P.O. BOX 300802
Kansas City, MO
















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Items much needed for our rescue dogs and adoption program. Be sure to click through all the pages to see all items needed.
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Honor your favorite pit bull(s) and other canine companions online for your minimum contribution of $10.00 per dog
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Not Enough GOOD Homes For Pit Bull Dogs


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.












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.















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.

We have a special program available. Every penny counts! Become a Helping Hand

I Need A Foster Home Please
I Need A Foster Home Please
I Need A Foster Home Please
I Need A Foster Home Please
I Need A Foster Home Please
I Need A Foster Home Please

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!

Become a Foster Home


Keep Your Dog Safe During July 4th Fireworks



Traditionally, 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 holiday.

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 worse.
  • 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.

~MPR Volunteers




July 4, 2015: Independence Day.

July 15, 2015: National Pet Fire Safety Day. Sponsored by the The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), ADT Security Services and the American Kennel Club® (AKC). Important tips for pet owners on potential risks and how to keep you and your pets safe.

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 Happy July 4th!

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.

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 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.



    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.



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.



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!

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Emily Weber


Featured Volunteer of the Month

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 going....



Cheetah is doing great! She has become a snuggler now and she is such a smart girl!! She is a wonderful.


I've Been Adopted!
I've Been Adopted!
I've Been Adopted!
I've Been Adopted!


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... ;)

~Karmen Wehrhan

I've Been Adopted!
I've Been Adopted!


Saphia is spoiled rotten and enjoys being loved on constantly!


I've Been Adopted!
I've Been Adopted!


I've Been Adopted!

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 Rescue