19 Dec / 2014
We can think of about a million reasons to adopt Sid the Chihuahua, but here are the five top ones, because really, who needs more than five reasons to adopt a dog like Sid?
1// Sid is compact. While his personality is as big as a Great Dane, in size, he’s really quite tiny at just 5 lbs. so you would have no trouble meeting size requirements for any apartment and even if your house is small, it will seem HUGE to him.
2// Sid is a task master. Work from home? Need someone to keep you on task? Sid is your man! Don’t ask him how to format a spreadsheet though – that’s above his pay grade.
3// Sid is the canine embodiment of Sid the Sloth. ‘Nuff said.
4// Sid is the perfect wing man. Like a bee to honey, Sid can get the ladies (or fellas) swarming around you with his trademark look.
5// Sid may not love everything, but he will love you. Sid hates his kennel. He’s not overly fond of kiddos. He doesn’t “get” Elf on the Shelf. But if you give him a soft lap to snuggle on and a quiet place to rest his head, he’ll be yours for life.
Want to make Sid a part of your family? Come meet him at our Merriam Campus! He is looking for a home without kids but he wouldn’t say no to a big, comfy couch. Oh, and he’ll be wanting to sleep with you at night (“non-negotiable,” he says).
11 Dec / 2014
We know choosing that perfect gift for your pet or animal-loving friends and family can be ruff, so we’re doing some of the heavy lifting for you with this round-up of our favorite holiday gifts of 2014.
Bonus: many of these gifts directly benefit the shelter pets at Great Plains SPCA!
1 // Ruff Guide to the United States $24.99 // For the adventurer in your life: 365 of the best places to play and stay with your pooch in the U.S. from the people who brought you bringfido.com // Get free shipping and $10 of your purchase donated to Great Plains SPCA with promo code GREATPLAINS
2 // Sirius Republic Kansas City Collar Collection, $35 // Handmade collars named after some of our favorite Kansas City places? What’s not to love? If collars aren’t your thing, check out their snoods, apparel, and even Christmas stockings – with nearly everything under $50 (they even have CAT COLLARS now!) // Use rescue code RPGP29 at checkout and 20% of the proceeds will be donated to Great Plains SPCA
3 // One Day Shirt, $15 // The feeling every shelter pet gets when they are picked by their forever family? Yeah, this shirt describes it perfectly. Available for purchase at MetroPAWlitan Pet Supply inside our Merriam and Independence Pet Adoption Centers.
4 // Large Beach Tote, $29.99 // Show off your love for dogs with this cute tote that can be used as a shopping bag, gym tote, and more! Purchase via this link, and $10 of every item you purchase will go to help Asha and other pets being served by Team HERO, our partnership with The Rescue Project.
5 // Honor a Special Pet $5.00-$5,000 // For that friend or family member who has everything, make a donation in honor of their pet! You can make an honor donation in any amount, or, sponsor a kennel or dog run for $500-5,000.
6 // DIY Dog Treats // Let’s be honest, the way to your dog’s heart is through his stomach. Surprise him this holiday season with delicious DIY treats homemade with love by you! We have lots of recipes to choose from via Pinterest.
26 Nov / 2014
Hi there, my name is Fiona and I have been waiting since April 2014 for a new home. That is quite awhile for a dog to have to wait for a home, but I am not going to complain, because that is not the kind of girl I am! In fact, I am very grateful to be here at Great Plains SPCA because they saved my life! When I first got here, I only weighed 35 pounds! I was skin and bones and such a frightened little lady. But now, I am happy to report, I am a very healthy 55 pounds and I am loving life!
Although I had a rough start, you would never know it by the way I greet people at the shelter! I am always happy to see people, especially my very best friend Sharon that takes me for sleepovers at her house. She knew that I was very shy and very scared at the shelter, so she thought that she would take me home with her and see how I did at her house. Oh my goodness, it was like Heaven! When we first got to her house, she just let me check things out as not to overwhelm me and pretty much just let me do what I wanted. That is always good when working with a shy dog in a new situation. Then we went to sleep and the next day, I was ready to play and be loved on. For some reason, after waking up that next morning, I just felt safe and knew that I could come out of my shell and be myself and boy did it feel good! My friend said I have very good house manners, so I get to go on more sleepovers! It was one of the best days of my life – so I can only imagine how amazing it would be to have a forever family and a home of my very own!
Working with my friends at the shelter has helped them learn a lot about me. They know that I like to play fetch and I like to have my ears scratched. I am also super smart and I know sit and shake, and also know something called the “touch game.” I am a very sweet girl with lots of energy, but I will also settle down and just hang out too. I do need my new family to go slowly with me to help me to adjust to my new surroundings. I love to play with other dogs, so if you have another dog that needs a friend, please bring them in to meet me to see if they are willing to share their home and family with me. I am not a fan of the felines though, they just scare the dickens out of me!
I love to go for walks and spending time outside with my friends, so would love to have a nice house with a big yard to run in. But, if you don’t have a yard, I am just fine with walks too, my most important thing right now, is a family to love me. If I sound like I might be the friend you have been looking for, I hope you will come down to Great Plains SPCA in Merriam to meet me. If you have any questions about me, you can email my friend Sharon at firstname.lastname@example.org and she would be happy to answer them for you. I hope to be seeing you soon!
All my love….Fiona
25 Nov / 2014
In June 2014, a house exploded in South Kansas City, killing two family members in the home and throwing three dogs who were living in the house into a creek bed a few dozen yards away. Despite the massive explosion, the dogs managed to survive and two were caught by Animal Control, but the third was too traumatized from the blast and ran away whenever someone tried to catch her. Clearly confused about where her family had gone, she refused to leave the property, and kind neighbors have been feeding her and watching over her since the accident. Our friends at The Rescue Project renamed her “Asha,” which means “hope”, an appropriate name as we all have hope that she will soon be healthy and happy once again.
The Rescue Project became aware of her situation in October and gave Asha a dog house and straw so she would have warm shelter for those chilly nights, while the neighbors continued to take care of her. When the organization received a call that Asha’s health had deteriorated, they called Great Plains SPCA. The two organizations coordinated their efforts through a newly formed partnership called Project H.E.R.O. (Humane Education Resource Outreach) – learn more below!
We set a humane trap for Asha on Thursday, and she was caught in the trap on Saturday. She became a Great Plains SPCA foster dog that night, heading straight to a home where she could sleep in a warm bed and be surrounded by love.
Asha is currently at Great Plains SPCA receiving top notch veterinary care in Merriam, KS and we are doing more tests to see what her next steps are towards healing including an ultrasound today. She is having trouble walking, her stomach is swollen and bloated, and, not surprisingly after months on her own, she has fleas also.
At this point, we are hoping for the best, but we are unfortunately preparing for the worst. She suffered out in the elements for over 5 months, with open wounds from the explosion. Asha is still very scared, but she’s relaxing now, knowing that she is safe and warm for the first time in months. It is because of caring neighbors, concerned citizens, coordinated partnerships with The Rescue Project and Great Plains SPCA, and supporters like you who make it possible for us to be able to help the pets most in need of a helping hand in the Kansas City Metro.
Please donate to help us help Asha. Your gift can help us provide Asha the medical care she deserves, and help other pets that will be saved thanks to Project H.E.R.O.
Great Plains SPCA and The Rescue Project are coming together to help pets most in need within the Kansas City Metro through a new partnership called “Project H.E.R.O.” (Humane. Education. Resource. Outreach.). Knowing that in working together they could do more, these two nonprofit animal welfare agencies will provide assistance to dogs and cats living outdoors without adequate shelter, work with pet owners to provide pets with the medical care they need, and deliver education to promote spay/neuter. A team of Project H.E.R.O. staff and volunteers will be on the ground, rescuing pets, providing supplies and education, all to make our community a better place for local pets in need.
19 Nov / 2014
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
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
11 Nov / 2014
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!
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.
03 Nov / 2014
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!
20 Oct / 2014
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
06 Oct / 2014
“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,
02 Oct / 2014
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!
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!