Rescue groups promote community outreach ahead of adoption expo

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Goose is a puppy with a lot of energy and seems pretty happy. But when you look at his front paw, there’s a problem.

“His front leg is bending kind of funny and looks kind of funny,” his foster parent told KAKE News in 2017.

They thought he was hit by a car, so Wichita Animal Action League paid for a prosthetic for the dog. Nearly a year later, the agency also sent volunteers to work with ASPCA and other dog rescues to help Samoyeds saved from an Iowa puppy mill.

“Our goal is to get those animals into a loving family home,” said Stephanie McCurdy during the rescue.

It’s part of the group's goal of community outreach. One of it’s recent steps was to support SPA: the Safe Paws Alliance. WAAL teamed up with Indian Hills Animal Hospital and the Petco Foundation to support the partner project.

It’s a program that lets veterans and domestic violence victims board their pets for free while they seek help and housing. It was a project months in the making.

“Please don’t be scared to use this program. Your identity is safe. Your pet is safe. You’re going to be safe,” said Sarah Coffman, WAAL Executive Director. “We’re just excited and we hope that people partake.”

This Saturday, WAAL is organizing an adoption expo at Towne West Mall. Twelve rescue organizations will be there, along with at least 200 animals for adoption. Veterinarians will be there to answer questions, along with vendors to sell equipment and toys.

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