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 Volunteer recognized for work with older adult pet adoption program

Pictured: Kim Lewis, LMSW, OAPA volunteer coordinator; Dr. Terry Radebaugh, former Wichita State University employee and co-founder of OAPA; Karen Andres; Dr. Mary Carman, LP, former Prairie View vice president and co-founder of OAPA

NEWTON, Kan. (January 25, 2018) – Karen Andres was recognized as the 2017 Older Adult Pet Adoption’s Volunteer of the Year on Tuesday, Jan. 23. The Older Adult Pet Adoption (OAPA) program allows adults 55 years of age and older to adopt a pet from Caring Hands Humane Society at no charge and assures placement of the pet in a loving home if the adult becomes unable to care for the animal.

The program is a joint effort between Prairie View, Caring Hands Humane Society, Harvey County Department on Aging and Wichita State University.

“We appreciate Karen’s dedication and passion that she brings to the program,” says Kim Lewis, LMSW, OAPA volunteer coordinator. “She is always willing to assist in the adoption process and we are grateful for her efforts.”

In the last year, OAPA has helped ten dogs get adopted at no charge.

To volunteer, contact Lewis at 316-284-6330. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and reside in Wichita, Newton, Hesston, Hillsboro, McPherson or surrounding areas. The average hours a volunteer might complete in a month is approximately two to three hours.

Individuals interested in adopting a dog or cat through OAPA should contact Caring Hands Humane Society at 316-283-0839. After the adoption is complete, individuals are matched with a volunteer who will call and complete a home visit.

Prairie View, Inc., a faith-based behavioral health services provider, offers treatment and psychiatric services for all ages as well as consultations for businesses and organizations. In addition to our main campus in Newton with outpatient offices, psychiatric hospital, residential treatment for adolescents, and the Addictions Treatment Center, Prairie View serves clients in Hillsboro, McPherson and at two locations in Wichita. To support Prairie View’s mission to transform lives, call 800-992-6292 or visit


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