KC Pet Project


Our last Calling Cards of May is jam-packed with ways to help out area nonprofits. Something for everybody folks, all you have to do is get involved.


Outside of Kansas City, but still benefiting the local children of the area, City Union Mission will be hosting its Camp CUMCITOthroughout the summer at Warsaw, MO. The camp is for children ages 4-16 to enjoy a week of outdoor actives and religious workshops.

What are they looking for: City Union Mission is looking for volunteers to spend a week serving the children. Various opportunities include: cooking, teaching, group leaders and more. For more information, visit https://apps.cumission.org/cumpp.


For 10 years, RevUp for ReStart has been a huge annual fundraiser filled with live music, fun games, delicious food and an exciting auction to benefit the homeless in the area.

What are they looking for: The organization needs people to attend. Tickets are currently on sale for the June 13 event and cost $100. The event starts at 6 p.m. with all proceeds going towards ReStart and its vision of ending homelessness in the Kansas City Community.


Boulevard Brewing Company is holding a brand new event over June 13-15 in the West Bottoms this summer — Boulevardia. The festival will feature food, music and brand new beers with artists jamming on two stages, one housing homegrown talent and the other hosting national stars such as Robert Delong and THE MGDS.

What are they looking for: At the festival, KC Pet Project needs 56 volunteers to help bartend. Six percent of all bar sales will be given to participating organizations and each organization gets to keep all of their tips. No experience in bartending is needed, just bring energy and a positive attitude since the more tips you get, the bigger the benefit is for KC Pet Project.

Volunteers are needed for three hour shifts Friday through Sunday and every volunteer must be available to attend training on Tuesday, June 5 from 6-8 p.m.


Hello there friends. We are proud to pen this first edition of our newest weekly feature — Calling Cards. Every week we receive a fair amount of news and notes from the area nonprofits that we have built relationships with.

The correspondences range from last minute volunteer opportunities to upcoming fundraisers or programs to donation needs. It’s a little bit of everything and while these don’t always warrant a full call-to-action, we still want to share them. Thus, for our first ever issue, here is this week’s Calling Cards. P.S. — if you are looking for a volunteer opportunity next week,we got scheduled with Wayside Waifs for May 9.


We received this last-minute request for volunteers from Gillis on Monday. We’ve been pushing it through our Twitter and Facebook accounts, which by the way you should follow for daily volunteer tidbits, yet we still need help.

The gist is Gillis, who is a shelter campus for at-risk children, will be holding its annual KCI Relays this Friday, May 2. The day-long, track and field competition is in conjunction with several over area children nonprofits and will be held at Center high School. I’ve been told it’s a blast and all sorts of help is needed (sign-in, referees, participants, etc).  Therefore, if you have an hour or two to spare — perhaps a long lunch? — this would be a great way to spend it.

If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Brent Lager at 877-203-5848 or atthecallkc@gmail.com for more details.


The folks at the KC Pet Project are always thinking of creative ways to increase pet adoptions and they did it again. We’re going to let their rap sheet explain most of it, but on a personal note, we love the fact that they are pairing volunteers up with individual dog adoptions. We think the practice will enhance the relationship the volunteer has with the organization, therefore creating a more connected volunteer force.

Anyhow, here are the cliff notes with contact information provided below:

Volunteers, here is a new and really easy way that you can help increase KCPP dog adoptions from the comfort of your home. All you have to do is make a commitment to one dog and promote that dog until it is adopted. Anyone with an internet connection can do this, even those who can’t make it in to walk dogs.

We are ready to put the KCPP volunteer marketing committee in action. This will ensure consistent and creative marketing of every available KCPP dog. The goal of the committee is to reduce length of stay for dogs in KCPP custody, therefore keeping more cages open for incoming dogs and saving more lives.

We have fourteen committee members, who will serve as team leaders. Each leader will work with a roster of available dogs and team of volunteers who are committed to promoting KCPP dogs.  

  • Each team member will be assigned a single available dog, which may be housed at the shelter, at Zona Rosa, at Petco, or in a foster home.
  • Team members will be responsible for advocating for their individual dogs and promoting adoption through the social media outlets of their choice, including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Team members are expected to post Craigslist ads for their dogs and encouraged to explore other creative ways to promote their dogs.
  • Team members are encouraged to gather information about their dog’s personality by handling the dog themselves or communicating with other volunteers or fosters who have worked with the dog.
  • Once a team member’s dog has been adopted, they may be assigned a new dog, when one becomes available.
  • Friendly competition amongst the teams is encouraged and we are looking forward to fun social gatherings!

If you are interested in joining the volunteer program or simply just walking dogs occasionally, contact Brent Lager at 877-203-5848 or at thecallkc@gmail.com for more details.


In this week’s Service Spotlight, Tori Fugate of the KC Pet Project takes a few minutes to talk about one of the largest pet adoption operations in Kansas City.

Q: Why is volunteering at the KC Pet Project important?

A: With KC Pet Project, we take in the most animals of any shelter in Kansas City and we definitely have a high need for volunteers here. We do so much on a daily basis that we could not operate without our volunteers.

In the mornings we host playgroups with most of our available dogs, if not all of them, to get them out and stretch their legs. It helps them be a dog for 30 to 45 minutes and so we need volunteers to run dogs back and forth. It’s a huge part of our daily activities. And of course in the afternoons we need volunteers to come out and walk the dogs.

We truly have a lot of fun and have different opportunities to help. If you are not into walking dogs, we do daily transports between our facilities. If we have a dog that needs to go to a vet clinic or something like that, we rely on volunteers to help transport them. We have people who come in and sew blankets for our cats and dogs. We hold the mindset that if you have a talent, we want to utilize it.

Q: What is the overall mission of the organization?

A: To start, our main goal when we took over operations of the Kansas City, Missouri shelter was to truly be a safety net for animals here in the Kansas City area. For a long time, this shelter had been a high-kill shelter and let’s just say, you really didn’t want your dog to come here.

We wanted to change the mindset of the people of Kansas City that if their dog got lost or picked up by somebody and came here, that it would be safe until they came and got it. And for the dogs that weren’t reclaimed by their owners, we wanted to do our very best to find them permanent and loving homes.

We wanted to operate the shelter as a no-kill shelter and we have now done that for over a full year. With that, we are now the fourth largest open admission no-kill shelter in the United States and that is a pretty big thing for Kansas City. We are really proud of the all the work that has happened here since day one.

Q: How large is the shelter’s service area?

A: It’s all of Kansas City, Missouri, both north and south of the river. All the way up to the airport, clear down towards the Grandview Triangle and both ways east and west.

It’s a really large area with about 500,000 people and we take in more than 8,000 pets a year, not just dogs and cats, but anything that is brought to us. We had two dwarf hamsters that came in, we have two goats right now and recently had a Burmese python come in.

We take in so much, but these are Kansas City’s hometown pets so we are really hoping that Kansas City steps up and helps their pets. We are the ones who are there for them and we want the community to be there as well.

Q: What sort of future aspirations does the KC Pet Project hold?

A: The first one would be to get a new shelter. The one we are in right now has been here since 1972 and it’s way past its shelf life. It’s far too small to take in the all pets that are coming in and with more and more coming in every year, we definitely need a new building here in Kansas City.

It would be something that Kansas City residents could be proud of. This place was never meant to be an adoption facility and we’ve tried to turn it into one the best we could. Of course, we opened up a location in Zona Rosa to help that adoption process because with all the intakes, we needed another outlet to get them out into new homes.

Getting animals out into the community as oppose to potential new owners having to come to the shelter is a big thing for us. We do a lot of offsite adoption events and outreach events, and we are always looking to do more.

A new shelter, though, would be the icing on the cake.

Q: Lastly, for you personally, why is the KC Pet Project a worthwhile cause?

A: I love working here because every day I’m inspired by the people I work with. Every day we come to work knowing that there is going to be a life that needs saving and a animal that needs help and we are here to help them.

Getting an opportunity to market all of these wonderful, beautiful pets and trying to get them into new homes is such a rewarding opportunity. It’s a fun job. It’s not just playing with puppies all day long as I think a lot of people would imagine. You see some really heartbreaking things and knowing that you are the ones that are going to be helping them every day is amazing.

Seeing all these animals go out to new homes is about the most rewarding experience you can imagine. A lot of happy faces every day.