KCMO, KC Pet Project Announce Grand Opening of Shelter’s New Veterinary Care Center
Temporary Vet Clinic serves as prelude to future shelter improvements
Kansas City, MO – The City of Kansas City, MO and KC Pet Project unveiled the shelter’s new Veterinary Care Center this morning with an official Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Mayor Sly James, City Manager Troy Schulte, City Council members, Jackson County Legislators, and many other generous supporters were in attendance.
The new Veterinary Care Center comes in the form of two modular buildings located on the grounds of the Kansas City, MO, Animal Shelter. The former veterinary clinic at the city-owned animal shelter, built in 1972, was only 400 square feet and was inadequate to handle the volume of pets coming through the shelter on a yearly basis – with 10,500 animals cared for in 2014.
The Petco Foundation awarded a capital grant to KC Pet Project in the form of a matching gift campaign to help increase the capacity of the shelter’s busy veterinary clinic. The new Veterinary Care Center & Isolation trailers increase the space available to provide medical care for shelter animals to more than 2,500 square feet designated for surgical prep, a surgical suite allowing 2 doctors to perform spay/neuter surgeries at the same time, a recovery ward, medical ICU/hospitalization areas, and separate isolation kennels for sick and contagious animals – resulting in 5 times the space than what was originally available in the shelter’s former veterinary clinic. Representatives of the Petco Foundation will be on-site on Thursday.
Shelter officials also gratefully recognized the entire Grand Construction team, along with their very generous subcontractors for their extraordinary work on the Veterinary Care Center, as well as volunteer Chad Ackerman, who led the Vet Clinic construction project.
“This Veterinary Care Clinic is a wonderful addition to the current facility, as well as a big step to the day when we hope to have new, better animal control facilities,” Mayor Sly James said. “Thanks to the generous donors who made this facility possible and who support our goal to treat animals right in Kansas City.”
“Each day, our dedicated animal control officers rescue abused and neglected animals, and we are happy to have partners at Kansas City Pet Project who embrace our no-kill philosophy,” said City Manager, Troy Schulte. “This public-private Veterinary Care Clinic partnership has been a positive step forward in creating a safe-haven for rescued animals, and we look forward to future improvements to address the needs of our aging animal shelter, and to enhance resources for our animal control officers.“
“This new Veterinary Care Center is another important step in increasing our lifesaving capacity here at the shelter,” said Teresa Johnson, CEO/Executive Director of KC Pet Project. “KC Pet Project is the safety net for Kansas City’s homeless animals. One of the biggest challenges we faced was the age and design of our current shelter facility. It was critical that we created a larger, modern veterinary care center to address the medical needs of the growing number of animals entering our facility each year,” she explained.
“So many businesses and individuals in the community came together to help us reach our fundraising goal to make this dream a reality for the pets in our community. We are extremely grateful to the Petco Foundation, Grand Construction, to the City Manager and to everyone who contributed to our Roadrunner Fund. Their incredibly generous contributions support our commitment – and that of the KCMO Animal Control team — to the thousands of innocent homeless, abandoned, neglected, ill and injured dogs and cats that rely on all of us each year.”
Roshann Parris and Kristi Wyatt, who have helped forge the public-private partnership with the City and KCPP, indicated that they were on a hoped-for path to building a new KCMO animal shelter. “What has been extraordinary about this effort is the willingness of so many in both the public and private sector to step up and say, ‘we’re in to improve animal welfare in Kansas City; let’s help make this happen.’” Parris said that she and Wyatt look forward to continued discussions with City officials, the Parks Board and private funders toward a public/private partnership that yields a “modest but meaningful animal welfare model” that meets standards successfully established in other cities around the country.
About KC Pet Project: KC Pet Project is a 501c3, nonprofit charitable organization operating the Kansas City, Missouri Animal Shelter. As the largest No Kill animal shelter in Kansas City, we care for more than 10,000 animals a year and work collaboratively with Animal Control and other animal welfare organizations to increase the number of homeless pets adopted, and focus on lifesaving programs promoting pet retention, identification, lost pet reunions, and pet ownership education throughout the community. The KC Pet Project is creating a No Kill Kansas City – we’re passionate about lifesaving!