The Great Plains SPCA may literally be at the end of the road, but for the dogs and cats who walk through the animal shelter's doors, it's a second chance at life.
"If we aren't here to provide those services for those pets I honestly don't know where they're going to go," said Great Plains SPCA president Courtney Thomas.
But Thomas says the no kill-shelter has reached a fork in the road. It either desperately needs donations, or she says it will have to start turning away pets in need of help.
"No other animal welfare agency in the metro is doing what we do at Great Plains SPCA by serving 35,000 pets in the most critical need every year and providing them advance, life-saving medical services," she said.
In 2011 the Great Plains SPCA treated around 10,000 pets a year. This year that number skyrocketed to 35,000.
Here's the problem - donations haven't matched demand.
"The animals are depending on us and without the support of the Kansas City metro we may not be able to provide these life-saving services going forward," said Thomas.
But there's a silver lining - for the next month an anonymous donor will match every dollar the Great Plains SPCA raises , which would double the money the shelter would normally raise.
This fundraiser continues through Oct. 15.
Click here to learn more about the shelter, or to make a donation.
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