KC Pet Project to Hold Public “Raise the Woof” Rally
Sunday, March 26th on the Plaza
KC Pet Project will hold a public rally at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 26th at the JC Nichols Fountain on the Country Club Plaza in support of the April 4th election in Kansas City, MO. Speakers will include Mayor Sly James, City Manager Troy Schulte, City Councilwoman Teresa Loar, and others. Special guests will include Sporting KC Players Soni Mustivar and Saad Abdul-Salaam, and Mascot, Blue, KC Wolf and Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders.
“We’re excited to host a public rally for Kansas City to come out and hear from our city leaders on why this is so important for our city’s pets,” said Teresa Johnson, CEO/Executive Director of KC Pet Project. “Kansas City will only have one opportunity to build a new shelter for the 10,000 homeless pets that we care for every year, and we hope that everyone will go out and vote yes on Question 3 on April 4th.”
A new animal shelter for Kansas City, MO, is part of the General Obligation Bond initiative included in the April 4th election. The 123GO Bond is divided into 3 questions. Question 1 will provide $600M in street, bridge and sidewalks replacements and improvements; Question 2 will provide $150M in flood control to project homes, businesses and neighborhoods; and Question 3 will provide $50M in funding for critical upgrades and improvements, including ADA required improvements and the building of a new animal shelter to replace the inadequate current structure.
The current shelter facility is over 45 years old and was originally built to be a construction shed for equipment used to construct Arrowhead Stadium. It is beyond its usable life and was never meant to be an animal shelter. In 2008, the Missouri Department of Agriculture made a suggestion to the City of Kansas City, MO, to build a new animal shelter – four years before KC Pet Project took over operations.
The new shelter would be located at the corner of Gregory and Elmwood in Swope Park, just south of the Kansas City Zoo, Starlight Theatre, north of the Lakeside Nature Center and west of the dog park – continuing the synergy for pets and animals of all types in one common area. Funding for the shelter would be a public/private partnership with additional funds being raised from the community for construction. More information about the “Raise the Woof” new shelter campaign can be found at www.raisethewoofkc.org.
About KC Pet Project: KC Pet Project is a 501c3, nonprofit charitable organization operating the Kansas City, Missouri Animal Shelter. As the largest No Kill animal shelter in Kansas City, we care for more than 10,000 animals a year and work 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. The KC Pet Project is creating a No Kill Kansas City – we’re passionate about lifesaving!