In 2004, the Kansas Humane Society (a non-profit organization funded by private donations) and the City of Wichita (a municipal entity funded by tax dollars), embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime project the creation of a shared animal care campus designed to serve the community in the best possible way and ultimately save the life of all adoptable animals.
The Murfin Animal Care Campus, located at K96 and Hillside, will feature a new facility for each organization, located side by side, with collaborative programs to enhance services for pet owners, adopters and the community.
The Kansas Humane Society’s facility is funded entirely by private donations. Thanks to the support of 3500 generous donors, the Kansas Humane Society successfully raised $10 million to fund the new facility at the Murfin Animal Care Campus.
The Wichita Animal Services facility is funded by the City of Wichita through local tax dollars.
A NEW WAY OF OPERATING
Our partnership at the Murfin Animal Care Campus will improve the way we work together to serve the community.
All pets being relinquished by their owners are admitted to the Kansas Humane Society, where they receive a thorough evaluation to determine specific health and behavior needs, be spayed or neutered, microchipped and placed for adoption or transferred to a rescue group or other animal care facility.
All lost or stray animals are admitted to the Wichita Animal Shelter, where the state of Kansas requires they stay for three days to give their owners time to find them. At the end of three days, lost animals are transferred to the Kansas Humane Society, where they receive a thorough evaluation to determine specific health and behavior needs, be spayed or neutered, microchipped and placed for adoption or transferred to a rescue group or other animal care facility.
Unfortunately we are unable to guarantee that all adoptable animals will be transferred. We are working diligently to continue to save as many animal lives as possible, leading us to our ultimate goal of ending the unnecessary euthanasia of adoptable pets within five years.
This collaborative partnership allows each organization to focus on their respective strengths and streamline services, yet remain independent in terms of funding, oversight and policy.
We will end the euthanasia of all adoptable animals in our community within five years of opening our new campus. Current animal population estimates indicate we will be able to save 10,000 animal lives a year once this goal is met.
Comprehensive education programs will provide quality-learning opportunities to thousands of Wichita's children - helping them grow up to be responsible pet owners.
The number of animals adopted from the Kansas Humane Society will increase from 5,000 to 10,000 in the first year.
Every animal adopted in the city of Wichita will be spayed or neutered prior to adoption.
The number of families successfully reunited with their lost pets will double - to 3,000 - within the first year.
Community-based solutions will decrease the number of pets being brought to local animal shelters.
Duplication of services between the Kansas Humane Society and the Wichita Animal Shelter will be eliminated, utilizing private donations and public tax dollars more effectively.
Other communities will look to Wichita as a model for effecting positive change in animal welfare.