The Humane Society of Greater KC has proven to me that volunteers CAN change animals’ lives. Hundreds of pets were saved through the Ray of Hope program last year at adoption satellites where I volunteer. ROH is a partnership between HSGKC, KCK animal control and rescue groups in KC. When I first started volunteering in 2009, 70% of the animals were euthanized at KCK Animal Control. This year, it is less than 1%. Dozens of animals who would not have a chance at many shelters with broken legs, heartworm and neurological problems have a home at HSGKC through the Gabriel Fund. Volunteering at HSGKC is more than something to look forward to every week. I wake up early on Saturdays (rain, snow, or shine) and can’t wait to see my canine, feline and human friends. I have seen dogs and cats overcome unfathomable abuse. Fletch, a bait dog, found a forever home just this month. Not only did Fletch get a second chance; He gave us one. HSGKC has changed my life and the way I live it.
Review from Guidestar
My first experience with HSGKC came when I was looking for a second dog as a playmate to my collie, Cabernet. It was important to me that they were a no-kill shelter. I explained that I wanted an older, large, female, black dog - one that was probably not very adoptable - but a dog that could possibly do therapy work. They told me to bring my dog to the shelter to meet some options. They brought in a small (40 lbs), 2 year old, blonde, male dog. Cabernet bonded to him instantly and even though he wasn't what I was looking for, apparently she and the shelter staff knew what I needed. Sake was a long-timer at the shelter having been there since he was found as a pup. Needless to say, he is now my favorite and has become an extraordinary therapy and crisis response dog.
Since adopting Sake 7 years ago, I've been actively involved in the shelter and its mission. I am a staunch financial supporter and have included them in my estate plan. I joined their board of directors in 2008 and am continually impressed with the way the shelter is run and its outstanding insight to partner with KCK Animal Control to significantly reduce their euthanasia rate. HSGKC's intensive focus on education and spay & neuter programs gives me hope that maybe someday in the futuure we won't need a shelter.