A group of older, western Kansas breeding dogs will have a second chance at life.

Their new life, Kingman County Humane Society director CJ Jergenson hopes, will be filled with green grass and watching TV and eating treats with their new owner. A lifetime of breeding can be rough on a dog and the alternative to adoption was them being euthanized since the breeder decided to retire, Jergenson said.

The humane society will pick up the 25 dogs Saturday and have a drive-thru “Dog Rescue – Donation” event that same day. People will be able to see the dogs and donate supplies to the humane society.

The dogs — all Jack Russell Terriers, chihuahuas and Yorkies between the ages of 8 and 14 — likely won’t be able to be adopted for between two to six weeks. The dogs have lacked a lot of animal and human contact and will need to adjust before being adopted.

“The dogs kinda let us know” when they’re ready,” Jergenson said. “They are the ones who make that determination.”

The hope is that people can see the dogs and follow what shelter or rescue group they go to and adopt them when they are ready.

“Our facility is pretty small — that’s why we are not going to be able to keep 25 dogs,” Jergenson said, adding they usually have fewer than 10 dogs and about a dozen cats.

The drive-thru event is from noon-3 p.m. Saturday at Kingman “B” Street Barn at the corner of West B Ave and Cedar Street in Kingman. The nonprofit also is looking for donations: bleach, laundry detergent, paper towels, dry dog or puppy food, dry cat or kitten food, canned cat and dog food, heavy-duty chew toys, clumping cat litter and small cat beds.

Volunteers can help carry donations so people do not need to leave their vehicles.


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