Welcome to Bar K Rescue Madness!

Bar K Rescue Madness is an online tournament to raise awareness for animal rescue in St. Louis. 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 an online event on Sunday, April 10th.  Teams who make it to the Final Fur 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!


Click below each adoptable dog’s photo to read their bio!


Bane is a 3.5 year old male terrier mix. Bane has been at the shelter for 519 days waiting on his forever family. He is trained and knows basic commands. He loves his people and getting affection from them. He walks great on a leash and is extremely loyal! We can’t believe Bane has not been scooped up yet. 


12-year-old Cindy came to stay with us when her person had to move to a nursing home. Cindy doesn’t see well and can be mouthy when she doesn’t know what’s going on around her, which will make her a challenging adoption. Because of her age and needs, Cindy gets to live in the kennel office, where she frequently chimes in on phone calls and never gives up on her dream of one day being allowed to sample people’s lunches. She loves going for walks and having her ears stroked and will do a little dance when you scratch her butt. She makes us laugh every day and we love her absolutely.


This friendly guy is Drac, a 2-year-old Mastiff mix who came to HSMO in early January. Drac is currently in our foster-to-adopt program because he is being treated for heartworms. Because the treatment can take a few months, Drac is able to continue his treatment in a forever home, rather than stay in the shelter. Once his treatment is over, we can finalize the adoption, making him a permanent member of your family! Drac is housebroken and great with kids, but can get nervous around cats and other dogs. At this time, we would recommend he be the only dog in the house.


As a tiny puppy, Dobby was found wandering a road in rural Missouri with no houses or people in sight. Later, four more puppies were all found in the same area–likely the result of someone dumping them. With his fascinating ears, Dobby was named for the sweet and smart Harry Potter elf. We know he was likely ditched because he’s hearing and vision impaired, but we think he’s perfect. He’s learned all sorts of touch commands and is very loving and playful. A mix of border collie, Australian cattle dog, and other brilliant, active breeds, Dobby has been trying for months and months but has been unable to find his perfect fit. He’s had a few valiant tries, but is still on the hunt for his forever family.


Josie is a sweet 3 year old mixed breed girl. She LOVES to love! She loves people, kids, and other dogs of all sizes! Her favorite activity is taking long walks and napping in the sun. She would be a great companion for just about any family. If you have treats, tennis balls, and can give good scratches, Josie is automatically your BFF. Want a lifetime of butt wiggles and kisses? Josie is your girl!


Puppy dog eyes Josie is just under 3 years old and has been waiting for her furever home for almost A WHOLE YEAR now 😮 She came from our very own St. Louis County AC where she was euthanasia listed for being stressed in her kennel 😔 She is the SWEETEST girl and loves to cuddle with her hoomans. She knows basic commands, is house trained, crate trained, and an all around easy girl. She wants to be your one and only pet, but don’t worry, she will provide you with more than enough love 💕 She deserves to find her furever home


Slim Shady is way cool. He walks well on leash and has a calm demeanor. He loves pets and head rubs and will lean his whole body on you. He has soulful eyes that will make you melt. He loves love and affection but he is not demanding about it and also doesn’t really give kisses. Outside of his kennel he is cool, calm, and collected.


Hey everyone! My name is Percy! I am a two year old, male, terrier mix. I am Helping Strays longest resident. I have been at the shelter 349 days. I am a handsome and sweet guy. I love the ladies! I am a lucky dog since I live in two different foster homes part time where I am doing well and have great house manners. I love running around the yard and playing ball. I enjoy going on trips to get a yummy cheeseburger or some ice cream. I walk well on a leash and been told I give great hugs. Hope to meet you soon!


Hi there, my name is Poe! My friends at Five Acres are still getting to know me but they think I would do well in a home with older kids and are unsure how I would do with other animals but I am willing to try and make new friends. I am a goofball and I don’t know how big I really am. I love to let my people know that I love them by smothering them with love and attention. I enjoy going for long walks, I still need some help with perfecting my leash manners.


Ruthie’s got it all- beauty, brains and the best personality!  Here’s what Ruthie’s foster mom has to say about her: “Ruthie LOVES to snuggle, follows you around, and can’t get enough of your love ❤️! She is well behaved inside and potty and crate trained. While we are gone, she is easily preoccupied with some yummy treats in a kong in her crate”. This gorgeous love bug is about 2 years old and weighs 75 lbs.  


Sal is a lovable, huggable, and snuggleable guy! He loves to go on walks and have a nice play session. He would make an excellent companion for a household with another dog where he can run and play. Sal would like a home without kids. Sal is neutered and housetrained.


Skippy is a one year old male heeler mix. He’s a playful guy that can be shy with humans but loves his canine friends! Skippy is cool with cats, loves to run, and has one cute smile, don’t you think?! Skippy hopes his forever family is active, interested in training him, and has a pantry full of Skippy Peanut Butter.


Tucker is a beautiful boy with an even more beautiful heart.

He was adopted as a puppy and returned as an adult at no fault of his own. When he was initially returned, our staff noticed a bit of a hitch in his get-a-long and discovered it to be because of a torn cruciate in his hind leg. Tucker had surgery on his knee and ran and and played just like any other dog until the overcompensation of his “good” leg resulted in a second surgery on the opposite leg just last week.

Tucker is currently healing and recovering, and we are really hoping to find a home for him that will be waiting with their loving arms wide open, ready to welcome him into their family. Do you think it might be you?

When he is healed, Tucker is impressively fast and LOVES fetch. Tucker is 7 years old, and he is neutered, microchipped and up-to-date vaccines.  If you are interested in adopting please go to www.partnersforpetsil.org and fill out an online application!


We pulled Turkey from New Madrid shelter. A volunteer reached out because they were going to euthanize him for being aggressive. When we got him he was very fearful and scared. He is now such a goof, loves toys, loves treats, loves walks. He is such a good boy, but he’s looking for a roommate to live with who will give him time to settle in! 


Typhoon has been in our care for over a year now. He is a sweet boy who is a little nervous to meet new people, but once he warms up, he is a big snuggle bug and loves to get belly rubs! He loves other dogs, and has done great with kitties. He is a super smart boy and loves going to his training classes. His adoption fee is already sponsored, and he comes with free training for life! 


She came to us feral and with puppies. Her puppies weaned, socialized, and were adopted. We taught her to walk on a leash and how to be a dog. Now she is the sweetest dog in the world! She’s very low-key, loves to play in the yard, and loves other dogs. She loves a good ear scratch.