Helping Hands Humane Society animal shelter cuts dog adoption costs

Kindal Stewart hadn’t planned to adopt a dog on Wednesday.

But a mischievous pup named Brownie had a change of heart when Stewart looked at him through a window at the Helping Hands Humane Society animal shelter in Topeka.

“He’s so happy and loving, and it’s like he’s attracted to me!” she said to the Capital-Journal.

Stewart ended up adopting Brownie, who is a mix of pit bull terrier and Labrador retriever.

“We are currently playing in his new garden,” she said later that day.

How much is that dog in the window? Here are the adoption fees from the Humane Society.

The eyes of three dogs follow those who wander through the kennels of the Helping Hands Humane Society animal shelter in Topeka.

Friday is National Dog Day, and HHHS employees are encouraging people to celebrate by adopting one of dozens of dogs available from their shelter at 5720 SW 21st Ave.

Because Brownie is 3 months and 3 weeks old, adopting her would normally cost $250.

This is the standard amount that HHHS, a non-profit group, charges to adopt puppies 4 months and under.

The charge tends to be $150 for dogs over 4 months to 6 years old and $75 for dogs 7 years and older, according to its website.

But due to overcrowding, HHHS this week began allowing adoption of any dog ​​for $25 and any cat for $10 through Aug. 31, communications director Emi Griess said.

Adoption fees include spaying and neutering, microchipping, vaccinations

Sedona, left, was among the dogs available for adoption Wednesday at a reduced rate of $25 through the Helping Hands Humane Society.  The discount will remain in effect until August 31.

The HHHS shelter has been essentially full since early July, though some days it’s fuller than others, Griess said.

The shelter saw a record number of adoptions in July, which it badly needed, she said.

Adoption fees include neutering and neutering, vaccinations, microchipping, a small bag of food, and a Topeka City tag and rabies tag if those are applicable, Griess said.

The dog must leave the shelter either in a secure carrier, on a leash and collar or in a leash and harness, she said.

Photos of animals available for adoption are available on the HHHS website, where images of 38 dogs were on display Wednesday.

Some photos have yet to be uploaded, Griess said.

Pocket pets are also available at HHHS, which is open 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Adoption closes 30 minutes before closing time.

Lucky, 14, would make a ‘good companion dog’

Lucky, a senior Shibu Inu mix, wags his tail excitedly as Emi Griess, communications director for the Helping Hands Humane Society, introduces him to new people in Topeka.  Lucky is one of dozens of adoptable dogs who need forever homes.

HHHS’ oldest dog is Lucky, a 14-year-old, 37-pound male Shiba Inu mix whose ancestry may also include American dingo, Griess said.

Lucky is friendly with people and would make a good “companion dog”, she said, adding that he is not very energetic but would be good for short walks.

Thames is friendly and well behaved

Thames, a pit bull terrier and Labrador retriever mix, is being rewarded with a treat on Wednesday for obeying an order from Emi Griess, communications coordinator for the Helping Hands Humane Society.

The dog with the longest uninterrupted stay at HHHS is Thames, an 86-pound male who is a mix of pit bull terrier and Labrador retriever. Thames is about 8 years old and has been at HHHS since April 23, Griess said.

Although Thames’ size, strength and status as a “senior dog” may be a barrier for some potential owners, he is healthy, friendly to people and well behaved, she said.

HHHS places no time limit on how long it will keep an animal deemed adoptable, although animals that remain unadopted after several months may be transferred to another shelter or animal shelter where it is more likely to happen, Griess said.

HHHS sometimes euthanizes animals, but only for medical or behavioral reasons, she said.

Further details about HHHS’s animal adoption can be found on its Facebook site.

Save the Dogs from Death Row

Marrissa Stark, Helping Hands Humane Society adoption and customer service manager, holds puppies Sundae, left, and Cupcake on Wednesday as the shelter promotes its low adoption rates.  Both are a mix of Pit Bull Terrier and Labrador Retriever.

Dogs can also be adopted through Saving Death Row Dogs, a state-licensed no-kill foster organization that networks with shelters and shelters in the Topeka area while focusing primarily on saving lives. adoptable dogs.

More information about this group can be found on its Facebook page.

What is National Dog Day?

National Dog Day was founded in 2004 by Colleen Paige, an animal welfare advocate and pet lifestyle expert, according to her website.

The observance “celebrates all breeds, mixed and purebreds, and serves to galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, whether in public shelters, rescues and purebred rescues. pure,” this website says.

He encourages people to celebrate National Dog Day by adopting a rescue dog, brushing it, exercising it, or giving it a hug and a kiss.

October 29 is National Cat Day.

What other promotions are available to celebrate National Dog Day?

Krispy Kreme, a donut store chain with locations in Merriam, Overland Park and Wichita, is celebrating National Dog Day by offering baked “dog donuts” for sale at participating locations.

Some of the donuts contain carob, which looks and tastes like chocolate, but is safe for dogs. Chocolate is not safe for dogs, the promotion’s website states.

Native Pet, which creates organic and nutritional supplements for dogs and cats, began Monday and will continue until Friday to offer 30% off the price of the products it offers that are purchased on the website.

This arrangement is in place for dog items that include allergy chews, relief chews, bladder chews, pumpkin powder, beef bone broth, and broth of chicken bones.

Tim Hrenchir can be reached at or 785-213-5934.

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