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20 for 20: KC Pet Project

Making a Difference, One Paw at a Time

At Clockwork, we believe in giving back to the community and making a difference where it matters most. To show our dedication, we launched our 20 for 20 campaign, where we selected 20 non-profits to support in celebration of our 20th anniversary this year.

This week, our team had the incredible opportunity to volunteer at the KC Pet Project, a local animal shelter dedicated to the welfare of pets in Kansas City. It was a day filled with hard work, heartwarming moments, and valuable lessons about pet ownership and responsibility.

Rolling Up Our Sleeves: Cleaning the Kennels

Our day began early, greeted by the enthusiastic staff and the many wagging tails at KC Pet Project. Our primary task was to clean the kennels, ensuring that each furry resident had a clean and comfortable space to call home, even if temporarily. Armed with gloves, disinfectants, and lots of elbow grease, the Clockwork team got to work.

Cleaning kennels is no small feat. It involves removing old bedding, scrubbing floors and walls, and replacing everything with fresh, clean materials. It was a physically demanding job, but knowing that our efforts contributed to the well-being of these animals made it all worthwhile. The clean kennels not only prevent the spread of disease but also provide a more pleasant environment for both the animals and potential adopters.

Meet Matzo!

After the team spent the morning cleaning the canine kennels, we had the opportunity to meet one of the cutest residents at KC Pet Project, Matzo!

Matzo is a 6-year-old male, and one of the most lovable dogs at KCPP. He was dropped off at KCPP very malnourished and in declining health, but luckily, the outstanding team of vets and professionals at KCPP were able to rehabilitate him.

While Matzo is a standout resident at KCPP, unfortunately, due to overcrowding, he will be euthanized if he is not able to find a forever home, or a family that can foster him while he awaits his forever family.

Matzo is extremely calm and well-tempered. He loves adults, kids, and other pets, and besides hot dog treats, his favorite activity is cuddling.

If you are unable to comit to adoption at this time, fostering Matzo would give him more time to find that forever home!

To read about Matzo and his sweet personality, visit his Profile.


The Importance of Spaying and Neutering

During our time at the shelter, we learned a lot about the challenges shelters face, particularly the issue of pet overpopulation. KC Pet Project emphasizes the importance of spaying and neutering pets to help control the number of homeless animals. Unplanned litters are a significant contributor to the overwhelming number of animals in shelters.

Spaying and neutering pets can:

  1. Reduce Overpopulation: Preventing unwanted litters reduces the number of animals that end up in shelters.

  2. Improve Health: Spayed and neutered pets often live longer, healthier lives. The procedures can reduce the risk of certain cancers and infections.

  3. Improve Behavior: These procedures can help reduce undesirable behaviors such as aggression, roaming, and marking territory.

By choosing to spay or neuter your pets, you are contributing to the overall well-being of the pet community and helping shelters like KC Pet Project focus their resources on the animals that truly need help.

The Responsibility of Pet Ownership

Volunteering at the shelter also highlighted the significant responsibility that comes with pet ownership. Pets are not just cute and cuddly companions; they require a substantial investment of time, money, and emotional energy. Here are a few key points every potential pet owner should consider:

  1. Time Commitment: Pets need regular exercise, training, and companionship. They thrive on routine and stability.

  2. Financial Responsibility: Veterinary care, food, grooming, and other supplies add up. Ensure you are financially prepared for both expected and unexpected costs.

  3. Long-Term Commitment: Pets can live for many years. Make sure you are ready for the long-term commitment and the lifestyle adjustments that come with it.

  4. Training and Socialization: Proper training and socialization are crucial for a well-behaved pet. This requires patience, consistency, and sometimes professional help.

Understanding these responsibilities can help potential pet owners make informed decisions and ensure they are ready to provide a loving and stable home for their new furry family member.

Making a Difference, One Paw at a Time

Our day at KC Pet Project was a reminder of the profound impact that small acts of kindness can have. By volunteering, we not only helped improve the living conditions of the shelter animals but also gained valuable insights into the challenges of animal welfare. It reinforced our commitment to supporting our community and advocating for responsible pet ownership.

We encourage everyone to find ways to get involved in their local shelters. Whether it's through volunteering, donating, or spreading awareness about important issues like spaying and neutering, every bit helps. Together, we can make a difference, one paw at a time.

Thank you, KC Pet Project, for the incredible work you do and for allowing the Clockwork team to be a part of it. We look forward to more opportunities to support your mission and the wonderful animals you care for.

Volunteer Opportunities with KC Pet Project


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