Adoption Process

We’re in the business of creating happy families, and we want to make this a great experience for you!

We have Pet Adoption Centers in Merriam, KS and Independence, MO – serving you on both sides of the state line!

Adoption Fees_updatedOct2013Here are the steps towards a new pet with Great Plains SPCA…

Before the Shelter

  1. We recommend that you research any specific breeds that might interest you and suit your family.

  2. Appointments are NOT needed to visit our shelters. Stop by during normal Pet Adoption Center hours.You should allow approximately 2 hours (sometimes more) for the entire adoption process.

  3. Complete a brief adoption survey. We will work with you to find the right pet for your family.


At the Pet Adoption Center

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.

  1. Pay adoption fee and sign adoption agreement.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

Every Pet receives:

  • - Spay or Neuter Surgery


- Microchip Identification


- 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:

  • - FVRCP Combo Vaccine

  • - Feline Leukemia Test

  • - FIV Test

  • - Ear Mite Treatment

Dogs and Puppies:

  • - DA2PP+C Combo Vaccine

  • - Bordetella Vaccine