10 Mar / 2014
Who couldn’t love a cute little brown tabby like me? I get lots of compliments on my pretty markings and my sweet kitty smile, and I love the attention! But what I’d love more is to find my forever family. My ideal home would be a little on the quieter side as an only cat, but cat-respecting human kids would be no big deal! I just love to have all the kitty attention on ME!
Just give me a little extra time and patience to get used to everything when we go home, as I am shy with new people. I would be such a wonderful kitty and best friend for you! Even better if you’ve got a sunny spot by a window for me! Please come visit me today. I want to go home!
Love, Mary Lou
03 Mar / 2014
Hey guys (and ladies)! I am Brutus. I am a 2 year old American Staffordshire and Mastiff Mix. Crazy combo, don’t you think? There is one thing that you need to know about me. I love lasers! I go nuts for them! Show me a laser and I’ll be a friend for life! I love to give kisses and please you however I can. I already know to sit for treats, and I have an adorable way of giving you a high five…or maybe I should say a high TEN! I’ve been waiting patiently at the Great Plains SPCA Independence Campus for my forever family since November – I know they are out there, they just haven’t found me yet! The perfect family for me would be one without any other animals. I want to be your one and only snuggle monster! Come meet me at the Great Plains SPCA Independence Campus today!
24 Feb / 2014
Hi, I’m Pugbe. I am a 9 year old Puggle. I am a very sweet guy and get along great with other dogs. I am a couch potato but still like to run around in the back yard or go for walks. I am housetrained and would make a great family pet. Please come and see me today at the adoption center in Merriam.
19 Feb / 2014
For many of us, we have a story to tell about the way a special dog or cat has touched our lives. The power of that one soul teaching us a life lesson, helping us experience the purest form of unconditional love, bringing us comfort and peace. Animals have a magical way of positively changing our lives.
As we at Great Plains SPCA charge forward into a New Year packaged with big goals to continue serving more than 30,000 pets in our bi-state campuses, the power of one person, one new connection, one social media share, one more hour volunteered, or one more dollar donated, will be the difference in our ability to continue providing the highest lifesaving guarantee – a 96% live-release rate – to the local, homeless and needy pets in our community.
One more life saved… it matters!
Never doubt what the power of one can do. That one cat or dog you will never forget. What they did to enrich your life, bring you peace, hope, and likely many smiles and laughs. And just the same, YOU, the power of one, can change the life, the future, and the heart of a pet looking for hope.
Please join us this year, to grow awareness of the eleven lifesaving programs and services Great Plains SPCA provides in our community every day. With more than 700 pets in our care daily, the power of YOU will make an important difference. What will you do to contribute to saving one more life this year?
Woof Woof! Hello, I am Silly String! I am such a good boy and handsome too! I am a happy boy and my tail never stops. I know some commands and I take treats so nicely. I am good on a leash. I love to go on walks and explore outside. Give me a tennis ball and I will be your best friend – some people say I could be a really great agility dog because I can jump and fly through the air for a tennis ball!
I am a lover. You can’t help but smile when you see me! I am a great family dog. I make the best noises so you’ll be laughing all the time. Come meet me at the Merriam campus of Great Plains SPCA!
I’m looking for my true home where we can spend many hours playing and cuddling. Come soon to the Independence Campus and ask for that fun and playful boy named Cheeseburger!
23 Jan / 2014
Some people couldn’t imagine a life without their furry best friend. A dog’s unconditional love can be one of the most rewarding things in life and it’s our job to set them up for success when facing the world. Dog training can improve the life of your pet, strengthen your bond together, create a fun and enjoyable activity for you to share, decrease and eliminate behavior issues, and even save your dog from potentially dangerous situations! Teaching your dog basic commands such as “wait at the door” can save your dog from running out into a busy street. “Leave it” can save your pet from swallowing medication that was accidentally dropped on the floor. Through positive reinforcement dog training, you can create mutual respect between you and your pet and teach him the tools he will need to be successful in any situation.
1. Strengthens your bond
2. Communication skills will grow between you and your pup
3. Fun for your family and your pooch
4. Decreases and/or eliminates behavior issues
5. Provides enrichment and stimulates your pup’s brain
6. Gives your dog a “job”
7. A trained dog is six times less likely to be surrendered or returned to a shelter
8. Builds confidence in shy and fearful dogs
9. Creates less work for you in the long run
10. Enhances safety and can even save your dog’s life
– Written by Great Plains SPCA Director of Volunteers & Staff Development Ashley Flores
We now offer positive reinforcement training classes at both of our campuses. Public classes start soon at our Independence Campus, taught by Ashley Flores, CPDT-KA. Basic obedience and more advanced classes are offered at our Merriam Campus (through Daiger Dog Training). Learn more about our behavior and training classes.
Dru is an energetic dog and would work well in a home with an active lifestyle. She loves to go for long walks or jogs and she does great with car rides. She is very smart and learns commands quickly. She’s housetrained and knows over a dozen different commands already! Dru has many wonderful qualities that will melt your heart. She likes children and can be very gentle. She plays well with medium-to-large sized dogs and would do well in a home as a second addition. She is quite the cuddle bug and loves to share kisses. Our certified trainer is eager to help Dru settle into family life and is willing to assist with any further training at no additional cost. Great Plains SPCA is committed to being a life-time resource of support for Dru and her new family. Dru has breed characteristics resembling a pit bull which may limit her to communities free of breed bans however, we can assist you in working with your City to get her adopted as each individual municipality is the final decision maker. Help make Dru’s dream a reality! Share this post and help our sweet Dru find her way home.
My name is Katniss and I volunteer… to be your best friend! I’ve been at the Great Plains SPCA Independence campus since June… waiting patiently for my forever family. I am very athletic and smart, too! I would do great with someone who likes to walk, maybe jog, and teach me lots of cool tricks! I already know how to sit and shake – and you can teach me a lot more because I am treat motivated! I enjoy a delicious peanut butter kong and other tough toys. and I am full of smiles and enthusiasm for all my favorite people! Do you want to be one of my favorite people? Come meet me today!
Resolution (noun): a decision or determination; a resolve: to make a firm resolution to do something.
On January 1, 2014, people all over the Kansas City metro area (and around the world) will be making resolutions that they will strive to achieve in the New Year. Many will seek to lose weight, eat better, exercise more, or quit a bad habit. At Great Plains SPCA, we ask that when you are considering your New Year’s Resolutions, you include our needy and homeless pets in some way. We know that everyone has different passions when it comes to pets, and different levels of availability, so we ask that you consider one of three resolutions for the New Year:
VOLUNTEER! We have a variety of volunteer opportunities for all ages at Great Plains SPCA – some of which could even double up with your other resolutions. Resolve to exercise more? Volunteer to walk our shelter dogs! Commit to read more? Volunteer to spend time with our cats (and bring a book with you)! Resolve to network? Join one of our special events committees to meet other movers and shakers in our city! We even have volunteer opportunities you can do from the comfort of your own home!
Our volunteer opportunities range from working with our shelter dogs and cats to helping our staff with administrative duties. If you have the passion, we can find a way to use your talents and abilities to help our shelter pets thrive in 2014! As our volunteers can attest, committing your time at Great Plains SPCA not only makes a difference in the lives of our homeless and needy pets, it will make a difference in your own life, too! Our volunteer sign-up process is quick and easy. If you have any questions, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Open your heart – resolve to volunteer today!
DONATE! There is no way around it – we would not be able to do the lifesaving work we do without donations from people like you in our community!
One of the easiest resolutions you can make is the commitment to become a monthly donor. As little as $10 per month can make a huge difference in the lives of our shelter pets and pets in our community that we serve. You can also make a one time donation to honor a loved one or sponsor a kennel at our Merriam or Independence campus.
You can also help tremendously by purchasing items from our Merriam or Independence Amazon Wish Lists. Items purchased from our Amazon Wish Lists are sent directly to our shelters, but if you would prefer to bring them by yourself, you are welcome to do that also (and can view a printable Wish List here)! Our Wish List items are every day supplies we need to keep our shelter pets happy and healthy and that allow us to continue our lifesaving work in the community.
If you have questions about donating, or would like to sponsor a donation drive, please contact email@example.com.
ADOPT OR FOSTER! We have hundreds of dogs and cats who are waiting for their forever families to find them. This year, when you are considering adding a new furry friend to your family, choose adoption! We have every size, shape, and breed you could imagine – each pet deserving their very own family to love them.
If you would like to help, but cannot adopt, become a foster parent! Great Plains SPCA is always in need of foster families for pets recovering from an injury, an illness, that just need some extra socialization away from the shelter, or pets that are too young to be placed up for adoption. Fostering is simple – all you need to do is bring a shelter dog or cat into your home and provide it with love, nourishment, and care until it finds a forever family. You don’t need to own a house – many of our foster families are renters or live in apartments. All you need is love and patience! Fostering can last for a few days or a few months – you just let us know what kind of commitment you are able to make. If you are interested in fostering one of Great Plains SPCA’s pets in need, please download the application here and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2013, more than 8,500 homeless, injured, lost, abused, and abandoned pets found us. We gave them nourishing meals, a safe place to lay their heads, and the medical care they deserved – all to prepare them for a new journey in life… finding a family of their own. But we cannot do it alone! The help of volunteers, donors, adopters, and foster families made it possible! So today, as you consider what your resolutions will be for 2014, include Great Plains SPCA. We need YOU to make 2014 our best year yet!