If you’re a dog or cat lover, free up your schedule this weekend for two fun outdoor events that organizers say are key to solving pet overcrowding and homelessness in the area. Wichita area. You can celebrate with other pet owners at Woofstock’s 25th anniversary on Saturday at Sedgwick County Park, then attend the Wags & Whiskers Dinner and Live Auction on Sunday night at Chicken N Pickle.
Two of Wichita’s biggest fundraisers for local animal rescue organizations are back in person this weekend after COVID-altered events last year. Both take place outdoors and both will continue their online components to expand their reach during what is described as a banner year for animal inputs at the local and national levels.
Christy Fischer, executive director of the Wichita Animal Action League, says a number of factors have led to an overcrowding problem that she and others are calling the worst they have seen in the wellness industry animal. Among the contributors: elective procedures, which included sterilizations and sterilizations for dogs and cats, were postponed to 2020 as hospitals worried about drug shortages for patients struggling with COVID; some owners have had to abandon animals for financial and housing reasons following pandemic closures; and an adoption rush in 2020 as people worked from home and didn’t travel.
“All of the rescues did a lot of adoptions over a fairly short period of time in 2020 instead of that number of adoptions spanning 12 to 16 months as we would normally see,” Fischer said. “So now adoptions are down across the board because people already have their pets and they’re not necessarily looking for another one. “
Wichita Animal Action League, or WAAL, is one of many state-approved rescue groups working alongside the Kansas Humane Society to help save pets from euthanasia at local shelters simply for want of space or funds for medical needs. KHS is Wichita’s largest privately funded nonprofit animal shelter organization. It cares for 16,000 pets each year through approximately 8,000 pet adoptions and provides spaying / neutering services for low-income people, end-of-life services and community outreach. WAAL is a foster home rescue and does not operate a full time facility. The group rescued approximately 1,100 animals in 2020 from overcrowded shelters and also conducts several community outreach initiatives, ranging from sourcing community pet food banks to approaching owners for neglect or neglect issues. cruelty.
KHS and WAAL said their fundraisers in 2020 brought in less dollars than in 2019 and they hope returning to the in-person events will help fund the community’s unprecedented needs. Here’s how to participate in either of these events:
Kansas Humane Society Woofstock
Woofstock, the Kansas Humane Society’s main annual fundraising event, has drawn up to 10,000 attendees in recent years and temporarily changed its format in 2020 to a drive-thru version of Woofstock and virtual activities. As they return in person for the 25th anniversary of the event, organizers expect the continued spread of COVID to keep attendance lower.
“We understand that not everyone is comfortable attending events right now,” said Ericka Goering, KHS Director of Marketing and Communications. “We’re an outdoor event and we have a big space, so people should be able to spread out. We recommend that those who want to go out, wear a mask and practice social distancing as much as possible. “
Woofstock is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 at Sedgwick County Park, 6501 W. 21st St. Anyone 12 years of age and over pays $ 10 to access the festival grounds, which will have 80 vendor booths with freebies . as goods and services for sale, a beer garden, a dozen food trucks on site and live music: the acoustic duo Dangie Music in the morning and the rock band Tequila Ridge in the afternoon.
Dog activities include races, agility lessons and a costume contest. Planned human activities include a play clinic where kids can practice being a vet, raffles for gift baskets, stage contests featuring musical chairs and pet / owner costumes, photo booth and live demonstrations from the Wichita Police Department’s K-9 unit.
Also included in admission: A limited number of free microchips and dog vaccines are available on a first come, first served basis.
Five custom niches created by Commerce Construction Services Inc. will be on display at Woofstock; they are part of the Woofstock online auction which launched on September 20 and ends at 8 p.m. on October 4. or sign up for a VIP package. Tickets are also available at the door on October 2, but you’ll have a better choice of shirt size if you pre-register.
There are two VIP packages: $ 25 includes a t-shirt, event bag, dog bandana and entry to the event while a $ 40 package includes the Woofstock package plus participation in a walk launch at 9 a.m., breakfast, a Woof Walk t-shirt and early entry to the festival grounds.
Those who aren’t comfortable attending can still donate and receive freebies for the event, and KHS is promoting a series of activities online this week ahead of the event. Visit the group’s Facebook page (facebook.com/kshumane) to keep up with daily activity, from bad drawings of animals for a small donation to free photo contests with prizes.
WAAL Wags & Whiskers
This is the seventh year for Wags & Whiskers, the main annual fundraiser for WAAL, which began saving animals in crisis in November 2013. This year’s event was originally booked at a covered venue and the organizers decided to move it to the Chicken N Pickle outdoor area, 1240 N. Greenwich Road.
Doors open at 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 3 and the event runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets cost $ 75 per person and there were over 100 left at the start of this week. You will need to purchase a ticket before the end of the day Friday at WAALrescue.org/ww.
Admission includes vegan and non-vegan dinner options, beer and wine, a DJ playing music, and fun activities throughout the night. There will be a dog and cat toy raffle, wine raffle and live auction of 20 items with unique journeys and experiences.
Participants and those at home can bid on the silent auction, which is already live and has end times shifted to Sunday evening. You can register to bid using the same link above. If you can’t attend, Fischer said, consider fostering, volunteering, or donating in some other way described on the WAAL website.
More Upcoming Animal Rescue Fundraising Events:
ICT Dachshund Races, 2 p.m., Saturday, October 9, outside Historic Union Station, 701 E. Douglas: Held in conjunction with ICT Bloktoberfest, the annual Dachshund Races are great fun to watch and all proceeds go directly to Lifeline Animal Placement & Protection. LAPP is a non-profit animal rescue and adoption kennel based in Wichita; learn more about the group at lifelineanimalplacement.org.
In addition to the $ 5 entry fee per dog, funds are raised through a silent auction and raffles open to the public during the event, as well as merchandise. Registration and training from noon to 1:30 p.m. followed by a fancy dress contest for dogs at 1:45 p.m. and race from 2 p.m.
Who Let the Dogs Out 5K / 1 Mile Fun Run, Sunday, November 7, at the Sunflower Building at Sedgwick County Park: You can run with your canine running companion or just run alone; in any case, you will help reduce the overpopulation of pets in our region. This event raises funds for Spay-Neuter Kansas, a non-profit veterinary clinic located at 319 S. Hydraulic that provides low cost sterilization / sterilization to pets in low income households. Learn more about the clinic at spayneuterkansas.com. To register, search for the event name on Facebook and click Book Now, or search for the event on runsignup.com.
Online registration is $ 25 for the 1 mile tailwaggers event and $ 36 for the 5K timed chip event. This includes a t-shirt, a finishing medal and a raffle ticket for gift baskets. Dogs that participate will also receive racing gifts. Register by October 20 to guarantee your shirt size.
Fur Ball, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, November 13, at The Vail, 210 N. Mosley: Fur Ball is the largest annual fundraiser for Beauties and Beasts Inc., a volunteer-run non-profit animal rescue organization that focuses on saving death row animals at shelters across the Wichita region and their placement in foster homes until adoption. Tickets start at $ 75 per person (beautiesfurball.givesmart.com) and include dinner from Culinary Catering plus two drink tickets. There will be silent and live auctions, photo booth, wine tasting and other activities. Learn more about the organization at beautiesandbeasts.org.