At-Risk List

These are all dogs currently on our at-risk list that are priorities to move out of the shelter.

All adoption fees of these dogs are fee-waived in an effort to get them into homes.

Our shelter continues to be at capacity, and we receive at least 30 new dogs, on average, every day. Kennel space is needed every day for our new arrivals, which means our team always has an urgency to move dogs out of the shelter. Due to the fact that we have no open kennels and more dogs coming in than are going out, all the dogs on this list should be considered urgent placements. We are sharing this in an effort to find homes for these dogs as quickly as we can, so that we do not have to euthanize them because of how full we are.

See ways that you can help the dogs on the at-risk list at the resources listed at the bottom of the page below the table.

Defining KC Pet Project’s At Risk List

What it Means to be a No-Kill Shelter and What That Means for Us at KC Pet Project

Dogs that are on the at-risk list are eligible to go to a foster home.

If you are interested in fostering a dog, please visit this page to fill out the foster sign up form  and schedule an appointment or email [email protected]. Dogs on our at-risk list are also eligible for fostering-to-adopt. The Canine Foster-to-Adopt program aims to find suitable homes for hard-to-place dogs by avoiding prolonged stays in the shelter or in foster care. Mirroring our adoption process, our goal is to match you with a dog that after two weeks in your home, you decide to adopt. 


Please note: Dogs with a placement deadline in the urgency column are not eligible for foster or foster-to-adopt but are eligible for adoption. This is so our foster team can utilize their time and resources to place the other hundreds of dogs in our care into foster homes.  

The Canine Operations Team and other staff utilizes our complete at-risk spreadsheet to track the canines in our care while having a system of checks and balances.

Being “at-risk” does not mean a dog is going to be automatically euthanized; instead it is an opportunity for our organization to focus attention and advocate for at-risk dogs by finding ways to improve quality of life or find appropriate placement alternatives. We also track when we’ve marketed these dogs, if they go to playgroups, if they participate in Dog Day Outs, if they have a professional photo and a bio written, and much more.

The at-risk list is also intended to help all KC Pet Project stakeholders emotionally prepare in the event that tough decisions are made. It’s not impossible for a dog to bypass the at-risk list and move to humane euthanasia if the situation warrants it. Dogs with a bite history or a medical emergency might be an example.


This column highlights the urgency of placement for the dog and would list a deadline for placement if there is one set.


Length of Stay

This is how long the dog has been at one of our adoption centers in our care. Dogs are automatically added to the at-risk list when they hit 30 days in our care as that is more than a week longer than our average length of stay for dogs.  Majority of the dogs that are on our at-risk list are there because of their length-of-stay. This is so no dog falls through the cracks at our organization. It’s important to note that the longer a dog is in the shelter, the more stressed that they will become living in a shelter environment, and we cannot hold dogs indefinitely.


Petco Adoption Center (at 95th and Quivira)


Zona Rosa Adoption Center


Quality of Life

When we reach a level of animals that is beyond our shelter’s capacity for providing humane care, we see more pets whose quality of life starts to deteriorate in the shelter environment. Dogs who spend months in a shelter may begin deteriorating and/or medically suffering in the shelter (which can include refusal to eat, losing weight, panting/barking all day long, spinning in their kennels, vomiting and diarrhea, and other concerns), and we must evaluate whether it is humane to keep this animal in our care any longer. We provide medications to help ease their stress, but many animals are so stressed that medications only provide so much relief.


Behavior Observations


Jumpy and Mouthy (while handling)


On Leash Reactivity


Resource Guarding
NameAnimal IDIntake DateLOSDate AddedReason AddedUrgency
LandryA537110547/9/20233438/7/2023LOS, Hard placement (transition, shy/fearful, no kids, RG with people, reactivity)Urgent Placement Needed
MarjorieA537810077/19/20233333/15/2024LOS, Hard placement (Resource guarding towards humans and dogs, no children, reactivity, bite history, wariness of strangers, mandatory meet with all household members)Urgent Placement Needed
IsadoraA553883982/20/20241173/19/2024LOS, JAM
LancelotA553895192/20/20241173/19/2024LOS, PG notes
TroutA499955092/21/20241163/19/2024LOS, QOL, no male dogs, reactivity, RG with people, no childrenUrgent Placement Needed
YanniA554010012/22/20241153/26/2024LOS, transition, shy/fearful, possible handling sensitivies, QOLUrgent Placement Needed
TaroA549763003/5/20241035/26/2024LOS, no male dogs
HugoA554805083/6/20241024/2/2024LOS, transition, shy/fearfulUrgent Placement Needed
LokiA554859673/16/2024924/12/2024LOS, RG with dogs, QOLUrgent Placement Needed
DoodleA555430313/17/2024914/16/2024LOS, Transition, JAM (Foster Notes), Mandatory Meet w/ Children (Older Recommended), Destructive Tendencies
LooperA556243433/29/2024794/10/2024LOS, QOL
KudosA555081163/29/2024794/27/2024LOS, JAM, leash skills, QOLUrgent Placement Needed
Wish BoneA500392994/1/2024764/30/2024LOS, transition, shy/fearful, no male dogs, D2D required
SkyeA556399824/1/2024765/3/2024LOS, Bite History, Transition, Shy/Fearful, Handling Sensitivities (B-Obs), Mandatory Meet w/ Household (Older Children Preferred)Urgent Placement Needed
True A556448164/2/2024754/30/2024LOS, transition, shy/fearful, mandatory meet with household
ArgosA556683724/5/2024725/3/2024LOS, no male dogs
DakotaA392342394/8/2024695/7/2024LOS, transition, shy/fearful, intake notes, escape tendencies, JAM, vetting/restraint (may need sedated nail trims), mandatory meet with household members
Tiger LilyA556950614/10/2024675/7/2024LOS, no female dogs
GabannaA555889044/11/2024665/11/2024LOS, transition, shy/fearful, no cats
JourneyA462523364/11/2024665/11/2024LOS, Hard placement (Transition, JAM, Escape Tendencies (Fence Jumper, Door Darter), no cats, handling sensitivities, vetting & restraint)
KaiaA554957604/11/2024665/11/2024LOS, no cats, QOLUrgent Placement Needed
SeussA524470794/13/2024645/11/2024LOS, transition, vetting & restraint
ChurroA557249564/15/2024625/13/2024LOS, case notes
BjorkA557500144/18/2024595/8/2024LOS, QOLUrgent Placement Needed
NoraA550631184/20/2024575/4/20224Hard placement (Transition, shy/fearful, JAM, reactivity, vetting/restraint, wariness of strangers)Urgent Placement Needed
WillisA557662114/21/2024565/19/2024LOS, transition, possible vetting & restraint, JAM, reactivity
CabernetA557933604/25/2024525/31/2024LOS, no female dogs
SiriA483619184/27/2024505/26/2024LOS, mandatory D2D
Da VinciA558123274/28/2024495/28/2024LOS, transition, reactivity, JAM, possible WOS, mandatory meet with household, QOLUrgent Placement Needed
IndiaA558187494/29/2024485/28/2024LOS, reactivity, PG notes, no female dogs
BryceA558196974/29/2024485/28/2024LOS, transition, shy/fearful, RG with people, no children
PackerA465393404/30/2024475/28/2024LOS, behavior observations
Seven (ZR)A557159014/30/2024475/28/2024LOS
HesterA558364445/1/2024465/11/2024QOL, transition, shy/fearful, may do best with older childrenUrgent Placement Needed
IndyA558424565/2/2024455/31/2024LOS, no male dogs
KratosA558555555/4/2024435/31/2024LOS, JAM
TatumA552586565/4/2024435/31/2024LOS, JAM
BarbequeA556448325/5/2024425/31/2024LOS, No male dogs, transition (body language discussion), JAM, mandatory meet with household (the older the kids the better), intake notes
TanquerayA558646245/6/2024416/4/2024LOS, JAM
RonniA547951595/6/2024416/4/2024LOS, transition, shy/fearful, JAM, reactivity, mandatory meet with household, QOLUrgent Placement Needed
HockneyA558718845/7/2024406/4/2024LOS, transition, JAM, leash skills
Huck FinnA558825995/8/2024395/18/2024LOS, QOL
KonaA481631575/8/2024396/4/2024LOS, transition, shy/fearful
DavidA558865115/9/2024386/8/2024LOS, reactivity
IglooA558879625/9/2024386/14/2024LOS, Escape Tendencies, JAM, Bite History Urgent Placement Needed
SaskiaA558883785/9/2024386/4/2024LOS, JAM, mandatory meet with children
TurtleA559001515/10/2024376/4/2024LOS, transition, JAM, QOLUrgent Placement Needed
RosellaA558470245/13/2024346/11/2024LOS, Hard placement (Transition, Shy/Fearful, Handling Sensitivities, Mandatory Meet w/ Household (Older Children Recommended), Destructive Tendencies, Escape Tendencies (Fence Jumper), No Cats or Small Animals)
ZaydaA555410365/13/2024346/5/2024LOS, QOL
TootsieA559144445/13/2024346/11/2024LOS, transition, shy/fearful
JohnnyA551034475/14/2024336/11/2024LOS, Hard placement (Transition, Intake Notes, RG w/ Dogs, No Cats or Small Animals (Prey Drive), Mandatory Meet w/ Children (Older Preferred), Escape Tendencies (Fence Jumper))
Odie LeeA523458565/14/2024336/11/2024LOS, no male dogs, reactivity, required meet with all people in household (may do best with older children), JAM
ElvyA539802755/15/2024326/11/2024LOS, no female dogs
TudorA559304535/15/2024326/11/2024LOS, transition, shy/fearful
ArizonaA560007985/25/2024226/14/2024Transition, Shy/Fearful, Mandatory Meet w/ Household, Bite History, Mandatory D2DUrgent Placement Needed
LennoxA552097596/4/2024126/5/2024Combined LOS, Hard placement (transition, JAM, Vetting & Restraint, mandatory meet with all humans (may do best with older children), no male dogs (PG notes), Escape Tendencies (Door Darter), Destructive Tendencies)
NellyA521503516/9/202476/15/2024Bite history, RG with people, no childrenUrgent Placement Needed

How You Can Help

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