David Shapiro

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 two months later, one of her sisters...
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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 reveal what we loved, and show where...
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A Day in the Life: Check-in

Our doors unlock at 7:30, but the staff is here by 7. Lights get turned on as the prep tasks take staff to different areas of the clinic: surgery, the dog and cat rooms, the waiting area. Supplies and paperwork are checked and double-checked, because once those doors open, you might not get another chance....
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A Twist of Fate

A Q&A with Amanda, Veterinary Clinic Assistant. We learn pretty quickly here at SNKC that everybody’s got their story. That applies not just to our clients and their pets, but to the staff as well. We’ve all taken different paths to get to the same place, and those paths have given us all unique experiences...
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How to Find a Companion

Robin lives alone. That’s the way he likes it. He’s not a cranky guy, mind you; he’s actually a very kind and caring man. He’s lived in houses full of people coming and going, though, and he’s at a point in his life where he just doesn’t want that. When he had a stroke, though,...
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Parvovirus: Public Service Announcement

Area shelters have shown an increase in Parvovirus in the Kansas City Metro area. Rest assured we are using appropriate disinfectant protocols in our facility to keep it as germ free as possible. Symptoms of Parvovirus typically include but not limited to: Sluggishness/change in energy level Loss of appetite Vomiting Diarrhea (blood in stool may...
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The Story of Blu, Part 1

Beginnings Blu’s owner, Mr. Nelson, got a ride to our KCMO clinic on a Tuesday morning in early May. He had questions about Blu. He thought she was pregnant; to the untrained eye, some of the symptoms were there. Her belly, at least, was huge. But this had been going on for three months now,...
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Pet Fire Safety

Every July 15th is Pet Fire Safety Day. It’s not a pleasant thing to think about, but preparing for the possibility of danger can make all the difference. Not only are an estimated 500,000 pets affected annually by home fires, but pets are actually the cause of over 1,000 fires every year in the United...
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Kitten Season and TNR

Brace Yourself: Kitten Season is Coming Spring is upon us, and we find ourselves once again afraid of kitten season. Why? It’s intense. Cats can (and do) get pregnant year-round, and the breeding season for North American cats is technically from January through late fall, but we hit peak breeding season in the spring, from...
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Human Foods, Not Pet Foods

We know; your pets are your family. You want to share everything with them. But some things are off limits; certain human foods, for example. Today we’re going to take a look at some common foods that are off limits for your pets! Chocolate This is one that people often know and hear the most....
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