Founded in 1912, the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City (HSGKC) is Kansas City's oldest shelter, and the first to establish a “no kill” policy. Originally called The Humane Society of Wyandotte County, HSGKC was founded by two sisters, Sarah Jacobs and Henriette H. Jacobs. HSGKC serves the community through animal adoptions, spay/neuter services, a subsidized preventive veterinary care clinic for low-income pet owners, and a humane education/outreach program.
In the past year, Humane Society has experiences a 25% increase in Shelter revenue, has paid off all debt, and is now operating in the black. Simultaneously, we've expanded Clinic hours and continue to offer low-cost walk-in appointments six days each week for anyone from the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. We've added bi-lingual employees to our team, providing better service for our many Spanish-speaking clients. We're working with local rescue groups to offer free spay/neuter clinics to the general public. Finally, we started a Behavior Enrichment Group (BEG) program for all dogs who are in our Shelter. The program socializes and trains dogs, which makes them more adoptable and moves them more quickly to their forever homes.
Goals for this year include expanding our available appointments and walk-ins to seven days/week, and remaining open one night each week late for convenience. We also plan, with funding, to expand Clinic services to include offering x-rays, in-house blood testing, and dental care. As our focus is on the Clinic for cash flow and sustainability, we continue to expand outreach and education, sharing information about Clinic services and responsible pet care.
Serving as Executive Director of Humane Society of Greater Kansas City is an honor and privilege. We serve animals and their owners well, amongst significant competition. Our challenge is to communicate the distinctiveness of Humane Society so the entire Kansas City community is aware of our services. Different from other animal rescue and shelter agencies, Humane Society of Greater Kansas City is an animal clinic first and foremost. More clearly, we are a low-cost animal clinic; well-positioned to serve both low-income neighborhoods in Kansas City, Kansas, as well as the greater metro area. In addition to Clinic services, we also offer Shelter and adoption services, with a commitment to house dogs and cats as long as needed before they find their forever homes.
Animal control and community residents bring stray and unwanted dogs and cats to the Humane Society on a daily basis. Upon arrival, animals are examined by one of our staff veterinarians and treated for any medical problems they may have. Through donations to our Gabriel's Fund, we are able to save seriously sick and injured dogs and cats that otherwise would not have a chance.
Our dogs have indoor/outdoor dog kennels with big play yards. Volunteers assist the Humane Society on a daily basis by walking dogs and interacting with animals. Most of our cats are free to lounge and play in rooms filled with cat furniture and toys, rather than confined to cages.
We find homes for 97% of the pets in our care, and we have no time limits for how long a pet may stay. We are a no-kill facility.
The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City works toward achieving the following short-term goals:
Long-term goals include the following:
HSGKC provides low-cost spay and neuter services and preventive veterinary care services for the public. Our clinic helps people on a limited budget care for the veterinary needs of their pets, and saves lives by reducing pet overpopulation through spay and neuter surgeries. We provide nearly $60,000 in uncompensated care to animals each year.
Through individual client meetings, our vet staff also works with pet owners to educate them about proper and responsible pet care. Through these efforts, the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City is able to significantly improve and save the lives of thousands of pets in the Greater KC community.
An estimated 12,000 animals are euthanized each year in the greater Kansas City area, but spay and neuter services provided by the Humane Society help control the pet population, lowering the number of animals at risk of being euthanized. We estimate that 70% of our clients would not be able to spay or neuter their pets without our service.
Short-term goals include:
We believe education is the key to ending cruelty toward animals, creating a more compassionate community toward animals, finding homes for homeless pets, and eliminating stray dogs and cats. Targeted to school-aged children, the Humane Education program teaches compassion toward animals, responsible pet care (including spaying and neutering), and safety around pets. Presenters accompanied by a pet are scheduled for schools, churches, or other community organizations. We also offer presentations and tours at our facility at 5445 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, KS. This program reaches nearly 4,000 students annually.
We believe our Humane Education program, offered free to the public, is a key achievement and a critical component of the Humane Society mission. We cannot adopt our way out of the problem of homeless pets. Ultimately, the problem will only be solved through education about responsible pet care and the importance of compassion toward all of our companion animals.
Long-term goals include:
Since 2009, Humane Society has partnered with Kansas City, Kansas Animal Control to help save the city shelter's pets. Since its inception, Ray of Hope has saved the lives of thousands of animals. Through Ray of Hope, dogs and cats at KCK Animal Control shelter are spayed or neutered, and they receive medical examinations, vaccinations, medications, and other medical procedures.
Immediate goals include:
Immediate Goals include:
Our biggest challenge is the ongoing cost to care for and treat animals in our charge. Adoption fees only offset a fraction of the cost for food, bedding, litter, medications, etc., not to mention the ongoing operational costs of our 10,000 square foot facility. HSGKC is literally the last chance for many animals, some requiring extraordinary medical and rehabilitative care, who would face almost certain euthanization were in not for HSGKC. Through our programs, they find loving homes for whom they are an unmitigated blessing … changing and improving lives.
Kate Fields has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University
of Kansas in Communications, and a
Master’s Degree in Business Management from Baker University. She has significant experience in for-profit business management, moving into the non-profit world in 2006 as Director of Marketing and Communications for the American Truck Historical Society.
Kate spent six years with Heartland Habitat for Humanity, first as Volunteer Coordinator, and then Director of Development. In 2013, Kate joined the Humane Society of Greater KC to become the Director of Humane Services. In 2015, she was promoted to President/CEO.
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