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Kansas Humane Society at full capacity, holding weekend adoption event

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – Ahead of a weekend adoption event, the Kansas Humane Society is reporting an urgent need. The nonprofit said it has 160 pets currently available for adoption and 364 additional pets in its care, with KHS and the nearby Wichita Animal Shelter at full capacity.

Discussing his situation on Wednesday, KHS announced his scrapping by this week, trying to avoid euthanizing animals in his care.

The Bring Home Happiness $25 Adoption Event is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, September 16-18 at the Kansas Humane Society, 3313 N. Hillside.

As the name suggests, the event offers a $25 adoption fee for adult dogs (six months and older) and kittens (under a year old). Pets for adoption are spayed or neutered, microchipped and up to date on age-appropriate vaccinations, the KHS said.

More information about KHS and this weekend’s adoption event can be found on the organization website.

To put the situation at the Wichita Animal Shelter into perspective, the shelter regularly sees about 12 animals entering each day, on average. Recently, the shelter has seen 20 to 30 animals arrive every day.

Lt. Derek Purcell of the Wichita Police Department is the director of Wichita Animal Services. He said a number of factors contribute to overcrowding.

“During COVID, a lot of people took in animals, and then once they started going out of the house again, they didn’t have time to responsibly care for the animals,” Purcell said.

Also during the pandemic, many sterilization procedures have been halted while medical supplies have been diverted to human patients, meaning more animals are entering shelters everywhere.

“We have a lot of unexpected puppies and kittens we’re dealing with this year,” Purcell said.

Another factor is inflation, with people cutting costs where they can. This may mean giving up pets. Purcell said there is no quick and easy solution to the overcrowding problem and that a solution will take the whole community.

“People need to spay and neuter their dogs and cats responsibly, because these unplanned litters of six to eight puppies, that’s six to eight more animals that we need to find homes for,” Purcell said.