Kendall Law Group is passionate about pets. Animal protection and welfare are causes that are near and dear to our hearts. Unfortunately, in the summer of 2021, the firm’s managing partner lost a long-time friend and trusted companion, Buddy, a Wheaton Terrier. Buddy lived to the ripe old age of 13 and was initially adopted by the Kendall Family from a deceased client’s family. Today, the Kendall Family includes an elder Bich-Poo, Louie, George, a young Brittany Treeing Walker Coonhound mix and grand-dog Hazel, a two-year-old Lab mix.
George, who was adopted in the winter of 2021, was the last surviving member of his litter. The Kendall Family assisted him through rehabilitation after suffering from parvo. George was located through RescueMe! and has overcome his parvo and difficulties walking and now enjoys runs around his backyard, sniffing flowers, chasing bees and playing with Hazel and other neighborhood pets.
Unless they are animal enthusiasts, most people are unaware of the staggering rates of homeless pets or other issues related to animal welfare. Did you know that only 1 out of every 10 dogs born in this country will find a forever home? Many animals are given up by their owners or picked up by animal control on the streets. Sadly, every year approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are euthanized due to overcrowded shelters. In addition, more than 7.6 million companion animals are left at animal shelters in the U.S. and only 2% of missing cats and 15 to 20% of missing dogs are reunited with their families.
Only 10% of animals taken in by shelters have been spayed or neutered, resulting in overpopulation and many strays are lost pets who were not wearing proper identification. In the U.S., there are approximately 3,500 animal shelters and 10,000 rescue groups and sanctuaries. In addition, it is estimated that 34% of dogs are purchased from breeders, while only 23% are adopted from a shelter or humane society.
People give up their pets for many reasons, the most prevalent being behavior issues, aggressive behavior, larger than expected size and health problems. There are several humane societies and pet protection agencies in the Kansas City Metro. These agencies are in constant need of adoptions, foster parents, donations, volunteers, food, toys and treats.
If you are also interested in this cause and would like to get involved, here are some resources to get you started. Click below to visit these organizations’ websites: