Home Away From Home – Crisis Boarding Program

Home Away from Home

Program Update

Thank you for your interest in our Home Away from Home – Crisis Boarding Program. Please be aware that our program is currently at capacity for space, and we not accepting new clients at this time. We are hoping to resume receiving new applications for the program in the near future and recommend looking into other options for your pets. Our team would love to provide additional resources that may be able to support you and your pets, so please give us a call at 816-683-1383 if you would like more information.

Foster homes are needed to support the Home Away from Home program. Please sign up today!

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As part of the Keep ‘Em Together, KC initiative, KC Pet Project offers a temporary care program for families in need of a temporary home for their pets.

The purpose of the Home Away from Home program is to provide temporary care for pets to reunite them with their families following a crisis.

Home Away from Home Program Eligibility

Reasons acceptable for participation in the Home Away from Home Program include, but are not limited to:

  • The owner and animal(s) are displaced from their home due to a natural disaster.
  • The owner is the victim of domestic violence.
  • The owner is temporarily hospitalized for medical treatment or rehabilitation.
  • The owner and animal(s) are facing a temporary change in housing due to an extenuating circumstance such as the owner’s illness or loss of housing such as eviction or foreclosure.

Home Away from Home Program Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be Kansas City, Missouri, residents – proof of residency may be required.
  • Animals must be spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccinations, and microchipped. If the animals do not meet these qualifications, the Applicant must authorize KC Pet Project to perform these services prior to the animals entering into the program.
  • Applicants must agree to provide all requested documentation including vaccination records, medical information, care information, and behavior information for each animal.
  • Applicants must agree to the terms of the Home Away from Home Crisis Boarding Program.
    • Applications are initially approved for a time frame of 30-days.
    • Applicants may apply for an extension of 30-days, so long as they find additional support with an outside social service agency.
    • Applicant’s participation in the program must not exceed 90-days.

KC Pet Project cannot guarantee placement for accepted applications within our program, despite our best efforts. As Kansas City’s municipal shelter, placement for pets enrolled in this program depends solely on the availability, skills, and willingness of our approved foster homes.


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Foster for the Home Away from Home Program

Fostering is what keeps this program alive! Without our incredible Home Away from Home fosters, owned pets would be turned away from the program entirely. We are currently in desperate need for additional Home Away from Home fosters. This program is an incredible opportunity for first-time fosters to get a taste of what fostering is like or for experienced fosters who want to try something new! To sign up to foster for Home Away from Home, please visit the sign up page.