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Mega pet adoption event hopes to find homes for 500 animals in Kansas City area

Kansas City animal shelters unite for weekend pet adoption push

Three Kansas City-area animal shelter groups – Great Plains SPCA, KC Pet Project and Wayside Waifs – prepared on Thursday, for the KC Mega Match to be held Oct. 7-9. During the event, the shelters will lower pet adoption fees to $35 as they attemp
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Three Kansas City-area animal shelter groups – Great Plains SPCA, KC Pet Project and Wayside Waifs – prepared on Thursday, for the KC Mega Match to be held Oct. 7-9. During the event, the shelters will lower pet adoption fees to $35 as they attemp

Three Kansas City area animal shelters have joined forces with mortgage company James B. Nutter & Co. for the area’s biggest pet adoption event of the year.

The Great Plains SPCA, KC Pet Project and Wayside Waifs will hold the KC Mega Match adoption event this weekend in an effort to find homes for 500 animals.

All pet adoptions during the event are $35 at all locations. That includes spay/neuter surgery, microchipping identification and current vaccinations. People looking to adopt pets will need to go through an application process.

The adoption event runs from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Great Plains SPCA is holding adoptions at 5424 Antioch Drive in Merriam and 21001 East Missouri 78 in Independence. To see pets available for adoption, go to greatplainsspca.org.

KC Pet Project will hold adoptions at 4400 Raytown Road in Kansas City, 7351 N.W. 87th Terrace in Kansas City and 11620 W. 95th St. in Overland Park. The shelter will also have cat adoptions at five additional Petco stores. For a list of pets available for adoption, go to kcpetproject.org.

Wayside Waifs will have adoptions at 3901 Martha Truman Road in Kansas City. To see pets available for adoption, go to waysidewaifs.org.

With the summer and vacations over and people getting settled into a routine with school, now is a good time to adopt a pet, said Casey Waugh, communications and annual giving manager for Wayside Waifs.

“We suggest people adopt now as opposed to waiting and giving a pet as a gift for the holidays,” said Waugh, who added that giving pets as gifts is not always a good idea.

By adopting now, it allows the pets to settle in before the busy holiday season starts, she said.

Waugh suggested people go to the shelters’ websites to see what pets are available at each location before heading out so they know what is available and the animals they are interested in. People should also anticipate lines at the shelters.

“It’s going to be a busy, busy weekend,” she said.

Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb

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