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Widespread Harassment In Gyms | Surge In Relinquished Pets

Overhead shot of two cats curled up on a desk chair. On the left is the smaller ginger and white cat asleep while the black and white cat on the right is looking directly at the camera.
Cody Newill
Willie (left) and Quabbles were both adopted from KC Pet Project during the pandemic. Both cats have remained in their current home despite the trend of pets being returned to animal shelters in the Kansas City area.

Over half of women who regularly visit a gym or fitness center experience harassment according to one new report, and animal shelters in the area are reeling from the number of pets being dropped off at their facilities.

Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: Among women who attend gyms and fitness centers, 56.37% report experiencing harassment according to a new report.

The report by Run Repeat also indicates that 92.31% of instances of harassment against women go unreported. "If people aren't reporting the issue, it's hard to know how to address it" according to Nick Rizzo, Run Repeat's fitness research director . Hailee Bland Walsh, founder and owner of City Gym KC said "When you center the voices of those folks who feel most unsafe... the whole community benefits."

Segment 2, beginning at 30:12: Animal shelters across the metro that ran out of adoptable pets last year are currently overpopulated due to relinquished animals.

While KC Pet Project typically receives thirty to forty pets per day, according to Tori Fugate, "we are now seeing upwards around fifty to seventy new animals every single day coming into our shelter." She adds that over 1,400 pets arrived at their shelters over the last month creating a "desperate situation." Wayside Waifs, another area animal shelter, is also experiencing a surge in relinquished pets.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.
As an assistant producer on Up To Date, my goal is to amplify voices of people who serve as pioneers in their respective fields while shedding light on issues that affect underserved communities. I produce daily conversations to uplift and inspire the people of the Kansas City area to make the world a better place. You can reach me at reginalddavid@kcur.org.