Local KC Organization Provides Jobs for Special Needs: Pawsibilities Pet Boutique

It can be hard to find the right job, but special needs can make it more challenging. Often times, those with special needs may not be given a chance to work a regular job & have the experiences that come with that job.

Pawsabilities bridges the gap between those with special needs & living a normal life. Programs allow their workers to be proud of their work…build friendships…& feel empowered & independent. So, come visit their shop to see what it’s all about!

We chatted with Debbie Horn, Director of Pawsabilities, to learn more about their Kansas City organization & how they help pet lovers.

What is Pawsabilities?

Pawsabilities is a day program  at a local retail store, providing jobs for people with a wide range of special needs. Workers operate a local pet treat bakery & pet boutique business to provide jobs & fund part of the program. You can shop tons of pet products at the storefront off Santa-Fe in Olathe, KS or shop online!

Find locally made dog treats like peanut butter treats, pet toys, clothing, hand-made dog scarves & other fun things for your pets.

“Everyone that comes here has parents who have said ‘we want something different’.”

Their main focus is providing a safe & beneficial environment, so those with special needs can thrive.

Pawsabilities found those with special needs have a common thread with most people; A love of dogs. So, they decided to bring the two together to provide  great opportunities with a great dog treat business.

Their ultimate goal is to facilitate a campus in Kansas City, where people with different special needs can live independently, with light assistance when needed.

“These kids want a life like their peers have – the chance to have what they want.” Pawsabilities gives them a chance at that. 

1 Year, 55 People with Special Needs Working with Pawsabilities.

Rather than giving people any job, Pawsabilities works with individuals to find the exact fit for them. Their strengths & unique skills are honed-in, so they can be successful in a work environment. Once in the program, Pawsabilities provides cross training over a variety of retail store skills like; customer service, baking, & running a register.

So, bring your dog in to visit the Pawsabilities store! Workers enrolled in the program love to meet the pets who enjoy their treats. (& just playing with dogs in general)

Their day program aims to develop employable skills, healthy living & current events that can transfer to other jobs outside of the Pawsabilities program. The programs run Monday to Friday 8:30 to 3:30. The main goal is to help participants grow & learn around other people.

There are also evening programs available that serve individuals 10-21  years old, including children who are enrolled in school during the day. These programs focus on fun concepts like drama, older individuals who wish to attend are also welcome.  Learn more about programs online!

How to Support Pawsabilities?

Come visit their pet boutique!

Shop grain-free dog treats like Peanut butter cookies, dog scarves, t-shirts, dog ‘paw’ balms, toys & other fun pet products. Experience the mission of Pawsabilities & bring your pups in for a visit…or you can purchase their products online. Check out what you can purchase at Pawsabilities:

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You can also volunteer with Pawsabilities!

The organziation also has an event coming up;

To honor the life of one of their members who was lost to suicide, Pawsabilities hosts an annual Puppy Parade to celebrate her life. The 2019 Puppy Parade will take place on September 21st, 2019 in the Pawsabilities parking lot. (Olathe, KS)

There will be dog costume contests, dog trick contests, carnival games, food, face painting, music & family-friendly fun.

Pawsabilities also hosts a Gala in February of each year, including a fashion show with members of the program.  Their gala includes some individual tickets but is mostly tables from corporate sponsors and groups.

The Pawsabilities program provides a way for those who may not otherwise have a job to thrive in a retail & baking environment.

We are proud to partner with Pawsabilities & hope you will visit their location to check it out.

Come shop with your pets & support a great cause. There are adorable & delicious products for your pets to enjoy like Royal dog scarves. 😊

Fun Pet Friendly Things to Do in Kansas City: Paint WITH Your Pet!

Pet Friendly Things to Do: Paint WITH Your Pet!

Paint memories with your pets at Paint, Glaze, & Fire: find fun pet friendly things to do. 

You share so many special memories with your dog: trips to the park, long walks, and lots of hugs.

man’s best friend is right.

We can all agree, we love our animals enough to get a painting done of them…but what if you could get creative WITH your dogs?

Paint, Glaze & Fire invites you and your furry family to take part in exciting projects that you can make with your four-legged friends.

Paint with your pet is near me! Check it out:

Are There “pet friendly” things to do WITH my Dog?

We all want more pet friendly things to do, but what can our pets actually participate in? Pawprint art is a fun way to create a cute, customized keepsake with the help of your furry friend.

Stamp your dog’s pawprint on a four-inch tile for FREE, which we will glaze and fire the tile fo you.

Pawprint tile art makes a perfect trivet or wall hanging for your home.  And don’t worry about pet paint…the nontoxic, water-based paint wipes off easily, so there’s no mess. If your furry friend happens to be extra furry, we recommend trimming the hair around his pads ahead of time to get a clean print.

You can find us making pawprint tiles at pet friendly events around town like Rock and Brew and Santa Dogs, or bring your well-mannered dogs to the studio for creative fun! If you’re looking for more pet friendly things to do, call us to see what event we will be at next!

Make Pet Gifts or Gifts for Pet Lovers

Handmade gifts are so thoughtful…

Paint, Glaze & Fire can also help you make personalized pet gifts too! Choose from a variety of ceramic pieces that you can personalize for your dog or create wonderful gifts for pet lovers.

The shelves are filled with treat jars, canisters, food & water bowls, picture frames, dishes, ceramic animals, and other personalized pet gifts for you to create! Decorate your pet gifts with pawprints or create your own designs.

Whether you come in to make gifts for pet lovers or pet gifts for your own furry family, we have you covered.  Paint, Glaze, & Fire can customize your pet-themed project or create something completely different with you.

We’ll help you find the inspiration you need to create a piece you’ll be proud of. With tools like silk screen stencils, specialty paints, sponges, and stamps, it won’t be long before you realize how fun (and easy) it is to be anartist!

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Can I Take My Pet Gift Home with Me?

When your work is complete, you’ll leave it with us for 7-10 days to glaze  and fire personalized gifts or works of art in our kiln.

The finished product is safe for food, so you (or your dogs) can eat from it!

Find Paint,  Glaze & Fire‘s details about pricing, special events, and other activities like glass fusion and canvas painting on the website.

Remember, there’s a per person studio fee for painting ceramics, plus the cost of the pieces you choose to paint. Check out the daily specials below…there are many ways to save a little money while getting creative.

You can find their current daily specials below:

TUESDAYS – THURSDAYS: 1/2 price studio fees all day long
YOUNG AT HEART SPECIAL: Ages 55+ 1/2 Price Studio Fees Any Day
SPECIAL POPS (for kids & adults with special needs): Studio Fee Always 1/2 Price
BIG BROTHER/BIG SISTER: 1/2 Price Studio Fees Any Day
KIDS OUT OF SCHOOL? Studio Fees are always 1/2 price during the school year when kids are out of school for teacher conferences, winter break, etc. Just mention this special when you arrive at the studio.
SHEFFIELD PLACE – Donate an old cell phone and receive 25% off One Piece of Pottery. May be combined with 1/2 price Studio Fee Daily Special but not with other promotions or discounts. Cell phones are recycled and proceeds go to support Sheffield Place.
MILITARY DISCOUNT: 15% off ticket any day! On 1/2 price studio fee days discount applies only to pottery.

Give Paint, Glaze, & Fire a call at 913-661-2529 before bringing your pooch in; dogs do best when the shop isn’t too busy.

We’d also love to hear from you if you have any questions or would like to make reservations. We hope to see you and your furry friends soon at this fun thing to do with your pet.


84 Pet-friendly Places to Shop in Kansas City

Pet-friendly things to do are our favorite…including pet-friendly shopping!

Every pet parent & pet lover wants to spend as much time as possible with their furry friends, but what pet-friendly stores can you shop at together? iPetsKC  to the rescue!  Kansas City is FULL of pet-friendly shopping.

84 Pet Friendly Places to Shop in Kansas City

Explore the 84 pet-friendly places to take your dog in Kansas City in our list below.


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Places to Shop with Pets in KC

Find stores at Zona Rosa in Kansas City or shops at Town Center Plaza in Leawood. Discover the dog-friendly Country Club Plaza in downtown Kansas City too! (Many stores at the Plaza put water bowls out in the summer for your pets to enjoy a refreshing drink) Bring your dog on shopping adventures and spend the day exploring Kansas City Metro places to shop with your dog.

Grab your furry fam and let’s go shopping!
  1. Academy Sports
  2. Ace Hardware Stores (must be on leash)
  3. Alter’d State
  4. Apple Store*
  5. Animal Crackers Feed Store & Pet Supply
  6. Ann Taylor & Ann Taylor Loft (must be friendly)
  7. Anthropologie
  8. Athleta
  9. Banana Republic*
  10. Barkville Pet Boutique
  11. Barnes & Noble
  12. Bass Pro Shops
  13. Bath & Body Works* (as long as controlled)
  14. Bebe*
  15. Blue Parkway Bait & Pet Supplies (must be on a leash)
  16. Buckle*
  17. Cabella’s
  18. Charlie Hustle
  19. Chico’s*
  20. Clark’s*
  21. Dick’s Sporting Goods
  22. Doggie Style Bowtique
  23. Eddie Bauer
  24. Express* (on the plaza)
  25. Feldman’s Farm & Home (must be on a leash)
  26. Foot Locker*
  27. Forever 21*
  28. Free People
  29. Gap*
  30. Half Price Books
  31. Hallmark (allow, but some franchises so have their own rules)
  32. Helzberg Diamonds*
  33. Hobby Lobby
  34. Home Depot (must be on a leash)
  35. J.Crew* (on the plaza)
  36. Land of Paws (must be on leash)
  37. The Learning Tree*
  38. LOFT* (MUST be on a leash & not impacting experience of customers)
  39. Lowe’s
  40. Lucky Brand Store
  41. Lulu Lemon
  42. LUSH Cosmetics*
  43. Madewell
  44. Marshall’s
  45. Maurice’s*
  46. Moosejaw
  47. Nordstrom*
  48. North Face Store
  49. Old Navy
  50. Orvis
  51. PetsMart
  52. PetCo
  53. Pet-topia
  54. Planters Seed & Spice Co.
  55. Pottery Barn
  56. Rally House
  57. Restoration Hardware
  58. Ross
  59. Rue21*
  60. Scheels – Check out their PET SECTION!
  61. Scout & Molly’s at Town Center
  62. Sephora*
  63. Sports Nutz
  64. Sutherlands
  65. Three Dogs Bakery
  66. Tiffany & Co.* (must be on a leash)
  67. Tilly’s- Town Center
  68. TJ Maxx (on a leash)
  69. Tommy Bahamas
  70. Torrid*
  71. Tractor Supply Co.
  72. Urban Outfitters
  73. Under Armour Factory House (Legends)
  74. Vans
  75. Victoria’s Secret* (on the plaza)
  76. Vineyard Vines
  77. Waldo Grain Co. (must be on leash)
  78. Waldo Hardware
  79. The Walking Company
  80. Warby Parker (Exam Room- ONLY service dogs allowed)
  81. West Elm*
  82. White House Black Market*
  83. Zumiez*
  84. Scout & Molly’s Town Center


*Shopping Centers:

Country Club Plaza welcomes dogs to walk around the shopping center. The Plaza is a very dog-friendly place to hang out; many dog-friendly places in KC have a location at the Plaza. Several stores put water bowls out in the summer for your pets to enjoy a refreshing drink

Zona Rosa allows dogs on a leash if they are friendly and maintained.

Oak Park Mall does NOT allow pets, even if a store DOES; Only service dogs.

Crown Center only allows service dogs inside the shopping center.

Independence Center does NOT allow dogs inside, even if a store DOES; Only service dogs.

Legends Shopping Center allows pets on a leash to walk around. Stores at the Legends Outlets are not necessarily pet-friendly. Check the list above.

Summit Fair allows dogs on leashes in the common grounds. Stores in Summit Fair are not necessarily pet-friendly. Check the list above.

Town Center Plaza & Park Place allow dogs on a leash to walk around. Stores at Town Center Leawood and Park Place are not necessarily pet-friendly. Check the list above.

Missing a dog-friendly place in Kansas City? Email us to add your favorite place to shop with your dog!

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