Animal shelter is full; expanding pet adoption


Photo courtesy the KC Pet Connection by Aimee Parsons Photography

The animal shelter, overwhelmed right now with homeless and abandoned pets, is starting its annual “Red, White and Woof” pet adoption event early.

The KC Pet Project, which manages the city’s animal shelter, says it has accepted more than 900 new homeless and abandoned dogs and cats in just the past 27 days.  That’s a record and it’s putting a strain on the shelter.

“We are housing animals everywhere at our shelter – in offices, in closets, even in the basement,” said Teresa Johnson, CEO and executive director of KC Pet Project. “Animals are coming in daily by the dozens and our small, outdated shelter simply cannot keep up with this staggering amount of homeless and abandoned pets.”

In hopes of finding homes for some of the animals, the KC Pet Project will hold its annual adoption from Friday, June 27 through Sunday, July 6.  Many dog and cat adoption fees will be reduced to $25. Adoption fees include the spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, micro-chipping, 30 days of free pet insurance and more, which could total up to $400.

KC Pet Project is asking the community to consider adopting a pet to help them remain a no kill shelter.


  • For more information on the City’s animal shelter or to view all pets up for adoption, visit

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