One year later – Joplin, MO

On May 22, 2011, an EF5 tornado struck Joplin, Missouri, cutting a mile-wide swath of destruction that ultimately left 150 dead and destroyed many more homes and livelihoods. ASPCA Senior Director of Field Investigations and Response Tim Rickey is a native of Joplin, and less than a day after the storm touched down, he and his team were on the scene, preparing the ASPCA’s multipronged response to the crisis.

Pitbull rescues owner

Thu, May 10, 2012 – Pit bull rescues owner by pulling her from train tracks.
Lilly, an adopted pit bull, saved her owner’s life by pulling her away from an oncoming train.
Read her story here.

Update on Calvin

Read about Calvin’s progress !!!

Matilda joins the family of Yoda!

Matilda, now Molly, had the great fortune of being adopted by local celebrity Tom Kane and his family. Tom is best known as the voice of Yoda on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and has also been the voice of The Oscars numerous times as well as countless cartoon characters. Tom has been a long-time pit bull advocate, having grown up with a pit bull, and has given his support to MABBR for every Charity Bingo even we’ve had at Hamburger Mary’s. Molly is living the high life with Tom, his wife Cindy, and their 9 kids! Talk about socialization, this kid is getting it! We look forward to watching Molly grow with her new family. She’s already begun obedience training at a young 9 weeks and is doing great! She’s acclimated to the noise of teenagers and toddlers and can sleep through just about anything!

A St. Patty’s update on Sienna, now known as Clover!

When I happened upon this lonely little four-leaf Clover,
She was wilted, trampled on, stomped over by life.
A life she didn’t deserve. A life that left scars.

But I picked her. I picked her because I knew she was special.
I planted her in my home and nourished her with plenty of love.

And then, an amazing thing happened: she began to blossom!

She grew into the most beautiful good luck charm.

At times a lovely, delicate flower …

… but will all the sass of a fiery Irish redhead!



If you don’t know Clover’s story, ask me sometime …


Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Clover … and Snuggles, too! 

Woman Charged In Pet Hoarding Case

Deputies: Shirley Lafferty’s Home Filthy, Full Of Animals
POSTED: 5:47 pm CDT March 12, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jackson County prosecutors have filed 19 charges against a Blue Summit woman whose home was found filthy and full of animals.

Deputies searched Shirley Lafferty’s home in the area of 1600 Will Street last week. Neighbors said they could smell animals and feces from Lafferty’s home from their houses.

Detectives removed the dogs and cats from Lafferty’s home and took them to Wayside Waifs. One of the animals had to be euthanized because of untreated medical problems.

Prosecutors charged Lafferty with 16 counts of animal cruelty and one charge each of unlawfully owning too many pets, unlawfully permitting animal waste matter to collect and creating a public nuisance.

Investigators said Lafferty has advertised herself as a license animal rescuer, but her entity has been tied to animal sales at several large chain businesses.

Anyone with information about Lafferty or Black Dog Rescue is asked to call Detective Penny Cole of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 816-524-4302.

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LOS ANGELES — McDonald’s apologized and pulled an ad that came back to bite them.

The ad that said eating a Chicken McBite was less risky than petting a pit bull enraged pit bull owners and their defenders.

McDonald’s spokeswoman Ashlee Yingling said Monday the Kansas City-area radio ad for Chicken McBites ran just a few days before it was pulled Friday.

The company issued an apology by email and social media sites and people who called a toll free number got a recorded apology.

Rachele Lizarraga of Sacramento says she found it reckless so she started a Facebook site and an online petition.

Some critics said McDonald’s should also donate to pit bull causes or use a pit in an ad.

No word from McDonald’s on those ideas.


HOUSTON (CBS Houston) — A pet serial killer is on the loose in the Houston area.

Seven dogs were found dead, six of them pit bulls, over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend. Three of those pit bulls were fatally shot, while the other four dogs suffered blunt trauma to the head.

Read the article here


Sponsored by Sho-Me State APBT Club

February 19, 2012 from 10 am to noon at Blue Springs Bowl

Tickets are $10 — includes shoe rental

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online through Paypal.

To purchase online, go to our Make a Donation page and donate in $10 increments for the amount of tickets you want. Be sure to reference Bowling for Bullies during checkout!

Come bowl with us to help raise money for the MABBR dogs. We’ll be raffling off some great prizes so grab some friends and go bowling for our bullies!!!

Please let us know if you plan to attend so we can get a head count.  If you purchase a ticket online, just present your paypal receipt at the door as your ticket.

Bluebird (Chloe) adoption update


I just wanted to send a quick update on Chloe. So far she is doing great and has adjusted very well. We’ve had a few routine visits with the vet including one today. Her blood was rechecked and shows her anemia has improved significantly in the past week. We will now start to taper her Prednisone and recheck again next week.

Her coat looks really good. There are a few thin spots but nothing serious. We are not actively treating the demodex right now since her coat looks good.

Health issues aside she is a perfect dog. Chloe hardly ever barks. Her activity level is normal and she loves going on walks. She is still getting used to some house rules but we’ll keep working on that. She is so loving and loved just as much in return.

I can’t thank you enough for letting me bring her home and for taking good care of her over the years. I attached a few pictures of her. I will keep you updated on how she’s doing and feel free to contact me if you want to check in on her.

Candice Allen