Stories of Love: A Blog

man comforting his dalmatian after pyometra surgery

Tiny but Mighty: The Dangers of Pyometra

Warning: In this blog, we will be talking about a condition called pyometra, a secondary uterine infection that occurs when an unspayed female experiences hormonal changes. Pyometra can be fatal if left untreated, so we made the decision to include photos from the procedure to demonstrate just how...
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Life on the streets is a difficult life. But people without homes do have and love dogs and cats.

Street Life: This Struggle is Real

My first trip out is in December. Sort of warm to start. Sort of. As the sky turns gray and then black, the wind grows some teeth and the temps get frisky.   It’s not the bone-jarring cold that we can get at times here in KC. But enough...
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call center supervisor at her desk grinning while on the phone

Phoning A Friend

The phones at Pet Resource Center of Kansas City never seem to stop ringing, but that’s because there is always someone else who needs our help.  Hundreds of people a day, to be exact. Some are just looking to be connected with affordable veterinary services or resources, and...
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A puppy plays with a soccer ball on a lawn

Lawn Care and Your Pet

You’re lounging in a chair in your yard. The sun is shining, birds are singing. Your dog is running around in the sea of green grass that surrounds you. You just cut the lawn yesterday, and your bare feet in the grass feels so good. The lawn means...
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man carrying husky puppy like a baby

Dear PRCKC Volunteers

A message from PRCKC Volunteer Services Manager Bre Wasinger: “I want to say thank you to each person on our volunteer team. They could do anything, go anywhere during their free time, and they choose to spend part of it here, helping us. People who volunteer have such...
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a brown puppy is held like a baby in the vet tech's arms

Parvo: Q&A with Dr. Melia Washington

Among diseases dogs can contract, parvovirus is one of the most heartbreaking, because it’s very contagious, lives a long time in the environment, and can wreak havoc on an unvaccinated pet, especially puppies, causing death. It’s no joke. We want to make sure you know everything you need...
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outreach staff member delivering pet food to client with lab puppy

Being Kind: A Never-Ending Job

There’s always something more that can be done. Granted, not every case we come across is as dire as others, but if we can help someone keep their pet by alleviating any burdens they might have 一 maybe that’s a bag of food to get them through until...
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women scanning stray dog for microchip

Not for the Faint of Heart

There’s a reason why I work in the communications department. Don’t get me wrong, one of my favorite things to do is spend the entire day out in the community with our outreach team providing resources to families who need them most. There is just something about seeing...
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Two people walk up the sidewalk of a house with an overgrown lawn

Abuse and Neglect: the Law and the Reality

We’re an organization that focuses on the positive. One of the reasons for this is because that’s how we keep going. The work we do can be overwhelming at times, but putting the good things in the forefront of our mind helps keep morale strong (and we do...
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Fight the Bite - Stop fleas and ticks in their tracks

The Parasite Problem: They’re Here … But They Always Are

In 2017, the Smithsonian reported that the world’s parasites were going extinct.  Hmmm, that doesn’t sound so bad, does it?  As long as they take the ones we humans are most familiar with – fleas, ticks, mosquitoes – then I’m good. They’re the ones all of us pet...
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man kneeling by his pit bull's side

A Family Reunion

Up until recently, I had never met Blu, but I had heard enough stories about her to know just how special she was (and still is) to my team.  Earlier this week, Ramona, who has worked in our outreach department for six years, came frolicing back to the...
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a boy and a dog look out a car window

Is Your Best Friend Property?

I studied language in school. I love it still (makes sense given my work here as a writer). I especially love how the words people use show quite a bit about them as people: how they think, their attitudes, their biases and misunderstandings. This holds true on a...
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