First there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday, it’s now Giving Tuesday, the day that puts some of the holiday shopping excesses in balance. For those who seek to help the homeless and abused animals in the Wichita, there are many organizations who will welcome your donation.
From rescues that need foster homes and funds to help retrieve dogs and cats from danger of euthanization to shelters housing animals waiting for new homes, whether you’re a dog, cat, small animal or horse person, there is an organization you can help that is in need.
The most visible and longest operating shelter in Wichita is the Kansas Humane Society which shares a campus with the Wichita Animal Shelter where stray animals are taken for Wichita and Sedgwick County. KHS is where some of the animals that are not claimed by their owners will go to be vetted and offered for adoption.
But that leaves many animals unclaimed and in danger of euthanization. That’s where Wichita’s rescue community comes in. PALS Animal Rescue, K-9 Karma Animal Advocates, Kansas K9 ResQ, Dog N’ Bone Rescue, Country Cats, and breed rescues such as Eskie House, and Big Dogs Huge Paws step in to get more animals to safety.
Caring Hands Humane Society in Newton, while they serve animals in Harvey County, has many animals adopted out in Sedgwick County. Continuing to work towards no kill status, they will even adopt animals out of state if the right home is identified.
Wichita also has a no-kill animal shelter in its 15th year of operation, Lifeline Animal Placement & Protection, which has more than 200 animals in its care. As a no kill shelter, they pledge to care for the animals they take in until they are adopted or cross over the Rainbow Bridge.
Rescues are all-volunteer organizations that need funds to vet each animal they take in, volunteers to help with events, volunteers to foster so more animals can be saved, and adopters to make room for the next dog, cat or horse in danger.
There are three horse rescues serving Wichita: Hope In the Valley Equine Rescue, Rainbow Meadows Equine Rescue and Retirement, and Southern Winds Equine Rescue. All three received their GFAS verification this past year. Both Hope In the Valley and Southern Winds are often involved in assisting law enforcement with abuse and neglect cases. With hay prices staying up and feed prices continuing to rise, donations of funds, hay and time are a constant need.
Wichita area PetCo and Petsmart stores are collecting toys and treats for the animals in the shelters, making it easy to give these kinds of “extras” for which budgets don’t allow much room. All Paws Pet Centers have also conduct drives to help rescue organizations, including the recent “kennel-in” to raise funds for LAPP.
Spay/Neuter Kansas provides low-cost spay and neuter services as well as basic shots for those who have household incomes under $40,000 to address pet homelessness and euthanization at its source. This is made possible by donations from the community to support the clinic’s operations.
For all of these organizations there is no government funding, they are not supported by any of the national humane organizations other than the occasional grant, and depend on the community to support their work. Your gift of funds, supplies and time is always needed.