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Heart of America Humane Society left without way to transport KCK pets after van vandalized

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Posted at 4:50 PM, Nov 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-21 18:31:56-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Heart of America Humane Society is searching for a new cargo van after one of its two vans was vandalized.

Board member Erin Ronan told 41 Action News someone stole two catalytic converters off the society’s Ford E-250 sometime last week.

Because of the van’s age and the cost of the repair, HAHS has to buy a used van to replace it.

“At this point, we’re looking for the community’s help in finding an affordable van. We do need a cargo van because the van is loaded with kennels with dogs,” Ronan said. “Doesn’t have to be pretty. Just needs to run and be reliable.”

The group uses the van every Saturday to take a group of dogs from the Kansas City, Kansas, animal shelter to the Petsmart in Olathe.

The trips help expose the dogs to potential forever families.

HAHS has a similar operation on the Missouri side in Lee’s Summit.

The group is looking for alternative transportation methods for this Saturday’s event, Ronan said.

Ronan described the society as a small “foster network” that doesn’t have a physical building to work from.

Money put toward a new used van will take away from what HAHS is able to do for the animals, cats and dogs alike, Ronan said.

Anyone interested in donating or volunteering can find more information on the organization’s Facebook page, or on their website.