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Volunteers are love in motion! – Author Unknown

Merriam Volunteer Spotlight 

“Let me introduce you to the A(M) team: Caryle Parks, Sue Brandt, and Laura Luckhert. These amazing ladies come nearly every day and walk our wonderful dogs! It can be pouring down rain, 100 degrees, or snowing and blowing and these volunteers are out braving the elements to make sure our dogs get out. Each one always has a great sense of humor and a friendly smile. As I pass them in the dog kitchen or the hallway I can hear snippets of information they share with each other about the dogs they love. If you want to see some of the most devoted dog walkers then come visit them in Merriam! Thanks so much ladies for your passion, dedication, and your amazing ability to be here nearly every day!”

– Jamie Straley, Merriam Volunteer Manager

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Independence Volunteer Spotlight

“Anthony, Michelle, Nate, and Quinten Stoops are an amazing family of volunteers! Anthony and Quinten began volunteering as Cat Heroes last spring, and staff is always glad to see them – these two are so hard-working and so much fun! Nate and Michelle got started this fall, and we doubled our good fortune! These four get everything sparkling for the cats in the shelter every time they come in, and they foster as well! They’ve fostered neonate kittens as well as shy cats, and the care they give these babies is truly life-saving. When two of their tiny foster babies came down with potentially life-threatening pneumonia the Stoops nursed them back to health and got them adopted. Not only do the Stoops work hard as Cat Heroes and a foster family, but every time we see them they’re looking for more ways to help. Anthony has offered to transport animals between our campuses when needed, and when the older, long-term cat they fell in love with was adopted they offered to foster another kitty with similar needs. Their selflessness touches the lives of so many animals and people at Great Plains SPCA! The passion this family has for animals is amazing, and it is a privilege for us to watch these young men share their hearts with the shelter animals and grow into great HEROES for pets!” – Tomomi Suenaga, Indpendence Volunteer Manager

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Hello, my name is Flynn and I have been waiting for my furrever home for quite awhile now!

I am a petite girl at just 3 years old with a thick velvety coat, striking green eyes, and to top it all off, I am permanently wearing a tuxedo so I’m always ready for a fancy party!

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When I first came to the shelter, I was so nervous that I spent most of my days hiding under blankets but then a nice lady took me home to foster me for awhile and she found out that when I’m not scared and nervous, I’m very loving and affectionate! My favorite thing is to snuggle up right next to my people and let them pet me all day long! I can take a little time to get to know new cats, but my foster mom says I made a wonderful substitute mom for the many litters of scared kittens she brought into the house during my stay with her.


I would love the opportunity to be your best friend. Won’t you come meet me at Great Plains SPCA’s Independence Campus? I promise you won’t be disappointed. Learn more about me here.


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Hi there, it’s Major, the man with the master plan!



My plan you ask? To find an awesome home to spend my days loving you and being the best dog I can be – yep, it’s that simple. I’m just four years old and love pretty much everyone, but I’m a laid back dude, so I’d prefer a more laid back home environment with kids 7 years old or older.  My lovable personality has won over all of the staff and volunteers at BOTH locations, which is quite the accomplishment if I do say so myself!  Every Wednesday evening, I get to spend time with other volunteers and my fellow pit bulls in our Pit Bull E.D.U. class. In class, we work on basic manners and showing the public what great dogs us blockheads can be!  While the trainers say I don’t need a lot of training (I’m such a good boy!), I look forward to seeing my people and canine friends every week – plus, I’m at the top of the class, so it’s good for me to show the other kids in the class how it’s done. My ears are cropped, which makes some people think that I am mean or intimidating, but I promise you, I am not mean in the slightest bit! I like to think my ears make me look like a little Christmas elf – or a wise hobbit! Anything but scary! There are lots of blockheads like me with cropped ears who are a sweet as pie, so I want to encourage you to adopt the cropped… better yet, adopt ME, Major!


I’m told that I’m the sweetest, most well behaved gentleman of a dog you may possibly ever come across. So please, give me a shot at winning over your heart and come visit me today!

Love, Major

Learn More about Major


Hi there, my name is Camille and I am 13 years young.  I came to Great Plains SPCA after my dear owner fell ill and could no longer take care of me.  She adopted me from this very shelter 7 years ago and I had been living the good life ever since.  Now I am back at Great Plains SPCA and my new journey is beginning, but at a very different stage in my life.  Many things have changed in the last 7 years:  my eyesight is not what it used to be, but my friends here tell me that my eyes are the gateway to my soul and that I have a very beautiful soul, so I guess that is a good thing!  My hearing is also not as good as it used to be, but some think that at times it is just selective hearing.  When I first wake up from my nap, I don’t move very fast, but if you show me the leash, I will pop right up!



I LOVE to go for walks!  And to see me walk is a beautiful sight, or so I have been told.  My friends here call me “fancy prancer pants” because I don’t walk, I prance!  And, although I am 13 years old, I still have a glorious red coat of fur just like a little fox.  And as far as I can tell, not one gray hair!   As it starts to get colder out, the shelter gets a little colder too and for an older gal like myself, the bones seem to get a little stiffer.  So what I would like, more than anything in the world right now, is to find a home of my own to live out my Golden Years.  I am housebroken and I also get along with other dogs.  I love to just lounge around and soak up the sun and just be with people.  I am a very low maintenance kind of gal, just looking for a friend or two to spend my life with.  If you think that I might be a fit for you, please come to the Merriam campus and check me out, I would love to meet with you.

All my love…Camille

Learn More About Camille


“There’s an inverse relationship between how good something is for you, and how much fun it is.” – Calvin and Hobbes

Have you heard that orange tabbies have more fun? Well, I may have just made that up but it’s totally true! My name is Hobbes and I am a three year old Domestic Shorthair looking for love at Great Plains SPCA’s Merriam Campus.



Everybody around here says I’m the best kitty in the world! I’m a playful fella, as evidenced by a recent YouTube video the folks at Great Plains SPCA posted of me. I am so silly and will make you laugh and laugh at my antics! I get along well with other kitties, so if you have other feline friends, that’s fine by me! I’m housetrained, neutered, microchipped, and am up to date on all my vaccinations! All that I need now is YOU!


While I like other cats, I really enjoy my time with humans. I am super affectionate and absolutely love having my chin and head scratched. I also love going on safari to look for toys to play with – do you like safaris? Maybe we could go on one together! Please come by Great Plains SPCA and ask to see Hobbes. I’m sure we’ll hit it off right away! Hope to see you soon!

Peace, Love, and Belly Rubs,


Learn More About Hobbes

Your life and mine should be valued not by what we take… but by what we give.” – Edgar Allen

It’s that time again where we recognize a few rock star volunteers who are heroes for not only our pets, but our staff also!

Kylie Cook – Independence

Wherever a Meet n’ Greet waits in the queue, Kylie’s there. Wherever vaccines need to be drawn up and recovering cats monitored, Kylie’s there. Wherever cats have no photos, laundry’s backed up, or mush babies need mush, Kylie’s there. We are so happy to have Kylie Cook on our team! Since she was sixteen years old, this multi-talented young woman has made volunteering in area shelters a major part of her life. Kylie makes a point to learn new skills and jump into any job – making her a go-to resource all around the shelter. She contributes long days and puts in hard work. Since joining our team in March, Kylie has donated an average 80+ hours per month across multiple departments. Our Operation Furballs clinics in particular wouldn’t be the same without her! Kylie takes charge of some of the morning prep work, monitoring and transporting cats, and discharging them to their caretakers; after everything for the clinic is complete, clean, and ready for next time, Kylie stays to help in Adoptions until close.

Thank you, Kylie, for your dedication and hard work on behalf of all the animals we serve, and for being a reliable, fun member of our team!

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Pat Gilling – Merriam Campus

Pat has always had a passion for animals and has always had cats and dogs. She learned how to ride bareback on her grandfather’s mule on the farm. Pat believes that every life is precious and feels a strong need to contribute to the enhancement of those lives.

Every animal that Pat has ever had were adopted from shelters or rescued. Her previous pair of cat brothers were adopted from Animal Haven in 2000. Then in November 2011 she adopted her current pair of sister cats from Great Plains SPCA. Pat believes that all animals depend on people and part of her purpose in life is to help those in need. She says that she has received so much satisfaction and pleasure from volunteering with us – from working in the cat rooms, working with shelter dogs, helping with photos, painting, retail and nearly all special events – she does it all!

Pat has always volunteered and says, “ it was something my parents instilled in me when I was young. Giving back to our community was a part of our daily life. Of course it isn’t just Great Plains SPCA, but also working with the Alzheimer’s Association (because of my Dad), the American Cancer Society (my Mom and Grandmother), my church, and niece’s PTA groups.”

Thank you, Pat, for being one of the best volunteers we could hope for!




Hi! My name is Momma and I just can’t wait to meet you! I’m the cutest little “pocket pittie” you could ask for. They call me that because I’m a petite little thing – only about 40 pounds!


I’m a little shy at first, but don’t worry! I warm up quickly. Because I can be so shy, I’d do best in a quiet home with no kids under five years old. I’d really like to meet all family members (human and canine) prior to adoption. I have nice manners and walk well on a leash. I would even make a great apartment dog! I have a wonderful friend here at the shelter that takes me home on weekends to her apartment for sleepovers and she says I am very well behaved. I don’t bark when the noisy neighbors cause a ruckus or slam their doors, no sirreee, I don’t make a peep! I let her know when I have to go outside to the bathroom and I sleep all through the night. She said I am the best roommate she has ever had!


Since I am so quiet, sometimes people walk right past me to the louder dogs – can you believe it?! I am just one compact bundle of love, waiting to go home with a special family! Please visit the Great Plains SPCA Merriam Campus today and let me show you what an amazing dog I can be!

Can’t wait to meet you in person!

Love, Momma

Learn More about Momma



Hi, Al Pacino here!

While my name suggests I am hardcore gangster, I’m actually just a handsome hunk of silver canine looking for my forever home. I’m a mature guy at four years old, and I walk fairly well on a leash. I’m super toy and treat motivated, so it would be fun and easy to teach me lots of things! I am so goofy – I’ll keep you laughing all day long! I really want and deserve a family to call my own. I do very well with all people but am not a fan of other animals, so I do need to be the only animal in the home (I’d rather have you all to myself anyways!). I’m what we refer to as an “office foster.” I’ve been receiving LOTS of attention in a staff member’s office, and although I love my shelter friends, I would love a couch to call my own in your home. Part of my adoption fee has been paid, making my fee just $75 – a steal if you ask me because I’m a lot of dog for a little moolah!

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I’ll be here at Great Plains SPCA’s Independence campus waiting for you. Please come soon!

Love, Al

Learn More about Al Pacino!

The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers. ~ Terri Guillemets

Jerry and Karen Green’s relationship with Great Plains SPCA dates back to 1981, when they adopted their first kitten, Leo, from Animal Haven (our legacy organization) while in college. They have adopted three additional cats from Great Plains SPCA, including most recently Mia (pictured) in August. Jerry started as a cat volunteer in 2010 and then a couple years later Karen got tired of hearing how much fun he was having and joined as a volunteer as well. Jerry continues to focus on cat socializing while Karen writes profiles for our adoptables, takes photos, and working with potential adopters. Knowing how much they enjoy their own kitties,  Jerry and Karen find it very rewarding when customers find a kitty to adopt (or vice versa!)

Jerry and Karen Green


Hello! I’m Baby!

I was given that name because I am so precious! Also, I’m very pretty – see my beautiful green eyes? I mean, how could you miss them?! My friends here at Great Plains SPCA describe me as sweet, loving, cuddly and talkative. What more could you ask for in a forever cat companion? I do have to admit that I’m a little bit shy, though. I’m just not very brave with new people or in new situations, but please don’t let that stop you! Once I get to know you, I’m sure we’ll become BFFs! I’m hoping to find a quieter home, without too much noise or commotion -us shy girls like to feel safe. So, if you’re needing a sweet, loving companion, please come very soon and ask to meet me. I’m so anxious to have my very own human to love!

Yours, Baby

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