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AWOL Animals With Our Love

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

Pets at Our Shelter:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

Independence, Kansas and Montgomery County and the small surrounding towns.

About Our Shelter:

A little over 20 years ago, before AWOL (Animals With Our Love), the City of Independence took stray and unwanted animals to a pen at the municipal airport and gassed them within 42 hours. Animals were not available for adoption. Our organization was started by a group of people who went before the City to discuss more humane and ethical ways of treating homeless animals. The City accepted our proposal to take over and the AWOL Humane Society became an official non-profit organization in 1982. The City built and continues to own our facility. AWOL has a contract with the City to accept animals from the Animal Control Officer. AWOL usually uses about 22 volunteers, including a Board of Directors, President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The crew also includes a Shelter Director and weekday and weekend cleaner.

Come Meet our Pets:

Please see our policies, procedures and fees on our website as well as our hours at

Rescues are welcome. You will need to adopt the animal just like any other adopter.

Our Adoption Process:

Our fees include a spay/neuter, parvo/distemper shot, worming, rabies and city tag.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.