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.
“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.”
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.
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.