Shawnee Mission, Kansas, isn’t known for its homeless dog and cat populations, but that doesn’t mean the problem doesn’t exist. With such close proximity to Kansas City, each year hundreds of pets are abandoned or get lost in the area. Luckily, there are great animal shelters around that help care for these animals and try to return them to their owners or find them new homes.
The Pet Connection, located in Mission, Kansas, is a local favorite due to its dedication to helping homeless animals in the area find new homes. In addition to adoption services, The Pet Connection also offers rehabilitation services for aggressive pets, obedience training classes, animal socialization, and rehoming to pet owners in the area. The group also helps spay and neuter animals to prevent a rise in the homeless pet population. Since 2002, the organization has helped almost 14,000 animals in the area get spayed or neutered for free or at a low cost. The Pet Connection also helps other local shelters by providing supplies and educational opportunities.
KC Pet Project is one of the most well-known animal welfare organizations in the Kansas City area. This non-profit group works to eradicate unnecessary euthanasia for healthy, treatable animals. In addition to offering adoption services, the group also helps reunite lost pets with their owners and provides pet ownership education to the community. The main goal of the KC Pet Project is to help homeless pets find new, permanent homes. With three different adoption locations, the group helps thousands of pets find new homes each year.
Each October, dogs gather at Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park for a full day of exciting dog-related activities. As the only pet and music festival in the Kansas City area, you won’t want to miss out on this event!
During the event, you can sign your pooch up for the Doggy Fashion Show or Doggy Yoga. Watch live music performances and dog demonstrations. There is a kid section that includes a puppet show and wiener dog races!
The day starts at 10 am and wraps up at 9 pm. Admission is free and there will be $5 nail trims available for your pup during the event.
Dogs in the Kansas City are about to get extra festive this Halloween with the Howl-O-Ween at Waggin’ Trail Dog Park event! Stop by Waggin’ Trail Dog Park between 1 pm and 2:30 pm for the opportunity to shop through dog-related vendor booths and enter your pup in a Halloween costume contest. The large dog contest starts at 1:15 pm and the small dog contest starts at 1:30.
There will also be treats and door prizes handed out.
While admission is free, there will be a request at the door for a $5 donation or one of the products on the list to benefit Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter.
Let your dog join up with other local dogs at Ad Astra Pool and Park each August for the Tails on the Trails Pet Festival and Dog Swim! During the event, your dog will have access to the swimming pool during specified times based on its size with an all-dog swim scheduled at 11 am. While your dog takes a dip in the pool, browse through pet-related vendors and watch doggy demonstrations. Don’t forget to show off your dog’s best tricks in the pet talent show!
Admission is free for the festival, but swimmers will be charged $8 per dog at the door. Pre-registered dogs can swim for just $5 each.
Join the dog celebration of the ages at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival each September in Bonner Springs! While dogs are allowed in the festival any day, the Ales and Tails weekend is a celebration of your favorite four-legged, wet-nosed friends. During the event, there will be contests for both the largest and smallest dog in attendance, as well as a costume contest.
Browse through dog-related vendor booths or watch the Corgi race! If you have a talented pupper, there is even a trick contest.
All contests are free to enter. Admission is half off for dogs during Ales and Tails weekend, so they get in for just $5. Human admission is the regular price.
Each June, the Country Club Plaza fills up with dogs for a day during the Dog-N-Jog event! The morning one-mile and two-mile running events bring hundreds of pooches from all over the Kansas City Metro Area together for exercise and fun.
After your run is over, be sure to browse through local vendor booths and participate in fun contests. There will be a place for photographs with your pet, and there will even be a pet caricaturist available!
Exact day, times, and prices haven’t been released yet, but they will be released closer to the event date.