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  • Very Good Sentences -- Without Provocation

    from Kc dog blog

    Monday February 16th, 2015 at 09:55 AM

    Last week, theWhole Dog Journalissued the following as their "Tip of the Week" that I felt was very much worth sharing. Sorry for no direct link to the tip, but it's an email newsletter and I can't find it specifically online. But their sentences sum up a huge frustration over the media reporting of dog bite incidents and why experts in canine behavior are important resources vs just news sites or people without expertise.

    "Without Provocation.

    "Almost every "Dog Mauls Toddler" headline is...

  • Roeland Park, KS repeals BSL - - details and thoughts on focus & equal time

    from Kc dog blog

    Thursday January 29th, 2015 at 08:38 AM

    On Monday night, Roeland Park, KS, a first ring suburb of Kansas City, MO with a population of 6800 people,passed dramatic changes to its animal control laws.

    Part of the law change was to repeal the city's 27 year old ban on pit bulls -- and this is the part of the law that has gotten the most attention -- from themedia headlinesto the public commentary.

    But I think the focus of all of the attention on "pit bulls" has done a major disservice to the public commentary about public safety and...

  • 2014 KC Pet Project - The Year in Numbers

    from Kc dog blog

    Monday January 12th, 2015 at 06:50 AM

    In January 2012,KC Pet Project embarked on a journeyto take what once was a high-kill Kansas City municipal shelter and turn our city into a No Kill Community.

    In July of 2013, we celebrated our first12 consecutive months at operating above a 90% Live Release Rate.

    In spite of many challenges in 2014, KC Pet Project had another amazing year of growth, success and recognition.

    In March, KC Pet Project opened a second satellite adoption facility.This one, a 2,000 square foot space inside a Petco...

  • The 10 Most Popular KC Dog Blog Posts of 2014

    from Kc dog blog

    Saturday January 3rd, 2015 at 08:58 AM

    In the 8 years that I've been writing this blog, this may have been the least active year on the blog. Time just got away from me and the changing nature of internet activity has led me to post more articles simply on the KC Dog Blog Facebook page vs writing entire posts about the topics.

    However, I alway enjoy a look back at some of the most popular posts on this blog over the past year -- to see the things I hope resonated with people.

    It's been a big year on many fronts. Two more states...

  • January 1, 2012 -- a look back at KC Pet Project's first day

    from Kc dog blog

    Thursday January 1st, 2015 at 07:45 AM

    Today is the 3rd anniversary of the start ofKansas City Pet Project. Maybe I'm feeling a little nostalgic, but with a lot of followers and supporters out there, I thought it was only appropriate to take a look back to three years ago today.

    Actually, the story begins a bit sooner than that. In May of 2011, the City of Kansas City issued an RFP for individuals or organizations to bid on the operating of the city animal shelter. The shelter had for decades been a high kill shelter, and the city...

  • BSL continues embarrassment in Springfield, MO

    from Kc dog blog

    Saturday December 27th, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Springfield, MO's breed-specific law targeting pit bulls continued to provide embarrassment for the community this week.

    Earlier this week, Jennifer Robinson visited the community of Springfield, MO and her dog, Captain,was seized from herbecause Captain was deemed to be a pit bull. According to Robinson, Captain is a 10 month old therapy dog that helps her deal with mental disabilities that she has from post tramatic stress disorder.

    Robinson lives in Christian County which borders...

  • Kennett, MO repeals ban on pit bulls

    from Kc dog blog

    Saturday December 20th, 2014 at 07:46 AM

    Kennett, MO is a small community of a little more than 10,000 people in the very Southeastern part of the state and is the hometown of Sheryl Crow.

    This week, the city council in the small community voted unanimously to remove "Pit bulls" from the definition of "dangerous dogs" in the community.

    "There will be some people concerned on behalf of the risk factor involved," Said souncilman Roger Wheeler. "But there will be a lot more I think who will appreciate the fact that theri dog is not...

  • A missed opportunity for improving public safety in Kansas City, KS

    from Kc dog blog

    Friday December 12th, 2014 at 07:35 AM

    Last week, at meeting of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County meeting in Kansas City, KS, mayor Mark Holland called the situation involving stray and feral dogs in the community "a crisis".

    Commissioner Ann Murguia pointed to the standing-room crowd of in attendance and pleaded with her fellow commissioners to make animal control funding a priority. She noted that everyone knew animal control was under-funded, and that the large turnout showed how important the topic of animal control...

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