As I drove away from the foster home today, I was grinning ear-to-ear-marveled by the dramatic, rapid, joyous transformation of a little dog named Nola...
The number one thing people can do to protect their pet before a storm is to get their animals micro chipped.
Kind hearts called law enforcement and animal rescue when they witness neglection, starvation, and abandonment...
FFAA of Neosho is opening a thrift store to fund their animal rescue/rehoming efforts...
It is a healthy and effective way to help reduce pet overpopulation.
The shelter emptied half of their kennels over the weekend, which has never happened in their new facility.
As temperatures continue to drop, it's important to remember our four legged friends.
For the month of November all senior dogs can be adopted for $15 at the Joplin Humane Society.
The Food and Drug Administration proposes preventive measures to protect all animal foods from food-borne illnesses.
Stephanie Lagow DeTar tells about a project that provides donors with a portrait of their pet in exchange for a donation of dog food or cash to a local animal shelter.
Dr. Ben Leavens has a few more suggestions in dealing with pet etiquette when you introduce your animal into a group setting. In this segment, it's socialization.
Dr. Ben Leavens discusses etiquette and precautions pet owner should take before introducing their animals into a group situation. In this segment, it's vaccinations.
Parr Hill Park in Joplin reopens to the public.
The veterinarian explains that "thermal gain" is as big a danger to dogs as sunburn, and not as easy to spot.
Workers at the Joplin Animal Adoption and Resource Center suggest bringing your animals indoors if they are scared of fireworks.
Dr. Sue gives tips on how to keep from being bitten by a dog, and what to do if it does happen.
The Joplin Humane Society is hosting a one day microchipping clinic on Saturday June 29th from 11am to 4pm.
Medical professionals say the heat and moisture increases the chances of ticks and the diseases they carry.
Security cameras capture the frightening event, which shows the quality of the dog's safety training.
The Joplin Animal Adoption and Resource Center has received a grant to offer low cost spaying and neutering for pitbulls.
A new donor fulfills a promise to the Joplin Animal Adoption and Resource Center.
Dr. Ben Leavens explains some lesser-known summertime dangers for your pets.
Blue Buffalo offers to provide the same amount of food for animals at the Joplin Adoption and Resource Center that Mars Pet Care had provided for the last 3 and a half years.
Nevada city leaders consider a new leash law after receiving several complaints about dogs running free in parks and around playground areas.
The Joplin Humane Society is often packed and it relies on area rescues to help house the dogs.
The Southeast Kansas Humane Society deals with hundreds of homeless animals every year and it takes a lot of resources to make sure the animals are housed and fed.
The Carthage Humane Society is currently at full capacity and in need of supplies.
Main Street Pet Care veterinarians recommend buying dental hygiene products for your pet as well as looking into pet health insurance.
Summer is the Animal and Adoption Resource Centers busiest time and they need help caring for the animals at the shelter.
Hank and Stacey head out live to the Joplin Humane Society Animal Adoption and Resource Center for the Dog Days of Summer Adoption Event being held today.
The "Dot Biz Lady" Shelby Bates explains the win-win situation brought about by the adopt-a-thon involving multiple animal shelters.
Shelby Bates tells Gary about the Four States 500 go-cart race, Mother-Daughter lookalike contest, and the upcoming Adopt-A-Thon in conjunction with the Southeast Kansas Humane Society.
An Illinois law aims to protect consumers from bringing home a sick animal.
Local veterinarians say pets can suffer from allergies just as much as humans can around this time of year.
A southeast Kansas animal shelter is trying to find homes for more than 100 animals.
Toni speaks with Dr. Ben Leavens of Main Street Pet Care in Joplin to discuss the best ways to keep your pet healthy.
There are more than 70 healing and comfort dogs across the county that work with Immanuel Lutheran Church in Joplin.
"Amazing, simply amazing!"
The Joplin Humane Society is asking for donations of puppy food and small bite adult dog food.
The City of Lamar is one step closer to getting a dog park.
A local poodle takes first place at the American Kennel Club Rally National Competition in Tulsa.
Puppies for Parole is a unique program of the Missouri Department of Corrections (DOC) that matches shelter dogs with carefully selected offender handlers.
As the fishing for the Bassmaster Classic wrapped up in Grove Sunday, a number of dogs took flight in the championship rounds of dock diving in downtown Tulsa. The dogs are part of the Super Retriever Series, and the world-record holder was part of the festivities.
Columbia Elementary students celebrates their 100th day of school by collecting 100 cans of food for animals at the Joplin Humane Society.
The Joplin Humane Society is in need of drivers to transport animals.
Workers at the Joplin Audubon Center give residents a chance to meet a wide range of animals.
A Joplin pet shelter hosts a special event to find larger animals new homes Saturday.
Lysa Buehler of the Joplin Humane Society tells Toni about an upcoming spaying and neutering clinic to control the growing population of "bully breeds," which are becoming increasingly difficult to place because of local breed-specific dog bans.
The Joplin Humane Society is offering free spay and neutering for pit bulls every Tuesday in February.
The Lansing Correctional Facility in Kansas adopted 11 dogs from the Carthage Humane Society as part of a partnership to train and socialize the animals.
Show-Me-State residents own more dogs than most other states.
The Joplin Police Department K-9 team now has the use of local motels for training exercises.
Jasper County Sheriff Deputies are reminding people to be more aware of animals out in the cold.
A number of mysterious dog attacks have some Neosho residents
concerned for their safety.
The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced new spay and neuter grants available to animal shelters, rescue groups, and non-profits.
Joplin Humane Society Animal Adoption & Resource Center and Golden Paw Pet Resort are working together to provide the best obedience training for you and your dog! A FREE demonstration and an opportunity to meet the trainers ...
Once upon a time, a red-headed baby Duchess was born into the royal family of Dogue De Bordeaux. Duchess Bonni was a shining example of the royal family bloodlines.
A Joplin woman with serious medical condition is hoping you can help find her lost service dog.
Dr. Ben Leavens talks more about cat behavior, including a few examples of behavior that may be indicating a problem.
Dr. Ben Leavens discusses certain cat behaviors that you may find strange, but are normal for a cat.
Creature Comforts in Joplin will check on and care for your furry friends while you're on vacation, only charging $17 per visit to your home. For more information, you can visit our webpage Fourstateshomepage.com.
The American Pet Products Association finds a increase in pets receiving gifts for Christmas this year.
A few hundred area dogs are needing a warm place to stay this winter.
Families who don't want to leave their pets at home over the holidays learned a few travel tips to keep them safe on the road.
Dr. Ben Leavens from Main Street Pet Care continues the demonstration on a home pet exam. In this segment, he explains what to look for with the feet, skin, and fur as well as checking your animal for lumps.
Dr. Ben Leavens from Main Street Pet Care demonstrates an easy exam for your pet that you can perform at home. This segment centers on the head and what to look for with the teeth, eyes, and ears.
An email request for help came from a Newton County Sheriff's Department deputy ...
Crowder College vet-tech students seek homes for some very special pets.
Some special pets looking for a good home celebrate Halloween a few days early.
A Joplin nonprofit groups works to collect food they hope will help feed animals throughout the region.
Have you heard the myth that black cats are unsafe in October, in part because witches may try to adopt them for rituals?
Local veterinarians see a record number of pet poisonings caused by a specific chemical.
Writers from a national pet magazine stop at the Joplin Animal Adoption and Resource Center to help find homes for pets.
Enter YOUR chili in the first annual FFAA Best Chili Cook-Off!
"Pit Bull." There is no other breed of dog--or arguably, any other animal at all--whose mere mention can elicit such strong opinions.
Local fidos and felines got ready for their close-ups Saturday.
Local felines, fidos, and other friendly pets receive a warm blessing today.
Local felines, fidos, and other friendly pets receive a warm blessing today.
Veterinarian Ben Leavens shows Toni some of the things to watch for in your pet's appearance that could be signs of illness.
An Arkansas author brings furry friends to visit group of Joplin elementary school students
Dr. Karl Wendt joins Hometown Today this morning to talk about the top ten lessons we can learn from dogs that helps to better your health.
A local library is going to the dogs, all in an effort to help kids read.
Dr. Ben Leavens offers more tips on disaster preparedness and your pets along with a reminder about flea control.
Dr. Ben Leavens discusses disaster preparedness and your pets.
A local shelter wants your recipes to help save homeless animals in the area.
Lamar residents are closer to having their first ever dog park.
Plans for a Joplin dog park are approved by the city council tonight.
The Nevada Animal Shelter is forced to upgrade its cat area.
Hundreds of animals are in need of a loving home and this weekend they come in pairs.
An increase in reports of dangerous dogs and animals running loose is prompting Nevada city leaders to take action.
Veterinarian Ben Leavens explains that dogs' bodies cool themselves differently from humans' and how to tell if your pet is in distress because of the heat.
A large donation helps a pet adoption agency get more technologically advanced.
They're man's best friend and they now have a new home in their time of need. A new animal rescue in Joplin is now open.
Local residents get a chance to learn about the health needs of our four legged friends Saturday.
Walgreens Assistant Manager Kristen Perry tells Toni about an upcoming Pet Safety event that's free to the public.
You still have time to take part in one of the biggest celebrations in the four states!
Get all the details on the Dogs in Downtown event.
One of the largest pet friendly festivals in the four states is happening this weekend.
Matt Osborn of Way Beyond Events tells Toni and Gary about the Dogs in Downtown Festival, a family- and pet-friendly event taking place in Landreth Park the weekend of June 15th.
When I pulled the Jeep into the driveway at the rural home, I caught a glimpse of a large reddish-gold dog.She quietly went slinking up the porch steps and disappeared.
As the temperatures rise it's important to provide shade and lots of water for your animals in the heat.
The SEK Humane Society is over capacity with 100 dogs and 65 cats in need of a permanent home.
Ben Leavens, DVM, at Main Street Pet Care says the initial checkup is important when you first adopt.
Dogs, cats and many more pets are hoping to find a new home in the Four States.
In Carthage, humane society workers say there are a number of ways people can help the shelter.
Our final parade of animals from the Adopt-A-Thon. The shelter has plenty of animals of all breeds. If you're looking to adopt, make sure you get an animal that fits your family and lifestyle.
More animals that are looking for home at the Animal Adoption and Resource Center. The shelter takes in an incredible amount of animals each month.
The first parade of animals from the Animal Adoption and Resource Center. If you aren't looking to adopt, you can also foster or sponsor an animal.
One dog has still not been adopted after the May 22nd Tornado.
Dixie May is being transported to a foster home in in Chicago so she can hopefully be adopted.
FEMA officials are encouraging people to make an emergency kit for their animals that could last three to four days. It should include food, water and leashes.
A search and rescue dog is put to the test on May 22nd.
PSU students donated two high tech dog houses to the Joplin Humane Society.
Dr. Ben Leavens has a few simple tips on maintaining the natural instincts of your cat while keeping the pet indoors.
Dr. Ben Leavens discusses the natural instinct of cats.
The new program will help families try out a new pet to see if it's the right fit. And if it's not, try another one.
Neosho city officials crack down on pet ordinance violations.
Most people are ready for spring weather but are your pets ready as well?
A Joplin dog is up for an award from the American Humane Association for her bravery after the May 22nd tornado.
Voting is underway for thousands of dollars that could be heading to the Joplin Humane Society, but the group needs your help to make it happen.
An area animal shelter helps find new homes for pets in need.
Monday began the way many Mondays do. The FFAA phone began ringing at 7:20AM. Calls came continually all day and into the evening. That evening, I tucked our twelve puppies in for the night and drug my tired backside into the house. I checked the phone messages one last time. I had four voicemails ...
Dani Reynolds, from the Joplin Humane Society, joins Katie Love to talk about their upcoming adoption event, Pet-a-Palooza.
A four state organization is trying to find hundreds of homes for some four legged friends.
I made the mistake of asking my husband what we should name him. He said, "His name should be Ivan." I thought, oh dear! I asked him and now this dog is stuck with the name Ivan! I looked into the eyes of this strikingly handsome, young, brindle Bull Mastiff mix that was staring back at me and said, "Sorry, Buddy, but I guess Ivan it is." Now, several weeks later, Ivan fits him perfectly and I think it is a wonderful name. The name became a great name because of the great dog that bears it.
Dr. Pamela Helm talks about the safe handling of pets by kids and has one of her children provide a demonstration.
The woman broke into tears as she asked if we could help. She lost her job after the Joplin tornado last year. Over the summer she had begun to have seizures. They had gotten progressively more severe and frequent to the point that she was to undergo surgery in an attempt to make them stop. In December, a neglected looking, starving Cocker mix timidly wandered into her garage, with a broken rope dangling from her neck.
The Joplin Humane Society has a continuing problem of getting pets from people who have passed away.
A four state woman has been reunited with her cat who went missing on May 22nd after the tornado hit Joplin.
Last week we rescued a beautiful little golden girl who was great with puppies.She looked as if she was going to detonate and explode at any moment.She would make any woman who has ever been pregnant cringe at the sight of her.
Neosho officials reinstate an animal control program for the city.
I'm jogging (or pacing) back and forth between our house and our second garage today. A soft-as-silk, gentle-as-a-dove, sweet-as-apple-pie Golden Retriever mix has taken up temporary residence there. She has the eyes of a doe.
Labette county authorities seize nearly 30 animals from a Cherryvale home.
Some local residents may soon have to find a new way to keep their dogs from roaming free.
A Pittsburg woman is behind bars on animal cruelty charges.
When I was a little girl I was invited to attend a church camp with a grade school friend. My family was not a regular church-going family and certainly not affiliated with my friend's denomination, but it sounded like
No, this is not the Desi and Luci you are thinking of. Once upon a time there was a tiny little Dachshund puppy named Desi. He was purchased by a Mr. and Mrs. Anonymos at Christmas time from some friends of the theirs ,,,
February is National Pet Dental Health Month and in this segment, Dr. Ben Leavens demonstrates the proper way to brush your dog's teeth.
February is National Pet Dental Health Month and Dr. Ben Leavens discusses the importance of keeping your pets teeth clean.
The author and speaker Patsy Claremont once said that in her attempt to become a "normal" person and be like everyone else, she discovered that "normal" is just a setting on the dryer. What is normal to you may not be normal to me.
When I was a little girl I was invited to attend a church camp with a grade school friend. My family was not a regular church-going family and certainly not affiliated with my friend's denomination, but it sounded like it would be a good, wholesome experience for me.
Miami's Animal Welfare Society sees an increase in abandoned pets.
Faithful Friends Animal Advocates in Neosho is asking for your help to win a nationwide competition.
Newton County deputies seize dozens of dogs from a Stark City home.
A local animal shelter receives thousands of dollars to help continue saving animals.
A local animal shelter receives thousands of dollars to help continue saving animals.
The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force rescues 18 starving horses and donkeys in Vernon County.
Three Missouri high school students face a number of charges related to theft and abuse of farm animals.
Nevada, MO- A sick Nevada dog and his story have gone viral on the internet.
The owner is needing to raise $5000 for a procedure that could make him walk again.
In our Brad's Beat report we're spotlighting General Patton who is needing your help to get better.
If you would like to donate to the cause click on this link.
Joplin, MO- Loosing weight is a common new years resolution, and there is a fun new program that could help shed those pounds.
In our Brad's Beat report we're spotlighting this program at the Joplin Humane Society.
There are several ways to help the Noel Dog Shelter besides adopting an animal. You can donate food or money or foster an animal.
Mr. Food shares his recipe for homemade doggie bones.
Greetings from Kabul, Afghanistan ...