LARNED — In 2005, a group of concerned citizens recognized that Larned, like many communities across the country, had a problem with pet homelessness.
Strays brought to the Larned city pound were euthanized after three days if not claimed by their owners, or had no owner to claim them.
In many cases, these were healthy, adoptable animals that only needed a safe, caring place to stay until they could be placed in new homes. After several meetings to discuss the problem and explore options, the Pawnee County Humane Society was established as a steering committee under the city of Larned.
“The first priority in those early days was to decrease the euthanization of these unclaimed pets. It was not an easy task without a facility,” said Chasitty Solko, Pawnee County Humane Society president. “We were able to successfully help hundreds of animals by establishing a network of volunteer foster homes. Caring individuals opened their homes, and their hearts, to these animals, which gave us time to find them homes. As awareness of our efforts grew, PCHS also began helping with animals from Pawnee County.”
In 2008, the group was incorporated in as a non-profit 501(c3) charity and in August of 2011, The Pawnee County Humane Society opened the new animal shelter at the corners of 8th Street and K-264.
“Our success is due to the countless hours put in by our many volunteers who truly want to make the life a little better for the homeless pets in Pawnee County,” said Solko. “Thanks to the support of our local veterinary clinics the homeless pets are spayed, neutered, and living healthier lives. The homeless pets of Larned and Pawnee County thank you.”