For decades, thousands upon thousands of dogs and cats were brought to the Kansas City Animal Shelter and were needlessly killed. As recently as 2008, only 38% of those pets made it out alive. Our shelter is 42 years old, was built as a “catch and kill” dog pound on an old landfill in a wooded area not easily seen by most passersby. Something had to be done, and when the newly formed Kansas City Pet Project was selected by city officials in the fall of 2011 to take over running the shelter, we knew we had to end the killing of healthy and treatable pets by using progressive ideas and best practice, lifesaving programs. None of the other existing animal welfare organizations initially bid on the contract because the situation seemed overwhelming and unsalvageable. KC Pet Project was formed as an entirely new nonprofit organization within a matter of months and took over sheltering operations on January 1, 2012 with almost no resources, including only a handful of donors, staff, and volunteers, and no established programs. But what we DID have was a dedicated, hardworking and resourceful team of employees and board members and a motto of “Solutions, Not Excuses.” KC Pet Project is now the largest No Kill shelter in Kansas City and the 3rd largest open admission No Kill shelter in the United States, caring for nearly 11,000 pets a year.
Here are the accomplishments in numbers of KC Pet Project in 2015:
Thanks to the incredibly generous support of the Petco Foundation and Grand Construction, our new Veterinary Care Center opened its doors to help the ill and injured pets arriving at KC Pet Project. This center, built from mobile construction trailers, expanded our clinic space by five times compared to the former clinic space available in our 1972 Kansas City, Mo animal shelter.
We launched our Petco Cat Adoption Program where cats and kittens are available for adoption from KC Pet Project at five local Petco stores in Grandview, Kansas City (136th Street), Overland Park (75th Street), Independence, and Olathe.
C.L.A.S.S., or Canine Life and Social Skills, is a new program at KC Pet Project designed to enrich and significantly improve the lives of thousands of larger breed dogs in Kansas City’s animal shelter (most of whom are pit bull-type dogs) by teaching them the basic skills. The goal is to decrease the length of time dogs stay in our shelter, significantly increasing the dog’s chance of adoption, and decreasing euthanasia. Dogs relinquished to our shelter having little or no training or lacking social “manners” are taught critical skills needed to become a more well-behaved and confident members of a new family – saving the lives of more local homeless dogs and making Kansas City a more humane and safe community.
KC Pet Project cares for over 10,500 pets a year, so we rely heavily on adoptions to support our lifesaving mission. All three KC Pet Project locations are open 7 days a week for adoptions. We also partner with 5 Petco stores in the metro area for cat adoptions. If a pet comes to the shelter as a stray, we hold them for a 5-day period to give an owner a chance to reclaim them. Once that period is up, they are put up for adoption or eligible for foster or rescue. We work very hard to return pets back with their owners that come to us as strays and have a great rescue network all over the country to transfer pets from our program to their programs.
We're always looking for fun, innovative ways to adopt out more pets in our community. We promote all of our adoption specials through Facebook and always try to think of clever or local themes to incorporate into the special.
In 2015, 6,000 pets were adopted from KC Pet Project, making it another incredibly successful year for our shelter. We have three locations to adopt from, 7 days a week, so there are plenty of opportunities to adopt pets from KC Pet Project.
KC Pet Project continues to add new volunteers into our program. We offer unique opportunities to volunteer and utilize the skills of the individual however they would like to volunteer. Last year, we created the SPARC Program which stands for Shelter Pet Advocate Resource Committee. It is a volunteer marketing committee consisting of volunteer team members who advocate for dogs in our shelter through social media and other outlets. The goal of SPARC is to reduce length of stay for dogs in KCPP custody, therefore keeping more cages open for incoming dogs and saving more lives.
Our Foster Care Program asks community members to open their doors to our animals who need some TLC outside of the shelter. Fostering is one of the most important ways you can help the animals of Kansas City Pet Project. By providing our temporary residents shelter for just a small amount of time helps save lives.
You can foster dogs, cats, litters of puppies and kittens, small mammals, etc. through our foster program.
One of our most progressive and lifesaving programs here at our shelter has been our Canine Playgroup Program run by our Training & Behavior Department. We are one of a growing number of shelters across the country that has implemented formal playgroups for dogs. We take into consideration the physical, emotional and social skills of shelter dogs to help increase their adoptability. We rotate as many as 100 dogs into playgroups every day, with each dog receiving approximately thirty minutes of play time, burning off mental and physical energy. That stress relief leads to safer, more positive dog-human interactions and allows dogs to interact and bond with each other.
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