“On top of a former landfill, within a flood plain, and inside of a converted construction storage building, you’ll find the third-largest open admission, no-kill animal shelter in the country.

Only facilities out of Austin, Texas and Reno, Nevada save more animals annually than the Kansas City, Missouri animal shelter (4400 Raytown Rd.), which accomplishes the feat even as it operates out of an outdated 45-year old, 14,000 sq. ft. facility that lies in the shadow of Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City Mayor Sly James, City Manager Troy Schulte, and City Councilwomen Teresa Loar and Jolie Justus all agree that the facility needs to be replaced, as do most who have seen it in person. The multi-million dollar question, though, is this: do 57.1% of Kansas City, Missouri voters agree?

The $800 million General Obligation bond issue will come before voters over three distinct ballot questions on April 4. 2017. Question 3 of the G.O. Bond issue is of particular import to proponents of a new animal shelter. If it’s approved, $14 million in public funds would be dedicated for a new 60,000 sq. ft. facility in Swope Park. The plan was announced at Starlight Theatre in September 2016 with great fanfare, including an endorsement from Mayor James, who touted the public/private partnership with KC Pet Project.”

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