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Kansas City Pet Project

Keep Our Dogs Playing

Thank you Kansas City!


Donation Campaign Update: Wow! That’s all we can say! Thanks to YOU we not only made our goal of $10,000 raised by #GivingTuesday, we crushed it! Thanks to your donations and your support, and our wonderful donor who matched your gifts, we were able to raise a grand total of $27,190 in one day to keep our dogs playing. We can’t say thank you enough to the nearly 300 of you who donated to this cause on Giving Tuesday. Your support and dedication is an inspiration to all of us at KC Pet Project, and the 6,000 dogs that will come to our shelter this year are incredibly grateful for your generosity.

In 2013, community supporters helped us raise funds to build 9 life-saving canine play yards totally 8,000 sq. ft. at the KC Pet Project. Our adoption rate for dogs has already increased 52% this year — including a 47% increase in adoptions of Pit Bull type dogs – since we began using these play yards! However, the Missouri Department of Agriculture is now mandating that we must install rock, concrete, or artificial turf in our play yards by early December or we will no longer be able to use our play yards. We know artificial turf is the best solution for our play yards, but this requirement is an unexpected, unbudgeted expense of $40,000!

Thankfully, Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah and a generous local donor have issued a fundraising challenge to help us maximize our campaign. Together, they will donate $20,000 to our play yard campaign if we can raise the other $20,000. Our local donor is asking us to raise the first $10,000 by December 3rd – Giving Tuesday – and they will match their $10,000 donation. If just 250 animal lovers in our community give a gift of only $40 each, we can reach our goal.

One sure way to send shelter dogs home faster is to help them make a great first impression on potential adopters. By adding playgroups to the morning routine, we help nearly 100 dogs every day at the KC Pet Project dazzle adopters with calmer, relaxed kennel behavior. Our “Playing for Life” canine playgroup program, developed by Aimee Sadler, has been deemed “the most progressive behavior program in sheltering.” Canine playgroups save the lives of more shelter dogs by increasing the quality of life for dogs in a shelter and successful adoption matches.

During this season of giving, please consider helping us save and improve the lives of homeless dogs here in Kansas City’s animal shelter with a tax deductible gift of $40 or more today to help us keep our canine play groups running!

The KC Pet Project is a 501c3, charitable organization operating the Kansas City, Missouri animal shelter and is the largest, open admission No Kill shelter in Kansas City. And – we were recently named the 4th largest open admission No Kill animal shelter in the United States!

Ways to give
Donated through the “Keep Our Dogs Playing” donation page.

Donate through the KCPP website.

Mail a donation to:
KC Pet Project
Attn: Donations
4400 Raytown Road
Kansas City, MO 64129