Welcome to Bar K Rescue Madness!

Bar K Rescue Madness is an online tournament to raise awareness for animal rescue in Kansas City. Sixteen local rescues have each selected one incredible ADOPTABLE all-star (listed below) to compete for your vote!  Winning dogs will move onto the next round, The Final Fur, and eventually, the Tournament Championship, which will be held as a live event on Sunday, April 3rd. Winning teams will have an opportunity for additional prizes from Westlake Ace Hardware. In addition, Tournament Sponsor, Tito’s Handmade Vodka is making a special $500 cash donation to all participating rescues.

Please note, this is a friendly competition and even though we are cheering for specific dogs, we are really rooting for ALL of the dogs to find their forever homes!




Bravo was abandoned during a snow storm by someone who clearly didn’t expect him to live. He was attacked by another dog who ripped a softball-sized chunk out of his shoulder. Bravo was forced to spend his stray hold at a shelter where he received no medical care or painkillers for his gaping wound, then the shelter planned to euthanize him the day after the hold was up. His body is also covered in scars and hair loss – this isn’t the first time he’s been attacked. Bravo is scared, all he wants is a person to hug and snuggle.


80lbs of HUG! That’s Brighton. He’s a lover, not a fighter. That is, unless he’s saving the world from the perils of stuffed animals. Brighton knows how to show them who’s boss, and aside from human affection, he loves nothing more than playing with his toys. Despite his sheer strength, Brighton is a joy to walk. After he finishes his pre-walk warmup, which includes twenty jumping-for-joy-jacks, he settles into a calm, steady pace, and stays by his human’s side. Brighton is also down for car rides, where he can flex his muscles around town and impress the ladies. Shhhh…don’t tell them he’s a sloppy kisser!


Buffalo Trace is a nine month old American Bully who came to Midwest Animal ResQ as part of a cruelty and neglect seizure in the city of Raytown. He was part of an illegal breeding operation, and by the time he was rescued, was near near death from starvation. Sadly, his prolonged abuse has left him with a list of medical issues that MARQ is working hard to combat. Despite his trauma, he is the sweetest boy you will ever meet. He is discovering toys, yummy treats, soft beds, and snuggles for the first time, and loves them all!!


Chubbles is a sweet old gal.  Female, lab mix, 14 years old. She does have very bad hips and therefore requires pain medication on a regular basis.  She likes to lay around and observe her surroundings.  She will saunter out to go potty. Afterwards she will then stop by for some quick love before returning to her favorite spot.  She would need a home without stairs and would do best in a quiet environment with no small children.  Chubbles is looking for her forever home!


Franny is a 2 year old cattle dog mix that has had a rough beginning. She is the current longest resident at Chain of Hope, 356 days as of 2/28/22. Franny is a smart, active, young dog still looking for her forever home. She would make a fantastic working dog, running or walking partner. She would like to be the only dog in the house but loves cats. She is currently in a foster home with two cats and doing great. She is housetrained, kennel trained and leash train. Her favorite things to do are; playing fetch, car rides and being with her humans. If you are interested in meeting Franny please visit www.chainofhopekc.org and fill out an adoption application.


Gummy Bear is a six-year-old, male hound mix who was transferred to us from another shelter. He was riddled in fleas, covered in masses and heartworm positive, so we know his previous life was a tough one. He has since been treated and given a clean bill of health! Sadly, he’s been with us for over three months but despite that he has an exuberant love for walks, treats and his favorite humans. He is multi-talented and greets everyone with a firm handshake as long as a treat is involved! This hunky hound can’t wait to meet his forever family.


Early in the day of January 25th, MOGS was contacted by a shelter with an emergency intake request – a young male GSD had just arrived, deep in shock from a gunshot wound that shattered most of the bones in his left front leg. 18-hours later MOGS had this very large boy, now named Gunnar, admitted to Blue Pearl, where he ultimately lost his leg. In addition to the physical rehab that Gunnar needed, we have also had to start the process of mitigating severe PTSD responses – Gunnar screams and cowers in fear at any movement towards his face, and keens in terror in response to loud noises, his eyes roiling in fear, breathing so rapidly he sometimes chokes. But fun fact? At over 80 lbs, Gunnar still thinks he can be a lap dog, and despite what he’s been through, LOVES to cuddle with his foster handler.


Jerry Seinfeld, male, 3 years old, Husky mix. Jerry Seinfeld came into Taysia Blue Rescue in January 2022 from one of our wonderful partners in the KC area. Since then, he has really excelled in foster care! His foster mom reports that he is about as happy as they come. Although Jerry loves a good game of tug, fetch, and flirt pole, he is also happy to chill at your feet or in the comfort of a bed. Jerry’s fun fact is that he completed a 9-week prison training program called Puppies for Parole with 13 other dogs. While in prison, Jerry passed his Canine Good Citizen (CGC)!


While Kancy is a big basketball fan her preferred seat is in the stands! Some pups love to run and jump but not Kancy…. she prefers to sit! Despite her preference for the bench Kancy is a team player!! She loves the other pups she meets and will even play nice with feline friends! She is excellent at man to man defense… otherwise known as cuddling! Kancy loves to cuddle and have her belly rubbed!! This good girl is ready to steal her way into your heart with her excellent house manners and top notch couch sitting skills! 


Meadow is a 3 ½ year old shepherd mix who has been a free agent since January of 2019.  She really wants to be drafted onto a “team” of her very own.  She loves everyone she meets- especially children!  After being attacked by another dog, she has worked with her training team to emotionally recover and be comfortable with other dogs again.  We are so proud of her progress!  Meet this girl and we dare you not to fall in love with her goofy and lovable personality.


Nemo’s life was upturned in a matter of 24 hours when he was brought into a veterinary clinic to be euthanized for an obstruction. We couldn’t let that happen to such a beautiful boy so we got him the life saving surgery he needed. He’s recovering in a foster home and just got a clean bill of health from the Doctor.  His foster mom says he likes to make sure his other canine foster brothers have clean faces and he excels at tap dancing in circles when he’s excited.  He was born to be a service dog, but failed (that’s ok Nemo, we all fail at times) so has decided he makes a much better playmate and best friend.


He is a spunky, happy-go-lucky pup that is looking for his forever home. He’s an energetic, eager to please kinda pup. He knows how to sit and would like a home where he can continue to build his skills. He has a talent for catching his treats. He is a beefy boy with a gorgeous toasty colored coat, and tangy and fun- just like a good Reuben sandwich. He likes to play with balls, go on walks, and gets the zoomies.


Rylan is a 2yr old pit mix who is extremely shy but oh so loving! Look at his smile. He finds his confidence being around other confident dogs. He has visited Bar K many times and has had a blast. Since Rylan is a very quiet dog, he would enjoy a semi-quiet household with not a lot of guests coming and going. Rylan is left to free roam; he is house trained, and he loves treats! His best home would be with other dogs, older kids, and someone who will work on building his confidence. 


I am a 46 pound bundle of happy energy, with a smile that brightens your day. My previous owner surrendered me to Animal Control, who then transferred me to Wayside Waifs. I graduated from Wayside’s Peace Academy, for high energy dogs looking to hone their focus and manners. I will thrive in a positive, consistent environment with kind people. I’m looking for people who will be happy training and exercising me. I need a home with kids over the age of 10 and need to meet the whole family before we go home together, to make sure we’re all a good match. I should also be the only animal in your house-I like all the attention! I understand that loving a dog like me will take your time and dedication, but I hope you think I’m worth it! Fun Fact- Shadow knows a ton of tricks!


Verle is a 9 year old Dane/Border Collie mix! He was put on the euthanasia list in Wichita due to his age, they deemed him unadoptable.  Verle is a perfect boy! He’s friendly with people and dogs of all sizes.  Verle is an undefeated champion in surfing…as in counter surfing!  Verle also does the very best Chewbacca impersonations when crated!  For an older guy, Verle has a lot of pep left in his step, just meet him and see if you can keep up with this hunk!


Warlock is a gorgeous, feisty 2 year old retired racing Greyhound. He is a great and fun guy who has a tendency to think he runs the household. He’s not a fan of being told no so basically he’s a toddler. Warlock is cat curious and VERY playful. He also enjoys a good college basketball game while napping.