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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 2nd. Final Fur team will each receive a $100 Gift Card to Bar K.  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!




Tobin is a senior pittie who is looking for a very special hospice home. Tobin came to us from death-row one year ago but was just recently diagnosed with a very extreme case of cancer. He is losing weight fast and doesn’t have much time left, but despite our best efforts we haven’t been able to find a foster or Furever home for him. Due to his heart-breaking past, Tobin prefers an adult female home where he can be the only pet and feel safe, surrounded by those who love him. His infectious smile is sure to melt your heart!


Meet Alicia! A gorgeous 3 year old German Shepherd mix. She was on the run for a few weeks before a volunteer was able to catch her. While shy at first, Alicia has blossomed! She is a typical shepherd so being loyal, extremely intelligent, opinionated, dramatic, and, of course, sassy are just a few of the highly desired qualities she possesses. Once you are in her circle, you are in for life! You better be as confident as she is if you want to earn her respect though. Just in case, bring a toy. She’s a sucker for a squeaker!


Introducing Darnell, the coolest cow-dog around! This 6 year-old stud muffin sports a stylish coat that looks like he’s been moonlighting as a dairy cow. But don’t let his senior status fool you – Darnell is perfectly potty trained and walks better on a leash than most humans.But let’s get to the good stuff – treats! This guy loves ’em and will make the goofiest faces just to get his paws on one. And speaking of funny, you won’t want to miss Darnell’s grumpy routine when his food isn’t up to par. It’s a comedy act that’ll have you rolling on the floor.But don’t let his occasional diva tendencies fool you – Darnell’s favorite thing is meeting new people. He’ll wag his tail and shower you with kisses, making you wonder how you ever lived without him. So come on down to Midwest Animal Resq and meet the one and only Darnell. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed.


Dutch is a calm, quiet gentleman. He loves being with people and giving kisses. He is still healthy, active, and enjoys vigorous walks. He loves a good toy as well. We were told that he doesn’t get along with cats. Other than that, he is the ultimate good boy, and he has the most adorable head tilt!


He is a 6-month-old pup. He was placed on the kill list at KHS in Wichita for being too scared. He has truly blossomed in his foster home with multiple dogs and older kids. He must have a secure fence and 1 or 2 dog friends in his forever home to follow and snuggle with. He takes several days to adjust to a new environment but once he’s comfortable he is so fun to watch and bond with! He is doing great with potty and kennel training, and definitely takes the position of baby dog very seriously!


Hi, I’m Boba and I’m sweet as can be! I’m a little petite at 45lbs, and I’m proud to say I’m a staff and volunteer favorite! Everyone loves me because of how handsome and unique I am. My irresistible under-bite is also a frequent discussion among my friends here. I came to the shelter when my previous family wasn’t ready to put in the time it took to train me to be the perfect house companion. Since being at the shelter, I’ve made a lot of progress and am now potty trained. I will just need a routine at home! I get to hang out in offices with staff members and they say I would make a great family member! On leash, I walk perfectly and usually stay right by my handler’s side. Sometimes I get nervous, so I’m always looking to my friends for guidance. I am so eager to please, love treats, and already know sit and shake. I love to play, and am very gentle, so I may be a good fit for a family with kiddos!


Travis, a mixed breed puppy born in a commercial breeding facility. A puppy that can’t be sold has few options, fortunately rescue is one! We took him in, placed him with a foster and started him on his journey to a forever home.


Angus is an amazing dog that has been with MABBR since 1/26/21 in a boarding facility. He is loved by the staff/volunteers. Angus lived a good chunk of his life on a chain prior to rescue and would prefer to be the only animal. Angus loves EVERYONE and is a big cuddle bug. Angus needs a foster or adopter! Angus is good on walks and would make a great companion to whomever is willing to give him a chance.


Zoe Rose is the most photogenic and easy to please dog! She would prefer to be the only pet in the home, but just her is enough! She will give you all the love and fun you will ever need! This lovely lady gives the biggest wiggles when she is greeted by her people. Zoe has been in the shelter for 200 days and counting with little interest. This girl deserves some attention and love!


Estrella has come a long, long way to find her Furever Family. This beautiful brindle girl was originally from Mexico, but was surrendered to The Rescue Project when she could not be cared for properly. As for her breed, it’s a true mystery and we can’t wait to get her DNA testing back later this month! Our best guess is Pitty/Whippet or Pitty/Italian Grey Hound Mix. Estrella is a super smart girl who is eager to learn and would do best in a home with another playful dog. She is potty and crate trained, good with older children, and even cats. This girl loves everyone.


Adonis came to us with the happiest tail and biggest smile. We knew he was special right away. He loves to cuddle like a lap dog and is always thrilled to get his picture taken! With a kind nature, he loves to play hard and nap hard. At three years old, we believe this boy deserves to be in a loving home where he can shower you with his love. Adonis highlights the incredible qualities we see in dogs all the time, and we want to share that! For someone who needs a big boy, see Adonis!


Jones Blue is a sweet and affectionate guy, ready to be your best buddy! He likes hanging out on the sofa, taking short walks, rides in the car and TV/naps with his favorite people. If you enjoy binge watching your favorite shows and are looking for a snuggle buddy, you should meet Jones Blue! He is a little thick around the middle and has a little hitch in his giddyup. He’d enjoy your home without lots of stairs and plenty of sofa space. Have we mentioned he loves lounging on the sofa, snuggled up with you?


Atwood was on the euthanasia list at a local shelter. The Pet Connection assessed him, determined he should not be euthanized, and took this baby into our program. Atwood is a little shy and the shelter can be scary. In a calmer environment and with appropriate introductions, Atwood does great! He adores getting pets from people! Atwood sits like a gentleman, but he’s a well-rounded canine and doesn’t miss a chance to be a goof. He likes other dogs and is housetrained and crate trained. Fun fact: Atwood grumbles like an old man when he’s getting good pets!


Ruby Tuesday is a beautiful 76-pound sweetheart, with one blue and one brown eye that makes her unique. She also has super soft fur, an expressive face, and an enthusiastic, silly, delightful personality. Ruby is already fully housebroken, and crate trained too. She found herself at Wayside when her previous owner was moving and couldn’t take her along. Ruby is a long-term dog at Wayside and is searching for her forever family!


A good Samaritan contacted The Pet Connection in early December for help with a dog he’d found the day before. It was cold outside, and none of the other shelters and rescues he had called could help. The dog was female, he said, and very sweet. But someone had cut off her tail, and all that was left was a bloody stump. One of The Pet Connection volunteers picked Bobbie up, brought her to a veterinarian for immediate medical care, and then back to their Raytown facility for some TLC and boarding while she served a stray hold. Pawsitive Tails stepped in to take responsibility for Bobbi and her medical needs. After Bobbie’s spay surgery, she started attacking her non-existent tail. A visit to yet a third veterinarian revealed that bone was exposed and that she would need corrective surgery. After the surgery, Bobbie started going after her tail with more intensity; then, she started on her back feet. Bobbie was prescribed a cocktail of meds for phantom pain and suspected neurological symptoms. Bobbie sometimes had to be distracted 24/7, and other times had to be carried wherever she needed to go. Over the next two weeks, Bobbie went to two different emergency vets in the Kansas City metro area and then was rushed to Mizzou, where she was finally taken off nearly all of the meds. That’s when Bobbie made her incredible recovery and we got Bobbie the wild husky puppy back!


Maxine is a tiny doll baby who is all puppy. She is learning about all of the wonders of living in a house including living with two children. She is horribly afraid of the dog door and thinks it might take her to another dimension.