October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and the Cowley County Humane Society (CCHS) is offering adoption specials all month.

CCHS also will hold its annual Petpalooza fundraiser is this weekend. The event will be from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 13.

“Black Creek Park in Winfield will once again be transformed into dog parks and the fun can begin,” said CCHS board member Alice Schaffer.

Attendees can watch dogs play while having a breakfast of coffee, tea, juice, bakery items and breakfast bowls. The coffee was donated by College Hill Coffee.

The event will have many activities to take part in with or without a four-legged friend, including a cake walk, rock hunt, doggy boutique and more.

“Don’t have a dog? We have you covered!” Schaffer said. “Meet some shelter dogs at Petpalooza and take home your new family member! All rabies-vaccinated and well-behaved dogs are welcome.”

Black Creek Park is located at Wheat Road and 19th Avenue in Winfield. Admission to the event is free.

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

“We kicked off the month by rolling out our adoption specials on social media and our website,” said CCHS shelter administrator Beth Schmith.

“CCHS is one of 250 organizations across 44 states that are part of the first-ever Get ’em Home Challenge, sponsored by Maddie’s Fund. We are really excited to be part of this challenge, and have an opportunity to win grants and prizes for our shelter.”

This challenge is focused on long-term stay animals. The shelter will post promotions throughout the month on its Facebook page.

This week only, adult dog adoptions are $30 with the donation of dog treats, hot dogs and laundry soap.

Adult cat adoptions are $5 with a donation of a six-pack of paté cat food. Kitten adoptions are only $15 with the same donation.

“Besides cats and dogs, we occasionally (have) bunnies. Recently, we had a few chickens also,” Schmith said.

CCHS shelter needs

The shelter operates with funds that are received from nearby municipalities as part of an interlocal agreement, as well as donations.

Many of these donations come from the fundraising efforts of board members and other volunteers throughout each year.

CCHS’ tight budget creates needs in certain areas, such as treats for the animals and bleach for cleaning.

“We recently posted a list of the top 10 items the shelter uses on a daily basis. This list is always a good starting point for those that want to help the shelter animals,” Schmith said.

“We also have a wish list on Amazon with some of the larger things that we use. We periodically post the link to our wish list.”

Staff and volunteers

There have been some recent staff changes at CCHS.

“We just promoted one of our weekend kennel techs to an adoption specialist,” Schmith said. This person will head up off-site adoption events.

In addition to paid staff, the shelter also uses volunteers for a lot of the work that needs to be done.

“We have numerous volunteers that help us! We could not do what we do without them,” Schmith said.

“(Volunteers participate in) many work events throughout the month, spend time at the shelter walking dogs or helping clean the kennels, and some offer to transport when we have animals that need to go to Wichita to our open kennels there.”

The shelter even allows for community service hours to be performed at the shelter.

“We do recommend that they contact the shelter to schedule their time, so that we do not have timing conflicts with the inmates from (Kansas) Department of Corrections,” Schmith said.

“We are (also) always looking for passionate people that would like to join our board! If anyone is interested, they can email me at ccasdirector@skyerock.net. I will forward the information to one of our board members so they can contact them.”