January President’s Impact Report

It was a big month for KC Pet Project! We took in 1,018 animals last month – the largest number of animals to ever enter our shelter system in the month of January! Despite increasing numbers of animal arriving each month, our Save Rate of 96.7% for January continues to reflect incredible lifesaving work.

  • Our veterinary team performed 601 surgeries in January, including providing emergency medical care to 61 seriously injured animals that arrived (gunshot to the face, head trauma, animal attacks, emaciated, embedded collar, etc.).
  • Animal Services Officers, along with Dr. Heather Kennedy and our KCPP veterinary team, accompanied Park Rangers in KCMO to two encampments of houseless individuals to provide vaccinations, microchips, and cold-weather supplies to the pets at the camp. We even spayed one resident’s cat that lived at the camp. As a result of having their pets vaccinated and licensed, two individuals were able to secure permanent housing for themselves and their pets.
  • Tori Fugate, Chief Communications Officer, was featured as a host on KCMO City Communication’s Channel 2 for The Weekly Report. She shared city updates and information about how residents can keep pets safe during cold weather. Estimated social media reach for all animal services and sheltering stories in January was 19,587,837 people.
  • In January, 135 families benefited from our Keep ‘Em Together, KC subsidiary programs (Pet Care Assistance, Pet Resource Assistance, Home Away from Home safety net crisis boarding, and Reclaim Fee Forgiveness program). More than $7,200 in reclaim fees were waived by KCPP to help KCMO residents get their lost pets home without the financial barrier/burden of expensive fees. An additional $7,758 in veterinary services were subsidized by KCPP for residents to get their injured/ill pets the medical care they needed so they could go back home with their families.
  • Don’t miss the story of Valentino the French bulldog that had been missing since October but was reunited in January with his worried family in Fort Worth, TX – thanks to the incredible dedication of our Return-to-Home Coordinator, Laura Kraemer.
  • Our Canine Care team cared for an average of 200 dogs every day in January at our Campus location.
  • Several members of KC Pet Project’s leadership team will be featured speakers at upcoming national animal welfare conferences in 2022. KC Pet Project is the only organization in Missouri or Kansas with staff that are routinely asked to give presentations to thousands of animal shelter or animal services professionals across the country.

See all of our President/CEO Reports from Teresa Johnson on this page.

staff member and veterinarian vaccinate black dog in the field
KC Pet Project staff vaccinating a dog in the field