"Save a Dog. Save a Warrior."

That’s the mission behind the Kansas Humane Society’s new partnership with the Family Dog Training & Behavior Center.

The organizations teamed up to provide service animals to veterans in need by waiving adoption fees for KHS pets and providing the specialized training necessary for the dog to work as their service animal.

Having trained several service animals for veterans in the past, Janice Ronald, the owner of the Family Dog Training & Behavior Center, has seen first-hand the impact a dog can have on the life of someone struggling with PTSD.

“They’ve shown what a huge help dogs can be for them. They reduce stress and anxiety” Janice said. Adding, “They’re there for them when they wake up in the middle of the night. And they can help to lessen the symptoms of PTSD.”

While many of the dogs act instinctively to comfort their owners, the specialized training helps the dogs hone-in on the person’s emotional state, anticipate the veteran’s needs, and gain the skills they need to pass a “public access test” which allows them to accompany the veteran wherever they go. “The guys always say ‘make sure my dog’s got my 6’,” Janice explained. “They stand facing the opposite way so they know if someone comes up behind them. Or in an elevator, if they don’t like being in close quarters, the dog will actually stand in front and block other people.”

Aside from keeping a protective watch over their owner’s external surroundings, these rescue dogs can also tap into their owner’s inner turmoil and help to mitigate the stresses brought on by PTSD. “We teach them interruptive skills,” Janice said. “The dog will nudge, or put a paw up, or lay on them if they feel their stress level rising. They interrupt whatever is going on in their head and make them focus on the dog instead of what’s going on internally.”

And while the dogs give much needed solace to those in need of a friend, the veterans in turn are also helping to save the dogs, who are all in need of a home. “It’s killing two birds with one stone,” Janice explained. “You save a dog. And save a warrior.”

We're so grateful to be able to provide this much-needed service for veterans, and it wouldn't be possible without our sponsors Steve Nossaman and Lynne & Bill Tinker!

If you or someone you know is a veteran in need of a service dog, please contact Janice Ronald at the Family Dog Training & Behavior Center at (316) 755-2839 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Once approved, she will be able to help guide you through the process and help you select a rescue dog from the Kansas Humane Society.

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Come to the Kansas Humane Society and have your pet’s photo taken with Santa Claus. Choose from a wintery or Christmas scene. All sales from the Santa Paws photos benefit the Kansas Humane Society. Come celebrate the holidays with us on December 3rd!
*Please have your pets on a leash or in a crate

Saturday, December 3
9:30am-4:30pm

Packages

  • $15 Basic - 1 digital photo, 1 scene
  • $20 Deluxe - 1 digital photo, 1 digital print, 1 scene
  • $22 Super Deluxe - 2 digital photos, 2 scenes
  • $30 Platinum - 2 digital photos, 2 digital prints, 2 scenes

Additional printed photos are $3 each.

Veterans Day 2016

We're excited to announce our Veterans Day Adoption Event this Friday, November 11, 2016.
Thank you to our event sponsors Faith & Steve Tucker!

All active & retired military will receive $50 OFF any dog adoption in appreciation and support of our military!
*with Military I.D. or proof of service

Post Woofstock success blog

Woof! Our tails are still wagging after Woofstock 2016! This year we celebrated 20 years with a special Peace, Love, and Pets theme after we couldn’t be happier that so many of you came out to join us. All the animals at the Kansas Humane Society wanted us to let you know how thankful they are for your participation. Together we raised more than $259,000 for homeless animals in our community. Over $47,000 of that total was raised by staff and volunteers, who also stepped up to donate their time. Nearly 400 volunteers banded together and spent more than 2,500 man hours putting the event together.

Event Photo 2A special thank you to our top donors:

  • Top Dog: Haleigh Carson
  • Top Individual Donor: Stuart Ray
  • Top Corporate Donor: 105.3 The Buzz
  • Top Volunteer Donor: John & Cindy Anders

And Woofstock wouldn't be possible without the support from our many amazing sponsors, like Davis Moore Autogroup, Hill's Science Diet, Fugate Enterprises, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and the Petco Foundation.Event Photo 3 Indian Hill's Veterinary Clinic was also on hand at the event providing pet first aid and making sure each dog was equipped with a microchip, which allows them to find their way home again if they ever get lost.  The park was absolutely packed the day of Woofstock. Thousands of people and their dogs turned out to enjoy the festivities. We're so grateful for our media partners: 105.3 The Buzz, The Wichita Eagle, KSN Channel 3, and Ashby St Outdoor for spreading the word about the event and inviting people to take part. Thanks to them we had one of the biggest turnouts we've ever had. It is our hope that Woofstock continues to get bigger and better each year. So thank you again for all of your support! And mark your calendars for next year! Woofstock 2017 happens on October 7th!


Thank You to Our Volunteers:

KHS Volunteer Team, AVID Kids, BKD, CACOW Maize S. High School, Commerce Bank, Fidelity Bank, Gap Enterprises, Girl Scout Troop 40539, Kohl’s East, Martin Pringle, McConnell Air Force Base, NetApp, Old Navy Employees, Target DERBY, Target NE, Textron, USS Maddox Group


Thank You to Our Woofstock Committee Members:

Aaron Golik, Anna Van Bunnen, Bill Angstadt, Brian Rader, Connie Velghe, Dana Cox, Dana Steffee, Dayna Boso, Elizabeth Kramer, Jennifer Morris, Jesica Harvey, Karen McAllaster, Kelly Benton, Lacie Omoarelojie, Lindsay Smith, Lottie Miller, Marianna Evans, Mark Eby, Melissa Houston, Rachel Runner, Sarah Hicks-Neisius, Sarah Vincze, Sharon Chapman, Shanna Ireland, Sharon Peters, Shelley Bonnell, Stuart Ray, Susan Woods, Suzanne Coin, Tammie Lohnes, Tim Hofer, Vanessa Jackson

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Last week two severe abuse and neglect cases came in to our campus neighbor Wichita Animal Services. These were unique cases and would have been difficult to treat in a shelter environment but we had to help. On Tuesday, we reached out to the rescue group taking them in and offered over $1,250 in funding for:

- Dante, a pit bull mix, with missing teeth, serious wounds and heartworms.
- Nine Aussie mix puppies with Sarcoptic Mange, worms and overall health concerns.

Funds for Dante and the nine puppies were provided by the Kansas Humane Society’s Emergency Medical Fund in partnership with Beauties and Beasts, Inc. This fund also provided care for Thor a pit bull mix the Kansas Humane Society treated for weeks with serious wounds and later transferred to the same rescue group for ongoing behavioral rehabilitation. Thank you to the donors who have already supported this live-saving medical fund!

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Thank you to Beauties and Beasts, Inc. for taking these animals in and providing the love and care they need while they recover, we're extremely grateful for the partnership that we share. Follow their Facebook page for the latest updates concerning Dante and the puppies.

With over 10,000 dogs and cats entering KHS each year, often animals need help for an injury or treatable condition which is outside the scope of what we can provide at our facility. This fund will sustain our growing medical costs so that more homeless pets can receive a second chance at a lifelong loving family to call their own.

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