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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.





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.
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
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I Need A Foster Home Please
I Need A Foster Home Please
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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!

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  MPR BLOG MAY 2015   The sorrow of Mama dogs....


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, ...

Some 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 old.

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 mother...

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 pet......

And please, please adopt a homeless Mama dog this month!




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 Medical Association.

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 Mother's Day!

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 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 - 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 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.



Sweet Sarabi


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 today!

Featured Dog



Kristie and Brittany Montle


Featured Volunteer(s) 

of the Month

We're pleased this month to recognize the dedication of our volunteers, our Mother and Daughter team, Kristie and Brittany Montle.

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 were needed.

After 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 family!”







Happy Updates are the fuel that keeps rescuers going....



  • Name: Moose (Formerly Cheerios)
  • Age: 2
  • Occupation: Master of sleeping and farting.
  • 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.


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Happy Update!

Just wanted to give you an update on Clover (2009) - now Chloe Bear. 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 getting adjusted.

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!

~Tracy Edelmann

First pic - Chloe stands ready to greet her next patient.

Second pic - Chloe after a day of school - the program is sooo exhausting.

Happy Update!


Well, 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.


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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!


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Have a fun, safe, and happy May from Missouri Pit Bull Rescue