Hairballs: A Blog

To end pet homelessness, we need more homes. And to reduce unwanted pets through spay and neuter.

All For a Friend Named Leroy

This is a story about perspective. It’s about loss and pain and struggle. But what stands out is that it’s also a story about unconditional love. And that friendship really matters. What doesn’t matter is how many legs those friends happen to have. … I first met John...
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Fetching a ball takes on a whole new meaning to playing ball.

Splish Splash: Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe in the Water

With summer upon us (maybe earlier than we wanted, right?), a lot of folks will have their dogs around the water. And a great many of those dogs will want to give swimming a try. It’s a great way to cool off, of course, but also one of...
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A girl holds a black puppy in her arms and smiles for the camera.

Day in the Life: Wellness Care Clinic

Nine a.m. arrives relatively quietly on this Wednesday. Surgery check-in goes until 8:30, and there aren’t too many people running late, so we’re actually a little quiet in the waiting area. One man is already waiting, though. James has two pups, Finnley and Veda, and he’s an eager...
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Soco looks so serious but she's just a gentle giant.

Being Where We’re Needed

Joel first showed up at SNKC with Soco when she was sick with pyometra, a uterine infection that is life-threatening for a dog. He had been to a vet clinic and, after recently losing his job, realized that paying for emergency care wasn’t going to be easy. He...
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It's flea and tick season. Time to get busy protecting those pets.

Yuck! Here Come the Parasites…

Here in Kansas City, we keep flirting with spring before winter tightens its icy fingers around us one more time. Still, just a couple of days of warm weather is all it takes to awaken the parasite parade. That includes fleas and ticks, but also some others we...
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A Best Friend for My Best Friend

Tom says his rescue dog, Maggie, was miserable. “Maggie had a friend next door,” he says of his puggle. “But the neighbors had to move and her best friend, Molly, left. Maggie just started moping around. She had her tail between her legs and her head was down...
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a kitten peers up at the camera

Pet Poison Prevention

(or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Hiding Poisons from my Pet) As humans, we have the ability to read a package and say, “Oh hey, this is poison. I won’t eat it.” Our pets aren’t so lucky, as much as we may want them to...
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“I Love Working Here Because I’m Proud of Working Here”

From the moment I arrived here just a few months ago, I could tell there was a level of commitment from the staff that wound itself around everything that was happening. Even during the tough days when chaos sifted like sand into every nook and cranny,  there was...
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A man holds a puppy


Volunteering is all about giving back, right? It’s all about helping out and doing something good for someone else. That’s so true! Volunteering makes our communities stronger, smarter, healthier, kinder, and more beautiful. But there’s another side to this coin. Volunteering has benefits that extend both ways –...
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A black and white dog named Booter gets close to the camera

Getting to the Far Shore

Barbara lives alone now in a quiet house, except for when her son comes to stay with her occasionally. It used to be different, though. Much different. Several years ago, her husband passed away. Five months later, her father. Five months after that, her mother. And then just...
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Feral cat trapping in Kansas City

A Day in the Life: In the Field with Families Better Together™

It’s cold out. Single digits and dark. The day started too early, and probably won’t be through until nearly midnight. So far a number of spills have been taken on the snow-slickened hillsides (nobody hurt, thankfully), handfuls of community cats have been trapped, covered, and returned to SNKC,...
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10 Photos that Summarize Our 2017

Here we are at the beginning of a brand new year, full of possibilities and room for growth. While we have a little time, we want to look back at some of our favorite moments from 2017, to share what was accomplished (with your support, of course) to...
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