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
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 UPDATES
"Our campaign is off to a great start. We raised over $3,000 during the month of January. We are so grateful to all who have donated so far! Once we have our own shelter, we will be able to help so many more pit bulls in need. Please consider making a small contribution -- it can make a huge impact!"
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 FEBRUARY 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!
Pit Bull puppies are cute, but sadly, all across the nation, many of their lives often end in tragedy.
Between four million and six million pets are euthanized in U.S. shelters every year simply because they are homeless. Yes, this includes those cute little tiny newborn puppies! Many of these animals lead lives of misery, adversity, disease and neglect. The others are spared this torture only by being killed in animal shelters throughout the country.
Shelters and Rescues do their best to place animals in loving homes, but the number of homeless animals far exceeds the number of available homes. This leaves many loving and healthy animals in our community that must be euthanized as the only humane solution to this tragic dilemma.
The easiest and most effective way to correct the tragic situation is to make sure these unwanted animals do not exist in the first place. MPR is committed to this idea. Through the spaying and neutering of our pets, this needless suffering and death can be stopped.
The benefits of spaying females and neutering males are many. First and foremost, the number of unwanted animals is dramatically reduced. Fewer arrive at animal shelters and many more are spared the cruel life of the streets. Secondly, the pets and pet owners benefit. Spayed and neutered animals are happier, healthier pets. Males fight less and do not roam as much, greatly reducing the risks of being hit by cars or developing prostate cancer. Because females do not go into heat, they are less likely to develop uterine infections and mammary cancer. Owners also save the expense of veterinary bills related to these problems. Thirdly, the shelters and the community benefit. Communities are relieved of the cost of caring for, killing and disposing of thousands of animals. In addition, our streets and parks will be free from stray and sometimes dangerous animals.
As you see, the solution is simple and the benefits are numerous.
What can you do, you ask? First, make sure your own pets are spayed or neutered. If they aren't, please make that appointment today! Second, sponsor the spay or neuter of a pit bull awaiting adoption, or you may even help a friend or neighbor in need. Third, volunteer at a spay/neuter clinic in your area. Fourth, educate your family, co-workers, neighbors and friends on the benefits of spaying or neutering their pets.
Because of the seriousness of the pet overpopulation problem, there are countless programs that provide low-cost spaying and neutering for pets.
For those in the Kansas City area, please contact SNKC for information about their spay/neuter services or check out MPR's Spay/Neuter page for more resources. For those outside of the Kansas City area, if you need help locating spay and neuter resources, use any search engine on the web (Yahoo, Excite, Google, etc.) to find extensive lists of clinics by city and state. Try "low-cost neuter" to start your search. If you have a pit bull that needs spayed or neutered please check PBRC's Spay/Neuter page, or apply for assistance at PBRC Spay/Neuter Application.
Please be a part of the overpopulation solution, make sure your pet doesn't bring unwanted offspring into the world ... please, make that spay or neuter appointment today!
Help stop the suffering -- Spay and neuter your pet!
World Spay Day USA - Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - An annual campaign of The Humane Society of the United States designed to inspire people to save animal lives by spaying or neutering pets and feral cats. Officially the last Tuesday of February, with events and activities taking place Nationwide throughout the month of February.
Four million cats and dogs - about one every eight seconds - are put down in U.S. shelters each year. Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100-percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats and a proven way to reduce the vast numbers of animals who are born only to die prematurely and without a family who loves them.
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 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 FEBRUARY 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 -
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 FEBRUARY 2015
Sawyer is outgoing, silly and very friendly with everyone.
This silly boy is energetic, outgoing and very friendly. He is not a morning dog though. He'd sleep in till noon if we let him and is perfectly content spending his mornings cuddling with his foster dad on the couch. In the afternoons and evenings, he is very playful and always ready for a good time. He will play fetch for hours. He is very puppy like in his playing.
He's doing good walking on the leash. He goes on walks almost every night, weather permitting. He's doing a lot better on car rides, he's figured out for the most part that he can't sit behind me when I'm driving. He knows sit, shake, high five and down. We're using the "No free lunch" program and its working wonderful. He has to sit to go outside, to come back in, to eat and go in his kennel.
We think he would do well in a home with a compatible female, under good supervision. He does love the company of other dogs. Sawyer is a very smart dog and we think he is doing very well with a set routine.
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 FEBRUARY 2015
Janice (Randi) Chesser
pleased this month to recognize the dedication our volunteer, Janice (Randi) Chesser.
Randi tells us, "I moved to Missouri in Aug 2014 and everyone around me was talking about MPR. So I decided to volunteer. Having my own pit bull that I rescued 13 years earlier made the experience even better."
"I started doing shelter shifts. Then decided to foster having a home with a big yard and lots of room. I'm fostering Kira.
Some of my responsibilities include, intake/outcome, acquistions, medical records transfers etc. I attended the Dogtoberfest event... what a blast.
I also help with transportation for dogs needing shots, spay, neuter and back and forth to the vet."
"Volunteering is one of the best things I have ever done."
Janice, 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....
Miss Jabari is doing great! She's done a complete 180 since a year ago when she came to MPR then into my care. Her leg is in excellent shape, you wouldn't know she ever broke it to watch her run and jump. J has also been heart worm free since April 2014 and has gained around twenty pounds! Loves to play keep away with her ball and always up for playing tug with her rope. She knows sit, stay, lay down, gives high fives, and even does Bang Bang! But her favorite thing is to snuggle. All she really wants is someone to pet her and show her affection. Still scared of people but has become more curious & with time actually made a few friends! She's an amazing girl and I feel fortunate for having had the ability to be the type of person she needed to thrive in a forever home!
Miley(aka Anna) and Nitro became fast friends after a brief introduction period. They play everyday and she's quite vocal. She's very independent and would rather walk than be picked up. She really likes the space heater. She had a bit of an issue with demodex but has been treated and is looking well.
Clyde, who now resides under his permanent alias, Nelson, has proven to be quite the puppy! He has many favorite things he likes to do (or get into), including:
chasing his tail
-running the back yard
being first in/out the door when is sister Ruca is anywhere to be found
going to the lake and out on boat rides
He's a cuddler like you wouldn't believe, whether he's laying on his humans or sister Ruca, he is always on top of someone! He's a bed hog and an early riser, so good sleep is hard to come by for those of us forced to share a bed with him. He's very loving and sweet, but also very ornery, he went through a phase where he was able to escape his kennel and roam free in the house. He has already grown to a solid 55-60lbs, I'm curious to see how large he ends up! We couldn't be happier to have given Nelson his furever home!
Have a safe, Happy Valentine's Day from Missouri Pit Bull Rescue