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.
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.
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.
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 3rdlargest 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.