January President’s Impact Report

Teresa Johnson - CEO / Executive Director / Chief Lifesaving Officer

Last month was the busiest January on record and we continued to rise to the challenge to help more pets and people than ever before.

Here’s a few of the exciting things that happened in our departments in January:

  • We provided care for a record-setting 1,204 dogs, cats, and other pets in January 2023 – the largest number of pets ever received in the month of January.
  • 783 pets were adopted in January (357 dogs, 413 cats, and 13 other pets).The number of pets adopted in January is at the highest level in our 11-year history – up 63% since pre-pandemic.
  • We sent 292 dogs/puppies to foster homes last month and volunteers took a record 102 dogs out of the shelter on a Dog’s Day Out.
  • Our veterinary team performed 647 spay/neuter and specialty surgeries in January, as well as performing 2,029 examinations on pets in/arriving at our shelter.
  • $8,845.00 in Reclaim Fees were forgiven by KC Pet Project for 77 families reclaiming lost pets last month.
  • Animal Services Officers were dispatched to 1,202 calls for service in January and closed 1,167 unique cases last month.
  • Forty-one (41) municipal court citations were submitted by Animal Services Officers and issued by the City Prosecutor. One (1) case of animal cruelty was submitted to the State Prosecutor’s office for felony prosecution.
  • In January, 689 volunteers gave 3,785.65 hours of services, the equivalent of 22 full-time employees.
  • In January, we were able to help save a record 269 cats/kittens from 11 other shelters or rescues across Missouri, as well as from West Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. 
  • We had 63 media stories and mentions during the month of January. The estimated media reach for the month for animal services and sheltering stories was 267,793,574 million people.

Don’t miss the heartwarming stories and some great photos in this month’s report! We look forward to another successful year of lifesaving in Kansas City.

Teresa Johnson

President/CEO of KC Pet Project