KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The KC Pet Project began its move Friday to its new location on the Kansas City Campus for Animal Care.
Volunteers loaded animals into vehicles around 10 a.m. at 4400 Raytown Road. Additional volunteers were the first to greet the incoming pets at the new campus.
KC Pet Project said some special guests — including Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas; Brittany Matthews, who is Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes' girlfriend; and members of KCPD — helped move animals Friday morning.
The campus opens to the public at noon on Jan. 1, though the facility's official grand opening will be Jan. 24.
City services previously operated from the 4400 Raytown Road facility will transfer to the new location Jan. 1 as well. That includes animal sheltering, lost-and-found pet services, adoptions, stray and owner-surrendered intakes and more.
The shelter said it would close to the public for adoptions from Dec. 27 -31 as its team finishes moving the animals.
The Kansas City Campus for Animal Care is a partnership between the KCMO and the campus. It was built with funding from general obligation bonds, KC Pet Project said.
KC Pet Project’s new location is 7077 Elmwood Ave., which is in Swope Park across from the Lakeside Nature Center and just down the street from the Kansas City Zoo and Starlight Theatre.