About RCHS

Who we are...

The Riley County Humane Society, formed in January 1975, is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit, no-kill animal rescue organization dedicated to the welfare of animals. We receive no funding from the government, United Way, or any national animal welfare organization.

Although we do not operate the local city animal shelter, we do work closely with area shelters to promote adoptions. In addition, we have our own animals available for adoptions that are cared for by volunteer foster parents. 

We serve the Manhattan community, including surrounding counties, by providing a variety of programs. These include educational programs benefiting elementary schools, informational booths and displays at special community events, spay/neuter/release for feral cats, participation in fairs and events sponsored by national animal welfare organizations to promote responsible pet ownership, and our fostering program. Several fund-raisers are conducted throughout the year as well to benefit homeless animals in the community. Please see our Programs page for more details.


How we got started...

Glenda Heldenbrand, an employee of radio station KMAN, was the hostess of an open line program. People called her to give their opinions about various subjects. She noticed that many of the calls were related to the treatment of animals. In January, 1975, Glenda began to form the Riley County Humane Society. She met with lawyers to develop by-laws and on March 5, 1975, the RCHS was recognized by the state of Kansas as a non-profit organization.