KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An emergency situation that forced a local animal shelter to evacuate most of their dogs and cats over the weekend is making progress.
Over the weekend, the KC Pet Project found new homes for more than 200 cats and dogs. Many were adopted while others are currently being fostered until work on the drainage system here can be completed.
Workers began replacing the metal drains in the kennels on Saturday. The current drains were originally installed more than 40 years ago and have rotted through over the years. So instead of all the animal waste going down the drain, it just sat on the floor, giving off a pungent smell.
"Those drains are really, really going to make a difference," KC Pet Project spokesperson Tori Fugate said. "In terms of the sanitation at the shelter, it may not be as overwhelming for someone walking into our building where they noticed that yes, there are a lot of dogs here. So that's really going to make a huge difference."
The city ordered that the drains be replaced right away. The project cost the shelter tens of thousands of dollars.
"The drains basically just rotted away to nothing and so any waste, water was going straight down to the floor," Fugate said. "This was a project and absolutely needed to be done just for the health of the animals and the staff and the general public."
To make room for the repairs KC Pet Project waived adoption fees over the weekend. Nearly every animal up for adoption went home with a new family.
They also saw a surge in people signing up to be foster parents, to care for an animal temporarily.
KC Pet Project representatives say they hope to have the all the new drains installed within the next couple of weeks so future dogs staying here will have better living conditions.
"It's been a great response from the community," Fugate said. "Fosters have lined up and filling out applications to hold foster animals for us. And hopefully will be able to count on the number of fosters for us in the future especially when our intake services are back up again. And we had a great response with adoptions."
KC Pet Project is still in need of help from anyone who wants to adopt or foster an animal. To learn how you can help, click here.
Dogs brought in by animal control who have either been lost or have bitten someone are still at the shelter. If your dog is missing you can still stop by the shelter to see if it's there.