Manhattan, Kansas, is a college town known for its love of K-State Wildcat football and agricultural prowess. While the love for animals is undeniable in this small town nestled the heartland of the United States, there are still homeless animals in the area looking for new fur-ever families.
The Riley County Humane Society is a non-profit, no-kill operation located in Manhattan, Kansas. The Humane Society doesn’t receive any funding from the government, United Way, or any national animal welfare organization, so donations, fundraising, and adoption fees are vital for the society to be able to care for animals and find them new homes. While there is no physical shelter location that houses animals, the Riley County Humane Society works with foster parents to care for dozens of animals in the area at any given time.
The T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter houses, feeds, and provides medical care to animals in the city of Manhattan, as well as Riley County and Pottawatomie County. For the city of Riley, Junction City, Leonardville, Fort Riley, and Ogden, services are not provided, so a surrender fee is required for animals from these areas. The shelter seeks to educate the public on appropriate care of companion animals and responsible pet ownership as well. The shelter also works with animal control to bring in homeless pets in the area.
If you are looking to bring a new pet into your home, consider contacting either of these organizations to meet your potential new pet.
You and your dog won’t want to miss Dogtoberfest each October in Manhattan, Kansas, at CiCo Park! Dogtoberfest is a great opportunity for your dog to bond with other pooches in the area. Be sure to enter your dog in the costume contest or the trick contest to showcase their most unique talents.
Browse products from local pet-related vendors or watch the disc dog demo. Kids are invited to come and participate in arts and crafts.
While Dogtoberfest is going on, the Riley County Humane Society Spayghetti and No Balls dinner will be taking place close by at Pottorf Hall. Stop by for a plate of delicious food to raise money for the Riley County Humane Society!
If your dog loves water, you won’t want to miss out on Pet Poolooza held every August at CiCo Park Pool! Local pet vendors will be on site during Pet Poolooza with products that you can’t live without.
There will be music, giveaways, and an afternoon of swimming that promises to be fun for the whole family. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., your dog can splash around in the pool while enjoying the company of dozens of other local dogs!
A suggested donation of $2 will be requested at the door for each dog entering, but it isn’t required. Donations go to the City of Manhattan Animal Services Department.
Join the Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center for the annual Dog ‘N Jog! Take part in a 5k, 10k, or 1.5k race with your dog.
Register online for each race that you want to participate in at $25 per race. Late entry on the morning of the race up the price to $30. Early registration includes a T-shirt for the racer. Extra T-shirts are $15 each.
Proceeds from the jog benefit KSDS Assistance Dogs, which provide guide dogs to the visually impaired, service dogs for those with physical disabilities, and facility dogs to help professionals get canine help in the workplace.
Sign up for the annual PVybe Prairie Disc Dogs Camp for the chance to teach your dog a fun new activity that the whole family can enjoy! Ron Watson and Apryl Lea of Pawsitive Vybe will help teach your dog how to be a disc catching super pup.
The camp runs for four days and three nights each September. Depending on the package you select for you and your dog, admission is between $175 and $525. On Sunday night, there will be a competition to show off all you have learned.
Stay on the campsite for free with paid admission.
Only 20 groups are accepted into the camp, so sign up ASAP!
Purple Paws Animal Welfare Society hosts its annual Night for the Dogs fundraiser event each April to help raise money to support the organization. Enjoy live music with dinner, wine, and beer, while raising money for a great local cause!
Take part in their silent auction, where you can bid on a variety of great items from local businesses such as Varsity Donuts, Bluestem Bistro, Orange Sky Yoga, and Manhattan Running Company.
Tickets are $40 per person, and space is limited. This fundraiser begins at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is served at Prairiewood Blue Sage Barn on the Prairiewood Retreat and Preserve.