Homeless people with dogs now accepted at Wichita shelter

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A Wichita shelter is now accepting homeless pet owners.

Inter-Faith Ministries made the announcement on Thursday. 

The Inter-Faith Inn, the year-round, 30-day shelter in Wichita will be the state’s first and only pet-friendly shelter. 

At this time, the Inn is only accepting dogs in its shelter but has plans to accommodate cats in the near future.

The change officially began on Tuesday. 

Intakes for homeless pet owners and their pets will take place every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Inn at 320 E. Central. 

Veterinarians will be available on site to check out the animals and provide basic care prior to being accepted into the shelter. 

Three dog runs have been set up in the back of the facilities for the animals. A spokesperson with the shelter said clients must confirm availability and secure a spot by calling the shelter at 316-264-8051.

“As a dog-owner myself, I know how strong the bond between pet and owner can be,” said Inter-Faith Ministries Executive Director LaTasha St. Arnault. “Pets offer us companionship and loyalty but it’s something more for our homeless clients—pets offer them mental stability and responsibility and are often described as a reason to live.”

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