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KC Pet Project at capacity, asks for help in placing animals

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The KC Pet Project needs your help. Kansas City's "no kill" animal shelter is at capacity and it's calling on the community to help find new homes for hundreds of dogs and cats available for adoption.

KC Pet Project said it has taken in more than 225 new dogs and cats in the last week alone, and because of the spike in animals arriving at the shelter, it is at full capacity.

To help ease the situation, through the weekend, adoption fees on all dogs 30 pounds or more have been reduced to just $30.

KC Pet Project operates Kansas City's animal shelter, which is located at 4400 Raytown Rd.

It also operates shelters in Zona Rosa, at 7351 N.W. 87th Terrace, and at the Petco store at 11620 W. 95th St. in Overland Park.

KC Pet Project officials are urgently asking the community to get involved.

"Our staff is working around the clock to maintain a 'no kill' status in our city's open-admission shelter, and with the warmer weather, our intake numbers are continuing to rise," said Teresa Johnson, CEO/executive director of the KC Pet Project. "We have no open kennels. Already in 2014, we've taken in 2,260 lost and unwanted dogs and cats from our community, including a whopping 67 percent increase in pets being surrendered by the public."

Johnson added that residents who recently lost a pet should check the shelter.

"Many of the animals that arrive at the shelter are clearly someone's pet, and without tags or microchips, we are unable to get them back home," she said.

If you can't help through adoption, Johnson said you might consider fostering an animal, pointing out that fostering an animal not only saves the life of that pet, it opens a slot in the shelter for the next homeless cat or dog.

Those interested in fostering an animal can sign up at http://kcpetproject.org/online-foster-application/.

To view all of the available pets at the KC Pet Project, you can go to httpp://www.kcpetproject.org.

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