FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 22, 2016
The City of Kansas City, Missouri, announced plans today to build a larger animal shelter that will include a modern veterinary clinic, adoption areas and other upgrades that will allow for better care and treatment of pets.
This upgraded facility, which would replace the City’s current shelter, would be located in Swope Park. The Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners is expected to vote on the location next week. The facility would also offer space for volunteer training and educational programs along with an updated HVAC system.
“We are excited to be a part of this innovative public-private partnership that will use City issued bonds, along with moneys from private donors,” said City Manager Troy Schulte. “Finding a way to replace the current shelter has been a priority for several years, and the bond issue we are working on would provide a path forward.”
The city manager plans to propose a bond issue that would include funding for the animal shelter, as well as sidewalks, bridges, roads and other needed public infrastructure. The infrastructure bonds would need council approval and then a public vote by residents.
KC Pet Project made history by officially achieving “No-Kill” status – becoming the third largest open admission, No-Kill animal shelter in the United States, and creating the largest (and only open admission) No-Kill animal shelter in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
“This journey began several years ago when it became clear that the 40-plus year old current facility, run by our amazing friends at KC Pet Project, had long outlived its productive life,” said Roshann Parris, Community Leader and CEO of Parris Communications. “A group of heartfelt animal welfare folks gathered together, and it was in that room that one of Kansas City’s most beloved civic and philanthropic leaders, Adele Hall, did what she did best and brought people together to solve a problem, to fill a need. In this case, that need was to dramatically improve animal welfare in our great city.”
The City of Kansas City contracts with KC Pet Project to operate the KCMO animal shelter, which took in more than 9,400 animals last year. More than 4,000 of those pets were rescued from abuse and neglect by the city’s Animal Health & Public Safety Officers.
For more information please contact Chris Hernandez, City Communications Director, at 816.513.3474.