The Pratt Area Humane Society will host a rummage sale from 8 a.m to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Municipal Building.

They are your best furry friends. Cats and dogs are companions, friends and pals.

Some of the best come from shelters like the Pratt Area Humane Society.

The shelter is hosting a rummage sale to help raise operating funds. The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Municipal Building. Free will donations will also be accepted and all money goes to PAHS, said April Hemphill, PAHS manager.

Rummage sale items can be dropped off at the Municipal Building on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 28 and 29 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The shelter requests no stuffed animals, no clothes and no construction materials. All drop-offs must be made at the Municipal Building. Do not take donations to the shelter because they have no way to transport items to the Municipal Building.

Linda Johnson from Buffalo, Okla. recently completed an adoption at the shelter. Johnson's daughter Tessa Johnson works in Pratt and follows PAHS on Facebook. Tessa learned that PAHS had taken in a litter of seven puppies and she called her mother about adopting a dog and sent her a photo.

Johnson already had a Chihuahua and when she saw the puppies, that appear to be a Chihuahua and dachshund cross, she decided to add to her pet family, Johnson said.

Johnson did all the necessary paperwork and within a couple of days was notified the adoption was approved. She drove to Pratt this week to pickup her new dog and visit her daughter. Everyone was very happy about the adoption and got lots of licks from the dog.

The shelter still has four of the original litter of seven puppies ready for adoption. The dogs were brought to the shelter on Sept. 6, given the necessary vaccinations and were spayed and neutered, a state requirement, Hemphill said.

Besides vaccinations and spaying and neutering, shelter animals also have a microchip implanted so they can be tracked if they stray. Each animal receives a tattoo to indicate they have an implanted microchip.

Adopting a pet is more than just filling out a form, paying the adoption fee and taking the animal home. Part of the process is interviewing references on the adoption form to verify the animal will go to a caring, loving home. The shelter also visits with the family about their lifestyle because some breeds are better suited to that lifestyle than other breeds, Hemphill said.

Another element of adoption is verifying that they can have a pet if they live in a rental property. Some potential adoptions did not work out because the person didn't check to see if pets were allowed on the property. So people need to verify they can have a pet with a landlord before starting the adoption process.

All this is done to make a successful adoption. By taking all these steps, it helps assure the family and pet will have a long, happy relationship.

"The goal is to not get the animal back here," Hemphill said.

Right now, the shelter has eight dogs, including four from that litter where Johnson got her dog, and 14 cats up for adoption. Cats are harder to adopt because there are so many cats in the community. But if someone wants a cat that is healthy and would be a good addition to the family, go out to the shelter and make a new friend.

Volunteers are welcome at the shelter. Those wanting to volunteer should visit or call the shelter at 620-672-6777 to see how they can help out.

It takes a lot of supplies to make the shelter work and they are always in need of certain items. Donations of these items are gratefully accepted: bleach, Clorox wipes, glass cleaner, trash bags, paper towels and clumping kitty litter. Cash donations are always welcome.

The Humane Society is located at 10233 Bluestem Boulevard in the Prairie Parkways Business Park on the north side of Pratt Community College. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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