2021 Statistics

kcpp statistics

Dogs Received


Cats Received


Other Pets Received


Dogs Adopted


Cats Adopted


Other Pets Adopted



Nonprofit Connect Philly Awards

  • Gold Award – Social Media Campaign – Keep ‘Em Together KC Program Launch on Giving Tuesday Now
  • Gold Award – Social Media Brand Management
  • Silver Award – Marketing Campaign for Keep ‘Em Together KC Program
  • People’s Choice Award

The Pitch Best of Kansas City

  • Best Place to Adopt a Pet
  • Best Local Charity (runner up)

      Year in Review

      • Our Live Release Rate of 96.4% for 2021 continues to reflect incredible lifesaving work coming from all
      • In 2021, we provided medical care and housing to a record-setting 14,581 animals – 6,567 dogs, 7,515 cats, plus another 499 small animals, livestock, and wildlife. This is the largest number of animals to have ever entered our shelter system in Kansas City’s recorded history
      • In 2021, an incredible 10,042 pet adoptions (3,939 dogs, 5,948 cats) were processed – with adoptions 34% higher than both 2020 and 2019. This is the largest number of dogs and cats adopted in one year in our organization’s history!
      • Our lifesaving work extended well beyond the Kansas City metro through our feline transfer program. We saved 1,618 cats and kittens in 2021 at risk of euthanasia from other overcrowded shelters and rescues in and around our region, including taking a large number of cats/kittens from 3 overcrowded shelters in Louisiana right before Christmas. We transferred in 221 cats and kittens in December alone. Our feline transfer program grew by 82% in 2021 and our actions have significantly increased the lifesaving capacity for these other organizations as well.
      • The number of owner-surrendered pets was up 40% in 2021 and was 129% higher than 2019 levels.
      • 1,648 animals were returned to their homes in 2021 resulting in a return-to-home rate of 32% for the year.
      • We provided services for 774 owned animals from our community in 2021 through drive thru vaccination clinics, community cat spay/neuter clinics, and our crisis boarding program.
      • Our Animal Services Officers responded to nearly 15,000 unique calls for animal services from residents since we took over the City’s Animal Services Division.
      • In 2021, 1,215 families with 1,552 pets benefitted from Keep ‘Em Together, KC programs for a total of
        $96,418.45 granted in subsidies.
      • In 2021, 60 families (with 83 pets) were helped by our Home Away from Home crisis boarding program and our 66 foster families provided a total of 4,327 days of care for those pets. In 2021, 64 families were reunited with their pets after receiving emergency boarding services – a 94% program reunification rate.
      • In 2021, our Pet Support Center provided KCMO residents with more than 29.7 TONS of pet food and treats and more than 3,961 pet care items including dog houses, flea/tick medications, and collars/leashes. We shared resources with 12 community partners and provided services to 179 owned pets at our Community Clinics for vaccinations/microchips/pet ID tag.
      • In 2021, 1,909 volunteers gave 42,110 hours of service to KCPP (a 59% increase over last year). This is the equivalent to more than 20 FTEs, with a value of $1,201,804.27 to the organization.
      • In 2021, we sent 1,521 dogs to foster homes and welcomed 351 new canine foster families.
      • In 2021, 2,956 cats/kittens went to foster homes – a 15% increase over 2020

      We couldn’t do this without your support! Please consider a gift to KC Pet Project to help us continue our important work in Kansas City in 2022. 

      January 2022

      KC Pet Project Celebrates its 10-year Anniversary

      December 2020

      KC Pet Project Assumes Contract for Animal Control Services in Kansas City, MO

      January 2020

      KC Campus for Animal Care Opens

      June 2018

      Groundbreaking of Kansas City Campus for Animal Care

      April 2017

      Vote passed for funding for a new KCMO Animal Shelter

      October 2016

      Opened Veterinary Care Center at Main Shelter

      September 2015

      Launched Petco Cat Program for 6 Petco Cat Habitats in stores in the metro

      November 2014

      KCPP Zona Rona Celebrates its 3,000th Adoption

      May 2014

      KCPP awarded the first ever Paul Jolly Compassion Award by the Petco Foundation.

      March 2014

      KCPP Petco Adoption Center Opens

      July 2013

      Celebrate first 12 months at operating above a 90% Live Release Rate

      November, 2012

      KCPP Zona Rosa Adoption Center Opens

      November, 2012

      KCPP Opens


      ’23: 10,38489%
      ’22: 10,72590%
      ’21: 10,04286%
      ’20: 7,74863%
      ’19: 7,61962%
      ’18: 6,82453%
      ’17: 6,61952%
      ’16: 6,24050%
      ’15: 5,86346%
      ’14: 5,98647%
      ’13: 4,51641%
      ’12: 3,01325%