Leavenworth is a small town in northeast Kansas. Known nationally for its maximum-security prison, not much else is ever discussed about this town. But unfortunately, homeless animals in the area are abundant and many are living in local shelters waiting to find new homes. With only a couple shelters in the area, if you are looking for a new shelter dog from Leavonworth, you know just where to go: Leavenworth County Humane Society or the Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society.
The Leavenworth County Humane Society is a no-kill shelter that was originally founded at the Leavenworth Humane Society in 1888. As a no-kill shelter, 100 percent of the healthy, safe animals that enter the facility leave alive. The organization runs a foster program that allows some of the animals it receives to go to foster families until new homes are found for them. The organization also works with the community to educate the public on responsible pet ownership and the humane treatment of animals. To further help the community, low-cost spay and neuter treatments are available to the public. All animals brought into the facility are also altered to prevent more unwanted pets in the area.
The Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society is a non-profit organization that is working to reduce the homeless pet population in the Leavenworth area. The organization is funded entirely by donations and by using this money, it is working toward eliminating euthanasia as an outcome for adoptable pets. Free spaying and neutering services are available through the organization for all Leavenworth County residents.
Head down to Perky’s Café in December over in Basehor, Kansas, for a dinner with the dogs. Hosted by Leavenworth County Humane Society, join other dog owners and their pooches for breakfast-for-dinner! Enjoy pancakes, eggs, sausage, and bacon with coffee or orange juice, while your pup snacks on dog-friendly, bone-shaped cakes.
This fundraising event runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Remember that all dogs must be leashed during the event. Dinner costs $20 per person.
Santa Claws will be on site taking photos with the pooches for just $5. With the Christmas tree in the background, these festive photos make great Christmas cards for your family!
Bring your dog to Chicken N Pickle in North Kansas City for the chance to meet Santa! On specific days in December Santa will be at Chicken N Pickle to take photos will all the good pups in the Kansas City area. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. get a free photo with Santa, and enjoy food and beverage specials from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Funds raised from food and drink sales go to Wayside Waifs.
A few local vendors will be selling goods during the event as well.
At 5 p.m., adoptable dogs will be brought on site in hopes of finding new homes. The event is free to attend!
Slide your dog’s ugliest sweater on, put on one yourself, and get to the Westlake Ave Hardware in Westport, Kansas City for the Ugly Sweater Fashion Show Pawty! This event is hosted by BarkHappy KC for Wayside Waifs as a fundraising event.
Put your dog in the fashion show, where they can strut the runway in their sweater and be photographed modelling on the runway by a professional photographer! Receive free gifts for showing up, including delicious goodies. Enter into the raffle drawing to win great prizes.
Don’t forget to pick up free samples from local and national brands and snap a photo with Santa Paws!
Drive down to Topeka for the annual Paws in the Park event each April hosted by Helping Hands Humane Society. Their goal is to fill the Topeka West High School Soccer Field with dogs to raise money to help thousands of homeless, abused, and neglected pets each year!
Browse through vendor booths and bring home products you and your dog just can’t live without. Enjoy great food and let your kids have fun in the bounce houses. Enter the pet contests for a chance to win some pretty pup-tacular prizes.
Registration is $25 and includes an event T-shirt, bag, and a dog bandana. General admission is $15.
Every September, dogs romp through the pool at Wollman Aquatic Center during the Doggie Splash event. With three different swim sessions, your dog is sure to find a time slot that works best you both. Small dogs swim from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. There are two separate sessions for large dogs. The first is from 4:30 to 5:15 and the second is 5:30 to 6:15.
All non-aggressive dogs are invited to join in on the fun, but unfortunately, humans can’t join their dogs in the water. Only one dog allowed per person.
The entry fee is $5 at the door.
Proceeds benefit Leavenworth’s Waggin’ Tails Dog Park and will help pay for improvements that need to be made to the park.