Kansas City Pet Project
4400 Raytown Road
Kansas City MO 64129
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 513-9821
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 Brent Toellner
Board Chair Company Affiliation Best Friends Animal Society
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2011
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 45 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.

Impact Statement

2016 Statistics:

  • Total Intake:  9700 (6136 dogs; 3128 cats; 436 other)
  • 6240 Adoptions (3309 dogs, 2630 cats; 301 other)
  • 1486 Pets Returned to Owners (1388 dogs; 67 cats; 31 other)
  • 1034 Transferred to other Shelters (915 dogs; 67 cats; 52 other)
  • 9032 Total Positive Outcomes
  • Live Release Rate:  94.8% - the highest in KCMO Animal Shelter History
Some 2016 Accomplishments:
  • S.N.A.P. (Safety Net Assistance Program): Launched in 2016, S.N.A.P 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. The program includes a Youth Leadership Board; Take Out and Delivery Program through meal assistance distribution sites; Medical Fund and more.
  • Foster Program: From neonatal kittens, puppies with ringworm, or pets with injuries and medical conditions – to small companion pets like rabbits and rats, and adult dogs and cats needing an environment other than the shelter – hundreds of foster families opened their hearts and homes to thousands of pets from our shelter this past year. Not only did they provide care, socialization and love, but our foster families found new homes for 837 of those pets through KC Pet Project’s Foster Ambassador Program in 2016.
  • Roadrunner Medical Fund: This fund helped more than 1,500 injured and ill pets at KCPP in 2016. An average of 4 – 5 pets suffering from injuries, cruelty and neglect, starvation, untreated illnesses, mange, parvo, heatstroke, and other life-threatening conditions arrived daily. Support from our community helped ensure we had the resources to care for those pets in need.
Needs Statement
  • Monetary donations to support our lifesaving work
  • Unscented clumping kitty litter 
  • Wet and dry dog, cat, puppy and kitten food
  • KMR 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 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 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.

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'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 2016, 6240 pets were adopted from KC Pet Project, a 6% increase over adoptions in 2015.  We have three adoption centers plus five cat habitats (in Petco stores) to adopt from, 7 days a week, so there are plenty of opportunities to adopt pets from KC Pet Project.

Examples of Program Success KC Pet Project expanded our cat adoption program by partnering with five Petco stores in the metro area for the cat habitat program. We continue to increase our lifesaving capacity by partnering with local and national organizations to save the lives of the pets that come to our shelter. 
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 volunteer attire and wear every time that you volunteer (sweatshirt $15, and t-shirts will arrive in the spring)
  • 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
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.  Two of these offerings include VOICE (Volunteers Organized in Canine Enrichment) and our Red Carpet Crew, which employs kennel calming techniques to help the dogs while inside the shelter.
Program Success Monitored By KC Pet Project currently has over 1,000 active volunteers who help at all three metro locations and with our five 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.

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. 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 On average, around 35-50 foster pets a month are finding permanent homes and that number is growing. Many of our fosters bring their pet to one of our locations on the weekends or during specials to show them to potential adopters. Signing up to be a foster is easy! The application can be found online at www.kcpetproject.org.

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.

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 new Canine Life & Social Skills (CLASS) program launched in 2015 provides a multi-level approach to training, with many opportunities for our staff and community volunteers to learn and help teach these core dog training principles to shelter dogs -- increasing the number of dogs receiving valuable one-on-one training and thus increasing their ability to find a new loving home by providing the social and environmental skills needed to be a happy, well-adjusted and safe family member.
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
  • Youth Leadership Board
  • SNAP Take-Out and Delivery
  • SNAP Medical Fund 
SNAP Membership is open to everyone who loves and supports senior animals! Dues paying members receive a quarterly newsletter, a digital and print membership directory; discounts at KCPP events and on logoed merchandise; 2 membership meetings/year and the knowledge that you are making a difference in the lives of senior pets. Proceeds from dues and other contributions to SNAP go to the SNAP Medical Fund. SNAP Membership yearly dues are $45.
For more information, go to www.kcpetproject.org/SNAP.
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 This is a new program for KC Pet Project, so the short term success is to establish all of the wonderful programs within SNAP.
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 100 members, has launched the Youth Leadership Board, and has successfully implemented the Take-Out and Delivery program.
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.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Director of Shelter Operations & Animal Wefare
Title Director of Marketing & Communications
Title Director of Lifesaving Programs
Title Director of Development
Paid Full-Time Staff 76
Paid Part-Time Staff 33
Volunteers 1150
Paid Contractors 2
Retention Rate 69%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 1
Caucasian 93
Hispanic/Latino 2
Other (Please Specify) Declined
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 86
Male 13
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
Lifesaving Impact AwardPetco Foundation2016
Maddie Hero AwardMaddie's Fund2016
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 Brent Toellner
Company Affiliation Best Friends Animal Society
Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2019
Email brent.toellner@gmail.com
Board Members
Michelle Davis Epiq Systems
Gina Dunlop Community Volunteer
Lisa Epps Spencer Fane LLC
Jodde Olsen Lanning Law Offices of Payne & Jones Chartered
Dr. Cindy Risen Fairway Animal Hospital
Cynthia Smith Community Volunteer
Sarah Strnad Outpost Worldwide
Brent Toellner Best Friends Animal Society
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 7
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 10
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 are about to embark upon our 5-year anniversary of operating a no-kill shelter.
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, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $3,993,635
Projected Expenses $4,107,403
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: 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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$1,272,821$1,235,748$1,199,756
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$965$110$7
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$34,073$40,880$11,806
Revenue In-Kind$38,933$159,829$18,078
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$2,387,039$2,296,816$1,805,512
Administration Expense$210,907$214,770$230,579
Fundraising Expense$117,055$100,390$103,775
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.181.090.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%88%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%5%6%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$957,974$461,528$266,631
Current Assets$588,492$311,734$156,599
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$210,031$199,215$239,952
Total Net Assets$747,943$262,313$26,679
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.801.560.65
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $1,235,748 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $80,865 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $40,000 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose The purpose of the Capital Campaign will be to build a new shelter.
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments 2017 Projected Expenses are higher than Income as a result of spending out grant monies received in 2016.
Organization Name Kansas City Pet Project
Address 4400 Raytown Road
Kansas City, MO 64129
Primary Phone (816) 513-9821
Contact Email contactkcpp@kcmo.org
CEO/Executive Director Teresa Johnson
Board Chair Brent Toellner
Board Chair Company Affiliation Best Friends Animal Society
Year of Incorporation 2011