2013 was a very fun, challenging and successful year for KC Pet Project.
After a retail adoption space in the Zona Rosa Shopping Center that we had opened for the holidays proved to be amazingly successful, In February, we opted to make the space permanent. (Ouside of the space is pictured left).
We've stuck with the Playing for Life dog playgroup program and it has been amazing for the shelter and for the dogs. We have a very old, small shelter and the dogs are kept in very tight quarters. Prior to the playgroup program our dogs suffered from very high arrousal and it made the kennel area very challenging for staff, volunteers and adopters.
However, now the stress level has definitely improved. Dogs are more adoptable. Our staff knows more about the dogs' behavior than before, and the dogs are getting much-needed exercise and socialization.
In July, we officially announced 12 consecutive months of having a live release rate of 90% or higher. This was an exciting time for our organization -- and what we were striving for when we took over the shelter in January 2012.
In October, I was excited to be invited to speak at the Best Friends No More Homeless Pets Conference in Jacksonville. It is amazing to be in one place with so many great people who are doing so many great things in their communities. Very inspiring.
The year was definitely a successful one.
In total, we completed 4,516 total adoptions; 2883 dogs, 1,633 cats. We also adopted out an additional 93 pigs, goats, chickens and "others". This was a 50% increase in adoptions vs 2012 (1,503 total).
Much of this success is due to our satellite adoption center at Zona Rosa where we did more than 1600 total adoptions this year.
In total, we created 6,911 total positive outcomes for dogs and cats on the year.
We had a total intake of dogs and cats of 8,179 (5479 dogs, 2700 cats). This was a 20% increase over where we were in 2012 (1333 total animals!).
For the year, KCPP had a total Live Release Rate of 92% (using Asilomar definitions). If you include those that died, it was 89%.
We believe that based on our intake, and Live Release Rate, that we are the 4th largest open admission shelter in the country to achieve a 90% or higher live release rate.