For too many years, the Kansas City animal shelter on Raytown Road was the subject of news stories that didn’t make you feel good about the place.
Staff shortages. Poor animal care. Too many animals killed.
But 816 is happy to report that a development in the Northland has had a positive spillover effect for the main facility in Jackson County. A satellite adoption facility in the Zona Rosa shopping district has been so successful that the Kansas City Pet Project, the non-profit group that runs the shelter, has won designation as a no-kill shelter.
But as Kansas City Council member John Sharp points out, the Raytown Road shelter has physical shortcomings that need to be addressed. His idea of another satellite shelter in south Kansas City also merits consideration.
Meanwhile, our area is blessed to have private animal welfare organizations like Wayside Waifs in south Kansas City and HELP Humane Society in Cass County.
This week, Jennifer Bhargava tells us the story of the KC Pet Project. I’m sure you will enjoy the photos, too.