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Great Plains SPCA

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.

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Mission Statement

The mission of Great Plains SPCA is to save, protect and improve the lives of animals, while strengthening the relationship between pets and their human companions.

For lost pets, Great Plains SPCA serves the cities of Merriam, Overland Park, Shawnee, Lenexa, Lake Quivera, Mission, Roeland Park, Westwood, Westwood Hills, Mission Woods, and the Johnson County Parks Department.

About Our Shelter:

Because we knew we could accomplish more together than as independent agencies, Animal Haven and No More Homeless Pets KC officially merged on June 15, 2011 to form Great Plains SPCA. Great Plains SPCA is Kansas City’s most comprehensive animal welfare organization and is a Missouri 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.

At Great Plains SPCA, we believe that no matter what their size, shape or story, all dogs and cats deserve the chance to live long, happy and healthy lives. That’s why our team of experts works hard every day to be a lifeline to a better future for pets by providing comprehensive, affordable medical care, adoption services and innovative community programs. Because we know that with a little support, people and pets can build a bond unlike any other, creating happier homes and a community that values life, love.

Leadership at Great Plains SPCA is comprised of experienced business professionals and experts in the animal welfare field. Collectively, our Executive Leadership Team has over 65 years of experience in this industry. In addition, we are fortunate to have the support of highly respected business leaders on our Board of Directors and in our community to help us drive our mission forward.

Our community will benefit from the following services provided by Great Plains SPCA:

Humane, compassionate sheltering of homeless animals
Pet Adoptions & Lost Pet Reunions
Comprehensive, affordable veterinary care for shelter animals and owned pets
High-quality/low-cost spay neuter programs for the public
Broad community outreach and education programs
Effective volunteer, foster, rescue and transport programs
Trap, neuter and return for feral and free-roaming cats
Targeted pet retention and behavior training programs
Pet ID and licensing programs increasing return to owner rates
Management of lost/stray pets for 12 Johnson County municipalities

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Come Meet our Pets:

Monday: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday – Friday: 11:00 a.m.– 7:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Our Adoption Process:

Adopter must be 18 years of age or older.
For the safety and health of our animals, we do not ship pets.

Pet adoption fees range from $25 to $200. Our adoption fees help to offset the cost of evaluation, housing, feeding and medical care for the thousands of animals needing our help. We do our best to keep our adoption prices reasonable while generating income to support our goal of caring for animals available for adoption until we can place them in a loving home. The adoption fee for each animal varies and is dependent on many factors including: age, size, behavior, medical condition, and public demand.

Each pet will have specific needs and we will work to make adoption matches that maximize the happiness of all pets and people in the household.

Some additional considerations may include:

Vaccinations – For the safety of your new and existing pets, we recommend that all other household pets are current on vaccines two weeks before welcoming a new animal to your home.

A fenced yard – While big, secure yards may be recommended for some dogs, there are many other dogs that would be perfectly happy in an apartment or home where exercise is obtained from walking or jogging on leash. In fact, leash-walked dogs that get 3 to 4 trips outside per day are often happier than dogs left unattended in a back yard.

Children – Some rescues do not adopt to families with small children, but at Great Plains SPCA, we welcome families! We have many pets that will be great family companions for kids of any age who are supervised and taught to treat pets gently. Please keep in mind that we may decide that certain pets aren’t best for small kids due to temperament. These decisions are always made with child and pet safety in mind.

Indoor vs. outdoor situation – At Great Plains SPCA, we believe strongly that pets are happiest, healthiest and safest when they are welcomed indoors as household companions. Pets allowed outdoors unsupervised are exposed to risks such as disease, theft, escape, auto accidents, wildlife and more. If you still want to keep a pet outdoors, please contact us for suggestions or options.

Declawing – We do not declaw cats at Great Plains SPCA and do not advocate the procedure due to the physical and psychological impact it has on cats. There are several humane and simple alternatives to declawing including trimming the nails, providing a scratching post, or using products such as soft nail caps that will help eliminate the destructive capabilities of claws and keep your cat happy. If you must have a declawed cat, we encourage you to consider an adult cat that has already had the procedure prior to arriving at Great Plains SPCA.
Adoption Process:

Before coming to the shelter, we recommend that you research any specific breeds that might interest you and suit your family.
Appointments are NOT needed to visit the shelter. Stop by during normal Pet Adoption Center hours Monday and Wednesday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. or Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Please note, the Pet Adoption Center is closed on Tuesdays. You should allow approximately 2 hours (sometimes more) for the entire adoption process.
Spend some quality time with any pets who interest you. We recommend at least 30 minutes of one-on-one time outside the kennel. All family members (including other dogs) should be introduced to the pet.
Complete a brief adoption survey. We will work with you to find the right pet for your family.

When a great match has been made, our adoption counselor will review specific pet’s vet history, provide care instructions and health/behavior resources and answer any questions you may have.

Pay adoption fee and sign adoption agreement.
Take your new pet home! Great Plains SPCA pets are already spayed/neutered and have received all necessary vet care, so they are ready to go home immediately. For safety reasons, cats must leave in a proper carrier and dogs must leave on a leash and collar, so please bring them from home or plan to purchase them here at the shelter.
Within seven days of adoption you must take your adopted pet to visit a veterinarian for a post-adoption exam. Your adoption packet will include a list of vets across the metro area who have agreed to provide this service at a discount.
We want you and your new pet to be as happy as possible. If for any reason you feel that the pet you have adopted is not right for your household, you may always return that pet (please call for an appointment). If you return a pet within 30 days of adoption, we may issue an exchange certificate for another adoption. We do not issue refunds.

What’s Included in the Adoption fee?

Dogs and Puppies (<6 months old):

Spay or Neuter Surgery
Microchip Identification
DA2PP+C Combo Vaccine
Bordetella Vaccine
Rabies Vaccine (age 3 mos. & up)
Strongid Dewormer
Heartworm Test (age 6 mos. & up)
Heartworm Preventative
Flea Preventative
Adoption Gift Bag
Discount on Post-Adoption Check-up with a Participating Vet
One Month of Pet Health Insurance FREE for 30 days

Cats and Kittens:

Spay or Neuter Surgery
Microchip Identification
FVRCP Combo Vaccine
Rabies Vaccine (age 3 mos. & up)
Strongid Dewormer
Feline Leukemia Test
FIV Test
Heartworm Test
Flea Preventative
Ear Mite Treatment
Adoption Gift Bag
Discount on Post-Adoption Check-up with a Participating Vet
One Month of Pet Health Insurance FREE for 30 days

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.