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Adoptions in Brookside – Mid America Bully Breed Rescue

Mid-America Bully Breed Rescue (MABBR) is a foster home network affiliated with Kansas Pit Bull Rescue and is maintained entirely by volunteers. MABBR has successfully placed over 500 pit bull-type dogs into permanent homes since its expansion in 2005.

Stop by the Barkery in Brookside and meet with the volunteers and dogs looking for their loving forever homes. Help us at MABBR make a difference in the lives of these loving dogs!

 

Adoptions in Brookside – Chain of Hope

There can be no gutsier group of animal lovers than the heroes at Chain of Hope, who venture into some of Kansas City’s most blighted neighborhoods, looking for animals who’ve been ignored, chained outside for far too long, or otherwise mistreated.

They’ll be at the Brookside store, eager to help these once-forgotten pets find homes full of love.

Adoptions in Brookside – Rescue K-911

Stop by the Barkery in Brookside and meet the dedicated volunteers with Rescue K-911. Rescue K-911 works diligently to find homes for pets who have been left with no other option. They will be bringing some lovable dogs that are looking to find an equally loving family. Let’s help these pets find their forever homes!

Humane Society of Greater Kansas City Adoption Event

The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City celebrates over 100 years of faithful service to the lost, abandoned, and broken pets of the Greater Kansas City area. Their mission is to save and improve the lives of dogs and cats throughout the Greater Kansas City community by providing preventive veterinary care and spay/neuter services, education and adoptions.

Amazing shelter pets are waiting to go home with you. Stop by the Barkery in Brookside and make a difference in a homeless pet’s life!

Adopting a new pet? Here’s What You Need to Know

Animal shelters and rescue groups are always in need of people to adopt the pets they house but did you know these places get even more crowded around the holiday’s and winter months? Holiday parties, family coming to visit, neighbors dropping by to give you Christmas cookies and even the cold weather are all things that lead to pet neglect. It is a lot easier for a pet to slip out the front door or jump over the fence unnoticed with all of the holiday commotion. This means shelters and rescue groups are full to the brim with pets that need kind, loving homes for the holiday’s. It’s the perfect time to get little Billy the dog he’s always wanted, just stop by your local shelter and pick one up! First time dog owner? There is a lot to know before you adopt a new dog. This article from pet360.com lets you know what to expect!

In order to protect the dog and to put his or her best interests first, credible rescue groups and shelters will carefully screen the applicant. The last thing anyone wants is for a homeless dog to be brought back to the rescue or shelter. Here’s what to expect during the adoption process.

Expect an Application Process

In order to provide the best match for the dog in need, some potential dog adoption application questions may include:

– Do you own or rent your home?

– Describe your/your family’s lifestyle and why you want to add a new dog to the family.

– Do you have other pets at present?

– What is your experience with dogs?

– Why specifically do you want this dog?

– What would you do if this dog required medical attention and potentially expensive surgery?

– Describe your home and yard.

– Are there children in your home? How many and what are their ages?

Entering Your Home

The purpose of a home visit is to verify your address and make sure the home is a safe and secure environment. Rescue representatives might point out some dog dangers like exposed trash cans or a gap in a fence. The visit is not meant to be judgmental or to spy on potential adopters. Understandably, the rescue group wants both potential adopter and dog to find the best match possible.

Why So Many Questions

Many pets end up being returned to a shelter due to a misunderstanding, lack of patience, or a feeling of being overwhelmed. Some people are not ready to invest the time, money, and resources necessary to raise a dog. Sometimes, pets and families are not a good match. In order to prevent these upsetting situations, careful screening is pivotal for success. Though the questions are thorough and plentiful, they are meant to create the best match possible between parent and pet.

Fees

Most rescue groups and shelters charge a fee to adopt a pet. Fees collected from the adoption are generally used for costs incurred to help get the animal a forever home. Dogs will need veterinary care, spaying/neutering, possible medical treatment depending on their situation, along with food and costs to maintain the shelter or kennel.

Right of Refusal

Refusal of adoption may occur if the group or rescue feels the fit is not right. Most groups will explain why the adoption is not a fit. You can work with the group to see if there is anything that can be done to change the situation; i.e. get a fence for the yard. If not, then perhaps a dog is not right for you at this time.

Spay and Neuter

I’ve yet to work with a rescue or learn of a shelter that allows a dog to go into a new home without being spayed or neutered first. Many rescues will also insist on microchipping a dog before release to their new home.

Puppies Vs .Older Dog

Last but not least, the most important question of all is: What type of dog do you want in your life? Are you ready to deal with the trials and tribulations of a new puppy or would you prefer an adult dog? For some, a golden oldie who is settled in his or her ways and needs a loving pet parent may sound right to you. Ask yourself what is best for your own lifestyle and if you have the means, money, patience, time and commitment available to bring a dog into your life.

Once you’ve found the perfect new pet for your home stop on by the Barkery for all your pet needs! We’ve got it all; food, toys, beds, treats, collars and more! Don’t forget to give you pet a fresh new do for the holiday’s, our groomers will get your new pooch in tip top shape!

Why You Should Consider Getting a Shelter Pet

5 Common Myths About Adopting From a Shelter

The next time you’re in the market for a new pet, try setting your sites on your local animal shelter. Despite any negative stereotypes animal shelters may have, they actually provide a ton of healthy, happy pet options for your family to take home and love.

Pet360 explains 5 things you may have heard in the past about shelter animals, and what the actual truth is.

Myth #1: Shelter pets aren’t healthy.

Truth: In fact, shelter pets can be quite healthy. Dr. Jules Benson is the VP of Veterinary Services at Petplan Pet Insurance. When he recently analyzed Petplan’s claims data he found something interesting: Contrary to popular opinion, the claims data revealed that pets adopted from shelters or rescue organizations are actually 5% less likely to suffer an unexpected trip to the veterinarian compared to pets purchased through pet stores.  In addition, many shelter pets are spayed and neutered, and some even come with location microchips.

Martha Smith-Blackmore, DVM — immediate past president of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and interim president and director of Veterinary Medical Services for the Animal Rescue League of Boston — also stipulates that although there is much variety in animal shelters throughout the country, most good shelters almost always provide excellent vet care for their animals. “In well-run shelters,” Dr. Smith-Blackmore says, “animals receive vaccinations upon in-take, and are fed a high quality diet from a single manufacture so they don’t undergo dietary stress caused from a constantly changing variety of donated food on a daily basis.”

Myth #2: I won’t be able to find a pure breed at a shelter.

Truth: According to Dr. Benson, 25% of all dogs in shelters are purebreds.

Myth #3: Shelter pets are unruly.

Truth: Many shelter pets receive training and socialization before adoption to help make the transition to their new family easier, says Dr. Benson.

Myth #4: I won’t be able to properly get to know my pet from the shelter before I take her home.

Truth: Many shelters offer online pet profiles so that you can get to know the animals that are available before you even step foot in the shelter. “In addition, ” says Dr. Smith-Blackmore, “it’s always a good idea to schedule a ‘get-acquainted’ session with your prospective shelter pet and, if at all possible, have a list of questions you can ask the available shelter staff and the staff veterinarian.”

Myth #5: All the pets in a shelter will be older.

Truth: Shelters and rescues have pets of all ages, promises Dr. Benson, including puppies and older pets, which are usually trained and less initial work for the new pet owner and make excellent companions.

Something else to consider: The cute and appealing puppy in the window of that pet store came from somewhere, says Dr. Smith-Blackmore. “Unfortunately, more than likely, its birth mother spent the majority of her life in a very small cage having litter after litter. Adopting from a shelter or a well-known breeder can help to eliminate commercial puppy enterprises.”

At the end of the day, deciding where to get your brand new family member from is a big decision, but with the right information, it can be made a bit easier.

When you adopt a pet from the shelter, it is important to immediately establish a relationship with a veterinarian to care for that new addition to your family.  In fact, your pet needs to be examined at least yearly by a vet even if it appears healthy as many diseases are hidden and not apparent.  Remember, it is much cheaper to prevent disease than it is to treat it!

The Barkery and Bath has a list of recommended shelters to get your new friend from!

Events

Adoptions in Brookside – Mid America Bully Breed Rescue

Mid-America Bully Breed Rescue (MABBR) is a foster home network affiliated with Kansas Pit Bull Rescue and is maintained entirely by volunteers. MABBR has successfully placed over 500 pit bull-type dogs into permanent homes since its expansion in 2005.

Stop by the Barkery in Brookside and meet with the volunteers and dogs looking for their loving forever homes. Help us at MABBR make a difference in the lives of these loving dogs!

 

Adoptions in Brookside – Chain of Hope

There can be no gutsier group of animal lovers than the heroes at Chain of Hope, who venture into some of Kansas City’s most blighted neighborhoods, looking for animals who’ve been ignored, chained outside for far too long, or otherwise mistreated.

They’ll be at the Brookside store, eager to help these once-forgotten pets find homes full of love.

Adoptions in Brookside – Rescue K-911

Stop by the Barkery in Brookside and meet the dedicated volunteers with Rescue K-911. Rescue K-911 works diligently to find homes for pets who have been left with no other option. They will be bringing some lovable dogs that are looking to find an equally loving family. Let’s help these pets find their forever homes!