PITTSBURG — The SEK Humane Society is gearing up for a string of animal care-related events that will take place throughout the next couple months.

The organization will conduct a free shelter rescue training program April 12 at Memorial Auditorium at 503 North Pine. Additionally, it will host two days of animal responder training on April 28 and April 29 in Leawood. A specific time and place will be released as it becomes available.

Many animals have been left homeless as a result of severe weather. Business and Promotions Manager Jasmine Kyle said the Humane Society aims to prepare pet owners with such events.

“If anything like Hurricane Katrina happens in our area, that’s the type of stuff we would do to go and help out those communities animal-wise,” Kyle said. “The last thing on a lot of people’s lists is what happens to the animals in those situations.”

The Humane Society will conduct its annual adopt-a-thon May 5 at 485 E 560th Ave, with an open house of the property’s new dog building occurring the following day.

“With spring around the corner, we check in tons of kittens and puppies,” Kyle said. “We get a huge intake and we can hold only so many, so really, it’s just getting these kittens and puppies adopted.”

June is set to be a particularly active month for the shelter, starting with a pet expo on June 1 and 2. Its motorcycle-themed Mutt Run will kick off on June 2.

The Rummage for Rescue event will take place at the Doggie Bag June 9 at 816 N Broadway St, which will showcase special deals for some of the store’s products.

The Humane Society will end the festivities with its Bark in the Park event from 8 a.m. to noon June 23 at the Lincoln Center at 710 W 9th St. Multiple vendors will showcase a variety of events, including a dog show, a dog walk, and free demonstrations.

“Unfortunately, with the location of the SEK Humane Society, it’s one of those out-of-sight issues that we have to deal with,” Kyle said. “We like to have these events in town to educate people on animal care and it really gets the people out there.”

 — Brandon Schmitz is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be reached at bschmitz@morningsun.net.