The Kansas Humane Society will be closed Saturday, December 24 and Sunday, December 25 in observance of Christmas Eve and Day. Have a happy and safe holiday!
Thank you to the Wichita community for all your help with life-saving support over the last few weeks:
- Giving Tuesday was on November 29th. Donors Marilyn Gray, Brian Martz and a Friend of KHS generously provided a $3,000 match and you not only met that challenge, but exceeded it! Altogether, in one day, we raised over $8,000.
- Thank you to the Fidelity Bank Foundation for providing seven wall write stations which KHS uses every single day in its animal lofts. These stations were in disrepair and now our staff can easily keep track of our daily animal logs, medications, and many other needs of our animals easily and efficiently.
- Papa Murphy’s has done it again! On Monday, December 5th, over $800 was raised for KHS. Thank you to everyone that stopped by the six Wichita locations and purchased pizza and other delicious goodies to help the animals.
UPDATE: November 26 @ 8:00am
The Black Friday Adoption Event was a success! Overall there was a total of 136 adoptions- 67 of those were dogs, 60 cats, 6 rats and 3 rabbits! Thank you Wichita for giving these animals a second chance this holiday season!
UPDATE: November 25 @ 1:37pm
So far 26 dogs, 8 cats and 4 rats are on their way to new homes! Thank you to those adopters who got here early and waited for these wonderful shelter pets.
The line snaked around the Murfin Campus plaza this morning as potential adopters waited for the doors to open at the Kansas Humane Society. Many were watching the website creating lists of their first, second, TWENTIETH choice counting where they were in line and which pets might still be available when it was their turn to adopt. Mark Eby, KHS President/CEO, and Vanessa Jackson, Development Assistant, helped keep the process efficient as possible by checking people into our QLess wait management system so when the doors opened staff and volunteers could start the visits right away. They also provided coffee, cocoa and donuts for everyone on the chilly morning!
Stay tuned for more updates and tune in to the Kitty Cam LIVE to see all the action as it happens at http://www.kshumane.org/adopt/cats/kitty-cam.html
Miss Maizy & George Orwell
“They really did help get me through that really depressed period of time.” said C.V. “Back then I was really struggling with depression and stuff,” C.V. said as she remembered life before adopting her two beloved cats. For her, the Black Friday adoption event at KHS, brought more than two furry friends, it brought piece of mind. “I didn’t have anybody here. My son was gone at college and I didn’t have any dogs or cats… I was just really sad and depressed about a lot of stuff and I wasn’t working and I just thought well I was just thinking about getting a cat,” she said. “Then I saw an advertisement or something and they were talking about giving them away free.”
She came to the Kansas Humane Society and fell in love with a grey cat named George Orwell and a little kitten named Maizy. She decided to take both of the animals home with her, but it took a while for her new friends to become friends with each other. “He was just really mean to her. He would hiss at her and she’d just look at him like ‘what’s your problem’,” she remembered. “And I called and I talked to someone there at the Kansas Humane Society and they said it might take a month or more before they can tolerate each other and it did, it took over a month but they’re just best friends now. He kind of started mothering on her and cleaning on her and now she’ll clean on him a little bit. They play together and they sleep together and it’s just a hoot.” As her new cats bonded with each other, they also started to bond with C.V. which helped lift her spirits.
This holiday season there are many other pets like Maizy and George Orwell who are waiting for a home of their own. So this Black Friday, adopt love, and stop by the Kansas Humane Society.
Join us on Friday, November 25th for the Kansas Humane Society's annual Black Friday Adoption Event where black or mostly black animals are FREE and adult dogs and kittens are just $25. As always, the adoption fee for adult cats is waived too. (Excludes HiPP pets and puppies.)
The adoption includes the spay or neuter surgery, microchip, vaccinations, dewormer, flea & tick treatment, bag of premium Hill's Pet Nutrition food, optional pet health insurance and more. Plus you can save 20% off items in our retails store so even if you're not adopting you can treat you and your pets too! (Excludes Hill's food.)
View all adoptable dogs on our website at www.kshumane.org.
Thank you to our event sponsors: Longtime KHS supporter Marni Stevens and Fahnestock for underwriting this adoption event.
"Save a Dog. Save a Warrior."
That’s the mission behind the Kansas Humane Society’s new partnership with the Family Dog Training & Behavior Center.
The organizations teamed up to provide service animals to veterans in need by waiving adoption fees for KHS pets and providing the specialized training necessary for the dog to work as their service animal.
Having trained several service animals for veterans in the past, Janice Ronald, the owner of the Family Dog Training & Behavior Center, has seen first-hand the impact a dog can have on the life of someone struggling with PTSD.
“They’ve shown what a huge help dogs can be for them. They reduce stress and anxiety” Janice said. Adding, “They’re there for them when they wake up in the middle of the night. And they can help to lessen the symptoms of PTSD.”
While many of the dogs act instinctively to comfort their owners, the specialized training helps the dogs hone-in on the person’s emotional state, anticipate the veteran’s needs, and gain the skills they need to pass a “public access test” which allows them to accompany the veteran wherever they go. “The guys always say ‘make sure my dog’s got my 6’,” Janice explained. “They stand facing the opposite way so they know if someone comes up behind them. Or in an elevator, if they don’t like being in close quarters, the dog will actually stand in front and block other people.”
Aside from keeping a protective watch over their owner’s external surroundings, these rescue dogs can also tap into their owner’s inner turmoil and help to mitigate the stresses brought on by PTSD. “We teach them interruptive skills,” Janice said. “The dog will nudge, or put a paw up, or lay on them if they feel their stress level rising. They interrupt whatever is going on in their head and make them focus on the dog instead of what’s going on internally.”
And while the dogs give much needed solace to those in need of a friend, the veterans in turn are also helping to save the dogs, who are all in need of a home. “It’s killing two birds with one stone,” Janice explained. “You save a dog. And save a warrior.”
We're so grateful to be able to provide this much-needed service for veterans, and it wouldn't be possible without our sponsors Steve Nossaman and Lynne & Bill Tinker!
Come to the Kansas Humane Society and have your pet’s photo taken with Santa Claus. Choose from a wintery or Christmas scene. All sales from the Santa Paws photos benefit the Kansas Humane Society. Come celebrate the holidays with us on December 3rd!
*Please have your pets on a leash or in a crate
Saturday, December 3
- $15 Basic - 1 digital photo, 1 scene
- $20 Deluxe - 1 digital photo, 1 digital print, 1 scene
- $22 Super Deluxe - 2 digital photos, 2 scenes
- $30 Platinum - 2 digital photos, 2 digital prints, 2 scenes
Additional printed photos are $3 each.