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February 9, 2024

The Pitch: KC Cares: Pawsperity

For the students at Pawsperity, learning to clip dog hair is the key to finding economic stability. The nonprofit teaches pet grooming skills while also providing a net of social services to help people find their way until they can make their new trade a career.
Successes
November 9, 2023

A Life Long Love of Animals Breeds New Opportunities

Christina, a January 2022 graduate of Pawsperity, said one of things she likes most about working as a groomer at Pawsperity Grooming Salon in Lee’s Summit is the creativity to adapt a breed’s standard cut to a dog’s particular facial features. “What’s considered a standard cut for a particular breed,…
Natasha’s Note
Natasha’s Notes
November 9, 2023

Natasha’s Note | November 2023

During this giving season, we realize you may be asked to support some wonderful nonprofit organizations within our community and beyond. We hope you will also consider Pawsperity and our life-changing mission. It just so happens that due to a recent opportunity given by the Jack F. and Glenna Y.…
Natasha’s Note
Natasha’s Notes
September 26, 2023

Natasha’s Note | October 2023

Fall is officially upon us. The air is crisper, leaves are falling, and before you know it, the holiday season will be upon us. For those of you who have attended the Gala in past years, you have not missed an invitation. Later this month we will share some exciting…
Natasha’s Note
Natasha’s Notes
August 29, 2023

Natasha’s Note | September 2023

This year’s 2023 graduation proved to be an afternoon full of excitement and pride. Students have poured hundreds of hours into our grooming school over the past six to eight months. When asking a graduate if he felt different the day after the ceremony, he said, “Yes, actually. I do.”…
Successes
July 31, 2023

Modeling What’s Possible

When 26-year-old Christine Banks was selected to the inaugural class of Pawsperity in 2016, she was a quiet, but strong, single mother seeking a better job—and a better future—for her two children.
Natasha’s Note
Natasha’s Notes
July 27, 2023

Natasha’s Note | August 2023

For many families this time of year, summer is wrapping up, vacations are ending, and fall planning is underway. The hustle and bustle of school starting in the next few weeks can make for extra busy schedules with clothes and school supply shopping and everything else deemed “back to school.”…
Natasha’s Note
Natasha’s Notes
June 28, 2023

Natasha’s Note | July 2023

It is hard to believe that nearly half of the summer has already flown by! For us at Pawsperity, that means we are looking to the last half of an already busy 2023. While we have been in our new facility since the beginning of the year, we haven’t officially…
Natasha’s Note
Natasha’s Notes
May 31, 2023

Natasha’s Note | June 2023

2023 has been an exciting year for Pawsperity. As you may know, we moved into our brand-new, three times larger facility in January, two doors down from our old building. Shortly after, we launched two new pet-related businesses under the same roof (a market rate grooming salon and a doggie…
Successes
March 3, 2023

Family Man: Ronnie

Ronnie’s family is a big part of his life. He is a brother to five sisters and father of five daughters. Someday, with the skills he’s developed at Pawsperity, he hopes to be the patriarch of his own family business.

Success Story | Ashley
Successes
December 21, 2022

Keeping Promises

When 32-year-old Ashley was a little girl, her parents divorced. At just 7 years old, she made a promise to herself to someday have her own family that would always be together. More than two decades later, she found herself in a devastating situation.
Success Story | Annie
Successes
October 10, 2022

Dogs as Healers

Annie knew she was willing to do what it took to work with dogs, her lifelong dream. Just like many other students, the power of the human-animal bond helped Annie graduate from Pawsperity’s extensive grooming program.
Andis Creator Series | Pawsperity
Press
September 1, 2022

Andis Creator Series | Pawsperity

Andis Creator Series | Pawsperity Pawsperity, an innovative Kansas City-based non-profit organization that harnesses the art of pet grooming to help break the cycle of poverty for struggling parents with nowhere to turn.
Successes
February 2, 2021

Holding on to Hope

Surviving childhood trauma and the hardships of poverty and addiction can turn little things into big deals. For April, it was getting her personalized grooming scissors, a milestone for students at Pawsperity.