Friends of KC Animals
4741 Central St. Box 348
Kansas City MO 64112
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 255-8058
Mission Statement
Friends of KC Animals (FoKCA) is a charity that helps homeless and needy animals in the Kansas City area. It advocates for humane policies, educates the public on responsible pet ownership, works to keep struggling families with their loved animals, and acts to reduce the homeless pet population. FoKCA helps animals facing extraordinary circumstances.
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Britton Hunter
Board Chair Mrs. Britton Hunter
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2005
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Friends of KC Animals (FoKCA) is a charity that helps homeless and needy animals in the Kansas City area. It advocates for humane policies, educates the public on responsible pet ownership, works to keep struggling families with their loved animals, and acts to reduce the homeless pet population. FoKCA helps animals facing extraordinary circumstances.
Background Statement Friends of KC Animals started in 2005 as the KC Pet Program that was tied to the KCMO Animal Shelter. When the shelter changed names to Halfway Home Pet Adoptions and was run by a private, for-profit group, the non-profit changed names to Friends of Halfway Home. Finally, when the City handed over management of the KCMO Animal Shelter to a non-profit group, (KC Pet Project), OUR non-profit was able to change names, broaden its purpose and separate from ONLY working with the KCMO shelter since it was finally being operated by its own non-profit group.
Impact Statement
Accomplishments this year:
  • We helped 468 animals with medical care for struggling pet owners and spay/neuter surgeries. 
  • We broadened our reach within the community, reaching some higher-income households who weren't as informed about the homeless pet problem in Kansas City. 
  • We sponsored a spay/neuter clinic for feral cats at the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City which resulted in 60+ wild cats being fixed.

Goals for next year:
  • We'd like to add two more board members who would like to take an active part in fundraising and marketing.
  • We'd like to continue to sponsor as many spay/neuter surgeries as we can afford.
  • We want to build a larger network of support for our organization within the community.
  • We'd like to sponsor another 1-2 feral cat spay/neuter clinic(s) at the Humane Society.
Needs Statement
  • Funding: Spay/neuters, heartworm treatments, medical surgeries, emergency room visits etc.
  • Volunteer help: We will direct volunteers to work at area shelters in need of the help walking dogs etc.
  • Supplies: Dog houses, cable tie-outs, heated water bowls, straw, dog treats, kitty litter etc.
  • Marketing: We need more people in KC to know what we do and support us, and adopt and spay/neuter. (Marketing materials and event exposure would be great).
Service Categories
Animal Protection & Welfare
Veterinary Services
Areas of Service
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement Our organization is a very small, all-volunteer operation. Although people in need of help find us by way of shelter and vet clinic referrals, we need more people to support our organization by either serving on our board and/or making monetary donations. We receive requests for assistance daily, but without financial support, it's extremely difficult for us to contribute to medical procedures or to cover temporary boarding costs to help in difficult situations. 
Description Many people contact Friends of KC Animals about feral cats in their neighborhoods. FoKCA believes in trapping, neutering and releasing these cats so they may live out their years in the wild, but not reproduce unwanted litters. We have several volunteer “trappers” who humanely trap the cats and take them to the clinic to be fixed and vaccinated. Funding for these surgeries and treatments comes from Friends of KC Animals.
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Veterinary Services
Population Served Families, ,
Short-Term Success People are very grateful that we treat animals with dignity and respect, but work to solve a problem that, without our interference, could result in many thousands more litters of feral cats on the streets, in their yards, eating their birds, hiding in their cars, in the shelters etc. TNR isn’t a term that every person is familiar with so we are very pleased to educate them about the pros of TNR vs. “Catch  & Kill”
Long-Term Success The ultimate goal of our TNR program is to see a leveling and/or decrease in the amount of feral cats in our city. All fixed, wild cats have an ear snip so we’re able to tell which animals have already been altered and which have not.
Program Success Monitored By We know it’s successful by monitoring how many ferals we are spaying/neutering and how many feral cat colonies have been “fixed.”
Examples of Program Success We have spayed/neutered over 100 feral cats since January 1, 2014. And this number would result in thousands of kittens that would be living on the street. According to the Humane Society of the United States, a pair of breeding cats and their offspring can exponentially produce over 400,000 cats in seven years time. Given this information, we could ultimately say that our efforts this year have prevented millions of cats who could be fighting for survival in our area. These cats often survive on scraps of food, can easily become diseased and spread those diseases, are often victims of starvation, abuse and accidents and face imminent death at area shelters where ferals are unadoptable and a great expense for those facilities and tax payers.
Description Dependent on funds available, we provide financial assistance for struggling pet owners who cannot afford the upfront costs of veterinary care when their spayed/neutered pets face unexpected illness or injury.
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Pet-Related Financial & Commodities Assistance
Population Served Families, ,
Short-Term Success In helping pet owners, we provide pet counseling and have the ability to educate them on the importance of micro chipping and licensing, spaying/neutering, enlisting proper training if their pets are exhibiting problematic behaviors, and the necessity of vaccinations and routine preventative care. By providing this counseling, we are educating people and, hopefully, making them more responsible pet owners for the future.
Long-Term Success

First, we hope that pet owners begin to realize that financial assistance is only an option for spayed/neutered animals. Perhaps more people will fix their pets if they realize opportunities for help are only available to them. It's worth noting that we will help unaltered animals IF the pet will be spayed/neutered at the same time as treatment, to ensure the animal is fixed under our watch.

Second, we hope to prevent pet owners from surrendering their pets to shelters because they simply cannot afford the necessary treatments and/or surgeries their animals need. Kennel space at area shelters is extremely limited and every open kennel means that an animal will not have to die due to lack of space. 
Program Success Monitored By We know the program is successful because we know what care and services we are providing and are paying for through our veterinary and shelter partners.
Examples of Program Success

I contacted you regarding my dog who needed eye surgery. I was unemployed & couldn't afford it. She was in pain, so made euthanasia arrangements. Two hours before her appointment, you agreed to cover her surgery. I can't express enough gratitude for saving her. Thank you. I've found employment and am paying it forward, returning the money so you may help another. Your kindness and consideration are appreciated beyond words. The work you do not only changes lives, but also saves them. This act touched my heart. I thank you sincerely.  

I had unaltered pits. Mistake! After they got together, my female was unable to deliver the pups and I couldn't pay for the emergency c-section. (She was becoming toxic). I laid on the vet floor crying with her. She was in pain, was going to die and I couldn't do anything. I was then told FoKCA would pay a portion and spay her in surgery. It was unimaginable strangers would be so kind. I can't express my gratitude and have learned to spay or neuter! 
CEO Comments Friends of KC Animals has more people calling on us for assistance than it does donors. There is a great need for preventative and emergency care help and very few resources from which pet owners can find that assistance. People love what we do, but we still greatly need financial support.  
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Britton Hunter
Term Start May 2010
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 7
Paid Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan No
Organization Has a Strategic Plan No
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
We work with so many shelters and rescue groups in the area. For example, we work with KC Pet Project on cases involving struggling pet owners who wrongly believe surrendering their pet is the only option when in actuality the people just need some kind of assistance (i.e. help affording veterinary care, help with a pet deposit etc.) We also work with the shelter on certain "Return To Owner" cases (i.e. good pet owner cannot afford to get their pet out of the pound so we lend the funds to get the animal home quickly (only once pet is spayed/neutered) and to free up that kennel). We also work with The Rescue Project in pitching in on cost for animals it encounters in desperate need of medical treatment. We've worked with other groups such as Midwest Animal ResQ to provide reward money in turn for information leading to an arrest in horrific abuse cases. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Britton Hunter
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term May 2010 to Dec 2018
Board Members
Mrs. Sharon Gartin Kessinger Hunter
Mrs. Britton Hunter Community Volunteer
Mrs. Beverly Mettlen
Ms. Gail Miskew
Ms. Debbie Palermo Community Volunteer
Mrs. Hope Westergom Farmers Insurance
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 06
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Advisory Board Members
Mr Jim Bowers White Goss Attorneys At Law
CEO Comments We would love to add more members to our board- particularly those with event planning and fundraising skills.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $70,000
Projected Expenses $75,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990 EZ.
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$71,094$106,102$62,659
Administration Expense$4,296$5,203$937
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.161.060.71
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%95%99%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$22,089$9,931$3,761
Current Assets$21,632$9,931$3,732
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$22,089$9,931$3,761
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Individual Donor $9,500
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Individual Donor $5,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Name Friends of KC Animals
Address 4741 Central St. Box 348
Kansas City, MO 64112
Primary Phone (816) 255-8058
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Britton Hunter
Board Chair Mrs. Britton Hunter
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 2005