As a suburb of Kansas City, Olathe, Kansas, has its fair share of homeless pets in need of care and new homes. Since Olathe is so close to Kansas City, locals often travel to Kansas City or another suburb to find a new pet. Two of the most loved animal shelters in the area are KC Pet Project and The Pet Connection.
KC Pet Project is a non-profit organization based out of Kansas City, Missouri, that cares for almost 10,000 animals each year. Due to KC Pet Project’s work with other local animal welfare organizations, more and more animals are adopted each year and fewer are euthanized. One of the group’s major goals is to create No-Kill Kansas City where no healthy, treatable, or adoptable pets are euthanized. The organization currently has adoptable animals at three different locations in the Kansas City Metro Area. KC Pet Project works with the KC Animal Shelter and the Overland Park, Kansas, Petco location to help more animals find new homes.
Known for its work in Mission, Kansas, The Pet Connection has saved the lives of more than 7,000 animals since opening its doors in 1999. The organization runs a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter, and staff work with aggressive animals on rehabilitation to get all animals adoption ready. Owners of ill-behaved or aggressive dogs and cats can also get free training and behavior classes to help. While the organization helps animals, it also helps other animal rescue organizations with a resource store at a local mall.
Join other locals and their pets in Downtown Overland Park each May during the Local Life 3rd Friday for Dog’s Night Out! During the event, look for bright orange stickers on storefronts to see which shops and restaurants are dog-friendly for the night. Enjoy food and drink specials at restaurants in the area and get discounts in the shops.
There will be live music that night and adoptable dogs looking for new homes. Don’t forget to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win one of three great gift baskets containing great prizes for both humans and dogs. Raffle tickets are $5 each and the money will go to help Great Plains SPCA.
Lace up your running shoes and leash up your pup, because Dog-N-Jog is the June dog event you won’t want to miss in the Kansas City area. Head over to the Country Club Plaza and participate in either a one- or two-mile jog with other locals and their dogs.
After the race, be sure to visit the sponsors and vendors along the block. They will have great products that pet owners won’t want to miss out on. You can also get photos with your pet, participate in agility and costume contests, and get a caricature of your dog. There will also be a DJ and a raffle.
Dates haven’t been released for June 2018 yet. Pricing will be released closer to the event date.
Check out the annual Barktoberfest celebration held at Shawnee Mission Park’s Theatre in the Park each October. It is the only music and pet festival in the Kansas City area. Spend all day listening to live music and getting some quality time in with your dog. The festival includes doggy yoga, a fashion show, demonstrations and speakers, and kids’ events including a puppet show and wiener dog races.
Running from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., this event provides a full day of fun. The best part is that it is free to attend! There will even be $5 nail trims for those dogs in need.
Celebrate the spookiest time of year with your dog at Waggin’ Trail Park’s Howl-O-Ween event. Each October, dogs in costumes flood Waggin’ Trail Park for a day of fun. During the event, there will be both a large and small dog costume contest, and the winners will receive great prizes! Browse through pet-related vendor booths, receive door prizes, and snag all kinds of tasty treats for your dog during the event.
For admission, please bring a $5 donation or one of the items on the Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter’s list of items that they are in need of. All donations will go to the Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter.
Each year, the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, known by locals as the KC Ren Fest, comes to town during the months of September and October. During this time, the festival hosts a special weekend just for local dogs. The Ales and Tails event is a great opportunity for you to get your dog out for a day of fun.
Compete in trick and costume contests with your dog, and browse through dog-related vendor booths. You can also watch or sign up for the Corgi race. There is even a contest to find the largest and smallest dogs at the event!
Admission for dogs is half price during the Ales and Tails event, so your dog will get in for just $5. Dogs are allowed at the KC Ren Fest any day, however.