Stories of Love: A Blog

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The Work We Do

As we head toward the end of another year of saying “yes” to clients and providing as much help as we possibly can, we inevitably look back to see how we’re doing, what kind of impact we’re making in our community, and how far we’ve come in helping...
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Helping Has Never Been Easier

There is no book of rules to follow when it comes to keeping pets and people together. Each case is different, so we just figure out what it takes to make sure they continue to have one another. Sometimes that could mean all an owner needs is a...
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Winter safety for pets is as important as winter safety for humans

Weathering the Winter: 7 Tips for Surviving the Cold

It always happens this way.  You’re enjoying a great 70 degree weekend and then – BOOM – it’s dark at 5:00 and the weather turns harsh in a snap.  Let’s be honest here. It’s not fun for humans or animals. Unless, of course, your dog or cat is...
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In Memory of Carl

We lost a client last week that we’d been working with for at least a decade. His name was Carl, and he was one of the best friends to cats that I’ve ever met. Even so, the first thing I heard about Carl was that he wasn’t always...
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What It Truly Means to Be a Vet Tech

The respect and appreciation I have for my coworkers, the veterinary clinic assistants who keep this place running and the kind humans I’m proud to call my friends, grows every day. But, if I were to put myself in their scrubs, I honestly don’t think I could do...
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The Silver Lining of Heartworm

In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have to deliver the news that we know is going to shatter a pet owner’s heart. But, on the bright side, we now have a program that will help them pick up the pieces.  Cherree is a heartworm warrior. The first time...
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Lucas and the Homeless Camp

Some things, you don’t forget. You can’t. For me, Lucas’ face will be one of those things. I’m not a veterinarian, I’m in communications. Working here, I’ve gotten used to the idea that I’m going to see some things that might be off-putting to most people. Sometimes you...
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Helping pet owners with their dogs and cats is our mission

The Way Forward: How to Take Animal Welfare In KC Where It Needs to Go

The trend in animal welfare now sweeping the nation is being called the “progressive approach.” What that boils down to is something that closely mirrors the efforts our PRCKC outreach team has been practicing: being non-judgmental and using education and resources to address issues related to shortcomings in...
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The Power to Hope

*This is an update of sorts to a previous story we did about the unfolding difficulties that pets and people are facing in the northeast area of Kansas City.  … Of all the gifts that our pets bestow upon us, hope might be the most powerful.  It stems...
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5 Things to Know About Pets With Allergies

The sound of my dog licking her paws drives me insane. But a while back I noticed she was doing it, like, a lot. She started losing patches of hair, her eyes were red and swollen and then she got another chronic ear infection (She’s had more ear...
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Manifesting Hope Until Sunrise

Emily anxiously watched the sun define the city skyline before dialing the numbers 8-1-6-3-5-3-0-9-4-0 on her phone. We didn’t open until 8 a.m., but she couldn’t manifest hope any longer. She left us a message at 7:45 saying the crisis hotline gave her our number and it was...
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Helping dogs and cats in Kansas City has required more effort since the COVID pandemic.

For Some, Life Is Not Getting Anything Close to Better

We don’t like to write stories like this.  Instead, we want our voice to highlight the good that is happening in our city for both pets and people. Because – without a doubt – there is plenty to share about the positive impacts our compassionate community is having...
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