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KCPP New Shelter

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

Mahatma Gandhi
In the Year
1972
  • Richard Nixon was President
  • The Godfather was released in theaters
  • Intel invented the single-chip microprocessor
  • The cost of a gallon of gasoline was $0.36
  • And the Kansas City, MO Animal Shelter opened at its current location on Raytown Road

The Journey

The building that is today’s Kansas City, MO Animal Shelter was never intended to be an animal shelter. It was originally constructed to house the equipment used to build Arrowhead Stadium. Once that project was completed nearly 50 years ago, city officials decided to convert the building into Kansas City’s “dog pound”. It was a “catch-and-kill” style facility with all homeless pets housed together in one loud room, located in a remote location, in a flood plain, and adjacent to a former landfill.

Ballot Box
On April 4th, 2017, Kansas City, MO residents had the opportunity to vote for funding for a new shelter.

The Ballot

Kansas City, MO residents rallied to the polls and all three questions passed with over 60,000 votes cast.

Question 3 passed by an overwhelming 67%.

Question 1

$600 million for streets, sidewalks and bridge repairs and replacements

Question 2

Flood control projects valued at $150 million

Question 3

$50 million for public buildings, including ADA upgrades and to include building a new animal shelter

News

Groundbreaking breakfast for the new KC Campus for Animal Care - KC Pet Project - Kansas City Animal shelter

You’re Invited: KCCAC Groundbreaking on Tuesday, June 26th

Kansas City Campus for Animal Care will Break Ground in Swope Park, Replacing 50-year old Reconverted Storage Shed New facility will serve as home of KC Pet Project, providing services to over 10,000 animals...
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New KC Pet Project Animal Shelter

KCMO City Council Unanimously Approves Cooperative Agreement for New Shelter

Groundbreaking Anticipated in Summer of 2018 Kansas City, MO: One day after the first anniversary of the April 4, 2017 vote when Kansas City, MO residents approved an $800 million GO KC...
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New KC Pet Project Animal Shelter

“Raise The Woof”: Announcing The Kansas City Campus for Animal Care (KCCAC)

KC Parks Board approves Cooperative Agreement; Summer Groundbreaking Targeted in Swope Park at Elmwood and Gregory Kansas City, MO: Organizers of the Raise the Woof Campaign for a new KCMO animal shelter,...
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The Need

An average of 30 new animals arrive every day at the 14,000 square foot facility.

  • The number of animals coming in has increased 57% since KC Pet Project took over in 2012.
  • The shelter is not ADA-compliant, and it is too expensive to upgrade to meet requirements.
  • The shelter sits upon a hazardous hill that creates challenges for visitors & volunteers.
  • The remote location does not promote volunteerism, visits, or adoptions.
  • The shelter is 1/4 the size necessary to accommodate the volume of pets that arrive every day.
  • Dogs are housed in one large room in kennels that face each other and are stacked two high. This causes significant stress on the animals in our care and presents many challengesfor staff and volunteers caring for them.
  • Cats and other small animals are housed in former offices which lack proper air flow and space.
  • KC Pet Project’s innovative Parvo Ward is located in a former locker room.
  • Staff member’s desks line the hallways and the basement of the aging facility.
  • Endless laundry and hundreds of dishes are cleaned daily with one washer and one dryer in an open-air garage.
  • The small lobby, which serves all adopters and those visiting the shelter, can only accommodate around 15-20 people at a time.

The number of animals coming in has increased 57%

The current shelter is only 1/4 the size necessary

And only accommodates 15-20 people at a time

“An embarrassment of a structure on Raytown Road."

—The Kansas City Star, 2017
Old animal shelter
Old animal shelter
Old animal shelter
Vet clinic at old animal shelter

“It is only when you look at all they have accomplished with extremely limited resources that you realize just how courageous, compassionate and incredible KC Pet Project and their entire team are, and how devoted they are to saving lives.”

Susanne Kogut - Executive Director, Petco Foundation
New KC Pet Project Animal Shelter

The Vision

For the first time in Kansas City’s history, we will be building an animal shelter campus and it will be one that our residents and pets all deserve. Imagine, if you will, one of the world’s most state-of-the-art animal welfare facilities located right here in Kansas City. A place that will attract thousands of visitors and will service over 25,000 families annually from all across the metro area.

This campus-like environment will have multiple activities happening every day. The new shelter will be located in Swope Park at Gregory Boulevard and Elmwood Avenue, right down the street from the Kansas City Zoo, Starlight Theatre, Lakeside Nature Center, and the Swope Park Dog Park.

Kansas City Campus for Animal Care

The new shelter will provide many educational opportunities for proper pet training, education for adults and youth in our community, and so much more.

Kansas City Campus for Animal Care

  • Four times the size of the current facility at approximately 54,000 square feet.
  • Separate entrances for Adoptions and Admissions Departments.
  • Modern and “fear-free” animal housing with dogs in separated “wards” to bring down stress and sickness for shelter pets, cats in kitty condos, a small animal room, and other housing options for pets based on their status at the shelter.
  • Outdoor “catios” for access to fresh air for our kitties, including one for FeLV positive cats.
  • Natural light exposure to nearly all animal areas.
  • Indoor meet n’ greet rooms and play rooms for dogs and cats.
  • Outdoor play yards for dogs for adopter interactions, volunteer engagement, and daily playgroups.
  • Proper HVAC to decrease disease/odor.
  • Education, Event and Training Center, with separate exterior entrance, for classes with the public, birthday parties, meetings, and other events.
  • Separate office space for Kansas City, MO Animal Control including offices, dispatch areas, storage, overnight housing for animals and more.
  • A 1,000 square-foot retail store.
  • A coffee shop with exterior entrance to service all visitors to the campus, residents, and workers in Swope Park, as well as employees and volunteers at the shelter.
  • A state-of-the art veterinary clinic with separate entrance and public, affordable veterinary services.
  • Appropriate administrative and volunteer office space, staff areas, storage, separated laundry and dish functions by species, etc.

The Opportunity

For the first time in Kansas City’s history, there will be a new animal shelter campus built for its pets.
You have the unique opportunity to be a lifesaving investor, and to have your support honored on this innovative, game-changing animal welfare campus in the heart of our region.

At least 25,000 families annually will utilize KC Pet Project’s programs and services by adopting new family members, receiving veterinary care for their own pets, looking for lost animals, and bringing their children to learn about humane treatment of their pets. Become a part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Invest in Kansas City’s infrastructure, its energy, its vitality and its future.

Learn more about Naming Opportunities in the new facility or contact Tori.Fugate@kcmo.org.

Directly contribute to the new Kansas City Campus for Animal Care or start your own fundraiser to support this exciting new facility below.