Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Gift of Life

All of the shown animals have been adopted from CCHS! We have achieved a record number of adoptions this year, despite a massive budget cut from the county and our donations being down. Please consider making a donation so we can continue saving lives! 
Click here to donate--no amount is too small!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Adoption Story: Victoria

This story had been submitted to the PetCo Holiday Wishes grant contest and was chosen as one of the finalists. The results are in: CCHS didn't win a prize, but we congratulate all of the shelters and rescues who received grants! Whatever the outcome, Victoria and all the other shelter animals who have found loving homes won the biggest prize of all!

Victoria-Oldie but Goldie
by Alice Shaffer
It is said that good things come in small packages-something which was not evident at first glance when this tiny, stray dog arrived at CCHS.

 The senior Chihuahua lady was in dire need of help. She was about 12 years old, emaciated, dehydrated, her nails curling into her pads; she also had only five bad teeth left, was suffering from an ear infection, an ulcer in her eye and a severe flea allergy, leaving her skin bare, oozing, and scabby.

Despite all of her ailments, Victoria was so sweet and loving that the shelter staff was determined to give her the help she needed and find the right home for her. Knowing that my husband and I have a weakness for senior Chihuahuas, they already had an idea which home that might be.

During my five years as a CCHS volunteer, I have managed to not adopt every Chihuahua in sight and let the shelter staff know that I wasn't about to adopt this one either. My resistance started waning when they told me Victoria's age and condition. I finally agreed to see her and when I held this sweet little dog in my arms and she gave me a kiss on the nose, the deal was sealed--Victoria was coming home with us!

The old girl not only started gaining weight, but also spunk. Every day Victoria grew healthier, livelier and entertained us with her antics. Now,two months later, her hair has grown back, her health is good and she has turned out to be a real clown! Victoria dances when the treat bag comes out, she loves to roll in the grass, play on the bed, run around the yard like crazy and make us laugh.

Victoria after having regained weight
 and hair
There is much more laughter around the house and many more smiles since this little princess has arrived! One kiss from her can make the day's stress melt away, one dance and good mood is inevitable. 

It is true-good things do come in small packages. In this case, a three-pound package full of life, love, and a wagging tail!

A version of this story was submitted to the PetCo Holiday Wishes writing contest and chosen as a finalist. 33 grants worth $5,000 - $100,000  are given to shelters which adopted out the animals in the stories. Winners will be announced mid-December.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Annual Tasting and Benefit Auction 2016

It's never too early to start promoting our biggest fundraiser of the year - the annual wine tasting and auction! Come celebrate a tea pawty with us on Saturday, April 9th at Baden Square in Winfield. Tickets include wine, finger foods, auction, and much more!
Special thanks to ACHS art teacher Howard Levy for hand-drawing the cat and dog!

Replacement of Outdoor Kennels

Opportunity for outdoor kennel sponsorship!

December Adoption Special

Bring them home for the holidays!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Adopt A Shelter Dog Month Adoption Special

We Let the Dogs Out - Petpalooza Recap

September 12th was a day full of sunshine and mild temperatures-and FUN! It was time to celebrate everything dog and their humans. Many visitors, some from as far away as Wichita, came to Black Creek Park in Winfield to let their dogs play at the two temporary dog parks, participate in activities and contests, try their luck at the cake walk, bid on silent auction items, and check out the vendors. It was a success, with $1,500 being made for the shelter and 7 dogs finding homes at the adoption event at the park! Photos by Diana & Lane Russell and Kay Martinez of Matsufoto. View even more pics on our Facebook page!

Vendor Lane
Cake Walk
Dog Park


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Upcoming Events Benefiting the Shelter

Sep 12 + Oct 9: Udall's Forest of Fear 5K Monster Dash
Notice: Sep 12 race has been canceled and will be combined with the Oct 9 Monster Dash!

Registration and more information on the website

Oct 3: Udall Fall Festival's Doggie Dash

More information on the website

Oct 3: CCHS's Doggie Boutique at Fall Into the Holidaze Craft & Antique Show
Winfield Fairgrounds, 9-4
Come visit our booth! Stay tuned on Facebook for more information as the date draws closer.

Thursday, August 6, 2015


CCHS's Petpalooza, the only event in Cowley County where dogs are requested to attend, is right around the corner! Not only will there be big dog/small dog parks, vendors, silent auction, contests, cake walk, and more, but you can visit with shelter dogs on location! Who knows, you might go home with a new four-legged friend!

Watch for updates and details on Facebook.

Demolition Derby

Justin Eastman, demo derby driver and shelter supporter, put our logo on his demo car he drove at the Cowley County Fair! Thank you so much, Justin!

Justin and his car

Shelter staff Dovie Browning, and Justin Eastman

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Members Wanted!

It's that time of year where we are starting our membership drive. How many reasons are there to become a member? Almost 3,000! That's how many animals come through our door every year. They all need help and we are here to give it to them. Our efforts cost money and over 70% of our funding comes from donations, sponsorships, memberships, fundraising and grants. A membership is $20 a year and makes a huge difference in the shelter animals' lives! Read more here: 

You see, we are not only here for the animals, but we also help out the community. We provide a safe place for unwanted animals, so they are not dumped in the country or roam the streets of our towns. We offer a solution for those people who are no longer able to care for their pets. We spay and neuter all adoptable animals, so that only altered pets are placed in the community, reducing the number of unwanted animals. 

If you would like to know where all of these animals come from, this will help you out:

Interested? You can easily become a member online by clicking here:

As a small token of our gratitude and to help spread the word we will send you a membership magnet. Thank you for your support!