Animal shelter is full, time to adopt or foster


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Officials at the animal shelter say they’ve taken in 255 new dogs and cat in the past week, and the shelter is full.

edithThe KC Pet Project, which operates the city’s shelter, hopes the community will help out by adopting some of these pets. They’ve reduced adoption fees on all dogs 30 pounds or more to $30 until May 4.

“Our staff is working around the clock to maintain a ‘no-kill’ status in our city’s open-admission shelter, and with the warmer weather, our intake numbers are continuing to rise,” said Teresa Johnson, CEO/executive director of the KC Pet Project. “We have no open kennels. Already in 2014, we’ve taken in 2,260 lost and unwanted dogs and cats from our community, including a whopping 67 percent increase in pets being surrendered by the public.”

CarobJohnson added that residents who recently lost a pet should check the shelter.

“Many of the animals that arrive at the shelter are clearly someone’s pet and, without tags or microchips, we are unable to get them back home,” she said.

The Pet Connection is also looking for foster homes, which can help open up a kennel in the shelter for the next homeless pet that arrives. It also urges people who cannot adopt or foster a pet to sponsor the adoption fee of a pet to help underwrite the costs of spaying/neutering, vaccinations, microchips, deworming, heartworm testing, and providing food and medical care.

Lola1“It takes an entire community to care about homeless animals in Kansas City, and to make Kansas City a ‘no-kill’ community we need everyone’s help to continue the lifesaving work that is going on every day at KC Pet Project. If you’re looking to add a new family member to your home, there is no better time than now,” Johnson said.


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