Kansas City, Mo. — there’s a good chance many of you will be asking Santa to bring you a new furry friend this Christmas.
The KC Pet Project says the need for pet adoptions is high this year.
In previous years, the biggest need for adoption was cats, but this year it has flipped to dogs.
“We’re seeing more dogs coming in than ever before,” said Tory Fugate, chief communications officer for the KC Pet Project.
Research published by MDPI and the National Library of Medicine shows that the number of pets in the United States who are returned to shelters within the first six months of adoption ranges from 7% to 20%. .
With the KC Pet Project, this track and similar sanctuaries are being seen across the country.
“Right now we have over 250 dogs in the shelter. We have about 140 dogs,” Fugate said.
40 to 60 new pets are brought into the shelter every day and half of them are dogs.
They are on track to care for 16,000 animals this year, more than any year in Kansas City history.
Research shows that the biggest factor in increasing repossessions and bringing animals back is not a lack of knowledge, preparation or experience with pets, but rather the high cost of pet ownership.
ASPCA research has found that giving pets as gifts can safely increase holiday adoption rates, which the organization has endorsed.
“This time of year we like to tell everyone to bring the whole family down to pick out your new best friend,” Fugate said.