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The Empty the Shelters adoption event, sponsored by the BISSELL Pet Foundation, is happening at KHS on Saturday, May 8!

To help as many animals as possible find loving homes, adoption fees will be reduced to $25.* To keep the adoption process as quick and easy as possible, we will not be able to place holds on pets or help with dog to dog introductions at KHS. If you need a dog to dog introduction before adopting, please plan to adopt on a different date. This event excludes  puppies and High Profile Pets and is not valid with the KHS store credit offer/

What: Empty the Shelters $25 Edoption Event

When: Saturday May 8, 2021 from 11 am - 6 pm

Where: Kansas Humane Society located at 3313 N Hillside, Wichita

Grant of $75,000 will help save more pet lives in the Wichita community


The Kansas Humane Society (KHS) announced today a $75,000 grant investment from the newly named, Petco Love, to support their lifesaving work for animals in the Wichita area.

Petco Love is a nonprofit leading change for pets nationally by harnessing the power of love to make communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since their founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, they’ve empowered organizations with nearly $300 million invested to date in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. And, they’ve helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and more than 4,000 organizations, like ours, nationwide.

“Today Petco Love announces an investment in the Kansas Humane Society and hundreds of other organizations as part of our commitment to create a future in which no pet is unnecessary euthanized,” said Susanne Kogut, President of Petco Love. “Our local investments are only one component. This month, we will also launch the first of our national tools to empower all animal lovers to drive lifesaving change right alongside us.”

“This grant from Petco Love will help us continue to do important lifesaving work in our community,” said Emily Hurst, KHS President/CEO. “We’re very thankful to know we will have the resources needed to continue providing medical care to sick and injured animals, food and shelter for homeless pets, and spay/neuter services reduce pet overpopulation and prevent unwanted litters. This grant will go so far towards helping us save as many lives as possible and finding loving homes for pets in need.”

The Kansas Humane Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving more animal lives each year and reducing pet overpopulation in the Wichita area. Since 1888, the Kansas Humane Society has focused on creating a more humane community for pets and their people. In 2020, the Kansas Humane Society found homes or rescue placement for nearly 9,000 pets, and had a 98% save rate.

For more information about the Kansas Humane Society, visit, and click here to learn more about Petco Love.

About the Kansas Humane Society

Founded in 1888, the Kansas Humane Society is a community resource for pets and people, dedicated to enhancing the welfare of all companion animals. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, KHS receives no federal, state or local tax dollars, support from the Humane Society of the United States, is not a United Way agency, and depends entirely on private donations and fees for service. More information is available at

About Petco Love (Formerly Petco Foundation)

Petco Love is a nonprofit changing lives by making communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since our founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, we’ve empowered animal welfare organizations by investing nearly $300 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. We’ve helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and organizations nationwide. Today, our love for pets drives us to lead with innovation, creating tools animal lovers need to reunite lost pets, and lead with passion, inspiring and mobilizing communities and our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners to drive lifesaving change alongside us. Is love calling you? Join us. Visit to be part of the lifesaving work we’re leading every day.

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KHS has partnered with Hill's Pet Nutrition to give away dog & cat food for pet owners in need of help! No registration or proof of income is needed - this is a first come, first served event. Supplies are limited.

When: Friday, April 23 from 7 pm - 8:30 pm AND Sunday, April 25 from 10 am - 11:30 am.

Where: Kansas Humane Society at 3313 N Hillside, Wichita KS


When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle for curbside pickup. This is a drive-thru event, weather-permitting. No specialty diets will be available.

We want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to Hill's Pet Nutrition for donating over 14,000 lb of pet food for this program! It will make a huge difference in the lives of animals in our community! And thank you to PODS (Park City) for donating a POD to use for food storage for this event.









Emily HurstWICHITA, Kan. – The Kansas Humane Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Emily Hurst as the organization’s next President/CEO, effective February 15. Hurst has served as the Chief Development Officer of the Kansas Humane Society for the past two years.

“I am so honored to take on this new role with an organization that I care so deeply about,” said Hurst. “KHS rescues an average of 10,000 pets every year. I am so proud to be working with a staff deeply dedicated to saving every possible animal life. The compassion and care for homeless and abandoned animals is seen at every level at KHS. I am humbled by their spirit and commitment every day. We are excited for the year in front of us with each of us looking forward to how we can impact not only the immediate needs of pets and people in our community, but how we can also stop all unnecessary euthanasia, address our pet over-population and ensure a humane community for all companion animals. ”

Hurst has more than 10 years of experience in leadership and fundraising roles for non-profit organizations. Hurst plans to spend her first several months in the role strengthening her understanding of all areas of the Kansas Humane Society while communicating with staff, volunteers, donors and community supporters.

Pamela Ammar, Board Chair of the Kansas Humane Society, says she and the rest of the Board of Directors are looking forward to having Hurst as the next President/CEO. “Emily’s passion for our community and non-profit background coupled with her experience leading at the Kansas Humane Society will ensure the organization stays a strong community resource.”

Hurst is taking over from Mark Eby, who has served as President/CEO since 2014 and will retire on February 14. Haleigh Orand, Community Engagement Director, will move into the role of Chief Development Officer starting February 15.

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Despite the unprecedented challenges presented in 2020, the Kansas Humane Society (KHS) is focusing on the positive and celebrating the Wichita community’s support of pet adoption during difficult times. In 2020, KHS found homes or placement for 8,944 pets and reached a 98% save rate.

“The challenges faced this year were so unexpected, our donors, volunteers and adopters are the reason we were able to make it through 2020,” said Mark Eby, KHS President/CEO. “We didn’t know how many people would be willing to give or adopt considering the uncertainty of the economy and world climate. We are so thankful to everyone who chose to welcome a pet into their home this year. It was a stressful year, but having a pet can bring so much comfort and unconditional love into your life.”

In 2020, 6,103 pets were adopted from KHS. An additional 2,648 pets were transferred to KHS rescue partners, and 193 pets were reunited with their owners. KHS performed 3,020 low cost spay and neuter surgeries for low income members of the community.

In 2020, 5,118 unclaimed pets were transferred to KHS from the Wichita Animal Services Shelter. An additional 3,465 pets were surrendered to the Kansas Humane Society by their owner. The two facilities are located on the same campus to make it easier to prepare animals for adoption if no owner claims them during the stray hold.

In 2020, a total of 1,263 pets spent time in foster care through the Kansas Humane Society.

“Our foster community was so incredible this year. They made sure all of our homeless pets had a safe place to go in April while our building was closed to the public. It was a huge effort to place hundreds of animals with foster families in just a few days, but so many people reached out to help and we absolutely could not have made it a success without them,” said Eby.

Kansas Humane Society by the Numbers - 2020

  • 98% overall save rate
  • 8,944 live animal releases
    • 6,103 adoptions
    • 2,648 pets transferred to rescue partners
    • 193 pets reunited with their owners
  • 3,020 spay/neuter surgeries performed for low income households

For additional information and detailed statistics, please visit

Pets Adopted

from the Kansas
Humane Society

Since January 1, 2021