The Helping Hands Humane Society of Topeka has been caring for animals in the Topeka area since 1890. At that time, the organization’s activities were mostly carried out by one family, who offered sanctuary to dogs, horses, and even human children! Today the group takes in well over 6,000 animals each year, and around ⅓ are dogs.
HHHS's top priorities are helping healthy animals find their fur-ever homes and reuniting lost pets with their owners. The group also aims to reduce the number of animals that come through their shelter doors in two ways. First, they work to reduce unwanted litters through their animal sterilization initiative. Second, they offer pet owners training that can prevent behavior issues that sometimes lead to surrender. With two levels of pet etiquette classes and the opportunity for your dog to earn a Canine Good Citizen certificate, HHHS is committed to ensuring that you and your furry friend stay together for life.
Friends of the Animals in Kansas is a privately run, no-kill shelter just for canines. This group re-homes abandoned dogs and dogs pulled from high-kill shelters. They work primarily with dogs whose chances of adoption are minimal, because of their behavior, breed, age, or other factors. Before re-homing the dogs, they foster them in a kennel-free home environment where they receive one-on-one attention, socialization, and training, to ensure these high-needs dogs reach their full pet-tential. While Friends of the Animals in Kansas is much smaller than your typical rescue group, folks who’ve adopted from them love the group’s personal touch, and their careful attention to making sure dogs and adopters are a perfect match.
The annual Tails on the Trail 5K Run/Walk on the Shawnee North Nature Trail might be one of your last op-paw-tunities to run a race with your dog before the cold sets in! If you and your pal prefer a more leisurely pace, there’s also an untimed walk. Past participants rave about the beautiful course as well as the trophies and treats for both pups and their people. In 2017, its 8th year of operation, the event reached its goal of donating $100,000 to the Helping Hands Humane Society. A scenic trek with your dog is a reward in itself, but what could be better than helping other animals at the same time?