The Petco Foundation announced Saturday that it had awarded a $500,000 lifesaving impact grant to the KC Pet Project to help save homeless animals in the Kansas City area.
The proceeds from the grant will be used for programs including:
▪ Expansion of a canine training and behavior modification program to help make medium and large breed dogs adoptable quicker.
▪ A new van to transport dogs and cats to and from other shelters, adoption centers and animal welfare organizations.
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▪ Funding for behavior counseling and surrender prevention resources to decrease the number of pets being given up.
▪ Funding for another full-time spay/neuter veterinarian as well as additional money for specialty surgeries and medical procedures.
▪ New surgical equipment, including an anesthesia machine for the shelter’s veterinary care center.
The investment will allow KC Pet Project to maximize its ability to get more pets ready for adoption and move them into adoption centers and Petco partner stores quicker, Teresa Johnson, KC Pet Project’s CEO/executive director, said in a release.
“Our talented and compassionate team is dedicated to saving the lives of nearly 10,000 homeless pets from our community each year on a small budget and with limited resources,” Johnson said. “We share a relentless determination to help our community’s homeless pets find loving homes more quickly and this amazing grant will help us do so much more for those who need us the most.”
The KC Pet Project, which took over operation of the Kansas City Animal Shelter in 2012, is the largest “no kill” shelter in Kansas City.
The KC Pet Project’s main shelter location, the Pet Adoption Center in Zona Rosa in Kansas City, North, and the Petco Pet Adoption Center in Overland Park are open seven days a week. To view all of the available pets at the KC Pet Project, please go to www.kcpetproject.org.