Kansas City Pet Project
4400 Raytown Road
Kansas City MO 64129
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 513-9818
Fax 816- 513-9839
Mission Statement
To end the killing of healthy and treatable pets in Kansas City, Missouri by using the most progressive and lifesaving programs and promoting effective animal control policies.
CEO/Executive Director Teresa Johnson
Board Chair Ms. Lisa Epps
Board Chair Company Affiliation Creative Planning
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2011
Volunteer Opportunities
Do you have Volunteer Opportunities? Yes
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Tax-deductible donations may be given by credit card or you can sign up for monthly donations directly through the KC Pet Project website at www.kcpetproject.org. Checks may be mailed to KC Pet Project, Attn: Donations, 4400 Raytown Road in Kansas City, MO 64129. Monetary and in-kind donations may be dropped off at the main shelter location, the Pet Adoption Center in Zona Rosa, or the Petco Adoption Center in Overland Park, KS.
KC Pet Project offers a variety of volunteer opportunities at all three adoption center locations.  For more information, visit www.kcpetproject.org/volunteer.
Foster opportunities are also available and KC Pet Project fosters out over 2,000 pets each year. For more information and to sign up, please go to www.kcpetproject.org/foster.  
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement To end the killing of healthy and treatable pets in Kansas City, Missouri by using the most progressive and lifesaving programs and promoting effective animal control policies.
Background Statement

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 nearly 50 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 over 10,000 pets a year.

Impact Statement

One of 2018’s major successes was finishing the year with a 95% live-release rate! Our save rate for dogs last year was 94.2%! We took in 5,755 dogs in 2018 (which was 104 fewer dogs than in 2017). Despite a record number of stray dogs being brought in from the public, there were fewer dogs surrendered by their owners in 2018 (due in part to counseling, resources, and intake alternatives offered by our staff).

Families adopted 3,263 dogs and puppies from KC Pet Project, and another 2,013 dogs were reunited with their families or transferred to other rescue organizations.

Our Canine Foster Manager sent 818 dogs and puppies into foster homes. Our Transport and Rescue Manager utilized 63 different shelter or rescue organizations across the US last year to help us save 644 dogs. And our parvo team treated 121 dogs and puppies in our small parvo ward in 2018 – a new record!

It was also an amazing year of lifesaving for cats at KC Pet Project! Our shelter took in more cats AND adopted out more cats than ever before in the history of our organization! Despite taking in nearly 4,000 cats in 2018, we found homes for 3,579 cats – by way of 8 Petco cat habitats, our 3 adoption centers, the new Whisker’s Cat Café, lost pet reunions, and our Foster Ambassadors. And we sent 1,441 cats and kittens to foster homes in 2018. In fact, thanks to the increased demand for cat and kitten adoptions, we transferred in an additional 567 cats from other municipal shelters in surrounding communities throughout Missouri, as well as several cities in Iowa. We’re especially proud that 174 cats and kittens with FIV or FeLV found new loving homes this past year through our shelter!

Needs Statement
KC Pet Project depends on donations to help us care for the pets in our shelter and to save lives. You can support our pets in the following ways:
  • Monetary donations to support our lifesaving work
  • Unscented clumping kitty litter 
  • Wet and dry dog, cat, puppy and kitten food
  • Puppy and kitten formula
  • Treats, toys, and collars
Service Categories
Animal Protection & Welfare
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Platte County
KS - Johnson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
From a governance perspective, the creation of Kansas City Pet Project has been a major challenge. While most new organizations have the luxury of growing slowly, KCPP has not, and began, day one, with a shelter full of animals, more animals coming through the doors daily, and a new staff.
Because of the newness of the organization and the immediate size, it has been a challenge to get all of the groundwork laid while still doing right by the animals in our care. The ability to be flexible and make quick decisions has been crucial to our success. As we move forward, we will continue to add more good minds to the governing board, including people with knowledge and skill sets essential for our growth and development as an organization.

KC Pet Project cares for approximately 10,000 pets per year. Therefore, 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 7 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 reunite stray pets back with their owners and have a great rescue network all over the country to transfer pets from our program to their programs.

Program Budget $411,989.88
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Population Served Families, Adults
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

We're always looking for fun, innovative ways to adopt out more pets in our community. We promote all of our adoption specials through social media including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  We try to think of clever or local themes to incorporate into the specials.

Long-Term Success One of the main goals for KC Pet Project is to be top of mind when people are thinking about adopting a pet. While in our facilities, we provide quality healthcare and day-to-day care for the animals.  It's our passion.  Working one on one with prospective adopters allows us to find the best placements for families and pets.  A forever home and fewer animals in our shelter are the most ideal outcomes. 
Program Success Monitored By

In 2017, we provided care for 10,319 dogs, cats, and other small pets. New families adopted 6,619 pets from KC Pet Project this past year – the largest number of pet adoptions in the history of Kansas City’s animal shelter — and we returned 2,222 additional pets to their homes or found placement for them through another shelter or home-based rescue group. We ended the year with 528 dogs, cats and other pets in our care. This allowed us to achieve a record-setting 95.7%% Live Release Rate for 2017!

Examples of Program Success KC Pet Project now has 7 Petco stores in the metro area where you can adopt out cats with the Liberty, MO added in 2017. And in 2018, we’ll be adding a new store in the metro area: Belton, MO! We’re so proud to partner with Petco on this amazing program, and 733 cats were adopted in 2017 from the six Petco stores where we provide cats for their habitats.
Description The mission of the Volunteer Program at the Kansas City Pet Project is to provide a fulfilling experience to the volunteer and provide necessary assistance where needed at KCPP. Volunteers are one of our most valuable resources, and with your commitment and assistance we will work together to make the organization successful in promoting animal welfare, providing public education on the proper care and treatment of animals and giving shelter animals some much needed love and attention. If you are interested in volunteering at the shelter you must fit the below requirements:
  • At least 16 years old or older or supervised by supervisor/guardian
  • Have a working email account
  • Must be able to purchase a leash and volunteer attire and wear every time that you volunteer 
  • Must have interest in helping animals become successful pets
  • Mature and respectful attitude is required while at shelter at all times
  • Support the Kansas City Pet Project mission
Program Budget $57,035.30
Category Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other Volunteer Training & Placement
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Our goal is to continue to add new volunteers to support our lifesaving mission at all of our locations.
Long-Term Success Our volunteer program is constantly growing. KC Pet Project has so many creative and dedicated people who help our organization. We do our best to empower all of our volunteers to use their skills to get pets adopted. We provide orientation and specific training to all volunteers.  We have opportunities at all of our locations to volunteer! 
Program Success Monitored By KC Pet Project currently has over 1,000 active volunteers who help at all three metro locations and with our seven Petco cat habitats. We record all of the hours that volunteers are here at the shelter.
Examples of Program Success

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. We have seen success from 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.

  • Foster parents must be at least 18 years of age
  • Foster parents must fill out a Foster Application and be approved
  • Foster parents must agree and sign our Foster Care Contract
  • Foster parents must be interested in and willing to help find a forever home for their foster pet.
  • Foster parents must participate in off site adoption events and networking to find potential adopters.

You can foster dogs, cats, litters of puppies and kittens, small mammals, etc. through our foster program.

Program Budget $137,426.00
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal Protection & Welfare
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success We work to continue promoting the foster program while actively recruiting fosters to help. With our intake numbers always on the rise, and working with our current facility, space for incoming animals is a continual challenge, which is why our foster program is so important.  
Long-Term Success Fostering a pet is very rewarding as you get to make a difference in the life of that pet by getting them out of the shelter environment. You not only save that pet’s life, but also the next one that comes into the shelter.
Program Success Monitored By We currently have over 500 active foster families who foster cats and dogs who need to be out of the shelter who foster out over 2,000 pets each year. They in turn network those pets and try to find them homes outside of the shelter. We started the Foster Ambassador Program, which is a program designed to send a dog home with someone and that person networks and adopts the dog out, completes the adoption paperwork and the dog never comes back to the shelter. This program has really started to take off and more pets are finding homes through it.
Examples of Program Success We launched a new initiative in 2017 to find foster homes for neonatal kittens that come to our shelter, The Bottle Baby Squad! Dozens of new volunteers signed up to foster kittens that come to our shelter, and we’re looking forward to expanding this program in 2018.

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.

Program Budget $30,000.00
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal-Related, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Short-Term Success The ability to offer this program will ultimately help more dogs get adopted into homes and will improve our volunteer program. We will continue the work on our playgroup program to make sure that dogs get out to play every day while with us.
Long-Term Success Allowing dogs to play with other dogs can lead to higher receptivity for manners and basic training sessions. Many dogs in shelters struggle to learn or arrive with no basic skills, making it more challenging to find suitable homes willing to adopt a shelter dog with no training. Our goal is to get every dog out into playgroups every day at KC Pet Project. This innovative program helps us learn 
Program Success Monitored By Playgroups truly save lives at KC Pet Project. We find out more about a dog's behavior through playgroups than we would with one-on-one behavior evaluations.    
Examples of Program Success Through playgroups, we're able to make better matches with new adopters. If a family is looking for a dog with a certain play style, we can direct them to dogs that match what they are looking for. This progressive program truly saves lives and sets dogs up for a better chance of success in their new homes. 
SNAP (Safety-Net Assistance Program) is a cross generational membership program benefiting senior pets at Kansas City Pet Project. SNAP’S mission is to link generations to promote senior pet adoption through medical assistance for senior shelter pets; to support continuing companionship between seniors and their pets; and to identify and raise community awareness of the availability of senior-appropriate animals. SNAP Programs include:
  • SNAP Foster Program
  • SNAP Take-Out and Delivery
  • SNAP Medical Fund 
SNAP Membership is open to everyone who loves and supports senior animals! 
For more information, go to www.kcpetproject.org/SNAP.
Program Budget $30,000.00
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Animal-Related, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success Our short term success is measured by the amount of grants and food donations that we can receive for the SNAP Take Out and Delivery Program. 
Long-Term Success The long term success of this program is to help senior pets at KC Pet Project and to support senior people who own pets or wish to adopt a pet.
Program Success Monitored By This program is monitored by a dedicated staff person who works with all of the sub programs of SNAP.
Examples of Program Success Since launching SNAP in early February 2016, KC Pet Project already has over 125 members. The Take Out and Delivery Program provided over 56,000 meals to pets in 2017.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Teresa Johnson
Term Start Jan 2012
Teresa Johnson is the KC Pet Project's CEO/Executive Director & Chief Lifesaving Officer. Teresa began her career with KCPP as the Director of Shelter Operations on January 1, 2012, led the organization as the Interim Executive Director as of June 1, 2012, and assumed the role of CEO/Executive Director for the KC Pet Project in December. Under her leadership, the organization achieved No Kill status within 6 months after opening and was responsible for the opening of a second Pet Adoption Center in Zona Rosa where over 4,000 pets have already found new homes just since mid-November 2012 and the Petco Pet Adoption Center in Overland Park. That location adopted out over 850 pets in the first year. She has a long career in animal welfare prior to her work with KC Pet Project, previously as President/Chief Operations Officer at Heartland SPCA, and CEO/Executive Director of Animal Haven, as well as serving ten years on the Board of Directors for Wayside Waifs. Teresa is passionate about saving lives and is dedicated to our mission of creating a No-Kill Kansas City for the pets in our community.
Senior Staff
Title Director of Marketing & Communications
Title Chief Administrative Officer
Paid Full-Time Staff 77
Paid Contractors 3
Volunteers 1150
Retention Rate 58%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 93
Hispanic/Latino 6
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 91
Male 12
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Maddie Hero Award - Teresa JohnsonMaddie's Fund2018
Unsung Hero Award for Shannon WellsPetco Foundation2018
Philly Awards: Award of Distinction, People's Choice Award, Best Social Media Campaign, Identity Campaign for the Raise the Woof Campaign. Best Fundraising Campaign for 2016 Holiday AppealNonprofit Connect2017
Capstone AwardKansas City Business Journal2017
Maddie Hero AwardMaddie's Fund2016
Lifesaving Impact AwardPetco Foundation2016
Philly Awards: Award of Distinction, Best Fundraising Appeal, and Best Short VideoNonprofit Connect2015
Kansas City's Best NonprofitKC Magazine2015
Best Place to Adopt a Pet435 Magazine2015
Paul Jolly Compassion AwardPetco Foundation2014
ASPCA/Rachael Ray 100K Challenge Community Engagement AwardAmerican Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)2014
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Lisa Epps
Company Affiliation Creative Planning
Term Jan 2019 to Dec 2019
Email lisa.epps@creativeplanning.com
Board Members
Amy AndersonKCTV5
Shaun ByrdHeartland Coca-Cola
Lisa EppsSpencer Fane LLC
Anna Knutsonrye
Jodde Olsen LanningLaw Offices of Payne & Jones Chartered
Brenda PozekCerner
Dr. Cindy RisenFairway Animal Hospital
Cynthia SmithCommunity Volunteer
Sarah StrnadOutpost Worldwide
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 64%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Board Governance
CEO Comments
In our short existence, we have accomplished much.  However, our work is not finished and we will continue to strive to end the killing of healthy and treatable pets in Kansas City.  
We have grown quickly and could not be successful without the support of our generous donors, hardworking staff and volunteers, and of course, the unconditional love we receive from the pets we are honored to assist.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $4,155,240
Projected Expenses $4,133,351
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$1,350,336$1,311,006$1,272,821
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,653$736$965
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$92,741$50,106$34,073
Revenue In-Kind$435,139$195,528$38,933
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$3,472,503$3,073,421$2,387,039
Administration Expense$321,343$247,784$210,907
Fundraising Expense$214,666$114,097$117,055
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.941.181.18
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%89%88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$1,355,186$1,536,280$957,974
Current Assets$514,173$1,090,957$588,492
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$208,636$163,785$210,031
Total Net Assets$1,146,550$1,372,495$747,943
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.466.662.80
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose The purpose of the capital campaign is for the new animal shelter for Kansas City, MO. This is currently being facilitated by civic leaders in our community. 
Dates Apr 2018 to
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments
Other Documents
Organization Name Kansas City Pet Project
Address 4400 Raytown Road
Kansas City, MO 64129
Primary Phone (816) 513-9818
Contact Email tori.fugate@kcmo.org
CEO/Executive Director Teresa Johnson
Board Chair Ms. Lisa Epps
Board Chair Company Affiliation Creative Planning
Year of Incorporation 2011