June President’s Impact Report

Teresa Johnson - CEO / Executive Director / Chief Lifesaving Officer

June is always a busy month for shelters, but last month we took “busy” to a whole new level at KCPP.  So far in 2022, we’ve provided care for 7,229 dogs and cats – the largest number of pets ever received in 6 months in our shelter’s history!  And a record 862 cats arrived in June – the largest number of cats ever to arrive in one month at KCPP.

Total intake of dogs and cats is at the highest level ever recorded in our 10-year history. We have already taken in more pets in six months than we did in the entire year 2012 when we took over operating the KCMO shelter.  We achieved an incredible 96.5% save rate in June, despite continuing to take in the highest number of animals in our city’s history.

Here are just a few of the incredible accomplishments featured in this month’s Impact Report:

  • Our veterinary team performed 890 spay/neuter and specialty surgeries in June and provided emergency medical care to 108 seriously injured animals that arrived.
  • Aria Stark arrived as a tiny blind kitten and our doctors created a plan to surgically repair her eye lids. This tiny little fighter underwent two surgeries in our shelter’s veterinary clinic where our doctor’s created eye lids from her lip/cheek area
  • Numbers of pets being adopted is at the highest level in our 10-year history, with a record 4,583 pets having been adopted in the first 6 months of 2022.
  • We sent 267 dogs/puppies into foster homes (a new record), and 451 cats/kittens were in foster homes at the end of June.
  • Animal Services Officers responded to 1,360 calls for service in June 2022. As of June 30, our division had responded to nearly 500 more calls for service that last year at this time. 
  • Our Animal Cruelty Team investigated a case of a dog that had been killed and hanged from a tree in Blue Valley Park. We posted the story to social media asking for any information on who many have committed this crime against the family’s beloved dog and launched our new Animal Cruelty TIPS Hotline.  Thanks to our investigative efforts, an arrest in the case is coming soon.
  • In just six months, we have distributed more than 93,328 lbs. of pet food and pet supplies to 420 local families with 1,125 pets.
  • We subsidized $90,930.00 in lost pet reclaim fees for 866 families with 937 pets in the first year of our Reclaim Fee Forgiveness Program.  Numbers of lost pets being returned to their homes is at highest level ever recorded.
  • At our drive-thru microchip and pet ID tag clinic on June 28th we provided 68 free microchips and 122 engraved pet ID tags for 74 KCMO family pets.

 You are all amazing, talented leaders and we can overcome many obstacles if we stick together and act as One Team.  You and your teams accomplished so many amazing things last month, and for that you should be incredibly proud.

Teresa Johnson

President/CEO of KC Pet Project