Stories of Love: A Blog

woman holding puppy at Chiefs Stadium

What I learned my first year working in animal welfare

My first official year in animal welfare was not like anything I had imagined, but yet I wouldn’t change a single thing for the world. Very quickly in my college career did I learn that animal welfare was the place where I wanted to be, so my final...
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With the holidays upon us, it's time to think safety for your furry friends.

Holidays Are Here: How to Protect the (Furry) Ones You Love

Many years ago, when I had first moved into my house, my newly adopted dog, Sidney, a ridgeback shepherd mix, took it upon himself to water my newly staged Christmas tree.   As his generous “output” sprinkled the branches and soaked the gifts below, I was shocked of course,...
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An old dog lays next to his owner on the couch

For the Love of Seniors

“Old age does not announce itself.” — South African proverb You don’t expect it. After years of companionship, something’s different about your furry friend. They move differently. They slow down a little bit. It’s time to face it; your pet’s getting older. PET AGING Used to be that...
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owner giving her yellow lab puppy a kiss on the head

5 reasons why adopting a pet makes the world a better place for everyone

We may not be an animal shelter or a rescue, but we understand the power of pets all the same. And we owe a great deal of that to all the amazing shelter pets who are historically overlooked for reasons we find hard to explain.  However, what we...
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Service dog on man's lap at picnic tables

Cuando el mejor perro del mundo es todo lo que necesita

Todo comenzó hace ocho años y medio después de que Joshua vio un simple anuncio en Craigslist para el mejor perro del mundo, sin saber que Lucy demostraría que eso era verdad. Su perro, Samson, había fallecido en un trágico accidente, y sabía que la única manera de...
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Service dog on man's lap at picnic tables

When the world’s best dog is all you need

It all started eight and a half years ago after Joshua saw a simple ad on Craigslist for the world’s best dog, not knowing how much Lucy would prove that to be true. His dog, Samson, had just passed away in a tragic accident, and he knew the...
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Keeping pets and people together… together

In the nonprofit world, you don’t just learn to make do with the little you have. You figure out every possible way to make the absolute most of it.  Sometimes it’s as simple as joining forces with people and organizations who, in some way, are working toward the...
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The Scourge of Pet Obesity

Just one more treat.  That’s what you’re thinking, isn’t it, when you’re sitting there with your pets? Just give ‘em one more treat. What harm could it do? But wait! Before you toss that treat, think about the ramifications. Fully 1/3 of pets are considered overweight, and if...
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Shelter intervention is a program we started years ago to keep pets and people together.

“I like that we’re making a difference…”

With veterinarians in such high demand, we wanted to ask our two current veterinarians why it was important for them to work here.   It’s cool and bright, the way an early autumn day should be in KC, and Dr. Cruse is doing what she loves most.  It seems...
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We help over 25,000 pets a year by listening and making changes quickly.

We hear you, KC.

Hey friends, we’re just touching base to let you know how it’s going.  Of course, you don’t need us to tell you how strange things have been in KC and the wider world since this pandemic started. Everybody knows what it has been like and, more importantly, what...
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close up of dog's teeth/smiling

Salud dental: Manteniendo los dientes limpios

Si el cuidado dental ya no es parte de su rutina semanal o anual, necesita ser. Según VCA Hospitals, más de 80% de perros que tienen 3 años o más tienen enfermedad dental activa, una de las enfermedades médicas más comunes visto por veterinarios. Aunque no es tan...
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Dental health: Keepin’ those teefies clean

If dental care isn’t already a part of your pet’s weekly and annual routine, it needs to be.  According to VCA Hospitals, over 80% of dogs over the age of 3 have active dental disease, one of the most common medical conditions seen by veterinarians. Although it’s not...
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