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 16,000 animals in 2019 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.
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 3-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.
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 2019. From January 1 to December 31 of 2019, we cared for 16,675 animals in our facility, and adopted or found alternative placement for 11,767 animals. Our Save Rate for dogs was 96%, our Save Rate for cats was 93%, and we achieved an overall Save Rate of 94%. KHS also provides owner-requested End of Life services which are not included in the Save Rate. Two additional animals were transferred to shelter partners but are not reflected in the graph above. Animals that came to us in 2018 but were adopted in 2019 are counted in our 2019 adoption totals. Animals that came to us in 2019 but were adopted in 2020 will be counted in our 2020 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 2019 KHS performed 9,919 spay/neuter surgeries. Of those, 3,155 were for low-income pet owners in our community.
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 heatworm treatment, and free 30-day pet health insurance coverage.
From January 1 to December 31 of 2019 8,281 animals were adopted from KHS. Thank you to everyone who adopted a pet!
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, provide behavior solutions through our Let's Stay Together scholarship program and offer our donor-subsidized, low-cost spay/neuter program.
From January 1 to December 31 of 2019 we admitted 12,408 animals to our facility. Of those, 5,066 pets were surrendered by their owners and 6,750 came in via Wichita Animal Services.
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 2019 we had a Save Rate of 94% and our goal is to save even more lives in 2020. 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 2019, KHS admitted 12,408 animals to our facility and adopted or found alternative placement for 11,767 animals with an overall Save Rate of 94%. 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 2018 but were adopted in 2019 are counted in our 2019 adoption totals, but not our 2019 admission totals. Animals that came to us in 2019 but were adopted in 2020 are counted in our 2019 admission totals and our 2020 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 2019, KHS transferred 2,870 animals to outside groups.
Two additional animals (not shown on chart) were transferred to a partner shelter in 2019.
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 the more than 1,300 dedicated volunteers who help make our mission possible.
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.
We are dedicated to teaching children the importance of responsible pet safety, care and compassion for companion animals. Our Youth Education program offers a wide variety of activities for kids, including Critter Camp, classroom presentations, bite prevention presentations, Girl Scout and Boy Scout programs, birthday parties, Tot Tuesdays, Read to Rover and tours of KHS.