Animals are in need of homes all over the country, and Wichita, Kansas, is no exception! If you are looking to add a furry friend to your household, there are a few different animal shelters in the Wichita area, but a couple of them stand out as local favorites: the Wichita Animal Action League and Kansas K-9 ResQ.
The Wichita Animal Action League, or WAAL to the locals, is a non-profit rescue organization dedicated to helping all neglected, abused, and abandoned animals in Wichita. The organization opened in November 2013 and helps animals find foster homes or forever families. In addition to finding homes for homeless animals, WAAL traps and neuters feral cats before returning them to the wild. WAAL responds to abuse claims and educates pet owners on pet ownership. If you would like to help WAAL, the organization is always accepting donations.
Kansas K-9 ResQ was founded in 2001 by a woman who fostered a dog in the Wichita area. This organization takes in unclaimed stray animals from the Wichita Animal Shelter and puts them in foster homes after they are examined by a veterinarian. While in foster homes, the dogs are crate and house trained while permanent homes are found for them. Kansas K-9 ResQ also now has the capacity to help disabled animals.
For anyone in the Wichita, Kansas, area that is in search of a new family member, both the Wichita Animal Action League and Kansas K-9 ResQ are great options for helping homeless pets find forever homes.
The Kansas Humane Society has partnered with the Wichita Public Library to give children the opportunity to tell stories to registered therapy dogs as they learn to read. The dogs offer children a non-judgmental listener as they read books aloud. During November, you can bring your child to the Wichita Public Library for special "Read to Rover" days. They not only get the chance to read to a dog, but they also get to make cool craft projects.
Read to Rover events are held on the 3rd Saturday of every month.
The library asks for a $3 donation for each child who participates in the reading event. All proceeds from the event are given to the Kansas Humane Society.
If you want your child to be able to enjoy animal-themed movies while snuggled up to a pup looking for a new family, then bring them to Furry Film Fridays at the Kansas Humane Society! This event is the second Friday of every month.
Kids get to hang out with each other while enjoying movies and animals that need a little extra love. The Kansas Humane Society provides pizza, popcorn, and an Oreo Kreme Sandwich from Spangles for each child.
The event is open to all children aged kindergarten through 5th grade. Admission is $20 per child, but there is a $10 sibling discount rate.
Every October, the Kansas Humane Society hosts Woofstock, which is the largest annual fundraiser for the organization. More than 10,000 people show up to this pup-tastic event, and the pooches get to enjoy spending the day with other dogs in the great outdoors!
If you attend Woofstock, you will be able to participate in a variety of contests and races with your pet. Take your dog through the Sedgwick County Park to visit the pet psychic and browse vendors. There will also be food, music, and demonstrations throughout the park.
Admission is a suggested donation of $5, but if you donate $25, you will receive a t-shirt and goodie bag.
Join the Wichita community in supporting the Kansas Humane Society at the annual Dog-N-Jog event held every April. Hosted by the Indian Hills Animal Clinic, the races held each year include a 5k run and a 1.5-mile Walk-N-Wag event for those who aren't runners.
Bring your dog and get your running shoes on, because you will definitely want to be included in the awards ceremony after the races!
The entry fee for either race is $25 for adults and $20 for children under age 12. If you wait to sign up on the day of the race, an additional $5 charge will be included in your fee. All proceeds go the Kansas Humane Society.
Participate in a virtual 5k or 10k in honor of National Dog Day, which is August 26th. All you have to do is complete the course on the day and time of your choosing in the month of August with your dog to help raise money for the Freedom Service Dogs of America.
Registration costs $18 and includes the medal, dog tag, and bib that you will receive via mail. At least 15 percent of every entry fee will be donated to Freedom Service Dogs of America.
While there is no physical race location or start time, we encourage everyone to time themselves so you can report your finishing time to Moon Joggers, the sponsor of the event.