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Thousands of people have been displaced by Hurricane Harvey – and they’re not the only ones affected by the disaster. Some Wichita rescue groups are making sure displaced animals also get the help they need.

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Animal welfare workers across Kansas have been receiving free training this week from the national Humane Society.

Midge Grinstead, the head of the Humane Society of the U.S. for Kansas, has been leading the first round of training sessions in cities across the state, including Wichita, Topeka and Kansas City. The trainings, which have brought together shelters, rescues and law enforcement, are part of a three-year, $1 million program.

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The Wichita Police Department is investigating a potential dog-fighting ring after seizing three pit bulls from a residence in central Wichita yesterday.

Police took the dogs, along with a rabbit, to the animal shelter after coming across evidence of possible dog fighting at a home near 13th and Chautauqua. They were in the area investigating a separate crime. No arrests have been made.

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The Fourth of July brings celebrations and fireworks, which can be frightening to dogs and cats. But there are ways to help our pets cope.

While fireworks are going off outdoors, Emily Griffin, spokeswoman for the Kansas Humane Society, says it's best to keep your pets indoors.

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A local animal rescue group has received a grant to provide free spay and neuter services to pet owners in the Wichita area.

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The Kansas Humane Society has broken its record for the number of animals adopted in a single year.

With kittens and puppies in hand, employees of the Kansas Humane Society in Wichita were proud to announce at a press conference at City Hall that their organization had a record year in terms of how many pets they rescued and placed in homes.

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A substantial number of cities and counties across the United States practice trap, neuter, return, or TNR, as a method of animal control for feral cats. Estimates put the number of free-roaming cats in Wichita around 100,000. And while the city ordinances don’t exactly support TNR, a local group hopes that will soon change.

The Kansas Humane Society euthanized about 4,000 animals last year but an official says the number of animals saved continues to improve.

Spokeswoman Melissa Houston says the society provided services for 17,000 animals last year, with about 13,000 homeless. Of that number, more than 9,000 were adopted but the other 4,000 had to be euthanized.

Houston says decisions on which animals to put down are usually based on health and behavior, but some are based on space at the shelter.

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