Nursing a badly broken leg, Alfie limped into the Kansas Humane Society after being picked up as a stray in January. Cold, injured, and alone the young Shepherd was frightened. But even through his pain, Alfie’s sweet demeanor shone through as he beamed up at his new caretakers, licking the faces of the KHS staff as they worked to examine his leg. With limited resources at the shelter, the staff was unable to repair his shattered leg on their own and instead took him to Countryside Vet Clinic. Once there, the veterinarians were able to set his broken bones with a set of pins and an external fixator. But given the fragile condition of his leg, the staff decided Alfie’s best chance for a successful recovery would be to place him in a foster home.
That’s when Alfie cross paths with foster mom Dana Welch. “He’s great,” Dana said. “I’m ready to trade my other two in and keep him.” As a stay at home mother, Dana had volunteered both her home and her time to care for animals that where in need of a little extra care. “My two dogs --I love ‘em to death but they’re nuts-- there’s not a lot of people that would want to take on my two ‘Doofies’, but I love them so I figured if I can love them, I can definitely help another dog,” she joked about welcoming Alfie home.
Once out of surgery Alfie’s signature sweetness began to shine through once again. “He has a very outgoing and loving personality,” Dana said. “No barking no growling, he just wants to kiss.” He soon came to love each of Dana’s family members and eagerly greeted them from his crate when they came home each day.
Until his leg heals, Alfie is on strict bed-rest and has to spend most of the day in the confines of his kennel. But his foster mom says she sees big things in his future soon. “I know he’s on drugs now but he’s still really aware. And he gets up and down a lot, just watching things. So I’m thinking work as a police dog is in his future.” But before Alfie can try-out for the police academy, he’s got several more check-ups at the vet. The Kansas Humane Society is able to cover his treatment thanks in part to their Emergency Medical Fund. This fund also provides care for other badly injured animals that come into the shelter in need of extensive medical treatment. KHS would like to thank all the donors who have already supported this live-saving medical fund, and urges others to give what they can so we can help save animals like Alfie. “It’s definitely important that people contribute in whatever way that they can,” Dana said. “It doesn’t take a lot--whether it’s time, money, or whatever-- it doesn’t take a lot to be able to give to these dogs that really need that kind of care.”
You can donate to the Emergency Medical Fund today at www.kshumane.org/emf or mail a donation to Sarah Vincze’s attention at Kansas Humane Society, 3313 N Hillside, Wichita, KS 67219.
Join us as we celebrate our most successful year ever! In 2016, KHS has reached the highest save rate in its 128 year history- 87%. And over 10,000 animal lives were saved for the second year running! We would like to share our success with all of our supporters: generous donors, dedicated volunteers and staff, and all of those who have opened their homes. We are so proud to be a part of this amazing community that helps us carry out our mission to save animal lives and serve as a resource for both pets and people.
"I'm so proud of the hard work of our employees and volunteers." Stated CEO Mark Eby, "Increasing our live release rate to 87% shows our commitment and dedication to saving animals in our community."
Innovation in 2016
Thanks to this support the Kansas Humane Society is able to offer innovative programs and services. Here's a sneak peek of what was created in 2016 to help save more animal lives: Barn Cat Program, SCART partnership, backup generator, artificial turf play yards, Veteran's Fund, Military Adoption Program, Senior Dog Adoption Program, Pets for the Elderly, Emergency Medical Fund and much more.
Kansas Humane Society Highlights from 2016:
Total animals in our care - 15,660
Live animal intake - 11,918
Live animal outcomes - 10,330
Euthanasia - 1,588 which is down 554 from last year
Increased Save Rate from 83% to 87%
Performed a total of 8,651 Spay/Neuter surgeries to help reduce overpopulation (2,843 of those were donor-subsidized for low-income familes)
The Youth Education Program reached 14,311 children in our community
How can you help? There are so many ways to get involved to save animal lives! Spread the word, adopt, volunteer, spay and neuter and donate.
Big dogs have the biggest hearts, and that's why we're holding an "Adopt BIG" Adoption Special.
Thursday, January 12 through Sunday, January 15
All dogs over 50 lbs. are $50
*excludes puppies & high profile pets
& as always, FREE adult cats
Come to KHS & find your furry soulmate from 1/12 - 1/15. It may just be the biggest (no pun intended) and best decision of your life!
The Kansas Humane Society will be closed Saturday, December 24 and Sunday, December 25 in observance of Christmas Eve and Day. Have a happy and safe holiday!
Thank you to the Wichita community for all your help with life-saving support over the last few weeks:
- Giving Tuesday was on November 29th. Donors Marilyn Gray, Brian Martz and a Friend of KHS generously provided a $3,000 match and you not only met that challenge, but exceeded it! Altogether, in one day, we raised over $8,000.
- Thank you to the Fidelity Bank Foundation for providing seven wall write stations which KHS uses every single day in its animal lofts. These stations were in disrepair and now our staff can easily keep track of our daily animal logs, medications, and many other needs of our animals easily and efficiently.
- Papa Murphy’s has done it again! On Monday, December 5th, over $800 was raised for KHS. Thank you to everyone that stopped by the six Wichita locations and purchased pizza and other delicious goodies to help the animals.