Photos by Sam Kombrink
Chiefs Defensive Tackle Derrick Nnadi presented a check on Saturday, February 8, for $18,600 to the KC Pet Project to cover all adoption fees. The donation took place at the newly opened KC Pet Project location at 7077 Elmwood in Swope Park. Mayor Quinton Lucas thanked Nnadi on behalf of the City of Kansas City, MO.
Nnadi celebrated the winning football season and a Super Bowl surprise with a Paw-rade for the KC Pet Project. Nnadi had been sponsoring one dog’s adoption fee ($150) after every Chiefs win this season.
In the week leading up to the Super Bowl, Nnadi decided that should the Chiefs win, he wanted to make sure that every single dog (109 total) at the KC Pet Project had their adoption fees covered.
Television host Rachael Ray heard about Nnadi’s incredible generosity and offered to give a year’s worth of her Nutrish Dog Food to the families who adopted a sponsored pet. Vouchers for the food were handed out to the families on February 8 or mailed to them, and Nutrish also gave away bags of dog treats to attendees of the Paw-rade.
The KC Pet Project has invited all the families and some of the dogs adopted throughout the entirety of the campaign to Saturday’s event to thank Derrick in person for his support.
The Derrick Nnadi Foundation aims to cultivate positive change in people’s lives, inspire children and families through meaningful interactions, and assist those in need.
KC Pet Project is a 501c3, nonprofit charitable organization operating the Kansas City, Missouri Animal Shelter. KCPP cares for more than 10,000 animals a year and works collaboratively with Animal Control and other animal welfare organizations to increase the number of homeless pets adopted, and focus on lifesaving programs promoting pet retention, identification, lost pet reunions, and pet ownership education throughout the community. KC Pet Project is Creating a Better Community for Pets and People in Kansas City!