South KC Perspective
Pet Owners Helped
By John Sharp
In December, KC Pet Project’s first month officially handling animal control services for the city of Kansas City, its Animal Services Division officers were able to provide free food, shelters and supplies to numerous KCMO pet owners that allowed them to safely care for their pets during winter.
Officers provided pet owners with over 200 pounds of dog and cat food, flea prevention, a doghouse, two kennels, ten outdoor shelters for dogs and feral cats and bales of straw for bedding.
They also were able to return 36 lost or stray pets to their owners without impounding them and to reunite five pets with their owners following the fire that destroyed an apartment building at the Waldo Heights Apartments.
Altogether, they responded to 1,064 calls for service, a 219 percent increase in calls for service from December 2019. These included 498 calls about stray dogs and 355 cruelty/neglect investigations.
To reach the Animal Services Division, KCMO residents may call 311 to report any animal control related issues between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and may call KC Pet Project at 816-683-1383 on weekends and for after-hours emergencies.
KC Pet Project is the nonprofit organization that operates the no-kill Kansas City Campus for Animal Care in Swope Park and cares for over 10,000 animals annually. It also has satellite locations for pet adoptions at Petco stores in the metro area including the Petco store in Truman’s Marketplace in Grandview that has cats available for adoption.