Groups to hold fundraising dog washes this weekend
People with dirty dogs will have a choice of dog wash options this weekend, with proceeds going to animal-related causes.
On Saturday, the Sedgwick County Animal Response Team and All Paws Pet Centers are teaming up to hold a Triple Dirty Dog Dare benefit. Dog baths are $20, and proceeds go to SCART, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the survival and welfare of animals during disasters.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at All Paws east, 2250 N. Rock Road, No. 110; All Paws west, 1444 N. Maize Road; and All Paws Derby, 1821 E. Madison in Derby. The three stores will compete to see which can raise the most money.
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Also on Saturday, Responsible and Ethical Treatment of Animals in Neighborhoods will kick off its summer dog wash service outside Heartland Animal Hospital, 4100 N. Woodlawn in Bel Aire.
From 1 to 4 p.m. every Saturday through Sept. 7, weather permitting, volunteers will wash dogs for $5. Proceeds go to RETAIN, a local group that helps pay for spay and neuter surgeries for pets whose owners can’t afford them.
On Sunday, dog washes and other services will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. at 9360 W. Central, as Wichita Area Lost and Found Pets holds a “Bail” fundraiser to help families pay fines to get their pets out of the Wichita Animal Shelter.
The event, near Central and Tyler behind the Dairy Queen, will include $5 dog washes, $5 pet portraits, $25 microchipping, $5 hot dogs, a bake sale and a silent auction. Donations of dog and cat food and cat litter will be accepted to help pets in need.
WALFP is a volunteer group that reunites missing pets with their families. For more information, call Lesa at 316-554-8455.
Kittenpalooza adoption event Sunday at KHS
The Kansas Humane Society will be teeming with kittens Sunday as it holds a Kittenpalooza adoption event at 3313 N. Hillside.
From 1 to 3 p.m., KHS foster homes will bring in dozens of kittens who are ready to go to new homes. During the two-hour event, all kittens 9 months and under can be adopted for $25. Adoption fees include spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations, a physical exam, a microchip and flea and tick treatment. A “Whole Kitten-Caboodle” package of litter and other cat supplies will be available for $25 with each adopted kitten.
Adult dogs, 5 years and up, have an adoption fee of $50, and adult cats can be adopted for no charge, although donations are appreciated.
The Humane Society can also use donations of supplies, including replacement milk formula for puppies and kittens, soft treats, toys and large wire crates.
For more information, go to www.kshumane.org or call 316-524-9196.
Program to discuss animal issues in Kansas
Friends of Felines KS, a local group that advocates for cats, will host a free presentation July 18 to discuss animal issues and help people learn what they can do for animals in Kansas.
Midge Grinstead, Kansas state director for the Humane Society of the United States, will cover what is needed to be an effective citizen advocate for animals. Discussion will include the roles of citizens in changing animal welfare laws in our state, how a bill becomes a law, what influences a legislator, what animal-related bills and issues are being considered by the Kansas Legislature, and what you can do to get them passed.
The event is 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kansas Humane Society 3313 N. Hillside. Preregistration is not required.
Compiled by Diane McCartney