KC Pet Project hopes for larger animal shelter after April 4 vote

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Raise the woof!

That’s the cry heard around KC Pet Project, the KCMO animal shelter. And, not just because Thursday, March 23, is National Puppy Day.

Actually, in addition to a “woof” they also need a floor and walls.

In about ten days, April 4, KCMO residents will get the chance to vote yes on Question 3 in a special election.

That affirmative vote will get the ball rolling on a brand new facility to be located in Swope Park, featuring larger kennels, cage-free housing, a veterinary care center and an overall better experience for animals that have already lived through so much stress.

KC Pet Project sees more than 10,000 furry friends come through the door every year. It is the largest no-kill, open admittance pet shelter in the area and the third largest in the country.

Back in 1972, the current building was originally used as a storage shed.

According to Tori Fugate, KC Pet Project director of marketing and development, it is way past time to create something that will help continue the mission of finding good homes for all animals.

In fact, the Missouri Department of Agriculture recommended the city build a new shelter nearly a decade ago.

So that’s the important public policy of this story, now on to the important puppy policy of this story.

It is, as mentioned, National Puppy Day!

Might be the perfect moment to visit KC Pet Project on Raytown Road, see first-hand why Question Three is so important and meet a new forever friend.

Just pause for paws! And, vote on April 4.

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