Animal-Related Resources & Information  

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INDEX of topics on this page. (Scroll down to see each in detail).

KC Area Animal Shelters

Dog Rescues

Small Dog Rescue

Breed-Specific Rescues

Cat Rescues

Small Critters, Reptile, Amphibian Rescues

Pet Bird Rescues

Farm Animal Rescues Information

Area Animal Control Phone Numbers

Animal Abuse

Animal Safe Havens for Domestic Violence Situations

Dental Care Information

Affordable Spay/Neuter Services



Animal Behavior Help

Substance Abuse and Pets

Boarding, Daycare, Sitters & Walkers

Pet Friendly Housing

Wild Animal Care

Other Local Organizations

Animal Groups & Resources Nationwide

Surrendering Your Pets: Tips, Advice 

Financial Aid Organizations

Dental information


Animal Shelters in the Kansas City area


Cat Association of Topeka (CAT)
1718 Gage
Topeka KS

Dogs by Debin Adoption Center
9300 NW 87th Terr. KCMO 64153
Open Wed 12-7p and Fri-Mon 12-4p

Excelsior Springs
805 Lake Maurer Rd
Excelsior Springs MO 64024

Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter
P.O. Box 29121
Parkville MO 64152
Located at 8701 Riverfront Dr.

Gladstone Animal Control
4000 NE 76th Street
Gladstone MO 64118

Great Plains SPCA  
5428 Antioch Drive
Merriam KS 66202

Heart of America Humane Society
P.O. Box 12703
Overland Park KS 66282

HELP Humane Society
(primarily cats, a few dogs)
511 Main St.
Belton MO 64012

Helping Hands Humane Society
2625 NW Rochester Rd
Topeka, KS 66617

Humane Society of Greater KC                    
5441 Parallel  KC KS 66104

Humane Society of Miami County
P.O. Box 136
Paola KS 66071

KCMO Animal Shelter (managed by KC Pet Project)
(With locations at 4400 Raytown Rd, Zona Rosa and OPKS)
4400 Raytown Rd.
KC MO 64129

 KC Animal Shel

Independence, MO Shelter 
21001 E. 78 Highway
Independence MO 64057
Adoptions: 816.783.5104
Intake: 816.783.5103

Kansas City KS Animal Control
3301 Park Drive
KC KS 66211
913-596-3000 on weekends
Adoption info:

Lawrence Humane Society
1805 E. 19th
Lawrence KS 66044

Leavenworth Animal Control
1720 S. 2nd St.
Leavenworth KS 66048

Lee's Summit Municipal Animal Shelter
1991 SE Hamblen Road
Lee's Summit MO 64082

Liberty Animal Control
1501 E. Old 210 Hwy
Liberty MO 64068

North Kansas City
2020 Bedford
N. Kansas City MO 64116

Olathe Animal Control
505 E. Sunvale
Olathe KS 66061

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter
3173 Hwy K68
Ottawa KS 66067

Unleashed Pet Rescue & Adoptions
(Contracts with Westood, Mission, Mission Woods, Mission Hills, Roeland Park, Fairway and Prairie Village, KANSAS)
5918 Broadmoor St, Mission, KS 66202

Wayside Waifs
3901 E. 119th Street
(Martha Truman Rd)
KC MO 64137


Dog Rescue Groups

The rescue groups listed below have all kinds of dogs available for adoption. If the breed of dog you are in search of is not currently at the shelter, please look to adopt from these groups. When rescues adopt an animal out to a loving forever home, they are then able to take in and care for a new animal from a shelter. Friends of KC Animals encourages ADOPTING pets, no matter from where they come!

Friends of Liberty Animal Shelter or email

Heart of America Humane Society

Military Family Rescue Information

Safe Harbor Prison Dog Program or 913-634-5955 or 913-724-DOGS

Second Chance (Kittens, Puppies, Cats & Small Dogs) 913-814-7471


Dog Rescue Groups specializing in small breeds

L.L. Dog Rescue or email or call 816-926-0242

Midwest Animal ResQ

Second Chance (Kittens, Puppies, Cats & Small Dogs) 913-814-7471

Small Paws Susan 1-785-224-7839 email:


Breed-specific Dog Rescue Groups  

American Eskimo HEART BANDITS: Laurel Johnson 913-901-8430 or email

Airedale Sara Franson 816-678-2126 or Terry Kratchman 913-541-1295

Akita Deanna O'Brian (St. Louis) 733-792-1309 or email

Akita Lisa McCluskey (Central/Southern Illinois) 217-344-9115 or email

Australian Shepherd Pamela Leach 913-722-6699

Basenji Vicky Jacobs 785-379-5430; Eva Allen 816-444-9321; Yvonne Sims 660-352-6202

Basset Hound Kim Dunn 913-557-5224

Basset Hound WESTERN MISSOURI BASSET RESCUE: web site, Chris Bly 816-353-5643 or email; Margaret Baldomino 816-853-1634 or 816-461-0313 or email

Basset Hound Liz Vahl Kamp 1-800-892-2722 or 314-863-1467

Basset Hound BASSET & BEAGLE RESCUE OF THE HEARTLAND: web site /, email 

Beauceron Susan Bass 816-796-6444

Beagle Rhonda Cella Lippert 913-621-3474 or email

Beagle BASSET & BEAGLE RESCUE OF THE HEARTLAND: web site, email or call 1-800-332-9416

Bearded Collie Barb Clauson 785-842-6884

Bernese Mountain Dog HEARTLAND BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG RESCUE Julie Hesssenflow 913-385-0400 or email

Belgian Malinois Barb Clauson 785-842-6884

Belgian Sheepdog Barb Clauson 785-842-6884

Bloodhound Doris Coleman 816-356-9868

Borzoi (Irish Wolfhound) Dawn Kelley 913-677-3296

Borzoi Randa Glen 816-322-2244

Border Collie Jennifer Fitzwater 816-305-6756

Boston Terrier MIDAMERICA BOSTON TERRIER RESCUE (MABTR) Jennifer Misfeldt 402-510-1346 (Omaha NE but work in the KC area, too).

Boston Terrier Anne Alscott 913-764-4748

Boston Terrier Stacey Nagals 816-920-3436

Boston Terrier Anita Crowell 816-891-6367

Bouvier Andrea Jackson 913-341-0351

Boxer MOKAN BOXER RESCUE: or 785-979-2679

Brittany Cindy Williams 816-858-0195

Brittany AMERICAN BRITTANY RESCUE: or Jennifer Schoonover 816-790-3611 or 816-734-2347

Bulldog (French/English) Bev Larrick 913-583-3624

Bulldog (French/English) Sandi Farr-Spears: email

Bulldog (French) Annie Alscott 913-764-4748

Bulldog (French) Charlotte Kreely 508-588-7968

Bull Mastiff Izetta Wright 913-533-2413

Bull Mastiff Kelli Johnson: email

Bull Mastiff Locker Wheat 573-635-0088

Bull Mastiff Renee Aldrich 913-592-2203

Bull Terrier Claudia Sharp 636-332-6341 or Rob Reiber at 913-856-4144 or email

Bull Terrier John & Lynn Byrd 660-222-63341 or 660-222-3474

Chihuahua Vicky Rogers 816-753-7873

Chihuahua LL DOG RESCUE: web site or email or call 816-926-0242

Chinese Crested Sharon Robinson 573-634-2767

Clumber Spaniel Judy Rickey 913-724-1054

Clumber Spaniel Sue Carr (New Jersey) 908-580-1055 or 1-800-589-9566 or email

Chow Chow Debbie Willis 816-765-8387

Cocker Spaniel Jane & Al Beck 816-228-4567

Cocker Spaniel Halle (with HEART OF AMERICA HUMANE SOCIETY) 913-722-0636

Cocker Spaniel Anita 816-763-7275 or

Collie (standard collie, rough and smooth coat) Sarah Millsap 816.518.5956

Coonhound (and Foxhound)  Coonhound Companions

Corgi Claudia Mitchell 913-764-7117

Corgi Sara Keith 816-833-2757

Dachshund LL DOG RESCUE: web site or email or call 816-926-0242

Dachshund Richard and Ghizia Arndt 816-523-8106

Dalmatian June Mueller or Janice Boyanchek 314-842-8958

Dalmatian Nancy Welsh 901-758-9073

Dalmatian Shirley Allen 816-444-1820

Doberman Janice Thom 816-505-2275

Elkhound Renee Schmidt 913-856-3886

English Bulldog

English Springer Spaniel Kim Ludwig 816-803-8962

English Springer Spaniel Mark Samuel 816-523-2723

English Springer Spaniel Judy Manley 1-800-377-3824

English Springer Spaniel Valerie Hoffman 816-254-3771

English Setter Diane Brim 712-322-4051 or email

Foxhound  Coonhound Companions

German Shepherd SERENDIPITY GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG RESCUE: web site or call 573-418-7666

German Shepherd Ann Mackey 816-363-0121

German Short Hair Pointer email:

Golden Retriever GOLDEN RETRIEVER FREEDOM RESCUE Nicole Incorvaia 720-849-7879

Golden Retriever Bev Weaver 913-362-3397

Golden Retriever Phil & Pat Severson 816-741-2838

Golden Retriever Pat Munn 816-331-8856

Great Dane Janet Quick 816-250-2574 or 816-361-2242.  Danita Schimmelpfenig: 

Lindsay Condon of Big Dogs Huge Paws

Great Pyrenees Jane Signorelli 816-361-9262

Great Pyrenees Jo & Jill Patton 314-739-2562

Greyhound R.E.G.A.P: Bill & Cher Oliver 816-763-3333 or email

Irish Setter Mary or Pat Gocke 913-557-6936

Irish Wolfhound Sue Stobart 816-540-4842

Irish Wolfhound Doris Coleman 816-356-9868

Jack Russell Terrier Kerri Dahlheim 402-963-9722

Keeshond KEESHOND LOVERS UNITE: or Judy Hintzman 785-550-5429

Labrador Retriever Shirley Allen 816-444-1820

Lhasa Apso KANSAS FUREVER SHIH TZU & MINI SCHNAUZER RESCUE web site Cindy Stoll 1-620-431-1387 or email

Mastiff MASTIFF HOPE 816-352-9384 and  Danita Schimmelpfenig:     Lindsay Condon of Big Dogs Huge Paws

Miniature Pinscher Sue Mohr 1-785-748-0941

Newfoundland Cathy Figgins 816-361-7492

Papillon Irene Hummell 816-333-0034

Pekingese Mary Stickney: or 402-613-4306



Pit Bull PIT BULL RESCUE CENTRAL Educational and rescue info on Pit Bull type breeds

Pointer (German Short Hair) email:

Pointer   Great Plains Pointer Rescue (in Nebraska)  email:

Pomeranian LL DOG RESCUE: 816-926-0242

Poodle (Standard) Heather Zimmerman 913-661-0329

Pug Anne Alsott 913-764-4748

Pug  Vicki Dressler 785-256-2324

Pug Misty Wilson Brumback 913-385-1510

Pug Jane Braman 785-843-2292

Pug Lisa Ferrell 1-800-833-3311 or 913-685-5994

Rare Breeds Susan Bass 816-796-6444

Rat Terriers (& mixes) Ceci at

Rhodesian Ridgeback Sandy Curtis 913-341-3746

Rottweiler MID AMERICA ROTTWEILER RESCUE web site Barb Krimminger email or call 402-578-5308  OR Amy McCoy:  

Saint Bernard Jennifer Spaeth 401-292-2245 or email

Schnauzer KANSAS FUREVER SHIH TZU & MINI SCHNAUZER RESCUE web site Cindy Stoll 1-620-431-1387 or email

Scottie Nancy McClure 816-322-2740

Scottie Penny Walker 816-358-6632

Sharpei Mary Crafton 816-741-6212 or email

Sheepdog Joan Long 913-385-0362

Sheepdog (Old English) Judy Rickey 913-724-1054

Sheltie LL DOG RESCUE: web site or email or call 816-926-0242

Sheltie KANSAS CITY SHELTIE RESCUE, INC.: web site or email or call 913-384-0366.

Sheltie Tracy Buck 314-561-3091

Shiba Inu Rachelle Steele (Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue:   MSIR only takes pure-bred Shiba Inus, but Rachelle can accomodate mixes as well. 

Shih Tzu KANSAS FUREVER SHIH TZU & MINI SCHNAUZER RESCUE web site Cindy Stoll 1-620-431-1387 or email  and Danita Schimmelpfenig: 

Silky Terrier Mary Estrin 816-942-2427

Spitz Laurel Johnson 913-345-0628

Springer Spaniel (Look under English Springer)

Weimaraner Gail 816-781-0828

Weimaraner Laura Roehrich 913-385-0815

Weimaraner HEARTLAND WEIMARANER: web site at, Rebecca Singleton 816-781-0828

Welsh Terrier Linda Sutton 816-764-4542

Westie (West Highland Terrier) WESTIE RESCUE OF MISSOURI: web, Elizabeth Schanou 913-302-0514 or email


Whippet Emily Mathis 816-242-2967

Wolf / Wolf mix WILD SPIRIT WOLF SANCTUARY (New Mexico): web site, or 505-775-3304 or email

Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie) Dorinda Carlson 913-541-8407

Yorkshire Terrier Martha Lewis 913-596-2162

Yorkshire Terrier Susan Zale 913-451-9283


Cat Rescue Groups

Another Chance Cat Rescue 8253 Wornall Rd, KCMO 64114  (816)616-7725 or

Foxwood Animal Rescue

Good Karma Cat Rescue  913.209.2330

Heart of America Humane Society

Kansas City Siamese Rescue: Also rescue Persian, Himalayan, & Maine Coone Cats Brooke Wood 816-331-9700

Purrfect Pets 913-652-6677  
Great Mall of the Great Plains
20369 W. 151st St. Store #369
Olathe, KS 66061 

Second Chance (Kittens, Puppies, Cats & Small Dogs) 913-814-7471

Siamese Rescue


Smaller Critters, Reptile, Amphibian Rescue Groups

Chinchilla Robin Rysavy 816-356-3900

Kansas City Ferret Hotline, 913.596.0600

Guinea Pig

Hamster Rescue Robin Rysavy 816-356-3900

Pot-Belly Pig web site or 618-459-3619

Prairie Dog Rescue Jan Calvert 913-432-5537

Rabbit Rescue MISSOURI HOUSE RABBIT SOCIETY: web site at, 816-356-3900, Robin Rysavy

Reptile & Amphibian rescue (Snakes, Frogs, Turtles etc.) Rachel Long 641.831.5112

SANDBOX Sanctuary: Terrestrial Turtles & Tortoises (no aquatic turtles accepted)  515.981.5568 (Iowa)



Pet Bird Rescue Groups

Pet Bird (Parrots, etc)  Burge Bird Services  Julie Burge, DVM 816-356-4700 13833 S US Hwy 71 Grandview, MO 

Pet Bird (Parrots, etc) Melissa Sopko 913-248-1551

Parrot Sandy Spears email

Pet Bird Sandy Schmidt 913-681-2253

Pet Bird Dean Tyson 913-722-2632 or 913-271-4225

Pet Bird Micra 913-381-3272

Pet Bird Educational Web Sites: and


Farm Animal Rescue Groups

Duck Sandy Leonard 816-322-5502

Farm (ducks, goats, chickens, etc.) Susan Nichols 816-257-9678


Changing Leads Equine Rescue
P.O. Box 901343
Kansas City, MO 64190

If you need to relinquish a horse or discuss a horse in need, please contact

Forget-Me-Not Missouri Horse Rescue & Sanctuary


Find adoptable pets on the internet through these sites:  

Petfinder is a web site provided by the ASPCA. It is an excellent resource to help people find a pet. It contains a comprehensive listing of animals available for adoption from shelters and rescue groups, with photos and descriptions. Use the search engine to find a specific breed or type of pet. Many shelters, humane societies and rescue groups in the Kansas City area post their available pets on this web site- including the KCMO shelter.

Petango - searchable database for finding pets who need homes

Pet Harbor - searchable database for finding pets who need homes


Phone Numbers for City Animal Control

Belton 816-331-5522

Blue Springs 816-228-0149

Bonner Springs 913-422-7676

Excelsior Springs 816-630-0816

Gladstone 816-436-1810

Grandview 816-736-3900

Harrisonville 816-380-8961

Fairway 913-782-0720

Independence 816-325-7205

Kansas City KS 913-321-1445
913-596-3000 on weekends

Kansas City MO 816-513-1313 or 311

Jackson County 816-881-4530

Lawrence 785-843-6835

Leawood 913-642-5555

Leavenworth 913-682-0268

Lee's Summit 816-969-7405

Lenexa 913-477-7385

Liberty 816-415-1877


Merriam 913-782-0720

Mission 913-782-0720

North Kansas City 816-274-6024

Oak Grove 815-690-3773

Olathe 913-971-6362

Osawatomie 913-755-2101

Overland Park 913-895-6300

Parkville 816-741-4454

Platte City 816-431-2011

Platte Woods 816-741-6688

Pleasant Valley 816-781-7373

Prairie Village 913-642-6868 x 4631

Raytown 816-737-6010

Riverside 816-741-3993

Roeland Park 913-782-0720

Shawnee 913-631-2155

Smithville 816-532-0500

Sugar Creek 816-881-4530

Westwood 913-782-0720


Animal Abuse Contacts

Call your local Animal Control to report abuse occurring within city limits (see numbers above).

State Health Departments:
MO Animal Health Department
KS Animal Health Department 785-296-2326

FIGHTING ANIMALS, "BLOODSPORTS," IS ILLEGAL.  Friends of KC Animals strongly opposes all bloodsports. Local law enforcement should be called on those participating in dog fighting, cock fighting and other. One should also (anonymously if preferred) call the Humane Society of the United States' Dog Fighting Hotline: 1.877.847.4787


Animal Safe Havens for Domestic Violence Situations

ROSE BROOKS CENTER's "PAWS PLACE," a healing place for pets whose owners are staying at Rose Brooks. Paws Place is the FIRST domestic violence pet shelter in the region! We commend the efforts of Rose Brooks to provide a safe haven for animals whose owners are courageously fleeing domestic abuse!!

PO Box 320599  KCMO  64132 

Dental Care


Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Services

Spay or neuter surgery carries a one-time cost that is relatively small when one considers its benefits. It's a small price to pay for the health of your pet and the prevention of more unwanted animals.

Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinics
Prices vary. Contact a clinic directly to schedule an appointment.

Great Plains SPCA
5428 Antioch Drive
Merriam, KS 66202
816.333.PETS (7387)

The Humane Society of Greater KC
5445 Parallel Parkway
Kansas City, KS 66104

Low Cost Spay & Neuter Service, Inc.
300 SW Noel
Lee's Summit Mo 64063

Pit Bull Rescue Central (Financial assistance FOR AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIERS only)

Spay and Neuter Kansas City
1116 E. 59th Street (NE corner of 59th & Troost)
Kansas City, MO 64111

STOPP Animal Clinic
9909 East 63rd Street
Raytown, MO

IF YOU ARE A 501(C) (3) ORGANIZATION you may apply for a grant, to be used for neuter/spay services only, through the Truman Heartland Community Foundation. Please contact Liz McClure at (816) 836-8189 or through the website:    

Organizations that offer spay/neuter financial assistance programs

Heart of America Humane Society (provides financial assistance) 1-800-384-3143



Animal Medical Center  (full service clinic that offers reduced spay services on Tuesday & Thursdays)      
75th & Wornall   KC MO   816-333-9000


Obedience Classes for Dogs
A Trained Dog is a Happy Dog

We highly recommend that you take your dog to obedience classes. Classes should be reward-based and fun for you and your dog-- this is an opportunity for you and your dog to bond. Not only will you and your dog learn a lot but it's also a great way to socialize your dog with people and other dogs. Puppies can start as early as four months of age.

We've provided this list as a service to the community and to give you a place to start, but we cannot make endorsements. Before working with any trainer we recommend asking for their qualifications and/or references. You can also ask the instructor if you can observe a class before signing up to make sure it's a good match for you and your dog. Ask your veterinarian or "doggy friends" for their recommendations.

Beyond The Dog  Phone: (913) 568-8632 or  (816) 668-9502  
3965 W. 83rd St Suite #195  Prairie Village, KS    Email:

Westwood Animal Clinic
Puppy classes; adult basic and advanced obedience classes. 4820 Rainbow Blvd in Westwood, KS 66205 (west of the Country Club Plaza)   913/362.2512

The Dogs' Spot - Dog Training Center
Offers puppy socialization, family manners, agility. Classes taught by a certified pet dog trainer
7620 N. Oak Trafficway in Gladstone, MO 64118   816-436-SPOT (7768)

Luv Dogs Bev Weaver 913-362-3397 in Overland Park

Loose Park Rose Garden Area Anne Mackey 816-363-0121

Bark Busters in home training

Petco and Petsmart also offer obedience classes.

Roanoke Community Center 816-931-4706



Substance Abuse and Pets

The effects of tobacco, vaporizers and electronic cigarettes on pets:

How pets can help prevent substance abuse in kids:


Wheelchairs for Pets

K9 CARTS  Original, patented, adjustable dog wheelchairs for disabled pets.

Ruff Rollin' Wheelchair for Dogs


Mobile Vet Services

Bill Knapper, DVM    
1200 E. Linwood Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64109
(816) 753-9993
Animal Tracks (Dr. Hatfield)


For help in animal behavior

Dr. Wayne Hunthausen 913-362-2512 at Westwood Animal Hospital in Westwood, KS

Beyond the Dog  816-668-9502 or 913-568-8632   


Boarding, Daycare, Pet Sitters & Dog Walkers

We've provided this list as a service to the community and to give you a place to start, but we cannot make endorsements. Before making an appointment for day care, boarding, pet sitting or dog walking, we recommend that you visit the facility and/or meet with the person to make sure you are comfortable with the arrangements and it's a good fit for your pet. You may ask for their qualifications and references. Many veterinarian clinics also having boarding facilities. Ask your pet-loving friends or your veterinarian for their recommendations.

CritterSitters Donna Montemore 816-454-8862. In-home pet sitting.

Elkhound Ranch Daycare, boarding, training, grooming. By KCI airport. 816.734.2526

JOCO Barking Club Pet sitting, dog walking, mobile grooming 913-558-2625

Pete & Mac's
Lenexa, Lee's Summit, Northland locations

Swanson's Dog Park & Daycare
6241 Woodland Road
Shawnee, KS

Broadmore Kennels
20614 W. 47th Street
Shawnee, KS

Amity Woods
9300 NW 87th Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64153

Pawz at Play
11200 Mastin
Overland Park, KS

Puppy's Playpen
5205 W. 95th Street
Overland Park, KS 66207

Fetch! Pet Care
In-home boarding, dog walking, pet taxi and many other services
1-866-FETCH-ME (866-338-2463)

Woofs Play & Stay  
6465 Frontage Road   Merriam KS 66202   913-403-9663

Kate's Canine Resort 
2823 Main KC MO 64108  816.753.4188


Pet-Friendly Housing 


Wild Animal Care

Kansas: Operation Wild Life (O.W.L.) at 913-631-6566 or 785-542-3625
Drop off center: 11218 W. 75th Street, Shawnee KS 66203 (near Nieman)

Missouri: Lakeside Nature Center at 816-513-8960, 4701 E. Gregory Blvd, KCMO. In Swope Park.

Missouri: MO Dept. of Conservation 816-356-2280

Johanna's Wildlife Control 913-831-2857 Will humanely get wildlife out of homes. Also will rehabilitate animals if necessary before releasing to a natural environment.

KC Bee Removal & Rescue  913.440.4703


Other Local Organizations

Humane Society of U.S. 515-283-1393 Midwest Region email:


Animal Groups & Resources, Nationwide

Alley Cat Allies Info on feral cats

American Humane Association

American Veterinary Medical Association

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

Animal Legal Defense Fund

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Dogs Deserve Better No dog should live on a chain. Learn what you can do to help a chained dog.

Doris Day Animal League

The Humane Society of the United States

The Jane Goodall Institute

Pit Bull Rescue Central Educational and rescue info on Pit Bull type breeds

Planet Urine For pet stains and odors.

World Wildlife Fund




Do you feel you need to surrender your pet? This decision should not be taken lightly. While volunteers and staff at shelters do what they can to find animals housed there new homes, not all are adopted or rescued. Since the shelter only accommodates so many animals, know that surrendering your pet could yield a very grave outcome for the animal. Before surrendering your dog or cat to the shelter, please consider the following.

WHY do you want to surrender your animal? Is it a behavioral problem? Is your animal being destructive? Many behavioral issues are not as major as they seem and can be eliminated with a little work and proper training.

If your animal is acting aggressively it could be because your pet is not spayed or neutered. There are many health and behavioral benefits to altering your pets (outlined under the SPAY/NEUTER tab of this web site) and showing less aggression is one of them! If you feel that spaying/neutering is too expensive, think again! Kansas City has some wonderful low cost spay/neuter options available, such as the vet clinic at KCMO Animal Shelter, Spay & Neuter KC, and the Greater Kansas City Humane Society.

Even if your animal HAS been “fixed,” your pet may still exhibit behavioral issues. Please realize that animals (especially dogs) look to their owners for direction. Just like children, they need training to learn right from wrong. Before making a decisiont, PLEASE consider training for your pet! This can be done with the help of a professional trainer, or on your own. There are many helpful books that outline basic training methods, and there is A LOT of information on the web. If you decide to enlist the help of a professional, it may be done one-on-one or in a group setting with other dogs and their owners. By talking with other dog owners, you will learn that many of the “issues” you are having are quite common and can easily be corrected if you are consistent and committed to methods of positive reinforcement and conditioning.

You might also try taking your pet to the vet! Sometimes behavioral issues are due to your pet not feeling well. Just like humans who get grumpy when they don’t feel well, illness could be the reason your pet is acting out or having accidents.

It is never fun after a long day of work to see your living room in a completely different state than how you left it. If your dog is more “active” than you would like when you are away, keep in mind that a bored dog is often a destructive dog. Here are a few tips:

Make sure your pet is getting enough exercise! We suggest walking, joggine and/or playing with your dog every morning, midday (if possible) and evening. 

Ensure your pet is mentally stimulated. It’s good to practice commands with your pet each day.  Just as a class in school takes mental energy from a child, so does the schooling you conduct for your pet. Practice SIT, STAY, COME, FETCH, LEAVE IT, DOWN, UP etc. with your dog for 10 minutes or so. This, alone, will wear them out to a certain degree.

Use common sense when it comes to your animal’s toys. If you allow your dog to play with rope toys with fringe on the end, be prepared to have a ripped up rug- since they look a lot alike to a dog. If you allow your animal raw hides, those are pretty similar to furniture made of leather. Stuffed animals and pillows are two in the same to a dog too! RUBBER TOYS are good bets since they resemble fewer items in the household.

If you are away from home for more than five hours during the day, a reputable dog walker or doggy daycare may be the answer. There are many doggy daycare establishments in the Metro, some which are set up for group play, (think day camp for dogs), and others who use group play, or one on one methods for pups who aren’t quite so fond of other canine friends.  These are fairly inexpensive- typically around $15 to $20 per day. **Doggie Day Care is NOT for every dog! Some dogs love the environment, but some may develop issues from doggie day care. Be sure to speak with the facility beforehand and be able to discuss any problems that your dog already displays.

If you feel you need to surrender your pet for a reason other than the animal’s behavior, such as financial hardships, moving, or a new baby, consider the following.

The sheltering system has seen an increase in owner-relinquished pets in this poor economy. If lack of money is your challenge, note that Northland Pet Pantry helps supply dog and cat food to those who are having financial problems. Great Plains SPCA, Spay & Neuter KC, Jade's Mission and Chain of Hope all have outreach programs for owners needing help with food and pet supplies. Great Plains SPCA, SNKC, The Greater Kansas City Humane Society, and the vet clinic at the KCMO Animal Shelter (KC PET PROJECT) also offer low cost vaccinations and vetting services. Please take advantage of this help if you need it. We know several homeless pet owners and, for them, where there’s a will, there’s a way to feed their pets!

Need to move? Your pet wants to come with you! There are many pet friendly rental communities, for all types of animals. It may take a little research and having pets can limit your choices, but it is worth it to keep your animal in your home where they belong. If you have an American Pit Bull Terrier or another “bully breed” dog, research Breed Specific Legislation laws. Many cities and counties in the United States have BSL. This is “dangerous dog ordinance” concentrates solely on what your dog looks like, not its behavior. If you love your pitty, do not move to a city with BSL!!! For more information on BSL, see

Are you getting rid of your pet because you are expecting? You can have a baby and keep your pet! You just need to educate yourself on how to handle the transition so it goes smoothly for all. There are great resources for expecting parents who are pet owners.  Check out for info on preparing your home for babies and pets to exist happily together. Dogs & Storks also has representatives in Kansas and Missouri who can give you more personal, one-on-one, attention if needed.

If these scenarios do not apply to you, or you have tried everything in your power and still feel that you have no choice but to surrender your animal, please avoid taking the animal to a municipal shelter, which is often otherwise known as a “high-intake, high-kill” facility. Instead try to find your pet a new home on your own! After all, who knows your pet better than you do? Contact local no kill shelters and see if they will allow you the courtesy to post your animal on their petfinder listings. If someone expresses interest in your pet, make sure to screen him/her properly, so you know the person would be a loving, compassionate and responsible owner. Always charge a small re-homing fee for your pet also. Giving away animals for free is not a good idea, because many “free pets” are picked up by people who sell them to research labs, or use them in dog fighting rings. 

Contact no kill shelters. You may need to be put on a waiting list and your pet may have to pass a temperament evaluation to be admitted.  Give the shelter as much info as possible about your animal including vet records, likes and dislikes, food choices, any training, housebroken or not, favorite dogs, dog/cat/kid friendly, etc. The more information you can provide, the easier it is to find your animal an appropriate adopter.

If your animal is a pure-bred, contact local breed specific rescue groups (listed on this web site), to see if they have room in their program(s). If you have a mixed-breed, contact non-specific breed rescues for help.

We appreciate you doing everything you can to uphold the commitment you made to care for and love your pet as one of the family. We hope that you are able to keep your friend for both your sake and his/hers, but if not, please explore only the healthiest options so that your dog or cat can enjoy the longest and happiest life possible!


FINANCIAL AID (The Killuminati Foundation) For cases in Springfield, Missouri or towns near Springfield.

To apply for financial aid through Friends of KC Animals, please answer all questions contained on the form below in an email and send to