KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Since moving into a new multi-million facility, KC Pet Project has seen an increase in the number of adoptions.
The facility opened to much fanfare in late December and already with 155 animals have been adopted from the nonprofit's swanky new home.
"We’ve definitely seen a rise in traffic, for sure," KC Pet Project Chief Communications Officer Tori Fugate said. "We’ve had a lot of great adoptions and tons of holds over the past few days."
KC Pet Project also has sen a lot of dogs and cats come in. Shelters volunteers have dealt with 165 new animals that were surrendered, but organizers said they were prepared for this.
"We always anticipated that when we opened a new building we would see a lot more animals coming in," Fugate said. "This is truly the case."
The new facility has big rooms for families to play with dogs and cats up for adoption along with a store and coffee shop.
Amid the influx of surrendered animals, KC Pet Project's main focus remains unchanged — to get those pets a forever home.
"The animals are showing so much better," Fugate said. "They are not as stressed. The old building — you walked in, there were hundreds of barking dogs that you hear. Here there are 15 per room. We really want to keep it that way. So, if you know someone who is missing a pet or if you know of someone who is looking to adopt, have them come down and visit us."
Fugate said weekends also have been very popular at the new digs, which are located at 7077 Elmwood Avenue, a goal the nonprofit had in building the new facility.
A previous version of this story stated that the new KC Pet Project location was 4400 Raytown Road.