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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.
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Welcome to MPR. 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













We asked, and BOY did you deliver!

In just one month, we were able to raise $5,000 for our Medical Fund. These funds have already been put to major use pulling in 3 puppies this month that require medical attention and an adult male who was found running around Swope park. Missouri Pit Bull Rescue feels extremely lucky to have supporters that make our mission easier to achieve.

Thank you and Pittie kisses all around to everyone that donated!




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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 posted event(s). Some events may be cancelled in case of rain.





Fight Cruelty

With the recent signing of a certain NFL player to the NY Jets, the buzz about dog fighting has started to surface yet again. Many animals have already spent a long, cold winter surviving the elements and although spring brings warmer temperatures, dog fighting and animal cruelty are still harsh, year round realities. According to the ASPCA, here are some of the best ways to help prevent animal cruelty:

  • Know who to call to report animal cruelty. Every state and every town are different. In some areas, you may have to rely on the police department to investigate animal cruelty; in others, you may have to contact local animal control or another municipal agency.
  • Get to know and look out for the animals in your neighborhood. By being aware, you're more likely to notice a dog who was once healthy and has lost weight rapidly—a possible indicator of abuse or neglect.
  • Call when you’re concerned. Without phone calls from alarmed citizens who report cruelty in their neighborhoods, no one knows about it. Make sure to provide as much detail as possible. Write down the type of cruelty you witnessed, who was involved, the date of the incident, and where it took place.
  • Set a good example for others. If you have pets, be sure to always show them the love and good care they deserve. You’re more than just the provider of food, water, and adequate shelter. If you think your animal is sick, make an appointment with your vet. Be responsible and have your animals spayed or neutered. And, don’t forget to give them lots of love and affection!
  • Talk to kids about how to treat animals with kindness and respect. The ASPCA regularly sees children in homes where animal abuse has been reported. If a family pet isn’t treated well, they tell the kids that their dog or cat would really appreciate fresh water every day or some daily playtime because children understand that animals are living creatures who have the ability to feel pain, joy, and sadness.
  • Start a Neighborhood Watch Program. Get to know the animals in your neighborhood and invite your friends/neighbors to do the same. Together, we can keep an eye out for any suspicious behaviors, abuse, and neglect of companion animals, pets left in hot cars, and other signs of abuse.

Help Bust Animal Fighters with The HSUS's Tip Line: Call 1-877-TIP-HSUS (847-4787) to report dogfighting Up to $5,000 reward for information leading to arrest and conviction of an animal fighter.

FREE: Online Cruelty Training Courses offered by the ASPCA:

And lastly, support your local shelter or animal rescue organization because YOU make the difference!

Keri L. DeVrieze
Volunteer, Missouri Pit Bull Rescue




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.

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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!

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  • FREE pet licensing, 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 codes. Take 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:
  • Spay & Neuter Kansas City, 1116 E. 59th St., Kansas City, MO. For information, call 816-353-0940 or visit
  • Raytown Animal Hospital, 10401 E. 63rd St., Raytown, MO. For information, call 816-353-3666 or email
  • Northland Animal Welfare Society, 3400 NW Vivion Road, Riverside, MO. For information, call 816-336-1888 or visit

April 01, 2014 - April Fool's Day

April 2014 - Prevent Animal Cruelty Month - Learn How to Recognize Animal Cruelty and take the Pledge to Fight Animal Cruelty and Top 10 Ways to Prevent Animal Cruelty.

April 13-19, 2014 - National Animal Control Appreciation Week

April 20, 2014 - Happy Easter!

April 22, 2014 - Earth Day

April 6-13, 2014 - National Volunteer Appreciation Week - National Volunteer Week offers opportunities to thank some of America's most valuable assets - our volunteers - and to recognize the myriad of ways they improve our communities. National Volunteer Week reflects the power that volunteers have to "inspire by example" - volunteers both encourage those they help and motivate others to serve! - MPR volunteer opportunities!

April 30, 2014 - International Guide Dog Day - It is celebrated on the last Wednesday in April every year. This special day recognizes guide dogs and their important role in helping the blind and visually impaired stay safe and be independently mobile. A guide dog gives a person that is blind or visually impaired a new lease on life and a trusting companion.

National Pet Health Insurance Day

Why leave your pet at home? Six ways to make pet travel safer, easier, and more enjoyable for all.

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.

This is a directory of unaffiliated pet food assistance programs throughout the United States.

We wish you a very Happy Easter!

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.

Breed 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.

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.

Victoria Stilwell - Child and Dog Safety Guide - No matter how small the dog or young the child, it's never too early to teach children how to interact safely with dogs. 15 Do's and Don'ts for Children and Dogs - An excellent tip sheet written by Victoria Stilwell.

EXPECTING???? - Dogs Need To Be Prepared For Baby, Too - Shawnee Mission Medical Center Offers 'Dog & Storks' Class. Families preparing for a new baby may also want to consider preparing the family pet for the new addition, too. Dogs and Storks class is $29. For more information please see, Shawnee Mission Medical Center Classes

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 wary of.





The House Committee voted in favor (13-2) of HB1116, which would prohibit Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) across the state in Missouri. Yep, that’s right – BSL could soon be a thing of the past in our state! There’s still a long road ahead to make this a reality, and you can help.

The bill now moves to be taken up by the Rules and Means Committee, which generally takes a couple of weeks. If it passes there, it will be moved to the House floor for debate. From the House, it moves to Senate Committee and then to the Senate floor.

Please continue contacting your House Representative and ask them to vote in favor of HB116 – let them know the positive impacts this will have on our state to:

  • Focus laws to address ALL dangerous dogs as opposed to falsely labeling dogs as such just because of their breed make-up
  • Allow families to freely choose the pets best suited for their families – remember, a Pit Bull was the star of the Little Rascals, they have served in our military, and are considered family to so many families!
  • Reduces unnecessary euthanasia of healthy and adoptable pets
  • Reduces shelter overcrowding because certain breeds cannot be placed in certain cities - this creates a healthier shelter population and a healthier overall community for pets


Action Alert

MO: Take Action for Safe and Humane Communities! Rep. Ron Hicks Takes Action To Protect People and Pets - Currently in Missouri, any local government can ban or restrict any breed of dog they want. However, studies show that the most effective and comprehensive dangerous-dog laws are breed-neutral. The best laws focus on the behavior of the owner and the behavior of the dog.

These arbitrary ordinances interfere with property rights and rip friendly pets from their homes. The dogs end up in shelters, increasing the number of pets killed in Missouri shelters.

This is America. Responsible citizens should be allowed to own whatever breed of dog they choose and be protected against any dangerous dog. Rep. Ron Hicks has filed a bill, HB 1116, that would stop breed discrimination in most Missouri cities. However, we need your help. We want your state representative to sign on and support HB 1116. Please take action and send your state representative and state senator an email today. Thanks for taking action for animals. Politics is not a spectator sport.


Bonner Springs Kansas - Bonner Springs, KS OVERTURNED their BSL!!!! Effective January 14, 2014. Hooray Bonner Springs!! - Read More...
Riverside, MO - This just in: Riverside, MO OVERTURNED their BSL!!!! Starting November 01, 2013 there will be a dangerous dog ordinance in place. Hooray Riverside!! - Read More...
Springfield Missouri is considering repealing breed specific- A task force has been formed to evaluate Springfield Missouri’s dangerous dog laws. Springfield passed restrictions on pit bull type dogs in 2006. The task force, which is made up of a variety of citizens in Springfield, is looking at creating a breed neutral law. The task force as of right now is still in the information gathering stages.
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.


Resources for Pit Bull Parents courtesy of Best Friends Animal Society



An excellent article from Bless the Bullys about BSL and staying informed
Knowledge is power - be an informed dog owner



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.





Katniss is one in a million. She is soooo SWEET! And that's an understatement.. Sweet and sensitive but not shy. She longs to be loved and to love. She is actually a little needy of attention so if you are looking for an independent dog, she might not be the one for you. If you want a dedicated lap warmer however, a faithful little shadow, a sweetheart who will love you more than the world, then Katniss is your gal.... She wants nothing more than cuddle with someone on the couch all day long with no complaints.

She also has a very playful, fun-loving side to her. She loves to throw toys up in the air and try to catch them. She has a very happy spirit even though we don't think life treated her well before. She's put all this behind her already and smiles at the future with all her little heart.

Katniss is super sweet!! She's the kind of dog anyone who has worked all day would want to come home to. She also has excellent potential as family companion. This sweetheart really is no trouble at all and doing her best to be a good girl so someone will give her a chance. Katniss is full of charm; To meet her is the love her...

Won't YOU open up your heart and give this gorgeous girl a forever home and a loving family of eris very own? Don't wait another day ... APPLY today!

Featured Dog



Melanie Dillon


Featured Volunteer

We're pleased this month to recognize the dedication our volunteer, Melanie Dillon.

Melanie tells us, "I fell in love with my first pitbull in college. JJ was a compact American Staffordshire Terrier. He loved to chew up sticks, go hiking, and cuddle. One of the most loyal and loving dogs I had ever met. Always there to cheer you up and entertain you. I am now owned by an older pit cattle dog mix, Alabama, who is settling into her couch potato years, but still has the same wiggle of joy when she greets me."

"I started volunteering with MPR in January, 2013. After some changes in my life, I felt like I needed to do something more, something meaningful, making a difference. I started doing weekly shifts at the mini-shelter, it's been a highlight of my week. You see the dogs progress, come of out their shells, and heal. They're happy and excited to have someone to love on them and give them attention. Of course, the best part is when a great match is made and they find their forever homes. One of the things that I love about MPR is that we really know our dogs and we help people find the right fit for their families; personalities and energy levels can make a real difference. I'm also a team leader at the shelter, we want our dogs to have a clean, safe and comfortable environment with the highest level of care possible. We have 21 shifts a week of dedicated volunteers who really make a difference in the lifestyle of our shelter dogs. Without them and all of our other volunteers, we wouldn't be able to save the ones we do."

"People say that you can't save them all, but you can help save the one in front of you. I started fostering last year. Bubbles is a 50lb ball of energy. He's so cute, it's hard to be aggravated with him when he brings you an orange from the kitchen. This black and white goof keeps me on my toes and is learning how to live in a house, basic obedience, relax, and of course, cuddle on the couch."

"I'm really grateful to MPR for the opportunity to make a difference. We have a wonderful group of volunteers, from many different backgrounds brought together by the love of the pitbull type dog."

Melanie, 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!










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A Day in the Life of Muraco

Muraco has settled in to life with the Moorhead family and has us trained very well.

His day begins at 6 a.m. when my alarm goes off. As I wake up in the morning, he wakes up from his dog bed and stretches a few times. He goes into 10 year old Molly’s room and jumps in bed with her. He sneezes twice and yawns his big mouth yawn right in her face. She knows she has 30 more minutes before she needs to get out of bed, but her time is spent talking to her friend Muraco instead of sleeping.

After Molly gets up and out of bed, Muraco moseys into the kitchen for breakfast. Then it’s time to venture outdoors. We have had a cold, snowy, dreary winter in Iowa. He looks at me to see if I am joking … I am not. He must go outside. After a quick trip out, he is back inside to lay in his favorite place – on top of the pillows on our bed.

Muraco says goodbye to Molly and I when we leave for school and work. Now, he has the house to himself with my husband, Brian, until he needs to leave for work.

Muraco does spend his day in his kennel while we are gone during the day. The Missouri Pit Bull Rescue website said that he made a little noise when he was in his kennel and wanted out. Just a little, teeny tiny noise so the volunteers wouldn’t forget he was there. I am not sure we adopted the same dog as described on the website because when I unlock the door after work, Muraco emits a VERY LOUD noise to remind us that he has been waiting patiently for his family to return.

After work, it is time to greet his family. We park our vehicles in the driveway behind our house. Muraco can see the driveway from the glass door on the deck. As soon as Brian pulls into the alley, Muraco is at the door, starting his tail-wagging, butt-shaking happy dance. The car door shuts, the gate opens, I open the door to let Muraco out and he flies off of the deck to greet his best friend.

This dog has changed our lives. We were never really “dog people” until we began researching pit bulls and found Missouri Pit Bull Rescue. As soon as we saw Muraco’s face and story on the website, we knew he was going to be ours and we were going to be his. We filled out the paperwork and waited anxiously to find out if we were going to be able to adopt him. It took Muraco a little while to adjust, but now he is a cherished member of our family. We love our “Coco” and do our best to spoil him and give him the best life EVER. We continue to work on his training and he is now practicing tricks, like catching tennis balls.

Muraco has taught us to slow down in our busy lives and to appreciate the little things. We now go on walks together and spend more time playing and less time worrying. He has taught us that nothing can cheer someone up more than a big, sloppy pit bull kiss. He loves us unconditionally and this makes us strive to be kinder and gentler to each other.

Thank you, Missouri Pit Bull Rescue, for taking care of our gentle, silly, lovable boy until we were able to find each other.

~Morehead Family

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Helping me out in the kitchen and waiting for me to drop something on the floor.
Muraco was guest of honor during the Children’s Sermon at church. The message was the importance of not judging others on their looks or on what we have heard. He was the star of the show.
Sunday afternoon naptime.
Worn out after his first Moorhead Christmas.



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Gus (formerly Hawkeye) is doing great. He has 1 fur sister Maddie & two human siblings. He is closest to Gianna whom he chose in the car on our way home from adopting him & never leaves her side if he can help it. He loves to take long runs (he isn't so much for walking). He also loves to chew so we keep stocked up on chewies. He still struggles with his manners some but we love our bull in a china shop & he makes us laugh more than any dog we have ever had. He LOVES water. Bath time with him means water every where. This summer we will spend a month at the beach & we know he will love it!
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Have a safe, happy and fun April from Missouri Pit Bull Rescue