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KC Pet Project urgently seeks funds and adoptive homes

The KC Pet Project is trying to raise $250,000 to replace the cramped veterinary clinic at the city shelter with two trailers in its parking lot.
The KC Pet Project is trying to raise $250,000 to replace the cramped veterinary clinic at the city shelter with two trailers in its parking lot. Submitted photo

KC Pet Project, which manages Kansas City’s animal shelter, is trying to raise $250,000 by June 30 for an improved veterinary clinic, but it’s a long way from that goal.

In March, the group launched its fundraising campaign, dubbed the Roadrunner Fund after a severely injured and abused dog that was nursed back to health by the shelter.

The Petco Foundation has committed to matching dollar for dollar all donations up to $250,000 through June 30. But to date, only a little more than $100,000 has been raised, according to marketing manager Tori Fugate.

“We are working hard to raise the funds needed by the end of the month,” Fugate said, adding that the deadline can be extended but the shelter fervently wants to meet its goal by June 30.

The shelter at 4400 Raytown Road has an aging, cramped veterinary clinic. Thanks to donations and Petco matching support already received, KC Pet Project has purchased two trailers, which will be placed in the shelter parking lot, adding space for surgeries, a recovery ward, medical intensive care and separate isolation areas for sick and contagious animals.

The trailers should be in place by the second week in July. Fugate said the full $250,000 would allow the shelter to purchase necessary veterinary equipment, medicine and treatments for the high volume of ill and injured animals it receives.

In addition to needing more donations, the shelter this week is also appealing for more adoptive families. More than 500 new dogs and cats have flooded the shelter since June 1.

From Friday through Sunday, the shelter has an adoption special for Father’s Day. Dogs over 30 pounds can be adopted for just $30 at all locations, including Zona Rosa in the Northland.

For more information about adoptions or the fundraiser, go to www.kcpetproject.org.

To reach Lynn Horsley, call 816-226-2058 or send email to lhorsley@kcstar.com.

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