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Though 2021 presented challenges to the world of animal rescue, the Kansas Humane Society (KHS) is proud of the support and accomplishments of the Wichita community towards our mission of helping homeless pets. In 2021, KHS found homes or placement for 10,663 pets and reached a 98% save rate.

“We thank Wichita and our surrounding communities for supporting our shelter,” said Emily Hurst, President/CEO of the Kansas Humane Society. “The people of our community who are dedicated to animals in need and who have a passion for saving pets’ lives are who make this work possible. We survive only because of the donations of people who care, the open homes of people who adopt, and those that can give their time. It is our community who make this place possible, and we need you to keep this work going.”

In 2021, 7,927 homeless pets were adopted from KHS. KHS had 156 rescue and shelter partners in 2021 allowing it to find placement for an additional 2,606 pets in need. KHS performed 2,332 low cost spay and neuter surgeries for low-income members of the community.

“Thousands of homeless puppies and kittens come into our care every year and KHS must be part of a proactive solution,” said Hurst. “In 2022 we will be making spay/neuter services for low-income families a major focus.”

“Saving the lives of homeless pets in Wichita will remain our top priority, but we are starting new initiatives to reduce the number of homeless pets in need,” said Hurst. “In January we have begun offering free spay and neuter surgery for dogs every Wednesday. We targeted zip codes 67214 and 67211 that have the highest intake for the city with a goal to help low-income families get their pets vaccinated, microchipped and spayed or neutered. We are working on new funding sources and initiatives like these to reduce the number of homeless pets in need each year.”

In 2021, 6,228 unclaimed stray pets were transferred to KHS from the City of Wichita’s Wichita Animal Services Shelter, which is located next door to KHS on the Murfin Animal Care Campus. An additional 3,996 pets were surrendered to the Kansas Humane Society by their owners. While KHS is a local non-profit, Wichita’s animal control facility and KHS were built on the same campus 13 years ago to save more animal lives through collaboration. 2022 marks year 13 for the two organizations at this location, which has seen their combined save rate increase from 30% to over 90% during this period.

Kansas Humane Society is dependent on volunteers in the shelter and foster homes to complete its mission. In 2021, 1,192 pet lives were saved because of KHS foster homes.

Volunteers and fosters generously gave 58,959 hours of their time help pets in need in 2021.

Kansas Humane Society by the Numbers - 2021

  • 98% overall save rate
  • 10,663 live animal releases
    • 7,927 adoptions
    • 2,606 pets transferred to rescue partners
    • 130 pets reunited with their owners
  • 2,332 spay/neuter surgeries performed for low income households
  • 1,192 pets saved through KHS foster homes
  • 58,959 hours of volunteer and foster service

For additional information and detailed statistics, please visit kshumane.org/about-us/statistics.

Give the Gift of Comfort

UPDATE: Thank you so much for helping us reach our donation goals for dog and cat beds! The new beds have begun to arrive at our shelter, and we couldn't be more thankful that our homeless pets will have a safe and comfortable spot to relax. 


Our shelter pet beds are aging, and many need to be replaced to make sure every pet has a cozy spot to rest. You can give a homeless pet the gift of comfort this holiday season by donating a bed from our wish list.


Donate A Bed


For safety and sanitation, we use Kuranda Beds in our shelter. They are chew-resistant, easy to disinfect, and they contain no stuffing, exposed seams, or fabric that could easily be ingested. They are made specifically with shelter use in mind and sized appropriately for use in our kennels and suites. Kuranda beds are made in the USA. 

We are looking to upgrade from PVC frame dog beds to Aluminum frame beds so your donation can have an even longer lasting impact on our shelter pets. Our goal is to replace at least 60 of the dog beds and 20 of the cat beds that are in the worst condition, but we would love to surpass that goal! Our dog beds are the most in need to replacement. To ensure that every dog has a comfy resting place, our shelter needs around 150 Kuranda beds.

Thank you from our homeless pets, and everyone at KHS!

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Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Sedgwick County Park on Saturday, October 2 to make the 25th anniversary of Woofstock a success! Click here to view a photo album from the day. More photos will be added soon and on social media. We'll see you next year for Woofstock 2022!

Grant of $75,000 will help save more pet lives in the Wichita community


The Kansas Humane Society (KHS) announced today a $75,000 grant investment from the newly named, Petco Love, to support their lifesaving work for animals in the Wichita area.

Petco Love is a nonprofit leading change for pets nationally by harnessing the power of love to make communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since their founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, they’ve empowered organizations with nearly $300 million invested to date in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. And, they’ve helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and more than 4,000 organizations, like ours, nationwide.

“Today Petco Love announces an investment in the Kansas Humane Society and hundreds of other organizations as part of our commitment to create a future in which no pet is unnecessary euthanized,” said Susanne Kogut, President of Petco Love. “Our local investments are only one component. This month, we will also launch the first of our national tools to empower all animal lovers to drive lifesaving change right alongside us.”

“This grant from Petco Love will help us continue to do important lifesaving work in our community,” said Emily Hurst, KHS President/CEO. “We’re very thankful to know we will have the resources needed to continue providing medical care to sick and injured animals, food and shelter for homeless pets, and spay/neuter services reduce pet overpopulation and prevent unwanted litters. This grant will go so far towards helping us save as many lives as possible and finding loving homes for pets in need.”

The Kansas Humane Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving more animal lives each year and reducing pet overpopulation in the Wichita area. Since 1888, the Kansas Humane Society has focused on creating a more humane community for pets and their people. In 2020, the Kansas Humane Society found homes or rescue placement for nearly 9,000 pets, and had a 98% save rate.

For more information about the Kansas Humane Society, visit kshumane.org, and click here to learn more about Petco Love.

About the Kansas Humane Society

Founded in 1888, the Kansas Humane Society is a community resource for pets and people, dedicated to enhancing the welfare of all companion animals. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, KHS receives no federal, state or local tax dollars, support from the Humane Society of the United States, is not a United Way agency, and depends entirely on private donations and fees for service. More information is available at www.kshumane.org.

About Petco Love (Formerly Petco Foundation)

Petco Love is a nonprofit changing lives by making communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since our founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, we’ve empowered animal welfare organizations by investing nearly $300 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. We’ve helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and organizations nationwide. Today, our love for pets drives us to lead with innovation, creating tools animal lovers need to reunite lost pets, and lead with passion, inspiring and mobilizing communities and our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners to drive lifesaving change alongside us. Is love calling you? Join us. Visit petcolove.org to be part of the lifesaving work we’re leading every day.

Emily HurstWICHITA, Kan. – The Kansas Humane Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Emily Hurst as the organization’s next President/CEO, effective February 15. Hurst has served as the Chief Development Officer of the Kansas Humane Society for the past two years.

“I am so honored to take on this new role with an organization that I care so deeply about,” said Hurst. “KHS rescues an average of 10,000 pets every year. I am so proud to be working with a staff deeply dedicated to saving every possible animal life. The compassion and care for homeless and abandoned animals is seen at every level at KHS. I am humbled by their spirit and commitment every day. We are excited for the year in front of us with each of us looking forward to how we can impact not only the immediate needs of pets and people in our community, but how we can also stop all unnecessary euthanasia, address our pet over-population and ensure a humane community for all companion animals. ”

Hurst has more than 10 years of experience in leadership and fundraising roles for non-profit organizations. Hurst plans to spend her first several months in the role strengthening her understanding of all areas of the Kansas Humane Society while communicating with staff, volunteers, donors and community supporters.

Pamela Ammar, Board Chair of the Kansas Humane Society, says she and the rest of the Board of Directors are looking forward to having Hurst as the next President/CEO. “Emily’s passion for our community and non-profit background coupled with her experience leading at the Kansas Humane Society will ensure the organization stays a strong community resource.”

Hurst is taking over from Mark Eby, who has served as President/CEO since 2014 and will retire on February 14. Haleigh Orand, Community Engagement Director, will move into the role of Chief Development Officer starting February 15.

Pets Adopted

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Since January 1, 2022