July 31, 2014

DSCF1293   We came across a house on a corner in mid-town one day over a year ago. There was a skinny male Boxer chained in a fenced yard.  His water was filthy, he wasn’t neutered and he was too thin.  We left our information, but the owner never called. We put this boy on our monitoring list and began visiting him regularly.  One day, we finally happened to catch the owner out in the front yard. We stopped to talk to him about the Boxer. He told us that the dog’s name was Marbles. He was not that receptive and had no interest in getting Marbles neutered. There were also 2 Min Pins that lived there and they would be outside a lot of the time, too. They had a dog house.

Marbles suffered a long time. He was in a locked fenced yard with a chain and padlock around his neck. He always looked so sad. We had to try and dump his buckets through the fence because we couldn’t get into the yard. It was very hard to get the ice out of there in the winter so that we could water Marbles. Everything over here was difficult. One day in the freezing cold, we stopped by and caught the owner getting in his car. We gave him a big bundle of hay for the dog houses. He said that he was leaving, wouldn’t be gone long and to leave it by the fence and he would put it in when he got back. I decided to drive by there a couple of days later and double check and there was the hay, still sitting where we’d put it and it had new snow on it. Lazy, lazy loser of a guy.

In the summer, Marbles would have no water, an inch of black nasty water, rain water  or something like that. Poor Marbles-we worried and worried and worried about this boy. He had a good dog house, was thin but not emaciated and we knew from our experience that animal control would not do anything here, so we maintained him the best we could, and we never forgot about him. We were there with meaty bones and pig ears (thank you donors!) and treats at least every couple of weeks or so.

We went to care for Marbles one day and he wasn’t there! His dog house was gone, he was gone, the Min Pins were gone. We were devastated. We talked with a neighbor that told us that the guy had moved, but he didn’t know where. Oh no-we couldn’t lose track of Marbles!  What would end up happening to him without us watching out for him? We were all very sad. It is so upsetting to lose track of one of our regulars that we’ve all come to love and care for.

One day a couple of months ago, one of our outreach teams was in south Kansas City and they spotted a pretty thin Boxer wandering around. He had no collar on. They stopped and got a slip lead on him and gave him something to eat. One of the people on the block yelled at Erica and told her that he lived “down there”.  The girls walked down to the house and there was a chain hooked to the fence and a big red collar laying in the front yard. A young woman was coming out of the house and Erica asked her if this was her dog. The girl said that it was her boyfriend’s dog. Erica commented on how skinny he was and asked the girl if her boyfriend even wanted the dog. The girl said that she would ask him, but she didn’t think so. Erica gave her our card and told her to talk to her boyfriend and call us if he didn’t want him and we would come over and get him. Erica snapped a few pictures of this boy and then headed back to Chain of Hope. When Erica was telling me about this, she said, “for a minute I thought it was that Boxer from Chelsea”.

photo 1 (20) photo 2 (18)   The next day, the girl left a message on the Chain of Hope line that her boyfriend didn’t want the dog and asked if we could come and pick him up. I headed over to rescue this poor thing. When I pulled up to the house, I saw the Boxer laying on her front porch . OMG-it was Marbles!!! I recognized him immediately!!! I was so glad to see him again and he was SO glad to see me!  We hadn’t seen Marbles in over 4 months.  I couldn’t believe that we had run across him again and this time we were definitely going to be able to save him! Sweet, sweet Marbles was finally going to be ok. I texted Erica and told her that it WAS Marbles and he was now a Chain of Hope dog!!! DSCF2853 DSCF2852   DSCF2850 DSCF2851I got this boy back to Chain of Hope. He was pretty skinny, only weighing in at 71 lbs. You could see his ribs. He was full of whip worms! We got this boy de-wormed and vaccinated. We were going to let him get rid of his parasites and put a little weight on and then we would neuter him. We decided to call him Fletcher! They always have to lose their old names with their old, miserable lives! A week or two later, we neutered Fletcher and ran his heart worm test. He was heart worm positive, but we pretty much figured that. He’d lived outside only his entire life. We would begin heart worm treatment as soon as he put on a little more weight. We wanted this boy in the best shape possible to go through his treatment.


Everyone at Chain of Hope fell in love with Fletcher!

DSCF2856   DSCF2854 Finally,  Fletcher is all filled out, now weighing in at about 82 lbs. He is an absolutely gorgeous creature!!! What a head turner-this boy is handsome!!! DSC_0003 DSC_0007   DSC_0014   Fletcher is a great dog! He plays in playgroups very well. He is very strong, but walks well on a leash. He has finished his heart worm treatment and is ready for adoption. All of that time that we cared for Fletcher the best we could through the fence, we could never really pet him and wrap our arms around him. It felt so good to be able to love on this boy, scratch his ears, rub his head-he loves it all! He always looked so sad when he was chained in mid-town. He has some big jowls that almost make him look like he’s frowning, but believe me-this boy is happier than he’s ever been!DSCF3450






Fletcher is a big, strong, handsome hunk of a dog! He has a great personality! His whole life has changed because our supporters keep us out there. We are so happy that we finally got this boy. It’s a miracle that we found him like we did, but  I know that Chain of Hope was supposed to find him again. Now Fletcher has a life he can smile about!







July 24, 2014

DSCF3073 Hector has quite a story. It started a couple of months ago when some kids around 18 yrs. old or so brought a sick little puppy into the vet clinic. He was very, very sick. The boys said that he was having diarrhea and was vomiting. It sure looked like parvo. He’d had no vaccinations, was about 9 weeks old and his sister had died in their back yard the day before with the same symptoms   This puppy was terribly dehydrated, of course. He was very weak. I asked the boys where they got the puppy from and they told me that they had bred their 2 pit bulls. After further questioning, I found out that  the male and the female adults lived on chains in the back yard. I asked one of the kids if he had sold the other puppies.  He told me that they had sold some of the puppies and then given some away because they couldn’t sell them all  (gee-you think the market is inundated???). They were keeping a male and a female puppy, but  the female had died the day before. This was a bad situation.

Leah and I talked to these kids for quite awhile about spaying/neutering/breeding/parvo, etc. I basically told them that they needed to sign this puppy over to Chain of Hope and that they wouldn’t be getting him back. I told them that we were not paying for everything and save this little guy so they could put him out on a chain, too. Of course, they insisted that he was kept in the house. I then asked them why the female puppy had died outside in the back yard if these puppies were kept in the house? Leah had more patience with these guys than I did, which was a good thing. I finally told them they needed to sign this puppy over to us or leave with him and watch him die, because that’s what was going to happen. I told them that this little guy should’ve had an IV in him 30 min. ago, as soon as they walked in and here we were still talking about it. I gave them their ultimatum, told them to discuss it and I left the room. When I returned about 5 min. later, one of the boys was signing the relinquishment form and Leah was getting the fluids ready for the puppy. The kid told me that he guessed he really didn’t have a choice and I said, “No, you really don’t.” I also offered to spay and neuter his adult pits for free.  I told this kid that we work in the area where they live pretty frequently and that if I ever saw his unaltered pit bulls in his back yard that I would call animal control.DSCF3075   DSCF3077   DSCF3079

The vet staff named this little one Hector.  Poor little Hector. He felt so bad you could tell. We really didn’t know if he’d make it or not, but we all knew that we were going to give it our best efforts.

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We set Hector up in isolation, got all of his meds started and hoped for the best.  This little guy sure scared us there for a while. He was so weak, but such a fighter. After a few touch and go days, Hector started turning the corner! DSC_0034

Everyone fell in love with this little boy. How couldn’t we?  He was an amazing puppy that was slowly getting his strength back.  After the vet said it was safe, Hector began going outside for a little sunshine and fresh air.

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Hector was finally able to integrate into our big room and start playing with other dogs.  He was a feisty puppy now that he was healthy, and  a little bit on the aggressive side. He had missed a crucial window of time for socializing when he was so sick, he just didn’t know how to interact.  We were pretty concerned about his behavior at first and did not make him available for adoption. We knew we needed to work with him. We began putting him with a bigger, adult dog that we knew would only tolerate so much and then they would let Hector know that something wasn’t all right. We let the bigger dogs correct him. They never hurt him, but they definitely corrected him. That is the best way for a puppy to learn-they learn more from getting corrected by another dog than by a human. We let the other dogs teach Hector.

A wonderful volunteer named Ted had seen Hector when he first came in and was so deathly ill. Ted would always go straight to see Hector when he’d come down to Chain of Hope. He watched Hector start to get better and better, he’d always take him out for walks, etc. He really liked Hector and Hector really liked Ted. DSCF3343     DSCF3444 It wasn’t long before Ted told us that he really wanted to adopt Hector and give him his forever home! He worked with Hector very well and Hector was very fond of Ted.  We were thrilled that Ted was going to adopt Hector, the brave little puppy! He’d been through so much and here he was-strong and healthy and much loved by lots of people!   On July 4th, Ted came and picked up Hector! Hector had made it and was off to start his new life.

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Here’s Ted and his daughter Chayla with the little wonder boy!

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Hector has so many wrinkles!!! People swear he’s got Shar Pei in him. Whatever he is, he is pure fun and cuteness!


I don’t know who adores the other the most, Ted or Hector, but I do know that Hector is finally settled in his loving, forever home. Congratulations Ted and Hector! Thank you, supporters, for making this all possible!







July 17, 2014



William is an angel in the hood! He has saved several animals just because he didn’t look the other way. He cares. William was coming home one night on a rainy night and saw a small dog in the middle of the road.  He stopped and got the poor little thing.  He took it home for the night and called Chain of Hope the next morning. He is such a wonderful man who really cares about animals and their suffering. He said that he thought it was blind and had a hurt foot.

I went over and met this adorable little black and white Shih Tzu and he was a mess! He was also very sweet! I thanked William once again,  took the dog back to Chain of Hope and got him settled in. I’m sure he was wondering what was happening to him now and where was he going?












We named this little guy Spanky. He is a little older-probably around 8 yrs. or so. When he walks, sometimes his right front foot bends a little weird, but he doesn’t seem bothered by it. We x-rayed him and nothing is broken in there and it doesn’t cause him any pain or impede his walking, so we are just going to leave it alone. The vet says it’s most likely some strange neurological fluke, but Spanky gets around just fine!

Spanky has dry eye and will most likely require daily eye drops for the rest of his life. They are inexpensive and something a lot of small dog owners deal with. We discovered that he isn’t totally blind, but his vision is certainly impaired. He’s not scared, though! He loves going for walks and smelling everything. Spanky walks great on a leash. The poor little guy also has an ear infection, which he is being treated for. He is neutered and vaccinated now.

The next thing we needed to do was to get Spanky bathed and cleaned up. He was matted and stinky and really needed some grooming attention. Tanner to the rescue!  Spanky was good as gold for his groom. What a wonderful little dog that was soaking wet in the middle of a street one night.  He is precious.








Everybody who meets Spanky loves Spanky! He is delightful! He is hanging out with Wilbur, who lost his eye recently. They are great friends!




Spanky is resilient, smart, grateful and very deserving of a loving, forever home. Spanky is up for adoption! Go to http://www.chainofhopekc.org and go to our adoptables page to find the app!




We are able to help dogs like Spanky  because of our foster homes opening up space for us, our adopters opening up space for us (and giving one of our dogs a fantastic home, of course!) and because of our awesome supporters who keep us going! We thank you and Spanky thanks you!
















The Baby Blues

July 3, 2014

DSCF2719   Chain of Hope received a call from a man whose relative had told him about us. He had a pit bull that had puppies and they were about 6 weeks old. He wondered if we could take the litter from him. We went over and met Terrance. We went in the back yard and met the momma, named Blu and her 5 puppies. Refreshingly, Terrance was not trying to keep one puppy (like so many do). At least we didn’t have that battle on our hands.   Momma had a pen that he had made and the gate was open and she could come out into the yard on her tie-out cable. The puppies looked pretty good. DSCF2717   DSCF2724     DSCF2726   DSCF2730   DSCF2720 DSCF2721   Blu’s puppies were born outside and had never been in the house. Hard to believe, but we see this all the time. We told Terrance that the only way we would “take this litter off his hands” was if he wanted to get Blu spayed. He agreed immediately and said he did  not want her to have anymore puppies. We told him to let her milk dry up and we’d get her in for her spay in a couple of weeks. We loaded up the puppies and got them back to Chain of Hope. Their lives were about to change for the better! DSCF2732   DSCF2734 DSCF2736



These little ones were as cute as can be. They were also very hungry! All 5 heads dove into the food pan and they ate and ate and ate.





DSCF2740   DSCF2763   DSCF2741       DSCF2760   Chain of Hope was also aware of 2 more litters in the hood that we were going to have to deal with. We reached out to TARA, The Animal Rescue Alliance. TARA has been great about helping Chain of Hope with litters of puppies, thank goodness. I don’t know what we’d do without them! Carolyn, a super awesome TARA volunteer, said she would take this litter! We cared for them for about a week or so before reaching out to TARA, making the arrangements, finalizing plans. Soon, Carolyn came to get them!DSCF2798 DSCF2803 DSCF2800


DSCF2868The puppies flourished with Carolyn and TARA. Before too long, they were all spayed and neutered and ready for adoption! Here are a few of the puppies with their new families!








All of the puppies were adopted pretty quickly. They were healthy and well socialized and of course-adorable!

I went and picked Blu up a couple of weeks later, brought her in and had her spayed and vaccinated. I took a crate back with her when I returned her and encouraged them to bring her in the house. We will continue to check on Blu.


Yes, we wish we could’ve gotten Blu, too. The reality is that Terrance didn’t want to give her up, he did call us for help and he did want her spayed. We have no where to put another pit bull in our program right now and the city shelter doesn’t need another pit bull either-it’s full of pit bulls. The best we can do is what we did-get the puppies out of there, get momma spayed and monitor her care. We do not forget about the mommas, which you already know if you’ve been following this blog for long! The mommas are near and dear to our hearts.

This is a litter of puppies that normally would have been given out around the neighborhood or to family members, probably never fixed, and would continue the tragedy of overpopulation by reproducing themselves when they turned 6 mo. or so. Chain of Hope resolved this situation and shut all of that down. Thank you for your support-we are making a difference out there!






June 24, 2014



Chain of Hope received a call from a woman that said she had a small dog and she couldn’t keep it any longer. She wanted to know if we could take it. I headed over to see what was going on. It turns out we’d been to this house before. Last year, they had found 3 puppies, called us and we went over and got them.

When I walked into the house, there were several family members there. The woman that had called told me that her husband had cancer and they just couldn’t deal with the dog anymore. The dog was a very scared little Yorkie mix named Princess.  She wouldn’t come to me or to the woman. I felt so sorry for her. I told the woman that we could take her. She asked the grand daughter to pick up Princess, but the grand daughter couldn’t get her. Finally, the woman that had called was able to pick her up. I asked her to carry Princess out to the car and this is how she carried her:

DSCF2911There was no “good-bye”, no pat on the head-nothing. She carried Princess out like this and put her in the van. How very sad that this little girl had not been loved and cared for like she should’ve been. Princess was pretty scared in the van, I’m sure wondering what was going to happen to her now.

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Chain of Hope always changes the names of the animals that we rescue. Their old name belongs with their old life. Their lives are so much better once they’re a Chain of Hope dog that they start their new life with a new name. The vet staff named this little girl Miami. We just treated Miami like we’ve treated the other scared little dogs like Crosby and Roger-we let her come to us. We didn’t force any interaction with her, we just let her decide when she was going to trust us. In just a few days, she was doing much better with Judy, Karen and me. At first, we had to carry her out to go potty, but eventually she began going out on a leash. We put her with Crosby and Roger and they all got along just fine. Miami was still scared and would hide behind something most of the time, but she started gradually coming out and started interacting with us. She really was a great little dog. She was very much liking the attention and love that we were giving her. You could tell that she hadn’t had that for quite awhile and she was really needing  it!


After a couple of weeks, Miami was doing fantastic! We asked Tanner to groom her and this is what she looked like when he was through. Tanner likes giving these little ones their mo hawks, which we think is adorable!  It definitely gives them personality!







What a doll!!! We put Miami’s picture up on face book as one of our “newbies”. Because someone shared our face book post (thanks to those of you that share!), a wonderful young woman saw Miami and called to inquire about her. She was very interested and so we had her fill out an application. She passed with flying colors and we set up a time for Holly and her son, Silas,  to come down and meet Miami. They loved her the minute they met her!  Miami really seemed to like them a lot as well. Silas threw some toys for her and Holly and Silas took Miami out for a walk.







After having Miami in their home for a few days, Holly sent us a couple of videos! Miami’s new name with them is Iko. Iko looks like she is right at home and very much loved!



Thank you supporters for keeping us going. Thank you Holly and Silas for giving Iko such a wonderful, loving home! She deserves it!


June 11, 2014

DSC_0039I was driving in the inner city one day when I noticed a puppy chained up that had not been there before. It was a black and white pit bull puppy and it had an igloo way back in the far back of the yard. He was on a chain, sitting there looking towards the back of the house. It was so sad because it was so obvious that he wanted to be in that house with his people! Instead, he was another pit bull puppy to grow up on a chain….

We monitored this boy for awhile and we were eventually able to make him a Chain of Hope puppy! When we got him into our facility, he immediately dove into a bag of food that was sitting there, ripped it open and started eating! Poor little thing was so hungry.





Next it was into the bath! He wasn’t so sure about that!



DSCF2137We named this beautiful puppy George and got him settled in. Thank God he wasn’t out there on a big chain anymore! George made lots of friends at Chain of Hope and even took on big Boston in tug-of-war!








We all fell in love with this boy!  George  was neutered, vaccinated and de-wormed. He put some weight on and was the most fun little guy!







George went to one of our pet adoptions and he never came back! Andrea, who was volunteering that day and has foster flunked twice already, fell in love with George. She took him straight home from the adoption event to foster. George fit right in and they started thinking like foster flunkies again!  They were seriously thinking about adopting George when Andrea’s mother sent out an email abut George with some pictures. A friend of hers named Pam called her immediately wanting to know more about George!








George went to live with Pam and her family, which included 2 Jack Russells. They are so fun to run and play with-George is in heaven! We shudder to think what George’s life would’ve been like if we hadn’t seen him and put him on our radar for some help.




We found George because we’re on the streets 6 days a week. We are out in the community and constantly looking for animals in trouble. Thank you for helping us to make such a difference in so many animals’ lives.


Now George knows that he is loved and wanted and that he is finally in a true, forever home. Have a great life, George!






June 3, 2014






About a month ago, I was at the eye specialist with Boston in Overland Park. I received a frantic phone call from Judy, who was on outreach with Karen. She said that they had come across a skinny Boxer tied with a chain to a stop sign on 23rd street, which is pretty busy. She said that he was freaked out and acting aggressive (because he was scared) and they couldn’t get up close to him. I told her that I had just gotten to Over land Park for Boston’s appointment and that I couldn’t come and handle this situation. I told her that I would call animal control. Judy told me that she and Karen were going to stay there near this Boxer until animal control arrived so that nobody tried to mess with him.

Animal control said that they would send an officer over as soon as possible. Judy said that when the officer arrived and got out of the truck, the dog really started freaking. It turns out that he wasn’t tied to the stop sign, he had been dragging his chain and had gotten all wrapped around the stop sign. In his frenzy and aggravation when animal control arrived, he had spun around the sign and had gotten himself loose. He took off running, dragging his chain. Judy, Karen and the aco chased after him. They lost him. They all looked hard for about 45 min., but eventually everyone had to get going onto other things.

We were all worried about this dog. He could get caught up in anything with that big chain dragging behind him! He was skinny and obviously hadn’t been fed very well. I hated to think about him out there running with that chain dragging behind him, hungry.

Finally, later in the day when I was getting ready to go home, I asked Judy which direction the Boxer had run, where they had  lost sight of him, etc. I told her that I was going to go drive around that area on my way home. I got over there and just started driving slowly, looking everywhere. I started thinking like a dog and I thought that this boxer may gravitate toward another dog. I felt like if he came across another dog, he would probably go up to it and try to play. I realized I was close to a sweet mixed breed dog that the people kept chained up way in the back of their very big back yard. He was a young dog and we had been intervening over here for quite awhile, but with little success.  I went down Cypress and pulled up in front of  the house and looked way to the back where Chico was chained. There was the Boxer!!! He was back under the tree with Chico! I walked closer and I could see that these 2 babies were terribly tangled together in their chains. They were happy and they were trying to play with each other, despite their circumstances. I went to the door and asked the woman about the dogs. She said that they knew the dogs were like that and her husband had tried to go over and untangle them, but the Boxer was acting aggressively. They couldn’t get them apart, so they had called animal control. I asked her how long ago she had called them and she said about 30 min. I went back over to look at the dogs again, poor babies!








I was in my car going home when I had found him, so I didn’t have a lot of supplies with me. We were going to have to cut the chains with bolt cutters to get these dogs out of this situation. I called Tanner, who was still at Chain of Hope and asked him to please grab the bolt cutters and hurry over to the inner city where I was. In the meantime, I had some canned cat food in my car so I took it over to the boys and they were both wagging their tails and smiling! They ate that up! I knew that the boxer was going to be fine.




Tanner cut the chains to free these guys. We hooked Chico up with yet another tie-out cable and turned around to go.



We got this handsome boy into Tanner’s car so that Tanner could take him with him back to Chain of Hope! I think this wonderful boy was ready to get out of there!



Tanner named this very handsome boy, Floyd. He is a delightful dog! Floyd was under one year of age and had a lot of love to give to others. He fit right in at Chain of Hope and was friendly to everyone.















Floyd started having the time of his life. He loved the swimming pool-that was a big hit!






Floyd had some sort of tag on, but it was untraceable. He stayed at Chain of Hope for about 1-2 weeks. He was neutered, vaccinated and dewormed. We had hooked this boy up!

We moved Floyd to a great Boxer rescue group in South Dakota. They renamed him Getty. He is in a foster home and doing great. The foster mom’s brother has put in an application for him and we are told that if that doesn’t fly for some reason, they have 3 more people very interested in this fabulous dog!

We know that we could’ve placed this dog eventually, but this rescue group is exceptional and was  able to take him almost immediately after they were contacted. Chain of Hope tries to get help from other rescue groups, of which several are very gracious and receptive to Chain of Hope dogs. Since we are on the front lines out there, there are many times we have to get a dog out of a hell hole right then and there.  We must have the space to bring emergencies and priority animals into Chain of Hope on the spur of the moment. Moving dogs along either to other rescues or through adoptions is imperative to being able to grab the forgotten ones when we can.





Floyd-you are no longer forgotten. Have a GREAT life!



Many Kitties Receive Our Help Too!

May 20, 2014



Chain of Hope helps a lot of cats and kittens on outreach. There are so many that are just trying to make it.  Although we are not set up to house kitties at our facility, we do spend a lot of money on medical expenses for kitties and we provide a lot of food for them.  Thank you for your support so that we can care for the numerous cats and kittens that we come across daily.




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This is Onyx. He is a very sweet 6 mo. old kitten that Chain of Hope brought in for neuter. After we got him in here, we discovered that he had open wounds on his back. We think he’d been in a cat fight, but something definitely got him. Onyx needed several stitches to close the wounds. He is negative on his combo test, which means he has no contagious diseases, which is great. He’s now been neutered and vaccinated and now he just  needs his forever home.  I can’t say enough about what a sweet boy this is. Onyx is a very affectionate kitten and so grateful to have been rescued. Let us know if you’d be interested in adopting Onyx. Call 816-221-8080. He is healing up nicely and doing very well in a foster home.









This poor boy had tangled with something, whether it was another cat or a raccoon or opossum, etc.  He had a severe wound at the top of his tail and one of his testicles was almost ripped off entirely. He’s been fixed up and neutered and returned to his caregiver. Hopefully with being neutered, he won’t be getting in fights anymore!








There were about 10 cats running around at this house. They were mostly just neighborhood cats and these kind people fed them. Chain of Hope came in there and spayed and neutered everybody. We continue to drop food to this house periodically.






This poor old man who we named Charlie was very sick when Chain of Hope brought him in. We found him in the hood.  He was emaciated and had sores all over. He tested positive on his combo test and unfortunately, we had to euthanize him. He was pretty far gone, but at least he didn’t suffer and die in the streets or under a porch somewhere. Rest in peace, Charlie.




Princess had a wound on her rear end. It was pretty deep and getting infected. Chain of Hope provided medical care, paid the bill and returned Princess back to her owner.








This young momma we found one day on outreach.  She had 2 kittens with her as well. We couldn’t touch them, so we continued to go over and feed all of them. We were finally able to catch them and they went to Furry Kids, who we thank greatly for helping us out with this little family.






This momma and her babies are off the streets, all of them are fixed and they are up for adoption through Furry Kids Refuge.





Oscar was a stray that hung around a house where he and some other stray cats were fed by a wonderful young woman. She called us one day and said that one of the cats had been in a fight or something and that his entire left eye was swollen, looked infected and the front of his head was very swollen as well. We brought Oscar in for treatment. He had a horrible abscess, which was drained and cleaned. Of course, we neutered him while he was under for his wound procedure! We returned him to his caregiver after about a week and he is doing very well.



This man had found this cute kitty as a stray and decided to give it a home. He called Chain of Hope for help. We picked up Susie and had her spayed, took the guy back some cat food when we brought Susie back to him and they are doing fantastic!

DSCN2743We have been helping this family for quite awhile with their dog, Tiger. They don’t call very often, only if they truly need some help with food. We had already fixed Tiger, of course. One day we went by and found out that they had taken in a stray kitty name Buttons. We stopped by one day to care for Tiger and that’s the day we met Buttons. Surprisingly, these people had already had Buttons neutered and vaccinated! We were so impressed that these people had taken the initiative and gotten this taken care of. Yay for Buttons!



This beautiful cat named Sylvia had an infected tooth that was causing her some discomfort. Chain of  Hope took care of the bill and she was spayed while she was under getting her tooth pulled. Good as new!





There are about 10-12 cats here. They all live outside, but a kind woman feeds them. We help her with food and we have been making our way through the colony getting them spayed and neutered. So many babies need our help!






Marcy had gotten her leg caught in something and by the time  someone had called us, it was pretty bad. Marcy ended up having her leg amputated, poor baby. She did very well and we ended up being able to find her a new home.

Here are some more kitties that Chain of Hope has been able to help because of our wonderful supporters.









Although we don’t talk about it very much, Chain of Hope is out there helping too many cats and kittens to even count. We could not do this without our wonderful supporters. So many kitties need our help. So many things can happen to stray cats out there. We  have taken care of so many of them with wounds and injuries. We are glad when someone in the hood is concerned about them and calls Chain of Hope for help.  Many of these kitties we come across just by being out there on the streets. They are everywhere.

Thank you for your support so that we can help the kitties too!






May 8, 2014



I was driving through northeast one day and I spotted a house with a pit bull and a pit bull mix chained up. They both had igloo dog houses. Their body weight wasn’t bad, their water bowls were knocked over. There were flies everywhere. The front yard was fenced in and the gate was padlocked. I could tell that someone was caring for the dogs, a least in a minimal way. I decided to closely monitor this house. When I went by again a few days later,  the gate was locked again and  no one was there. I tossed treats and raw hides to the two dogs and left. I knew I needed to call this into animal control. They would post the house and see if anyone contacted them within 24 hrs. to show that someone is taking care of the dogs.

I drove over there the next morning, just to make sure everything was still the same before calling this  into animal control. I went down the alley to check the back of the house and I saw a man dumping out the water bowls and filling them up again. Finally, I had a chance to talk to someone about these dogs. I went around to park in the front of the house and there was a black pit bull chained up in front, now, too. I got out and introduced myself to the man, who was named Dale. He was a pretty nice guy. His family actually wasn’t staying there at that house at the moment, but he was coming over and caring for the dogs. The black dog, Diamond, they kept with them where ever they were staying. The brown pit towards the front of the house was named Wolf. He barked at us, but he was more scared of us than anything.




The pit mix in the back was named King and he was very aggressive towards us. We could not get in his circle and we certainly couldn’t touch him. He had flies all over his ears and he was living on a heavy chain with a padlock around his neck.. I’d be pretty upset, too, if I had to live like this-he had every right to be angry.



The dogs were at good body weight and they had shelter. King and Diamond were already spayed and neutered! There were some things that were right over here, they just needed an intervention to get them to step up and improve the care of their animals. Dale and I talked for quite awhile regarding the dogs’ care and what was needed. I told him the only way I was going to help him with all of this was if he let me take Wolf in and neuter him.  He said he had wanted to, he just didn’t have the money right now. I told him we’d neuter Wolf for free and he agreed.

We almost  always give people a chance to step up once given some education,  resources and help from Chain of Hope. This man was trying, was out of work and his family was very much struggling to make it.







We de-wormed all of the dogs and got Wolf neutered and vaccinated. I started finding clean water in the buckets we gave them. They got better about picking up the poop. We had hung fly bags, put ear gel on their ears and put flea control on all of the dogs. The dogs were healthier and more comfortable, but still living on chains.

I went down the alley one day and saw that they had moved King even further in the back of the yard. He had gotten over the chain link fence and was in the next door neighbor’s back yard. He couldn’t get back over and it was very hot out. He was panting pretty heavily. I was going to drive around to the front and see if anyone was home. Otherwise, I was going to have to call animal control because I couldn’t touch him-he was too aggressive. As I went down the long alley and was coming out to the street, I saw the teen-age boy that lived at Wolf’s house.  I stopped and told him that King had gotten over the fence, he was very hot and could not get to his water and that he needed to go down there and get him back over the fence and make sure he had cool water to drink. He said he would and he started jogging down the alley towards home. I drove around to the front and could see him in the back yard, tending to King.

It was about a week later that I went over there again and drove the alley and I didn’t see King. His tie-out was laying there by his dog house, but he wasn’t there. I drove around front. Diamond, the black pit, was chained up front. The kid came out. I asked him where King was and he told me that he had died. I was speechless-I’d just seen him last week. He told me that King had hung himself over the fence. Oh my God! This wasn’t the first time we’ve had something like this happen, but it’s always horrible.

The kid walked off down the street. We drove around back and got into their back yard. We started looking all around for King’s body. I wanted these people to have consequences, but we needed the proof. King’s body was no where to be found-we looked in trash bags and all of the crap in the back yard. We left and I called animal control anyway and told them what happened. An officer went over and talked to them. I don’t know what happened, but I’m pretty sure that the people lied and told animal control that they had taken King somewhere else. Without pictures or the body to prove what happened, there wasn’t much that animal control could do.

I learned later from a neighbor that Dale had been in Joplin doing construction for a couple of  months and that is why the dogs were now falling through the cracks. He was the only one that even tried to take care of these dogs. Nobody else gave a damn about them-until Chain of Hope came along!

Through all this time, Wolf was getting friendlier and friendlier with us. He would get very excited when our van would pull up! He knew he was going to get treats and some lovin’! He let us pet him now and talk to him. He was a wonderful boy-just so lonely like so many chained dogs.  The next time that I went over to check on Wolf, the woman was home. We rarely saw her. She could tell I was upset when I came over to talk to her. I told her that I had heard that King had died. She got all tongue-tied and then told me that he hadn’t died, they had taken him “back to the farm”. I told her that I didn’t believe her for one minute and that I knew that King was dead and that it was their fault. We argued and I left.

Obviously, we weren’t welcome over there anymore. It broke my heart because I just loved Wolf. He was so lonely and was so excited when we stopped by, it made me extremely sad to know that we couldn’t go over there and hang out with him and give him some love and attention. We did, however, continue to check on him. We would just pull up sometimes and get out and throw him a pig ear or a big bone or something. He always looked at me with those soulful, brown eyes like he didn’t understand why we never came into his yard anymore to give him lots of love and attention. My heart ached for him and I knew that his heart was aching, too.



We don’t forget about these guys out there and I had Whitney and Joe drive by one day to check on Wolf. They called me and said that Wolf was all tangled in the porch railing.  I told them to go on with their list, that I was coming over there to get a picture and call animal control. I was so tired of the neglect of this dog and no one caring about him.



This is how I found Wolf when I got over there. He was tangled around the railing, there was trash everywhere and those pans you see in the picture were both empty-no food, no water. I called animal control and they impounded him, thank goodness. He had to get out of his hell that he had been living in for over a year. Thank you, animal control, for getting Wolf out of this pathetic situation.

I went to the shelter one day and saw him. He is at KCPP and they had named him Brisby. When I found his kennel and went up to him and started talking to him, he got so excited. I called him Wolf and I know he remembered me. He was wagging his tail and licking my hand. I told him to hang in there- that this was better than where he’d been for so long.

Erica and I went over to KCPP  Wednesday of this week and we were able to have him out in one of the play yards. I still call him Wolf, instead of Brisby. He was so excited and so happy that someone knew him! He was impounded on March 20th, 2014 and he’s still there, waiting for a loving, forever home.








Wolf is a great dog! He’s very handsome, very loving, and very deserving of a wonderful place to live where he is loved. I believe that they are going to be introducing Wolf  to other dogs again and see how he does. I was told that he was not reactive when they tested him a few weeks ago, but was a little nervous and would need tested again. He had no reaction to any of the other dogs when we walked him from and back to his kennel. Wolf’s ID # is 22284194.


Wolf has paid his dues and then some. He has had to endure many hot days with no water and many freezing cold nights, where he undoubtedly shook uncontrollably all night  from the severe temperatures we had this past winter. I’m sure he spent  many days tangled just waiting for someone to come along and untangle him. It is not fair how he was treated and it’s a shame.


Maybe Wolf has an angel out there somewhere that can offer him a forever home, a foster home or a spot in rescue. Chain of Hope is so full. If we could get a foster home for Wolf, we could pull him into our program.


This dog has so much love to give. Thanks for keeping us going.



Zoila and Her Puppies

April 29, 2014





Chain of Hope was working in a particular neighborhood when one of the girls that lives over there told us that the guy down the street had a litter of puppies and they were outside. This was in late December and it was freezing cold outside.   We went down to his house, but his car wasn’t there and the girl told us that if his car was gone, then he wasn’t home. There was a wooden dog house up in the corner of the yard. Momma was on a tie-out on his front porch. There was no way that she could reach the dog house and of course the puppies were staying right by her.  The momma dog was very aggressive-protecting her 8 puppies that were on the porch with her was her #1 job.  We couldn’t get to the door to hang our information.  We threw some treats for the mom and puppies and they were so hungry. We fed them all we could, gave our info to the girl who said she would make sure she talked to the owner and gave him our information.

We checked back a couple of days later and she said that she had given him our info and told him that we could help him. He did  not call. The temperatures were dangerously low. We went by as our last call one Sunday to see if they were all outside and there they were, on the porch. We called animal control. We sat up the street and waited for them. When they got there, they used their control stick to knock on the door and the guy came out. We could see them talking and pointing, etc. We thought that the officer would surely make him take them in the house. He was there about 10 min. and left.  The man went back in the house and the mom and puppies were still outside. This was so disappointing. I don’t know if the officer accepted the fact that there was a dog house on the property, but anyone could clearly see that there was no way for momma to reach it.





We went back the next day and left a note saying that we could help him with the puppies. We still couldn’t get to the door, but we left it where we thought he’d still find it.  The next day, the man called! He said that he needed help with his litter of puppies! We were so glad! I wasn’t happy with the way the animal control call had gone, but I believe it did prompt him to reach out and get some help with this situation. I think animal control being there and then Chain of Hope being there a couple of days later offering help once again all worked for the good in this situation. Now we were finally able to assist and try to get a good outcome for this little family.






I talked to Raul on the phone. He wanted us to come and get the puppies.  He said he in no way intended for the momma dog to get pregnant. I asked him if he was receptive to letting us spay the momma when this was all over and he said most definitely. We got over there after dark and he had already rounded up the puppies and had them in the back of his car.



We talked with Raul for quite awhile.  He wanted to keep a male puppy. He said that the momma, Zoila, was always a house dog before and that he was going to keep her as a house dog after all the puppies were gone. He said he wanted to keep one so that she would have a friend with her because she got lonely. We hear this all the time (the people wanting to keep one puppy) and it’s always tough. We used to play hard ball with these people and tell them we’d take the whole litter or none at all, but that doesn’t go over very well and we’ve lost getting any puppies because of that. Now, we have to go with getting the majority of the litter out with us. We have to save whatever we can save.


I told him that the only way I was going to help him with all of this was if he let us spay Zoila and neuter the puppy he was keeping. I told him that we could totally help him out with the spay and neuter, but that he needed to come up with the money for both of the dogs’ vaccinations and de-worming.  He agreed immediately!


I told Raul that poor Zoila needed to put some weight on before we spayed her. She was pretty depleted having had 8 puppies to feed and care for.

Raul put Zoila and the puppy he was keeping in the house while we transferred the puppies to our van.  We headed back to Chain of Hope. These poor puppies  just didn’t know what to think. All of the sudden they’re gone from their momma and they were inside where it was warm.







We got this litter vaccinated and de-wormed. We gave them toys and treats. They were shy, of course.  They were also adorable and I was so happy that they were not being given out all over the neighborhood where they came from. They will all be spayed and neutered before getting adopted, of course!




We reached out to TARA, The Animal Rescue Alliance, for help with the puppies. TARA has been a Godsend to Chain of Hope and to so many babies that Chain of Hope has rescued-sometimes with their momma and sometimes without. Carolyn is their “litter” foster mom and she has cared for many, many puppies that we have found. She has a great set up. We are sincerely appreciative to everyone at TARA and particularly Carolyn for helping Chain of Hope continue our difficult work in the inner city. Here is one foster family picking up their 2 foster puppies!



We stayed involved with Raul, Zoila, and the puppy (now named  Raphael) . Mom and pup were never outside when we went over. They were always in the house. Zoila picked up some weight and we had Raul bring them both in for their spay/neuter surgeries. They looked great and they were happy dogs. Zoila was much sweeter now that she didn’t have to protect 8 puppies and Raul said Raphael was pretty much house-trained!

DSCF1605This was very much a success story. It took multiple visits to this house in some very nasty weather, but we persevered and the outcome was worth it!



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