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Dog-gone fun at Adopt-A-Pet
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Mickie, a Bluetick Coonhound, bred for hunting, takes a moment to relax with the help of some children at the Orscheln Farm Store. - photo by JIM MISUNAS Great Bend Tribune

You can’t blame a kid for trying.
Jaxson Stanley, 4, has a dog “Zella” at home, but that didn’t stop him by trying out the tiny pups on for size.
The Stanleys were in the middle of the Golden Belt Humane Society’s Adopt-A-Pet program, which meets on the first Saturday of each month at Orscheln’s Farm Store, 5320 10th Street.
Golden Belt adopted out three puppies — a pair of pug Chihuahuas and a dachshund terrier. Their most recent adoption found new homes for seven dogs.
“Everyone wants a puppy, so puppies are a big thing,” said Chris Klima, Golden belt board member. “The older dogs take more time to care for.”
The Golden Belt Humane Society volunteers helped make things go smoothly except for a couple of dogs who wanted everyone to hear their voice.
“That’s why the event is good for the dogs too,” Klima said.
One dog, Maggie Mae, had an owner who was homeless in Wichita. Maggie Mae was just released from “doggie jail,” for biting the hand that fed her.
The 15 volunteers helped make things go well in a fun atmosphere with various breeds on display.
“The volunteers who handle the dogs love giving their time and they enjoy it,” Klima said. “Many of them own pets and are more than willing to help. We needed 11 dog-handlers today.”
The Adopt-A-Pet fundraiser offered chicken noodles and three roasters sold quickly.
“The money goes directly to the animals, which sometimes have healthcare issues,” Klima said.
The Golden Belt Humane Society took care of more than 1,200 dogs last year. Dogs arrived from Wichita and Garden City this week.
“We’ve been fortunate as our reputation has grown, our range for adoptions goes out farther,” Klima said. “We end up emptying the shelter from time-to-time.”