Your help is needed


Wayward no more.

A little, lost dog refused my help on Monday night.

For the first time in months, Zach and I happened upon a wayward dog. It was around 10 p.m. We were driving past Loose Park.

On the residential side of the street, our eyes picked up the silhouette of a small dog or puppy. He sniffed, then he’d trot down the sidewalk. He was wearing a collar with about four inches of extra material or the remains of a leash he’d chewed through. I never got close enough to tell for sure.

Zach pulled over. I jumped out and pursued the little black dog for several blocks, but every time I got within 10 feet, he’d look at me and run faster. Eventually, I lost him in the darkness as he ran away from the busy street and into the park.

I don’t know what we would have done if we’d caught the little guy and he didn’t have a microchip or tag.

No doubt we would have called upon our friends in the local animal welfare and rescue network – a community that could always use support.

Britton and Star Hunter. Photo courtesy Her Kansas City.

The last time we captured a wayward black dog, the first person we called was Britton Hunter.

Through her organization Friends of KC Animals, she helped us get Charlie Machete fully vetted, neutered and implanted with the microchip that ultimately saved him from euthanasia last month.

Friends of KC Animals, a liason between local shelters and rescue groups, helps thousands of animals across the Kansas City metro every year and is leading the movement to get a much-needed new shelter for Kansas City, Missouri.

This summer, the leader of another local group stepped up to help us when he heard that Charlie Machete’s adoption fell through.

Here’s a man who loves pit bulls.

Mike Kitchens and his new rescue organization Midwest Adopt-a-Bull have added our longtime foster dog to their program and are helping us maintain his good health and networking him with potential adopters.

Through its volunteer network, Midwest Adopt-a-Bull provides a second chance to dogs by getting them out of shelters (or worse) and into foster homes where they receive love and socialization until they are adopted forever.

Both of these organizations are desperate for help right now.

According to Britton, Friends of KC Animals is currently running so low on funds that the group may have to go on temporary hiatus until it can gather more resources.

Midwest Adopt-a-Bull operates on a razor-thin budget, as well. That group’s biggest need right now, though, is for people to open their homes to the dogs in its foster program.

Can you help?

Donating is easy – any amount you can spare can be put to good use.

Fostering is rewarding – for you and for the animal whose life you help save.

I urge you to join me in supporting these two wonderful organizations.

To make a contribution to Friends of KC Animals, just head to the group’s donate page.

To get involved in fostering with Midwest Adopt-a-Bull, head to that group’s website and fill out the application to foster – or adopt. (Monetary donations help, too.)


About crystalwayward

I live with two formerly wayward dogs. I care deeply about the environment, and I think gardening is a revolutionary act.

Posted on July 18, 2012, in Dogs, Wayward Dog and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Good for you. Keep up the good work.

  2. I agree! Keep up the good work!

  3. It’s wonderful that you care. I do hope the little dog is found and returned home.

  4. I hope that dog slowed down enough to let someone save him!

    And I second your call – rescue groups need a LOT Of help right now! Do what you can – nothing is too little!

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