Here's the back-story:
Great Plains SPCA "crossed the line" last April - the state line, that is.
You see, the Kansas City metro area straddles the border of Kansas and Missouri, and last year, this Kansas-based No-Kill shelter took over management of the city shelter in Independence, Missouri.
And the Great Plains Independence Campus was born.
It's being run by many of the fabulous people we have known for years at Wayside Waifs, Allie's Alma Mater. And we couldn't be prouder of what they have sought to accomplish: turning a kill shelter into No Kill. Sometimes, we even refer to it as Wayside 2.0 - simply because we don't want you to think we've casually switched loyalties. Both shelters are No Kill, and both deserve our appreciation and support for jobs well done.
But lately, our focus has been on Great Plains, because quite frankly, right now their need is greater.
By the end of the first three months of operation, the shelter had already taken in the equivalent of a full year's worth of cats. And this is a shelter whose numbers had held steady for years and years and years, so this phenomenon was completely unexpected.
At their peak two weeks ago, they had well over 700 cats and the trend looked to top 800.
|These little guys are lined up in hallways, stacked in offices - basically every available nook and cranny!|
There is speculation as to what might be behind this, but no definitive answers. And to be honest, though the "why" behind the situation is important, especially for shelter management going forward, it doesn't do much to help the situation right now.
No, the only thing that'll help is adoption - and transfers to partner shelters.
We're trying to do our small part by following in the footsteps of the blog, Sebastian the Sensitive Soul, whose owner, Amy Palmer, instituted the #DailyDoseOfIndependence tradition on Facebook.
We're posting there, too. But we'll also be reposting about these eminently adoptable cats right here on A Tonk's Tail, as well.
So without further ado, we present to you today's Daily Dose of Independence: Harvey Dent.