Pets

Group asks for donations of pet food at dog wash

Volunteer Kimberly Flores stocks pet food for the First Metropolitan Community Church pantry for low-income pet owners in April.
Volunteer Kimberly Flores stocks pet food for the First Metropolitan Community Church pantry for low-income pet owners in April. File photo

Customers who bring their pets to the RETAIN summer dog wash on Saturdays know they are getting a good deal, with volunteers bathing, rinsing and toweling off dogs for $5 per animal.

They also know they are helping the community, as proceeds from the dog wash, held outside Heartland Animal Hospital, 4100 N. Woodlawn in Bel Aire, help pay to spay or neuter dogs and cats whose owners cannot afford the surgeries.

Now the RETAIN foundation is asking customers to help some more, by bringing donations for the Wichita pet food pantry to the dog wash, which will be in operation from 1 to 4 p.m. every Saturday through Sept. 5, weather permitting.

Food collected in the spring for the pantry, run by First Metropolitan Community Church at 156 S. Kansas, is running low, so RETAIN is asking customers to bring dog and cat food and supplies, such as litter, collars and leashes, to the dog wash. For the safety of all pets, food needs to be in unopened packages with intact labels.

The church, which also distributes food for people in need, hands out a week’s worth of pet food the third Friday of every month to pet owners whose funds for the month may have run out.

The summer dog wash is the main fundraiser for Responsible and Ethical Treatment of Animals in Neighborhoods, a local nonprofit organization that seeks to find solutions to the problem of animal overpopulation.

For more information, call 316-682-2249 or visit http://retainkansas.org or www.facebook.com/retainkansas.

Bunny TNT to celebrate its ninth birthday

Bunny TNT, a local club for people who own and love pet rabbits, invites the public to help celebrate its ninth birthday on Aug. 16.

The Birthday Bash, which starts at 2 p.m. in the lobby at Exploration Place, 300 N. McLean Blvd., will offer opportunities to pet bunnies, learn more about bunnies and their care, talk with a veterinarian, make a craft, and watch bunnies play and interact with one another. No admission fee is required. The group will also have bunnies available for adoption.

For more information, contact Joyce Gedraitis at 316-683-1122 or grandmabunnyep@yahoo.com.

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