2023 a year like no other at KC Pet Project – with our shelter providing care for a record 16,270 animals! Across the country, shelters experienced another year of having too many animals and not enough adopters — especially for dogs. The current national trend shows dog adoptions down from 2022, and unfortunately shelters across the country saw increased numbers of dogs arriving in 2023. Here at KC Pet Project, we also took in a record-breaking number of dogs in 2023 and continued to struggle with over-capacity issues for dogs all year – sharing our challenges and our stories with our community to encourage pet adoption, fostering, volunteering, and support to help us keep more pets and families together.
Housing costs and barriers to affordable and accessible veterinary care were two of the main reasons KCMO residents surrendered their pets last year – and our Animal Services Team saw a 300% increase in the number of calls for animals being abandoned due to evictions in 2023. We saw a 23% increase in stray animals brought in by the public – resulting in the largest number of stray dogs and cats entering our shelter in Kansas City’s history.
It was a tough year for our team and for our community, but our incredible lifesaving team at KCPP came through once again to help more pets and families in need than ever before. Despite the continued increase in the number of animals arriving and the length of stay increasing for dogs, we still achieved a 94.3% Save Rate in December (91.8% dogs, 97.3% cats) and a 93.4% Save Rate for 2023!
Here are a few more of the notable ways we impacted our community in 2023:
Families across our community benefited from our programs and services in 2023, including 4,621 local families with 8,173 pets that were supported by our Keep ‘Em Together, KC initiatives (a 51% increase from last year). We shared 119 tons of donated pet foods and 26,378 pet supplies with 12 community agencies and 3,490 KCMO households with 6,851 pets. And our Return-to-Home team reunited a record 1,999 lost pets with their families.
Our Animal Services Division saw increases across the board in 2023 as well. Officers travelled 157,175 miles working 21,626 case activities, investigating 2,395 cases of animal cruelty, impounding 3,396 animals, and our dispatchers handled 52,534 calls to/from our Animal Services Division.
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 2024.