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Photo of puppy for Keller Williams Prairie Village Real Estate ArticleA growing family is one of the main motivators to buy or move houses, and factors like the size of the home, school district, and proximity to childcare services play an important role. But what if your plans to add to your family are a little bit... furrier? 

Kansas City is full of shelters that are full of adoptable animals, and many families searching for a specific type or breed of animal also look to pet stores or breeders. With so many choices, it can be difficult to know where to begin. While every animal deserves a good home no matter where it came from, general best practice is to adopt your pet. This helps fund and relieve overwhelmed shelters, and it also keeps money from going to illegal profit centers like puppy mills where animals are severely neglected and abused. Check out this list of highly-rated animal shelters in the Kansas City area that will be happy to help you complete your family through adoption:

  1. KC Pet Project: KC Pet Project operates the state-run animal shelter for Kansas City, Missouri. With three main locations they have a large variety of animals for you to choose from, and their statistics regarding adoption and kill rates are worthy of a round of "ap-paws." In 2015, they set a record for the highest live-release rate in the history of Kansas City, Missouri shelters: 93.4% of the animals the shelter took in were able to go home with a family!
  2. Humane Society of Greater Kansas CityThe Humane Society of Greater Kansas City was the first no-kill shelter in KC. Not only do they provide care for animals in need, but they also provide education to foster compassion and understanding toward animals as well as low-cost spay and neuter services. According to their website, they re-home 97% of their pets and have no time limit on how long an animal can stay with them. 
  3. Wayside WaifsWayside Waifs successfully adopts out an average of 5,400 animals each year, which speaks to the quality of their services as well as their ability to match pets with compatible owners. If you're still on the fence about bringing a new pet home yourself, you can visit their on-site dog park, shop in their retail store or volunteer to help care for the up to 800 animals that can be housed in their 47,000 square foot facility at any given time. 

Before you go out searching for your four-legged friend, it's important to make sure that your home has all of the accommodations he or she will need to keep you both happy and comfortable. Does your house have a fence or a dog door? Are there good sidewalks, paths or parks nearby for walks and playtime? Is there an area or room you can dedicate to a litter box where it won't bother you? Is the type of animal you want allowed in your subdivision or city? If anyone in your home is allergic to pet dander, do you have a proper and clean air filtration system in place to minimize allergens? 

Owning a pet is a long-term commitment; if you're serious about it and your current living situation isn't a good place to welcome home a pet, it might be time to consider a move. Contact your agent to talk it through and make the decision that's right for your family.