Just south of Wichita, Kansas lies the town of Derby. While Derby is relatively small, it still sees its fair share of homeless animals that need to be cared for. These animals are lucky enough to have a couple of local shelters that can help them during their time of need.
The We Are Grateful Sanctuary, located in Sumner County, Kansas, is known for the work it does for small dogs in the area. While the group mainly focuses on small dogs, it does accept cats and large breed dogs on a case-by-case basis depending on whether they have the facilities or foster families available to care for these animals. Since opening in 2014, the non-profit organization has helped more than 175 cats and dogs by finding them new homes, transporting them to different rescues, paying for veterinary services, and reuniting them with their owners. The group accepts dogs regardless of their age, medical needs, or disabilities.
The Kansas Humane Society, located in Wichita, is a non-profit animal shelter organization that is privately funded. This group helps provide training classes for pet owners, as well as places pets up for adoptions, spays and neuters animals in need, educates the public, and hosts a variety of fundraising programs. This organization has been helping stray, abandoned, and abused animals in the Wichita area since 1888. Almost 9,000 pets have been adopted from the shelter since January 1, 2017!
If you live in the Derby area and are looking to add a pet to your home, consider contacting one of these great organizations.
Each year, 10,000 people from the Wichita area get together for the largest fundraising event for the Kansas Humane Society! You and your pooch won’t want to miss out on a day of shopping at doggy vendor booths, participating in the silent auction, or joining in on one of the many activities at the event.
At the event, you can help raise money for the Kansas Humane Society. The more you raise, the bigger the prize you will receive!
Woofstock will be held on a day in October from 9:30 am to 3 pm at Sedgwick County Park. General admission is just $10 per person.
Rock River Rapids Aquatic Park in Derby hosts a Pooch Pool Party each year to mark the end of the summer swimming. Dogs flood the pool for the last swim of the season, and to keep the pooches safe, the chemicals in the pool have been adjusted for a furrier member of your family.
During this fun swimming event, you can win door prizes, as well as prizes in a number of categories including Cutest Dog, Smallest Dog, Best Dressed Dog, and Biggest Dog!
While the water park is generally geared toward children, during the Pooch Pool Party, Rock River Rapids won’t allow anyone under the age of 16 to get in the water, and even adults are only allowed to swim up to their thighs.
Each owner is allowed two dogs and admission is $5 per dog.
Are you ready to party with your pet to celebrate Halloween? If so, you are in luck, because the ICT Doggie Costume Contest and Party comes to the ICT Urban Pop-Up Park each October for an afternoon of fun with your pup!
Bring your dog, and make sure they are in their best costume! During the costume contests, your dog could win prizes for their great outfits. The party will feature some paw-some activities and opportunities for socialization! Local food trucks will provide food and there will be live music.
Tickets are free, but donations are welcome. When you donate $5 or more, you will be entered into a giveaway contest.
Each April, the Indian Hills Animal Clinic hosts the Dog-N-Jog event, which gets people and their dogs out and moving! On the morning of the race, registration begins at 7:30 am. The 5k race starts at 8, with an awards ceremony at 9:10 am. The 1.5-mile Walk-N-Walk starts at 9:30.
The course takes runners through Sedgwick County Park and around Horseshoe Lake, which provides beautiful views!
Early entry fees are $25 per adult for each race. Youth registration fees are $20 per race when you sign up before race day. Day-of registration is an additional $5 for both youth and adults.
The Sunflower Building at Sedgwick County Park is the starting point for the Who Let the Dogs Out 5k and Tail Waggers 1-Mile Fun Run or Walk each November! Bring your dog to this running event to help raise money and awareness for Spay Neuter Kansas.
The 5k race will be chip-timed, but the 1-Mile Fun Run won’t be.
All participants who sign up early enough will receive a shirt and finishing medal, while dogs will get a finishing tag, treat bag, and their choice of toy!
Registration fees will be announced closer to the date of the event.