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KC Pet Project preparing for expected influx of pets after Fourth of July

Posted at 7:26 AM, Jul 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-03 08:26:42-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and while it might be a summer celebration for many, the lights, whistles and booms can spook pets. 

KC Pet Project said it is working hard ahead of the holiday to make room for the pets scared off by fireworks. 

The shelter, which is already limited on space, just broke ground on their new facility, Kansas City Campus for Animal Care, in June. Currently, the shelter sees anywhere from 30 to 50 new animals per day. After the Fourth of July, the shelter could see more than triple that. 

Tori Fugate with KC Pet Project said the week of the Fourth is the busiest for intake, with most animals coming into the shelter on the afternoon of the fifth. 

Fugate said they’re trying to find foster homes for animals they already have at the shelter, or adopt them out to create space for the number of animals the shelter is expecting to see. 

"Just after the Fourth of July holiday and the three days following the Fourth last year, we had over 150 animals come into the shelter, so we are anticipating a huge rush of pets coming in as a result of wandering off as strays, or you know, whatever the situation is, we will see a lot of animals coming in this week," Fugate said. 

KC Pet Project is running their "Red, White and Woof," special through July 4. The adoption fee for most dogs and cats is $35.