Spay and Neuter Kansas City started our Pet Outreach program in 2006 with a primary goal of increasing pet retention through education and resources. By supporting and encouraging long term care for these pets in our community, we help preserve the investment the community makes on subsidized surgeries, animal care and housing for shelter pets, and veterinary care for rescued pets. Education and pet retention is extremely important to help decrease future incurring costs to local shelters. This program is key to LONG-TERM impacts to build a better community that will ultimately improve the quality of lives for pets.
Our team focuses on targeted areas of Kansas City that are responsible for nearly 80% of all animal control calls. Staff and trained volunteers canvass these areas on a regular basis in a door-to-door campaign to meet pet owners, promote responsible pet ownership, schedule spay/neuter appointments and distribute basic pet supplies such as dog houses, pet food to help increase pet retention.
Being in the front lines and active in our community we see firsthand that most pet owners truly love their pets. Nearly 85% of the pet owners we assist have taken their pets in off the street but often struggle with the means to properly care for their pets. We are non-judgmental and compassionate to those who are willing to help the homeless and unwanted pets of our community. We are well received in our community and our approach is helping keep animals in their homes with the owners who love them.
Community Outreach Core Values
- Increase pet retention. – We support using education and assisting with resources to help pet owners keep their pets and help improve that pet’s quality of life.
- Credibility – We use a strict front door approach with all situations, all staff and volunteers wear SNKC attire/t-shirts and all material distributed has our organization information on it. Our vehicles have visible logo and contact information on them.
- Professional – We demonstrate professionalism and compassion towards each situation.
SNKC Pet Outreach Programs
Food Pantry Program
SNKC has a food pantry program for pet owners who may be struggling to feed their pets. Our pet food pantry program improves the quality of care for pets and keep them in their homes with the families who love them. We are 100% dependent on grant funding and donations of pet food for this program. Banfield Charitable Trust joins SNKC in their efforts through grant funding as well as donations of food from area shelters and the general public.
In order to receive assistance you will need to complete an application, be approved and consent to a home visit by our Outreach Team. If you are in need of assistance, please contact our Outreach Manager Marlan Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is Ms. Winston, with her sweet boy Max. We have been assisting Ms. Winston and Max with dog food and treats for over 2 years now. Ms. Winston absolutely loves her baby boy Max, and he loves his mom, too. Without our Food Pantry, this family may have been torn apart due to financial hardship. It truly warms our hearts that we were able to help keep this dog in his home where he’s loved and cared for, just by assisting with dog food. It’s also great to know that we have such a wonderful support system from our community to keep more and more families like this one together!
Pet Outreach Community Field Operations
- Education booth’s in targeted locations
- TNR (trap, neuter, release)
- School/Community Presentations
- Transport of pets to and from spay neuter clinic
- Program mentoring – For other organizations who wish to start an outreach program.
How You Can Help
SNKC is seeking volunteers to help with our Pet Outreach Program. We need help in the following areas –
- Paperwork, phone calls, data entry
- Cleaning of supply inventory
- Distribution of food in the food pantry
- Door to Door Canvassing
- Responding to public calls (must complete Level I Academy training through NACA – or relative experience)
- Delivery of pet food/supplies
- Transport of pets to and from clinic for surgery
- TNR (Trap, Neuter and Return) of feral cats
To get started volunteering, please complete the volunteer application.
If you are a local animal control agency, shelter or animal group and would like more information on how we can help your community, please email Pet Outreach Manager, Marlan Roberts at email@example.com.