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KC Pet Project in 'critical mode' after reaching capacity

Posted at 4:58 PM, Mar 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-02 17:58:28-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo.- A local shelter is dealing with another kind of animal after reaching capacity this week.

KC Pet Project said Friday they are in "critical mode" after 43 pets were brought to the shelter in just one day. Now, KC Pet Project is asking for the public's help. 

Beginning Friday, KC Pet Project is hosting the "Love Changes Everything," adoption event. The fee to adopt is only $35, excluding new kittens and puppies. 

"I would love it if we could find homes for 150 pets this weekend, that would be a tremendous weekend for us," said Tori Fugate, KC Pet Project. 

The animal shelter typically houses up to 400 animals at any given time. On average, each animal's stay at the shelter costs around $400. Housing around 10,000 animals a year, that is money KC Pet Project doesn't have on its own. 

"We have to raise an additional about $2.7 million dollars per year in order to save lives here," said Fugate. 

In April 2017, voters approved a $50 million G.O. Bond. Of that total, $14 Million would go toward the construction of a new shelter. 

"We have made do with what we can here and the building is just falling apart all around us," said Fugate. 

Until their new home is built, KC Pet Project is asking the public to help them remain a no-kill shelter by adopting pets this weekend.