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Field Trip: New Canine Cool in Kansas City

A shelter’s new housing for dogs has tails wagging

Not in Kansas anymore, Toto?

That’s OK: At Wayside Waifs Humane Society, just over the state line in Kansas City, Mo., you can check out some of the coolest shelter dog digs around.

In February, the shelter unveiled the $250,000 makeover of its dog adoption center, in which it swapped out traditional, galvanized steel kennels for glass-enclosed “doggie apartments” with colorful back panels and “indoor living suites” for small groups of dogs to enjoy communal living.

The snazzy digs for dogs don’t just look good—they sound good, too. Or rather, it’s the lack of sound that’s a pleasant change from the soundtrack of frantic barking provided by canine residents at many shelters.

“In fact, one of the things I’ve commented on quite often with folks is how amazing it is that you walk into our dog adoption center, and it is silent,” says Courtney Thomas, director of operations, who served as point person for the project. She researched different options, helped create the layout, and worked with T-Kennel Modular Systems Inc., to customize the dog housing.

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