Michelle Rivera

Michelle Rivera
Me and my Princess Flea “Fifi”

Founder & CEO

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I have been in the animal welfare field for over 20 years. As As an entrepreneur at heart, I was excited to use my business skills to form an organization that was desperately needed in Kansas City and that has shown measurable results in our 17 years here. Even after all this time I am inspired to come to work and lead our team so we make a difference, serve as leaders in the community, and continue our progress toward ending pet homelessness.

The power of pets to change lives is incredible and we are fortunate to witness those stories on a daily basis. It helps reinforce the importance of the human animal bond and how that connection can actually save lives. Too, we understand that a lack of finances does not mean a lack of love. In fact, the bond between a human and an animal may be stronger in those circumstances simply because that person may have nobody else to help get them through each difficult day.

I am committed to this journey, this mission to end pet homelessness, and will continue dedicating my life to support pet owners in need so they can keep their pets happy and healthy. We will also continue to celebrate the animal human bond by approaching our community with compassion … and without judgment. That has helped make this organization one of the most trusted pet resources in Kansas City.

With the help of a dedicated staff and a wonderful group of capable volunteers, we serve over 25,000 pets a year and operate the largest outreach program of its kind in the region. It’s something that has contributed to a substantial reduction in shelter intake and a live release rate from our community shelters of 90 percent, a fact for which all of us are extremely proud.