Main Shelter: 4400 Raytown Rd. Kansas City, MO

Zona Rosa: 8721 N. Stoddard Ave. Kansas City, MO

Petco: 11620 W. 95th St. Overland Park, KS

About KC Pet Project

KC Pet Project is a 501c3, nonprofit charitable organization operating the Kansas City, Missouri Animal Shelter. We care for over 10,000 animals a year and work collaboratively with Animal Control and other animal welfare organizations to increase the number of homeless pets adopted, and focus on lifesaving programs promoting pet retention, identification, lost pet reunions, and pet ownership education throughout the community. 


Photo by Kaye Ness Photography

KCPP Mission

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.

KCPP Purpose

The purpose of the Kansas City Pet Project is to facilitate the placement of homeless pets into suitable homes; to establish and maintain an animal shelter for Kansas City, MO; to maintain associated procedures which promote: the health and welfare of pets in our care, prevention of unplanned litters, pet retention and reunification of lost pets to their owners; to increase public safety by addressing issues related to irresponsible pet owners and dangerous animals. We are keenly focused on optimal lifesaving and creating a No Kill Community in the Kansas City Metro.


KC Pet Project’s Lifesaving Programs


An active volunteer program with more than 3,000 individuals across the community.


Canine and feline foster care programs with over 2,300 pets in foster homes in 2017.

Placement Program

KC Pet Project works with licensed animal rescue groups and other shelters across the country to transfer out pets.

Lost & Found Services

Full-time, dedicated staff who works to match lost pets with owners.

Canine Playgroups

Daily playgroups where all adoptable dogs get to go out and play with other shelter dogs.

Barn Cat Program

A program for placing feral and semi-social cats entering the shelter.

SNAP (Safety Net Assistance Program)

Provides over 50,000 meals a year to pets and their owners who can’t afford or do not have access to proper food for their animals.

Bottle Baby Squad

Foster team who helps care for neonatal kittens who come to the shelter until they reach adoptable age.


This program provides pets with toys and treats to help them while in a shelter setting.


Canine Life and Social Skills: Teaches dogs in our shelter valuable skills that new adopters are looking for in a pet and helps harder-to-place dogs find homes more quickly.


KC Pet Project: Pet Adoption Center in Zona Rosa

Stop by our Pet Adoption & Retail Center in the Zona Rosa shopping center today! We have a variety of cats and dogs available for adoption every day, along with a pet retail store. Our Pet Adoption Center recently expanded into the space next door. We now have 4000 square feet of adoption and retail space including a free-roaming cat room and two meet n’ greet rooms. Retail items that are sold at this location include:

  • Pet Related items including: collars, leashes, dog & cat toys, wire kennels, cat trees
  • Holiday Gifts
  • Shelter DNA Kits
  • Canidae Food
  • Waggiwear Dog Collars & Leashes
  • KCPP™ Roasterie special blend coffee
  • Pet Junkie Items
  • KCMO Pet Licenses
  • KC Pet Project items including: t-shirts, 2014 calendars, and stickers
  • Microchips (no appointment is necessary)

See Hours and Location

Would you like to volunteer at this location? Please check our Events page for orientation dates.

Our Pet Adoption Center in Zona Rosa is made possible by generous grants from the ASPCA and private donors.

KC Pet Project Petco Pet Adoption Center

Stop by our Pet Adoption Center inside the Petco store at the corner of 95th & Quivera in Overland Park, KS today! We have a variety of cats and dogs, including small breeds, puppies and kittens, available for adoption every day. Retail items that will be sold include:

  • Shelter DNA Kits
  • KCPP™ Roasterie special blend coffee
  • KCMO Pet Licenses (for KCMO adopters only)
  • KC Pet Project items including T-shirts, stickers, calendars, etc.
  • Microchips (no appointment is necessary)

See Hours and Location

Would you like to volunteer at this location? Please check our Events page for orientation dates.

Donations may be dropped off at this location during normal business hours.

Our Pet Adoption Center in Petco is made by possible by Petco Stores and the Petco Foundation.

Petco Cat Habitat Program

We now partner with seven metro Petco stores to adopt out cats. See our Petco Cat Adoption Program page for all locations.

History of KC Pet Project

Prior to KC Pet Project assuming operation of this shelter, it was known as the city’s “dog pound” operated by Kansas City animal control employees. Euthanasia rates of 60% – 70% for the overall animal population and 98% euthanasia rates for cats were the norm. As recently as 2008, only 38% of those pets made it out alive. Our shelter is nearly 50 years old and 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. Within just a few months, KC Pet Project was formed as an entirely new nonprofit organization, 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.  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 assumed operation of the shelter on January 1, 2012 and within just a few months we were saving more than 90% of all of the animals entering the shelter.  We have consistently maintained a live release rate above 90% each month since that time and have improved our lifesaving efforts year after year. No animal is euthanized for time or space; euthanasia is only warranted for animals that are too sick or injured to have a good prognosis for quality life and dogs that are too aggressive and posed a risk to the community.

KC Pet Project made history in Kansas City by officially achieving “No-Kill” status – becoming the 3rd largest open admission, No-Kill animal shelter in the United States, and creating the largest (and only open admission) No-Kill animal shelter in the Kansas City metropolitan area.  This was achieved within just 6 months of taking over operations of the Kansas City, Missouri municipal animal shelter! And we do it all on a small budget and in an old 14,000 square ft. building built in 1972 that is 1/4 the size it should be for our city’s homeless animals. In just 7 years, we’ve gone from operating just the animal control facility for Kansas City to now having 13 different successful adoption centers across the city caring for over 10,000 pets a year.