Wichita homeless shelter now accepting people and their dogs

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Wichita homeless shelter will now let people bring their dogs in off the street, too, making it the only pet-friendly shelter in the state. 

Kate Webb with Inter-Faith Ministries said that intakes for homeless pet owners and their pets will take place each Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Inn at 320 East Central. The shelter is only accepting dogs but has plans to accommodate cats in the near future.

Veterinarians will be at the 30-day shelter to examine the animals and provide basic care prior to being accepted into the shelter, where three dog runs have been set up in the rear of the facilities.

Clients must confirm availability and secure a spot by calling the shelter at 316-264-8051 prior to 4 p.m. on the day they wish to check in.

“As a dog-owner myself, I know how strong the bond between pet and owner can be,” said Inter-Faith Ministries Executive Director LaTasha St. Arnault. “Pets offer us companionship and loyalty but it’s something more for our homeless clients—pets offer them mental stability and responsibility and are often described as a reason to live.”

Inter-Faith says Pamie Hathaway is a perfect example. She's now a resident in one of Ministries’ low-income apartment complexes and says she went through a dark period and would have committed suicide if not for her dog.

“She’s my everything,” she said of her dachshund, Mia.

Inter-Faith thanked Christen Skaer, a key member of our board of directors, and Program Director Christen Sampamurthy for their vision in developing the program, as well as the Wichita Animal Action League (WAAL) and Beauties and Beasts for their invaluable support.

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