How about an update on the founding of a new non-profit organization, Kirksville – Protect Our Pets (KV-POP)?

Six weeks ago I wrote about why this area needs another animal welfare organization. In short, the existing organizations (Adair County Humane Society and Field of Dreams Rescue) have their hands full dealing with animal homelessness (i.e. finding homes for the many homeless dogs and cats); there hasn’t really been a concerted effort to do community outreach to prevent animal homelessness. KV-POP would like to change that by promoting spay/neuter, training for dogs, identification tags, and the adoption option.

On July 25th Kirksville – Protect Our Pets (KV-POP) was officially recognized by the state of Missouri as “a non-profit organization in good standing.” We can now accept your donations. We are working on the application to become a federal 501(c)(3) organization, so that your donations will be tax deductible.

We set up our website (, Facebook page, and email account ( We quickly received many expressions of interest and support along with our first request for assistance from someone who needs help caring for a badly neglected cat who recently showed up on her property.

We rented a post office box so that community members can support our work (e.g. help us help this woman help this poor cat): KV-POP, P.O. Box 173, Kirksville, MO 63501.

We identified five animal-lovers with complementary knowledge/skills (financial, political, feline, canine, Truman, ATSU, rural, urban, animal welfare, social services) who will serve as our first board of directors. We have drafted our by-laws and will vote on them within the week.

And last but not least, we have scheduled our first public meeting for anyone interested in learning more about the organization: Thursday, September 26th, 2013 at 7:00 PM in the meeting room of the Adair County Health Department (1001 S. Jamison St.). We hope to see many of you there!