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KCPD, KC Pet Project partner to get dogs out of shelter for a day

Posted at 10:20 AM, Jun 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-27 11:37:16-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — KC Pet Project and Kansas City, Missouri, police on Thursday announced a new partnership to help shelter dogs in the area find new homes.

The P.A.W. (Police and Woofs) Patrol Program is an extension of the shelter's Dog Day Out Program, in which dogs get a day out of the shelter to alleviate the stress of that environment.

Through P.A.W. Patrol, officers will take a dog out of the shelter for a day to visit patrol stations around the metro, according to a news release from KC Pet Project.

Both P.A.W. Patrol and the Dog Day Out programs offer dogs an opportunity to get some exposure and help them find homes more quickly.

Tori Fugate, chief communications officer for KC Pet Project, said the shelter is excited to partner with KCPD.

"Dog Day Outs aren’t just fun for the dogs and the people involved; this also provides a great opportunity for us to learn more about them, their behavior and their personality," Fugate said in the release.

KCPD spokesperson Sgt. Jake Becchina said the program will benefit the officers as well.

"A visit from a dog provides a needed break from the day-to-day stresses of police work, and we are looking forward to helping provide that for our members while providing great exposure to the many great pets at the KC Pet Project," Becchina said.

KC Pet Project said people will be able to follow along with the dogs' visits by following KCPD on Twitter.