In January 2009, the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City (HSGKC) began a partnership with KCK Animal Control to reduce the euthanasia rate in the city shelter. We call the partnership the Ray of Hope, and the results have been amazing: we have been able to make Wyandotte County the first and only no-kill county in our region. In 2012, a total of 1,294 pets were saved. There were over 8,594 pets saved from 2009 through 2012.
How We're Saving Lives:
- Ray of Hope utilizes a network of no-kill shelters, rescue groups and breed rescues. Each week, animals at KCK Animal Control are transferred to no-kill groups we work with, who will find permanent homes for these pets.
- Funding for Ray of Hope allows all of the dogs and cats to be spayed/neutered and to receive medical examinations and vaccinations. Gabriel's Fund is used to help meet additional veterinary costs of injured and very sick pets.
- To help find homes for the pets remaining at the The KCK Animal Control shelter, Humane Society volunteers conduct weekend satellite adoption events. This has dramatically increased the number of adoptions for the city shelter.
- To reduce the numbers of animals ending up at KCK Animal Control, we accept homeless animals directly into our shelter and spay/neuter and provide all veterinary care for them before placing them up for adoption in our shelter or transferring to other no-kill rescue groups.
Because of the Ray of Hope, thousands of dogs and cats at the KCK Animal Control shelter have been given a second chance. Pets like Romeo & Juliet.