While they were many, one of the major successes was that we finished 2015 with a 93.4% live-release rate – the highest in the history of the Kansas City, MO animal shelter. Adoptions have increased 146% since KC Pet Project began operating the shelter in 2012. The number of pets surrendered by their owners was down 18% in 2015 due to efforts by our staff in providing counseling, food, medical, and training resources to help families keep their pets.
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!
We launched a new program called S.N.A.P (Safety Net Assistant Program) in 2016 which 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. Parts of the program include:
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.
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.