February was notable at KC Pet Project for so many reasons! We received or provided care for 975 dogs and cats in February (570 dogs, 405 cats). Intake is already running higher than the record numbers of pets that arrived in 2021. Despite those numbers, our save rate of 98.2% achieved for all pets in February was the highest in our organization’s history (and our save rate for dogs was nearly 99% – another record achievement!
- Our veterinary team performed 511 spay/neuter and specialty surgeries in February and provided emergency medical care to 58 seriously injured animals that arrived (animal attacks, emaciated, fractured limbs, hit by vehicles, skin infections, tumors, etc.).
- Our doctors performed several notable, cutting-edge surgeries in our shelter’s veterinary hospital last month, including a new surgery that prevents enucleation (removal) of the eyes when the feline patient has eyelid agenesis (a congenital defect where a patient – most commonly a cat – is born without upper eyelids), saving the cat’s eyesight. We also performed a new type of surgery for polyp removal, making an incision in the patient’s neck to gain access to remove the ear canal polyp, and an FHO surgery to repair a dog’s damaged hip by utilized a new technique that gains access to the surgical site using a dog’s inguinal area, rather than making an incision in the dog’s hip.
- A total of 178 animals were able to stay with their families instead of coming into the shelter in February thanks to our Keep ‘Em Together program resources.
- Animal Services Officers responded to 1,137 calls for services from KCMO residents. One in every five animals found as strays were able to be returned to their homes by officers, rather than having to bring them to the shelter.
- Don’t miss the photos included in this report from an Animal Services Division case where we assisted several Kansas City, MO agencies and the KCMO Police Department who were issuing notices for people to vacate a large property due to code violations. A number of people had been living at that location with many loose animals on the property.
- La Mega Spanish radio did a Facebook live video to promote our available jobs.
- Our 4-day fee-waived adoption event in February resulted in 229 pets finding new homes.
- Six KCMO families with ten (10) pets were receiving emergency boarding services for their pets through our Home Away from Home program.
- Don’t miss the two heartwarming Keeping ‘Em Together stories we shared, including the story of Rodney and his dog Amber who we were able to reunite following a terrible car accident that injured both of them.
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