Hairballs: A Blog

Cats and dogs live with and help humans in many different ways.

There for Each Other

We believe in #ThePowerOfPets. And we try to tell stories that reveal how incredible the human-animal bond is. But from time to time, we ask people to tell us, in their own words, what their pets mean to them and what kind of impact those pets have had...
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Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes can come between us and our pets.

The Problem with Parasites

Who hasn’t ever scratched at a mosquito bite and wondered, “I hate them; why do they exist?”  Or fleas, ticks, intestinal worms … all parasites for that matter. But as cooler weather approaches, some of us are likely to forget the aggravation caused by this year’s bumper crop...
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A dog lays on the pavement, looking up

Harnessing Hope

Cynthia grew up with pets, has always had pets. From her childhood, when her father had cats, up through adulthood, she’s always had someone there. Most recently it was a little chihuahua named Tiny, who was her dog when we first met her five years ago. She has...
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Puppies and kittens make great friends. And by helping their human families, we help them.

Keeping Pets and People Together

“If you can’t afford a pet, you shouldn’t have one.”  We hear this quite a bit. Certainly it comes from a place of compassion for animals; I myself thought this long before I understood what happens here at SNKC. Or what the reality would be if everyone who...
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a wall of photographs

The Photo Wall

1. An Emergency, A Photograph One of the best things about working here is how we all come together in a crisis. For example, when our co-worker Whitney suddenly needed to move out of her house, we all came together to show her how much we cared, to...
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Pitbulls like Blue bring so much happiness to their families.

Driving Away Desolation

“Because of her, I’m never sad,” Charlie says from the front porch of his tiny home at the Veteran’s Community Project. He lives there with his best friend, a pibble mix he calls Blue.   Blue loves people and proves what we say about the bully breed all the...
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A week rarely passes that I don’t think about John.  Anytime I try to tell someone about him I immediately feel my heart stumble, and the words start stacking up in my throat like cars at a busy intersection. I don’t believe I’ll ever forget what he turned...
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One puppy looks at the camera, while its litter mate sniffs their face.


Parvo. Even among people who don’t know much about dogs or dog health, it’s a word that carries weight. Everybody knows parvo. But what is it? How can it be prevented? How can it be treated? What is it? Canine parvovirus appeared for the first time in 1978....
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Baby Boy and Stephen live at the Veteran's Community Project

A New Friend … A New Start

Just down the road from SNKC HQ is a small community where lives are being put back together piece by piece. It’s called the Veteran’s Community Project. Most people know it locally from the small houses that are being built at 89th and Troost. It’s called the Village....
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Fireworks are not something dogs and cats typically like.

Fear of the Fourth

The marred knob on my basement door tells the story.  It was probably 20 years ago. My neighbor invited me over to grill out for the fourth. As it turned dark, he pulled out a box of fireworks and began shooting them into the sky. We knew our...
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Two cats sit by an open window.

Introducing a New Cat

Because June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, more than a few people will probably feel that desire for a new feline friend and bring one home from the shelter. But what happens if you’ve already got a cat (or two, or three)? Looks like there’s some introductions...
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Dogs and cats can change our lives. That's why we believe so strongly in the human animal bond.

Saved by A Four-Legged Friend

We believe in the power of pets to change lives in dramatic ways. And this submission, made by an SNKC client, reveals how true that actually is. We are running it here with only a little editing for length and clarity because it’s an incredible testament to the...
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