We are a coalition of the metro’s animal sheltering and welfare organizations, Professionals for a Humane & Safe Kansas City (“PHSKC”), and have launched a legislative and policy campaign to better understand each metro city’s unique public safety and animal welfare issues and subsequently effect change. Our goal is to improve each city’s laws and policies to make their community safer for people and more humane for animals.
We are working with the area’s municipal governments in which they contract for animal control. This includes working with law enforcement, city staff, and elected officials on legislative and internal policy changes. We will also work with community leaders, neighborhood associations, and residents on implementing a community approach to public safety and more humane treatment of animals.
Proposed legislative and policy changes are based on best practices throughout the country including recommendations by the National Animal Control Association, American Bar Association, and American Veterinary Medical Association, as well as tightening up enforcement and prosecution of Kansas and Missouri animal neglect and cruelty laws within each city.
Katie Barnett, a legislative attorney experienced in animal law and municipal government legislation, is managing the initiative. Katie has worked with several cities surrounding the metro area in updating animal laws to enhance public safety and animal welfare.