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Kansas City Animal Shelters Overflowing With Surrendered Pets

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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 relinquished pets which animal shelters in the area are experiencing.

Animal shelters across the metro that ran out of adoptable pets last year are currently overpopulated.

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 came into their shelters over the last month creating a "desperate situation." Wayside Waifs, another area animal shelter, is also experiencing a surge in relinquished pets.

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