This ginormous facility is Wayside Waifs. It is the largest Humane Society in Kansas City. They've been around since 1944! I am proud to say that my Mommy spends a lot of her "free" time volunteering for this organization. Mommy volunteers as an "adoption counselor," which means she has the job of finding forever homes for the kitties (and doggies - but mostly kitties) who live there.
Here's a short history of this building;
In March 1999, Wayside Waifs opened the doors of its new state-of-the-art facility. The 32,700 square foot building can shelter up to 800 animals. In 2006, nearly 15,000 pets were taken in at Wayside Waifs. In addition, Wayside offers many other services to the community including humane education for children and adults, an anti-violence humane education program for grades 3 - 5, a volunteer program, a seniors’ program, shelter for the pets of women in domestic violence shelters, a behavior helpline for frustrated pet owners, and more.
Pretty overwhelming, eh? On any given day, there are over 300 kitties, doggies, bunnies, birds and reptiles looking for forever homes. That doesn't mean that there are "only" 300 animals in the facility. There are an additional 400+ animals who are being evaluated, held for various reasons and boarded for domestic violence. It is a very large shelter, but it is a very caring and humane shelter too! Mommy says that it is a place you can go and see the very best in humans come out and the very worst. The people who work and volunteer there give all they have to the wonderful animals who have found themselves homeless.
Mommy always feels bad this time of year because it's starting to be kitten season and the shelter will take in so many kittens that it will fill up all of the spaces in the shelter and it will fill up all of the foster homes (and there are a lot of foster homes)!
I know I'm a smart and lucky kitty - so I won't preach, cause you kitties have humans that take good care of you! But, if you have a few spare bucks, or have a spare bedroom, help your local humane society. This time of year they can use all of the help that they can get!
So... go now and give your humans a head boinky and a few purrs! Let them know you are happy to have love and a forever home. There are way too many of us who don't have that luxury!
Have a wonderful, relaxing weekend! Keep those tails high and proud!
Purrs to you all!