201
Bill Status: Pending
Legislature Status: In Session
MO Bill Number: MO S.B. 63
Bill Status: Pending
Legislature Status: In Session
Animal Fighting Spectator - Increases the penalty for being a spectator at a dog fighting event from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class D felony for a second or subsequent offense. Bill Sponsor(s): Sen. Scott T. Rupp (R, 2)
MO Bill Number: MO H.B. 724
Bill Status: Pending
Legislature Status: In Session
Animal Fighting Paraphernalia - Prohibits any person from possessing dog fighting paraphernalia and adds a penalty for a second or subsequent offense for persons committing acts related to dog fighting. Bill Sponsor(s): Rep. Paul LeVota (D, 52)
CENTERFOLD August 2009
Patchino is a real sweetheart. A little on the submissive side, or rather we should say "very eager to please", he is responsive and very loving with people. We think he'd make a fantastic companion in a home as the only pet. Perhaps he could live with a friendly female, if his owners are breed savvy.
The best quality about Patchino, besides his good looks of course, is how very charming he is. We give this dog less than a minute to win your heart. It's just impossible to resist him once you spend time with him. And those eyes.... He sure knows how to use them to melt your heart.
He is very loving and loves to lean on people for love, then roll on his back for a belly rub... So sweet!
Patchino has a cute grin too and he is always smiling. We think this dog would make an awesome family companion. Please give Patchino a chance to prove you what a sweetheart he is and how much potential he has as family companion. This dog has so much to offer.
FEATURED VOLUNTEER August 2009
Andrew & Legan
We're very pleased this month to recognize the hard work and dedication of Andrew and Legan.
Legan tells us, "Andrew and I both were unaware of this special breed of dogs and their specific needs until we adopted our dog Sami. We love her loyalty, her disposition, and her intelligence. Once we adopted her, we became more aware and knowledgeable about the problems this breed is facing. We want to help pit bulls find responsible and loving homes as well as educate the public in order to reverse the negative stigma that has been placed on this special breed of dogs."
Both Andrew and Legan's hard work and commitment is such an asset to MPR and we are so very thankful to have them on board. Thank you!
Happy Updates are the fuel that keeps rescuers going....
July 8, 2009 Update:
We've had Rhapsody in Blue (now called Pickle) for about 10 weeks. She is just the most amazing dog. So willing to please. So willing to learn. She settled into family life instantly.
My wife and I have lost count how many people compliment us on how pretty she is, how lovely she is with people, and how she walks so well on the leash, and sits at every curb when we cross the street. We are just so proud to have her in our family.
One of Pickle's favorite things is to jump in the pool after her early morning walk. But her most favorite thing of all is to snuggle with us.