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2016 In Review – a Note from KC Pet Project’s Executive Director

2016 Year In Review – a Note from KC Pet Project’s Executive Director

Five years ago, on January 1, 2012, our organization took over the operations of the Kansas City, Missouri municipal animal shelter – our city’s open admission shelter servicing a community of nearly 500,000 people. The Kansas City, Missouri animal shelter had a long, dark history of being “high kill” and late in 2011, city leaders chose KC Pet Project to run the shelter with the hope we could improve operations.2016-numbers

Not only did we improve operations, but six months after we took over, we had achieved official No Kill status and we have maintained a 90% or better Live Release Rate every year since that time! In just a few short months, KC Pet Project became the largest No Kill shelter in Kansas City, and the 3rd largest open admission, No Kill shelter in the United States. Over the last 5 years, nearly 39,000 pets from our shelter have been saved through KC Pet Project – given a second chance for a new loving home, returned home, or were transferred to another animal welfare agency for placement. We’ve achieved a 93.25% reduction in the number of pets that were being euthanized in our city’s shelter 10 years ago.

In 2016, we provided care for 10,335 dogs, cats, and other small pets. New families adopted 6,240 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 2,731 additional pets to their homes or found placement for them through another shelter or home-based rescue group. We ended the year with 488 dogs, cats and other pets in our care. This allowed us to achieve a record-setting 94.8% Live Release Rate for 2016!  Our average length of stay for dogs in our care was 18 days (4.6 fewer days than last year) and cats stayed an average of 41.4 days (6.7 fewer days than last year).

Despite a 6.6% increase over last year in pets surrendered by their owners and a nearly 4% increase in the number of pets that arrived this year, we were still able to decrease euthanasia to a record low number while saving 9,459 pets – the largest number of dogs, cats and other pets saved in Kansas City’s history.

Our partnership with the Petco Foundation and 5 local Petco stores continued to be a key component in our lifesaving model. Through our Petco Adoption Center in Overland Park, Kansas and 5 other local Petco stores with cat habitats in the Kansas City area, we placed 1,379 cats and dogs from our shelter into new homes in 2016 – resulting in 22% of all adoptions from our shelter last year occurring through a partner Petco store!

Our Zona Rosa Pet Adoption Center continued to be a highly successful location for pet adoptions, with 1,660 pets adopted from our offsite adoption center last year. Since opening our Zona Rosa Pet Adoption Center in November 2012, 6,976 dogs and cats have found new homes from this location alone.

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.

Nearly 100 feral cats entering our shelter in 2016 were sterilized, vaccinated and placed in the care of responsible caretakers with horse barns, farms, or nontraditional homes such as warehouses or businesses.

Our Roadrunner Medical Fund helped more than 1,500 injured and ill pets that arrived in 2016 receive lifesaving veterinary care, medications and surgeries. An average of 4 – 5 pets arrived at our shelter every day last year that were suffering from injuries, cruelty and neglect, starvation, untreated illnesses, mange, parvo, heatstroke, and other life-threatening conditions. Generous support from our community helped us ensure we had the resources we needed to provide veterinary care for those pets in need.

I’m incredibly proud to share this 2016 update with all of you. I’m so grateful for our amazing and dedicated staff, board of directors, volunteers, adopters, donors and community supporters that help us save more lives every day. We continue to be committed to being a lifesaving organization and a safety net for both people and pets from right here in our own community. We’re looking ahead to bigger and better things in the coming year and hope you’ll share our stories, follow us through social media, and support KC Pet Project in 2017.

Teresa Johnson

CEO/Executive Director & Chief Lifesaving Officer

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