April 12, 2014

Event to aid Cowley County Humane Society

Cowley County Humane Society will host its 10th annual Wizard of Pawz tasting and auction benefit on Saturday.

Event to aid Cowley County Humane Society

Cowley County Humane Society will host its 10th annual Wizard of Pawz tasting and auction benefit on Saturday.

The event starts at 7 p.m. at Baden Square Community Center, 700 Gary St. in Winfield. Doors open at 6:30.

Tickets are $20, available at

Included in the price are 10 courses of wine, beer, cocktails and finger food. Silent and live auctions, as well as a raffle, will feature many unique items.

Check CCHS’s Facebook page for updates and a link to an auction item guide.

Southern Winds horse rescue to hold open house

People can meet horses available for adoption and add to their horse care knowledge when Southern Winds Equine Rescue holds an open house April 19 at 4447 2nd Road in Udall.

The fundraising event, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes a farrier program by Richard Clower, a program by veterinarian Jessica Harrison and a presentation on chiropractic benefits for horses by Brian Dopps.

Riders will show the adoptable horses so visitors can see the level of training they have. Southern Winds founder Vic McMullen and volunteers will be on hand to talk about the history of the rescue and share success stories.

Tours of the facility will be offered throughout the day, and a silent auction will raise funds for the rescue. Free refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 316-858-3233 or visit

National Help a Horse Day is April 26

Equine rescue groups in the Wichita area will celebrate the ASPCA’s National Help a Horse Day on April 26 with demonstrations, pony rides, educational sessions and more.

Selby Stables, at 8830 S. Hydraulic in Haysville, will present a cowboy polo demonstration at 1 p.m., followed by a talk by veterinarian Kate Jacobs on body condition scoring at 2:10 p.m. and an obstacle course demonstration by the American Competitive Trail Horse Association at 3. At 3:30, Nika Orbaugh of Sedgwick County Animal Control and Vic McMullen of Southern Winds Equine Rescue will speak on “What to do if you see a horse in trouble.”

The event is sponsored by the Kansas Horse Education Advocacy Resource Team. Representatives from Rainbow Meadows, Southern Winds, Shooting Star and Greenwood Stables equine rescues will be at the event.

For more information, call 316-648-5082 or e-mail Karen Everhart at

Also on April 26, Hope in the Valley Equine Rescue and Sanctuary will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 9025 N. Broadway in Valley Center.

Equine training demonstrations will be held throughout the day, along with horse and pony rides. There will be special appearances by Purina, the Sedgwick County’s Sheriff Department, Nate Mar Equine Hoof Care, Sedgwick County Animal Response Team (SCART), and Equine Surgery and Medicine. Concessions, T-shirts and jewelry will be for sale.

For more information, call 316-755-2826 or go to

Chocolate bunnies to help spread club’s message

Bunny TNT, a local club for people who own and love rabbits, has joined with Cero’s Candies and Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates to help get out the message that live bunnies do not make good Easter presents.

The Wichita stores are offering chocolate bunnies as an alternative, and proceeds from the sales will help with Bunny TNT’s rabbit rescue and educational efforts.

Cero’s, at 3429 E. Douglas, will sell chocolate bunnies for $2.50, and Cocoa Dolce, at 2132 N. Rock Road, Suite 100, will offer fancy bunny candy in milk chocolate or dark chocolate for $3.50. These items will be available through April 20.

Bunny TNT wants to educate the public about rabbits so people will think twice before buying a live bunny for Easter. Rabbits are not low-maintenance animals but are highly social creatures, the club said in a news release. They need an appropriate hay-based diet and care by a bunny-savvy veterinarian. Properly cared for, a rabbit can live more than 10 years.

For more information, call 316-683-1122 or visit

Compiled by Diane McCartney

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