April 30 is National “Adopt a Shelter Pet” Day, and Kansas City has several places for you to find your new best friend. While adopting a pet during college can be tricky, doing so in the summer months can make the process easier—with the potential extra time to train, socialize and build a relationship with your new pet, the adoption process can go simpler. Here are five local places to consider adopting a new best friend:
1. Wayside Waifs
3901 Martha Truman Rd., Kansas City, MO
Despite their wildly successful adoption event at the end of last month that left only one dog in their care, Wayside Waifs have several dogs and cats in their care, along with a guinea pig. The adoption fees for adult dogs average about $130, puppies $275, cats are $50 and Lellow the Guinea Pig is $10. Wayside Waifs is a no-kill shelter.
2. KC Pet Project
4400 Raytown Rd., Kansas City, MO; 7351 NW 87th Terr., Kansas City, MO and 11620 W 95th St., Overland Park, KS
With three locations throughout the Kansas City area, adopting a cat, dog or other small animals from KC Pet Project becomes easier. Not every pet has an adoption fee listed on their website, but the fees for adult dogs can be up to $100 and cats up to $50. The shelter is also fundraising for a new campus, and all donations (up to $500,000) will be matched by the Petco Foundation until May 31.
3. Unleashed Pet Rescue
5918 Broadmoor, Mission, KS
This Kansas-based shelter rescues pets from local high-kill shelters and works diligently to rehome them. They rely heavily on their foster families to combat overcrowding. Adult dog adoption fees are $150 and cats are $100. Unlike other local shelters, Unleashed Pet Rescue does not have any other small animals up for adoption on their site.
4. Changing Leads Equine Rescue
7990 NW Mace Rd., Kansas City, MO
Changing Leads Equine Rescue is a local nonprofit dedicated to saving and rehabilitating horses with the hope that they will be adopted into good homes. There are only a few horses up for adoption, each with varying adoption fees. The rescue operation is always accepting donations, and volunteers are necessary to their continued success.
5. Beak ‘n Wings Inc.
9010 Roseville’s Rd., Lenexa, KS
As the only local, licensed shelter for companion birds (primarily parrots), Beak ‘n Wings is dedicated to rehabilitating and rehoming the birds that come into their care and educating the community on proper bird welfare. Beak ‘n Wings is also a no-kill bird shelter and do not relinquish birds in their care to potential breeders. Although their mission is primarily parrot rescue, many of the birds in their care are budgies and cockatiels, two popular bird breeds found in most pet stores.