A very happy and photogenic MJ. (Kellie Lewis Photography)
In early 2013, we were contacted about a pit bull girl named MJ. She had been picked up by animal control in a town with breed ban legislation and was scheduled to be euthanized. MJ promptly won the vet over with her super sweet personality and instead of euthanizing, her the vet contacted Riley County Humane Society to pick her up.
MJ initially needed medical attention for her fractured back leg, which her previous owner had taken half measures to fix. After taking x-rays to see if the leg could be amputated we learned that her other back leg was out of it's socket and had been that way for quite some time. This leg had healed outside of it's socket and could no longer be put back into place. At this point, MJ's fractured leg has healed as well as it can but the leg that is out of it's socket needs expensive surgery to remove the part of her femur that is grinding bone on bone with her pelvis. This will give MJ the best chance to use both of her back legs with as little pain and potential complications as possible.
MJ is as sweet a girl as she could be. Throughout all of the pain and changes and new people in her life in the past year she has been nothing but trusting and loving to everyone she has met. Let's show her some humans are worthy of that trust and love! Please help us give MJ her second chance.
To donate to MJ's medical care, visit: http://www.payitsquare.com/collect-page/21226
*** Update: We reached our fundraising goal and Ruby's surgery went well. Check out her facebook page for status updates. Thank you for all your awesome support!!! ***
We've got a very special dog who is
scheduled for surgery in two weeks and needs your help! Below is a
brief summary of her story. You can see more details and how to donate here.
Ruby came to RCHS in very poor condition from a hoarder/breeder home
6 months ago. Although it was known from the time of her intake that
she has severely deformed front legs, Ruby had a very long way to go
before she would be a good candidate for the surgery required to fix her
legs. During her time with RCHS she has gone through extensive
rehabilitation, including proper nutrition in order to bring her up to a
healthy weight. Her veterinary surgeon has determined that Ruby is
finally ready for surgery!
This is where you come in. Her surgery will cost $6,000 total
($3,000 per leg). Each leg will require a separate surgery at different
times in order to allow proper recovery and rehabilitation. At this
time we are hoping to collect $3,000 for her first surgery. Please help
us help Ruby.
We have set up an online fundraiser where you are able to donate and track her progress! Ruby's Fundraising Page
you for all of your support. Without all of you, we would not be able
to help the hundreds of animals we care for every year!
***Update-Gingersnap went through surgery on the 25th of January and is recovering well! We were able to raise all the funds necessary for surgery. Thank you all for your generous support!***
Only 6 to 8 weeks old, sweet little Gingersnap was found as a stray. When examined by a veterinarian she was found to have a right hind limb fracture and a large abdominal hernia; the hernia is so big that her bladder has slipped through. Although we don’t know exactly what happened to her to cause these injuries, we can say that she certainly experienced significant trauma to do this degree of damage . Nevertheless, she purrs constantly whenever anyone is holding or petting her. Since she is otherwise perfectly healthy, Gingersnap is a perfect candidate for surgery and is expected to recover completely and live a long and happy life. Surgery, however, will cost $2,500.00. Please open your hearts to Ginger snap and help us help her.
You can donate to her fund several different ways:
Maltilda - Beagle, Senior
Meet Matilda. She is a sweet senior beagle. Matilda loves kids and other dogs. Matilda also likes meeting new people. She is on the needy side and loud at times. An ideal home is one where somebody is around most of the time. Thanks for taking time to meet Matilda.
Dawg - Labrador Retriever/Shepherd Mix, Young
Dawg is a young guy that is about a year old. Dawg is very playful and full of energy. He loves to play fetch and run and play with other dogs. He does ok with kids, but can be a bit mouthy, so he is not recommended for a home with young children until this behavior is modified, but he is getting better. Dawg is crate and house trained. He does well with dogs after a day or two, especially if the other dog likes his playfulness and energy. All in all, Dawg is a great boy that was dealt a bad hand at first and now, with love, he is doing much better. Dawg would also prefer a home without cats.
Spiller - Shepherd, Adult
This is my loyal friend Spiller. He is a bright, playful and happy guy. He loves a good game of ball. He is house trained and loves to sleep in bed. Spiller doesn't get along well with some dogs. He is good with most, but a home without another male is best. A fenced yard is necessary because he has allot of energy. He likes to be outside when nobody is home. He would love to become your best buddy
My name is Caroline. I was rescued from outside one cool, rainy morning last fall by an RCHS volunteer. I was a very, very thin gal around the age of 8, been through a lot, and was in dire need of medical attention. The volunteer took me to the vet to get fixed up and fully vetted, and I was placed on hold to see if my past owner would reclaim me. Sadly, they never did, but RCHS was able to take me into their program. I have struggled off and on with sneezing and sinus infections among other things. To make sure I was receiving the best care possible, RCHS's cat coordinator took me to K-State Vet Med, to see what really was going on. It was found that I have a birth defect that left me with a hole in the roof of my mouth. We are certain that this hole causes me more discomfort than sneezing and sinus infections. The vets at K-State are going to try to repair my hole.
Caroline is truly an awesome cat, who is super sweet. She will be 100% adoptable as soon as she gets fixed up. Caroline is very much one lucky girl that an RCHS volunteer rescued her. Her story is a great example not only how RCHS helps animals in the community, but also how the community helps make a difference. Caroline's procedure is being paid for by a great community supporter. This truly shows how if we all work together, we can make a difference one paw at a time.
Making a Difference:
Are you interested in helping making a difference in our community for companion animals? There are numerous ways you can help!
How can you help Caroline? Thanks to the generosity of a community supporter, her medical expenses are paid. However, after Caroline is healed, she will be ready for her 'furever' home. If you have room in your home and heart for a new furry friend, we would all love to close this chapter of RCHS with the perfect ending for Caroline. This sweetheart deserves nothing less.
*Note that the petfinder link has not been updated to reflect that surgery is an option to fix this hole.
Are you interested in becoming a guardian angel for our next animal with special needs? RCHS frequently takes in animals that require special care. We believe that every animal deserves a fair chance. This is why we have a guardian angel fund. These funds are kept specifically for animals like Caroline. We also try to keep in contact with the donors to let them know how their donation is truly making a difference for animal. Updates are sent out and pictures are too if they are available. If you are interested in helping make a difference, please visit the link below. You can also mail checks to PO Box 1202 Manhattan, KS 66505
Are you interested in becoming a volunteer for RCHS? Companion animals in our community are constantly in need of our help, so there is always a need for volunteers. If you are interested in being added to our volunteer list or helping with day to day tasks, please visit the link below. There are many different ways you can volunteer. The more volunteers we have, the more animals we can make a difference for.
Are you interested in becoming a licensed foster? RCHS's network of foster homes was a key component in Caroline's story. Without a foster home, who knows what Caroline's future would have held. Fostering is a very rewarding experience, as foster homes help save lives. Please consider fostering and making a difference. Visit the link below, and start the process...
Johnny Boy's adoption fee is being waived to help him find a good home. Every now and then this is done to help with the adoption process. He is a sweet boy who will do best in a home with older children. If you want to learn more about Johnny Boy, visit his petfinder link...
If you can offer Johnny Boy a 'furever" home, simply fill out the adoption application. If you are approved, the adoption fee will be waived. All you have to do is give Johnny the care and love he deserves.
**Update** 2/25/2012 - We are excited to announce that Firefly has found her 'forever' home. Thank you so much for your support and assistance in helping her found her new home. She is truly a sweet girl, who has finally got the home she deserves. Also thank you Elizabeth Jorgensen Photography for the fabulous pictures of Firefly.
Thank you all again for helping us get the word out.
Every once in a while we pull out all the stops to find a
forever home for a deserving cat or dog who has been overlooked by adopters
time and time again. We’re making such an
appeal on behalf of beautiful Firefly, and we will waive all adoption fees to
the right home.
Firefly came to us from the Leavenworth shelter with a litter
of kittens in May 12, 2009 and she is still waiting for her forever home.
All her kittens were adopted long ago, but because she is very
shy upon first meeting, Firefly has not been able to find a welcoming heart and
home for herself. She is now in a foster
home with children, dogs, and cats, but would probably prefer a quieter environment.
She is spayed, vaccinated, microchipped, and FeLV/FIV
negative. All Firefly needs is someone
to offer a place where she feels safe, and a family she can love. If you think you can be her safe haven,
please contact email@example.com.
We're the black
cats of RCHS, and we have a few things to say. It has come to our
attention that in the US, black cats have a bad reputation. And oh, that is so
wrong! Here are just a few reasons why you
should adopt a black cat:
- Black cats are loving. Look, we know our reputation--scary. We've seen the illustrations--skinny cats with nasty long teeth. And we're nothing like that. We'll go overboard to be as affectionate and loving as any fluffy white, pink-nosed bunny kitty could be, and you get all the other benefits too.
goes with everything. It's true. You know it; we know it. You've got your black
power suit on, your white cat jumps on your lap, it's all over. But if your
black cat wants a little love and affection, no harm done--your look is only
enhanced! In fact, it looks like a mohair suit!
is beautiful. There's the deep, auburn shaded black, the blue black, the black
with tiny white highlights here and there, the sleek black, the fluffy black,
the black with bunny-soft fur, the black with yellow eyes, the black with green
eyes, the black with grey eyes...Well, you get the picture. There are as many
different kinds of black cats as there are cats! Black cats are the Rolls Royce
of cats. We're always in style. We are the premier cat!
cats have more fun. We black cats are fun-loving, playful, full of spark and
energy. We have to be to make up for this image we somehow got as dull and
dreary. We're like the sun streaming in a window on a rainy day; we're like the
circus coming to town; we're just plain fantastic. We are the epitome of a
cats make great decorator cats. We are totally willing to pose on gold velvet,
white velvet, pink velvet, or your sofa cushion to add taste and beauty to any
room of your home. We'll perch on the brocade chair; we'll sleep on the rug;
we'll curl in the middle of the bed. You name it, we're willing to go to great
lengths to help you make your home beautiful. We're that kind of cat.
please consider our brother and sister black cats when you're looking for a new
fur friend. Remember our motto: Blacker, not slacker. We go the extra mile to
Meet Ranger! Ranger joined the RCHS family about 2 months ago and has become a favorite among some of the volunteers. Ranger, a 62-pound, 3-4 year old Husky/Aussie mix is very smart and very trainable! He does well on a leash and knows several commands (sit, stay, sit pretty, lay down, shake, hi-five, kennel). He is also fully potty trained! He doesn't enjoy being crated (can ya blame him!?), though he only cries for a short time before calming down and going to sleep. He can generally be left out of the crate when alone at home.
This boy is extremely chill and easy going (and oddly quiet), but don't forget to exercise him! His energy comes in spurts, making him a great running partner for short distances and he's always a good walking buddy. Ranger is wonderful with kids of any age. He enjoys playing with female dogs, but may need some time to warm up to male dogs. Ranger is a wonderful companion (so says his foster mom!) and would make any family of any size completely happy!
If you are interested in applying for Ranger, follow the instructions here!
We would like to introduce you to a very special cat named Wally. He was brought to us
by a woman who said she had rescued him from a parking lot where boys were trying to run him down with their cars.
Despite the difficult life he must have had, Wally is a very affectionate cat. He loves to sit in your lap and follow you around the house. He's also playful and energetic, and enjoys the company of other cats.
Wally occasionally bites to let you know he's had enough affection. We've been working on that behavior with time outs, and because he's so intelligent, he is making strides. An adult can learn his tells quickly, and his bites are usually not that strong, but his new home will need to be one without children.
Can you give Wally a chance at the happy life all cats deserve?