Aging urban chickens get a second life as pets

Some urban farmers who jumped on the bandwagon for their own supply of farm-fresh eggs are finding out a harsh truth: Most hens lay eggs regularly for only two or three years. So what happens to those urban chickens once they’re past their prime laying years?

Great Plains SPCA in Merriam ambitiously takes on the big jobs

Two years ago this month, Animal Haven combined efforts with No More Homeless Pets KC, a low-cost spay and neuter clinic, and set upon a mission to transform animal welfare in the metro area. Since then, Great Plains SPCA has emerged as a powerhouse in animal rescue and protection, billing itself as “Kansas City’s most comprehensive resource for pets and their human companions.”

Foster family adopts Kia, a puppy trapped in an SUV for weeks

Kia was found inside a 1990 Chevrolet Suburban in a city tow lot in early May. The Suburban had been towed there after being abandoned April 8 on a ramp from Interstate 70. The foster family who was taking care of the puppy since her “miraculous” rescue decided to keep her.

Ex-bomb-sniffing dog, KC Army handler receive award

A former soldier from Kansas City and his retired bomb-sniffing dog have received awards from the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation. Logan Ray Black said he was "humbled, thankful and truly honored" when he accepted the Philip Pistilli Silver Veteran's Medal at a luncheon Wednesday on the 129th birthday of President Truman. His dog, Diego, was awarded a Special Service Award.