Friday, September 13, 2013

Titania's Story

Titania’s life has been one of disappointment. Several years ago, she ended up as a stray in one of Kansas City’s busiest shelters. She was over-bred, underweight, and dirty. Even so, she still managed to catch the eye of one Missouri Pit Bull Rescue volunteer. This volunteer was quickly walking the aisles of the overcrowded shelter, looking for potential dogs to pull into rescue. As she approached Titania’s kennel, her brisk pace slowed and she paused momentarily. She made a note to herself to come back the next day to evaluate Titi and pull her into the rescue.

The volunteer kept true to her word and returned the next day to find that kennel empty. A small sign on the kennel door read “adopted.” The volunteer felt relieved, yet sad. There was something special about Miss Titi and hopefully her new adopter would recognize that.

Flash forward a couple of years. That same volunteer was at the same shelter, making the same rounds, when again something caused her to pause. She stopped in front of one of the kennels and admired the dog. There was a sense of déjà vu. Had she met this dog before? Her mind was running through the thousands of dogs she’d encountered over the years. Then as the dog smiled up at her, her memory flashed to Titania. Is it possible that Titania had found herself in the shelter again?

A quick microchip scan confirmed her theory and the volunteer made plans to pull her… this time immediately. Titi left the shelter that day and quickly became a volunteer favorite at MPR. Short and squatty and spotted like a cow, it was hard not to smile in her presence. She could snuggle with the best of them and was one heck of a napping buddy.

Months passed and Titi remained with MPR. Her behavior with other dogs limited her adoption potential. She needed to be an only pet. But this delay didn't phase Titi; she watied patiently. She was happy with MPR and MPR was happy with her.

During her stay with MPR it was discovered that she had an ACL tear, yet another setback in her adoptability. A lot of money was needed for the surgery and (as it always is in rescue) money was tight.

This began several months of fundraising efforts. Finally, after months of Facebook pleas, MPR was able to schedule her surgery. And thanks to MPR’s generous supporters, Titi’s ACL was successfully repaired on 9/5/2013.

So with tears in my eyes, I am happy to announce that today is a special day. Today is the end of Titi’s previous life and the beginning of her "happily ever after."
Today, after over a year with MPR, Titi is going home…and we couldn’t be happier. These are the days that rescue workers live for. There are times when days like this seem few and far between, but these days make all of the bad days worthwhile.
It is with a mixture of smiles and tears that we say farewell to Titania. We know her new life will be filled with love and happiness, but she will forever occupy a special place in our hearts. 

So, goodbye Miss Titi. Your unconditional love and resilient spirit has been an inspiration to us all.

All photos were taken by Missouri Pit Bull Rescue volunteers


  1. So excited for Miss Titi. Having met this little lady, I know that her Forever Home will be enriched beyond belief. Love this blog - keep up the good work!

  2. I love Titania so much and am so happy she is finally getting her furever home! I will miss her big grin, sloppy kisses, incessant drooling, and her snuggles.

  3. Fantastic news! So happy to hear! Great post.

  4. What wonderful news! She deserves nothing less!