Overcrowded Shelter Hoping for Dog Adoptions

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. --  The KC Animal Shelter is under new management with the Kansas City Pet Project. The old issue of overcrowding is testing its plan to be a no-kill shelter.

The shelter changed hands on January first and they're already facing their biggest challenge of the year. They're worried that the fate of the animals may depend on their ability to attract new pet owners.

"Ultimately, if we don't have enough animals going out to equal the number of animals coming in, that means the animals have to be euthanized," said shelter director Kim Staton.

Shelter director Kim Staton says the latest effort to give pets new homes is going well so far. Right now, You can adopt pets for $20 and get 12 cent in celebration of the new year. On Sunday, that helped 22 animals get adopted.

'We had a transport that went out to Northshore animal league America last week," she said. They took 21 animals. We have adoption events which we will continue to do."

In the meantime, the shelter asks the public to have patience as it tries to become a no-kill shelter. Staton says the moves take planning, organization and money that the shelter doesn't have. The problem of overcrowding hasn't helped.

"We really need to have about 110 dogs back there," said Staton. "We have closer to 200."

The number of cats the shelter has is currently manageable. For now, the push is to get dogs adopted. The shelter is also reminder pet owners to get your animals spayed and neutered to help control the pet population.

For more information on how to help the pets at the shelter go to http://kcpetproject.org/.

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