Coronavirus Updates

KC Pet Project operates the KC Campus for Animal Care, the animal shelter for the city of Kansas City, MO. We are an essential city service caring for the pets of our city and remain open for business. We are adhering to all recommendations by the CDC and World Health Organization, and are regularly disinfecting and cleaning our public and back-of-house areas as well as putting protocols in place for social distancing and limiting the amount of people in our shelter spaces.

“The health and safety of our pets and the community is our top priority. According to the World Health Organization, there is ‘no evidence that companion animals have been infected or could spread coronavirus (COVID-19).’   As an open-intake municipal shelter, we must ensure lost pets can be reunited quickly with their families and that homeless pets from our community have an opportunity to find new families. It is critical, as we continue to admit animals in need of shelter, that we find immediate temporary or permanent placement for pets in our care to ensure we can maintain our lifesaving operations.

Teresa Johnson, CEO/President of KC Pet Project
urgent fosters needed

All non-essential personnel in our shelter have been asked to work remotely. That means we have a minimal staff working at the shelter right now, ensuring that pets are fed, walked and kennels are clean. However, as an essential city service, at this time KC Pet Project and the Kansas City Campus for Animal Care will remain open.*

*As of March 16, 2020

KC Pet Project Updates

March 22, 2020 –

As the mandatory Stay Home KC order goes into effect on Tuesday, we want everyone to know that as the municipal animal shelter for the City of Kansas City, MO, KC Pet Project at the Kansas City Campus for Animal Care will remain open. We will continue our efforts to move as many pets into forever homes or foster homes throughout the next 30 days, and we are still receiving new pets each day and working alongside animal control to prioritize emergency intakes only.

For our full statement regarding our operations at the shelter and our continued focus on saving lives in Kansas City, please see this statement from our President/CEO, Teresa Johnson.

March 20, 2020 –

  • Our Zona Rosa Adoption Center and Petco Adoption Centers will no longer house animals for adoption and will be closed until further notice. All animals at these locations will be moved into foster homes or to our KC Campus for Animal Care for adoption.
  • The KC Campus for Animal Care is still open for adoptions from Noon-6pm Monday-Saturday and Noon-5pm on Sunday.
  • When you visit the KC Campus for Animal Care, you’ll be instructed to call to speak to a team member, who will assist you with foster appointments, adoptions, and lost/found services.
  • The Admissions Department at the KC Campus for Animal Care will retain the same hours.
  • The Roasterie at the KC Campus for Animal Care will have reduced hours until further notice. We’ll be open Monday-Saturday from 8am-4pm and Sunday from 9am-4pm. Orders can be made at the pickup window.
  • We are still accepting in-kind donations, which may be dropped off out in front of the KC Campus for Animal Care at the south entrance.
  • All non-essential team members will work remotely from home and we are limiting volunteer access to the shelter. Staff at our offsite adoption centers are being assigned to other roles within the organization to assist with our lifesaving efforts.

March 19, 2020 –

  • We will no longer be sending new cats to our Petco Cat Habitat location, however, we still have some kitties looking for new families at the Petco stores in Belton, Olathe, Blue Springs, Liberty, Kansas City (136th and State Line) and Kansas City (Barry Road). The stores in Grandview, Independence, and Overland Park (75th Street) do not have any cats looking for homes.
  • Our partner location at Whiskers Cat Cafe is not open for visitors or adoptions at this time. You can still follow along with what our kitties are up to on their Facebook page.

March 18, 2020 –

  • Our Zona Rosa Adoption Center will reduce hours to close at 6:00pm every day.
  • All new volunteer tours have been postponed at this time and will resume in the upcoming months.

March 16th – 5:00pm – Petco Stores to reduce hours, KC Pet Project adoption hours reduced to close at 5:00pm daily.

reduced adoption fees

Dog adoptions will be $30 for dogs 30 pounds or more and adult cats will be $30 at our three adoption centers for the foreseeable future.

Urgent fosters needed

Foster homes needed now! We are requesting emergency foster homes that can keep pets for four to six weeks. The goal is to increase our foster base by 50% in case we are forced to close. If you’re interested in fostering a pet, start by filling out the form below:

Once you fill out the Emergency Foster Form, you will be prompted to fill out the Dog Foster Signup or Cat Foster Signup and schedule an appointment to pick up your foster.

This is a great time to volunteer your time by fostering a KC Pet Project pet if you are working from home during this time. You can still promote your pet to be adopted and help us save lives in the process!

can’t foster or adopt?

Items are needed to support our foster families who are caring for our pets including crates, food, leashes. Purchase donations on our Amazon Wish List.

Donations to our Foster Pet Pantry are also greatly appreciated at this time and you can even set up your own fundraising page to support this cause. All donations made go toward the purchase of supplies to provide to our foster families including food, litter, collars, etc.

intake reduction protocols

In an effort to reduce our population at the shelter in the event we have to close, we are asking for our community to help lost and found pets get back home as well as holding on their owner surrender appointments.

If you find a lost pet, file a found pet report, hold the pet you found, and attempt to get the pet back to its owners through posting flyers and using Nextdoor and Lost and Found pages.

Owner surrender appointments should be reduced during this time. Pet owners should wait to surrender their pet and should rehome pets to friends and family if they’re able to do so. For a list of resources available to owners, click here.

Questions and Answers

Q: Can i volunteer at your locations at this time?

A: If you have not volunteered for our organization in the past, we cannot accept new volunteers at this time and due to high demand, it will be several months before we are able to accommodate new volunteers (as much as we wish we could!). Sign up to be a foster or help us by sharing our adoptable pets to help them find homes.

Q: Why can’t I surrender my (healthy) pet?

A: Right now, adoptions are down because people are avoiding being in public. More than 30% of our intake comes from owner surrenders. Those two things combined would mean a whole lot of pets coming in, but not going out into loving homes. We are trying our best to avoid overcrowding. We want to maintain space for the pets that need us. Please see our Surrendering a Pet page for resources and ideas to rehome your pet.

Q: Why do you need me to hold this stray pet?

That’s a great question. KC Pet Project is asking people who find friendly stray pets to consider fostering them until the shelter can resume normal operations. This could be around 4-6 weeks. Pets typically stay pretty close to home when they go missing, so fostering them where they are found helps get pets home much more quickly. The pets also avoid the stress of the shelter. Stray finders can take the pet to a vet clinic or to our locations to check for a microchip, file a found report, and hold the pet to give the owner time to locate it.

Q: Are you stopping operations? Are you closing?

A: No. The change will mostly impact the owner surrender appointments. About 30% of the pets who enter KC Pet Project are given up by their owners. We are asking owners who are not facing an immediate crisis to hold their pets for an extended period of time, and to surrender at a later date. For any pet owners who need to surrender immediately, we will still take their pets at their scheduled intake time.

Q: How can I help?

A: First of all, THANK YOU!

Foster: The shelter is also looking for around 200 “on call” emergency fosters, who can take home a pet if KC Pet Project reaches critical capacity. KC Pet Project will need fosters for all types of pets but housing for medium and large dogs and pets with medical issues will be most needed. KC Pet Project provides vet care, crates, supplies, and food. People can sign up to be an on-call emergency foster caregiver:

Donate: Donations are greatly needed to help us care for the pets at our shelter. You can also go to our Amazon Wish List to find a list of critically needed items.

KC Pet Project is proud to be a contributing organization of the American Pets Alive! COVID-19 Animal Shelter Preparedness Guide, which offers a framework to ensure that no shelter pet lives are lost and that shelters are proactive in preparation throughout the mutant COVID-19 outbreak. The health and safety of our pets and the community is a top priority for animal shelters.

KC Campus for Animal Care Hours

The KC Campus for Animal Care is open for services.

» See hours here

Reduced Adoption Fees!

Dogs are $30 (for dogs 30 pounds or more)
Adult cats are $30

Adoptions prices current for the foreseeable future

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