Last year, Lifeline Animal Protection & Placement was the beneficiary of funds raised through a fashion show for Maurice’s held at Towne West Square. Maurice’s also collected donations through the month to benefit Wichita’s no-kill animal shelter. Out of this has grown a special adoption event to be held Mar. 5 at Towne West Square in the North Court in front of Dillards, from 2 to 5 p.m.
“We’re really excited about this opportunity,” said Holly Brookhouser, LAPP volunteer and the person coordinating the event with Towne West. “This grew out of the fashion show as we had an opportunity to work with Towne West management and they really took to us and wanted to do more to showcase our shelter and adoptable animals.”
In addition to the Adopt-A-Thon, there will be a special art exhibit by Meredith Gannon’s 4th and 5th grade classes based on the Blue Dog book by George Rodigue. The children will have photos of the Lifeline shelter dogs that they will make into Blue Dogs. The resulting artwork, about 50 pieces, will be on display with a dog house in front of each one that visitors can vote on with a donation to Lifeline. “Best of Show” and other prizes will be awarded to the winning artists, but the big winner will be the Lifeline shelter as the organization depends on donations from the community to provide care and sanctuary to nearly 400 animals until they find their forever home.
“The Towne West employees we’re working with have put together ideas and one of them is that some of the businesses in the mall are going to decorate wagons to advertise for their stores and we will put some of our smaller dogs in them and have a puppy parade around a small area in the mall or as far as the dogs allow,” added Brookhouser.
Lifeline hopes the Adopt-A-Thon will bring dogs like the Labrador mix puppies Turner and Hooch which have grown up at the shelter to the attention of a family looking for loyal companions so they can finally know a home of their own. Or Wally, a senior Pekingese mix who is blind and that the LAPP volunteers have accepted he may live out the rest of this life at the shelter, though he is a sweet and loving dog who deserves to have a real home for his final years. Not to mention the dozens of dogs and cats who have spent months and even years at the shelter waiting for the right family to come along.
Lifeline Animal Protection & Placement has operated in Wichita for 14 years as a no-kill shelter taking in stray, surrendered and animals rescued from being in danger of euthanization. Each animal taken in has a home at the shelter until it is adopted or dies from old age or illness with which it came to the shelter (there is a space reserved for Feline Leukemia positive cats). The shelter is located at 310 W. 45th St. North, and the shelter has adoptable pets at PetSmart locations in Wichita. To contact the shelter, call 316-807-8473.