PITTSBURG — It has been a busy few weeks for the Southeast Kansas Humane Society. Last weekend they hosted their first Rummage for Rescue. The rummage, a large clean out sale at the Doggie Bag which Business and Promotions Manager, Jasmine Kyle said did very well.
“We had over $800 in profit between the outside sale and in our indoor numbers, so it was a great weekend,” said Kyle.
That good feeling continued for the nonprofit when Kyle was able to publicly announce this week that the humane society had received a grant for over $38,000 from the Ronald O. Thomas Foundation last month.
The money will help the humane society pay for much needed improvements, many of which Kyle said are already underway or completed.
“We had plans to do many of the things already, however, this money allows us to do them much faster,” Kyle said “What would have taken well over a year to finish will now be done in the fall of 2018.”
According to Kyle that’s good news for the humane society as some of the improvements were badly needed.
“This will help us get the perimeter fencing up quickly, which is a big need for us,” Kyle said. “Animals that are dropped off, or escape a carrier, make for our treeline. Then they can be very hard to catch.”
According to Kyle the grant will also fund a mini dog park, cat room renovation, sidewalks, better parking, and other necessary improvements to the humane society.
“We have also installed a new storm drainage system, which was badly needed as previously nearly every storm flooded us out.” Kyle said.
The new system is already in place, and Kyle said is keeping the storm waters out of the humane society.
Scheduled improvements are over half way done, and Kyle expects that trend of quick work to continue.
“We are very pleased with the progress, and how these extra funds have allowed us to move forward so quickly,” said Kyle.
The quick pace will continue this Saturday as the humane society hosts its annual Bark in the Park. The yearly event will have old favorites like the dog show, and community dog walk.
However, they will also be bringing in new events like kids crafts and dog biscuit frosting. The Blue Spoon, a local food truck, will be partnering with the humane society for the event. There will also be other vendors including Pittsburg Chiropractic who will have information on pet chiropractic services.
“We’ve got new events this year, as well as new t-shirt designs, and lots of fun swag in the registration bags,” said Kyle.
Aside from participating in the event, Kyle said local residents can help the humane society by volunteering to help.
“We need volunteers to walk adoptable dogs and to help hand out registration bags,” said Kyle. “There is no better way to help your community than to volunteer for a nonprofit.”
The humane society will also be celebrating their 45 anniversary at Bark in the Park with free cake slices from paw print shaped cakes.
“We are so lucky to have the support of the community, we wouldn’t be here for 45 years without that level of dedication.”
8 a.m. - Noon - Registration
9 a.m. - Dog Walk
9:30 a.m. - Demo by Good Boy Professional Dog Training
10 a.m. - Kids Chalk Contest
10:30 - Demo by Good Boy Professional Dog Training
11 a.m. - Dog Show
11:45 a.m. - Raffle Drawings