Kansas Humane Society by the Numbers

The Kansas Humane Society is a reflection of the community it serves. Our community is wonderful and with your support we are saving more animal lives every year. KHS took in or provided services for over 12,000 animals in 2023 illustrating the tremendous need for animal services. We strive to be a community resource for pets and people, dedicated to enhancing the welfare of all companion animals.

















KHS Budget

Since 1888, we have relied solely on the generosity of donors to make our life-saving work possible. From one-time donors to monthly donors to those who think of KHS in their wills and estates we thank you!

KHS is proud to recieve a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. Independently verified by Charity Navigator, this rating is given to charities that have been able to certify, document and demonstrate that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness and cost effectiveness.

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2023 Summary

We believe pets are safest in a humane community that values and protects them, best cared for by a responsible and loving family, healthiest when seen regularly by a veterinarian, and that saving animal lives involves much more than increasing adoptions and decreasing euthanasia. That is why we have many programs and services such as counseling to help people find solutions to keep their pet, offer spay/neuter services to families in financial need to help prevent unwanted litters, and teach Wichita’s youth humane practices. For more than 125 years, we have helped hundreds of thousands of Wichita’s pets by providing them care, comfort, hope, and most importantly, a second chance at a new life. Like all non-profits and businesses, we are an ever-evolving organization. Our mission and vision reflect what we see in our community and hope for the future of Wichita.

The graph above represents animals KHS provided care and services for in 2023. From January 1 to December 31 of 2023, we cared for 12,703 animals in our facility, and adopted or found alternative placement for 10,037 animals. Our Save Rate for dogs was 95%, our Save Rate for cats was 98%, and we achieved an overall Save Rate of 97%. KHS also provides owner-requested End of Life services which are not included in the Save Rate. Animals that came to us in 2022 but were adopted in 2023 are counted in our 2023 adoption totals. Animals that came to us in 2023 but were adopted in 2024 will be counted in our 2024 adoptions totals.

Donor-Subsidized Spay & Neuter Program

One of the most effective ways to decrease pet overpopulation is to increase the number of spayed or neutered pets in our community. We provide services for feral and community cats as well as donor-subsidized, low-income spay and neuter services for those in the community who can provide proof of financial need. By offering these much-needed services, we help save animal lives by preventing unwanted litters and work towards reducing Wichita’s pet overpopulation problem. In 2023 KHS performed 8,136 spay/neuter surgeries. Of those, 1,762 were for low-income pet owners in our community.

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We understand that in an ever-changing animal care world we need to be proactive to save more animal lives each year. That is why we showcase pets for adoption at local business, hold special events, and promote through the media. Open seven days a week, our adoption center is bright, welcoming, offers a convenient location and hours of operation, and features friendly staff and volunteers to help you find the right pet for your lifestyle. Prior to adoption, all our animals receive a complete physical exam, age appropriate vaccinations, dewormer, nail trim, one flea, tick, and heartworm treatment, and free 30-day pet health insurance coverage.

From January 1 to December 31 of 2023, 7,075 animals were adopted from KHS. Thank you to everyone who adopted a pet!

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One of the most effective ways to reduce euthanasia in our community is to reduce the number of homeless pets. We help keep pets and their people together by providing one-on-one counseling prior to relinquishment and offering our donor-subsidized, low-cost spay/neuter program.

From January 1 to December 31 of 2023, we admitted 10,350 animals to our facility. Of those, 2,569 pets were surrendered by their owners and 7,075 came in via Wichita Animal Services.

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Save Rate

Thanks to the many people and support of our community, we have made tremendous progress over the years. In 2003, in an outdated facility with limited resources, KHS saved just 23% of all the unwanted and homeless pets who came through our doors. In 2009, just before the new facility opened, we were saving 44%. In 2023, we had a Save Rate of 97% and our goal is to save even more lives in 2024. Innovative programs, generous donors, dedicated staff and volunteers and so many more have made this life-saving work possible.

From January 1 to December 31 of 2023, KHS admitted 10,350 animals to our facility and adopted or found alternative placement for 10,037 animals with an overall Save Rate of 97%. Save Rate is defined by Shelter Animals Count as total live outcomes divided by total outcomes. KHS also provides owner-requested End of Life services which are not included in the Save Rate. Animals that came to us in 2022 but were adopted in 2023 are counted in our 2023 adoption totals, but not our 2023 intake totals. Animals that came to us in 2023 but were adopted in 2024 are counted in our 2023 intake totals and our 2024 adoption totals.

Transferred to Rescue

We work closely with placement partners, breed specific rescues and other groups in Wichita, throughout Kansas, and across the country to find positive outcomes for animals needing alternative placements. In 2023, KHS transferred 2,823 animals to outside groups.


An integral part of KHS, our volunteers are at the core of our operations and make a huge difference in the lives of our pets and our staff. Our caring and hard-working volunteers help all of our programs throughout the year assisting with day-to-day operations, participating in special events, providing hours of dog walks and cat cuddles, and so much more. Thank you to all our dedicated volunteers who help make our mission possible.

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Foster Program

Through our foster program, foster homes expand the walls of our shelter and provide the additional love, time, medical, and rehabilitative treatment needed for KHS's underage, sick, injured, and under-socialized animals. By opening their homes to these animals, we are able to give pets time to recover from surgeries, socialize under-socialized animals, and so much more. Our foster parents help us save thousands of animal lives each year; thank you.

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Pets Adopted

from the Kansas
Humane Society

Since January 1, 2024