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
Our fundraising campaign has
gained invigorating momentum in April! We are
now almost half-way toward our goal and more energized than ever. As we learn more about the
landscape and city requirements, we've continued to refine and finalize the shelter design. Building and
plumbing contractors have been selected, but the search is still out for an electrical contractor. We've
been pleasantly surprised with the enthusiasm and support our contractors have shown for the project
so far. Our mission to build this much-needed Pit Bull Haven in the Midwest holds strong. Please
consider donating to our mission today!
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!
People often talk about the joy of watching the miracle of birth of puppies. This is particularly
disturbing since we know only 1 in 600 Pit Bulls born in this world will find a loving home. We know also,
that nothing is more difficult than to find a home for a "momma dog". We currently have a few brave
mothers in our program in dire need of a loving home: Sarabi, Miss Patch, Darsha, Buttercup, Gaia, ...
people believe that a female dog should have at least one litter before being spayed. There is absolutely
no justification to that belief. In fact, the longer you wait before spaying a female, the greater the
chances she will develop cancer later in life.
A pregnancy is
extremely hard on a female dog. MPR has rescued countless mama dogs who had given literally all
they had to their pups and were on the brink of death when discovered. It takes months for a female to
recover after a pregnancy. And if you think you are doing the dog a favor by letting her experience the joy
of motherhood, please think again...
Like humans, canines
need strong social structure to thrive and survive. In the wild, puppies stay under the protection of the
pack and their parents until they are old enough to survive on their own. Only then, when the dogs are
about a year old, some youngsters will leave the pack and move on, though many canines stay with
their family for their entire life.
No six, seven or eight week old puppy is strong enough to survive on its own. The dogs know
that. Pulling an 8 week old puppy from a mama dog like humans do is like expecting a 2 year old baby
to move out of his parents home, get a job and find an apartment. We are messing with nature when
we remove puppies from their mother and siblings and place them in a home at 8 weeks
Dogs do not
understand that we will be there to care for them. In the puppy's mind, he or she will die away from his
"canine family", hence why puppies scream bloody murder the first few nights we bring them home. As
for the mother, she has to witness her pups disappear one by one helplessly, and has no clue what will
happen to them. We can't explain to her that the pups have found a new home and everything is ok.
She believes they are getting lost and dying. Think about the emotional stress this causes a loving
With pet overpopulation
causing more death than happy endings, and knowing that momma dogs suffer a great deal physically
and emotionally when having and losing puppies, do we really need to add more puppies to this world
so we can witness the miracle of birth? The miracle of birth when it comes to companion animals these
days is simply a step towards euthanasia.
Please don't breed or buy while shelter pets die,
Please Spay or Neuter your
please, please adopt a homeless Mama dog this month!
PIT BULL NEWS MAY 2015
May 5 - 12, 2015 - Be Kind to Animals Week - Join
the event that's been celebrated every year since 1915 -- American Humane's Be Kind to Animals
Week. In this annual tradition, we commemorate the role animals play in our lives, promote ways to
continue to treat them humanely, and encourage others, especially children, to do the same. Sponsored
by the American Humane Association.
May 6-12, 2015 - Puppy Mill Action
Week - Puppy mills contribute to pet overpopulation and cause countless dogs lifetimes
of suffering in squalid wire cages. Help us stop this cycle of cruelty: Do your research before getting a
puppy, and look into adopting a dog from your local shelter.
May 10, 2015 - Happy Mother's Day!
May 17-23, 2015 - National Dog Bite Prevention Week - National Dog Bite
Prevention Week is a public service campaign that offers safety tips and emphasizes the need for
increased pet owner responsibility in the prevention of dog bites. Sponsored by the American Veterinary
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 MAY 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 -
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.
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 MAY 2015
Sweet Sarabi is as sweet as
can be. Roll-on-your-back-belly-rub sweet.
Sarabi came to us
extremely emaciated and used as a breeding machine. She was very shy and would not eat. We were
able to slowly hand feed her, rebuild her trust and get her back to a healthy weight.
Sarabi is a lover and
happy-go-lucky girl. Loves to snuggle, give pittie kisses and have her belly rubbed. She easily allows
you to take toys from her, and enjoys a little bit of play time together.
Sarabi knows “Sit”,
“Wait”, and “Down.” She learns very quickly and is easily motivated to learn more with treats and very
eager to please!
Her eyes and smile are
irresistible! When she comes to you for attention, you can't help but smile from ear to ear! Her gentle
kisses will warm your heart! She is totally comfortable just laying at your side enjoying some belly rubs.
Sarabi is a true unconditional lover!
Won't YOU open up your
heart and give this loving girl a forever home and a loving family of her very own? Don't wait another
day ... APPLY
VOLUNTEER MAY 2015
Kristie and Brittany Montle
We're pleased this
month to recognize the dedication of our volunteers, our Mother and Daughter team, Kristie and
Kristie got started with MPR back in
the Fall of 2012. She followed MPR’s web-site for a few years and loved what MPR did to help pit bulls
in need. Kristie applied to become an MPR Volunteer the next time she saw a posting that volunteers
volunteering for a few months, her daughter Brittany was interested in coming along with her mom to
volunteer. Kristie and Brittany have been volunteering their time at least once a week ever since.
Brittany enjoys volunteering at the shelter so much that she also does a second shift each week!
The Montle’s have a 12 year old pit bull
at home, so they’ve always been interested in providing breed education and helping care for the less
fortunate dogs. Kristie says, “We love the time we spend at the shelter caring for these dogs who have
come from all kinds of situations and backgrounds. Nothing is more rewarding then seeing a dog who
has come from the worst situation getting adopted and going home with the best
Siblings: Mazee (almost 1 year old,
female pit bull)
Likes: Food, sleeping, blankets, bones, sun bathing, lap-sitting
Dislikes: Baths, waking up early,
rainy days, politics.
We adopted Moose a little more
than two years ago and I wouldn’t trade him for anything. The day we met him, I fell in love! He was so
friendly and playful. He also did this weird monkey sound when we touched his nose (and still does!).
Since we’ve had him, he’s gained
weight (too much, I think), he’s constantly the center of attention, and if there’s a blanket near, he’ll find a
way to weasel his way under it.
Moose is the most laid back dog I’ve had.
He’s also my most favorite companion (don’t tell his sister…or the cats).
MPR gave Moose a second chance.
Why anyone would give up this dog is beyond me. Do I get mad at him? Sure. Do I get frustrated with
him? Absolutely. But I just look at his face and I melt. He’s a huge turd that always gets out of trouble
and you can’t help but love him.
wanted to give you an update on Clover (2009) - now Chloe
Chloe now enjoys her days working full time in my chiropractic office. She greets patients,
makes them feel at home, and entertains the kiddos! She will even comfort them if they are afraid of
Recently, I started to get my
Canine/Equine Chiropractic Certification from Options for Animals in Wellsville, KS. Chloe travels with
me to classes. She knows her way around the hotel and is a big hit with the staff at the hotel.
Just a "thanks again" for giving me the
best friend/ co-worker a girl could ask for!
First pic - Chloe stands ready to greet
her next patient.
Second pic - Chloe after a day of school
- the program is sooo exhausting.
it's been a little over a month since we brought Clark Kent home. We've renamed him
Navin R. Johnson (if you've ever seen the Steve Martin movie "The Jerk", he's just big dumb goof and
he reminded us of him :) He's been doing great! Crumpet (fka Shahtoosh) absolutely loves him!
He's such a good boy, and he gets around pretty well for an old man with bad hips. He just settled right
in, like he knew right away that this was his home now. He's comfortable with everyone, even the cats.
Crumpet has taught him to avoid the evil cat that always tries to attack them, lol. And having another
dog around has definitely brought out Crumpet's playful side. I posted a couple photos of him outside on
our deck, on his favorite yellow chair, of both of them chewing on their kongs, and one of them cuddling
on the couch. That's Crumpet's tongue hanging out of her
mouth and her drool down the front of the couch cushion, she just can't keep that tongue
in her mouth when she sleeps!
We love Navin and he certainly loves
us. Thank you MPR for giving dogs like him a second chance! He definitely deserved it.
Gatsby came into our home in
January as a weak and emaciated foster. The first few weeks he just wanted to sleep and eat, so that's
what we did. Since then he has come a long way, has gained over 30 lbs, and has enriched our home
more than we ever expected. He has brought our scared and shy pit bull mix Simon out of his shell.
They wrestle and play all day every day! More miraculous than that he has taught our uptight female to
have fun and act like a dog haha. Both our dogs needed the energy and joy he exudes, and so we
knew we couldn't let this special guy go. He LOVES car rides. He joins me every day to get a fountain
soda in the drive through and everyone just fawns over him. My husband took him to Lowes yesterday
to "run an errand" and they were gone over an hour an a half because over 50 people
stopped to pet him and talk to them. Everyone he meets is a long lost admirer and he will sit sweetly
while they rub his ears. He also LOVES walks with the family and his fur siblings. When we get the
leashes out all three of them go crazy, but Gatsby can hardly contain his excitement. He spends his
days lounging in the sun on his doggie bed, chewing on his favorite kong bone, or wrestling with his fur
brother. I would say he's doing pretty well and loving
life :). We are so thankful that MPR allowed us to foster him and later adopt him. We
can't imagine our life or our home without him!
Have a fun, safe, and happy May from Missouri Pit Bull