Animal-Related Resources & Information  

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

Adoption Sites

KC Area Animal Shelters

Animal Rescue Sites

Animal Control Phone Numbers

Animal Abuse

Animal Safe Havens for Domestic Violence Situations

Dental Care Information

Low Cost Spay/Neuter Services

Obedience

Outreach Groups

Substance Abuse and Pets

Wheelchairs

Mobile Vet Care

Notes on 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


 

ADOPTION 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

 

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ANIMAL SHELTERS IN THE KANSAS CITY AREA

 

Cat Association of Topeka (CAT)
1718 Gage
Topeka KS
785-272-4735
www.topekacat.org/

Dogs by Debin Adoption Center
9300 NW 87th Terr. KCMO 64153
816.298.9997
DogsbyDebin@gmail.com
www.DogsbyDebin.com
Open Wed 12-7p and Fri-Mon 12-4p

Excelsior Springs
805 Lake Maurer Rd
Excelsior Springs MO 64024
816-630-0816

Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter
P.O. Box 29121
Parkville MO 64152
816-587-0918
Located at 8701 Riverfront Dr.
www.petfinder.org/
shelters/MO111.html

Gladstone Animal Control
4000 NE 76th Street
Gladstone MO 64118
816-436-1810
www.gladstone.mo.us/
Services/animalcontrol.php

Great Plains SPCA  
5428 Antioch Drive
Merriam KS 66202
913.831.7722 
www.GreatGlainsSPCA.org

Heart of America Humane Society
P.O. Box 12703
Overland Park KS 66282
1-800-384-3143
www.heartofamericahs.org

HELP Humane Society
(primarily cats, a few dogs)
511 Main St.
Belton MO 64012
816-318-HELP
www.helppets.org

Helping Hands Humane Society
2625 NW Rochester Rd
Topeka, KS 66617
785-233-7325
www.hhhstopeka.org

Humane Society of Greater KC                    
5441 Parallel  KC KS 66104
913-596-1000
www.hsgkc.org

Humane Society of Miami County
P.O. Box 136
Paola KS 66071
913-294-8400

KCMO Animal Shelter (managed by KC Pet Project)
(With locations at 4400 Raytown Rd, Zona Rosa and OPKS)
4400 Raytown Rd.
KC MO 64129
816-513.9821                        
www.KCPetProject.org

 KC Anima

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Independence, MO Shelter 
(Managed by GREAT PLAINS SPCA)
21001 E. 78 Highway
Independence MO 64057
Adoptions: 816.783.5104
Intake: 816.783.5103
www.GreatPlainsSPCA.org

Kansas City KS Animal Control
3301 Park Drive
KC KS 66211
913-321-1445
913-596-3000 on weekends
www.kckpd.org/Services/
AnimalControl
Adoption info: www.petfinder.com/shelters/
KS140.html

Lawrence Humane Society
1805 E. 19th
Lawrence KS 66044
785-843-6835
www.lawrencehumane.org/

Leavenworth Animal Control
1720 S. 2nd St.
Leavenworth KS 66048
913-682-0268
www.lchsinc.org

Lee's Summit Municipal Animal Shelter
1991 SE Hamblen Road
Lee's Summit MO 64082
816-969-1640
www.cityofls.net/Police/Programs-and-Services/Animal-Control/Adopt-a-Pet.aspx

Liberty Animal Control
1501 E. Old 210 Hwy
Liberty MO 64068
816-415-1877
http://mo-liberty.civicplus.com/index.asp?SID=342

North Kansas City
2020 Bedford
N. Kansas City MO 64116
816-274-6024
http://awos.petfinder.com/shelters/northkansascityshelter.html

Olathe Animal Control
505 E. Sunvale
Olathe KS 66061
913-971-6362
www.olatheks.org/Police/
AnimalControl

Prairie Paws Animal Shelter
3173 Hwy K68
Ottawa KS 66067
785-242-2967
www.PrairiePaws.org

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
913.831.7387
www.UnleashedRescue.com

Wayside Waifs
3901 E. 119th Street
(Martha Truman Rd)
KC MO 64137
816-761-8151
www.waysidewaifs.org/

 

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ANIMAL RESCUE SITES (DOG, CAT, SMALL CRITTERS, BIRD, FARM ANIMALS)

Our friends at the Humane Society of Greater KC have a great list of rescue groups- Please click see that list!

 

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ANIMAL CONTROL PHONE NUMBERS

*Please remember: If AC is closed or cannot be reached, one can usually call the City's NON-EMERGENCY POLICE LINE, as they can usually page an on-call AC officer.

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

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ANIMAL ABUSE CONTACTS

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

State Health Departments:
MO Animal Health Department
573-751-3377
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

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ANIMAL SAFE HAVEN IN DOMESTIC ABUSE SITUATION

ROSE BROOKS CENTER's "PAWS PLACE," a healing place for pets whose owners are staying at Rose Brooks. 

 

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DENTAL CARE INFORMATION

https://www.emergencydentistsusa.com/pet-dental-care/

* One of the clinics we use the most for affordable dental care is DEARBORN

 

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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 animals.

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
913-596-1000

Pit Bull Rescue Central 
(Not a clinic, but one can apply for financial assistance to spay/neuter his/her "pit bull"

Spay and Neuter Kansas City
1116 E. 59th Street (NE corner of 59th & Troost)
Kansas City, MO 64111
816-353-0940

STOPP Animal Clinic
9909 East 63rd Street
Raytown, MO
816-313-7729

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: THCF.org   

 

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OBEDIENCE

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. FoKCA believes in POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT training which uses rewards instead of shock collars.

Training iis 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.

 

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OUTREACH GROUPS IN THE KANSAS CITY AREA

Outreach Groups concentrate on providing relieft to pets who otherwise wouldn't get it - They focus on educating pet owners and giving adequate care to animals whose owners may be failing to do so. These organizations' volunteers will, for example, provide new dog houses, straw, new food bowls, cable (instead of chain) tie-outs, flea/tick prevention and so much more. These people are "in the trenches" in some of the area's most poverty-stricken areas and, I assure you, they are always in need of hands-on volunteers!

Chain of Hope

The Rescue Project

Spay/Neuter KC

Unleashed Pet Rescue & Pet Adoptions

 

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HOW SUBSTANCE ABUSE AFFECTS PETS

The effects of tobacco, vaporizers and electronic cigarettes on pets: 
https://quitsmokingcommunity.org/smoking-and-pets/

How pets can help prevent substance abuse in kids:
https://addictionresource.com/pets-and-substance-abuse-prevention/

 

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PET WHEELCHAIRS

https://www.facebook.com/Eddiesdogwheelchairs

https://www.facebook.com/TheRollingDogProject

K9 CARTS  Original, patented, adjustable dog wheelchairs for disabled pets.  www.K9carts.com

Ruff Rollin' Wheelchair for Dogs

 

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MOBILE VET SERVICES

Bill Knapper, DVM    
1200 E. Linwood Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64109
(816) 753-9993
Animal Tracks (Dr. Hatfield)
913.491.5533
Veterinary Hospice and In-Home Euthanasia 
 

 

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NOTES ON BOARDING, DAYCARE, PET SITTING & DOG WALKING

PLEASE DO YOUR RESEARCH! All boarding and pet services are NOT created equal! Some are good and some are not. It's good to ask friends and neighbors (via NextDoor.com if online) which services they use and prefer. Tour the boarding facility before bring a pet there and to interview various pet caretakers prior to needing them that moment. Look up the business' reviews to see if there are any red flags. You wouldn't leave a child with just anyone so don't do it with your pet!

 

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PET-FRIENDLY HOUSING 

https://www.animalhumanesociety.org/search-pet-friendly-housing-and-real-estate 

 

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WILDLIFE HELP

Kansas: Operation Wild Life (O.W.L.)  785.542.3625
23375 Guthrie Rd, Linwood, KS 66052

Missouri: Lakeside Nature Center  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 Jeffrey@KCBeeRemoval.com 

 

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NATIONAL ANIMAL GROUPS & RESCOURCES (some)

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.

Veterinary.Answers.com

World Wildlife Fund



 

SURRENDERING YOUR PET

DO YOU FEEL YOU NEED TO GIVE UP YOUR PET?

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 http://mprgroup.net/misc/bsl.html

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 www.dogsandstorks.com 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 

www.imom.org

www.isfoundation.com/ISFEmergencyMedicalGrant

www.trioanimalfoundation.org

www.redrover.org/program/redrover-relief

www.projectpuppy.org (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 below in an email to britton@friendsofkcanimals.org

* PLEASE NOTE: FRIENDS OF KC ANIMALS ONLY CONTRIBUTES FUNDS TO ANIMALS WHO ARE SPAYED/NEUTERED OR WHO WILL BE AT TIME OF TREATMENT  

-PLEASE SPAY/NEUTER PETS SO THAT WE CAN HELP YOU SHOULD YOU EVER NEED OUR ASSISTANCE IN THE FUTURE. WE ARE HAPPY TO GET IT DONE IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD IT-

 

 

Application for Financial Assistance from Friends of KC Animals

Complete and email to britton@friendsofkcanimals.org 

 

Pet owner’s name:                              

 

Address: 

 

Phone: 

 

Email address: 

 

Are you on social security, disability, unemployed? (Which one(s))

 

Pet’s name: 

 

Pet’s breed: 

 

Pet’s age: 

 

How did you acquire this pet?(Adopted, took from friend, bought from breeder etc.)  

 

Is pet spayed/neutered?    Yes     or   No    

 

If no, why not?

                                                                             

Pet’s medical problem AND what surgery/treatment is needed:

 

What’s the cost of treatment for the animal? 

 

At which clinic will the procedure/treatment be done? 

 

How much financial aid do you need / (How much money are you short?) 

 

Can you donate back to Friends of KC Animals if we grant you funds?

 

 

If so, please note donations can be made via site (www.FriendsofKCAnimals.org/donate/) or mail  (Friends of KC Animals 4741 Central St. Box 348 KCMO 64112)

 

 

When would we expect payment(s) from you?