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Welcome to Wink Wednesdays. This summer get the whole cat-n-caboodle on Wednesdays! Adopt an adult cat (9 months or older) on Wink Wednesdays and get a complimentary cat retail package valued over $50 courtesy of Wink Hartman! As always, the adoption fee for adult cats is waived so this is the purrfect time to adopt a new furry feline! The Kansas Humane Society and Wink Hartman want you and your furry feline to get off to the best start possible with a cat package that includes a cat carrier, litter box, litter, litter scoop, double dinner dish and cat toys for lots of play time. It's such a great deal, how about getting kitty a few extra toys or a comfy bed from the store too. See all adoptable cats at here.
Cat retail package includes all of these items. Please note items may vary slightly from pictures below.
Saturday, July 2nd | Open 11am - 6:30pm
This year, you can celebrate Independence Day with a new best friend from the Kansas Humane Society. On Saturday, July 2nd the shelter will host Pet Independence Day. During this special adoption event, we're lowering adoption fees to just $17.76 for all animals. As always, adult cats are free. The special price includes everything you will need to get your new pet settled in their new home including the animal's spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchip, flea & tick treatment and a free bag of food.
Pet Safety Tips
Through the Pet Independence Day event, the Kansas Humane Society hopes to find "forever" homes for many of its pets and make room for the influx of animals it often sees after the holiday. Each year hundreds of animals get loose after they become frightened by loud fireworks. To keep your pet safe during the holiday the Kansas Humane Society recommends keeping your pets indoors as much as possible during the holiday celebrations. You can also calm your four-legged friend with a Thundershirt or distract them with toys and treats. Also be sure your pet is wearing an ID tag with up-to-date contact information. And lastly, if your pet becomes lost, immediately check with Wichita Animal Services next door to the Kansas Humane Society at 3313 N. Hillside. All lost and found animals will be taken there first to be claimed by their owners before being put up for adoption. *Help us find homes for as many pets as possible, no holds or dog introductions on event days please!
Kennel Cough Community Awareness
There have been reports of kennel cough outbreaks throughout the community and the Kansas Humane Society is experiencing an increased number of Kennel Cough cases as well. "Shelters are often a reflection of what's happening in the community and we certainly need the support of the community to adopt, foster and help prevent the spread of kennel cough." said Mark Eby, President/CEO of the Kansas Humane Society. The more we can reduce the population within the shelter through adoption and place kennel cough dogs into foster homes for just 10-14 days, the more dogs we can save from this easily treatable condition.
What is Kennel Cough?
Kennel Cough refers to a group of upper respiratory infections, caused by a virus and/or bacteria, that is fairly common and an easily treatable. Pets infected with the illness will usually develop a dry, hacking cough within 3 to 7 days after being exposed to the disease. The cough, which can last up to 21 days if left untreated, can cause a severe "goose honking" cough that can sometimes cause a dog to gag and/or vomit. However dogs affected by kennel cough do not experience a lack of appetite or a sense of lethargy. How is Kennel Cough Transmitted? It is highly contagious and spreads much like a cold spreads among humans working or living together. The illness can quickly spread in an enclosed environment like a kennel or shelter but can also be transmitted on toys, and other contaminated items like food and water bowls. "All dog owners, not only in Wichita but the surrounding areas, need to take precautions to prevent the continued spread of these upper respiratory viruses. With the increased number of dogs going through KHS, the disease is much more prevalent right now. The majority of the dogs are getting it from being out in our community, and then passing it to those already in our shelters before they even show signs of having it. We need all pet owners to ensure their dogs are as protected as they can be against these diseases." - Sarah Hicks-Neisius, DVM, Indian Hills Animal Clinic & Chair of KHS Board of Directors.
How is it Treated?
If your dog develops a cough, it is always a good idea to have them checked out by a veterinarian to make sure it is not a more serious respiratory disease. If a vet suspects your dog has kennel cough, the treatment is fairly simple and inexpensive. Often times your dog will just need a cough suppressant, sometimes combined with a steroid, to ease the strain on their throat. If the cough has become severe, antibiotics may also be prescribed. Stopping the Spread Within the Shelter To help prevent the spread of kennel cough within our shelter KHS gives all dogs a preventative vaccine (Bordetella) at intake. In addition, due to the number of cases KHS is also treating with intranasal Gentocin then if a dog is suspected of having Kennel Cough the following precautions are taken: they are treated with antibiotics and cough suppressant; they are relocated to either a foster home or an isolated kennel area where they are away from other dogs and therefore cannot pass their germs on to healthy pets. While being treated, sick animals are handled by staff and volunteers wearing protective gear including gloves, gowns and shoe covers reducing the risk of transmission from one animal to another. Additional cleaning protocols are implemented for kennel cough spaces including being cleaned and disinfected daily.
Stopping the Spread in the Community
Responsible pet ownership is key to stopping the spread of this contagious disease. The easiest way to protect your pet is to have them vaccinated with the Bordetella and Parainfluenza vaccine as recommended by your veterinarian. While the vaccine will help protect your pet, it is does not prevent against all strains- like the flu vaccine; you may still get it, but your symptoms should be much more mild. If your dog does develop Kennel Cough, seek your veterinarian's advice and limit their exposure to other dogs for at least 10 days after symptoms have stopped. During this time your pet will still be contagious and it is important not to take your pets to pet stores, dog parks, dog daycares or other places they could potentially spread germs to other animals. Kennel cough isn't just a Kansas Humane Society problem, its widespread in Wichita. We've seen an increase in the number of occurrences this year and we hope that owners will take their dogs to a Veterinarian to be vaccinated, and follow the precautions listed. - Christen L. Skaer, DVM, Skaer Veterinary Clinic.
How You Can Help the Animals at KHS
Please spread the word about adoption and foster. Kennel Cough dogs typically need 10-14 days in foster care to recover from their cough. Please contact the Kansas Humane Society if you're interested in fostering at 316-524-9196 or visit www.kshumane.org.
When you visit the Kansas Humane Society look for this kennel card indicating which dogs have Kennel Cough and are looking for a new home. Their adoption fee has been waived, they're going home with medication and even getting a free toy to help them feel better! Adopt today!
Wichita sure loves Chipotle and animals! Over $5,800 was raised on Tuesday which has such a huge impact on the 16,000 animals we'll care for at the Kansas Humane Society. Thank you to the hardworking staff at the six Wichita Chipotle restaurants and to all of the supporters who supported this wonderful fundraising event. YOU caused an effect!
Eat at any of the six Wichita area Chipotle restaurants on Tuesday, June 14th, show this flyer and 50% of your sale will go to KHS to help the animals. Share this far and wide and lets raise some money for the 16,000 animals KHS cares for each year. Did you know... right now that means we have over 450 animals in our care. About 180 of those are in Foster care, we're doing about 30 surgeries per day, and we couldn't do any of it without fundraisers like this. So wont you CAUSE AN EFFECT by simply eating lunch and even dinner at Chipotle?