As regular followers of this blog know, in January, 2012, an organization that I am very proud to be a part of took over the operations of the Kansas City, MO Animal Shelter. The city decided several years ago that it should get out of the "sheltering" business, and instead to contract the management of the shelter to outside organizations.
After 2 years with a previous vendor, they parted ways and set up a new RFP -- to which the KC Pet Project was chosen to operate the shelter. We operate the shelter as an open-admission shelter for the city of Kansas City, MO, with an annual intake of about 8,000 animals.
Over the past several years, the shelter save rate has improved -- from 38% in 2007 to 63% in 2010. In 2011, 68% of the animals were saved, but mostly because the city quit impounding as many animals during the interim period of management.
Since January, KC Pet Project has been working hard to increase life-saving and the quality of care for animals in the shelter and I've been posting occassional updates along the way.
While we take in a host of animals at the shelter; pigs, birds, reptiles, goats, chickens, oppossums, racoons, zebras (jk), etc, the numbers below only reflect our dog and cat numbers only. So here are the numbers for the month of November:
Intake -- 517 -- 405 dogs, 112 cats
Adoptions: 294 -- 218 dogs, 76 cats
Returned to owner: 70 -- all dogs
Transferred to other shelters/rescue groups: 58 -- 42 dogs, 16 cats
Euthanized: 53 -- 40 dogs, 13 cats
Save Rate: 94.3% (for both dogs and cats)
This is the 5th consecutive month that we have had a save rate of more than 90%.
The dog adoption numbers reflect our highest adoption numbers thus far -- much of this is from help by opening up a temporary adoption location in Zona Rosa shopping center for the holidays. In just 3 weeks, we have had an additional nearly 100 adoptions from the secondary location and has been the source of a wealth of great news coverage of our organization.
For the year (through the end of November):
Intake: 6,531 -- 4,470 dogs and 1851 cats
Adopted: 2700 -- 1896 dogs, 804 cats
RTO: 895 - 879 dogs, 16 cats
Transferred to other rescue groups; 1,451 -- 909 dogs, 542 cats
Clinic out: 11 dogs, 2 cats
Euthanized: 891 -- 575 dogs, 316 cats
Total positive outcomes for the year (so far): 5,059 -- which is 1,350 more than in the same 11 months a year ago.
Save rate on the year: 84.3% (and rising)
It's been a tremendous year thus far -- and I'm eternally grateful for our outstanding staff for living this every day and for the 15 animals they save every single day. I'm also grateful for our outstanding volunteers (including several professional photographers) and rescue partners who are helping make it all possible -- especially given that we're now serving 2 different locations. It's an incredible group of dedicated and talented individuals we work with.
I'll have a year end recap, as well as a final recap of our Zona Rosa location after the first of the year....