KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City shelter is making history for being one of the largest open-admission shelters in the nation to achieve “no-kill” status.
The Kansas City Pet Project took over the shelter contract for the Kansas City, Mo., Animal Shelter in January, 2012.
On Wednesday, the city council recognized them for being a no-kill shelter.
Between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013, KC Pet Project had a 90 percent or greater live release rate for all dogs and cats entering their shelter for 12 consecutive months. That is compared to a live release rate between 31 percent and 61 percent over the previous five years under different management.
Its families who choose to adopt who help make it happen, like the Gard family. Shawna Gard was adopting a dog as a surprise for her 9-year-old son Carson.
"We all have the mission in mind every day when we come to work that we want to end the killing of healthy and treatable pets in Kansas City," Gard said.
The process to keep adopting out the animals is not easy. The shelter is about a third of the size they need, bringing in about 8,000 pets a year according to the Manager of Marketing and Development, Tori Fugate.
"We transformed a lot of our rooms in the shelter that were formerly office spaces. We have now changed them over to medical isolation rooms," said Fugate. “Just yesterday we had 31 dogs come through our door. We have had 250 come in in a week.”
The older and injured animals are usually harder to adopt. The shelter attributes their success to the staff coordination play dates, placing lost and found animals and promoting adoptions.
"The building might not be the prettiest thing you've ever been in, but the pets are still just as deserving of homes," Fugate said.
Due to the high number of intakes in animals coming into the shelter, KC Pet Project is offering $30 adoptions on all dogs 30 pounds or heavier from August 14th until Sunday, August 18th as part of their “Shed Some Shelter Pounds” adoption special.
Adoption fees on all adult cats and kittens are waived during the special. Both the main shelter location and the Pet Adoption Center in Zona Rosa are participating in the special.
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