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
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!
the 4th of July means large get-togethers and the booming sound of fireworks
lighting the night sky. However, that fun and excitement isn’t typically shared by
our pets. Unlike people, pets don’t associate the sound, smell, or sight of
fireworks with holiday celebrations. Many pets are frightened, and often
terrified by the noise that comes along with Independence Day. However, if you
follow some simple steps, you can minimize potential issues this
To protect your pet on the Fourth of July, take these precautions:
Resist the urge to take your pet to fireworks displays.
Exercise your dog before the fireworks start! Make time in your schedule to give your an extra long workout before the fireworks begin. Dogs that have been thoroughly exercised are calmer and easier to keep quiet. They will also sleep more deeply, and consequently, will be less likely to be disturbed by the noise outside. Of course, if it's really hot outside, take precautions to ensure your dog doesn't get overheated.
Keep Calm. Your dog reacts to your nonverbal cues. If you jump or tense up when you hear fireworks because you are anticipating your dog's fear, you may make its fear
Do not leave your pet in the car. With only hot air to breathe inside a car, your pet can suffer serious health effects -even death- in a few short minutes. Partially opened windows do not provide sufficient air, but they do provide an opportunity for your pet to be stolen.
Keep your pets at home, inside, and in a sheltered, quiet area. Some animals can become destructive when frightened, so be sure that you've removed any items that your pet could destroy or that would be harmful to your pet if chewed.
Leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep them company while you're attending Fourth of July picnics, parades, and other celebrations.
Provide a distraction. Break out your dog's favorite treat, play a game, or give it some extra cuddle time.
If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult with your veterinarian before July 4th for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety experienced during fireworks displays.
Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. In their fear, pets who normally wouldn't leave the yard may escape and become lost, or become entangled in their chain, risking injury or death. Some people think their dog will be OK if they leave it in a fenced yard, but you'd be surprised to see just how high a panicked dog can jump a fence. Or dig under it.
Make sure your dog is wearing ID tags with its name, your name, and your phone number so that if they do become lost, they can be returned promptly. Get you dog microchipped if it doesn't have one. Animals found running at-large should be taken to the local animal shelter, where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners.
Desensitize your dog to loud noises. Gradually desensitize your dog to the sound of fireworks and loud noises by playing recorded sounds of fireworks. You can find several recordings on YouTube. Start out playing the noise softly and gradually increase it as your dog becomes comfortable with the sounds. Here's a great video that shows how you can desensitize your dog to the sound of fireworks:
Did you know?More pets go missing on July 4th than any other day of the year. A microchip can provide a lifesaving backup for identification, should your pet run away or get lost.
Remember that even the most confident and calm pets may become frightened or panicked at the sound of fireworks this 4th of July, so take a few extra minutes to ensure they’re safe and secure while you celebrate.
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 JULY 2015
Windsor, MO - votes to REPEAL pit bull ordinance!
- June 19th, 2015 - At their meeting last night, the Windsor, Missouri city council voted 4-3 to REPEAL their existing pit bull ordinance in favor of drafting a new breed-neutral 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 discrimination.
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
MPR CENTERFOLDS JULY 2015
Blaze, Naveen, and Jamberry
What do Theodore Roosevelt, Helen Keller, and the Little Rascals have in common? They all owned pit bulls! We're celebrating the pit bull's rich American heritage this month with not one but THREE of our MPR dogs: a red (Blaze), white (Naveen), and blue (Jamberry). Click on their image below to learn more about each dog or apply to adopt!
Won't YOU open up your
heart and give these loving dogs a forever home and a loving family of their very own? Don't wait another
day ... APPLY today!
VOLUNTEER JULY 2015
We're pleased this
month to recognize the dedication of our volunteer, Emily Weber.
Emily began volunteering in April 2015 and has quickly become one of our most active volunteers handling shelter responsibilities, becoming active in fundraising opportunities and "Meet and Greet" events!
Emily tells us, "I've always had a strong passion for animals. Ever since I can remember, they've played a huge role in my life and I can't imagine my world without them, dog hair and all. Pitties, in particular, are near and dear to my heart. The common misconceptions about them are heartbreaking, and I want to work to show people the true traits of their breed-- the gentle, smart and loving dogs that they are."
"In a perfect world, I'd have a huge farm and space to take in all of the dogs I encounter. Until that happens, I'll do as much as I can in the shelter to help as many of the dogs as I can."
Emily, 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
Cheetah is doing great! She has become a snuggler now and she is such a smart girl!! She is a wonderful.
Everything is going well. Darsha is starting to settle in and get a little more comfortable. She has some days that are better than others, but we have really been pushing her out of her comfort zone and are pretty happy with her progress. She's such a sweet dog and we are enjoying loving on her :) we get compliments everywhere we go on how pretty she is! She's realizing that getting off the couch and coming to the kitchen area means free treats... She's a big time couch potato haha. She's also learning that when she goes by the back door she can go outside anytime she wants. Getting her back in is the hard part; she's much more comfortable coming inside when I go out and put the leash on. So we are learning her quirks! And of course avoiding spoiling her... ;)
Saphia is spoiled rotten and enjoys being loved on constantly!
Licorice is very playful and loving and affectionate. She was amazed by the space she had to run in our back yard, and at first just ran and ran.
Buster and Licorice have adapted and get along really well, although Buster is 12 yrs. old so Licorice wants to play more than he. They race and run when going out to the back yard. She enjoys going for walks and going for rides in the car and learned from watching Buster to hang her head out the window.
Every day is an adventure to Licorice!
Have a fun, safe, and happy July from Missouri Pit Bull